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Lucky dog!!! New York man wins $10 million when he stops to buy Slim Jims for his dog

A New York man scratched off a lottery ticket and learned he’d won $10 million after stopping in a convenience store to buy some Slim Jims for his dog.

New York Lottery officials said Monday that 73-year-old Dale Farrand won the $10 million prize on a $30 “Cash Spectacular” scratch-off ticket.

The Fort Edward man says he bought the ticket while at a Cumberland Farms convenience store buying Slim Jims snacks for his dog Boots.

Farrand, 73, scratched the ticket in his car, realized he was a winner and drove straight home to have his wife double check it.

He collected his winnings Monday, the Albany Times Union reported.

“I went into the Cumberland Farms to buy some Slim Jims for my dog Boots and decided to buy a ticket,” Farrand said. “I scratched it in the car and started shaking when I realized I won.”

Farrand will receive a lump-sum payment of $6.7 million after required withholdings.

He plans to use the money to pay off his mortgage, make home improvements and help his children and grandchildren.

We’d guess Boots will be getting all the Slim Jims he can eat, as well.

(Photos by Skip Dickstein / Albany Times Union)

The truth about cats and dogs in the UK

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There are more cats and dogs in the UK than anyone thought.

According to figures in a new study, there are around 10.3 million cats and 10.5 million dogs in the UK, a total of 4 million more than pet food manufacturers had estimated, according to The Guardian.

The report, based on polling, also concludes that cat owners are better educated.

The study is the first published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal in 20 years — when there were 6.2 million cats and 6.4 million dogs.

Cats, according to the study, are more likely to live in households with someone with a college degree. A poll of 2,524 households found that 47.2% of those with a cat had at least one person educated to degree level, compared with 38.4% of homes with dogs. We will presume that cat owners did the math.

Last year, the Pet Food Manufacturers Association estimated — not too precisely, as it turns out — the size of the UK domestic cat and dog population at about 8 million each.

The new study, published in the Veterinary Record by Jane Murray, a cats protection lecturer in feline epidemiology at Bristol University, does not take into account strays or those animals in shelters.

About  7% of UK households own both a cat and dog.

(Photos: My dog Ace, your cat Miley, both of whom got their education on the streets; by John Woestendiek)