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Queens’ Morning Roundup

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morning roundup


Thursday: Overcast with thunderstorms and rain showers. High of 84. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Thursday night: Overcast with thunderstorms and rain showers. Low of 75. Winds from the South at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60% with rainfall amounts near 0.4 in. possible.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Waterfront Concert Series 2013

The cover band Bon Journey will play Bon Jovi and Journey songs on the Astoria Park Lawn at 7:30 p.m. as part of a weekly series sponsored by Central Astoria LDC. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Teen arrested in sex assault of four-year-old girl at Jamaica McDonald’s

Police have arrested a 14-year-old for the sexual assault of a young girl at a Jamaica McDonald’s. Read more: The Queens Courier

Parks Department seeking designs for a new Rockaway boardwalk

Rockaway residents are stepping closer to seeing their boardwalk rebuilt. Read more: New York Daily News

Under agreement, NYPD to stop storing names of those stopped and frisked

City officials will no longer store the names and addresses of people whose cases are dismissed after a police stop under an agreement that settles a lawsuit over the stop-and-frisk issue. Read more: CBS New York/AP 

Body of dolphin washes ashore at Rockaway Beach

A badly decomposed dolphin washed ashore on Rockaway Beach Wednesday morning. Read more: New York Daily News

Powerball luck strikes 3 times in 2 states

At least three people in two states have beaten astronomical odds to become the nation’s latest Powerball millionaires. Read more: AP

$580 million winning Powerball tickets bought in Missouri and Arizona

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A pair of lucky lotto players will be splitting the record $580 million Powerball jackpot.

Two tickets, one each in Arizona and Missouri, were sold with each of the winning numbers drawn Wednesday night —  5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and  the Powerball 6.

Powerball is offered in 42 states, Washington D.C. and the US Virgin Islands.

New Yorkers were shut out of the top prize and the $2 million Match 5 winnings, but some lucky locals did hit the $1 million Match 5.

As the record jackpot grew, Powerball ticket sales jumped six-fold, according to lottery officials.

“I work at 7-11. A lot of people have been coming in to buy Powerball, about five times more than usual” Bayside-resident Gary said yesterday.

This will mark the second-largest lotto pay-off in U.S. history.  In March, Mega Millions awarded a $656 million prize.

For players that want to try their luck again, the next drawing is Saturday, the jackpot is $40 million.

Additional reporting by Melissa Mott

Queens Morning Roundup

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Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. West wind 9 to 13 mph. Thursday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 37. West wind 7 to 10 mph.

EVENT of the DAY: Borough’s Largest Holiday Tree Lighting

Borough’s Largest Holiday Tree Lighting at Resorts World at 5 pm. A special Christmas choir and Santa Claus will be on hand. Attendees can help light the tree. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Winning Powerball tickets sold in Arizona and Missouri; jackpot nearly $580M

People who bought Powerball tickets in Arizona and Missouri are going to wake up rich today after matching the six numbers for last night’s drawing. Winning Powerball tickets were sold in those two states, lottery officials reported this morning. Read more: NY Post

Rockaway residents, still without power, are coming into the light thanks to solar-panneled trucks

Many Rockaway residents, still without power, are coming into the light thanks to the solar-panneled trucks that have rolled into their storm-savaged communities. Solar energy could play an important role in helping to fuel the recovery of the Rockaways, about a third of which was still without power on Wednesday, LIPA officials said. Read more: Daily News

MTA Source: Direct subway service to return to Rockaways in mid-2013

Expect to wait until summer for the Rockaways commute to return to normal. Hurricane Sandy almost totally destroyed the A train tracks in Broad Channel, which connect the peninsula to the rest of the city. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority now buses people from Howard Beach to the Far Rockaways and back. Read more: NY1

Queensmamas.com network steps in to help Hurricane Sandy victims

When Superstorm Sandy hit, Leni Calas and members of her Queens Mamas network went into overdrive collecting donations and answering calls from people in need. But Calas, who started the successful website Queensmamas.com, soon found herself more involved than she ever imagined. Read more: Daily News

Lindsay Lohan arrested for fighting at NYC nightclub: police

Lindsay Lohan is in hot water again. The troubled starlet, 26, was arrested early this morning after getting into a fight at a New York City nightclub, police told The Post. Read more: NY Post

Councilman Peter Vallone writes letter urging deportation of Czech animal abuser

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. is launching a letter-writing campaign to get a convicted animal abuser booted out of the country. Milan Rysa, 32, who threw his 50-pound pooch out of his Astoria apartment window last year, served time in jail and now faces deportation to the Czech Republic. Read more: Daily News

Lottery hopefuls line up in Queens for $550M Powerball

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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Mott

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.