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Okay, we all “want to win the lottery,” but do you really, really want to win?
It takes a lot of determination (and money) but experts and former winners say there are ways to improve your oddsof winning the jackpot.
Remember: Playing the lottery is a form of gambling, so know your limit and play within it.
1. Buy extra tickets
Ok, we never said these tips would be that creative. It’s totally obvious that buying extra tickets increases your chance of winning the lottery, but most frugal and right-thinking people will never buy more than one ticket.
The costs add up, but every guide to winning the lottery agrees buying extra tickets gives you an advantage, especially when it’s combined with other tips and tricks.
2. Stick to your lucky numbers
There’s a heated debate between lotto players about whether it’s best to buy quick picks (where the computer chooses your numbers) or to select your lucky numbers. Our money is on choosing your own.
The thing about lucky numbers is they’re your numbers, and you’ll always remember to play because otherwise you could miss your chance.
To be fair, quick pick tickets make up the vast majority of lottery winners, but playing consistently is more important. Unless…
3. Don’t play every week
Many dedicated lotto players actually avoid big, popular games like the Mega Millions and Powerball draws. Instead, they target unpopular games with low jackpots during their least popular times of the year, and load up on tickets for specific draws.
It takes a little research, but if there’s a winner every time, your odds in one of these draws are way better than most big games.
4. Pick high numbers
This tip won’t improve your odds of “winning the lottery” per se, but experts say it makes you less likely to split a big draw. The theory goes that people tend to pick numbers between 1 and 31, based on important dates in their lives.
Richard Lustig, who says he’s won the lottery seven times, swears by his “number spreading technique,” and included it in his book Learn How to Increase Your Chances of Winning the Lottery. Here’s another one of Lustig’s tips…
5. Don’t buy consecutive numbers
Lustig offers his readers this bit of helpful math: if a lottery draw had 5 numbers, and they only go up to 55, the total of your five numbers should be between 104 and 175. The lotto expert says studies show that 70% of jackpot draws fall within that number “spread.”
For he same reasons, Lustig warns to avoid picking multiple numbers from the same group of tens (for example: 21, 25 and 28), or numbers that end in the same digit.
6. Don’t play in patterns
One last trusty tip from Lustig: if you like filling in your number card with an X, diagonal lines or other patterns, odds are other lotto players do too. Like picking low numbers, this only increases your chance of splitting a game-winning draw.
For most married couples, money is always a topic that needs to be discussed. What’s mine is yours, but what’s yours might not be enough to pay the mortgage. For Prince Harry and his soon-to-be wife, Meghan Markle, money probably won’t be an issue. But where does their money come from? Multi-million dollar weddings and $10,000 outfits aren’t free, yet you won’t find either of them working a 9 to 5 job.
Markle has been open about her financial struggles in the past, remembering how she was always short on cash while trying to make it as an actress, and still tries to be money-smart.
“I was not a girl who grew up buying $100 candles,” she told the Toronto Star. “I was the girl who ran out of gas on her way to an audition. Actually, the doors of my car were both stuck shut. I had to pretend I was rooting around the back seat for a script and then crawl surreptitiously into the front seat.”
But now that she’s poised to become a member of the royal family, how are she and her future husband going to support themselves?
Prince Harry served in the British Army Air Corps for ten years, including two tours in Afghanistan as a helicopter pilot. According to Fortune, his yearly salary was $45,000. Considering he’s most likely living rent-free at the palace, a lot of that salary is probably saved up.
During her seven-year run on Suits, Markle reportedly banked about $50,000 per episode, making her take-home pay about $500,000 each year. She also earns royalties every time an old episode is replayed on any network, so she could be making money off her acting days for years to come. Markle also appeared in several movies, and probably has a hefty savings account.
In addition to her acting gigs, Markle also started her own clothing line through Reitmans, and has leftover income from her blog, The Tig, which she shut down earlier this year. Together, Town and Country reports that Markle made $80,000 off these endeavors.
Yep, that’s right. British citizens will be contributing to the royal couple’s bank accounts, but that’s not new. Citizens fund the monarchy with a solid £292 million (about $391 million) per year. Each taxpayer only pays about 85 cents, though, and the Queen surrenders all profits from the Crown Estate to the government. In exchange, she’s given the Soverign Grant, which goes towards palace upkeep, travel expenses, and salaries. Harry and Meghan, while they live on palace grounds, won’t have to worry about anything.
But there’s still a couple more ways they’ll be making money.
For those that suffer from it, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can be one of the singularly most debilitating things imaginable. Brought about by surviving traumatic events (hence the title), some of the earliest research into the phenomenon is what gave us the diagnosis of “shell-shock” within soldiers, dating all the way back to as early as the First World War.
As we’ve studied the disorder more and more over the last few years, we’ve learned that it can affect a number of victims, from people who’ve suffered sexual assault, traffic collisions, and other threats on their lives. The results are often mentally crippling, and can cause people who suffer from PTSD to constantly experience a sudden onrush of a “fight-or-flight” feeling when no danger is actually present.
It’s estimated that nearly 9% of U.S. citizens develop PTSD at some point, and that number’s only expected to climb. However, researchers think they might have actually found a treatment for it, and strangely enough, the solution is to listen to your brain. Literally.
Who doesn’t love a cup of Joe to wake them up in the morning? Whether it’s before you head into work, drop the kids off at school, or just to feel more awake and lively, coffee has always been your “get it done” friend.
Coffee has been a staple in the American diet since the Boston Tea Party of 1773, when patriots to our nation threw the imported leaves into the harbor. Ever since then, Americans have been drinking that delicious brew and staying hard at work.
But it appears that some states love this hot beverage way more than others, and many would be surprised to see how hard, or how easy, it is for their fellow citizens to get access to the real magic beans.
Take a look and see how your region ranks from worst to best!
Bigger doesn’t always mean better in this case.
Why does Ohio have to be terrible at everything?
Greensboro, North Carolina
If it ain’t sweet tea, they do not want it. Maybe South Carolina can do a better job…
North Las Vegas, Nevada
Not Pictured: Good coffee.
Okay, we may have an objection to raise here.
Are you ready to see the best places in America to get your cup of java?
Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates leaves federal court on Dec. 11 in Washington, DC.
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Rick Gates, the defendant in one of the cases brought by special counsel Robert Mueller against associates of President Trump, will not be able to leave his house to ring in the new year.
A seemingly exasperated US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson denied his Thursday request to travel with his family for New Year's Eve events in a short, terse order on Friday.
“After all of that,” Jackson wrote of the repeated prior requests regarding holiday travel filed by Gates, “defendant Gates filed yet another motion, with a new plan for New Year's celebrations . . . Given the untimely filing of the current motion, it will be denied.”
Read the order:
A New Jersey man has built a special model train set in the basement of his home to bring joy to his bedridden father.
After Ronald Anthony Ward became too ill to accompany his son to their beloved model train shows, Ronnie Ward decided to bring the model trains to him.
The father-son duo have shared a passion for the hobby since Ronald gave Ronnie his first train set to his pure glee at the age of five.
According to the NorthJersey.com, Ronnie often recalls the pair’s tradition of making model trains sets together, and visiting shows across the country. With Ronnie’s memory still vivid of the train sets they shared, he decided to recreate a similar set for his father five months ago.
The 10-by-13 sized board contains nine trains running along more than 112 feet of track. It’s divided in two levels, called the “Disney Plateau” and the “Coca Cola Valley.” It also houses several important landmarks, such as the Dumbo tower and the Ward family home. Most importantly, it features the first train set his father ever gave him.
“I started with one 8-by-4 board, which is the board that he got me and built me,” Ronnie said. “I started with one circle one day. A couple of days later I did another circle. Then my uncle came by and brought another board by. Now I have to put more up.”
There has been a fierce debate over beauty and issues with women’s self-esteem these last few years, and it seems that the latest battleground was over a little girl’s video that went viral over the holidays.
When 3-year-old Liriana released a makeup tutorial shortly before Christmas, her biggest problem was whether or not her eye shadow was applied properly (it was).
Liraina is the daughter of Instagram user Suella, who has many videos of her playing with her brother, Dilan, and putting on makeup.
“She does her own makeup from start to finish,” says Suella. “I just sit there and record her while she does her own thing. She loves to copy everything that I do. Literally everything has to match with me: our outfits, makeup, hair.”
Liriana is certainly skillful at makeup application, expertly using her concealer, eye shadow, mascara, blush, and lipstick before blowing a kiss to her viewers. It was immediately popular across the social sharing network, with a ton of praise from users.
To Suella, it was just another amazing video that her daughter put out, and she could not have been more proud when other notable accounts asked if they could share her post on their feeds!
The post has amassed over 500,000 views and 1000 comments, however, not all of them are supportive. In fact, many of them are downright hurtful.
Decks of cards have been used in China since the 600s, and gradually spread to Egypt. The standard deck of Egypt’s Mamluk dynasty, with swords, batons, cups and coins, eventually traveled into Italy and later the rest of Europe.
While some countries like Italy and Greece still use the original Egyptian card suits, most decks have adopted the four French suits that evolved in the late 1400s. There’s no exact origin for the designs, but each suit is connected to a distinct part of society:
- Clubs are associated with peasants, laborers and work.
- Diamonds are connected to merchants and wealth.
- Hearts are usually compared to the clergy, and the search for happiness and love.
- Spades are tied to warriors and also nobility.
The French also gave us another very familiar part of the modern deck: the aces.
While a “one” card has always existed, the French Revolution, which saw the French people overthrow their King and Queen, turned the lowly ace into a “trump” card that could defeat the King and Queen cards.
But it turns out even the number of cards in a deck has a special meaning.
When Burt Reynolds and Sally Field shared the screen in 1977’s Smokey and the Bandit, audiences fell in love. But so did the film’s stars.
In the 1970s, both Reynolds and Field were at the height of their acting careers, but were also nursing their hearts after a pair of disastrous marriages in the 1960s. Field, now a single mother of two children, felt a connection to her costar right away.
“Burt was the most important influence that came into my life other than my children at the time,” she later said about the actor, who went on to star in four more films with her.
While the pair never tied the knot, they were a Hollywood power couple for five years, and it’s clear that even decades later the relationship meant a lot to both of them.
“Burt was the most important thing that ever happened in my life,” Field remembers. “He rescued my career and literally put me to work, he literally gave me a new lease on life.”
As for Reynolds, he gushed about his relationship with Field during the tour for his autobiography But Enough About Me in 2015. “I think we would have been very happy,” he said about spending the rest of his life with Field.
“If anybody asks about that period of my life, it was a wonderful time. I was — and still am — very proud of her.”
So what came between these two lovebirds if their relationship was so strong they still cherish it 40 years later? That’s just another twist in their unique Hollywood love story.
Sheriff’s Deputy Swallwell was going about his business when he got word that a homeless man was panhandling on the freeway off-ramp. He went out to go give him a citation, but when he spoke the man he had a change of heart.
Michael Myers was greeted by the officer and said that he told him, “you can’t be on this freeway anymore and I’m going to write you a ticket.” But as they started to speak, Deputy Swallwell realized that a ticket wasn’t going to help anything.
“I started to get to know more about him and I realized he didn’t need a citation, he needed someone to help him,” Swalwell said. Myers was unlike other panhandlers he had met. He had no criminal record, no substance abuse issues and he had tried several times to get off the streets.
“He told me, ‘no you don’t understand. I’ve done it before. I get turned away. I’ve applied for benefits before, but I don’t have ID so I can’t get any assistance.’” Swalwell explained. It was at this point that he decided he was going to do more than just let him off with a warning, he was going to do everything he could to help him get his life back on track…
Melinda Ray was suffering from a genetic disease that was quickly destroying her liver. She had been trying to find a donor, but no one was working out. Her husband James told ABC News, “We had just had candidate after candidate being ruled out, and symptoms were progressing. They were progressing fast. The days were getting harder.”
She was becoming increasingly desperate, unsure of how she would carry on. The mother of three made one last appeal to her Facebook friends, asking them to consider getting tested to be a match. All of her friends and family passed along her message, until one day a complete stranger saw the post.
Robin Ihnfeldt was friends with Melinda’s sister and she heard that Ray was unable to find a donor. She told her husband, Jeff Bramstedt, about Ray’s trouble and without hesitating he volunteered his own liver.
The former Navy SEAL’s wife said, “He’s always been an amazing man. He hears bullets and he runs into these situations.”
The doctors warned him that it would be risky. “There’s a lot of things that can go wrong, including the risk of dying,” Dr. Elizabeth Pomfret said. He had a lot to consider, but it didn’t take him long to make his choice…
For the last several decades kids have grown up watching their favorite Disney and Pixar movies, falling in love with the characters as the trials and tribulations of their lives play out on the screen. Most of the time the protagonist gets all of the limelight, but they wouldn’t be half of what they are without the supporting characters helping the story along. With that being said, there are definitely some of these supporting characters that deserve their own spin-off movies.
Let’s take a look at 8 of these characters that I would absolutely take my children to the theaters to see take center stage.
Rex is such a lovable character from the Toy Story franchise. His manic personality and unique sense of humor make him one of the more important secondary characters from the series. Imagine where the toys would be if they didn’t have Rex’s pointy tail around to help them escape the garbage bag on route to the end of the driveway.
I have had to sit through the movie Tangled more times than I can count, I virtually know the characters lines by heart. One of the greatest aspects of the movie is Rapunzel’s silent pet chameleon Pascal. He is hilarious and seems to be one of the smarter characters from the movie. One question that was never answered was how Pascal and Rapunzel came to be such close friends? I can see an epic story coming out of that.
Dug is one of the most hilariously written characters in the Disney Pixar universe. He fits perfectly into the story being told in Up, and realistically his jovial and fun loving personality would fit well in any type of story. Frankly, I am surprised that more hasn’t already been done with the character, kids love him.
The concept behind this movie is truly breathtaking, and even I loved sitting down to watch it. One of the best secondary characters appears when we are introduced to Riley’s imaginary friend Bing Bong. He is one of the few characters who exists both inside and outside of Riley’s mind, and he is the true hero of the story once he sacrifices himself to ensure that Joy escapes from the Memory Dump. Let’s see a stand alone Bing Bong movie!
Every year, on January 1, people start the uphill battle that is a “New Year’s resolution.” Most people are so gung-ho about what they plan to do with their lives in the coming year that they actually forget to go about living their lives.
The most common New Year’s resolutions usually involve quitting some bad habit like smoking or drinking, or deal with losing weight and getting back into shape, all of which can be extremely stressful. With that being said, resolutions don’t have to have such a drastic impact on your life, sometimes the simplest of things can have a positive impact on who you are as a person moving forward through the New Year.
Here are 8 simple New Year’s resolutions that anyone can do without having to deal with the massive stressful side effects of more demanding ideas.
We are all guilty of this in some form or fashion. I often look around my house at bits of work that I know I need to do, but I continue to say “I’ll deal with that another day,” and then that day never seems to come. When you have something you can be doing just get up and do it. The sense of finishing something brings with it its own feeling of accomplishment.
Beaurocratic nonsense is still the way of the world, and no matter what we choose to do with our lives, it is always accompanied by a mountain of paperwork that never seems to get organized. The chaos of trying to find one little piece of paper in order to get something done can stress you out to the max. Spend a day just going through all the odd bits of paper you have lying around and see what’s important. Then organize it into a system that you understand.
We as people tend to spend a lot of time bottling up our emotions and feelings. There is a certain amount of fear that goes with expressing those to anyone because we don’t know how people are going to react. But do you know who will neither judge you, nor make fun of you? A journal. Write down your private thoughts and you will find that some of the load has been lifted off your shoulders.
It is important to keep your body in shape, sure. But it is also important to make sure that you take care of your mind. Get yourself one of those little calendars filled with obscure facts or quotes so that you can add to your storehouse of knowledge every day. You really never know when some inane fact is going to come in handy.
Being able to predict the future is a power that few people wish to possess.
Just imagine knowing all the terrible things that are going to happen in the coming years but having no power to actually incite change.
Vangelia Pandeva Dimitrova, better known as Baba Vanga, died in 1996, but has left the world with dozens of predictions up until the 51st century, the date she believed the world would end.
The Bulgarian woman lost her sight after being caught in a vicious tornado at the age of 12, and a few days after that event she experienced her first vision. She started making predictions at the age of 16 and continued to do so until she died at the age of 85.
Also dubbed the “Nostradamus from the Balkans,” Vanga is said to have predicted the 9/11 attacks, the rise of ISIS, Brexit, Trump’s presidency, and many more world-changing events long before they occurred.
In regards to 9/11, the psychic claimed that “two steel birds” would attack the “American brethren.”
For 2018, she predicted two major events that could change world as we know it…
If you’re dreaming of a winter getaway, challenge yourself with this flying-themed brainteaser and test how fast you can spot the plane that is going in a different direction.
Travelers and those looking to test their mental sharpness have been flocking towards this viral photo that has got everyone scratching their heads.
The map-based brainteaser was created by the people at Airport Parking And Hotels (APH) to keep everyone in the family entertained over the holiday season.
The image shows dozens of white planes flying out from what looks like the UK, but there’s only one pilot who is heading back.
Can you spot that jet?
Are you ready for the answer? Or do you need a hint?
Can you imagine winning the lottery right before Christmas? The financial security would make it the best celebration of all, and you could start to plan out your future. We all think about what we’d do if we hit he jackpot, but few of us will ever experience that rush.
For some extremely unlucky people in South Carolina, they both won and lost the lottery within minutes, and they’re not happy about it.
Nicole Coggins told local news what ran through her mind when she learned she and her mother-in-law won almost $18,000.
“I had been promising [my kids] for years [to take them to Disney World] and I thought I would finally get to, and now I can’t,” Coggins said. “I don’t play the lottery that much. Every once in a while, I’ll buy a Powerball ticket, but something told me to buy a lottery ticket. I was having a good day and I wanted to try it.”
Coggins won $500 on her first ticket, so she bought another one to test her luck.
“And it was another winner and another winner,” Coggins recalled. “So I thought, ‘Well, maybe there is something wrong with their machine. This can’t be real.'”
The mom said her tickets were scanned, she was informed she won, but then almost immediately the cashier said she couldn’t cash in, because the transaction wasn’t valid.
Coggins isn’t the only one who was told this, either. So what went wrong?
Kids will always have healthy imaginations. It’s what makes the innocence of youth so revered by adults. We never wants kids to feel as though they can’t be themselves, which is why we let them imagine things that are sometimes so outrageous they seem ridiculous to us.
But a school in Modesto, California, felt that one boy’s imagination went too far, and it threatened the safety of other students.
Five-year-old Jackson Riley was in his third week of kindergarten at Great Valley Academy, when a teacher looked inside his backpack. Jackson was suspended from school for a day, and now the parents want answers.
So what did the teacher find?