Top Headlines March 26

By: Kitty Capelle
By: Kitty Capelle

These are the most popular headlines on www.WHSV.com for March 26th. Stories with available video will have a link in the headline.

$338M Powerball Jackpot Winner Validates NJ Ticket

PASSAIC, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey Lottery officials say the lone winning ticket for a $338.3 million Powerball jackpot has been validated.

Lottery officials say the ticket holder went to Eagle Liquors in Passaic and had the ticket validated at around 4:30 p.m. Monday. The liquor store is where the ticket was sold.

But the officials say they don't yet know the winner's name.

Lottery officials say it was the fourth-largest jackpot in Powerball history. The numbers drawn Saturday were 17, 29, 31, 52, 53 and Powerball 31.

The cash value of the jackpot after taxes is about $152 million, if the winner chooses a lump-sum payment of $221 million over an annuity.

Passaic is 15 miles northwest of New York City.

  

Cinderella Project Helps Valley High School Students Go To Prom

STAUNTON -- Two local women have been giving prom dresses to high school girls who can not afford to go to prom for the past 10 years.

"Some kids' parents don't care about them going to prom, and the kids do, and I think every kid should be able to do it," said Cinderella Project organizer Debbie Shickel.

Shickel and her volunteers have set up a store in the Staunton Mall for these girls to go to get their dresses for free. Any girl who needs a prom dress can get an invitation to the store from their school guidance counselor.

The store has hundreds of dresses in many different colors and sizes for the girls to pick from. The store also has some items for boys.

"There's no shame in coming," Shickel said. "This is not like going to a clothes closet. We try to arrange this like a store. It's a shopping experience, the girls get to choose, we don't just say 'hey, you gotta wear this."

Shickel said the whole process is anonymous. No one will have to know where you got your dress from.

The Cinderella Project also has other items that students can get for free, such as perfume and shoes.

"We've had kids come in here that just need a jacket for the boys or that needed accessories, or they don't need a dress, they just need a shirt," Shickel said.

Shickel said the Cinderella Project has grown over the decade. When the program started, they helped about 10 girls. Last year, they served about 60.

She said she wishes to serve even more kids this year.

"We would love to make our ten year anniversary 100 kids served," Shickel said.

The store will be open every Saturday starting this weekend.

If you're interested in getting a dress from the Cinderella Project, contact your school's guidance counselor.

Shickel says all the dresses have been donated from people and local stores. She says they still need volunteers and other donations to help more teens this year, including items for boys.

Fun Facts about Easter

1.) For Americans, Easter is the second most important holiday to eat candy, and lots of it! According to the National Confectioner's Association, Americans consumed seven billion pounds of candy on Easter in 2001. So, what's the first most candy-eating occasion of the year? Halloween of course!

2.) Nearly 120 million cards with be sent, exchanged, and given this Easter, which means it holds the fourth spot of the largest card-sending celebration in the U.S.

3.) Americans buy more than 700 million MARSHMALLOW PEEPS during the Easter holiday, which makes Peeps the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy.

4.) Besides chocolate, what other candy pops its head around the corner during Easter time? Jelly beans! An astounding 16 billion jelly beans are made exclusively for Easter. That’s enough beans to fill a plastic egg the size of a nine story building!

5.) In the early 19th century, the first chocolate eggs were made in Europe. They remain among the most popular treats associated with Easter.

6.) In all, 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are made for Easter every year. And, when taking a bite into one of those millions of chocolate bunnies, 76% of Americans prefer to bite off the ears first, while 5% eat the feet first and 4% eat the tail first.

7.) Like many holidays on the calendar, Easter also has its own catchy tunes or carols. They’re not just for Christmas time! One such Easter carol, with its words in Latin, began as Tempus adest floridum, which can be translated as ‘Spring has now brought forth the flowers’. Other ‘Easter Carols’ you might know? ‘Here comes Peter Cottontail’, ‘Easter Parade’, and ‘The Carnival Song’. Read more about those ‘carols’ and others here: Phancy Pages: The History of Easter and the Easter Bunny. Or, try writing one on your own this year!

8.) Common Easter symbols include the Cross, Easter Bells, the Easter Lily, and of course, Eggs and Rabbits!

9.) A tradition since 1878, the Easter egg roll on the White House lawn turns the area into a massive playground for children from all over the country. Learn more about the history of the Easter Egg Roll here: White House Website: History of the White House Easter Egg Roll.

10.) In medieval times, a festival of ‘egg-throwing’ was held in church. The priest would throw a hard-boiled egg to one of the choir boys, and then tossed from one choir boy to the next. When the clock struck 12, whoever held the egg, was the winner and got to keep the egg. 

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