Coming up on News 7-
Last night's Powerball Lottery jackpot was SO big, states are having trouble paying it.
We'll hear from the man who won.
Plus, it could be another twelve hours before power's restored to hundreds of local residents.
AEP will tell us about the holdup.
And, sportsfans at a local landmark are bowling down memory lane.
News 7 is next.
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[IN Q=I didn't know]
(("I DIDN'T KNOW TILL THIS MORNING. I USUALLY GET UP AROUND 5 O'CLOCK---- TURNED THE TV ON AND I SEEN THAT TICKET HAD
BEEN WON FROM MY GAS STATION.))
[OUT Q=from my gas station.]
Jack Whittaker says he wants to thank God for letting him get the right numbers.
[GRAPHIC=News 7 at 11]
Good evening, I'm Shannon Young.
Jean is off tonight.
[GRAPHIC=NEws 7 @ 11]
The West Virginia contractor is the sole winner of yesterday's almost 315 (m) million-dollar Powerball jackpot.
Teri Okita reports.
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[SUPER=03-Charleston, WV; :00]
[SUPER=01-Andrew "Jack" Whittaker/Powerball Winner; :20]
[SUPER=03-Hurricane, WV; 1:13]
[OUT Q=HURRICANE, WEST VIRGINIA]
((ANDREW JACK WHITTAKER RECEIVED A HOLIDAY GIFT TOO BIG TO FIT UNDER THE CHRISTMAS TREE.
"This check for 314 million dollars ... "
THAT'S THE LARGEST SINGLE LOTTERY JACKPOT IN HISTORY. THE 55-YEAR OLD POWERBALL WINNER TAKES HOME A WHOPPING LUMP SUM OF MORE THAN 111-MILLION DOLLARS AFTER TAXES.
(SOT: ANDREW "JACK" WHITTAKER/POWERBALL WINNER)
"I've been that close to buying me a helicopter, and I'll probably buy me a helicopter now."
WHITTAKER WENT TO BED AFTER WEDNESDAY NIGHT'S DRAWING -- NOT REALIZING HE HAD WON. BUT IN THE MORNING, WHITAKER AND HIS WIFE CHECKED AGAIN.
"I said let me see that ticket. And I looked at that ticket. And sure enough we had the winner."
SO WHITTAKER CALLED HIS LAWYER AND THEN CAME HERE TO THIS CONVENIENCE STORE ... TO GET BISCUITS AS HE NORMALLY DOES EVERY MORNING ... ONLY NOW AS A MULTI-MILLIONAIRE. BUT THE CLERK WHO SOLD HIM THE WINNING TICKET WAS NOT CONVINCED.
"She said no you didn't, you're not excited enough to have won the lottery ... and just kinda pushed me out the door."
PRESIDENT OF SEVERAL CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES -- WHITTAKER IS ALREADY WELL-OFF. HE SAYS HIS MAIN FOCUS NOW WILL BE HELPING OTHERS.
"The very first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to go home and I'm going to make out three checks to three pastors."
THERE'S EVEN A HAPPY ENDING FOR THE LUCKY STORE OWNER WHO GETS 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR SELLING THE WINNING TICKET.
TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS, HURRICANE, WEST VIRGINIA.))
Whittaker received a ten million dollar advance from West Virginia's governor today.
The state doesn't have enough money on hand to pay the total amount.
Whittaker will have to wait until next month when all the other Powerball states chip in their shares.
Nearly 6-hundred American Electric Power customers in the Roanoke area remain in the dark tonight and it could be noon tomorrow before everyone's power is restored.
The problems began Christmas morning when high winds knocked down trees and power lines.
At one point, 55-hundred customers in the Roanoke Valley were without power.
A-E-P says the work is taking longer than normal because the causes of the outages are widespread.
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[SOT 23:08:17; 10:18:56]
[IN Q=And what we're seeing]
((TODD BURNS/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: AND WHAT WE'RE SEEING IS CONTINUING TO GET CALLS COME IN SO WE GET A COUPLE HUNDRED ON AND WE GET A COUPLE HUNDRED CALLS FROM CUSTOMERS REPORTING OUTAGES.))
((ANN MILLER/CUSTOMER WITHOUT POWER: WE'VE HEARD PROBABLY FOUR OR FIVE DIFFERENT STORIES FROM AEP BUT I REALIZE THEY ARE JUST GUESTIMATING, THEY DON'T HAVE A DEFINITE IDEA.))
[SUPER=01-Todd Burns/American Electric Power; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ann Miller/Customer Without Power; :07]
[OUT Q=have a definite idea]
Since the power outtages are scattered, A-E-P is asking you to contact the company if you don't have power because you might be the only one without electricity in your area..
A-E-P hopes to have the power back on for everyone by noon tomorrow.
While some are cursing the snowstorm that has buried the Northeast, others are thanking it.
The storm that dumped three feet of snow in some places has also helped quench the drought that part of the country.
Drought designations have been lifted in Pennsylvania and most East Coast states .
But, many of those who wished for a White Christmas say they never wanted this much snow.
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[IN Q=Oh God.]
((OH GOD. I TIRED TO TAKE MY DAUGHTER IN LAW HOME AND I GOT STUCK IN THE DRIVEWAY. I DID MY DRIVEWAY AT HOME THEN I CAME HERE. IT'S A PAIN IN THE NECK. IT'S A REAL JOB, IT REALLY IS.))
[OUT Q=It's a real job, it really is.]
Airports are still trying to get back to normal.
Those stranded at New York's LaGuardia airport found places to rest wherever they could-- whether on a chair, a baggage cart,
or the floor.
Early next month, a Christiansburg landmark will close its doors.
Triangle Lanes has stood at a major crossroads for more than 40 years, but will soon will be replaced by a drug store.
Tonight, Joe Dashiell visited as longtime bowlers looked back...
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[SUPER=01-Ren Hollandsworth/Bowler; :11]
[SUPER=01-Steve Hollandsworth/Bowler; :30]
[SUPER=01-Jean Isani/Bowler; :38]
[SUPER=01-Bobby Swain/League Secretary; :59]
[OUT Q=JD News 7 Christiansburg]
((Ren Hollandsworth has been rolling strikes here for 35 years, but not for long.
Open since 1960, Triangle Lanes will close January 5th to make way for Walgreen's.
[SOT REN HOLLANDSWORTH 37:36]
[IN Q=It's a place to come]
[OUT Q=over the years.]
Hollandsworth's son Steve, and grandson Seth have grown up at Triangle Lanes, and like many others counting there final frames here, these lanes hold special memories.
[SOT STEVE HOLLANDSWORTH 44:44:23]
[IN Q=We grew up here]
[OUT Q=most of my life]
[SOT JEAN ISANI]
[IN Q=This is like]
[OUT Q=some other store.]
Members of the Wednesday night league will move to another bowling alley, but there's no room to spare for the thursday night regulars.
[NAT SOUND OF ANNOUNCEMENT 51:41]
[IN Q=Triangle Lanes]
[OUT Q=having you here.]
[SOT BOBBY SWAIN 29:14]
[IN Q=The people who really understand]
[OUT Q=make it through the year.]
Since the news broke, grateful patrons have covered one wall with graffiti... At the other end of the building, the salvage work is already under way.
Sixteen of the lanes are bound for another bowling alley... while the others will provide souvenirs of countless frames and fond memories.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Christiansburg))
A former banker who helped run Virginia Tech and the Explore Park died earlier this week.
Clifford Cutchins the Third was 79-years-old.
He was rector of the Board of Visitors at Virginia Tech, his alma mater, and also served as chairman of the Explore Park's board of directors.
Cutchins was a native of Southampton County.
These days being caught on tape can either win you millions or send you to jail.
But, V-Dot officials say the cameras placed recently along Peppers Ferry Road outside Christiansburg are NOT there to punish drivers, but, rather to protect them.
The cameras are being used to develop a warning system for wrong-way drivers BEFORE they cause an accident.
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[IN Q=a sign with some sort]
((JOHN THOMPSON/VDOT:A SIGN WITH SOME SORT OF WARNING ON IT WITH SOME FLASHING LIGHTS ATTACHED TO IT AND THERE WILL BE A DETECTOR ON THE SIGN THAT WILL DETECT THE WRONG WAY DRIVER AND INACTIVATE THE WARNING SYSTEM 11:30))
[OUT Q=THE WARNING SYSTEM]
The department is working with Virginia Tech on the project, which is expected to be completed by next Spring.
Officials say it is the first of its kind in the state.
Drink and drive this holiday season and you could end up behind bars instead of celebrating with family and friends.
Authorities plan to conduct several sobriety check points to catch drunk drivers.
They hope to reduce the number of alcohol related fatalities in the state.
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[IN Q=Last year during the Christmas season]
((SGT. DAN JESEE/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: LAST YEAR DURING THE CHRISTMAS SEASON WE HAD 13 FATALITIES IN THE STATE THEN DURING THE NEW YEAR WE HAD 10. SO WE LOST 10 OF OUR CITIZENS OVER THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND))
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Dan Jessee/State Police]
[OUT Q=over the holiday weekend]
Authorities say even if you have one drink you should not drive.
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[IN Q=When you drink alcohol]
((WHEN YOU DRINK ALCOHOL THE VERY FIRST DRINK AFFECTS YOUR MORAL JUDGMENT. SO EACH DRINK JUST INCREASES THE CHANCES OF NOT MAKING THE RIGHT DECISION))
[OUT Q=the right decision]
Authorities are also asking motorist to help spot drunk drivers.
If you see someone you believe is under the influence dial pound 77 on your cell phone or 9-1-1.
Give a description of the vehicle, a license plate number and the direction the vehicle was headed.
Virginia's health care workers will begin getting smallpox vaccinations next month.
More on that when News 7 returns.
Plus Iraqis are gearing up for war, by stocking up on the necessities.
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[IN Q=Hey Folks...]
[OUT Q=THE BIG 7."]
((Hey folks - Mike Stevens back in the News 7 Sports office as the area's hardwood comes alive. Highlights from the Northside Invitational and Holiday Hoopla are on the way.
Plus, Boston College lays the smackdown on Toledo.
And Steve Mason checks in from Charlotte where Al Groh, the Cavs and WVU got a taste of NASCAR. Tonight on the Big 7.))
Giles County deputies are searching for a suspect in a Christmas night robbery.
Authorities say the man stole a car at gunpoint in Roanoke, and then used the car in a convenience store robbery in Narrows.
The man entered the Super Value convenience store on Route 460 around 10-o'clock, and showed a gun to the clerk.
The man was wearing a blue ski hat, green hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.
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Police are looking for a blue 1998, 4-door Chevy Prism with a white pin stripe.
It has West Virginia tag 4-Z-8-4-9-9.
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If you have any information, you're asked to call the Giles County Sheriff's Office at 540- 921 - 3842.
A judge in Seattle has set bond for an Iraqi-American accused of violating federal law by funneling millions of dollars to Iraq.
That decision could have implications for a local man also charged in the case.
Malik Al Maliki is the Roanoke resident accused of conspiring to launder money and send it to Iraq.
Earlier this week, supporters in western Virginia said he was helping them wire money to their families.
He's due in federal court for a second bond hearing tomorrow.
On Monday, a U-S magistrate said he would consider Al Maliki's request for bond after the main defendants had their detention hearings.
On Tuesday, a U-S Magistrate in Seattle set bond for the alleged ringleader in the case at 100- thousand dollars.
There are growing signs that the Iraqi people see a war with the United States on the horizon.
They've been stocking up on items like rice, canned food, fuel, baby formula and bottled water.
Some are even buying generators.
Meantime, Iraq says it's clear after a month of inspections that it has no weapons of mass destruction
At the same time, officials complained about the searches' intensity.
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[IN Q=The inspections were...]
((GEN. HUSAM MOHAMMAD AMIN, NATIONAL MONITORING DIRECTORATE: THE INSPECTIONS WERE INTRUSIVE AND EXTENSIVE AND SOMETIMES THEY WERE AGGRESSIVE.))
[SUPER=01-Gen. Human Mohammad Amin/National Monitoring Directorate;]
[OUT Q=they were agressive.]
The first team of inspectors began work in late November.
Today, the U-N inspectors returned to the University of Technology in Baghdad, where they checked the chemistry,
engineering and computer departments and several labs.
They also interviewed a professor who had worked in an Iraqi nuclear program.
Iraq says the program has been shut down.
It is not available to the general public yet but, starting next month, Virginia will administer the smallpox vaccination to thousands of health care workers.
The first stage of the state's voluntary vaccination plan is limited to hospital staff and public health teams.
The vaccine will not be available to the general public for at least another year.
The smallpox vaccine is not given with a normal hypodermic needle but with a two-pronged needle used to poke the skin.
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[IN Q=IT'S A DIFFERENT VACCINE]
[SUPER=01-Jim Ferrell/Virginia Department of Health]
[OUT Q=THAT'S, THAT'S DIFFERENT.]
The U-S has not seen a case of smallpox since 1949.
Store owners hope to salvage a dissapointing Christmas shopping season with some post-holiday sales.
Will shoppers respond? That's next on News 7.
And what do you get for a multi-millionaire basketball star who's tying the knot?
We'll talk to some of Shaquille O'Neal's teamates about their wedding gift ideas.
Whether they were picking something up or taking something back, area shoppers filled the malls today.
Many bargain hunters were out in force today to take advantage of the after-Christmas clearance sales.
Others returned the gifts not found on their Christmas lists.
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[IN Q=I GOT SOME SWEATERS]
[SUPER=01-Rob Masri/Shopper; :00]
[SUPER=01-Marcella Hopkins/Shopper; :11]
[SUPER=01-Raja Masri/Shopper; :19 QUICK!!!]
[OUT Q=AFTER THE CHRISTMAS YES.]
While many store chains and retail analysts say this shopping season has been disappointing, some area retailers say they are happy with their holiday sales.
The After Christmas crowds weren't only at the malls.
Lots of high school hoop highlights are on the way - plus - an easy win for Boston College in the Motor City.
And in tonight's Extra Point -
[SUPER=03-Phoenix, AZ/ESPN; :00]
Pitt is trying to make it a Big East sweep tonight at the Insight Bowl.
Look at the TD catch by Pittsburgh freshman Larry Fitzgerald in the opening quarter.
Here's a look at the Pitt-Oregon State scores and more of today's numbers.
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[SUPER=0097-j/Roanoke Catholic/86//William Fleming/52////Salem/58/j/Patrick Henry/71///;]
[SUPER=0097-j/Gar-Field/55//Hidden Valley/29////Cave Spring/60/j/Osbourn/63//Final In Overtime/;]
[SUPER=0097-/Martinsville/50/j/E.C. Glass/54///j/Liberty/60//William Byrd/57///;]
[SUPER=0097-/Jefferson Forest/58/j/Franklin Co./60///j/Northside/79//Glenvar/36///;]
[SUPER=0122-j/Roanoke/98//Greenville/90//Terrence Shannon - 33 Points/;]
[SUPER=0104-j/Roanoke/4//Richmond/2//Express Home Friday Night/j/South Carolina/4//Charlotte/2///;]
The first annual Continental Tire Bowl kicks off this Saturday at Ericsson Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.
But yesterday the two combatants, Virginia and West Virginia, took a break from practice to go racing.
Steve Mason has more from the heart of Winston Cup racing.
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[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[SUPER=03-Concord, NC; :21]
[SUPER=01-Angelo Crowell/UVa Senior Linebacker; 1:06]
[SUPER=01-Al Groh/Kellogg's Passenger; 1:36]
[SUPER=01-Rich Rodriguez/Petty Car Passenger; 1:45]
[SUPER=01-Matt Schaub/UVa Quarterback; 2:00]
[OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."]
The postseason bowl buffet continued last night with Boston College scoring some points for the Big East in more ways than one.
[SUPER=03-Detroit, MI/ESPN; :00]
Eagles' head coach Tom O'Brien would watch his team play like it was in another world last night.
BC scored touchdowns on its first six possessions against Toledo as Eagles' quarterback Brian St. Pierre completed 25 of 35 passes for a career high 345 yards and three touchdowns in the 51-to-25 rout.
O'Brien becomes the first BC coach to win three bowl games in his career.
Toledo on the other hand committed four personal fouls and had two players ejected.
High school basketball is the only thing hotter than the after Christmas sales this week.
Northside is hosting an eight team- three day event this week.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Northside vs. Glenvar; :00]
The Vikings played the nightcap of the opening day against Glenvar.
We pick it up early and it was all Northside - Ryan Smith hits Keith Brammer for the easy two pointer and Northside jumps on top.
Glenvar's Brian Dunn would come up with steal and takes it all the way in for the score to cut the Northside lead to 3.
But that's as close as it would get as Keith Carter gets the tough
lay-up to fall with some good hustle.
Northside rolls to the 79-to-36 win over Glenvar.
In the first game of the nightcap Franklin County took on Jefferson Forest.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Franklin Co. vs. Jeff. Forest; :00]
We pick this one up early in the third and Franklin County's Brian Holland catches the long outlet pass and drops it in for two. The Eagles led 36-to-31.
Later in the third - Jefferson Forest's Adam Beam will thread the pass inside to Justin Freer. He gets the easy bucket and at this point Forest trailed by 8.
Franklin County let the advantage get down to four, before Ty Sigmon made the nice catch and score in traffic.
[SUPER=33-Franklin Co./60/Jefferson Forest/58;]
The Cavs would keep it close in the fourth with athletic efforts like this from Jared Chafin, but Franklin County wins it 60-to-58.
The opening game at the Northside Invitational today pitted Martinsville against E.C. Glass.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./E. C. Glass vs. Martinsville; :00]
The Hilltoppers are coached by Bill Hodges - the man who coached Larry Bird and Indiana State in the 1979 national title game.
He would see his point guard Ryan Caylor step up and hit this three pointer from the top of the key. Glass is in front.
Martinsville has a young team, but the Dogs play hard on defense.
Andre Benton gets the steal and the hoop and the Ville takes the lead.
Back on the other end of the floor - the Hilltoppers' Jeremy Anderson bangs in another long jumper for the men from Lynchburg.
Durron Mitchell gets another steal for Martinsville and with
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some hustle underneath, but Glass gets the victory 54-to-50.
The other game today had Liberty nipping William Byrd 60-to-57.
The Holiday Hoopla event also opened today with 8 teams tangling at the Salem Civic Center.
[SUPER=03-Salem/Catholic vs. Fleming; :00]
Fleming opened the tournament against Catholic with guard Cameron Johnson driving in the lane and getting the bucket. The Colonels have the early lead on the Celtics.
Roanoke Catholic on the other end hollars back with a three ball.
Matt Nowlin hits the jumper from the wing and Catholic makes its mark.
The Colonels come back on the fast break and watch Taurus Boyd turn the assist into a bucket in transition.
Paulius Joneliunas then asserts himself as he blocks the shot and triggers the hoop on the other end.
[SUPER=33-Roanoke Catholic/86/William Fleming/52;]
Nowlin will be the benefactor of the Good "D" by hitting the jumper.
Catholic wins the opener 86 to 52.
Other winners today include PH, which topped Salem 71-to-58, Gar-Field drubbed Hidden Valley 55-to-29, and Osborne nipped Cave Spring 63-to-60 in overtime.
The three day event continues tomorrow and Saturday.
Tomorrow's game are set for 2,4,6 and 8pm.
Shauqille O'Neal's taking a day off from dunking to dive... into marriage.
The LA Laker center is tying the knot to long-time girlfriend Shaunie Nelson today.
Nelson is the mother of two of O'Neal's children and is said to be pregnant with a third.
The two are keeping the wedding location a secret.
To make matters worse, they didn't register at a department store leaving many friends wondering what to give the couple on their special day.
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[IN Q=That makes it even more difficult...]
((RICK FOX/LAKER'S FORWARD: THAT MAKES IT EVEN MORE DIFFICULT. IF IT WAS AT KMART WE COULD GET A LIFETIME SUPPLY OF UNDERWEAR FOR HIS KIDS.))
[BUTT BUTT BUTT]
((MARK MADSEN/LAKER'S CENTER: I WAS TALKING TO SHAQ ABOUT THIS AND I SAID, "SHAQ, I'M GONNA GET YOU A GREAT GIFT. AND HE SAID TO ME, "DOES SANTA CLAUS GET PRESENTS ON CHRISTMAS?"))
[SUPER=01-Rick Fox/Lakers Forward; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mark Madsen/Lakers Center; :07]
[OUT Q=Does Santa Claus get presents on Christmas?]
After last night's collapse against the Sacramento Kings, Shaq might just want a win.