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January 3, 2014

Stuff you may have missed: January 3, 2014

As the situation in South Sudan continues to worsen—leading the U.S. State Department to draw down its presence in the country—the department says it remains committed to offer humanitarian aid to the war-torn region.

Best way to win the lottery: Forget you bought the ticket, and don’t check it until a couple weeks after the fact. That’s what happened to Mega Millions winner Steve Tran.

Blackberry has nothing left—not even Alicia Keys—but its keyboard, so now they’re stuck suing Ryan Seacrest over his wannabe iPhone version.

A World War II-era bomb was discovered during an excavation project in Germany. It exploded, killing one.

General Mills is dropping all GMOs from Cheerios, but is it just an empty gesture?

21:06 // 9 months ago
June 8, 2012
11:35 // 2 years ago
April 2, 2012
I never expected, based on that story, that this is the actual winner. We really won’t believe anybody till they walk in with a ticket and the ticket is valid — and they have identification.
Maryland Lottery spokeswoman Carole Everett • Throwing skepticism at a New York Post story that claims a Baltimore McDonald’s employee bought a winning ticket in last week’s massive Mega Millions jackpot — but that her co-workers are upset with the woman, saying that the ticket was bought as part of a pool, but she refuses to share. Mirlande Wilson, when getting interviewed, didn’t present a winning ticket to the state lottery, nor has she shown off the ticket, leading Maryland Lottery officials to (at least for now) dismiss her story — though they admit that a winning ticket was bought in Maryland. If she did win, think her co-workers have a claim?
19:57 // 2 years ago
March 30, 2012
Who wants to place odds on whether or not this image was faked? (In case you’re wondering: 2-4-23-38-46, MB 23)
EDIT: Not that it should be shocking, but it’s most likely faked. According to her IMDB page, her boyfriend is Anthony Cumia … a radio guy who you might know from his long association with this guy named Opie. The two of them work on this show known for its pranks.

Who wants to place odds on whether or not this image was faked? (In case you’re wondering: 2-4-23-38-46, MB 23)

EDIT: Not that it should be shocking, but it’s most likely faked. According to her IMDB page, her boyfriend is Anthony Cumia … a radio guy who you might know from his long association with this guy named Opie. The two of them work on this show known for its pranks.

23:44 // 2 years ago
11:57 // 2 years ago

Mega Millions record jackpot: The odds are fairly long, everybody

  • $540M the amount the Mega Millions jackpot is going for this weekend, which is a record by the way
  • $176M the amount it would cost to theoretically buy every single ticket combination  possible in the lottery
  • $117M the amount, after federal (not state) taxes, you’d gain if you bought every single ticket source

» However, you’d still have to buy those tickets: If you were able to buy every ticket combination and fill it out, it’d take you 28 years to fill them out, and you’d exhaust the nation’s supply of lottery paper and ink in the process. So, to put it simply: Even if you’re Mark Zuckerberg and you can afford to make such an investment, it’ll take too long to actually fill out the tickets to win. And that total could be cut further, even, if someone else wins.

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11:06 // 2 years ago
February 14, 2012
In what could be good news for Bruno Mars, experts think that lottery jackpots could hit $1 billion dollars someday. Excuse us while we blow our money on pieces of paper with numbers on them. (EDIT: Yes, it’s a Travie McCoy song, but Bruno sang the hook. Zzzzzzz.)

In what could be good news for Bruno Mars, experts think that lottery jackpots could hit $1 billion dollars someday. Excuse us while we blow our money on pieces of paper with numbers on them. (EDIT: Yes, it’s a Travie McCoy song, but Bruno sang the hook. Zzzzzzz.)

10:38 // 2 years ago
February 16, 2011

Guy holds onto winning lottery ticket way too freaking long

Let’s say you had a winning lottery ticket. What would you do with it? Would you turn it in as soon as possible, knowing that you’d have to deal with the glow of the spotlight? Would you sit on it? Or would you go in on the last day to accept your prize, creating an unusual situation that draws as much, if not more attention, than accepting the prize in the first place would have? If you’re North Carolina resident Raleigh Hill, you choose the latter. Hill, even though he knew he had the winning lottery ticket, waited a few weeks to even tell his wife Erin, then proceded to procrastinate on the ticket to the point where he lost the thing in a shoebox. Finally – finally – he came forward a day before it expired. Hey, if you don’t want the $680,000 after taxes, we’ll take it, Raleigh. source

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10:04 // 3 years ago
January 22, 2011

Unlucky lottery winner a domestic abuse victim, now in hiding

  • great Idaho single mom Holly Lahti had a turn of great luck after winning a $190 million in a Mega Millions lottery jackpot over a week ago. This is usually good news.
  • awful Sadly, the feel-good story just couldn’t last. Lahti’s 2003 mugshot showed clear signs of abuse. She’s long been separated from her husband.
  • result Since winning, Lahti has been in hiding, possibly because the husband has a claim to part of her winnings based on Idaho law. Oh god no. What a nightmare. source

» And the kicker: When her husband Josh found out from the reporter that she had won, he had this to say: ”That’s awesome! I won’t have to pay child support!” He’ll get more than that, maybe.

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12:12 // 3 years ago
January 5, 2011

"Lost" numbers could’ve netted you piece of Mega Millions jackpot

  • $150 made by picking 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42 source

» Oh yeah, the full jackpot: The winning numbers – 4, 8, 15, 25, 47 and 42 – scored two lucky dudes (in Idaho and Washington, separately) a split of the $355 million Mega Millions prize. We knew we should’ve bought a lotto ticket last night.

10:59 // 3 years ago