Man Struck by Lightning Hours After Buying Lottery Tickets

In real life the old saying that a gambler is more likely to be struck down from the sky than win the jackpot. A Kansas man was struck by lightning hours after buying three Mega Millions lottery tickets .

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Bill Isles, 48, bought three lottery tickets in the record $656 million lottery at a Wichita, Kansas grocery store.

On the way to his car, Isles said he commented to a friend: “I’ve got a better chance of getting struck by lightning” than winning the lottery.

Later at about 9:30 p.m., Isles was standing in the back yard of his Wichita duplex, when he saw a flash and heard a boom — lightning.

“It threw me to the ground quivering,” Isles said in a telephone interview on Saturday. “It kind of scrambled my brain and gave me an irregular heartbeat.”
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Isles, a volunteer weather spotter for the National Weather Service, had his portable ham radio with him because he was checking the skies for storm activity. He crawled on the ground to get the radio, which had been thrown from his hand.

Isles had been talking to other spotters on the radio and called in about the lightning strike. One of the spotters, a local television station intern, called 911. Isles was taken by ambulance to a hospital and kept overnight for observation.

Isles said doctors wanted to make sure his heartbeat was back to normal. He suffered no burns or other physical effects from the strike, which he said could have been worse because his yard has a power line pole and wires overhead.

“But for the grace of God, I would have been dead,” Isles said. “It was not a direct strike.”

Isles said he had someone buy him ten more lottery tickets to the Mega Millions lottery on Friday night. While one of the three winning tickets was sold in Kansas, Isles was not a winner.

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A policeman promised a waitress half the lottery winnings

Phyllis Penzo was a waitress at Sal’s Pizzeria in Yonkers, New York, for twenty-four years. During that long tenure, she saw nice customers, difficult customers, generous tippers, and skinflints. But Robert Cunningham, a police detective from nearby Dobbs Ferry, was in a class by himself. Cunningham gave Penzo a tip of $142,857.50 a year for twenty years.

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Cunningham, a thirty-year police veteran, was a regular diner at Sal’s, where he liked to order linguine with clam sauce and maintain a steady flow of banter with Penzo, other employees, and regular customers. True to his lighthearted style, Cunningham was making a sort of joke on Friday evening, March 30, 1984, when he offered his favorite waitress an unusual tip: a half-interest in a lottery ticket. Each picked three of the six numbers; Cunningham walked across the street and bought their ticket.

Penzo laughed, then forgot the incident until the next night, when the detective walked into Sal’s Pizzeria after work with the winning lottery ticket triumphantly clutched in his hand. It was worth six million dollars: three million for each of them. Cunningham, who ordinarily might have left a couple of dollars on the restaurant table, had no regrets about splitting the prize. After all, he says, Penzo helped pick the winning

Elon Musk’s Transport System Made For a Transport System

Another far-reaching project comes from Elon Musk’s The Boring Company that has released a new video detailing what seems to be the future of passenger driving. In the video, cars drive to an elevator-type system that lowers them underground to long tunnels under a city. The cars appear to be connected to a rail way type system that carries them along a path traveling at 124 mph (200 kmh) before reaching their destination and being carried back up to the surface to continue their journey.

Elon Musk has his hands in a number of technologies that are seeking to change the way transportation is done in the future. Of course, Tesla has revolutionized the automotive market with virtually every automotive OEM developing their own plans as well as new start-ups emerging to grab a piece of what will surely be an enormous market.

“Traffic makes me crazy. I’m going to create a machine for drilling tunnels and just start excavation work”

But he also is working on changing the face of space with the reusable rocket technology from SpaceX. Then there are the more out-there projects including the Hyperloop, which SpaceX is sponsoring numerous contests for academic teams to create their best designs for a future railway system that would accelerate how people get from city to city from hours to minutes.

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The video is extremely vague on any plans for the technology or what the system may be called only showcasing a potential “what if” scenario. But given Elon Musk’s tendency to dabble in the future of transportation, it could mean his third company, The Boring Company, may be soon announcing future plans for a new way to move around more quickly in your vehicle.