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New York City man plays the same numbers for 25 years, hits $343.9M Powerball

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A New York City man won $343.9 million last month, the largest prize in New York Lottery history, after playing the same numbers — in the same order — for the last 25 years.

Robert Bailey, a retired postal worker, won with perseverance and the lucky combination of 8-12-13-19-27-4 on Oct. 27, The New York Times reported. On Wednesday, he collected his check at the Resort World Casino in Queens. He opted for the lump-sum payout of $125,396,690, after taxes.

“I’m still in somewhat of a shock but I’m happy also again,” he said Wednesday, according to The New York Post. “I’m totally blessed.”

Bailey told The Times that the set of winning digits, 8, 12, 13, 19, 27 and 4, came from a family member about 25 years ago. He shortened the 40 to 4 for the Powerball ticket.

He said he will not stop playing the numbers.

“I will continue playing my numbers until this train runs out,” Bailey said. “I’m going to ride this out; I can’t stop now.”

He told reporters on Wednesday that he “had to play this morning before I came here” to the public award ceremony in Queens.

Bailey split the $687.8 million Powerball jackpot with Lerynne West, 51, from Redfield, Iowa. She told The Des Moines Register that a clerk had generated the numbers randomly for her.

West announced plans to start a foundation and to donate $500,000 to an organization supporting wounded veterans, The Times reported. West’s father was a Vietnam War veteran, according to The Register.

Bailey said he would “give back to Manhattan,” according to The Times. He did not offer specific details on how he would do so.

“I still want to be me. I can’t let money change me. I’m going to keep doing the right thing,” he said.

He also said he wants to buy some land and a house for his mother and set up some good investments to take care of the next generation of his family.

He’d like to travel too, hitting Las Vegas and parts of the Caribbean

Source: https://www.foxnews.com/us/manhattan-man-wins-largest-prize-in-new-york-lottery-history-by-playing-same-numbers-for-25-years

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9-year-old genius to graduate university

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(CNN) – A child prodigy from Belgium is on course to gain a bachelor’s degree at the tender age of 9.

Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) — a tough course even for students of an average graduate age.

Described by staff as “simply extraordinary,” Laurent is on course to finish his degree in December.

He then plans to embark on a PhD program in electrical engineering while also studying for a medicine degree, his father told CNN.

His parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, said they thought Laurent’s grandparents were exaggerating when they said he had a gift, but his teachers soon concurred.

“They noticed something very special about Laurent,” said Lydia.

Laurent was given test after test as teachers tried to work out the extent of his talents. “They told us he is like a sponge,” said Alexander.

While Laurent comes from a family of doctors, his parents have so far not received any explanation as to why their child prodigy is capable of learning so quickly.

But Lydia has her own theory.

“I ate a lot of fish during the pregnancy,” she joked.

The TUE has allowed Laurent to complete his course faster than other students.

“That is not unusual,” said Sjoerd Hulshof, education director of the TUE bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, in a statement.

“Special students that have good reasons for doing so can arrange an adjusted schedule. In much the same way we help students who participate in top sport.”

Hulshof said Laurent is “simply extraordinary” and praised the youngster.

“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,” he said. “Not only is he hyper intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.”

Laurent told CNN his favorite subject is electrical engineering and he’s also “going to study a bit of medicine.”

His progress has not gone unnoticed and he is already being sought out by prestigious universities around the world, although Laurent’s family wouldn’t be drawn on naming which of them he is considering for his PhD.

“The absorption of information is no problem for Laurent,” said his father.

“I think the focus will be on research and applying the knowledge to discover new things.”

While Laurent is evidently able to learn faster than most, his parents are being careful to let him enjoy himself too.

“We don’t want him to get too serious. He does whatever he likes,” said Alexander. “We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents.”

Laurent said he enjoys playing with his dog Sammy and playing on his phone, like many young people.

However, unlike most 9-year-olds, he has already worked out what he wants to do with his life: develop artificial organs.

In the meantime, Laurent has to finish his bachelor’s degree and choose which academic institution will play host to the next stage in his remarkable journey.

Before that, he plans on taking a vacation to Japan for an undoubtedly well-deserved break.

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Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem

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Two gangbangers aimed their BMW like a missile at a father and his 8-year-old son on a Harlem sidewalk in a horrifying incident captured by video distributed by police Thursday.

The BMW — driven by a man police believe is a member of the Gorilla Stone Bloods Gang — was zeroed in on the father, a rival gang member, said cops.

Around 3:45 p.m. Nov. 6, the boy and his father were walking on W. 112th St. by Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. when the BMW jumped the sidewalk and slammed into them both, said cops.

Father and son were both knocked through a gate.

The BMW driver then backed up — and its driver and passenger, also believed to be a gang member, jumped out of the car and ran toward the father and the son.

One of the attackers slashed the father, identified by sources as 32-year-old Brian McIntosh, who’s served prison time for robbery and bail jumping.

McIntosh and his son went to Harlem Hospital. Miraculously, the boy escaped serious harm.

McIntosh was so adamant about refusing to help police catch his attackers that the young boy’s mother had to file a police report alleging he was the victim of a crime, police sources said.

Cops released video of the attack, and ask anyone with information about the suspects to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

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