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Man wins lottery because girlfriend criticised his spelling

And other stories from the stranger side of life

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A man says he won nearly $75,000 from a scratch-off lottery ticket he bought because his girlfriend said he needed to work on his spelling. Explaining how he came to choose the winning Crossword ticket, Nikolaus Hamma from British Columbia, said: “I have always played scratch-and-win tickets and my girlfriend told me to play Crossword to help with my spelling.”

Driver, 13, hits five pedestrians and blames his gran 

A 13-year-old driver who crashed into five people on a Memphis street said his grandmother was giving him driving lessons at the time. “I didn’t want to, but I ain’t had no choice, so she told me to sit in her lap, and I did,” he said. His grandmother, Ernestine Hollomon, faces a series of charges, including driving under the influence and child endangerment.

Swimmer, 13, becomes youngest to cross Lake Tahoe  

Another 13-year-old boy has become the youngest person to swim across California's Lake Tahoe. James Savage completed the 12-mile swim from Cave Rock to the Godfather Mansion in Homewood in under seven hours. He now plans a new challenge: a 21-mile swim.

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