Couple retrieves discarded lotto winner
DANVILLE, Ky., July 15 (UPI) -- It took a frantic, grimy search through a kitchen garbage can but a Kentucky couple found the $4 million lottery ticket they had thrown away.
Paul Daniels, 62, and his wife Carol, 59, of Danville, Ky., bought a $1 Lotto South ticket at a grocery store "on a whim" on June 29, the Louisville Courier-Journal said Thursday.
After the drawing the next day, Paul Daniels checked the ticket and deciding it was a loser tossed it. Carol Daniels, however, heard the numbers on television and thought they sounded familiar.
She told Paul Daniels who went scurrying for the garbage can. Luckily, he found, at the bottom of the can, the crumpled ticket.
After tax withholding, the couple will take home a single lump-sum payment of $1,462,000.
Paul Daniels, who is retired from the Kentucky School for the Deaf, said they plan to set up a trust fund that will pay for college educations for their eight grandchildren.
Tyson's former mansion on sale -- on eBay
CLEVELAND, July 15 (UPI) -- Mike Tyson's former mansion, about an hour southwest of Cleveland, is up for sale again -- this time on eBay -- for $3.5 million.
The sprawling 35-year-old stone and wood home has 22 rooms and three ponds on 65 wooded acres -- and a lot of gloomy history.
The original owner lost the estate to foreclosure.
Tyson invested in the Ohio solitude but sold out to an Akron infomercial guru, Paul Monea, in 1999, when the IRS came around, the Cleveland Plain Dealer said.
Monea lived there until he went to prison two years ago for tax evasion. Now, a mysterious eBay seller, known only as "moneypenny220," is trying to unload the estate.
For 2 catchers, it's all sour grapes
ARLINGTON, Mass., July 15 (UPI) -- Two men, one from the Boston area and the other from Texas, are fighting to be considered the world's best grape-catcher.
The Boston Herald reports that Paul Tavilla, a former produce worker known as "The Grape Catcher," holds two records in the Guinness Book of World Records. He set the distance record in 1991 when he caught a grape in his mouth after it had been shot at him from 327 feet, 6 inches away. In 1988, he set the vertical distance record, catching a grape that had been dropped 788 feet off the John Hancock Building in Boston.
Steve Spalding, who has set some of his records at the GrapeFest in Grapevine, Texas, calls himself "The Grape Guy." He is also listed in the Guinness Book as holder of the speed record -- 55 grapes in one minute from a distance of 15 feet.
Tavilla was angered by statements Spalding made during an appearance on the Jay Leno Show. He wrote the show but has received no response.
"He thinks he's the best," Tavilla told the Herald. "He's no grape catcher."
Hulk Hogan wins round 1 in pet flap
BELLEAIR, Fla., July 15 (UPI) -- Hulk Hogan's rooster can crow a little easier these days now that the dispute with Belleair, Fla., officials may be over.
Or, at least this round is over after the city agreed with the wrestling star about his number of pets, the St. Petersburg Times said. City law says no person in the city limits can have more than five pets per household.
And, Hogan had four dogs, a bird and Lillie the rooster. Hogan convinced city officials he had a special permit for Lillie, therefore she should not count against the limit. However some, including his next door neighbor, says the Hulk has a lot more than five on his 2.3-acre spread.
Hogan also argued that the code implied that each "person" in the household can have five animals. So, since Hulk and his wife live with their two teenage children, they should be within town guidelines, he argued.