The U.S. Mega Millions lottery is holding a drawing Friday night for a jackpot that’s swelled to $1 billion after the 24 drawings held since the end of July failed to yield a winner. This princely sum is drawing such attention that more people are buying tickets, and even the lottery’s own projections are changing rapidly. On Oct. 17, the payout was an estimated $900 million. Two days later, just before the drawing, it hit $1 billion. That makes it the second-largest lottery grand prize the world has ever seen – and the biggest for Mega Millions. The largest ever, at $1.6 billion, was in 2016 in the rival Powerball game.MORE ON MEGA MILLIONS: What you need to know about tonight's $1B drawingThe odds of winning are very small, or about 1 in 303 million. You are about 400 times more likely to be hit by lightning. If every adult in the U.S. purchased just one ticket, each with a different number, there would still be a good chance – about 7 percent – … [Read more...] about How winning $1 billion in Mega Millions could lead to bankruptcy
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SHE is the crowning jewel of the British fleet and is soon to set sail with the Royal Navy for the first time - but the £3.1 billion vessel has already faced a massive setback. Here, we examine everything there is to know about the UK's most expensive ever new warship - HMS Queen Elizabeth. How big is HMS Queen Elizabeth and how much does it cost? HMS Queen Elizabeth – nicknamed Big Lizzie – is the size of three football pitches and can carry 1,600 crew members and 36 fighter jets. At 920ft long, the HMS Queen Elizabeth is longer than the Houses of Parliament. Its length is also greater than the height of the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth. The huge warship’s construction, which began in 2004, along with its sister ship HMS Prince Of Wales is the most expensive in navy history costing £6billion. It is the largest and most expensive ship that has ever been built for the Royal Navy, with a crew of 700 sailors and 200 industry contractors on … [Read more...] about Who built HMS Queen Elizabeth, when were the sea trials, where is the aircraft carrier now and how much did she cost?
By Teri Sforza | PUBLISHED: April 10, 2018 at 6:40 am | UPDATED: April 10, 2018 at 6:45 am Even as many cities in Southern California push back against the state’s “sanctuary state” policies, the famously conservative enclave of Orange County soon might help Gov. Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown realize a long-sought dream: A pair of tunnels that will run beneath the central Delta, ferrying more-reliable water to the state’s parched southern region even as they protect wildlife. Considered dead as dust just days ago, Brown’s water dream won’t come cheap — an estimated $16.7 billion for both tunnels. And a disproportionate share of the project financing — $10.8 billion, or nearly 65 percent of the total — would come from the gargantuan Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which supplies 19 million people, or nearly half the state. That could, in a worst-case scenario, translate into an extra $5 a month … [Read more...] about Two tunnels? One? None? Water agency to decide how much to spend on Delta fix
With Breanne Deppisch and Joanie Greve. THE BIG IDEA: Those who don’t learn from the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them. That’s what the United States keeps doing in Syria. In 1950, Secretary of State Dean Acheson gave a speech implying that the Korean Peninsula was outside of the core defense perimeter of the United States. Though not intended, this sent a signal that America was abandoning South Korea. That helped provoke a war with fallout we're still managing today. Barack Obama made one of the gravest blunders of his presidency when he declared in 2012 that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad using chemical weapons against civilians would cross a “red line” and bring “enormous consequences.” When hundreds were killed by a gas attack the next year, he planned to launch missiles but blinked when the Brits balked. After Obama punted the decision to a Congress that dithered, an emboldened Assad escalated his barbaric … [Read more...] about The Daily 202: Trump gets schooled in Syria on how much his words matter
ALBANY – In a mix of frenzied bill passing and sitting around throughout the day and night Friday, state lawmakers early Saturday morning adopted a new state budget that hikes state education aid by more than the inflation rate, rejects hundreds of millions in tax increases proposed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and sets new policies for the handling of workplace sexual harassment cases. Pork barrel spending flourishes throughout the budget bills, and the final deal includes the creation of a commission intended to pave the way for a pay hike for legislators and top state officials. The Senate pushed through its final budget bill shortly after midnight, and the Assembly wrapped up a couple hours before sunrise -- an Albany tradition that saw deliberations on the biggest portions of the budget occur under cover of darkness. A final fiscal deal was announced Friday night by Cuomo, who called it "a very, very difficult budget.'' Precisely how a projected $4.4 billion deficit was closed … [Read more...] about $168 billion state budget passed overnight has $1 billion hike in state aid for schools