Travis Mills was sitting on an airplane and his phone wouldn’t stop ringing. The 31-year-old Army veteran was on his way back to Maine — the plane was taxiing — and even though his phone was turned off, the call kept coming through his smart watch. He hit ignore, sending a text to say he couldn’t talk, only to have another call come through from another staff member at the nonprofit he founded, the Travis Mills Foundation, which runs a retreat for wounded veterans and their families. “I thought, ‘Oh man, what happened?’” Mills recalled. He answered. What happened was that Lerynne West, an Iowa woman who won part of a $687.9 million Powerball jackpot, announced last Wednesday on the “Ellen” show that she would be donating $500,000 to his foundation. “At first I was like, ‘No you’re kidding, that’s not true. Haha, good one,'” Mills recently told Boston.com. “But they were like, … [Read more...] about Travis Mills didn’t win the lottery. But his foundation is getting a boost after an Iowa woman did.
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Rachel Premack, provided by Published 7:16 am PDT, Tuesday, October 23, 2018 In this file photo, Powerball and Mega Millions lottery tickets are displayed on January 3, 2018 in San Anselmo, California. In this file photo, Powerball and Mega Millions lottery tickets are displayed on January 3, 2018 in San Anselmo, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Photos: Things more likely to happen than winning the Lottery Go ahead and spend your two bucks, but you're probably not winning the jackpot. Chances of matching all the numbers in the lottery are minuscule. See the things that are more likely to happen than winning the big prize. less Photos: Things more likely to happen than winning the Lottery Go ahead and spend your two bucks, but you're probably not winning the jackpot. Chances of matching all the numbers in the lottery are minuscule. ... more … [Read more...] about How to win the lottery, according to a Romanian-born mathematician who hacked the system, won 14 times, and retired on a remote tropical island
close Video Is there a chance Hillary Clinton runs in 2020? Insight from longtime adviser Philippe Reines on 'The Story.' Philippe Reines, a longtime Hillary Clinton adviser, reiterated earlier comments Friday evening by saying that there is a possibility - albeit a slim one - that the former secretary of state would launch another campaign for president. And if she were to run, Reines told Fox News’ Martha MacCallum, he thinks she would win. “I do. Everyone loves a comeback,” Reines said during an interview on “The Story” when asked whether he believed she’d be able to secure the White House. But he also compared the likelihood of her running again to someone’s chances of winning the lottery. “I’m not saying she’s going to run,” Reines said. “I think the odds are probably in the Powerball range.” Clinton, who has made several public appearances as of late pertaining to her book release and … [Read more...] about Hillary Clinton aide says there’s a ‘Powerball range’ chance she’d run for president again
With the Mega Millions jackpot at a whopping $900 million, wannabe winners might be pondering how it would feel to come into an amount that’s larger than the entire economy of some small countries. They also should consider how they’d keep their sudden windfall under wraps. While a winner’s instinct might be to shout from the rooftops, experts say that one of the best ways to protect your newfound wealth is to avoid letting too many people know about it. Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy to do. While some states allow winners to easily remain anonymous, others do not. And in some states, as long as you plan ahead, you can create a trust or other legal entity to receive your winnings as a way to avoid your name being attached to the money. This makes it important to know your options before doing much of anything. State laws against anonymity can help maintain the transparency of lottery wins. For the winner, however, coming forward can be stressful. “Not … [Read more...] about If You Win the Mega Millions Jackpot, Here’s How to Maintain Some Privacy
Some lucky lottery players will walk away with huge winnings as the combined Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots now approach almost $1 billion. But let's get real: Chances are, it's not going to be you. The odds of winning the combined $999 million jackpots stands at 1 in 88 quadrillion -- that's 88 thousand trillion, or the numeral 1 followed by 15 zeros, according to the Allstate Data Science Team. The previous odds, when the jackpots were smaller, stood at roughly 1 in 75 quadrillion. To be sure, lottery players will have slightly better odds of winning either one of the jackpots. The odds of scoring the $654 million Mega MIllions prize is 1 in 302 million, while the $345 million Powerball is sporting odds of 1 in 292 million, Allstate said. To grasp how unlikely even those odds are, it's worth checking them against the probability of other rare events. The likelihood of being struck by lightning within one's lifetime is 1 in 3,000. You're also much more … [Read more...] about Odds of winning $1 billion Mega Millions and Powerball: 1 in 88 quadrillion