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Lucky millions

Beijing, Feb. 19 (PTI): A struggling Chinese businessman became a millionaire here this week with a small investment of $2 for eight sports lottery tickets, a report said today.

The man, who asked not to be identified, said his windfall came by pure chance. He randomly chose four sets of numbers and two of them bought him an unexpected goldmine — 10 million yuan ($1.2 million) in total, the Beijing Youth Daily reported. After deducting tax, the man will be left with eight million yuan.

He cashed in the lottery tickets on Monday and yesterday saying he did not feel safe claiming the two prizes at once. The man said that his prizes would first go to pay off his debts.

Record row

Rio de Janeiro (Reuters): A man in tropical Brazil who claims to have beaten the world record for staying submerged in ice said on Tuesday he would not bother to seek recognition from the Guinness Book of World Records. “I am deeply disillusioned with the Guinness Book for disqualifying my two other records. I don’t care about them any more, so I won’t even send my record proofs — this is my challenge to them,” Gilberto Cruz said. Cruz, 40, who teaches marketing in Sao Paulo state and says the Guinness Book had been his inspiration for decades, on Monday spent 67 minutes in a transparent box full of ice cubes in the main square of the city of Ribeirao Preto. The previous record for “full body ice contact endurance,” registered in the Guinness Book, was set by Dutchman Wim Hof, who remained inside a tube full of ice about one minute less.

Paul treat

London (AP): Beatles fans received a double treat with announcements of a new world tour by Paul McCartney and the release of a DVD of a 1994 jam session by McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. McCartney said he plans to include a large package of Beatles songs in his first British tour in a decade, scheduling 22 songs from his Fab Four days for each two-and-a-half hour arena concert. Seven dates in April have been announced for the “Back in the World” tour, including stops in London and in Manchester, northern England. McCartney then plans to tour France, Spain, Germany and Scandinavia. The world tour follows McCartney’s successful 2002 “Back in the US” tour — a series of performances that brought him Billboard magazine’s tour of the year prize. “I had a lot of fun touring this show around America last year, but now I’m bringing it home, and that’s special to me as I always look forward to playing to a home crowd,” McCartney said.

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