On Friday night, one lucky winner will win the largest lottery jackpot in the world. An unprecedented rush on stores and online lottery retailers has boosted the Mega Millions payout to over $640 million dollars. The long lines to snap up lottery tickets around the country has pushed sales to more than $1.46 billion -- the biggest sales figure in lottery history.
Your chances of winning the Mega Millions jackpot is about 1 in 176 million -- or about as likely as being hit by a falling commercial airliner.
It would take $176 million to buy up every possible combination of numbers. Lottery hopefuls are competing with half the population of the United States for one jackpot.
If the winner chooses the cash option, he or she will take home $462 million in one lump sum. After federal tax withholding, that works out to about $300 million in the winner's bank account.
Rap mogul Jay Z just had to get out of the house to get away from the screaming kid and wife. Jay Z, 43, took a stroll to clear his head and to seek some quiet solitude with his iPad in NYC today. Jigga was accompanied by an armed bodyguard who looks like he shoots first and asks questions later. Photo: Jackson Lee / Splash News
After a string of flops and failures on the big screen, Eddie Murphy is finally set to film what is sure to be a runaway hit. The Coming To America star will team up with actors Arnold Schwarzengger and Danny DeVito to film a sequel to their 1988 comedy hit Twins, titled Triplets. It's hard to imagine Murphy, Arnold and DeVito as brothers from the same mother.
Titled Triplets, the story would see Schwarzenegger and DeVito as brothers Julius and Vincent, conceived experimentally, who discover they have third sibling.
The project doesn’t have a director at this early stage -- Ivan Reitman, who helmed the original, would only act as a producer with his Montecito Picture Co. cohorts Joe Medjuk, Tom Pollock and Ali Bell, according to sources -- but the hunt is on for writers to develop the idea. Insiders caution that no substantial creative discussions have taken place between Universal and Montecito.
The actors are attached to star.
I knew Whitney Houston's friend, Raffles what's-his-name, was lying about removing the cocaine from Whitney Houston's hotel room. Attention whores will say anything for attention.
Authorities tell celebrity gossip website TMZ.com that a white, powdery substance was removed from Whitney's suite at the Beverly Hilton hotel the day she died on Feb. 11. Subsequent testing confirmed the powdery substance was cocaine.
Famed director Spike Lee has reached a financial settlement with a Florida couple who were forced to flee their home out of fear after he re-tweeted their home address on social networking website Twitter.com.
The terms of the financial settlement between Lee, 55, and Elaine and David McClain, of Sanford, Florida, were not disclosed.
Mrs. McClain said Lee's apology was very heartfelt. “When he called us, you could just tell he really felt bad about it,” she said. “And it was just a slip, and I just know that he really, really has been concerned.” The McClains are in their 70s.
One reader told me she didn't realize she was stereotyped by emergency room doctors and nurses until she read my post. Below are a few of the emails from loyal readers who shared their experiences with indifferent health care professionals in emergency rooms around the country.
Loyal reader Kim H. writes:
Thank you Sandra for your advice in the Anna Brown story!
Years ago before I entered the medical field, I went to the ED. I had chest pains and feared for my life. I was seen by the physician, and could not for the life of me understand why he was so angry. I ABSOLUTELY hate that I let him blow me off, and call me a liar. This happened years ago, and I almost want to request my medical records so I can file a complaint. I think I will. Wish me luck.
Christina Milian looks great going and coming. The part-time singer was seen driving her 2012 Mercedes Benz G Wagen to Le Petit Four restaurant at Sunset Plaza while wearing matching pink skinny jeans and high heels in Los Angeles, Thursday. Photos: Revolutionpix/INFphoto.com
Rev. Run's provocative daughter Angela Simmons was pictured out running errands with her pet pooch in Beverly Hills, Thursday. Angela was dressed a little more appropriately in a black tee, with black leggings, and a pair of Maison Martin Margiela metallic leather silver sneakers (which retails for $680).
The parents of two murdered British students are lashing out at President Obama for not responding to their letters or sending a public message of support. Friends of the two men say their deaths were "not worthy of ten minutes of his time."
James Cooper, 25, and James Kouzaris, 24, may have been looking to score drugs before returning to their hotel after a night of bar hopping in Sarasota, Florida last April.
The two tourists were both drunk -- and 12 miles from their hotel -- when they stumbled into the Courts public housing projects in a seedy, drug and crime-ridden neighborhood in Sarasota.
A witness who lived in the housing project said he saw Cooper and Kazouris stumbling down a side street, with two black men stalking them in the dark.
The British tourists didn't find drug dealers that night. Instead, they encountered 16-year-old Shawn Tyson, and another man who has never been identified.
Tyson demanded money from Cooper and Kazouris. When they told him they didn't have any money, he reportedly replied, "If you ain't got any money, I've got something for yo' ass" -- before opening fire on both men. Cooper and Kazouris were shot multiple times in the back as they attempted to flee.
Who else thought Charles Barkley dressed in drag was Serena Williams at first glance?
In a visual that can only be described as disturbing, Hall of Fame power forward Charles Barkley dons a dress for his next Weight Watchers commercial, USA Today reported.
The theme is to "Lose like a man," with the message being that making an effort to drop weight is not just a female thing to do.
The Round Mound of Rebound said in December that laziness led to him gaining 100 pounds.
But Barkley is getting less round by the week, claiming to have already lost 42 pounds. The commercial, which sees Barkley in full catwalk attire, will begin running April 8. Source
It looks like actress Lindsay Lohan's legal troubles are behind her. Earlier today, Judge Stephanie Sautner, who is apparently a big Lohan fan, declared, "She did it!" after the 25-year-old successfully completed her probation requirements.
The judge took Lindsay off probation altogether in what herhonor called "the endless" 2007 DUI case. If Lindsay had not completed the terms of her probation, Judge Sautner could have sentenced her to 270 days in the pokey. When the judge terminated probation, Lindsay cracked a big smile and breathed a huge sigh of relief.
As Lohan walked out of the courtroom and into the bright California sunshine, she was mobbed by a crush of paparazzi and reporters asking her how it feels to be free.
Rihanna, 24, was seen arriving at Mandarin Hotel to attend a press conference for her new movie "Battleship" in London early this morning. Because she's Rihanna, the "Birthday Cake" singer wore her favorite silk pajamas to the press conference. No one dared to ask Rihanna if she was wearing pajamas, especially after RiRi dissed a hapless reporter at another press conference yesterday.
Miami Heat center Chris Bosh celebrated his 28th birthday with friends and family in Miami on Wednesday. Bosh was joined by his pregnant wife Adrienne Bosh, and Miami Heat teammates Lebron James and Dwyane Wade, who held an impromptu jazz session. The party was hosted by Rémy Martin, and the theme for the celebration was 1920s style.
Beyonce was spotted leaving a doctor's office on the upper east side of New York city with her 2-month-old daughter Blue Ivy yesterday. Everyone knows that Beyonce will do anything for attention. Everyone, that is, except her family and her adoring Stans. This morning I received an email from loyal reader Munchosgirl. She sent a video which she says explains why Beyonce smothers the infant's head under a layer of blankets and clothing -- something babies don't like at all.
Muncho claims Bey covers the baby's face to protect her from all the camera flashing and screaming by the paparazzi. So why doesn't Beyonce leave the child at home -- or better yet, stay home with her? Don't doctors make house calls? I think we all know the answer to that question.
ABC News has obtained police surveillance video of George Zimmerman's arrest the night he shot and killed Trayvon Martin in cold blood. Despite his lawyer's claims that Zimmerman was beaten to a "bloody mess" by the 17-year-old, who broke his nose and slammed his head on the sidewalk -- the police video shows no evidence of such injuries.
Zimmerman is shown hopping out of the back of a police cruiser with no assistance from the police. He walks under his own power, and holds his head down, despite the report that his nose was supposedly broken.
In light of this new video footage, Zimmerman's supporters, which includes Casey Anthony's former attorney Jose Baez, now say that Zimmerman doesn't need physical injuries to prove a case of self defense.
The tragic death of Trayvon Martin due to racial profiling has dominated headlines around the world. But there is another death due to a different form of profiling that has gone virtually unnoticed.
Like Trayvon, Anna Brown was also young and black. She died at age 29 due to the indifference, and gross negligence, of an emergency room doctor who denied her the basic right to seek medical treatment because he formed the opinion that she was a drug seeker.
On Sept. 20, 2011, Anna Brown showed up at St. Mary's hospital emergency room complaining of acute pain in her ankle and knee. She had sprained her ankle and had visited the emergency room earlier complaining of pain. X-rays of her knees were negative and she was given a prescription for a painkiller.
But Brown knew something was terribly wrong with her. She refused to leave the emergency room. She told hospital security that she could barely stand due to the excruciating pain in her legs.
Brown was literally dragged from St. Mary’s Hospital by police and thrown into a jail cell because the emergency room doctor told police she was a drug seeker. Brown died less than an hour later of a pulmonary embolism -- blood clots that traveled from her legs. This is the same condition that took the life of rapper Heavy D.
Brown, who was homeless, fit the doctor's profile of a "drug seeker" because she was young, black, poor, and in pain.
Once you are profiled as a drug seeker by a doctor or a nurse in the emergency room setting, there is almost nothing you can do or say to change their opinion of you. You will be denied basic health care, and you may lose your life as a result.
If you think what happened to Anna Brown can't happen to you, read on.