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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Mega Millions Winning Numbers: NOT Yours!


Tuesday's multi-state Mega Millions lottery drawing saw the following winning numbers unveiled: 9-19-34-44-51 and 24 for the Mega number!!!!!! 
Alas, nobody won across 40+ states.

The jackpot has now been raised to a record $476 million for the next drawing, to be held Friday. The previous record for largest jackpot was $390M in 2007.

The odds of winning are roughly 1 in 176 million, but somehow we're guessing that isn't about to stop an absurd number of people from giving it a shot.
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Mega Millions mania is here. The Mega Millions jackpot just keeps growing and growing: It's been weeks since anyone has been able to nab all five winning Mega Millions lottery numbers plus the all-important Mega Ball number.

That means the Mega Millions jackpot keeps rolling over. The Mega Millions jackpot now stands at a record $476 million -- nearly half a billion dollars -- for Friday night's drawing.

So buckle up, and prepare for three more days of Mega Millions mania.

The nationwide lottery has a wide reach, played across 42 states -- including California, plus Washington, D.C. and the U. S. Virgin Islands.

The $476 million jackpot easily smashes the earlier Mega Millions jackpot record, which occured in 2007 when the bucket of money hit $390 million. And it's likely that the jackpot for Friday's drawing will soar even higher as everyone runs to their local convenience store to plunk down their dollars.

The winning numbers for Tuesday night's drawing were 9-19-34-44-51 plus Mega Ball 24.There were still plenty of winners. Dozens of people walked away with prize money for having five of the six winning numbers.

If you win Mega Millions on Friday, you have two options.

The first is the gimme-all-my-money-now option. Mega Millions pays a one-time lump sum. The cash option for the Friday drawing as it stands at this moment is $341 million. The second option is to have your Mega Millions jackpot paid out over 26 years. For every $1 million in the jackpot, you will receive approximately $38,500 per year before taxes, according to the Mega Millions website.

Just so you know, your chances of hitting all six numbers in the Mega Millions lottery is 1 in 175,711,536. 


Via: Latimes
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A JetBlue Pilot ‘Tried To Take Down’ A Plane Today (VIDEO)


A JetBlue Pilot 'Tried To Take Down' A Plane Today
A JetBlue pilot is now in FBI custody after suffering some form of mental break down on a flight from New York to Las Vegas. The co-pilot allegedly kicked the pilot out of the cockpit and passengers tackled him.
Flight 191 from JFK to Las Vegas was diverted two hours ago to Amarillo because of the pilot's panic attack. According to Twitter user Grant F. Heppes who was on the flight, the pilot "tried to take down the plane" before being apprehended by passnegers.
JFK issues a statement saying the plane was diverted "for a medical situation involving the Captain" and that a pilot on the plane who was dead-heading took over command.


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UPDATE 1: Someone claiming to be on board shot video of the aftermath, you can see everyone standing up and hear someone yelling in the background. A few people say variations of "oh my God" as a flight attendant asks for people to clear the aisle.
UPDATE 2: Gizmodo has more video from on-board the plane, including one where the flight attendant asks passengers not to take pictures. She is ignored.
UPDATE 3: We just interviewed one of the passengers, here's what he had to say about the co-pilot getting the pilot to leave.
UPDATE 4: The pilot has been identified as Clayton Osbone, an experienced long-time pilot with the company.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Mega Millions jackpot rises to $363 million


Mega Millions jackpot rises to $363 million




(NECN: Eileen Curran, Newton, Mass.) -     The Mega Millions jackpot has grown to $363 million. The odds of winning are one in 176 million, but that isn’t stopping people from pooling their money and dreaming big.

Matt Tofel of Somerville, Mass. bought a bunch of Mega Millions lottery tickets Tuesday for his office pool.

“I bought $35 worth of quick picks for my office,” he said.

You might just find yourself rooting for him to win when you find out why in a minute.

Ticket sales have been steady all day at Upper Falls Variety in Newton, Ma, where Tofel bought his tickets. Owner Tom O’Shaughnessy said when the jackpot gets this big...

“The pools start, the office pools, people who don’t normally gamble start to gamble,” said O’Shaughnessy.

People like Cindy Kernan. The Newton real estate agent has never bought a lottery ticket before.

“First time ever in my life,” she said.  “It’s only because I had lunch with my girlfriend today and she had bought some and told me how much it was for.”

The $363 million jackpot has more people that usual playing, which is good news for O’Shaughnessy. The lottery accounts for 70 percent of his business. He said without it, small, independent stores like his can’t survive.

Kernan bought $10 worth of quick picks. She’s hoping for beginner’s luck, but you might just hope Tofel, who bought his tickets after her, has luck on his side.

“Actually, we found out two weeks ago that our office is closing in two days,” said Tofel.  “So we decided we’d like to win the lottery before our company closes.”

Tofel and six coworkers are losing their jobs this week. If they win, they might start up their own company, but not right away.

“I think we first need to go on vacation for a while - it’s been a rough couple weeks," said Tofel. "After we have a couple margaritas someplace tropical and warm, we’d figure it out from there.”

If no one wins Tuesday night's drawing, the estimated jackpot for Friday is $476 million, a Mega Millions record.



Saturday, March 24, 2012

Mega Millions jackpot sweetens Illinois Lottery's online debut




(Crain's) — With online ticket sales starting Sunday, Illinois Lottery officials are watching tonight's near-record $290 million Mega Millions drawing with more than the usual degree of professional interest.

It's not that they hold tickets. Lottery employees can't play the game.

But if no one wins the pot — the eighth-largest jackpot in the multistate game's history — it will roll over to far more than $300 million, creating huge buzz for the launch of the nation's first sale of Mega Millions tickets via the Internet.

The largest Mega Millions jackpot in history was $390 million in March 2007.

The state's game plan was to start slowly with online sales opening at 7 a.m. Sunday, using no advertising except some social media.

“We wanted the size of the prize to drive interest and participation,” said Michael Jones, superintendent of the Illinois Department of the Lottery. If somebody wins tonight, the jackpot will reset to $12 million on Saturday.

“If it rolls over again — so much for a soft opening,” Mr. Jones said.




Illinois Lottery gets online clearance; web sales begin in spring



The cash-strapped state treasury has received a huge Christmas gift of sorts from federal regulators, a gift that will allow the Illinois Lottery to sell tickets online as soon as this spring.
The gift arrived Friday when, in a move that received little attention amid pre-holiday festivities, the U.S. Justice Department issued a ruling that appears to permit states to authorize Internet gambling — at least within their borders, for their own residents.

To Illinois, the ruling "potentially means hundreds of millions of dollars a year," said Michael Jones, the superintendent of the Illinois Lottery.

Mr. Jones said he intends to waste no time trying out his new gift.

After huddling with legal advisers and reviewing the ruling Tuesday morning, Mr. Jones said he expects to test selling Powerball, MegaMillion and Lotto tickets online "by the end of March or early April," with full sales targeted for the third or fourth quarter of 2012.

Mr. Jones and other state officials, such as Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, have argued for years that the state legally could sell lottery tickets online. But they were held up by prior federal rulings that U.S. law banned bets from passing through communication lines that crossed state borders.

But in the opinion released on Friday, the Justice Department said gambling within a state is exempt from the rule, unless it involves bets on sporting events. The opinion has been requested by Illinois and New York.

The ruling "allows the lottery to offer its current products on a different platform," Mr. Jones said. "Lotteries are successful when you get a lot of people to play a lot."

Lottery consultants believe that, at least on days in which a large jackpot is at stake, Internet wagering could lure an additional 200,000 to 400,000 Illinois bettors, Mr. Jones said. At an average $5 wager, "You're talking about hundreds of millions of dollars a year" — assuming the state offers the right games with the right pots.

The ruling also may clear the way for new games that attract a wider customer base, Mr. Jones said. In England, for instance, government lottery websites offer "lots and lots of different options."

Internet gambling also makes it easier for the state to screen customers who now buy tickets in stores, Mr. Jones said.

For instance, the state could require use of a state driver's license or ID number to access the lottery site, keeping minors from betting, he said. And it could impose dollar limits on betting to try to help those with gambling addictions, he said.

Either way, gambling is highly profitable for the state, with profits running 42 cents to 43 cents on every gambling dollar, Mr. Jones said.

The Illinois Lottery now is managed by a private firm, NorthStar Lottery Group LLC, under a pact that went into effect last July. But the firm's fee is tied to overall lottery profits, so any growth in revenue should flow to the state's bottom line, Mr. Jones said.

* * * 2:30 p.m. update: Mr. Cullerton is pleased. "The idea is to have the lottery function like a modern business using modern technology," he says in a statement. "In that regard, it's great to have the federal government's OK on this, and we now look forward to seeing some results."

According to Mr. Culllerton, any additional receipts from existing games are supposed to go toward capital spending. But new money from new games can be used for anything. And, more important, if it's green, it's fungible in Springfield.




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Via: ChicagoBusiness

Thursday, March 22, 2012

No yeast Cinnamon Rolls

If cinnamon rolls were kinder to my thighs and my love handles, I’d surely bake them often and nibble little cinnamon roll nibbles until my heart was content.  Cinnamon rolls are a rather huge favorite of mine.  My grandma Billie used to make the best cinnamon rolls ever, and I certainly use her recipe whenever I’m up for making a yeast version of these things.  This non-yeast version is one that is plenty acceptable for a cinnamon roll, and it’s kind of a cool option for those who fear baking with yeast:  No Yeast Cinnamon Rolls

I baked mine in a muffin tin… for no particular reason except that I just wanted to keep them intact and not spreading out all over Kansas and Oklahoma.
These lovelies are made just the way a regular cinnamon roll is made.  The dough is rolled out into a roughly-shaped rectangle and topped with a brown sugar- cinnamon filling.  Lots of it.
The dough is very soft to work with.  Make sure your surface is well-floured and be gentle with it and all will be right with the world.
A peek at the roll.  Cut slices and try not to eat it as you go!  Seriously… it’s kind of hard not to taste it.
I dropped mine into greased muffin tins.  If you’d like them to turn out a little more decadent and dripping in buttery cinnamon-sugar goo, put a teaspoon or so of the cinnamon-sugar topping inside each muffin tin before you put these in there.  Then it will bake up all gooey on the bottom too.  I didn’t do that… and I loved ‘em just the way they were, but I like that gooey option idea too.
They bake up kind of muffin-like (but not muffiny in texture- they’re a bread texture instead).
Cream cheese frosting (or a glaze of some sort) is a must.  A MUST.
Get wild and crazy with your frosting designs, or just spread it on top of the cinnamon rolls like a normal human being would.
Here’s a peek at the inside too- you can see that the cinnamon layers are present throughout.  The best part about these cinnamon rolls is of course the “no yeast and no rising needed” aspect of them.  I sure love myself some home-baked yeasted cinnamon rolls, but these are nice to make when you don’t have the patience or time for rising.  Yeast rolls turn out a little more tender than these- I’d say these are more like a bread consistency.  Still good.  And remember that little tip I gave you about the extra cinnamon-sugar goo.  That could be all kinds of awesome.  These are best eaten the same day… nice and warm out of the oven with that cream cheese frosting on top.  We ate a few and then gifted some to our neighbors on a Sunday morning.  They were kinda happy :)


no yeast cinnamon rolls


Yield: 12 rolls
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 20 min

Ingredients:

Filling:
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Dough:
2 cups bread or all-purpose flour, + more for rolling
2 tablespoons granulated white sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup milk
1 large egg, beaten

Cream Cheese Frosting:
2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
2/3 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons milk or buttermilk

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a muffin tin with nonstick spray.
2. Prepare the filling: In a small bowl, combine the filling ingredients with a fork until a crumbly mixture is formed.
3. Prepare the dough: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Use clean hands (or a pastry blender) to work the butter into the dry ingredients. Add the milk and the egg and stir to combine.
4. Roll the dough out on a floured surface into roughly shaped large rectangle (about 1/4-inch thick). Sprinkle the filling evenly over the surface of the dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border all the way around. Carefully roll up the rectangle (the dough will be soft). Use a sharp knife to cut 12 rolls. If you want smaller rolls, cut them a little smaller and you'll get 18. Carefully place the rolls in the prepared muffin tin.
5. Bake 20 to 25 minutes. While the cinnamon rolls are baking, prepare the frosting: Combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar and milk/buttermilk in a medium bowl. Use an electric mixer to combine. Add a little more milk if you wish to have a thinner frosting. Spread the frosting on top of warm rolls or drizzle on top. Serve warm.
Source: RecipeGirl.com (Adapted from food.com)

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Watch Now: Madonna's "Girl Gone Wild" Video Premiere!



Madonna doesn't need a song to tell us she's ready to dance all night—just one look at her and you figure she could outlast the average partyer under any circumstances.


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But get this: This brand-new video for "Girl Gone Wild" just may get you on your feet, as well—and keep you there!

Exclusively obtained by E! News, Madonna's latest production features the Material Girl showing all the guys and girls how it's done.

Fashion photographers and past Madonna collaborators Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott (aka, Mert and Marcus) directed "Girls Gone Wild," the use of black and white and a healthy dose of erotic imagery calling to mind both "Vogue" and, well..."Erotica"!

And, if the half-naked young studs are any indication, it isn't just the girls "who wanna have some fun."

The tune is Madonna's second single off of her upcoming 12th studio album, MDNA, out March 26. This is her first studio effort for Interscope Records since inking a three-album deal with the label last year.

Like what you see and hear? Hit the comments and let us know!





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