Nation and World Briefs, Jan. 15

Indictment filed against alleged IS plotter from Maryland BALTIMORE — A federal grand jury has indicted an Edgewood, Md., man accused of providing material support to the Islamic State terror group, prosecutors said Thursday. Mohamed Elshinawy, 30, is accused of receiving thousands of dollars from overseas that he believed was to be used for carrying out a terror attack on American soil. His arrest in December came days after a couple allegedly killed 14 people and wounded 22 others in a shooting attack in San 0

For this past lottery winner, life went on

GREENFIELD — Greenfield resident Donald E. Hutchinson bought a Powerball lottery ticket for Wednesday night’s drawing, like thousands of other Franklin County residents. But, despite the hoopla over a record jackpot of $1.5 billion, Hutchinson isn’t too concerned about winning or losing, since he’s already a lottery millionaire. In September 2014, Hutchinson played his favorite number in Mass Megabucks, winning a $2.15 million jackpot and taking a lump-sum payout of $1,699,276 after state and federal taxes. It’s a number he still plays every week, even 0

Powerball ticket sales soar as jackpot grows

GREENFIELD — If you’ve waited until now to buy your lottery tickets for tonight’s record $1.5 billion Powerball drawing, be prepared to stand in line before sales end at 9:50 p.m. Ticket sales have grown in proportion to the gigantic prize in this national drawing, local lottery outlets say. “It’s been crazy,” says Tammy Blair, of Ryan & Casey Liquors. “I know that there’s been constant Powerball sales. Everybody wants it. I know, just by listening to the (lottery) machine going off.” “Even the non-gamblers 0

Jackpot! With no winner yet, Powerball purse is world’s largest at $1.3B

OMAHA, Neb. — Disappointed you didn’t win the Powerball jackpot this weekend? Don’t be. Lottery officials say the estimated $1.3 billion prize is the world’s largest. Ever. “Biggest jackpot in the history of the world. Absolutely confirmed,” Texas Lottery executive director Gary Grief said. The jackpot is so big that billboards in Texas and around the country have to advertise the price as $999 million because they’re not built to show billions. The lottery computers will handle the decimal point without a problem. No one 0

Powerful draw: Local snap up tickets as Powerball jackpot soars to record $800M

Three hours into her shift at Ryan and Casey Liquors Friday evening, Marcia Cassidy estimated every other customer she’d rung up had bought a Powerball ticket. Sales have been breaking records with Saturday night’s estimated $800 million jackpot, but if no one matches all the numbers, the next drawing is expected to soar past $1 billion. “We’re selling tickets like crazy. It’s not just one single ticket here and there, we’re selling 10, 15, sometimes 20 tickets at a time,” Cassidy said. “They’re saying, ‘I 1

Boston Yeti, turbine monk topped 2015 New England oddities

BOSTON — In some pretty hilarious ways, the news in New England in 2015 read like the setup to a joke: ∎  A man in a Yeti costume walks around in a blizzard ... ∎  A Benedictine monk climbs a 175-foot wind turbine ... ∎  A guy shows up for jury duty wearing a black-and-white jail jumpsuit ... Here’s your guide to some of the region’s goofiest stories from the past 12 months. Boston Yeti Smiles were in short supply as a series of blizzards 0

Jackpot-fixing investigation expands to more state lotteries

DES MOINES, Iowa — The allegations read like a movie plot: a lottery industry insider installs undetectable software giving him advance knowledge of winning numbers, then enlists accomplices to play those numbers and collect the jackpots. And they secretly enrich themselves for years — until a misstep exposes them. Eddie Tipton, former security director of the Multi-State Lottery Association, has been convicted of fraud for fixing one jackpot in Des Moines, but prosecutors say his high-tech scheme extended far beyond Iowa. He’s accused of tampering 0

Letter: Charter school entrance

While I applaud Mr. Garbus for his clarification about our local charter school in a recent “My Turn,” I am reminded of a series of letters to the editor we exchanged in the winter of 2009 about the very nature of the equity of charter schools. And again I must take issue with his claim that charter schools “do not pick and choose their students.” Citing the lottery as evidence of a fair system fails to address a most unfair underlying premise: Children who struggle 0

Letter: Lottery winner’s privacy

I am deeply troubled over an article that I read in a recent Thursday edition. The reporter wrote an article on Clinton Smith, the Erving gentleman who won on his lottery ticket. It was obvious that the man did not wish to have an audience by his refusal to an interview. The fact that the reporter then wrote the article and gave a very detailed description of this man’s house incenses me. I feel that this was distasteful, disrespectful, and of poor sportsmanship, so to 0

Lottery win brings Erving man $4.79M

ERVING — Local man Clinton Smith of Prospect Street won $4.79 million from a lucky lottery ticket. Smith purchased the winning Massachusetts Megabucks Doubler ticket at the Food City Supermarket in Turners Falls. The store will receive a $25,000 bonus for selling the ticket. He recently claimed his winnings from the March 4 drawing and declined an interview on his doorstep Wednesday evening, saying that he was going to fix his house, before shutting the door. He resides in an off-white, two-story multi-family home with 0