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Lottery luck

Miami, Sept. 10 (Reuters): It’s too late. It was a lottery ticket worth $50 million and somebody had it in their pocket and didn’t claim it and now it’s too late.

Florida lottery officials say the person who bought a Quick Pick ticket at a Miami-area food market for the March 12 draw let the 180-day deadline pass yesterday. “Somebody didn’t get their $50 million,” lottery spokeswoman Sheila Griffin said. “There is no second chance.” It was the largest of 19 unclaimed jackpots in the 15-year history of the Florida Lottery. Winners have missed out on nearly $123 million.

“Our thought is that it was someone who was on vacation who went home and never checked their numbers,” Griffin said. The previous highest unclaimed prize was $15 million in 1991. The $50 million returns to the lottery, which uses it for special promotions that ultimately boost sales, Griffin said.

The winning numbers were 22-23-35-45-50-53. But they’re just numbers now. No one has ever tried to claim a prize after the deadline. If they did, it wouldn’t do any good. “Too late,” Griffin said.

Curious case

Berlin (Reuters): A German who lost a suitcase full of clothes after a holiday in 1979 is to get it back 24 years after he first reported it missing, police said on Tuesday. Officers found the brown and beige case lying outside a police station in the western city of Duesseldorf and identified its owner as a 61-year-old former hairdresser who lost it after a trip to Senegal in 1979. Where the case had been was unclear. Duesseldorf police said the clothes were in good condition and did not seem to have been eaten by moths. Police said the man was surprised and amused at the discovery but did not want the clothes back, fearing the disco-era garb would no longer suit him. But the man’s wife persuaded her husband to take the case back. “She was curious to see what was in there,” the police said.

Deadly drop

Decatur, Georgia (Reuters): Ben Rogozensky had hoped not to drop into court this week. But that’s exactly what happened on Monday when the 31-year-old inmate fell more than 3 metres through a ceiling crawl space during a botched escape at the DeKalb county courthouse outside Atlanta. Rogozensky landed in the middle of state court judge J. Antonio DelCampo’s chambers while the judge was having his computer serviced by a technician, said Mikki Jones, a spokeswoman for the DeKalb county sheriff’s department. Rogozensky was recaptured shortly after dashing into an adjoining corridor.

Jones said that Rogozensky, who was awaiting a hearing on charges of obstructing officers and giving false information, tried to flee after being taken to an empty jury room to confer with his lawyer.

He used a stool in a nearby bathroom to climb into the ceiling, she said.

NICOSIA, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Cyprus wants its taxi drivers to bin their medallions, cover up hairy belly buttons and ditch flashy rings to project a cleaner image among tourists.

The island's licensing authority plans etiquette classes for its cabbies after surveys conducted among holidaymakers showed some grooming was needed, Alithia newspaper reported on Wednesday.

”Thick gold chains around the neck, sovereign rings on three of the five fingers...all this has got to go,” the daily quoted an official at the licensing authority as saying.

Explicit tattoos, shorts exposing hairy legs and flip-flops were also in for the chop, the official added.

About 2.5 million tourists flock to the Mediterranean island of Cyprus every year, over half of them from western Europe.

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