All she has to do to collect a $560 million lotto jackpot is make her name public. She refuses.

The winning numbers triple-checked and the lottery ticket signed, the New Hampshire woman knew her life was about to change in a positive way — except for one petrifying thing.

As the winner of last month’s $560 million Powerball lottery, she would soon be the world’s newest owner of a nine-digit bank account.

But because of lottery rules, everyone in the world would know about it — neighbors, old high school friends, con artists, criminals.

Now the woman is asking a judge to let her keep the cash — and remain anonymous.

The case will be heard in a New Hampshire court on Tuesday, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader. Every day it remains unresolved, the lottery winner loses about $14,000 in interest. The total amount lost since the winning numbers were picked on Jan. 6 is quickly approaching the half-million-dollar mark.

In court documents obtained by NewHampshire.com, the plaintiff is fittingly identified only as Jane Doe.

“She is a longtime resident of New Hampshire and is an engaged community member,” the woman’s attorney, Steven Gordon, wrote in court documents. “She wishes to continue this work and the freedom to walk into a grocery store or attend public events without being known or targeted as the winner of a half-billion dollars.”

On one side of the case are lottery officials who say the integrity of the games depends on the public identification of winners as a protection against fraud and malfeasance. A local woman holding up a giant check while cameras flash and reporters scrawl also happens to be a powerful marketing tool.

On the other side is a woman suddenly faced with a life-changing stroke of luck who, court documents say, wishes to live “far from the glare and misfortune that has often fallen upon other lottery winners.”

The law doesn’t appear to be on her side.

New Hampshire lottery rules require the winner’s name, town and amount won be available for public information, in accordance with open-records laws.

“Petitioner’s understandable yearning for normalcy after entering a lottery to win hundreds of millions of dollars is not a sufficient basis to shut the public out of the business of government,” Assistant Attorney General John Conforti wrote in court documents.

The state allows people to form an anonymous trust, NewHampshire.com reported, but it’s a moot point for the woman — she signed her name on the back of the ticket shortly after winning, and altering the signature would nullify the ticket.

In a statement, New Hampshire lottery executive director Charlie McIntyre said that the commission consulted with the state’s attorney general’s office and that the Powerball winner must abide by the disclosure laws “like any other.”

“The New Hampshire Lottery understands that winning a $560 million Powerball jackpot is a life-changing occurrence,” the statement said. “Having awarded numerous Powerball jackpots over the years, we also understand that the procedures in place for prize claimants are critically important for the security and integrity of the lottery, our players and our games. While we respect this player’s desire to remain anonymous, state statutes and lottery rules clearly dictate protocols.”

In court documents, the lottery winner asked a judge to allow the lottery winnings to be paid to a designated trust that keeps her anonymous. But lottery officials have argued that even if the cash goes into a trust, the ticket will have to be submitted in its original form — complete with the ticket buyer’s name and home town.

Other lottery winners have realized that every ticket buyer’s fantasy can quickly morph into a nightmare. There are myriad self-inflicted problems that can befall a person who suddenly comes into great wealth. One bought a water park, for example. Several others have gambled their winnings away, including a two-time lottery winner who ended up living in a trailer.

Billie Bob Harrell Jr., who won $31 million in 1997, told his financial adviser shortly before his suicide that “winning the lottery is the worst thing that ever happened to me.”

And there are numerous examples of people who’ve tried to swindle lottery winners out of their newly acquired cash — or take the money by force.

In November 2015, Craigory Burch Jr. matched all five numbers in the Georgia Fantasy 5 drawing and won a $434,272 jackpot, The Washington Post’s Lindsey Bever reported.

Two months later, police said, Burch was killed in his home by seven masked men who kicked in his front door. His family members said the public announcement of the lottery winnings had made him a target.

“When they came in, he said: ‘Don’t do it, bro. Don’t do it in front of my kids. Please don’t do it in front of my kids and old lady,’ ” his girlfriend, Jasmine Hendricks, told WALB-TV at the time. “He said, ‘I’ll give you my bank card.’ ”

Abraham Shakespeare won a $30 million lottery prize in 2006. Two years later, he was approached by Dorice “Dee Dee” Moore, who said she was writing a book about how people were taking advantage of him. She soon became his financial adviser and slowly siphoned away his money, according to Fox News.

“She got every bit of his money,” Assistant State Attorney Jay Pruner said in closing arguments. “He found out about it and threatened to kill her. She killed him first.”

Remaining anonymous can alleviate some of those problems, according to Shaheen & Gordon, the law firm that is representing the New Hampshire Powerball winner. It offered advice in a blog post shortly after the winning ticket was announced — and before the winner was its client.

“Once you are outed, it can be overwhelming,” lawyer William Shaheen said in the post. “If you like your life and you like your friends, choose anonymity. If you don’t, things will change. People will look at you differently and treat you differently.”

The winner’s legal team expounded on that thought — in dire terms — in an analysis from an accountant.

“In my experience, the publication of these individuals’ identities often leads to disastrous outcomes, including theft, ransom and harassment,” wrote David Desmarais, a certified public accountant, in court documents obtained by the Union Leader newspaper.

“Many clients are forced to hire professional security teams to accompany their children on trips out of the country,” he added. “The dangers of having their identities publicized can force these high-wealth individuals to leave their communities permanently, change their identities, go into hiding and maintain around the clock security.”

Little Caesars Restaurant Closed For Mouse Droppings Baked Into Pizza

A Little Caesars in Indianapolis, IN, was shut down by health inspectors Tuesday morning after a couple found rodent feces baked into the crust of their pizza.

Johnathan McNeil said he and his girlfriend bought the pizza from the chain restaurant and left. Once they started driving home, his girlfriend noticed something was wrong.

“She looked at the pizza and realized there was like doo-doo looking stuff on the pizza,”.

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McNeil said they turned around and went back to the restaurant for an explanation, but the employees claimed to not know what it was.

“All of them were looking at my pizza dumbfounded as if they didn’t know what’s going on,” said McNeil, “I said ‘That’s mouse doo-doo on the bottom of my pizza.’”

He called the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, and contacted the Marion County Health Department upon police suggestion.Once the health inspector arrived, an emergency inspection was conducted, resulting in the closure of the restaurant.

“We did find that there were rodent droppings and violations that warranted us doing a license suspension,” said Janelle Kaufman with the Marion County Health Department to FOX 59.

The Little Caesars pizza restaurant had been dealing with a mouse issue since August 2017, FOX 59 reports. The restaurant had been cited four times since the summer for mice-related problems, but was never closed. Before the restaurant was given an all-clear in October, it had received seven violations in 2017 alone, according to the Public Health Department’s website.

McNeil hopes others don’t suffer the same fate as he and his girlfriend.

“I just want people to check their food and be very cautious about what they’re eating,” said McNeil.

The pizza chain was re-opened Wednesday morning after a follow-up inspection. Little Caesars released a statement about the matter:

“Little Caesars takes great measures to ensure its products are high quality. We were notified of the situation at one of our independently owned and operated franchise locations. The store was immediately closed, thoroughly cleaned and the franchisee requested a health department reinspection. The store has reopened with approval from the health department.”

“They cooperated with us, they worked with us…they cleaned everything they needed to do,” said Kaufman to FOX 59.

99-Year-Old Eagles Fan With Rags-To-Riches History Celebrates Super Bowl Win

There’s one person for whom the Philadelphia Eagles’ surprise victory against the New England Patriots in Sunday night’s Super Bowl final probably meant more than anyone else.

Ninety-nine-year-old Phil Basser, a Philadelphia native now better now as ‘Philadelphia Phil’, turns 100 in March and saw his team win their first ever Super Bowl Sunday night.

He became known to Philadelphia fans after his 18-year-old grandson tweeted about him in response to the news that 99-year-old Vikings fan Millie was looking forward to the match-up between her team and the Eagles two Sundays ago.

After the Eagles beat the Vikings in the playoffs to advance to the Super Bowl, the Eagles made sure that Philadelphia Phil got seats at the actual game to watch his team attempt to win their first Super Bowl title against last year’s champions, the New England Patriots.

To say that Philadelphia Phil has been waiting 10 decades to see his home team win their first Super Bowl, is technically correct. He was 15 years old when the team played their first game in 1933, and the first Super Bowl wasn’t held until 1967.

But there’s more to the near-centenarian’s story than just his age – Besser has had a real rags-to-riches story.

According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, he was born to a poor Jewish family in 1918.

His mother died when he was four and his sister died when he was eight, which meant he spent his weekdays in a local Jewish orphanage, the Jewish Foster Home and Orphan Asylum, only seeing his father on weekends.

His father died just as Basser was about to be deployed in World War II. Basser later also served in the Korean War.

Later in life, Basser founded a successful advertising agency in Philadelphia and has four children, 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren to his name.

Last year, his wife of 65 years, Pearl, died, and he moved to New York to live with his daughter.

“One could look at my life and see the hurdles and the tragedy,” he said in an interview with the Philly Voice. “These were all devastating, but I choose to wake up each and every day seeing the best that life has to offer.”

He can now add the Eagles’ Super Bowl victory to that list.

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Dog gets approved for unemployment benefits

Michael Ryder had been approved for $360 every week in Michigan unemployment benefits — until the state

learned he’d been dogging it at the Detroit-area restaurant chain where he supposedly worked.

Ryder is a German Shepherd owned by attorney Michael Haddock on the other side of the state in Saugatuck.

Fox 5 News spoke to Haddock on Wednesday.  He confirmed he received a benefits letter addressed to “Michael Ryder” from Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency. Haddock contacted the agency about the letter

The agency says its computer system sent the letter, but the claim later was flagged as suspicious and denied.

Investigations administrator Tim Kolar wrote in a tongue-in-cheek email that he knows “first-hand it is rare for ‘man’s best friend’ to contribute financially to the household and that will continue in this instance.”

Via: Associated Press

Killer of cellmate says ‘one less child molester’

Florida authorities say an inmate who killed his cellmate last month while awaiting trial for killing another cellmate in 2015 is now in solitary confinement.

The News Herald reports 21-year-old Frederick Patterson III said he killed his 82-year-old cellmate Arthur Williams on Jan. 15, and told correctional officers that “there’s one less child molester on the streets.”

Patterson, a convicted burglar, was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for killing 45-year-old Scott Collinsworth, a convicted robber, in the Apalachee Correctional Institution.

Patterson now faces a first-degree murder charge. Williams, who allegedly tried to lure a 9-year-old boy into his car, had been ruled incompetent 10 days earlier and was being held in the Jackson County Correctional Facility awaiting transfer to a mental facility.

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Information from: The (Panama City, Fla.) News Herald, http://www.newsherald.com

Grand champion steer sells for $200,000 at Fort Worth Stock Show

FORT WORTH – A Texas teenager will be heading back to the Panhandle a whole lot richer this weekend.

Ben Benzer, 17, sold his grand champion European Crossbred steer, Mufasa, for $200,000 to Hillwood Properties on Saturday at the Fort Worth Stock Show sale of champions.

Benzer is from Texline, about an hour and a half northwest of Amarillo.

Mufasa, weighing in at 1,329 pounds, earned the prestigious grand champion title on Friday. But the real fun began Saturday morning at the sale of champions, where business men and women gather each year to bid on the top livestock from the junior Stock Show, including goats and pigs.

The grand champion steer routinely fetches $200,000 and above.

Last year’s grand champion, a European Crossbred named Rocco, sold for $240,000, tying a Stock Show record. The prize for the grand champion has only dipped below $200,000 once since 2010, selling for $185,000 in 2011, according to the Star-Telegram.

Conor McGregor Says ‘Negotiations Are Underway For Mayweather UFC Fight’

Connor McGregor was in New York City last night for the seventh annual Best Of Ireland Gala Dinner. Given that he’s almost certainly the best of Ireland, it wouldn’t have been much of an event without him.

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The event, which honoured the MMA fighter, was also a charity bash to raise funds for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, in Ireland. And after a spontaneous donation by McGregor himself, he revealed that over $800,000 had been raised for both the hospital and the Children’s Medical Research Foundation.

Yet while his generous side was very much on show at the event, so was his fighting talk.

McGregor said: “I’m currently in negotiations to face my next opponent and we have many options.

“There’s the current interim lightweight champion [Tony Ferguson], there’s an undefeated Dagestani [Khabib Nurmagomedov], maybe a big Russian event, there’s obviously the [Nate] Diaz trilogy, of course the Mayweather fight is there.

“There’s many options. So we’re just at the table at the moment. Time’s is good, life is good.”

In another video when asked if he thought that Floyd Mayweather should fight on his terms – ie UFC, not boxing – McGregor said: “He should. I went into his game, he should come into mine.”

Later, as he exited the venue at the end of the awards, a noticeably more rowdy McGregor emerged holding the award he had received for his continuing charitable work with children’s hospitals in his home country.

As photographers clambered around him, someone screamed: “Fuck Mayweather,” to which McGregor responded by screaming what sounds like “Fuck the Mayweathers.”

It was 26 August last year that McGregor stepped into the ring to fight the undefeated boxer, who had come out of retirement specifically for the match.

While people praised McGregor’s performance in a sport that’s not his own, he was nonetheless defeated in the 10th round with a technical knockout. The result extended Mayweather’s undefeated run to 50-0.

The boxer’s guaranteed disclosed paycheck for the bout was $100 million while McGregor’s was $30 million, but estimates are that Mayweather reportedly earned more than $300 million and McGregor over $100 million. Not bad for a night’s work.

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Mario Kart Is Coming To Smartphones And People Are Excited

Girls and boys, charge your Excitement Engines because we have some big-ass news – Mario Kart is coming to a smartphone near you.

As of yet, Nintendo haven’t released full details of the game or its release date but it’s likely that the game’s release will result in commuters UK-wide replacing Candy Crush with early-morning, high-octane 2D races around Yoshi Valley, Koopa Troopa Beach (those turtles) and ultimate fucker Choco Mountain.

Nintendo took to Twitter to tell fans that the game is in development and should be with us in 2019.

When first released on the SNES in 1992, the original Super Mario Kart was so unbelievably good it was awarded a special, bespoke gold medal at the Barcelona Olympics. And they don’t even have car racing in the Olympics.

(Not all of the above is true.)However, it was 1996’s revamped and re-released N64 edition Mario Kart 64 that cemented Mario and pals’ place in the pantheon of all-time classic console games, even though the sheer competitiveness it unleashed in humans destroyed friendships, families and one vase at my auntie’s house.

Mario Kart 64 was the N64’s second best-selling game (beaten only by Super Mario 64). Shifting almost 10 million copies, gave bananas a nutrition-free second wind and Bowser an uncomfortable looking 50cc means of transportation with which to race about in. My word, it was good.

Debate has raged for aeons as to which was the best course and tournament in the Mario Kart universe. The answer, of course (wahey), was the Mushroom Cup, mostly because it looked liked the developers had been on mushrooms while designing it.

Luigi Raceway, the first track in the game, was a deceptively simple thunderbastard of a track with an irritatingly open course that resulted in many crashes into water, pillars and inexplicably blocky green hills. Final course Kalimari Desert, meanwhile, had something extremely fishy about it (BOOM!), not least those extremely narrow wooden bridges that generally resulted in at least three pitfalls. It was glorious.

Beep. Beep.

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Father of 3 victims attacks Larry Nassar during sentencing

The father of three sexual abuse victims tried to attack disgraced former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar during his sentencing hearing in Charlotte, Mich.

After one of his three daughters detailed Nassar’s sexual abuse when she was 13 years old during her victim impact statement, Randall Margraves charged at Nassar before being blocked by the ex-doctor’s lawyer, Matthew Newburg, and restrained by three deputies, according to multiple reports.

Margraves asked Eaton County Court Judge Janice K. Cunningham if he could have five minutes alone with the man who assaulted his three daughters, Lauren, Madison Rae and Morgan. When Cunningham said that wasn’t possible, he asked for one minute, and when she refused again, he rushed at Nassar.

“Let me at that son of a bitch,” Margraves said as deputies pinned him to the ground and handcuffed him. “I want that son of a bitch. Give me one minute with that bastard. One minute.”

He asked the deputies, “What if this happened to you guys?”

Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis asked the courtroom not to respond violently.

“You haven’t lived through it, lady,” Margraves responded, before being led out of the courtroom.

After a brief recess, Cunningham addressed the gallery, informing the court that Margraves’ daughters had all provided victim impact statements — two this week and one last week in Ingham County.

“I recognize Mr. Margraves has three daughters that he has had to watch go through the pain and the hurt,” she said. “[…] If it is hard and difficult for me to hear what his daughters have to say, I can’t imagine what it is like for a parent. And no one is making any excuses for what the defendant did in this case. However, these are legal proceedings, and the criminal justice system is doing what it is supposed to do. I am going to listen to all the impact statements, I’m going to apply the law, and Mr. Nassar will be sentenced.”

She also asked that nobody react violently again. The courtroom is expected to hear at least 65 victim impact statements before Nassar’s sentencing. He has already been sentenced to 60 years in prison for pleading guilt to possessing child pornography and 175 years for assaulting more than 150 victims.

Political Correctness Kills Chief Wahoo

Political correctness has officially killed Chief Wahoo.

The Cleveland Indians’ logo that’s been in official use since 1947 will be gone after the 2018 season, it was reported Monday.

The caricature of a Native American, which is beloved by Cleveland fans far and wide, has been under attack for years by Native American groups for being racist. Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred also objected to the logo’s use and had been pressuring team owner Paul Dolan to change it.

Dolan, for his part, said it was “the hardest decision” his family had to make during their ownership of the team, which began after the 1999 season.

“There are people who have a strong emotional tie to Chief Wahoo and see it as a positive symbol of our community,” said Dolan, reports Cleveland.com. “They don’t see it as anything negative toward Native Americans. It’s about Cleveland and the Indians and what all that means to us.”

He continued: “We also want to respond to people who we think have legitimate considerations that the logo is no longer appropriate.”

Dolan insisted, however, that the team name will stay the same.

“Not only are we adamant about keeping the name Indians, but the Commissioner (Rob Manfred) is similarly supportive of the name,” said Dolan. “Yes, some people will continue to make noise about that, but I’m not troubled by its use. The Commissioner is not troubled by the use of the name. We are confident the name will continue on.”

While the logo will be removed from uniforms, banners, and signs in the stadium, fans will still be able to purchase items with Chief Wahoo in the team shop at the stadium and in retail stores in the Cleveland area.

The reactions have been mixed.