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Kansas lotto player hit by lightning after buying Mega Millions tickets
nydailynews.com ^ | April 1, 2012 | By Philip Caulfield

Posted on 04/01/2012 11:59:29 AM PDT by Mozilla

This wasn't the one-in-a-million strike a Kansas lotto player was hoping for.

A Wichita man was hit by lightning on Thursday night just hours after buying three tickets in the record-setting $656 Mega Millions lottery, drawn on Friday.

Bill Isles, a volunteer storm spotter for the National Weather Service, even made an eerie quip to a pal about his long odds moments after buying the tickets at a local grocery store.

"I've got a better chance of getting struck by lightning" than winning the jackpot, Isles said, according to Reuters.

The wannabe mega-millionaire had toted his ham radio into his backyard to check for storm activity at around 9:30 p.m. when a towering bolt of lightning slammed into the ground nearby.

"It threw me to the ground quivering," Isles, 48, told Reuters. "It kind of scrambled my brain and gave me an irregular heartbeat.

(Excerpt) Read more at nydailynews.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News
KEYWORDS: kansas; lightning; lottery; megamillions
Terrible situation to be in.
1 posted on 04/01/2012 11:59:33 AM PDT by Mozilla
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To: Mozilla

no voice out of the whirlwind???


2 posted on 04/01/2012 12:01:31 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Mozilla

Amateur radio bump.


3 posted on 04/01/2012 12:03:18 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (General James Mattoon Scott, where are you when we need you? We need a regime change.)
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To: Mozilla

Given the date, I’m skeptical.


4 posted on 04/01/2012 12:24:14 PM PDT by Coronal
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To: Coronal

I’m in Wichita. A lightning-struck man was reported in the news last week.

The connection is tenuous, but it exists! ;-P


5 posted on 04/01/2012 12:35:53 PM PDT by MortMan (Americans are a people increasingly separated by our connectivity.)
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To: Mozilla

Some times, when you make comments about your odds, you don’t really want to be proved right.


6 posted on 04/01/2012 12:43:30 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: Mozilla

God has a sense of humor?? But that wasn’t funny God....


7 posted on 04/01/2012 12:46:06 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Mozilla
"It kind of scrambled my brain"

And with that, another Obama voter was born.

8 posted on 04/01/2012 1:07:11 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Cementjungle
And with that, another Obama voter was born.

That would take more scrambling than one lightning strike can provide.

How about 12 years (or 13, 14?) of publik screwel?

9 posted on 04/01/2012 1:39:38 PM PDT by thulldud (Is it "alter or abolish" time yet?)
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To: Mozilla

I wonder what the odds are of winning the lottery AND getting struck by lightning?

I guess that’ll be last time he goes out to check the storm activity with his ham gear!


10 posted on 04/01/2012 1:43:31 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Mozilla
The wannabe mega-millionaire had toted his ham radio into his backyard to check for storm activity at around 9:30 p.m. when a towering bolt of lightning slammed into the ground nearby.

it's like checking for a fire by lighting one.

11 posted on 04/01/2012 1:43:31 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: Mozilla

The wannabe mega-millionaire had toted his ham radio into his backyard to check for storm activity at around 9:30 p.m. when a towering bolt of lightning slammed into the ground nearby.


Maybe carrying the ham radio equipment increased his chances of “winning” a lightening strike.


12 posted on 04/01/2012 1:54:30 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse
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To: LurkedLongEnough; AlexW; bikerman; Blue_Spark; bitterohiogunclinger; Bobalu; buccaneer81; ...

Ping


13 posted on 04/01/2012 2:00:25 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Mozilla


That's like the chances of getting eaten by a polar bear and a regular bear at the same time!
14 posted on 04/01/2012 2:05:14 PM PDT by tang-soo (Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks - Read Daniel Chapter 9)
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To: Mozilla

Just his luck.


15 posted on 04/01/2012 2:52:59 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Vendome

Wonder if he’s a Jayhawk fan?


16 posted on 04/01/2012 2:53:41 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Mozilla

Hey gang, what’s the date today?


17 posted on 04/01/2012 2:53:43 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse
Maybe carrying the ham radio equipment increased his chances of “winning” a lightening strike.

Likely a hand held one. It would not have been a factor. Still with him getting hit it was a miracle also that the radio still worked. Hits that close can fry electronics sometimes.

18 posted on 04/01/2012 3:54:15 PM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: Mozilla

He may not remember me but Im his favorite brother


19 posted on 04/01/2012 3:56:45 PM PDT by woofie (It takes three villages and a forest of woodland creatures to raise a child in Obamaville)
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To: woofie

I thought he WON the lottery

We are not related


20 posted on 04/01/2012 3:58:51 PM PDT by woofie (It takes three villages and a forest of woodland creatures to raise a child in Obamaville)
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To: Mozilla

I’m more struck by the New York Daily News using the word “toted.”

What are the odds?


21 posted on 04/01/2012 3:59:59 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Mozilla

Well, technically it WAS more likely than winning.


22 posted on 04/01/2012 5:11:15 PM PDT by servo1969
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To: thulldud

The winning PICK THREE in Illinois the day after Obama’s election was.............................666. Really.


23 posted on 04/01/2012 8:14:30 PM PDT by doug from upland (Just in case, it has been reserved: www.TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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To: Mozilla

I smell “April Fool”.


24 posted on 04/01/2012 8:39:21 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Dallas59; Dengar01; Perdogg; Jonty30; garyb; GOPsterinMA

So some guy WAS hit by lightning after buying a lotto ticket!


25 posted on 04/01/2012 8:55:26 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYbUx6wZ7z4


26 posted on 04/01/2012 9:01:49 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Has Mittens won one "Red State" yet?)
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To: the OlLine Rebel
I smell “April Fool”.

I think it's legit. It has a credible media source. A HAM operator being a weather spotter? Yes some are part of NOAA/NWS Weather Spotters. NWS monitors their communications during storms for tornado or hail etc. He was most likely simply standing outside and happened to have his hand held HAM Radio. The radio had nothing to do with the lightning strike though.

27 posted on 04/01/2012 10:51:18 PM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: Nowhere Man; mylife
Heh this was on the Zed yesterday and the ar15.com HR forum. Poor guy demonstrates the odds I guess, it was already said one was more apt to be hit by lightning than to win that jackpot.

I think in the past week something like a billion lines were played. I didn't win, but I'm happy to report I also did not get hit by lightning!

28 posted on 04/02/2012 3:51:26 AM PDT by Clinging Bitterly (We need to limit political office holders to two terms. One in office, and one in prison.)
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To: ArmstedFragg
Last summer a fellow living in the town next to mine,was struck by lightning and killed.

Small odds for that to happen, but when he was 5 years old his father was killed when he was struck by lightning.

Right before he was struck, he told his friends not to worry because the chances of him getting hit were near impossible.

29 posted on 04/02/2012 4:05:03 AM PDT by mware (By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West)
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To: cva66snipe
The radio had nothing to do with the lightning strike though.

Why would you say that?

A handheld radio with the ability to transmit actually is one of the better lightning attractors I can think of.

It has metal in it, it has an ANTENNA, and when transmitting the generated signal creates a change in the temperature of the antenna, the air, and creates a 'conduit' for any nearby electrical charge.

An umbrella can funnel ground based charges through your body and up through the metal pole. I can only imagine that a transmitting radio antenna would be even better.

30 posted on 04/02/2012 6:58:42 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: driftless2; Coronal
Hey gang, what’s the date today?

It's April 1st.

And this story started TWO DAYS AGO.

AND IT'S COMPLETELY TRUE.

Here is the article from the Wichita News Site.

Lightning Strike Survivor Feels Lucky To Be Alive

"Around 9:30 p.m., as a severe storm moved through Wichita, a man was struck by lightning in his back yard in the 6300 block of east Orme, just southwest of Kellogg and Woodlawn."

"The victim, Bill Isles, was coherent and used an amateur radio to call out for help. The chase coordinator in the KAKEland Weatherplex heard his call on our "ham" radio and called 911. "

31 posted on 04/02/2012 7:05:37 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: cva66snipe
Still with him getting hit it was a miracle also that the radio still worked.

Regardless to the title supplied, he didn't get hit directly.

"I don't think it was a direct strike because I didn't get any burns. It's not a feeling or something I'd want to go through again," said Bill Isles.

32 posted on 04/02/2012 7:08:49 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: the OlLine Rebel
I smell “April Fool”.

Then you need to blow your nose, because the story is true.

33 posted on 04/02/2012 7:10:47 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: cva66snipe
It has a credible media source.

With 'witnesses' employed by a local media source.

"When Bill called for help through the ham radio, our KAKEland chase coordinator, Mike Mathia, heard his call. Mathia and two other amateur radio operators called 911."

Lightning Strike Survivor Feels Lucky To Be Alive

34 posted on 04/02/2012 7:18:10 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: mware

That “near” will get you every time.


35 posted on 04/02/2012 11:31:27 AM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: UCANSEE2

The antenna has rubber on the outer casing. The radio had very little metal comared to what would have surrounded him. The antenna was what at the most 6 inches high? How tall was the man. Now had he been holding a guy wire, metal pipe, or near a culvert then I can see the metal being a factor. If he had it hooked straight to his base tower instead of the rubber duck I can see a factor. Otherwise no.


36 posted on 04/02/2012 12:27:52 PM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: cva66snipe

Yes, but lightning doesn’t come from the sky and hit the ground. Lightning is the result of an accumulated charge which is released to the atmosphere. Lightning goes from the ‘ground’ up.

That is why there are lightning arrestors. They don’t actually arrest anything, they simply disperse the excess ground charge into the air slowly.

Lightning occurs between two points that have a negative excess of charge to an area that has a low positive charge.

Walking across dry grass in shoes can cause an accumulated charge.

And it’s a moot point , as the lightning stuck ‘near’ him, and not directly to him or the radio. The radio may or may not have had any effect on the incident. He’s alive, which is what is really important.


37 posted on 04/02/2012 3:50:30 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: UCANSEE2
I'm post this to address misconceptions about the dangers, what is dangerous in communications during storms, and what isn't. Knowing this can saves lives getting help by knowing the safe way too summon help in a storm.

His radio had ZERO effect to being or not being hit. It was a non issue and could not have been a factor except for indirectly placing him where he was at while doing his task.

It is safe to use portable handheld communication devices during storms such as cordless phones, cell phones, and this would include a HAM radio handheld as long as any of the above mentioned are not directly connected to an external power source or as in a phone line cordless phone base unit the phone line directly.

In other words in a storm a cordless phone is safe too use. But stay away from the base because if lightning runs in on the line yes it can harm you. But will that then jump cordless to cordless or base to cordless? NO. Cellphone use in storms is safe. If cellphones are safe then HAMs not connected to an external meaning tower are safe as well. A car can be hit and it transit the antenna on a mobile unit connected too a rooftop of car antenna but that is rare.

That is why the storm chasers and Skywarn {Ham Operators} many times either use handheld on their person or their mobile radio in their vehicle during their activation for weather warnings.

The man was hit simply because he was standing in the area the lightning hit formed. It was his unfortunate or possibly fortunate location that saved him. Had he been standing empty handed he would have still been hit.

I have been monitoring radios via multiple scanners for many years and when storms get close I switch from external outdoor antenna to rubber duck to monitor HAM traffic. The HAM Radio Operators {Not to be confused with The Storm Chasers} will be on the air during those times reporting their visual confirmation of conditions with their own eyes tracking it. These are the ones who know best what is safe and what is not safe radio transmitting conditions and how to be safe. That is why he had his handheld radio.

They communicate from handheld HAM radio to a nearby repeater that is designated as the SKYWARN frequency during storms. Local National Weather Service Offices and often TV weather department meteorologist will monitor those local repeaters as their radar can not confirm ground contact of a tornado. Human eyes can though. If you listen to them you can get sometimes several minutes heads up on tornadoes and it's tracking.

38 posted on 04/02/2012 6:52:08 PM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: UCANSEE2

But did he win part of the MegaMillions jackpot? That’s the part I’m skeptical about.


39 posted on 04/04/2012 9:22:37 AM PDT by Coronal
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