Archive for November 2012
If you win the lottery jackpot you will see very different sides of your friends and relatives.
Big lottery winners offer advice, cautionary tales as $550M Powerball lottery announces where winning tickets were sold
COLUMBIA, Mo. – So you just won the $550 million Powerball jackpot, the second highest in lottery history. Now what?
Perhaps it’s time for a tropical vacation or a new car. There are bills to pay, loans to settle, debts to square.
Past winners of mega-lottery drawings and financial planners have some more sound advice: Stick to a budget, invest wisely, learn to say no and be prepared to lose friends while riding an emotional roller-coaster of joy, anxiety, guilt and distrust.
“I had to adapt to this new life, “said Sandra Hayes, 52, a former child services social worker who split a $224 million Powerball jackpot with a dozen co-workers in 2006, collecting a lump sum she said was in excess of $6 million after taxes. “I had to endure the greed and the need that people have, trying to get you to release your money to them. That caused a lot of emotional pain. These are people who you’ve loved deep down, and they’re turning into vampires trying to suck the life out of me.”
April 13, 2006: Sandra Hayes of Florissant, Mo., who split a $224 million Powerball jackpot with a dozen co-workers in 2006. (AP)
The single mother kept her job with the state of Missouri for another month and immediately used her winnings to pay off an estimated $100,000 in student loans and a $70,000 mortgage.
She spent a week in Hawaii and bought a new Lexus, but six years later still shops at discount stores and lives on a fixed income — albeit, at a higher monthly allowance than when she brought home paychecks of less than $500 a week.
“I know a lot of people who won the lottery and are broke today,” she said. “If you’re not disciplined, you will go broke. I don’t care how much money you have.”
Lottery agencies are keen to show off beaming prize-winners hugging oversize checks at celebratory news conferences, but the tales of big lottery winners who wind up in financial ruin, despair or both are increasingly common.
There’s the two-time New Jersey lottery winner who squandered her $5.4 million fortune. A West Virginia man who won $315 million a decade ago on Christmas later said the windfall was to blame for his granddaughter’s fatal drug overdose, his divorce, hundreds of lawsuits and an absence of true friends.
The National Endowment for Financial Education cautions those who receive a financial windfall — whether from lottery winnings, divorce settlements, cashed-out stock options or family inheritances — to plan for their psychological needs as well as their financial strategies. The Denver-based nonprofit estimates that as many as 70 percent of people who land sudden windfalls lose that money within several years.
“Being able to manage your emotions before you do anything sudden is one of the biggest things,” said endowment spokesman Paul Golden. “If you’ve never had the comfort of financial security before, if you were really eking out a living from paycheck to paycheck, if you’ve never managed money before, it can be really confusing. There’s this false belief that no matter what you do, you’re never going to worry about money again.”
David Gehle, who spent 20 years at a Nebraska meatpacking plant before he and seven ConAgra Foods co-workers won a $365 million Powerball jackpot in 2006, used some of his winnings to visit Australia, New Guinea and Vietnam. He left ConAgra three weeks after he won, and now spends his time woodworking and playing racquetball, tennis and golf.
But most of his winnings are invested, and the 59-year-old still lives in his native Lincoln. He waited for several years before buying a $450,000 home in a tidy neighborhood on the southern edge of town.
“My roots are in Nebraska, and I’m not all that much different now than I was before,” Gehle said. “I’m pretty normal. I never was the kind of guy who went for big, expensive cars or anything like that. I just want something that runs.”
In the first year after he won, Michael Terpstra would awaken many nights in a panic. Had he slept in? Was he late to work the night shift?
“At times I’d wake up and this would all seem like a dream,” the 54-year-old said. “I’d have to walk around the house and tell myself, I did win. I’m not working anymore, and I do live here. I didn’t get drunk, break into someone’s house and go to sleep. This is where I’m supposed to be.”
His new home is a roomy, two-story house in south Lincoln with a big-screen television and paintings of Jesus on the walls. He no longer uses alarm clocks and spends his days taking his 92-pound black lab, Rocco, on walks.
He was terrified when he first won, convinced that he would lose all of the money and have to return to work. So he lives carefully off the interest from conservative investments, with help from accountants and lawyers. He bought the new house and a truck, but struggles to name any extravagant purchases.
“I can’t buy a super yacht. I can’t buy a Gulfstream,” he said. “Then again, I don’t think I’d use either one, so why would I buy one?”
That said, some mega-winners still can’t resist the lure of big jackpots, at least not the two-buck chances. On Tuesday, former ConAgra worker Dung Tran, a Vietnamese immigrant, walked into the same Lincoln U-Stop where he purchased the winning ticket six years ago and bought 22 more from the very employee who sold him the first prize-winner, said cashier Janice Mitzner.
“We joked about it,” she said. “I told him, ‘Wouldn’t it be something if you won again?'”
Hayes is also hoping to strike rich again — she bought 10 tickets at a Dirt Cheap liquor store on her way home Tuesday while speaking with an Associated Press reporter. Unlike many big winners, she has kept a visible public profile instead of going underground, appearing on a 2007 reality TV show (“Million Dollar Christmas”), writing an online Life After the Lottery blog and self-publishing a short book, “How Winning the Lottery Changed My Life.”
“We have this drawing tomorrow, and if somebody wins, God bless them,” she said. “They’re going to need those blessings.”
The “All in the Family” star was arrested on Sept. 13 for supposedly driving under the influence in Maine.
The actress, who is currently in Maine starring in the play “9 to 5,” was pulled over after midnight and charged with OUI – operating under the influence. A rep for the actress came out saying, “We deny these charges.”
The country singer was arrested in Texas on August 7 after he crashed his Trans Am, was found naked in the road when cops showed up, and then threatened to kill them.
In March 2011, Mel Gibson skipped out on a movie premiere so he could turn himself in for his misdemeanor battery charge. He pleaded no contest and received three years probation for allegedly assaulting his former girlfriend and baby mama, Oksana Grigorieva.
The 47-year-old actor was arrested in New Orleans on April 16 on charges of domestic abuse and disturbing the peace.
“Cage and his wife were standing in front of a residence that he insisted was the property the couple was renting. She disagreed, and Cage grabbed her by the upper arm and pulled her to what he believed was the correct address. There were no visible signs of injury on his wife’s arm,” the New Orleans Police Department said in a statement.
The actor is scheduled to appear in court on May 31.
The country music legend was arrested the day after Thanksgiving for possession of Marijuana.
Cops reportedly arrested Nelson and two others after they found 6-ounces of pot in his tour bus.
Really Willie, what the hell do you need with 6 ounces of pot? You could get a pack of mules stoned with that much dope!
The heiress was arrested in Las Vegas, NV on Aug. 29 when cops found .8 grams of cocaine in her purse. Paris claims the purse wasn’t hers.
Pretty good mugshot. Ready for the camera.
The then 24-year-old turned herself in on July 20, 2010 to begin a 90 day jail sentence.
She was released 14 days later and began a three month court ordered rehab stay, which only lasted 23 days.
Of course this is not Lohan’s only mug shot.
There are 6 more mug shots. With many more to come it seems.
On Dec. 26, 2009, Charlie Sheen was arrested in Colorado on charges of alleged domestic violence.
Leif Garret, 2010
Former pop star Leif Garrett was arrested in Los Angeles on February 1, 2010 with heroin in his shoe.
Leif Garret, 2006
Garret was also arrested in 2006, again for heroin possession. His face looked remarkably similar – and just awful – in both booking shots.
What is with the hole between the eyes? Some heroin thing.
Phil Spector after being convicted of second degree murder on April 13, 2009.
Actress Heather Locklear was arrested in September 2008 by the LAPD on a DUI charge.
Reality star Khloe Kardashian turned herself into the LAPD and served a brief stint in jail from charges stemming from a 2007 DUI.
Can’t these people afford drivers when they go drinking?
DMX has been arrested countless times, but was arrested this year for charges including identity theft, animal cruelty as well as drug and theft charges.
I have never heard of this clown, any chance he is a rapper?
Ryan O’Neal was arrested in Los Angeles on charges of drug possession with his son Redmond in September 2008.
Redmond O’Neal, son of Ryan, who was arrested with his father in September 2008 on charges of drug possession.
“CSI” star Gary Dourdan was arrested on drug charges in April 2008. According to police reports, cops found him sleeping in a car parked on the wrong side of the road.
Josh Brolin was arrested in Louisiana in July 2008 for his involvement in a bar fight.
New York (CNN) — The big news in the Big Apple this week may be what didn’t happen.
There was not a single reported slaying, stabbing, shooting or knifing in any of the five boroughs on Monday, according to the New York Police Department.
“It is unusual in a city of 8 million people, but we never read that much into one day,” said Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne, who said it was the “first time in memory” that the city had had such a lull in violent crime.
The violence-free stretch spanned 36 hours, starting Sunday evening when a man was shot in the head and lasted until Tuesday morning with another shooting, police said.
For a city that once suffered from high crime rates, Monday’s feat fits into a broader trend of dropping homicide rates, police say.
“The city hopes to finish out the year with the lowest homicide rate sine 1960,” said Browne.
In 1990, police say the city tallied just under 2,300 homicides. By 2002, that number had dropped below 600.
So far in 2012, police say that number is 366.
“If you think back to how bad things were in the 1970s and ’80s, you were lucky if you had a few hours go by where you didn’t have a violent crime, nevermind a whole day,” said NYPD historian Michael Cronin.
Nationwide, there were 14,612 murders in 2011, on average one every 36 minutes, the FBI reported.
That’s a small decline from 14,722 in 2010.
In October, the FBI said violent crime across the nation fell for the fifth consecutive year in 2011 with murder, rape and robbery all declining, but it noted that violent crime remains a serious problem in many urban areas.
The FBI crime statistics differed from a telephone crime survey released in October by the Justice Department. That report showed crime increasing last year but attributed the change to a jump in simple assaults.
James Alan Fox, a criminologist at Northeastern University in Boston, said many of those assaults described to interviewers were pushing-and-shoving incidents with no injuries and were not reported to any law enforcement agencies.
The schemers in Washington come up with some doozies. In the sixties the Pentagon considered building a nuclear powered strategic bomber. The plan was dropped when it was realized if the bomber crashed over a populated city there could be big problems. Now the crazy plan behind Project A119.
In a secret project recently discovered, the United States planned to blow up the moon with a nuclear bomb in the 1950s as a display of the country’s strength during the Cold War space race.
The secret project, called “A Study of Lunar Research Flights”, as well as “Project A119” was never carried out but initially intended to intimidate the Soviet Union after their launch of the first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1, which demonstrated their technological power, the Daily Mail reports.
The sight of a magnificent nuclear flash from Earth was meant to terrify the Soviet Union and boost US confidence, physicist Leonard Reiffel, 85, told the Associated Press. The nuclear device would have been launched from a missile from an unknown location. It would have ignited upon impact with the moon, causing a massive explosion that was visible from Earth.
The detonation would have been the result of an atom bomb, since a hydrogen bomb was too heavy for a missile to carry the 238,000 miles to the moon.
Astronomer Carl Sagan was responsible for some of the calculations that could cause the nuclear detonation. Sagan, who later became a famous author of popular science, was a young graduate student at the time. He worked as a NASA advisor from the 1950s onward and died in 1996.
One of Sagan’s biographers claims he may have committed a security breach by revealing the classified project in 1959 in his application for an academic fellowship. Reiffel, who once served as deputy director at NASA and was responsible for the nuclear research at the Armour Research Foundation in 1958, confirmed this claim.
In his interview with AP, which took place in the year 2000, Reiffel said the nuclear detonation could have occurred by 1959, which is when the US Air Force deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles. The project documents were kept secret for nearly 45 years and the US government has never formally confirmed its involvement in the study.
But in the end, the mission was abandoned due to safety concerns about the radioactive material that would contaminate space. The scientists were also worried about the bomb detonating prematurely, thereby endangering the people on Earth.
Rather than blow up the moon, the US continued the space race, sending its first satellite, Explorer 1, into orbit on Jan. 31, 1958. The project was officially canceled by the Air Force in Jan. 1959, and the US instead focused on sending a man to the moon.
Drunken Alberta man who sang ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ in cop car convicted of impaired driving
EDSON, Alta. — The Alberta man who became a YouTube sensation for enthusiastically belting out “Bohemian Rhapsody” from the back seat of an RCMP cruiser has been convicted of impaired driving and refusing a breathalyser test.
Robert Wilkinson will have to pay a $1,400 fine and will be prohibited from driving for one year.
Video footage captured on the cruiser’s internal camera of Wilkinson’s passionate performance was later sent to the 29-year-old as evidence for his trial.
At the urging of friends, Wilkinson posted it to YouTube, where it went viral, amassing nearly nine million hits.
Wilkinson had no defence lawyer and represented himself at trial but failed to convince the court the arrest was a violation of his Charter rights.
He arrived at the court building wearing sunglasses, a Viking helmet complete with horns and a NASA T-shirt proclaiming: “I need my space.”
He had been arrested while driving home from a bar in Edson, Alta.
On the video, a scruffy, bearded Wilkinson delicately takes off his glasses as he launches into the six-minute Queen classic, gesticulating wildly at times and scrunching up his face with angst for the sad bits.
He ends with the second-last line of the tune, but changes it from “Nothing really matters to me” to “Nothing really matters, even the RCMP.”
Throughout the top-of-the-lungs performance, the arresting officer kept his cool and said little except to encourage Wilkinson to “calm down.”
This is one of the best Bond movies. Diamond powered laser beams, a very diabolical Dr. Evil and a beautiful woman half naked throughout the story. This sexy chicks name was Jill St. John.
Some stills from the shoot with Jill
After all, he was the best Bond, James Bond. St.John, Jill St.John. After all, she was the sexiest Bond babe.