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this morning on "world news now" -- vicious virus. this morning on "world news now" -- vicious virus. starts with common cold symptoms and sending children to the hospital in ten states. why public health experts are concerned about a serious national outbreak. >> remembering joan rivers, the celebrity send-off to a legendary comic. the tears and the laughter. >> it was irreverent, off-color. just like joan's humor. >> the intimate farewell fitting for a comedy icon. >> and consumer alert. phone calls from people who say they're from the irs. saying you need to pay up or else. >> one victim in particular lost $6,000. >> the rip-off scheme you need to see as abc news puts one of the callers on the spot. it is monday, september 8th. >> announcer: from abc news,
this is "world news now." good monday morning, i'm dan kloeffler. >> i'm reena ninan. good to see you. >> great to see you. feel like we have to cue etta james "at last." waiting for this moment. finally. a pleasure. >> i wish all men felt that way, dan. >> oh, reena. let's not get into the lists that are out there. >> speaking of lists. more red carpet than funeral for joan rivers. pretty incredible. >> exactly what she wanted. she had it down it the t, who she wanted at the funeral. what everyone was supposed to say. sounds like it was an absolutely amazing time for an amazing woman. >> so true. my favorite was deborah norville said at one point there were words that were said in a temple that never should be repeated ever again. the rabbi probably was okay with that. >> the rabbi was like we'll give you a pass this time because it
is joan. amazing. we are actually going to kick it off with a serious story, a mystery virus that sickened more than 1,000 children across ten states. >> in fact, it starts out like a common cold but progresses to the point where kids are rushed to the hospital unable to breathe. and doctors are warning, it will soon become a nationwide problem. here's abc's linzie janis. >> reporter: a potentially deadly mystery virus spreading across the country. the respiratory illness with symptoms that mimic a common cold hasn't been identified. but doctors at the cdc suspect a rare virus, human entrovirus 68. >> my lungs started sort of closing up. >> 13-year-old will corneho had to be rushed to a hospital. >> white as a ghost. blue lips. he passed out. >> doctors say children like will who have asthma and those under 5 are most vulnerable. >> it can start just like a
cold. runny nose, sneezing, coughs but wheezing you have to watch for. >> reporter: in colorado at one hospital alone, doctors have seen more than 900 children with symptoms and at a hospital in kansas city, missouri, over 300 kids also reporting symptoms. >> it is going to be across the country. so if your state doesn't have it now. watch for it. it is coming. >> reporter: there is no vaccine for the virus. will's mom and dad say they're sharing their story to help other parents spot the signs. >> linzie janis, abc new, new york. well, search is underway for a mountain lion that attacked a boy in northern california. the 6-year-old hiking near a winery in cupertino, the lion got a hold of him and dragged him into the bushes. he suffered puncture wounds and scratches. the family managed to fight the animal off. >> the man came down out of the trail carrying his son. it looked like he had a laceration on the back of his neck.
and bleeding, pretty heavily all over. >> reporter: the boy is in fair condition expected to survive. investigators are looking into the circumstances of the attack. they say mountain lions tend to avoid people. and attacks are rare. a fast-moving fire is burning inside yosemite national park this morning. it roared back to life sunday in the back country area near half dome peak. the flames forced campers to evacuate and trapped hikers many of thousand of feet up on the trails. helicopters arrived to rescue 100 visitors. crews are now battling the fire on the ground an in the air. but at least 700 acres have already burned. >> monsoon rains have devastated parts of pakistan and kashmir, triggering the worst flooding in half a century. five days, nonstop rain, finally stopped sunday. nearly 300 people have died and tens of thousand are stranded in villages that are now underwater. military forces are mobilizing rescues and rushing, food,
walter and medical aid to those in desperate need. >> this wednesday president obama will give a major speech outlining his plan to destroy the isis terror group. two weeks after he caused a firestorm suggesting he had no strategy. does he have one now? abc's martha raddatz has the story. >> reporter: day after day the brutality of isis stuns the world. images of the horrific execution of a second american reporter. and over the weekend a mass grave discovered, 15 bodies, each shot in the head and vows from the terrorist group in iraq and syria that america should be on guard. >> americans should be very concerned. this in many respects represents the most significant threat this country has seen since september 11th. >> reporter: a threat by a jihadist group the president says cannot be merely contain it must be destroyed. >> we are going to degrade and
ultimately defeat isil the same way we have gone after al qaeda. >> reporter: meaning hunting down isis leaders with drones and manned aircraft and relentlessly pounding isis fighters seeking to take territory, expanded air strikes were announced in iraq to help the iraqi security forces hold on to the hadifa dam, all while the president helps build an international coalition to help the with the fight. mate your question, will the u.s. and that coalition launch air strikes into syria? the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff said last month you can't just focus on iraq. >> can they be defeated without addressing that part of the organization which resides in syria? the answer is no. that will have to be addressed on, on both sides of what is essentially at this point a nonexistent border. >> reporter: the u.s. flying surveillance missions over syria looking for possible targets. images of a predator drone spotted by syrian rebels in the northern part of the country hit the internet friday. the president is not expected to announce any further action in syria in his speech this week.
but he will certainly be laying the ground work and the reasons it may be necessary. martha raddatz, abc news, washington. entering her quarterfinal stretch of her race for texas governor, wendy davis reignited the abortion debate by discussing her own abortion. davis made headlines last year after her filibuster against an anti-abortion bill. in an exclusive interview with our own robin roberts, davis discussed how she ended a difficult pregnancy in the '90s that drew sympathy from top democrats and republicans you. can see that interview later this morning coming up on "good morning america." now to the grand sendoff for join rivers. some of the most famous faces in show business, filled a sin show business filled a sin going to pay respects as she famously fested the rabbi did not ramble. abc's mara schiavocampo has more. ♪ >> reporter: bagpipers in the
street, hundreds of fans, one of the world's largest houses of worship, filled with some of the biggest names in entertainment including sarah jessica parker, kathy griffin, and whoopi goldberg. all to remember a comedic legend. >> unbelievable. they closed 5th avenue. do you know how happy she would have been? >> reporter: inside the huge service, hugh jackman and audra mcdonald performed -- both nods to river's love of broadway. howard stern delivered the eulogy. some of rivers' closest friends gave tributes including deborah norville. >> all of us should be so blessed to depart this world in exactly the style that we hoped we would be able to do. >> it was a bundle of laughs in there, i have to say. it was irreverent. off-color. like joan's humor. >> reporter: saturday, a much more intimate farewell. daughter melissa kissing her mother's flower draped casket outside of the funeral home after it is placed in the
hearse. for the woman who made so many laugh, a memorial filled with more smiles than sadness. the service included lighthearted touches like a choir singing "big spender," and a page with classic rivers lines like "can we talk?" funny remembrance for a very funny woman. mara schiavocampo, abc news, new york. >> a legend lost. now to some sports starting with the nba which is working with the co-owner of the atlanta hawks as he begins the sale of his interest in the team. bruce levinson's selling of his stake in the hawks follows his release of an e-mail he wrote two years ago in which he made racially charged statements. those statements were contained in a message to team management how to sell more season tickets. the nba's commissioner is supporting levinson's decision to sell the team calling his statements entirely unacceptable. there are two monday night nfl games tonight, both on our
sister network, espn. as for last night's game was peyton manning and the broncos hosting andrew luck and the colts. manning threw three second quarter touchdowns to julius thomas. the denver defense did enough to hold off a colts' second half rally. denver wins, 31-24. also a winner, serena williams faced off with her good friend, in the women's finals. of the u.s. open. this one uh all serena. powerful serve just too much. some of it often more than 115 miles an hour. williams won in straight sets. she never lost a set on the way to her third straight open win. and her 18th grand slam title. she is a force, huh? >> she is a force to be reckoned with. tying chris everett and martina navratilova, 18. big number she went for, and she got it. and if serena is
looking for my -- for new digs in south florida, got some cash, may want to consider this. >> the 60,000 square foot palace will be selling for $139 million. it's in hillsborough beach, near ft. lauderdale, the most expensive home publicly listed in the u.s. >> by the number, it has 11 bed rooms, 17 bathrooms. 30 car garage. swimming pool. waterfall. the steel iron and gold leaf staircase alone cost $2 million. construction expected to be completed next year. >> amazing. >> big bucks. nice place to stay. coming up in "the mix," saving the life of a lifesaver. the bomb-sniffing dog in need of real tlc. ahead, a remarkable story of a boy an important vision. despite his eye cancer, it did not take away his love for playing football. you're watching "world news now." ♪ you're an overcomer ♪ stay in the fight until the final hour ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by airborne every day. ♪ stay in the fight until the final hour ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by airborne every day. ♪
>> reporter: the irs agents are fake but are getting money. >> an urgent warning, criminals using a phone number that make it appear they owe back taxes. we decided to give the scammers a call left on a victim's voicemail. this is what they sound like. >> the moment i give them this code number, all my money belongs to the scammers. when i tell them i am not paying right away. things get hostile. they want me to load nearly $1,500 on a cash card like it. [ indiscernible ] >> reporter: the irs estimates
that threats like this have tricked more than 1,000 victims out of $5 million. >> it's bogus, the irs needs to contact you the taxpayer you will get a letter in the mail first. >> reporter: finally i decide to question their credentials. >> you are an irs agent? >> why you keep asking again and again? >> reporter: at that time they hang up, which is what the real irs wants you to do. clayton sandell, abc news, denver. >> this sounds crazy. but i know somebody who was actually, i really know someone who is smart, put together. and they said it was convincing. they felt look you could use your house, car, everything. young kids. and she thought i better take this seriously. >> you start looking and start thinking of the threats how will you fight the irs. this is the case.
some things to keep an eye on -- if you call back the number and it has a d.c. area code and voicemail, it is a scam. it is intricate in how they are handling this. beware. coming up, a football field of dreams. the inspiring story of a young man who lost his sight in the fight against cancer. how he is winning playing the game he loves. and ahead in our next half-hour, could one of the most successful movie franchises, "ironman," be coming to an end? find out what ironman himself, robert downey jr., has to say. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. y. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this fro
lesson we can all learn. >> you are absolutely right. to those who know jake olsen, he is a hero. it is his determination that makes this our favorite story of the day. abc's john donvan explains. >> reporter: a story with the good ending you did not see coming was that of jake olsen, who popped into the news some years ago as the kid fighting eye cancer. >> he fought so hard. yet, cancer wins. >> reporter: one eye was gone at ten months old. and doctors told him he would lose the other one. i said, jake, how are you, buddy? he said, yeah, mom. you know what this will be a new stage in my life. >> reporter: and jake's one wish then, this kid who loved football, was to see one last usc game up close. well he got the wish. >> one, two, three. >> reporter: this was jake olsen's day on the field. but it was not his last. >> i was going to have to give up that dream of playing on the field.
and it just was something that being blind you couldn't do. >> reporter: it is five years later now. look at who is snapping the ball. it is jake. and no, they did not save his other eye. he just figured out how to make it work. a high school senior now, jake >> we went through a number of drills. said, my gosh there is no way this kid is ever going to learn how to snap. >> reporter: it wasn't obvious it was going to work. it was figuring out the physical geometry. >> i clapped so he knows the distance. >> the left guard taps jake's leg. it's whenever jake wants to snap. >> reporter: but jake got it. looks like they need him. this teenager whose feel for the game may be unbeatable. >> my heart pounds twice as fast every time. >> john donvan, abc news, washington. >> love that story. >> perfect story. on a monday as you're waking up,
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of saturday afternoons.... you're a champion of facial hair. just for men mustache and beard. monday morning "the mix," time to kick things off with the great story. this dog used by the military to sniff out ieds, explosive devices. going into harm's way, where a lot of the military relies on this kind of canine help. well this dog, 8-year-old kay, has a tumor on his heart. and so now, his owner also serving in the military, was trying to get the procedure done for $6,000. obviously, a costly, costly procedure. what did brandon donahue do? started an online petition and campaign. within 20 days, 186 people went on line, pledged money. kay will have the operation. >> how wonderful. >> animals are selfless. they want a little attention. they give back so much. >> and especially whether you're in a war zone, to grow so attached. incredible. happy to hear that story.
well, so easy to pass by a homeless person on the street you. see people's reactions all the time. kind of uncomfortable. one man decided he would pose as a homeless person and reward the people who decided to give back. and so this the guy. and he gave people $20. and the reactions were amazing. this one guy end up giving him money. look at the reaction he gives the money back. they're like, what are you talking about? >> totally stunned. >> one guy, this man right here, said, all i can give you is some prayers. he sits down and starts praying with the guy. then he hands him the $20. the guy is dumbfounded. could not believe it. really great story about how people were surprised by their own kindness. got it back. >> look at her. push for humanity on monday morning.
this next video is fantastic. it's six seconds long, and we're looping it for good reason. here it is. a little girl discovering the joys of sour candy. ha-ha. >> oh, look at that. >> look at the face. i love it. she just, like, one bite. bright eyed. good to go. nice selfie. and then here it comes. pucker up. >> mommy and daddy didn't tell you it was sour. >> clearly hasn't learned when you are sucking on sour patch kids. burn off the top layer of your tongue to really enjoy the candy. >> talk about burning off the top layer of your heart for health. there's a study -- wine is good for your heart. there was actually a study done in europe. it was done by european society of cardiologists. they say drinking wine daily, moderate levels, men and women, and exercising twice a week. great results for the health. >> really? >> dropping your cholesterol levels. they found that combination of the two. really makes a difference. >> good for muscle building.
this morning on "world news now" -- basketball bombshell.ws the racially charged e-mail sent by the owner of the atlanta hawks. the disturbing comments and nba's response. terror alert. as the president gets ready to confront isis, new widespread worries about attacks on the homeland. the inside information and the vigilance. close encounter. the asteroid the size of a house that just missed hitting the earth last night. how frequent are these close calls? how disastrous could they be? and later, no comeback. hollywood superstar, robert downy jr., says he will not be coming back to play one of the biggest most profitable roles ever again. that's in "the skinny" on this monday, september 8th. >> announcer: from abc news,
this is "world news now." good morning, everyone. i'm dan kloeffler. >> i'm reena ninan. mondays are hard. >> the asteroid coming. i find it fast night. you are able to predict when a full moon is going to happen 15 years from now. the big rock size of a house could come hurtling toward us at any moment. >> i can't wait to hear more on that one. first, we begin this half-hour with another sensitive case of race and the nba. this one centering on the co-owner of the atlanta hawks. >> bruce levinson is selling his stake in the team following the release of one of his own emails in which he made racially insensitive comments. abc's bazi kanani has details. >> reporter: atlanta hawks owner, bruce levinson, apologizing for making offensive comments about race in this
e-mail sent two years ago. "i want some white cheerleaders. i want the music to be music familiar to a 40-year-old white guy." he complained the kiss cam is too black. in a message to team management about how to sell more season tickets. levinson says he voluntarily reported the e-mail to the nba this summer, announcing that he will step down. selling his ownership in the team, just four months after publicly criticizing fellow team owner donald sterling for his racist rant and refusal to apologize. >> donald sterling, what he said, i'm his partner, i can't be partners with somebody who shares those views. >> reporter: why would levinson come forward now, two years after the e-mail went out? >> i think we have to look at the nba is reeling from the donald sterling story. in many ways they know they condition get away with this anymore. >> reporter: the nba commissioner says the league is investigating levinson's comments, and calls them entirely unacceptable. bazi kanani, abc news, washington. >> does he get extra points or credit for coming forward and
saying, sorry, i said these things? >> a lot of people will be asking that. the nba as we heard. the nba commissioner saying this is unacceptable. commending him that he did come forward with self-revelation. you will look at the timing and motivation. what i find fascinating abut this story is wait that some of the factors and decisions how you are going to locate an arena, how you are going to position it within a community, of how it is actually going to generate profits and represent the, that community and possibly even the team itself. a lot of questions are going to be asked. >> only beginning with that story. well, a wild raging fire is burning inside yosemite national park this morning. it roared to life sunday in the back country near iconic half dome peak. the flames forced campers to evacuate and trapped hikers. many thousands of feet up on the trails. helicopters arrived to rescue 100 visitors.
crews are moving in by ground and by air. at least 700 acres have been burned. >> in southern california, heavy rains from the remnants of hurricane norbert turned streets into rivers. riverside, california, was ground zero for flash flooding. some over two feet deep. road closures, washing away roads. hundreds of drivers stranded. the storm dumped three inches in some areas. in northern florida, flash floods from up to 13 inches of rain. it put neighborhoods under water there. roads turned into rivers. lawns into lakes. a flash flood watch does remain in effect. more rain is expected in the forecast. >> well, now here is a look at today's weather. a band of thunderstorms and heavy rain stretches across the u.s., gulf coast, and throughout the southeast. parts of the carolinas could see three to five inches of rain. in the west, heavy rain will also blanket the four corner states with two to three inches possible in some areas.
>> some considerably cooler temperatures across the nation. 70s throughout the northeast. great lakes, much of the west. 80s and 90s in the south. phoenix only, only, 91 degrees for you. police in chile are investigating the murder of a 22-year-old teacher from kentucky. ericka hagen found dead in her college apartment. she had been teaching english set to return home this december. hagen had just graduated from georgetown college in kentucky. police at this point have no suspects. >> well, nearly two weeks after president obama said he had no strategy for dealing with isis' terror threat, he may have a plan. on wednesday, the president will deliver a major speech to lay the groundwork for a broader mission. this weekend, u.s. air strikes expanded their scope. american drones have been spotted flying surveillance over syria. the president's speech comes one day before the anniversary of
the 9/11 attacks on the american homeland. with u.s. law enforcement on alert, the domestic threat from isis is one more challenge. abc's pierre thomas has the story. >> reporter: dangerous times. >> there is a lot of moving parts. a lot of things going on. and obviously that's cause for concern for the intelligence community and for law enforcement as well. >> reporter: as the u.s. bombs isis radicals and contemplates a full-scale assault on the group in syria, intelligence officials know isis may try to respond with an attack. but as isis dominates the headlines, it is far from the only threat u.s. officials have to deal with. there are multitude of emerging threats, many growing out of syria which has become a melting pot of converging radicals. >> we have brothers from bangladesh, iraq, cambodia, australia, u.k. >> two additional threats added of significance since my appointment in january, isis and certainly the syrian war engagement. >> reporter: american officials continue to worry about yemen
bomb makers conspiring with al qaeda radicals in syria to make sophisticated bombs that can be smuggled on planes. that threat remains. and there is general concern that al qaeda and its affiliates are itching to get on the scoreboard, given all the attention isis is getting. then there is the wild card, home grown radicals like the boston marathon bombers with no direct connection or oversight from al qaeda or isis, who could act out on their own. >> it's high level of vigilance. cities who may not see themselves in the cross hairs are paying extra attention to the issue. certainly during the next week. >> pierre thomas, abc news, washington. concern is growing over a mystery virus that sickened more than 1,000 children across ten states. it starts off like a common cold, progresses rapidly into a full-blown illness. sending kids to the hospital unable to breathe. doctors at the cdc suspect it is a rare virus, calling it the
human entero virus 68. children with asthma and those under 5 are most vulnerable. there is no vaccine. doctors are warning it will soon become nationwide outbreak. now to a history-making moment that earned a standing ovation at new york fashion week. the first ever quadruple amputee to model at the event. she lost her arms and legs to bacterial meningitis two years ago and wants people to know they can still be beautiful. she wore a dress by cary hammer, a designer that created a campaign to use role models, not runway models. >> big applause. >> huge. i love that. >> yeah, great story. so coming up, there is nothing quite like a good contradiction when it comes to telling a story. keep that in mind. all about what is going on in tulsa, oklahoma, this week. >> that's where the largest mini-horse show in the world is taking place.
get it. see contradiction. largest show of mini horses? >> yeah. so there are two separate categories of mini-horses. a types, up to 34 inches. b types, can't be taller than 38 inches. in addition to the weekend's costume parade, there are riding competitions all week. the show wrapping up next sunday. you have a little time if you want to catch them. >> that's my kind of horse. i am not very tall. i feel like i will fall off. >> that apparently is one of the benefits. the rider says mini horses if they step on your toes, it doesn't feel like much really. >> that is true. >> we keep a stable of them in the back. >> in case we are not entertaining enough. we bring them through, dan. >> calling the fashion police on miley cyrus. find out what she did not wear to a new york fashion week event. >> i don't want to know. later the lottery ticket that was tucked away since july. what a surprise for one man who discovered he was suddenly a millionaire. you're watching "world news now."
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but just last week. they say they would need a decade to deflect something of that size. abc's lama hasan has more. all of us as an asteroid measuring 60 feet, roughly the same size as a small house, had whizzed by earth. as close as a cosmic inch, 25,000 miles away. this asteroid so big and powerful, if it had hit the earth the results, disastrous. >> an asteroid of this size is similar to the asteroid that hit last year which had an energy of about 30 times the bomb drop on hiroshima. >> reporter: this asteroid was a close encounter as many as weather and communication satellites, ten times closer to us than the moon. it is the stuff of hollywood movies. in real life, experts say most asteroids go undetected. only 11,000 discovered so far. that's less than 1% of all asteroids. this asteroid only spotted a week ago, but scientists need at least a decade warning to deflect something of this size.
>> then we send a spacecraft out there on many year trajectory, give it a nudge, enough to keep it from hitting the earth. >> close calls encouraging scientists to find more asteroids before it's too late. lama hasan, abc news, london. >> i was feeling bad for the fact i was saying nasa didn't track this. yes, nasa has 11,000 of these on its radar. [ sounds ] >> incoming! >> we have an asteroid. >> we survived. >> came from the duct tape factory. >> yogurt cartons inside? >> this is our budget. this is what we've got, a roll of duct tape. >> yogurt and duct tape. >> exactly. coming up in "the skinny," see what miley cyrus did not wear. not this, in fashion week. >> was there duct tape involved? and the phone call in derek jeter's news conference, it's all next. ♪
"variety," iron man, robert downey jr., said there are no plans for a fourth film. one of most successful film franchises in history. and "ironman" solidified marvel studios. >> having to pay downy jr. $50 million is a bit of a clue why there isn't a fourth "ironman" planned. for now, tony starks, big screen story, will remain a trilogy. full disclosure, disney owns marvel studios. you can wipe your tears with this story. just when you thought it wasn't possible miley cyrus hits a new fashion low. >> the 21-year-old pop star turned out for an after party for new york fashion week and going shockingly short on fashion herself. wearing nothing but ice cream cone pasties and glitter above her black sparkly pants. >> it has been warm here in new york, i understand. if you can, away from what were cones, she finished her outfit wearing sunglasses out of pills and cannabis earrings.
we've run out of words. miley, hats off to you. we don't usually feature sports superstars in "the skinny." but derek jeter worth it. captain of the new york yankees honored at yankee stadium. >> jeter is retiring end of the season. this was the team's chance to thank him for the 20 years of service. at a press game news conference, jeter showed off trademark cool when things didn't go as planned. >> walking the streets going out to eat or here at the stadium. someone's phone's ringing. walt rhineheimer. want me to get it? walt, have to call you back, buddy. >> the phone belonged to a reporter from a paper in suburban, new jersey. immediately apologized. the call was from her husband. >> honey, you pick up the chinese on the way home. britney spears may be able to belt out a new breakup song.
>> britney hard at work inside a studio. looking fabulous. flashing a peace sign. she apparently has everything she needs to create a hit, lyric, headphone, microphone and pack of cigarettes. >> not all work and no play for spears. hanging out with girlfriends in las vegas clearly. last week we gave a birthday shout out to beyonce. queen b., jay-z, and blue ivy spent the weekend celebrating in an italian seaside town. all those rumors aside, reports are the couple looked pretty much in love. >> pretty much in love. drunk in love. as the weekend came to a close. beyonce posted this to instagram. upside-down yoga pose, with a message. "thank y'all so much for my birthday wishes." beyonce, you're welcome.
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♪ well, if you are driving around with $3 million in your vehicle you would probably know it, right? i mean, a guy here in new york was doing just that. he didn't know. >> oh, he had a winning lottery ticket hiding in the center console for six weeks. he was in for a surprise when he finally checked the numbers. abc's sarah haynes has more. be right back. >> reporter: jerry routini, a single father of two from new
york. >> you have got to be in it to win it. i never expected i would win. >> reporter: the 48-year-old auto body shop owner has been playing the lottery for a decade without ever winning a prize. until he hit the jackpot in july. but he didn't find out about his windfall until last week. >> the lottery ticket was right in here behind the keys. >> reporter: for six week the winning quick pick ticket -- >> right in here. >> reporter: sat forgotten it the console of his red dodge ram. >> i would have never known i won. >> reporter: then he waited another few days before going on line to check the numbers. a perfect six for six match. >> i got to the sixth number. i just freaked out. couldn't believe it. i said things i can't say on tv. >> reporter: choosing to take the lump sum payout, $1.3 million after taxes. >> my biggest plan is to put a good chunk of change in my kids' 529 college funds. the rest of the money going to act like i never got it.
>> reporter: if you think jerry will stop playing the lotto now. don't bet on it. >> hopefully lightning will strike twice. >> reporter: he is not leaving anything to lady luck anymore. making sure all his tickets are right where he can see them. >> this time i will make sure it is on my persons and not lose sight of any tickets from this point forward. >> reporter: sarah haynes, abc news, new york. >> what? >> six weeks. got $3 million. riding around in the truck. jerry, big congratulations to you. listen, if you are in need of a best friend. we have a couple candidates right here. or we'll split our -- what? $2 winning? >> oh. you can't buy a coke in the vending machine. >> $1 and a dream won't get you through the door on that one. ouch. don't miss our updates on facebook at wnnfans.com. >> more news coming up. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades. mr. news coore news coming up. >> announcer: this is abc's
making news in america this morning, extreme conditions coast-to-coast. yosemite again. hikers in the desert, drivers in california. private planes tossed like toys. and where was the snow this week? parents on alert. hundreds of children hospitalized unable to breathe. new advice from doctors this morning. star-studded send-off. joan rivers remembered by a-listers, serenaded by hue jackman and the message from her daughter, melissa. . and smooth moves, they call themself the best band.