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Jackpots surge: Powerball prize climbs to $620M after Mega Millions hits $1.6 billion

The Mega Millions jackpot is now the second highest jackpot in history. It stands at nearly $1.6 billion after there were no winners in Friday night’s drawing, and the Powerball jackpot has now climbed to an estimated $620 million.

Update 12:41 a.m. EDT Oct. 21: The Powerball jackpot has climbed to $620 million after no ticket matched all six numbers in Saturday’s drawing. The winning numbers were 16-54-57-62-69, Powerball: 23, Power Play: 2.

Tickets sold in Florida and Tennessee matched five numbers with Power Play to win $2 million each, while tickets sold in Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey and Washington matched five numbers to win $1 million each.

The next Powerball drawing is Wednesday.

Update 11:05 p.m. EDT Oct. 20: The winning numbers for Saturday’s Powerball drawing were 16-54-57-62-69, Powerball: 23, Power Play: 2.

Update 6 p.m. EDT Oct. 20: The Powerball drawing will take place Saturday at 10:59 p.m. ET with an estimated jackpot of $470 million.

Update 5:21 a.m. EDT Oct. 20: According to the Mega Millions website, no one matched all six numbers, sending the jackpot to a staggering $1.6 billion. 

The numbers drawn Friday night were 15-23-53-65-70 and the Mega ball was 7.

The next drawing is Tuesday at 11 p.m. ET.

Update 11:05 p.m. EDT Oct. 19: The winning numbers for Friday night’s staggering Mega Millions jackpot are:  65-53-23-15-70 and the Mega ball is 7.

If no one matches all six numbers, the jackpot increases to $1.6 billion. 

Update 12:45 p.m. EDT Oct. 19: The Powerball jackpot rose from $430 million to $470 million Friday, one day before the next scheduled drawing.

The news came shortly after officials announced that the Mega Millions jackpot had risen to a record-breaking $1 billion.

Update 12 p.m. EDT Oct. 19: The Mega Millions jackpot rose Friday to an estimated $1 billion, according to lottery officials.

If a person wins the jackpot, he or she will also have the option of taking the jackpot as a $565 million cash payout, according to the Mega Millions website.

The prize marks the second time in history that a national lottery game has sported a prize of $1 billion or more. In January 2016, people who bought three winning Powerball tickets split a nearly $1.6 billion jackpot.

The next Mega Millions drawing is scheduled to take place Friday at 11 p.m. EDT.

Update 1 p.m. EDT Oct. 18: The Mega Millions jackpot rose again Thursday to an estimated $970 million, one day ahead of the next scheduled drawing.

If a person wins the jackpot, he or she will also have the option of taking the jackpot as a $548 million cash payout, according to the Mega Millions website.

Georgia Lottery officials said a bump in the estimated jackpot Wednesday was due to “brisk sales” after the jackpot rolled over from Tuesday night’s $667 million drawing, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.

Update 12:52 a.m. EDT Oct. 18: The estimated jackpot for Saturday’s Powerball drawing has climbed to $430 million, according to the Powerball website.

Update 11:30 p.m. EDT Oct. 17: No one won the $345 million Powerball jackpot in Wednesday’s drawing, but five lucky players won a $1 million. The Powerball website said the winners were in Michigan and Nebraska.

Update 11:10 p.m. EDT Oct. 17: The winning Powerball

numbers for the drawing on Wednesday, Oct. 17 are: 03-57-64-68-69 and the Powerball number was 15. The jackpot is $345 million.

Update 12:10 p.m. EDT Oct. 17: The Mega Millions jackpot has swollen to $900 million ahead of  Friday’s drawing. If a person wins the jackpot, he or she will also have the option of taking the jackpot as a $513 million cash payout, according to the Mega Millions website.

The next Mega Millions drawing is set to take place Friday at 11 p.m. EDT.

Update 12:59 a.m. EDT Oct. 17: No tickets matched all six numbers in Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing. Friday’s estimated jackpot has climbed to a record $868 million, with a cash payout of $494 million, according to the Mega Millions website.

Update 11:15 p.m. EDT Oct. 16: Mega Millions numbers drawn Tuesday night were 69-45-61-3-49 and the Mega Ball was 9. It is not yet known if there is a winner.

Original report: If you have a few dollars and dreams of riches untold, the coming week could be a game-changer for you.

Two national lottery games – Mega Millions and Powerball – are sporting huge jackpots this week, now topping a billion in total combined winnings.

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The Mega Millions drawing set for Tuesday has the second largest jackpot in the game’s history, worth $667 million (or $372 million with the cash option). That breaks the game’s previous record jackpot of $656 million.  

Related: 7 biggest lottery jackpots in US history

Add to that a hefty $345 million Powerball jackpot, and you’re looking at nearly a billion dollars in lottery money being up for grabs this week.

The Powerball jackpot is the 17th largest in the game’s history. The cash payout on the $345 million would be $199 million.

Related: 7-time lottery winner shares tips for winning Powerball

How did we get the chance to play for such jackpots? You can thank all those who played and didn’t hit the jackpot. The Mega Millions jackpot has been building since July 24, the last time the grand prize jackpot was won.

The Powerball game has not seen a grand  prize winner since Aug. 11. 

The Mega Millions numbers drawn Friday were 04-24-46-61-70. The Megaball was 07. The Megaplier was 3. 

Related: Which Powerball numbers have hit most often? Will choosing them improve your odds?

One ticket sold in Arkansas matched all five numbers, but did not match the Megaball number. That winning ticket is worth $3 million because the person who purchased the ticket purchased the “Multiplier” option which tripled the $1 million prize.

The Powerball numbers drawn Saturday were 11-14-32-43-65 and the Powerball was 15. The Power Play was 3. Two players – one in Nebraska and one in Michigan – matched the five numbers, but not the Powerball number. Each of those tickets is worth $1 million.

Patient accuses Pittsburgh hospital employee of rape, sexual assault

A Pittsburgh hospital worker is in the Allegheny County Jail, charged with rape and sexual assault.

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According to police, the alleged victim was a patient.

The details in the criminal complaint are disturbing.

An employee of LifeCare Hospital, a mental health facility in Wilkinsburg, contacted WPXI about the arrest of a fellow worker. She agreed to talk to us on the condition she remain anonymous.

According to the criminal complaint, a former female patient of the hospital accused Adesile Solawon, 56, of repeatedly forcing her to have sex with him.

The victim alleges the abuse happened when Solawon would "sneak into her designated room" after a nurse gave her a sleep aid.

She told police that Solawon told her "to keep what was happening a secret."

Solawon was arrested this week for rape and sexual assault, among other charges.

Back in August, he was suspended for inappropriately touching another patient, according to the criminal complaint.

The employee said Solawon's return to work made her and others uncomfortable.

WPXI contacted LifeCare Health Partners, the Texas-based company that operates the hospital, and were told there was no one locally that could respond to our inquiries tonight.

NFL fines Bengals' Vontaze Burfict $112,000 for hits during Steelers game

The NFL confirmed for WPXI on Saturday that the league is fining Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict $112,000 for hits during last Sunday’s Pittsburgh Steelers game.

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The league fined Burfict for several plays that constituted unnecessary roughness in the Week 6 contest.

Those include the play where Burfict appeared to hit Antonio Brown with a forearm in the third quarter.

Another play involved James Conner, where Burfict led with his helmet while hitting Conner.

There was no word on whether Burfict planned to appeal the fines.

He has been suspended previously by the NFL on several occasions for violent hits.

Coffee may be able to help people with this common skin condition, study says

There are several benefits to drinking coffee, including protection against a common skin problem, according to a new report.

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Researchers from Brown University recently conducted a study, published in the JAMA Dermatology journal, to determine the link between dietary habits and rosacea risk. Rosacea is a skin condition that affects the blood vessels in the face, presenting as skin redness and sometimes acne-like bumps.

For their assessment, they examined nearly 83,000 women who were enrolled in a national nurses' study between 1991 and 2005. The scientists gathered information on the subjects’ coffee consumption every four years and documented almost 5,000 cases of clinician-diagnosed rosacea.

After analyzing the results, they found women who drank four or more cups a day had a 23 percent lower chance of getting the skin disorder, compared to those who drank less than a cup a month.

“We found that caffeine intake from coffee but not from other foods (tea, soda, and chocolate) was associated with a decreased risk of incident rosacea in a dose-dependent manner,” the authors wrote. 

The analysts noted previous research showed the opposite effect. However, they stated their study is the first of its kind to evaluate the connection between caffeine intake, coffee consumption and risk of incident rosacea in a large cohort of women.

While the team is unclear why coffee is associated with a lower risk of rosacea, they hypothesize that caffeine can positively affect the blood vessels and immune system. They also said caffeine has been known to contain antioxidant agents and immunosuppressant effects, which can lead to decreased inflammation in rosacea, but more investigation is needed.

“Further studies,” the team concluded, “are required to explain the mechanisms of action of these associations, to replicate our findings in other populations, and to explore the relationship of caffeine with different rosacea subtypes.”

Georgia police officer shot, killed; police searching for suspects

A police officer in Gwinnett County, Georgia, checking out a suspicious vehicle near a Snellville-area middle school was shot and killed Saturday as the car sped away. Four suspects were on the run Saturday night.

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The officer, Antwan Toney, died after he was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center, according to the police department. He had been on the Gwinnett police force for three years.

Toney and other officers were responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked near Shiloh Middle School on Saturday afternoon, police said.

When officers approached, the suspects fired through their vehicle’s window, hitting Toney before driving off, said police spokesman Jake Smith. The officers returned fire, but it’s unknown whether the suspects were hit or injured.

The suspects crashed their vehicle a short time later, and as many as four people ran from the scene. 

Law enforcement officers, helicopters, SWAT teams and K-9 units swarmed the area to search for the suspects, checking nearby buildings and wooded areas. DeKalb County police were called in to help.

A witness described one of the suspects to police as a 6-foot-tall man with long dreadlocks, green sweatpants and a gray T-shirt. Descriptions of the other suspects weren’t available.

Toney was a member of the Gwinnett Police Department’s Uniform Division, and he was working his shift on patrol Saturday.

Toney is the first Gwinnett officer killed in the line of duty in years.

In 1993, Officer Chris Magill was killed by a drunk driver while engaged in a traffic stop with another drunk driver.

Three Gwinnett officers were gunned down in 1964 when they were investigating a “suspicious activity” call near Norcross. The officers — Jerry Everett, Marvin Gravitt and Ralph Davis — were handcuffed together and shot with their own weapons.

Saturday’s shooting came after three separate officer-involved shootings in Georgia on Thursday that left two men dead.

In one of the previous shootings, a state patrolman was shot at close range along I-75 south in Bartow County but survived because he was wearing a body armor vest. Two troopers returned fire and killed the original shooter, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

The other shooting death occurred in Monroe when a man carrying a replica Thompson submachine gun allegedly pointed it at an officer, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

In the third incident, a suspect shot at police in Richland. but no one died.

Indianapolis Zoo lioness kills lion mate

The Indianapolis Zoo announced Friday that its male lion was killed earlier this week by a lioness in their outdoor yard.

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Nyack, a 10-year-old male African lion, died Monday when he was attacked by Zuri, an adult female, before the zoo opened for the day.

Nyack and Zuri had been housed together for eight years and produced a litter of three cubs in 2015. Staff said there were no prior instances of unusual aggression, WTTV reported.

Staff said they made every effort to separate the lions, but Zuri held Nyack by the neck until he stopped moving.

A necropsy, or animal version of an autopsy, showed Nyack’s cause of death was suffocation, the station reported.

Ex-boyfriend assaults woman twice while at Washington hospital

A former patient at Tacoma General Hospital in Lakewood, Washington, wants answers after police say she was assaulted twice while recovering at the hospital.

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Rashay Milner broke her pelvis in two places when she was hit by a car last Saturday. The next day, she was placed on life support.

While she was fighting for her life, Milner's ex-boyfriend showed up to the hospital room uninvited and poured water on her. Security chased the suspect away but could not apprehend him. Milner says she did not know the restraining order against her ex-boyfriend had expired.

"The domestic violence has been going on for a long time," she said. "This was not going to be the last time he came back. That's why I took the measures for him to not be able to get to me."

Milner and her family had Tacoma General move her to another wing in the hospital. Security said they set up a code for visitors, too. However, the suspect returned the following day. This time, police say he poured hot coffee all over Milner and hit her with a food ?.;,mjhgf=1`tray so hard her arm was bruised trying to protect herself.

"He really broke a plate over my head in the hospital," Milner said in tears, "and he just walks out like nothing happened."

She and her family want answers. No one was supposed to know Milner was in a different hospital wing. She also asked the hospital not to disclose information to anyone.

Milner says hospital security apologized. When KIRO-TV asked Tacoma General about the incident, the hospital released this statement:

"Please know that our privacy policy also allows patients to opt out of being listed in the directory for privacy, security or other reasons at any time. The physical safety of patients is important to us and we maintain dedicated security staff in the hospital at all times to respond to any security issues as soon as they arise."

Tacoma police chased the suspect after the second assault but were unable to locate him.

Florida cops eat donuts after finding stolen Krispy Kreme truck

Only in Florida

This theft story has a wonderful ending -- the theft of a Krispy Kreme doughnut truck in Columbia County ended with free food being offered to homeless people from the police officers who found the truck. 

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The truck was making deliveries in Lake City when it was stolen, police said

The Krispy Kreme delivery van was stolen Tuesday in Lake City and recovered nearly 200 miles away in Clearwater. There were still dozens of doughnuts aboard the stolen vehicle, so the store manager turned the treats over to the police officers. 

The cops ate a few of them but mainly saved them for the homeless to eat later that day. 

Giant rattlesnake slithers across Florida golf course

Golfers paused their game when a large diamondback rattlesnake slithered across the 14th hole of a Florida golf course earlier this month. 

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Logan Ungerer was playing a round with some friends at Mangrove Bay Golf Course Oct. 8 when the large reptile made its appearance on the back nine.

"I saw what looked like a stick blowing in the wind on the green. As I got closer, I saw a bird picking at it and knew it was a snake," Ungerer told WTVT. "It was definitely exhilarating. It's not every day you see a huge rattlesnake on a green in Florida."

Diamondbacks, the largest venomous snakes in North America, can grow up to 8 feet, although it is unclear how long this one was. 

Employees at the golf course told the Tampa Bay Times it is the largest rattlesnake they have seen there. 

"I've played many courses and have stuck my hands into some pretty tall grasses or areas where one of these could have been,” Ungerer, 28, told United Press International. “Seeing this massive snake has really made me realize that maybe when I hit the ball out of play, it's just gone.”

Flight from Florida to Iceland makes emergency landing after cockpit window cracks

A flight from Orlando to Iceland had to make an emergency landing Friday night after the cockpit window shattered, according to passengers and Icelandair. 

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Icelandair Flight 688 made the unplanned landing at Saguenay-Bagotville Airport in rural Canada around 10:20 p.m. when the pilot noticed a crack in the window, airline officials said and flight records show. 

The 155 passengers and seven crew members were taken to a hotel for the night, with another plane scheduled to pick them up Saturday, airline officials said. 

Harrison Hove was on the plane when it made the emergency landing. He said the pilot told him the left window in the cockpit had shattered. 

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