A Fort Drum soldier is a few million dollars richer after finding a winning scratch-off ticket in Watertown, New York.
Jesse Vonderhorst, 36, of Vancouver, Wash., scratched the winning Wild Bonanza Multiplier ticket at the Sunoco gas station on Factory Street, buying a $25 ticket while filling up his car.
“I like to play the higher-priced tickets,” Mr. Vonderhorst said, according to a state Gaming Commission news release. “I had played enough of the $30 tickets. The $25 ticket had recently had a local winner so I chose the Wild Bonanza Multiplier. I hadn’t played it in a while so I took a chance.”
Scratching the ticket in the parking lot, he realized he had won the $5 million prize.
“I was in shock when I saw the $5 million prize,” Mr. Vonderhorst said. “I went straight home and showed my wife. She asked me where I got the fake ticket.”
Mr. Vonderhorst took his prize in an one-time lump-sum payment, netting him $3,309,000 after required withholdings.
“The first time I played the wild ticket I won $50 and thought that was cool,” he said. “This is unreal!”
The soldier told the Gaming Commission he planned on using the money from the winning ticket to take his family on a vacation, possibly a Disney theme park.
The commission said the New York Lottery contributed $28,382,265 in aid to school districts in Jefferson County for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.
A small unmanned aerial vehicle built by service academy cadets is shown here flying above ground. This type of small UAV was used by cadets and midshipmen from the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy, during a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency-sponsored competition at Camp Roberts, California, April 23-25, 2017. During the competition, cadets and midshipmen controlled small UAVs in "swarm" formations to guard territory on the ground at Camp Roberts. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Drones have been used in conflicts across the globe and will play an even more important role in the future of warfare. But, the future of drones in combat will be different than what we have seen before.
The U.S. military can set itself apart from others by embracing autonomous drone warfare through swarming — attacking an enemy from multiple directions through dispersed and pulsing attacks. There is already work being done in this area: The U.S. military tested its own drone swarm in 2017, and the UK announced this week it would fund research into drone swarms that could potentially overwhelm enemy air defenses.
I propose we look to the amoeba, a single-celled organism, as a model for autonomous drones in swarm warfare. If we were to use the amoeba as this model, then we could mimic how the organism propels itself by changing the structure of its body with the purpose of swarming and destroying an enemy.
Soldiers from 4th Squadron, 9th U.S. Cavalry Regiment "Dark Horse," 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, are escorted by observer controllers from the U.S. Army Operational Test Command after completing field testing of the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) Sept. 24, 2018. (U.S. Army/Maj. Carson Petry)
The Army has awarded a $575 million contract to BAE Systems for the initial production of its replacement for the M113 armored personnel carriers the service has been rocking downrange since the Vietnam War.
President Donald Trump has formally outlined how his administration plans to stand up the Space Force as the sixth U.S. military service – if Congress approves.
On Tuesday, Trump signed a directive that calls for the Defense Department to submit a proposal to Congress that would make Space Force fall under Department of the Air Force, a senior administration official said.