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Lottery winner buys a Humvee

Wed., Nov. 9, 2005

Salem, Ore. Two Oregon couples came forward Tuesday to claim the second-biggest jackpot in U.S. lottery history — $340 million — and said they don’t know what they’re going to do with their new wealth, even though the oldest among them bought a new Humvee.

“I’m still in disbelief that we won the big one,” said 68-year-old Frances Chaney, who went in on the Powerball ticket along with her 72-year-old husband Bob, their daughter and her husband.

The Powerball numbers were drawn on Oct. 19, but the four decided to wait to claim their winnings until they consulted with tax and financial advisers, said the Chaney’s son-in-law, 48-year-old landscaper Steve West. The other holder of the winning ticket is West’s wife, 47-year-old Carolyn.

The four said they haven’t made any major purchases yet, other than a Humvee that Bob Chaney bought after finding out they had the winning Powerball ticket.

“For the past year or so he’s been wanting to get a yellow Hummer. Needless to say, there’s one in our driveway now,” said Frances Chaney, who along with the others lives in southern Oregon.

Tennessee student shoots administrators

Jacksboro, Tenn. A teenager shot and killed an assistant principal and seriously wounded two other administrators at a high school on Tuesday, officials said. The student was arrested.

“I don’t know what he was thinking or what his motives were,” Sheriff Ron McClellan said.

Authorities were unsure if the suspect would be charged as a juvenile or an adult. He was being held in a juvenile detention facility in nearby Scott County.

Immigrant gets life for killing other hunters

Hayward, Wis. A Hmong immigrant convicted of murdering six deer hunters and attempting to kill two others after a trespassing dispute was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday with no chance for parole.

Judge Norman Yackel ordered Chai Soua Vang, 37, to serve six life prison terms, one after the other, guaranteeing he would never be freed from prison. Wisconsin does not have a death penalty.

Yackel described Vang as a “time bomb ready to go off” at the slightest provocation.

Vang, a truck driver from St. Paul, Minn., was convicted on six counts of first-degree intentional homicide and three counts of attempted homicide in the Nov. 21 slayings.


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