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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - July 23, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY SPORTS; Dale Jarrett wins New England 300 CONTEST: Test your NASCAR knowledge 83 RieiliintairVinner Tips for summer trout, presenting crankbaits. Free inside in Outdoor Times Copyright 2001 MONDAY, JULY 23, 2001 500 newsstand A look al lottery sales, payouts and proceeds for (he last (wo fiscal years: billion billion Feel lucky? Lottery winnings surge Mirror graphic by Torn Worthington II BY MICHAEL EMERY Staff Writer Michael Brooking was at a local Sheetz Friday playing Pennsylvania's Big 4 Lottery. The numbers he chose were a combina- tion he plays regularly since the birth of his (laughter Jon Tillman plays the state's Daily Number game, which requires three numbers. He selects the numbers and 2 on a regular basis because it's the ages of his three children. Unfortunately, Tillman didn't play the Daily Number March 15, when the winning number was 5-7-2, meaning he would've won if he wagered a dollar straight on 572 or if he'd put a dollar down to box his favorite numbers. Unlike TUlman, many Pennsylvanians are hitting winning numbers in the state's lottery games this year. In fact, while lottery sales are up, the state's revenues are down because players have had an unusually good year, Pennsylvania Lottery officials said. "In the numbers games, Pennsylvania becomes a gambler just like the person buying the ticket... and they're going to have some ups and said William Thompson, a profes- sor of public administration at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. "The state's still win- ning. It's just not winning as much." Lottery officials said two trends worked against them in the 2000-01 fiscal year. The first was an unusually high number of heavi- ly played "triples" in the Daily Number, Triples, which have occurred slightly more than four times per year on average during the game's 24-year life, hit seven times last year. There also was an unusually high pay- out for "The Big 4" game on New Year's Eve; when a 1-2-1-2 combination was drawn for the first time ever. Birthdales and ages of family members are two of the many ways people pick their favorite numbers for the lottery games. Please see AS Mirror photo by Jason Sfpes make a final trip around the ring Sunday before awards are presented to the top dancers in each category at the fourth mm annual Native American Pow Wow. The event was held Saturday and Sunday at DelGrosso 's Amusement Park on Old Route 220 in Tipton with exhibition and competition dancing of Native American Indian groups. Dancers compete for first, second and thirdplace in various categories with age groups including children, 7-12; junior, 13-17; and senior 18 and older. Men and women compete in traditional, grass, fancy, straight and jingle dances. Art, craft and food vendors also took part in the DelGrosso's Park Pow Wow. City gets grant for water study BY WILLIAM KIBLEU StaffWriter Sounding like a subway train, the water comes down from plateaus in rushing streams, pouring into lakes and through treatment plants near dams for oxygenation, fil- tration and disinfection, then into pipes, under streets and into area homes. It's the area's water supply, and the people here are lucky the wooded gaps and hollows of the Allegheny Front capture and store so plentifully and purely this most fundamental resource, engineers say. The Altoona City Authority is collecting an state grant to make sure it stays that way. A committee of engineers, authority members, conserva- tion officials, sportsmen and hazardous materials experts will use the money from the Department of Environmental Protection's Source Water Pro- tection Program to create a pro- tection plan. Please see A5 COMICS CHANGES AND FUNNIES FEEDBACK LINE Peanuts, anyone? They're back and they've brought friends. Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the gang from Charles Schulz' beloved "Peanuts" comic strip return to the Mirror on a daily basis, starting today. "Classic Peanuts" is one of five new strips to debut. The others are "Family Circus" and "I Need Help." The new strips replace "Frank and "Alley "Kit n' "Herman." We know the folks on the funny pages are like mem- bers of your family. Some of you will be thrilled to see the Peanuts gang again. Others will sorely miss some of the departing cast. We'd like to hear your feedback on the changes. Please call the Mirror's Funnies Feedback hotline at 946-7541 and leave a brief message with your thoughts. Now you can turn to Page 05 to start chuckling. Linked only by a bullet Officials: Victim in fatal shooting did not know shooter. BY TIFFANY SHAW Staff Writer The victim of a fatal shooting Saturday morn- ing was in the wrong placb at the wrong time during someone else's nient, the Blair County attorney said. ,'I Patience Ferguson, 21, of I Altoona had left the ArandaleJ Elks Club shortly after 3 a.m. and was walking to a car in the parking lot when a stray bullet struck her in the face. She died a few hours later of her injury. Police are searching for Lavelle Richardson, 24, of Mount Union, who allegedly fired the shots to intimi- date someone other than Ferguson. Ferguson Please see A9 MENTAL HEALTH INMATES Nun reaches to improve conditions BY PHIL RAY Staff Writer Sister Michele Brophy of the Pennsylvania Prison Society complained this week that inmates in Blair County who have mental health problems sometimes are placed in an empty isolation cell, dressed only in a thin sui- cide gown and with only a mat to sleep on. "Is there something better we can Brophy asked the Blair County Prison Board. Members of the prison board and local men- tal health exports told the nun that the prob- lems manifesting themselves in the Blair lock- up are micorcosms of larger, complcjt problems involving local and state government and health-care policies. Brophy said she was not criticizing prison personnel because they are following proce- dures often aimed at saving the life of a suicidal inmate. Please see A6