The CNN Daily Mash-up is a roundup of some of the most interesting, surprising, curious, poignant or significant items to appear on CNN.com in the past 24 hours. We'll top it with a collection of the day's most striking photographs. Your comments, as always, are welcome.
Merle Butler, from a small town in Illinois, described the discovery that he held one of the winning tickets in the $656 million Mega Millions lottery:
"So, after I looked at it for a couple of minutes, I turned to my wife, who was right there with me, and I says, 'We won.' And she kind of looked at me funny, and I says, 'No, we won,' and then she started giggling, and she giggled for about four hours, I think."
Dick Clark, who as host of "American Bandstand" for more than 30 years earned the nickname "America's oldest teenager," has died of a heart attack at 82, his publicist and family say. Clark was a driving force in the development of the rock 'n' roll music industry, and he parlayed his business sense into a wide-ranging television production company. "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest, who co-hosted several New Year's Eve shows with Clark, tweeted:
I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark. He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life.—
Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) April 18, 2012
Peter KhauoÂ submitted an iReport showcasing the second annual "Global Day of Action on Military Spending,"Â an Occupy-esque protest against extreme government military spending and a demand that the money instead be spent on things like health care and education.
A shocking video Wednesday from CNN affiliate WJXT shows a car plowing through the front door of a busy Florida supermarket, sending a stroller - and the baby inside - flying. Watch heroic store employees and patrons lift the car off an injured victim:
A Roebuck, South Carolina, bartender is accused of assaulting a fired employee with a toilet plunger, according to CNN affiliate WSPA. You'll just have to read the rest for yourself.
John Brennan, the man arrested for taking off his clothes at Portland International Airport in Oregon to protest his treatment by TSA screeners, not only was the subject of the story, but he also got involved in the conversation in the comments section. Here's one bit of advice he gave:
"Oh, and always smile for your mug shot. I look so grim, but I'd never been to jail before."
The city of Sanford, Florida, has scheduled a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at a church to provide members of the public an opportunity to discuss the February shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, according to the Sanford mayor's office. Mayor Jeff Triplett will be among officials attending, his office said.