LAST MINUTE LOTTERY WINNER

NEW YORK (AP) — A New Jersey man says a TV news report led him to check lottery tickets he'd stuffed in an old shirt. It's a good thing. One was worth $24 million. Jimmie Smith, of East Orange, claimed his prize on May 23, just two days before the prize would have expired. The New York Lottery released his name Wednesday after a review was completed. The retired security guard told lottery officials he's been buying lottery tickets since the 1960s but doesn't usually rush to see whether he's won. He said he'd check them when he had the time.

BUCKET LIST CHASE

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa State Patrol says a man pulled over in Des Moines after a car pursuit told state troopers that he wanted to be chased because it was on his bucket list. KCCI-TV reports the man refused to stop a little before 7:30 yesterday morning when a trooper tried to pull him over for a traffic violation. Police say a 10- to 15-minute chase ended soon after he left the interstate. He was taken into custody. That's when the guy shared his bucket list story. State Patrol Sgt. Scott Bright told The Associated Press that he'd never heard such an excuse in his 28 years of policing.

WANTED-SHAKY BANDIT WHO LIKES TO DRESS UP

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The FBI is searching for a bandit who seems to like wearing different costumes. Investigators say a slim, wavy-haired man has robbed eight Florida banks recently -- while wearing light blue surgeon's scrubs, a hunter's flannel shirt and camouflage cap and a construction worker's orange vest. The Sun Sentinel reports the FBI also calls him the "Shaky Bandit" because he tends to shake physically while robbing banks. The robberies began in late September. Each time, the man implies he has a weapon but none can be seen in surveillance photos. He has threatened bank employees with violence.

FIRE STATION BARGAIN

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lincoln, Nebraska has sold a house for only $43, but that may turn into a bargain for local taxpayers. The Lincoln Journal Star reports the city paid $675,000 for land that will be used for a new fire station. A ranch-style house with a two-car garage on that property sold for $43 in an online auction. The buyer will move it to another town and that means the city ends up saving thousands of dollars in demolition costs.

THERAPY CAT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — She can keep the cat! A North Carolina university has reached a settlement with a disabled student who wanted to keep her emotional support animal in her dorm room. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports Laura Auman filed a federal discrimination complaint last year saying she was told she couldn't keep her cat Kifree in her residence hall. Auman argued that her assistance animal constitutes a reasonable accommodation for a disability. Legal Aid of North Carolina says the school agreed to pay Auman a $3,000 settlement and to train staff on the federal Fair Housing Act.