Lotto jackpot set to hit €4m
PUNTERS have a chance to win a €4m Lotto jackpot on St Stephen's Day, as there was no winner at the weekend draw.
The numbers drawn were 26, 32, 35, 38, 39 and 42, and the bonus was 12.
Despite the jackpot remaining unclaimed, more than 36,000 players won prizes, including one winner of €25,000. There was one winner of the Lotto Plus 2 top prize of €250,000, with the winning ticket sold in Dublin. The numbers drawn were 32, 36, 37, 43, 44 and 45. The bonus number was 3.
There was no winner of the Lotto Plus 1 €350,000 prize, with the numbers drawn 10, 13, 24, 25, 30 and 35, and the bonus being 11.
Whistleblower happy with film
POLICE whistleblower Frank Serpico has said Al Pacino played him better than he did himself. Pacino played the New York City detective who exposed police corruption in the 1973 movie Serpico.
Serpico (76) spoke to the media after the death of fellow whistleblowing ex-detective David Durk.
Serpico and Durk's efforts resulted in front-page headlines and a city panel that recommended reforms to prevent police corruption
Christmas tree cloning plans
THE hunt for the perfect Christmas tree may become a lot easier: pick a nice clone.
German scientists are searching for a way to ensure that the saplings of the popular Nordmann fir species grow into impressive trees.
Biologist Kurt Zoglauer, of Berlin's Humboldt University, said 40pc of trees don't make the cut when they mature after 10 to 14 years. Some are stunted by frost, while others turn out the wrong shade of green. Mr Zoglauer's team therefore hopes to refine a method to clone particularly hardy and beautiful trees.
Chinese toad hits Capetown
SOUTH Africans are marvelling at the endurance of a toad which got trapped in a cargo shipment from China to Cape Town.
South African officials reportedly planned to put down the amphibian, fearing it would cause harm as an invasive species, but Mango Airlines transported it to Johannesburg for delivery to an animal sanctuary.