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Canadian man wins lottery on birthday as he retires

In what might just be the best day ever, a Canadian man has won a lottery jackpot on the day he retired, which was also his birthday.

Vancouver's Ping Kuen Shum bought a lotto ticket on 28 April as he was in high spirits from his birthday and the last day of his working life.

That night, the British Columbia Lottery Corporation confirmed that he had just scooped C$2m ($1.5m; £1.1m).

Mr Ping celebrated by tucking into a dim sum meal with family and friends.

He is planning a trip to China with his newly acquired retirement nest egg.

"It's unbelievable that all three events happened on the same day," said Mr Ping of his astonishing hat-trick.

"I have worked hard for so many years and I'm looking forward to sharing this fortune with my family."

Mr Ping matched all six numbers - 09, 12, 13, 18, 21 and 29 - to hit the whole jackpot.

The British Columbia Lottery Corporation calculated the chances of getting all six numbers as one in 13,983,816.

The organisation said it could not disclose Mr Ping's age and occupation.

 

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700 Acres of Massive 1,000-Year-old Redwoods Are Being Turned into a Public Park


The owner of the land, 96-year-old Harold Richardson, had spent his entire life watching over the land in Sonoma County. When he died in 2016, he bequeathed the land to his heirs, who contacted Save the Redwoods about permanently protecting the property for the years to come.

There are over 1,450 ancient redwood trees on the reserve that tower as high as a 32-story building. Some of the largest trees on the property are over 1,000 years old and taller than the 305-foot Statue of Liberty in New York City.


 

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What started as every employee's worst nightmare had a pretty happy ending for Walter Carr, 20, a college student from Alabama.

The night before Carr's first day on the job, his 2003 Nissan Altima broke down.

He called his friends and his girlfriend to try to get a ride, but nothing worked out. He checked his GPS and saw that without a car it would take him about 7 hours to get from his house in Homewood, Alabama, to the town of Pelham for his first day at Bellhops moving company.

He decided to walk.

Carr started his 20-mile trek sometime around midnight.

"I wanted to be there before 8," he said. "I wanted to beat the crew members there to let the company know how dedicated I am."

He made it about 14 miles to Pelham when police officers stopped him on the side of the road around 4 a.m.

"He was like, 'Where are you going?' and I was like, 'It’s hard to believe, it’s going to sound real crazy, but I’m actually headed to work.'" Carr said.

When they heard his story, the officers decided to take him to breakfast at Whataburger and made sure he got something for lunch, too.

Carr said the officers debated for a little while where they could safely drop him off and eventually landed on First Methodist Church. The officers said they would send someone to check on him.

Carr rested for a while before he started walking again. He had less than 4 miles to go when another officer pulled up to check on him.

"He said, 'Are you Walter Carr?' and he was like, 'Get in the car, I got you,'" Carr said.

The officer dropped him off at the home of Jenny Hayden Lamey, who Carr was scheduled to help move that day. Carr said once the officer told Lamey and her husband Chris his story, they insisted he rest for a while.

"They were overwhelmed," he said. "We argued about five minutes about me resting."

After the moving job was done, Lamey, impressed by Carr's determination, shared his story on Facebook.

She said while waiting for the rest of the crew to arrive, they started to chat, and Lamey learned that Carr is a Marine. She said he and his mother moved to Birmingham after losing their home in New Orleans during Katrina.

"I just can’t tell you how touched I was by Walter and his journey," she wrote. "He is humble and kind and cheerful and he had big dreams!"

Lamey's post went viral and caught the attention of Luke Marklin, the Bellhops CEO, on Sunday morning. Marklin said he started getting texts about Carr's story and got his team together to figure how they could thank him.

"Just sitting there reading it, I was just blown away," Marklin said. "The more we learned, the more we realized Walter was just a special person."

Marklin met Carr on Monday to thank him and decided to gift him his personal Ford Escape. Carr was surprised, to say the least.

"I think he was pretty happy," Marklin said, laughing. "His resolve to get through challenges is just something that legends are made of, really."

Like Lamey, Marklin said he was impressed by Carr's determination.

"It was wonderful to get to know him. Walter is a person who has had adversity throughout his life," he said. "I don't think Walter ... was ever going to let not having a car get him down."

Lamey has since started a GoFundMe campaign to help raise money for Carr. It has raised nearly $8,500 in just one day, far exceeding the $2,000 goal.

Carr said he's incredibly grateful for all the feedback he's gotten since the story went viral.

"I couldn't believe it. I didn’t think that 20-mile walk would mean anything to anybody." he said. "I’m really thankful for it, the car, for everything."

He's also pretty sore.

"That was the craziest long walk," Carr said. "My body was like, 'What was you thinking?' I had to get the job done."









Alabama college student walks almost 20 miles overnight to first day of work; CEO gives him his car
 

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As a life long aquarist I can relate to his reaction. All he wanted to do was watch the fish...



 

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greedy little forum, i dig it.

capitalism in action when I opened BWOT just now-

guess what i've been shopping for?

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One of the trackers on this site...

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In Their Own Words

"We are the leading internet company in Russia, operating the most popular search engine and the most visited website. We also aggregate and organize extensive local, national and international content and offer a broad range of additional services."
 

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of course I was a little tongue in cheek

but the clarifying difference is the ads on my screen shot

were truthful and within regulated guidelines-

and they pick up the tab for my free enjoyment of sites like this.
 

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With a few left in the wild and at the brink of extinction, all hands on deck. The first video is from 2015 but recent sightings offer hope.

A uniquely Aussie bird that must be saved...






A pair of Regent Honeyeaters, released into the wild in Chiltern-Mt Pilot NP, making a nest. The male was released in 2015 and has returned to the park, and has paired up with a female released in April 2017.
 

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Volleyball Team Devastated by Fire Shows Up Without Equipment, But Opponents Have New Uniforms, Supplies and Gift Cards Waiting

After the small town of Paradise, California, was nearly wiped out by wildfires last week, the local high school girl’s volleyball team was still determined to play their semifinal championship match last Saturday—despite having no uniforms or equipment after having evacuating quickly with only the clothes on their back.

But the opposing team from Forest Lake Christian High School in Auburn was waiting with a big surprise.

Within 24 hours, they had collected donations of $16,000 and when the girls from Paradise Adventist Academy showed up, they were greeted with new custom uniforms, knee pads, and socks—and a whole lot of love.

Not only that, a $300 gift card was provided for each player, along with truck loads of supplies and clothing for their families.

After the game, they were all invited to a banquet of warm food prepared by the Forest Lake families.

Paradise Adventist coach Jason Eyer addressed the packed gymnasium, filled with people who had never watched the Interscholastic sport before, but wanted to show support.

“I’ve never been so overwhelmed by so many things I would have never thought possible, and this is one of the most amazing things I could ever have thought would happen,” he said, according to an article in The Union. “Your community is awesome and we are forever grateful.”
 

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