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Four Things You Shouldn't Do If You Hit the Mega Millions Jackpot
Sorry you didn't win the big Powerball jackpot last night. But on the bright side, you've still got a 1 in 300 million chance of hitting the Mega Millions jackpot tomorrow. So in other words . . . it's a LOCK.
That one's even bigger, almost a BILLION dollars last we checked. So whether you buy your tickets or not here are four things you SHOULDN'T do if you ever hit the lottery for a lot of money:
1. Don't forget to sign the back of the ticket. It protects you in case someone steals it. So you should sign it immediately. Or if you really want to be careful, sign it now even before the drawing.
2. Don't tell anyone. People will come out of the woodwork looking for handouts. But an even bigger concern is who THEY'LL tell. We've seen horror stories before about people hitting the lottery, then having their house broken into, or even being killed.
3. Don't automatically take the lump sum. As long as you're smart with the money, it makes sense because you can use it to make even MORE money. But the problem is most people AREN'T smart about it. Roughly 70% of people who get a huge windfall of cash lose it or spend it all within a few years.
4. Don't start backing all your friends and family's business ideas. And don't start buying people cars and houses. It's amazing how fast you can burn through cash. Although if you win a BILLION dollars . . . go for it!
A Woman Created a Distraction While a Guy Shoved Christmas Ornaments Down His Pants
When stores put out their Christmas stuff in October, it just gives people more of a chance to STEAL their Christmas stuff in October.
There's a report in the police blotter from Woodinville, Washington about a woman and a man and their Christmas in October shoplifting mission last week.
Apparently, the woman created a diversion while the guy shoved a bunch of ORNAMENTS down his pants . . . then they left the store. And as far as we know, the cops haven't tracked them down.
The Original “Big Bird” is Finally Retiring
We knew it was coming at some point, but it's officially official: Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer behind the beloved “Sesame Street” characters Big Bird and Oscar The Grouch, is moving out of "Sesame Street." For those who don't know, he’s been playing the two since the show’s debut in 1969, and after his final episode today, he will be passing the torch to new actors.
Spinney says quote “Big Bird brought me so many places, opened my mind and nurtured my soul,” he offers. “But now it’s time for two performers that I have worked with and respected – and actually hand-picked for the guardianship of Big Bird and Oscar The Grouch – to take my alter-egos into their hands and continue to give them life.” You can read his full statement HERE.