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.
Not a bad return on a $1 dollar investment.
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.
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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.
From Hollywood Reporter:
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.
Whitney had cocaine in her system when she died.
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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.
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Yesterday's post about a black woman who died after being profiled as a drug seeker by an emergency room physician hit home with a number of my readers.
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.
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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.
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).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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