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Winning lottery number shown on live TV before drawn

By Amy R. Connolly   |   Aug. 1, 2015 at 10:39 AM

BELGRADE, Serbia, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- The head of Serbia's state lottery resigned and several other employees are under investigation after a winning lottery number was shown on live television before it was drawn.

Aleksandar Vulovic said he was stepping down out of "moral obligation" and denies any wrongdoing after a winning ball, 21, was shown on screen before it was drawn from the machine.

The incident sparked corruption allegations, but lottery officials said it was a "technical mistake." No one won the $1.09 million (€1m) jackpot.

"The draw was completely in accordance with the rules and the company abides by the law," the state lottery said in a written statement.

Police have seized the lottery machine, balls and computer software. Investigators said lottery employees who worked during the draw will undergo lie-detector tests. At least six people have been questioned in the scandal.

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said anyone involved in criminal activity would be "brought to justice."

"The path to prison is very short," he said.

The state-run lottery is hugely popular in the Balkan country, especially among the unemployed.

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Cable network to air first live exorcism in house that inspired 1973 horror film

"Exorcism: Live! will show exactly what is inside this infamous, highly dangerous and possessed home," Destination America General Manager Marc Etkind said.
By Doug G. Ware   |   Aug. 1, 2015 at 3:07 AM

NEW YORK, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- A reality television first is scheduled for the eve of Halloween this year: The telecast of a live exorcism.

Discovery's Destination America network will air Exorcism: Live! on Oct. 30. The program will revisit the real life story -- and the house -- that inspired William Peter Blatty's 1971 novel and William Friedkin's 1973 film -- both titled The Exorcist, the Hollywood Reporter reported Friday.

The film, starring Linda Blair and Max Von Sydow, focuses on a demonically possessed girl and a priest's efforts to rid the devil from her body. The film was based on an actual event in St. Louis in 1949, which will observe its 66th anniversary this year.

"No one has ever attempted to rid the lurking spirits and demons that inhabit this home -- until now," promotional material for the program says.

A team of paranormal investigators will go through the house, using modern ghost-hunting technology, the Hollywood Reporter said.

Viewers will also be able to add to their experience by viewing a number of live cameras placed throughout the home, and communicate via social media, the Los Angeles Times reported.

"As we step into one of the most haunted and well-known spirit destinations in America, Exorcism: Live! will show exactly what is inside this infamous, highly dangerous and possessed home," Destination America General Manager Marc Etkind said. "By actually exorcising this iconic house live, Destination America will do what it does best -- bringing never-before-seen experiences to television."

Exorcism: Live! will air Friday, Oct. 30 at 9 p.m./8 p.m. Central, the network said.

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