Mega Millions lottery jackpot winners sold in Maryland, Illinois, Kansas

Lottery ticket-holders in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland selected the winning numbers for the world record-breaking $640 million Mega Millions jackpot, lottery officials said early Saturday.Illinois’ winning ticket was sold in the small town of Red Bud, near St. Louis, and the winner used a quick pick to select the numbers, Illinois Lottery spokesman Mike Lang said. The Maryland Lottery said it sold a winning ticket at a retail store in Baltimore County.A winning ticket also was purchased in northeast Kansas, according to the Kansas Lottery website. Each winning ticket was expected to be worth more than $213 million before taxes, Lang said. The winning numbers in Friday night’s drawing were 02-04-23-38-46, and the Mega Ball 23.Maryland Lottery spokeswoman Carole Everett said the last time a ticket from the state won a major national jackpot was in 2008, when a ticket sold for $24 million.Americans spent nearly $1.5 billion for a chance to hit the jackpot, which amounts to a $462 million lump sum and around $347 million after federal tax withholding. With the jackpot odds at 1 in 176 million, it would cost $176 million to buy up every combination. Under that scenario, the strategy would win $171 million less if your state also withholds taxes.No one in Pennsylvania won the big jackpot, but five tickets are worth $250,000 each.

The Best Recent Children’s Book Movie Adaptations – Movie News, Top Movies

Mirror Mirror With Mirror Mirror opening wide in release today, GotchaMovies wanted to take a look back at the best children's books adaptations. Defining a children's book requires some parameters. Generally, it encompasses any literature that is targeted towards children, or is read by children. For example, Tom Sawyer, not a children's book in the former capacity, definitely qualifies in the latter. There's plenty of lateral room for debate here, which is what the comments are for. This list only looks at recent adaptations, so Willy Wonka, The Wizard of Oz, and all of the Diseny adaptations are not in consdieration here. Here's our top five recent children's book adaptations:   5| The Golden Compass While the series wasn't able to be completed due to a serious religious push against the movie series, The Golden Compass was a wonderful adaptation of a literary work, and a quality movie in its own regard. Full of an excellent cast and an immersive and creative world, The Golden Compass cracks the list. 4| Hugo One of the best movies of 2012 was also an adaptation. Hugo covers all the necessary requirements for a childen's book adaptation, most specifically creating a world of intruge and magic. There are only a few films that have ever outdone Hugo in that respect. 3| Shrek Okay, so it isn't a direct adaptation. A mash up is more accurate? Whatever the case, Shrek takes all of the childen's tales and weaves them into a quilited masterpiece of comedy. Plus, an ogre and a donkey as a duo is just hard to top, unless you have… 2| How to Train Your Dragon A dragon. The kid has a dragon. How magical is that? Considering the setting, the odds of a small viking make a name for himself and saving the village are extremely small. It's those odds that make How to Train Your Dragon one of the best movie experiences of the last five years. 1| Harry Potter What else could be number one? Harry Potter is a mega-franchise. The books were some of the finest pieces of fiction written in the last decade and became an influencial piece of popular modern culture. The films were excellent in their own regard, well received by both fans and critics alike. Simpy put, there is not other movie adaptation that is as successful, or as good, as the Harry Potter series as a whole.

Mega Millions ticket worth $250K sold in RI

CRANSTON, R.I.—Rhode Island’s lucky streak continues, with a Mega Millions ticket worth $250,000 sold in ProvidenceState lottery officials say the ticket for Friday night’s $148 million drawing was sold at a convenience store at the Three Regency Plaza apartments. It matched five numbers but not the Mega Ball number.No one has come forward to claim the prize.An 81-year-old Newport woman last week claimed the $336.4 million jackpot for the Feb. 11 Powerball drawing. That was the sixth largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history.A Powerball ticket sold in the town of Smithfield hit the jackpot a day later. The winner of the $60 million prize has yet to be announced.© Copyright 2012 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

San Diego Celebrates Cesar Chavez’s Birthday

advertisement Cesar Chavez Day will be celebrated Saturday with a march in the remembrance of  his work.   Dolores Huerta, who co-founded the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee with Chavez, offered her thoughts on the labor leader’s legacy.  On March 31, Chavez he would have been 85 years old if he were still alive. In California it is a state holiday and it is an optional holiday in other parts of the country. In San Diego alone all government offices closed Friday Mar. 30 in observance. Chavez fought to help workers get fair wages by creating unions and encouraging people to vote in order to get good politicians in office. NBC 7 San Diego spoke with Lorena Gonzales, C.E.O. of the San Diego Imperial Counties Labor Council,  about how Chavez’s legacy was all about helping the lowest waged workers, even the folks who come across the border. Finding a need in organizing farm workers to dispute their salaries and working conditions, Chavez along with Dolores Huerta founded the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee. In an interview with NBC 7 San Diego, Huerta, now President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, said, “The best way to celebrate Cesar’s life is to do something for your community and please get out there and vote and find out exactly what our legislators are doing.” Undoubtedly Chavez’s life’s work was one of insuring that all workers have a decent life, by avoiding labor exploitation. The march is scheduled for Saturday, Mar. 31 at 10 a. m.   Follow NBCSanDiego for the latest news, weather, and events: iPhone App | Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram | RSS | Text Alerts | Email Alerts

Grand Rapids celebrates Cesar E. Chavez day with annual march (photos, videos)

Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell was one of the marchers, and he said he was impressed with the many children who knew who Chavez was.“This has become a very important day for us in Grand Rapids,” Heartwell said. “The young people remembering what Cesar Chavez was all about, and remembering that it’s every bit as important today as it was during his lifetime.”Chavez founded the National Farm Workers Association, which is now called United Farm Workers. He worked to ensure fair working conditions for farm workers.Monika Smith, 14, an 8th-grade student at Southwest Community Campus said she was proud to march and carry Chile’s flag while doing it.“I strongly believe in what Cesar Chavez did,” Smith said. “I feel like he was a good man. I’m proud to be able to carry this flag.”Corinna DeVries, age 11, was one of the many students marching Thursday. The Grand Rapids Christian Middle School sixth grader was escorting a Cesar E. Chavez Elementary student during the march.DeVries learned about Chavez’s fights for fair rights for farm workers in her Spanish class, she said.“We just wanted the kids to know who Cesar Chavez was and what he did for the oppressed,” said Profido Caballero, a teacher at Cesar E. Chavez Elementary School in Grand Rapids. “They are excited to participate.”

Cesar Chavez, Pablo Lopez march to attract more than 200, says organizers

File Photo | The Flint JournalPablo Lopez marches in the 2009 rally for worker rights activist Cesar Chavez down Chavez Drive. Lopez, 68, was shot to death last year at his Flint home.FLINT, MI—Hispanic activists from both the local and the nationallevel will be honored in Flint on Saturday. The Genesee County Hispanic LatinoCollaborative and American GI Forum will organize a march to celebrate the 25thanniversary of Cesar Chavez Drive tomorrow. Walkers will meet at University ofMichigan-Flint’s University Center at noon, and enjoy light refreshmentsafterward. That night, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church will host a dinnerand dance featuring Nuevo Proyekto from 6:30 p.m. until midnight. Tickets are $25 each,or $40 for a couple. Organizers for the event areexpecting between 200 and 300 attendees for the march, with a similar amount ofpeople for the dinner and dance that night. Tickets will be available at the door. The event will honor the well-known Chavez (1927-1993), who founded what later became the United Farm Workers, and PabloLopez, a Flint activist and active member of UAW Local 599 who was gunned down in his home on Kansas Ave. in July 2011. They each fought for laborers’ and farmers’ rights, both separatelyand as a team—they marched together in Washington, D.C., and Lopez was oneof the forces behind getting the road renamed to Cesar Chavez Drive 25 yearsago. “He was a father, a grandfather,and advocate for the underprivileged. Anyone who needed help, he would help. Heloved Flint, and he always tried to make it a better place,” said Julie Lopez,Pablo Lopez’s daughter-in-law. “He loved Flint, and he always tried to make ita better place. I think that’s why the community is coming out and supportinghim.”Lopez added that Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,500 award for information surrounding the murder, and that she is working on getting a Crime Stoppers billboard on Dort Highway giving the information.”Everyone wants this crime solved,” she said.

Keith Olbermann fired by Current TV, threatens lawsuit

Image Credit: Justin Stephens/Current TVUPDATED: Keith Olbermann has been fired by a cable network. Again.Current TV released a statement saying it was parting ways with the outspoken liberal news pundit, citing a difference in values. Olbermann then shot back with a statement of his own (both are printed in full below). Current also announced it’s giving former New York governor and CNN personality Eliot Spitzer a show in Olbermann’s 8 p.m. slot. Spitzer’s show starts tonight.The decision comes less than a year after Current hired the former MSNBC personality as lead news anchor to help energize the cable network’s prime-time ratings. Olbermann’s stint was marred by infighting, including a public spat last fall over whether he would anchor the network’s election coverage. According to The New York Times, Olbermann had a five-year, $50 million deal with the network, but Current is accusing Olbermann of violating the terms of his contract.Here is Current’s full open letter to viewers: We created Current to give voice to those Americans who refuse to rely on corporate-controlled media and are seeking an authentic progressive outlet.  We are more committed to those goals today than ever before.Current was also founded on the values of respect, openness, collegiality, and loyalty to our viewers. Unfortunately these values are no longer reflected in our relationship with Keith Olbermann and we have ended it.We are moving ahead by honoring Current’s values. Current has a fundamental obligation to deliver news programming with a progressive perspective that our viewers can count on being available daily — especially now, during the presidential election campaign. Current exists because our audience desires the kind of perspective, insight and commentary that is not easily found elsewhere in this time of big media consolidation.As we move toward this summer’s political conventions and the general election in the fall, Current is making significant new additions to our broadcasts.  We have just debuted six hours of new programming each weekday with Bill Press (Full Court Press, at 6 am ET/3 am PT) and Stephanie Miller (Talking Liberally, at 9 am ET/6 pm PT).We’re very excited to announce that beginning tonight, former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer will host Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer, at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT.  Eliot is a veteran public servant and an astute observer of the issues of the day. He has important opinions and insights and he relishes the kind of constructive discourse that our viewers will appreciate this election year.  We are confident that our viewers will be able to count on Governor Spitzer to deliver critical information on a daily basis.All of these additions to Current’s lineup are aimed at achieving one simple goal — thegoal that has always been central to Current’s mission:  To tell stories no one else will tell, to speak truth to power, and to influence the conversation of democracy on behalf of those whose voice is too seldom heard.  We, and everyone at Current, want to thank our viewers for their continued steadfast support.Sincerely,Al Gore & Joel HyattCurrent’s FoundersOlbermann responded with a statement linked on his Twitter feed:I’d like to apologize to my viewers and my staff for the failure of Current TV.Editorially, Countdown had never been better. But for more than a year I have been imploring Al Gore and Joel Hyatt to resolve our issues internally, while I’ve been not publicizing my complaints, and keeping the show alive for the sake of its loyal viewers and even more loyal staff. Nevertheless, Mr. Gore and Mr. Hyatt, instead of abiding by their promises and obligations and investing in a quality news program, finally thought it was more economical to try to get out of my contract.It goes almost without saying that the claims against me implied in Current’s statement are untrue and will be proved so in the legal actions I will be filing against them presently. To understand Mr. Hyatt’s “values of respect, openness, collegiality and loyalty,” I encourage you to read of a previous occasion Mr. Hyatt found himself in court for having unjustly fired an employee. That employee’s name was Clarence B. Cain. due course, the truth of the ethics of Mr. Gore and Mr. Hyatt will come out. For now, it is important only to again acknowledge that joining them was a sincere and well-intentioned gesture on my part, but in retrospect a foolish one. That lack of judgment is mine and mine alone, and I apologize again for it.Read more:Current boss: Keith Olbermann ‘on vacation’Keith Olbermann clashes with Current TV, media, and Twitter followersKeith Olbermann calls Fox News ‘political whorehouse’

Lottery ticket sales benefiting more than just winner

By Kyle Nagel, Staff Writer Updated 12:16 PM Friday, March 30, 2012 The largest lottery jackpot in history has plenty crossing their fingers for tonight’s estimated $640 million Mega Millions drawing, including some in Ohio who might not even hold tickets. An Ohio winner in the multi-state game would pay 6 percent in taxes to the state, possibly pay taxes to a local government and lead to a $100,000 bonus for the store that sold the ticket. The boost in sales ahead of today’s 11 p.m. drawing will also add to the fund that Ohio Lottery officials said sends all of the organization’s net profits toward education in the state. “Somebody’s going to get a nice chunk of change, depending on the area and the rate,” said Danielle Frizzi-Babb, spokeswoman for the Ohio Lottery. The anticipation for tonight’s drawing has grown since Jan. 24, when a Georgia woman won $72 million in a Mega Millions drawing. The jackpot has rolled 18 times since, shooting the total past a half-billion dollars and sending everyone from first-time lottery players to groups of coworkers to slap down $1 for a ticket. The winner will choose between a one-time cash payout of around $269.1 million or 26 annual payments of about $14.3 million after taxes. Individual municipalities have differing laws on collections from lottery winnings and rates. The growing prize has increased ticket sales, which last year totaled $2.6 billion for all games in Ohio, the ninth-biggest total in the country. On Tuesday, the day of the last drawing, $5.3 million in Mega Millions tickets were sold, and officials expect an even bigger surge today ahead of the drawing of six numbers that occurs in the studios of WSB-TV in Atlanta. About 28 cents from each dollar spent on lottery tickets goes to the Lottery Profits Education Fund, which receives all net profits of the Ohio Lottery. Last year, the lottery payment to education was $738.8 million, and the lottery portion is annually about 5 percent of the state’s education budget. “Let’s be honest, people aren’t doing this to give back,” said Chris Jackson, a Centerville resident who purchased two Mega Millions tickets this week at a Sunoco station at 1927 Brown St., one of 9,360 Ohio Lottery retailers in the state. “But with that much money, a lot of it will be spread around.”Who will benefitLast November, Cheryl Farris, a six-year employee of Sammy’s Food Mart at 2416 S. Smithville Road in Dayton, received a call at the store. “The lady wanted to know what the Rolling Cash jackpot was, and it was $271,000,” Farris said. “She had all five numbers on a ticket she bought at our store on Woodman.”That prize earned the selling store the usual cut of lottery winnings and solidified the Sammy’s locations as go-to ticket spots. Now the retailer, like thousands of others in the state, is hoping for a substantial piece of a potential Mega Millions prize, which is one-tenth of 1 percent of the listed jackpot capped at $100,000. The state annually funnels about 6 percent of ticket revenue back to the retailers. By the time a player has won, the Ohio Lottery already has its revenue for the education fund, which was created on the promise that the state’s lottery profits will benefit education. That contribution has topped $17 billion since the lottery’s inception in 1974, according to the lottery office. Patrick Gallaway, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Education, said funds are moved to the schools after approval by the state legislature. “Overall, what I would say is yes, the funding that originates from the Ohio Lottery, in general, is important for the education system in Ohio,” Gallaway wrote in an email. “But it is simply one component to the overall foundation funding that schools receive from the state.”After the winnings are in hand, the government takes its cut, including a quarter of the entire purse by the federal government. If an Ohio resident took the one-time Mega Millions payout, more than $25 million would go to the state in taxes. Local taxes on lottery winnings vary. To collect, a municipality must specify in its laws that it taxes lottery winnings, and the rates differ. But even if no local lottery taxes are collected, as in Beavercreek, the community could benefit from a big winner living in its area. “There could be someone contributing in the area for charities and things like that,” said Bill Kucera, Beavercreek’s finance and administrative services director. “But we wouldn’t see that money directly, unless they went ahead and bought a $15 million house.”Education earmarksThe Ohio Lottery Commission was founded in 1974. By 1988, the state separated lottery funds earmarked for education into the Lottery Profits Education Fund. The state joined the growing Mega Millions game in 2002, and the first resident to take home a jackpot was South Euclid’s Rebecca Jemison, who won $162 million in 2003. Lottery has since become big business in the state. The $2.6 billion in ticket revenue during the last fiscal year was a 31.3 percent increase from the $1.98 billion in sales of 2002 and boasted the ninth straight year that proceeds surpassed $2 billion.

Rep. Paul Ryan explains what reality truly is

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan is like like a breath of fresh air coming out of a smoke filled nightclub.  You rub your eyes and take in the needed change your mind and body seek.In other words, it’s refreshing to listen to a politician for a change who actually has a plan for this country and knows what he’s talking about – political partisanship aside.This is especially true after watching Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s Senate fail to pass a budget for the last 1000 days – and not one planned anytime soon.  We are talking about the Majority Leader of the United States Senate and his “aversion” to anything Ryan has to say – which is plenty.What does Harry have to say to counteract the thoughtful and idea-filled Budget Committee Chairman from Wisconsin?  Nothing.Neither Ryan’s latest budget plan (which is voluminous) or Obama’s February joke of a budget have any chance of passing in this election year.  But it is refreshing to actually listen to someone from Washington on the Sunday talk shows who actually has a plan of any kind. Advertisement It’s as rare as the last Unicorn you saw.The road ahead to get this country on its feet again will not go smoothly.  It seems everyone involved has their own pet projects or counter plans to impress their own constituencies.  But here is what to look for after November’s election:Ryan is advocating major changes in Medicare, which is an entitlement that must create great change or bring the country to a crashing halt.  It may be fashionable for many politicians to object to his call for vast cuts in the plan, but Obama has already taken over $500 billion from it for his beloved Obamacare which may end up on the garbage heap of history in June.Ryan’s plan allows for “premium support” for seniors.  That means by 2023, seniors could enroll in traditional fee-for-service Medicare or private health care plans.  That would leave Washington with the opportunity to cap costs on an entitlement program that has run wild over the years.In other words, unsustainable at its present situation.  Does everyone understand the word, unsustainable?  Apparently it is alien to many of the talking heads we see nightly running across our TV screens or ranting on raido call-in shows.It seems politicians like Sen. Charles (Chuck) Schumer of New York have never looked the word up in the dictionary.  It’s very close to the word, reality.“Unless Congress enacts meaningful Medicare reform in the near future, seniors will be faced with inevitable cost-shifting and eventual cuts until Medicare doesn’t look anything like the program today.”A quote by Paul Ryan?  No.  It’s a quote by one of the most liberal Senators in Washington – Ron Wyden of Oregon.  I should know how liberal he is being a native of Oregon.  Such a statement from a Democrat is of the utmost importance and a first step toward bi-partisan sanity on this critically important national crisis.  So far Wyden is the first courageous Democrat to step forward as an American, not a politician, to sound the alarm of what inevitably lies ahead in this country’s fiscal future.  This is not a Republican conspiracy.  Paul Ryan is a thoughtful man who actually has a plan.  It isn’t perfect by any measure of the word, but it is a start.  A start that has failed to be met by either bumbling and inept Harry Reid or re-election-minded Barack Obama who are supposed to be this nation’s leaders.The Ryan plan promises tax reform by simplifying tax rates so that there are two rates, 10 percent and 25 percent, and paying for the reduction by aggressively eliminating loopholes, tax deductions and other tax expenditures.If I have to hear one more politician scream “tax the rich,” I’m going to get my own pitchfork and torch.  That is not the solution.  It would keep the country running for about a month with the marginal increases Obama and his lemmings suggest.  Remember those two words I mentioned – unsustainable and reality.Ryan has shown Wyden-like courage in pushing for Medicare and tax reform, and not backing down when the going gets tough.  That includes the Obama-compliant media when they begin to whine endlessly about hurting grandma or other nonsense.Unsustainable and reality are the mantra that will surely come if this country has any sanity left after the Obama administration is gone for good.Paul Ryan and Ron Wyden should be commended for breaking the ridiculous partisanship in Washington.  Aren’t we all getting a little sick of do-nothing politics?* If you have enjoyed this column, may I suggest you scroll to the top of this page and press the SUBSCRIBE box?  It’s FREE.  Thank you for your patronage.  ** Send your comments to:

Mega Millions winners in Maryland, Kansas, Illinois share jackpot

At least three lucky lotto ticket-holders matched all six numbers in last night's $640-million Mega Millions draw. Lottery officials have announced that winning tickets were bought in Maryland, Kansas and Illinois, the Associated Press reported. Illinois' winning ticket was sold in Red Bud, a small town near St. Louis, a state lottery spokesman told the AP. In Maryland, the winning ticket was bought in Baltimore County, while another winning ticket was purchased in northeast Kansas. The numbers drawn were 2, 4, 23, 38 and 46, and the Mega Ball was 23. More from GlobalPost: Mega Millions jackpot now at world record It was expected to take hours to identify the winners, Reuters reported, due to the sheer number of tickets sold. At least 29 tickets sold in California matched five of the six numbers, according to the Los Angeles Times. They'll win their holders prizes "in the high hundreds of thousands," state lottery officials said. According to the Georgia Lottery Corporation, the odds of one person winning the entire jackpot are 175 million to one. If that does happen, the ticket holder has the choice between a one-off payment of $462 million, or the full $640 million paid out in 26 annual installments. And 25 percent of it will go to the US Internal Revenue Service as federal withholding tax. More from GlobalPost: Tough times for Australian billionaires For anyone who won big last night, it won't be plain sailing, according to USA Today: "The perception is once you win the lottery, you are set – you're in great shape. But in reality the battle has just begun," said attorney Andrew Stoltmann, who has represented previous winners. Winners often find it difficult to manage their newfound fortunes wisely, he said, especially when friends, family, financial planners and scammers are clamoring for a share of the money. Advisers tell winners to keep their windfall quiet to avoid the unwanted attention, and to hold off any big investment decisions for at least six months.