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.
This short film was created by one of my Twitter.com followers, LcharlesDeGreat. It deals with the solitude and emotional upheaval that a man feels the day after a break up with his woman. In other words, men have feelings too. Warning: this video contains some nudity and may not be safe for work!
During a press conference in London for the new movie 'Battleship,' a rude reporter had the nerve to imply that Rihanna was unhappy in her personal life. The reporter asked if "a certain Mr. Kutcher" would be making the trip to London for the movie's premiere.
First of all, Rihanna has never confirmed the silly rumors that she was dating Ashton Kutcher.
But besides that, the "Talk That Talk" singer was simply stunned at the reporter's assumption that she was unhappy without a man in her life.
After a brief pause to collect her thoughts, Rihanna replied, "Wow, how disappointing was that question."
A moderator jumped in, but Rihanna continued, "I'm happy and I'm single, if that's what you're really asking."
Rihanna should have told the rude reporter that she and her personal assistant, Melissa Forde (pictured above), are very happy together.
According to VH1 blog, Basketball Wives cast member Tami Roman, 41, was admitted and released from the hospital for a “mild medical condition” on Tuesday. Roman confirmed via her Twitter that she had a "mild heart attack."
Her publicist also confirmed the "medical emergency" in a press release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NYC, New York- Last night, Tami Roman was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for a medical emergency.
She has since been released and would like to let her fans and supporters know she is doing fine and looks forward to resuming her scheduled engagements. She will also be back on Twitter communicating with her followers shortly.
Roman tweeted this evening “Thx 2every1 for the get well wishes. Never thought I’d have a mild heart attack at 41. God has a way of bringing things into perspective. Finally going home 2my kids-heart meds and all.” We are truly thankful that her condition is not worse and that she’s well enough to leave the hospital. We’re thinking of you, Tami!
Sandrarose.com extends our best wishes to Tami and we hope she has a speedy recovery. So, what exactly is a "mild" heart attack, you ask? Read on.
Singer Rihanna cleaned up nicely for the photocall to promote her new movie 'Battleship' in London on Wednesday. Rihanna, who is reportedly looking for a home in London, also attended her bestie Drake's concert at the 02 Arena Tuesday night. Rihanna and her small entourage rode the Tube -- London's version of a subway -- to the 02 Arena for Drake's concert.
In the above photo, Rihanna, left, poses with her 'Battleship' co-stars, Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker and Peter Berg. Photos by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images Europe
Did a reporter for ABC News inadvertently leak the existence of secret audio of a 911 call made by 17-year-old Trayvon Martin the night he was shot to death in Sanford, Florida?
On Tuesday night, several ABC affiliates aired video footage of an ABC7 news report which claimed the FBI had in its possession an audio of a 911 call made by Trayvon moments before he was shot by overzealous neighborhood watch person George Zimmerman.
Less than an hour later, that video footage was mysteriously scrubbed from the Internet.
We now know that the man who quit his job in order defend George Zimmerman to the national news media barely knows him.
Joe Oliver, a former CNN anchor, has been making the rounds of cable news and TV talk programs defending Zimmerman, the man who gunned down unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, Feb. 26.
it is not uncommon for former or current professional talking heads to offer their "services" to victim's families as "family friends" whenever a major news story explodes into the national conscience the way Trayvon's shooting has.
You would think that the media would be more forthcoming about the fact that they are interviewing one of their own. But they often don't because they don't want to jeopardize their access to the victim's family.
On Tuesday night, 'Last Word,' with host Lawrence O'Donell and his guests The New York Times' Charles Blow and The Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart, ripped the lid off of Oliver's claims that he was a "close friend" of Zimmerman's.
More details are emerging about the hours and days following the tragic shooting death of Miami Gardens teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, Feb. 26.
According to Good Morning America, the lead investigator in the case didn't believe George Zimmerman's claims of self defense.
The lead homicide investigator in the shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin recommended that neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman be charged with manslaughter the night of the shooting.
But Sanford, Fla., Investigator Chris Serino was instructed to not press charges against Zimmerman because the state attorney's office headed by Norman Wolfinger determined there wasn't enough evidence to lead to a conviction, the sources told ABC News.
Police brought Zimmerman into the station for questioning for a few hours on the night of the shooting, said Zimmerman's attorney, despite his request for medical attention first. Ultimately they had to accept Zimmerman's claim of self defense. He was never charged with a crime.
Serino filed an affidavit on Feb. 26, the night that Martin was shot and killed by Zimmerman, that stated he was unconvinced Zimmerman's version of events.
Zimmerman, 28, claimed he shot Martin, 17, in self defense.
There is also word that Zimmerman's father is a retired magistrate judge who may have used his influence to get criminal cases against his son dropped.
...Rihanna was really pregnant with Chris Brown's baby? We know from a very good source that Rihanna and her abusive former boyfriend have been hooking up in recent weeks. But wouldn't it be funny if she forget to use protection?
Beyonce, 30, and her 2-month-old daughter Blue Ivy Carter were spotted running errands in NYC today. Beyonce is cradling BIC in a fur baby swing carrier. Will someone please tell Bey that babies don't like it when you cover their faces. The babies are terrified because they think they are all alone. Beyonce would have known that if she took a parenting class. All new or expecting mothers with borderline IQs should be required to take a parenting class.
Beyonce, who wore a grey sweater and jeans, went into a few office buildings in NYC on Tuesday afternoon. At each stop, her faithful bodyguard, Julius, helped her in and out of her custom coach. Beyonce and Blue Ivy were also accompanied by Blue Ivy's grandmother, Tina Knowles, who still looks worried. As you know, Bey is rumored to be having a difficult time adjusting to motherhood. Photos: Tom Meinelt-Jason Winslow/Splash
Much is being made of President Obama hawking "hoodies" on his campaign website. The hooded sweatshirts, along with other clothing emblazoned with the Obama name and logo, are being sold at BarackObama.com.
But conservative bloggers wonder if the sales of the hoodies are an attempt by Obama's camp to capitalize off of the headlines surrounding the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, who was wearing a grey hoodie when he was gunned down.
Martin's killer George Zimmerman, 28, claimed he shot the 17-year-old Miami high school student in self defense on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Florida.
Obama, who said "If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon," sent out a tweet on his Twitter.com account announcing the sale of the hoodies on Monday.
"Is the President trying to capitalize off the death of Martin?," wrote conservative blogger Allah Pundit.
Our president couldn’t possibly be so odious as to try and cash in on the case, could he?, wrote another conservative blogger, who accused Obama of "pimping hoodies".
He added: "How long until Obama’s showing up in public wearing one?"
Actress Alicia Silverstone has the Internet buzzing about the method she uses to feed her 11-month-old son, Bear Blu. Alicia chews her baby's food before spitting it into his mouth.
According to celebrity blog TMZ.com, Alicia posted a video of herself feeding her son on her popular health food website over the weekend.
“I fed Bear the mochi and a tiny bit of veggies from the soup from my mouth to his,” Silverstone wrote on her blog. “He literally crawls across the room to attack my mouth if I’m eating.... Now he is grabbing my mouth to get the food!”
Before you gag, you should know that the animal kingdom also pre-digests animal fodder by swallowing it and regurgitating the stomach contents to feed their young.
According to celebrity blogger Rhymeswithsnitch, "Revealing her secret 3-year love affair with actor Adam Rodriguez and talking about Blue Ivy wasn't enough to save Melanie Fiona from weak record sales..."
Apparently, neither was promoting her album on her Twitter.com account. I have said so many times in the past that promoting an album on Twitter.com is no substitute for a well-organized promotional campaign. Just because you have 100K followers on Twitter does not translate to record sales.
Melanie's second album 'The MF Life" is only expected move between 27 and 30k units in it's first week.
But Melanie's not alone.
Ruben Studdards' 'Letters from Birmingham' is projected to sell only 4k copies and Diggy Simmons debut album Unexpected Arrival between 20 and 23K. Source
Rap newcomer Iggy Azalea is featured in a Complex magazine interview and photo layout. The XXL Freshman class standout was signed by Interscope Records after she caught the eye (and ear) of Grand Hustle founder T.I.
Yesterday, Grand Hustle released the first single off Iggy's debut album, The New Classic, due out this Summer. The single is titled "Murda Bizness". T.I. hopes you will embrace his artist as a white female rapper with faux urban roots. The single features Iggy's mentor and is produced by Bei Maejor. Listen to "Murda Bizness" after the break.
The 21-year-old Australian rapper's first track "PU$$Y" went viral on YouTube last year. But even though she's being promoted as an over-sexualized rapper, she says that's not really her.
COMPLEX: You’ve been criticized for being overly sexual IGGY AZALEA: "To a lot of people, a powerful, sexy woman is vulgar. When I first came out people said, she only raps about her vagina. I’m not a vagina rapper! [Laughs.] I talk about many other things."
A high ranking member of the controversial New Black Panther militant group was jailed yesterday on charges of illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
...or so says his jail paperwork.
The real reason that Hashim Nzinga, 49, sits behind bars is that $10,000 "bounty" that the Black Panthers announced for the capture of George Zimmerman, the man who gunned down 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla.
The media is making a mockery of this shocking case of racial profiling gone wrong.
In a shameless rush to blame the victim, the national media is portraying the middle class Miami teenager as a gold teeth wearing thug who was suspended for 10 days for having weed residue in his book bag.
As predicted, Lionsgate's 'The Hunger Games' broke box office records when it was released over the weekend. The Hunger Games grossed $155 million, more than double what the film 'Twilight' raked in during its opening weekend in 2008 ($69.9 million).
But one thing movie critics didn't predict was the racial tensions that would overshadow the film's opening weekend and evoke hateful social commentary from passionate fans of the book on which the film was based.
Taking a page out of today's cultural obsession with reality TV, The Hunger Games pits young television contestants against each other in a brutal, real-life battle to the death.
But fans of the book are outraged at the film's writers for taking artistic liberties with the book's big screen adaptation (two of the book's principal characters are played by black actors).