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SLIM JIMS LEAD TO LOTTERY WIN

FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) — A man in New York State decided to go into a convenience store to buy his dog some Slim Jims. And because of that, he’ll end up living large for the rest of his life. Lottery officials say 73-year-old Dale Farrand won a $10 million prize on a scratch-off ticket. The man, from Fort Edward, New York, says he bout a $30 ticket while buying Slim Jims for his dog, Boots. After scratching the ticket, he found he was a winner. Farrand will end up with a lump-sum payment of $6.7 million when all is said and done — and says he will use his winnings to pay off his mortgage, make home improvements — and help his kids and grandchildren. No word on whether Boots will end up with a snack upgrade.

ROOKIE QUARTERBACK RECOVERS FROM BAD START TO WIN FIRST GAME

DETROIT (AP) — Just one pass into his NFL career, New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold was looking pretty shaky. But the rookie made a fine recovery — and led his team to victory. Darnold’s first pass attempt was intercepted and run back for a touchdown. But after that, he put the miscue behind him, completing 16 of 21 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns as the Jets beat the Detroit Lions 48-17 last night. At age 21, the former USC star was the youngest quarterback to start a season opener since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. But before the night was over, he helped the Jets set a franchise record for points on the road, a mark that had stood for half a century.

DOG’S DISCOVERY HELPS GET MAN OUT OF PRISON

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The discovery of a black Lab named Lucy has helped an Oregon avoid a 50-year prison sentence for a crime he didn’t commit. Joshua Horner was convicted last April of sexually abusing a minor. In the trial, the complainant testified that Horner threatened to shoot her animals if she told — and that she saw him shoot her dog to death. Horner was convicted — but the Oregon Innocence Project got on the case. After a lengthy search, the dog was found alive and well — and that led prosecutors to determine that the complainant had not been truthful when testifying.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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