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Buying ticket in Seminole made someone rich

By TIMES WIRES
Published January 3, 2007


The state boasts 10 new millionaires, at least on paper. And one of them passed through Seminole recently. In its first-ever Holiday Millionaire Raffle, the Florida State Lottery sold raffle tickets for $20. Ten winners get $1-million, 20 others won $100,000 and 100 others will be paid $10,000. One $1-million winner bought the lucky ticket at the Winn-Dixie on Park Boulevard. That ticket number: 548841. For a list of winning ticket numbers, see Page 2A, or go to www.flalottery.com.

Didn't get your First Night ticket?

It seems some events at the First Night St. Petersburg New Year's Eve event were so popular that the venues ran out of the colorful buttons with flashing lights that served as tickets. Organizers resorted to stamping hands for admission. Now that unsold buttons in other sales locations have been collected, you can get that flashing memento after all. Organizers are making about 100 buttons available at the First Night office at 10 Fifth St. S. For information, call (727) 823-8906.

Floridians greet '07 with Polar Plunge

A different kind of New Year's tradition took hold in Jacksonville. At least 400 people in bathing suits jumped in the ocean at Jacksonville Beach on Monday morning for the annual Polar Plunge. Winds around 20 mph gusted as participants waved their arms and cheered in anticipation. A quick tide came in, nipped their feet and many squealed and jumped up from 61-degree water. The rules are simple: Dash into the ocean and completely submerge yourself before running back. No wet suits and no T-shirts. "It's a unique way to start off the New Year," Barry Durden, president of a local water group that organizes the event, told Jacksonville's Florida Times-Union.

Storm center's chief steps down

An era ends today at the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Max Mayfield officially steps aside as director after 34 years of government service. He will be succeeded by Bill Proenza, the National Weather Service's director for the southern region. Hurricane season begins in less than five months.

Outage cuts power briefly to 2,000

A downed power line left more than 2,000 north Pinellas customers in the dark Tuesday evening. The outage began shortly after 6 p.m. and lasted less than an hour, said Progress Energy spokeswoman Deborah Shipley. Jack Fischl, 65, didn't mind stealing an hour of quiet at his Dunedin home. "Actually, it's a good rest from the weekend."