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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - July 23, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAYSPORTS: Dale Jarratt wins New England 300 / Bl CONTEST: Test your NASCAR knowledge / B3Tips for summer trout, presenting crankbaits. Free inside in Outdoor TimesAltoona mirror © Copyright 2001 And the winner is A look at lottery sales, payouts and proceeds for the last two fiscal years:MONDAY, JULY 23, 2001 5O0 newsstand Ticket sales $L73btton $1.78 billion Ticket sales 1999-2000 2000-01 I vP§ J SS6S.4 mttlion 50 9% of sales $672 Rifton I I Proceeds generated for senior programs Prize payout Ticket sales 55% of sales I .tem* I ft Ticket sales Prize payout Proceeds generated for senior programs Feel lucky? Lottery winnings surge Mirror graphic by Tom Worthington ll By Michael Emery Staff Writer Michael Brooking was at a local Sheetz Friday playing Pennsylvania’s Big 4 Lottery. The numbers he chose were 3-6-9-6, a combination he plays regularly since the birth of his daughter 3/6/96. Jon Tillman plays the state’s Daily Number game, which requires three numbers. He selects the numbers 7,5 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 $500 if he wagered a dollar straight on 572 or $80 if he'd put a dollar down to box his favorite numbers. Unlike Tillman, 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 downs.” said William Thompson, a professor of public administration at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. “The state’s still winning. 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 heavily 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 payout for “The Big 4” game on New Year’s Eve, when a I-2-1-2 combination was drawn for the first time ever. Birthdates and ages of family members are two of the many ways people pick their favorite numbers for the lottery games. Please see Lucky/Page A5 Native American Pow Wow tj^ancers make a final trip around the ring Sunday before awards are presented to the top dancers in each category cit the foul th m t 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 fot fit st, second and third place in various categories with age groups including children, 7-12; junior, 13-17; and senior Id and older. Men and women compete in traditional, grass, fancy, straight and jingle dances. Art, craft and food vendors also took pat t in the DelGrosso s Park Pow Wow. City gets grant for water study COMICS CHANCES AND HINNIES FEEDBACH LINE By William Kibler Staff Writer 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, filtration 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 $80,000 state grant to make sure it stays that way. A committee of engineers, authority members, conservation officials, sportsmen and hazardous materials experts will use the money from the Department of Environmental Protection’s Source Water Protection Program to create a protection plan. Please see Water/Page A5 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 “Drabble,” “Zits,” “Family Circus” and “I Need Help." The new strips replace “Grizwells, Frank and Ernest,” “Alley Oop,” “Kit n’ Carlyle” and “Herman.” We know the folks on the funny pages are like members 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 D5 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 morning was in the wrong place at the wrong time during someone else’9 argument. the Blair County district attorney said. Patience F’erguson, 21, of| Altoona had left the Arandale 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 Ferguson Lavelle Richardson, 24, of Mount Union, who allegedly fired the shots to intimidate someone other than Ferguson. Please see Fire/Page 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 suicide gown and with only a mat to sleep on. “Is there something better we can do?” Brophy asked the Blair County Prison Board. Members of the prison board and local mental health experts told the nun that the problems manifesting themselves in the Blair lockup are micorcosms of larger, complex problems involving local and state government and health-care policies. Brophy said she was not criticizing prison personnel because they are following procedures often aimed at saving the life of a suicidal inmate. Please see Nun/Page A6 DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 vwrnrnmamam 22910 0005E? 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