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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Susan Tompor Detroit Free Press Published 7:00 AM EDT Oct 11, 2018 Looking for a quick 50 bucks — or even more — in your pocket? Time to dig up some missing money via Michigan's Unclaimed Property website. The site offers a way to uncover old forgotten paychecks, abandoned bank accounts, some lost life insurance policies, forgotten stocks, even refunds on a DirectTV bill. I've actually found money here over the years, including a lost paycheck for my brother-in-law, some missing money for co-workers, and an insurance-related payout for my mother. Now, the process is expected to be even easier after a recent makeover. You no longer need to file paper forms or send in copies of documents by mail. Instead, you can check for unclaimed property online, file a new claim and send the appropriate documents to verify your claim, all electronically. The online treasure hunt starts at Michigan Unclaimed Property's website … [Read more...] about Michigan has more than $1 billion in unclaimed money
Oct 08, 2:58 PM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Technology By Alex Perry 10/08/18 AT 1:56 PM Developer Epic Games has seen a big windfall since its release of the popular last-player-standing mode in “Fortnite” more than a year ago. Since then, “Fortnite” has grown to colossal proportions, generating large amounts of revenue across every modern gaming platform with a free-to-play business model.According to new data from market research firm Sensor Tower, the iOS version alone has grossed $300 million worldwide.Sensor Tower compared “Fortnite” to the revenue generated by other top “multiplayer mobile action games” in their first 200 days on the iOS App Store. According to that criteria, “Fortnite” made the most money in that time period, beating out the likes of “Clash Royale” and “Honor of Kings” with $300 million.That averages out to … [Read more...] about How Much Money Has ‘Fortnite’ Made In Sales On iOS?
Updated 3:48 am PDT, Wednesday, September 26, 2018 FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2009 file photo, boats are seen on Ammoudi Bay near seaside tavernas on the island of Santorini, Greece. Tax authorities say they have used surveillance drones in Greece for the first time to spot violations on Santorini, where tourists were allegedly being taken on boat tours of the island's sea-filled volcanic crater without getting receipts. Greece's Independent Authority for Public Revenue says that the one-day operation last week involved surveillance of nine tour boats, and that the violations recorded in a follow-up inspection were worth 25,000 euros ($29,400) in lost revenue. less FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2009 file photo, boats are seen on Ammoudi Bay near seaside tavernas on the island of Santorini, Greece. Tax authorities say they have used surveillance drones in Greece for the first ... more Photo: Michael Virtanen, AP … [Read more...] about How much? Greek state owed huge amount of uncollected taxes
The French government presented its budget for 2019 on Monday, with French President Emmanuel Macron having promised that it will save French households €6 billion. Here are the measures that will affect how much money you have to spend next year. French Budget Minister Gerald Darmanin who presented the 2019 budget on Monday has boasted about the measures being the "biggest drop in taxes for households since 2008". "More than €6 billion euros of levies and taxes will be returned to French people next year," the government vowed. Some of the measures could leave you that little bit richer while others will see your pocket take a hit. Here's what you need to know. Private sector workers Anyone working in the private sector should see their salary rise next year thanks to the government deleting two separate levies or social charges from their pay. Contributions (cotisations) for illness (0.75%) and … [Read more...] about The new French budget measures that affect how much money you will have