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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST 

Wednesday: Plenty of sunshine. High near 35. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday night: Generally clear. Low 27. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Jackson Heights Orchestra concert

The Jackson Heights Orchestra will perform a concert at the Community United Methodist Church on Wednesday, December 18 at 7:30 p.m. featuring music by Handel, Mozart, Bach, Suk, Haydn. Soprano soloist Winnie Nieh will be performing with the orchestra, led by Conductor Pat Glunt. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Black ice warnings after 21-car pileup in Brooklyn

Black ice is again expected to be a concern for the morning commute after it contributed to a massive pileup in Brooklyn and shut down a stretch of the Long Island Expressway Tuesday evening. Read more: NBC New York

Preet Bharara goes after pensions of thieving former New York City Council members

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is making good on his promise to go after the pensions of city politicians nailed for corruption. Read more: New York Daily News 

De Blasio to hold open house after inauguration

The inauguration for Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio will be followed by an open house at Gracie Mansion a few days later, the future mayor’s team announced Tuesday. Read more: NBC New York

2 winning tickets in $636M Mega Millions drawing

The two winning Mega Millions tickets were sold in California and Georgia, lottery officials said Wednesday. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Bipartisan budget agreement nears final passage

A modest, bipartisan budget pact designed to keep Washington from lurching from fiscal crisis to fiscal crisis and ease the harshest effects of automatic budget cuts is on the brink of passing the Senate. Read more: AP

 

Lottery hopefuls line up in Queens for $550M Powerball


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Tonight’s Powerball jackpot is a record $550 million dollars, and all over Queens people have been lining up to buy a ticket.

“I’m hoping to win,” said Gerry from New Hyde Park. “Every so often when there’s a big one I buy each of them. I buy Powerball, Mega Millions, all of them. I plan on setting up my kids up for their futures.”

The Powerball jackpot was raised yesterday to $500 million dollars, and again today to $550 million.

In response, lines for local lotto vendors have been longer than normal.

“I work at 7-11. A lot of people have been coming in to buy Powerball, about five times more than usual” said Gary from Bayside. “We will probably sell more tickets today. I already bought mine.”

With so many people buying tickets, the odds for winning the Powerball jackpot are extremely low.

The Multi-State Lottery Association reports the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are one in 175,223,510. However, the overall odds of winning any prize are one in 31.85. With this in mind, it makes sense that so many people keep playing.

In fact, there have been four groups of Powerball jackpot winners in New York State alone since 2010.

Whatever the odds, they aren’t keeping lottery hopefuls from dreaming about what they would do if they won the big $550 million prize.

“We are buying and redeeming Powerball tickets because it’s the biggest Powerball in history. There’s always a line at the store, but it’s generally not this big of a line. If we win we will donate some of the money to charity,” Chris and Melanie from Bayside.

Debbie and her two children from Flushing have other plans. “When I win I’m going to quit my job and do nothing.” According to daughter Julia “We’re going to eat out every night so mom won’t have to cook.” Son Michael says “When mom wins I’m going to buy a private jet.”

 

Record $500M Powerball jackpot


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The Powerball jackpot has reached $500 million after lottery officials increased the winnings because of vigorous ticket sales, the AP reported.

Before the boost, the lottery was at $425 million after almost two months without a winner.

It’s the second highest jackpot in history after a $656 Mega Millions prize that was awarded in March, said the AP.

Both lotteries are played in 42 states (including New York), Washington D.C. and the US Virgin Islands.

According to the Multi-State Lottery Association, which runs Powerball and Mega Millions, the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 175,223,510.

Tickets are $2 each and will be on sale until 9 p.m. EST on Wednesday, November 28, the night of the $500 million drawing.

This Morning’s Headlines


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Graphic by Jay Lane

Teen Accused Of Vandalizing Queens Playground

The teenager police believe was responsible for vandalizing a playground in Far Rockaway, Queens was arrested Thursday. Allan Swafford, 17, was charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle, criminal mischief and burglary. Much of the new equipment in the new Far Rockaway park was broken. The damage will cost the city tens of thousands of dollars and the June opening might now be delayed. Read More: NY1

 

Queens motels shut down, employees arrested in prostitution sting

Two Queens motels were shut down this week after five employees were busted by cops for their alleged involvement in a prostitution ring. Desk clerks Harripersa Ramjattan, Bhaskar Chanika, Wojuech D. Sady, Atm Raham and Masum Chowdhury at the Kew Motor Inn and Par Central Motor Inn, both located in Kew Gardens, were charged for promoting prostitution, falsifying business records, commercial bribe receiving and permitting prostitution. Read More: New York Post

 

Demonstrators Want Police Officer Arrested For Shooting Unarmed Bronx Teen

A rally was held by a Bronx police precinct Thursday night, as advocates demanded that the police officer who killed unarmed 18-year-old Ramarley Graham last month should be arrested and face criminal charges. Ramarley Graham, 18, was shot last month by Police Officer Richard Haste, who along with several narcotics agents chased the teen into his house on East 229th Street in Wakefield after an alleged drug deal. Read More: NY1

 

NYC stores ready to ditch synthetic pot in wake of state ban

Mohamed Alzokri, who runs A&M Candy on Amsterdam Ave. and 89th St., said the prohibition is the excuse he needed to pull the popular money-maker off his shelves “It’s not good for health. They should take it off the market,” he said, but added, “Everybody asks for it when they come in.” After a Daily News investigation on the fake weed often called K2 or Spice, the state health commissioner ordered a ban on its sale or distribution. Letters were sent to county health departments, which must put sellers on notice that they could face civil action if they don’t ditch the dangerous drug. Read More: Daily News

 

Deliberations To Begin In Handyman’s Murder Trial

Deliberations are set to begin Friday in the trial of a handyman accused of killing a Manhattan building cleaner and hiding her body in an air-conditioning duct. A lawyer for Joseph Pabon says officials rushed to judgement when they charged Pabon with smothering 46-year-old Eridania Rodriguez in 2009. But during his summation Thursday, the prosecutor in the case argued the evidence proves Pabon’s guilt. Read More: NY1

 

Mega Millions jackpot grows again, reaches $540M

The Mega Millions jackpot just got bigger — $40 million bigger to be exact. The record lottery jackpot climbed to a staggering $540 million this afternoon, officials said. Since Tuesday’s drawing, when no winning tickets were sold, the jackpot has grown twice — from $363 million to $500 million to $540 amount. The $500 million was already the largest in history for a multistate game. Read More: New York Post

New security plan in works for problem-plagued Village McD’s

The owner of the problem-plagued Greenwich Village McDonald’s met last night with police brass and political reps to hash out plans to improve safety and security, The Post has learned. Some of the ideas floated were the hiring of off-duty NYPD officers to act as guards, giving police remote Internet access to the eatery’s surveillance cameras, and cordoning off seating after a certain hour to prevent customers from lingering, Deputy Inspector Brandon del Pozo of the Sixth Precinct told concerned residents at a community meeting. Read More: New York Post

Teen survives five-story elevator fall at Bronx apartment

A teen miraculously survived a five-story plunge inside a broken elevator at a Bronx apartment building last night, authorities and witnesses said. Kenneth Lacen, 17, had boarded the elevator on the fifth floor of the building on Woodycrest Avenue near Yankee Stadium at around 9 p.m. when it suddenly went into a terrifying free fall and crashed in the basement, authorities and witnesses told The Post. Read More: New York Post

Spike Lee settles for retweeting wrong address

An elderly couple has reached a settlement with Spike Lee after the pair said they had to leave their Florida home after the director help spread a Twitter posting listing their address as that of the man who shot an unarmed teen. The couple’s attorney, Matt Morgan, announced the settlement Thursday. Morgan says Lee called them to apologize for retweeting their address. Specifics of the settlement weren’t disclosed. Read More: New York Post