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A 94-year-old Air Force veteran nearly threw away a $6.5 million winning lottery ticket
A 94-year-old Air Force veteran from Oregon almost threw away his change to be a millionaire.
William Bowker plays the lottery often, but when his granddaughter checked his latest lottery ticket, she thought it was for the Mega Millions jackpot instead of Megabucks.
He decided to double check the ticket, and it paid off — literally.
"She got done, and later, I thought I should double-check it before throwing it away," Bowker said in a press release from the Oregon Lottery. "I am glad I did. I immediately thought — BOOM! I won!"
His winning numbers were 14-32-41-43-44-47.
The first thing Bowker did was call a family meeting to discuss the prize and how to use it. He opted to take the $3.25 million bulk sum payment and will keep $2.2 million after taxes. He plans to share the money among family members.
"I have what I need, and I'm 94," Bowker said. "This is a wonderful way to help my family."
Jackson's Food Store in Happy Valley, Ore., will receive $65,000 for selling him the winning ticket. The Jackson's Food Stores company said it's the largest ticket they've sold in Oregon so far.
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The Taliban may not have breached the walls of Bagram, but they damaged the hell out of its main passenger terminal
Blasts from Taliban car bombs outside of Bagram Airfield on Wednesday caused extensive damage to the base's passenger terminal, new pictures released by the 45th Expeditionary Wing show.
The pictures, which are part of a photo essay called "Bagram stands fast," were posted on the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service's website on Thursday.
Editor's Note: The following is an op-ed. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Task & Purpose.
Shortly after seven sailors died aboard USS Fitzgerald when she collided with a merchant ship off Japan in 2017, I wrote that the Fitzgerald's watch team could have been mine. My ship had once had a close call with me on watch, and I had attempted to explain how such a thing could happen. "Operating ships at sea is hard, and dangerous. Stand enough watches, and you'll have close calls," I wrote at the time. "When the Fitzgerald's investigation comes out, I, for one, will likely be forgiving."
So, am I forgiving? Yes — for some.
Editor's note: a version of this story first appeared in 2015.
Most people haven't heard of an elderly Belgian-Congolese nurse named Augusta Chiwy. But students of history know that adversity and dread can turn on a dime into freedom and change, and it's often the most humble and little-known individuals who are the drivers of it.
During the very darkest days of the Battle of the Bulge in World War II, Chiwy was such a catalyst, and hundreds of Americans lived because of her. She died quietly on Aug. 23, 2015, at the age of 94 at her home in Brussels, Belgium, and had it not been for the efforts of my friend — British military historian Martin King — the world may never have heard her astonishing story.
More than $20 million of the Pentagon aid at the center of the impeachment fight still hasn't reached Ukraine.
The continued delay undermines a key argument against impeachment from President Trump's Republican allies and a new legal memo from the White House Office of Management and Budget.
Average pay, housing and subsistence allowances will increase for members of the military in 2020, the Pentagon announced Thursday.