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POSTED August 31, 2012 9:42 p.m.

52M lottery winner learns of jackpot from TV

FREMONT (AP) — A San Francisco Bay area man told by relatives that his picture was just shown on television was not wanted for a crime, but as the winner of a $52 million lottery jackpot.

KGO-TV reported on Friday   that Marita and Bladimir Agnite of Fremont didn't know they had the winning ticket until lottery officials released the picture from surveillance video.

After his relatives alerted him, the recently laid-off Bladimir excitedly woke up his wife with the news. The couple was living with friends.

The Agnites say the money will change their lives, but Marita Agnite said she planned to keep her job as a nursing assistant.

Calif. lawmakers OK private-sector retirement plan

 

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California lawmakers have approved a bill that would create the nation's first state-run retirement program for private-sector workers.

The Assembly on Friday passed SB1234 on a 44-24 vote, returning it to the Senate for a final vote. Democratic supporters say the bill would establish the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program for nearly 7 million low-income workers whose private employers don't offer retirement plans.

It directs employers to withhold 3 percent of their workers' pay unless the employee opts out of the savings program. The program would be administered by a seven-member board chaired by the state treasurer.

Bill extends California vote-counting deadline

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — California would allow three extra days for mail-in ballots to be accepted by elections officials under a bill approved by the state Senate.

Democratic Sen. Lou Correa of Anaheim says AB562 is needed because mail delivery may be delayed after the closure of five mail processing centers in California.

Currently, ballots have to be received by elections officials on Election Day to be counted. AB562l would allow ballots received within 72 hours to be counted, as long as they are postmarked by Election Day.

 

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