Posts by Alyssa Newcomb

  • No Powerball Winner; Jackpot Grows to Record $425 Million

    Alyssa Newcomb at ABC News Blogs1 yr ago

    The Powerball jackpot has swelled to $425 million, the largest in the lottery's history, after no tickets matched the winning numbers in a drawing Saturday night. The Powerball numbers for Saturday were 22-32-37-44-50, and the Powerball was 34.

    Iowa Lottery spokeswoman Mary Neubauer said the jackpot could get even bigger before Wednesday, because sales tend to increase in the run-up to a big drawing.

    The previous top windfall was $365 million. The jackpot was claimed by eight co-workers in Lincoln, Neb., in 2006.

    PHOTOS: Biggest Lotto Jackpot Winners

    While millions of Americans can have fun dreaming about how they'd spend the jackpot, the odds of winning are 1 in 175,000,000, according to lottery officials.

    To put that in perspective, a ticket holder is 25 times less likely to win the jackpot than they are to win an Academy Award.

    Even still, the old saying holds true: "You've got to be in it to win it."

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  • Rescue of Hiker Trapped During Sandy Caught on Video

    Alyssa Newcomb at ABC News Blogs1 yr ago

    A 56-year-old hiker was trapped in the Tennessee mountains for three days by the remnants of Hurricane Sandy. The storm, having come inland, pounded the Appalachian Trail with record levels of snow.

    Steve Ainsworth set out Monday for the final leg of a planned two-thousand-mile trek along the Appalachian Trail, just as Superstorm Sandy approached the Northeast.

    On Friday, his rescue was captured on video after he got a strong enough signal on his cellphone to call 911.

    "I was absolutely stunned. I had no idea there was going to be that much snow," said Ainsworth, who was blocked by snow drifts up to five feet high.

    With food and water running low and hypothermia setting in, Ainsworth waited for help to arrive.

    On Friday, Tennessee Highway Patrol Sergeant Brad Lund and a team took to the skies by helicopter and were able to trace footprints in the snow for a mile and a half. They led to the general area where Ainsworth had taken shelter.

    Braving howling winds and freezing temperatures, trooper Jeff Buchanan was lowered from the helicopter to find the trapped hiker.

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  • Clooney Called to Testify at Berlusconi's Trial

    Alyssa Newcomb at ABC News Blogs1 yr ago

    Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi made a rare appearance at his trial in Milan, claiming movie star George Clooney can help him prove he did not have sex with an underage showgirl.

    Berlusconi, a 76-year-old media mogul known for hosting infamous "bunga bunga" parties that are allegedly lavish orgies, is accused of paying a Moroccan showgirl, known as "Ruby the Heart Stealer" for sex more than a dozen times when she was underage.

    Berlusconi's Secret Underground Cave Revealed

    Ruby claims she saw Clooney and and his ex-girlfriend, Elisabetta Canalis, at one of the bashes however Clooney has denied ever partying with the former prime minister.

    "I spoke to their people and said, 'I will come and testify if you'd like,' because I wasn't at the party that I was said to have been at. I wasn't at his 'bunga bunga' party," Clooney told Time Magazine last year.

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