By The Washington Post | PUBLISHED: October 24, 2018 at 5:40 am | UPDATED: October 24, 2018 at 6:04 am By April Witt | The Washington Post Whoever won the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot will have some decisions to make. What should they do with the money? Who will they tell? Jack Whittaker faced similar decisions in 2002 when he won Powerball’s $314 million jackpot ($113 million after taxes). At the time, it was the largest jackpot ever won by a single ticket. But the lottery changed Whittaker’s life and within a few years, the West Virginia construction contractor faced personal loss and tragedy. This article originally appeared in The Washington Post Magazine on Jan. 30, 2005. __________ It was coming up on Christmas, and Brenda-the-biscuit-lady was inexplicably happy as she walked to work in the predawn darkness. Brenda didn’t just make biscuits over at the C&L Super Serve for $6 an hour. She served up good cheer. “How you doin’, … [Read more...] about He won Powerball’s $314 million jackpot. It ruined his life.
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Ears up•Operation Kindness' 25th annual Dog Day Afternoon, also rained out Saturday, has been rescheduled for Oct. 13. operationkindness.org.•Coming up: Give a Fetch at Klyde Warren Park on Sept. 22-23; the Eat Like Your ORIJEN Dog Brunch at Playground Bar Uptown, Highland Shores' Barktoberfest and Underdog Day at the Paw Depot in Frisco on Sept. 22; the Doggie Beach Bash at NRH2O in North Richland Hills, Pet Expo on the Ronald Kirk Bridge, Canine Companions for Independence's DogFest Walk 'n Roll DFW in Irving, Brittany Rescue in Texas' Great BRIT Pumpkin Patch in Allen and the Fall Pet Fair at Trinity High School in Euless on Sept. 29; Bulldogs and Brews at Sue Ellens on Sept. 30; grand opening of the Mutts Canine Cantina in Fort Worth on Oct. 4; Dog Days of Denton, Cane Rosso Rescue's Pup Crawl in Deep Ellum and BARKtoberfest at the Mutts in Dallas on Oct. 6; Barktoberfest at the Mutts in Fort Worth, LifeWalk at Oak Lawn Park and the FloMo Food Truck Fest on Oct. 7; Dog … [Read more...] about Dog About Town: Going for a dunk and more things to do
Camp Bow Wow will kick off National Dog Week with its second annual Give a Fetch celebration this weekend at Klyde Warren Park. They'll give away tennis balls from a giant dispenser, with $5 donated to local rescue efforts for every ball dispensed, and if you get the golden tennis ball you'll win a free year of Camp Bow Wow services.There will also be pet-related vendors, free caricatures and food trucks, and several area shelters and rescue groups will be there with adoptable dogs.From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday over Woodall Rodgers Freeway, between Pearl and Olive streets (near the off-leash area). Free. giveafetch.com/locations/dallas.Also on the schedule•Yappy hours from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Fridays this month at K-9 Pointe Dog Park in Keller are featuring free beer and food trucks. This week Deep Ellum Brewing Co., Big Kat Burgers and Steel City Pops will be there. 405 Rufe Snow Drive. Free admission. cityofkeller.com/visit-play/special-events.•The Levitt … [Read more...] about Dog About Town: Playing fetch for a good cause and more things to do
Find what you're good at -- and then keep doing it. Karla Starr Published 5:00 pm CDT, Wednesday, August 15, 2018 Photo: ERproductions Ltd | Getty Images Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Photo: ERproductions Ltd | Getty Images How You Can Learn to Have Lucky Genes 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Excerpted from Can You Learn to Be Lucky?: Why Some People Seem to Win More Often Than Others by Karla Starr, in agreement with Portfolio, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright © Karla Starr, 2018. One shortcut to becoming an expert is to find something you're already good at. Or at least something you pick up faster than others. Talent, after all, is relative -- which is why our confidence in walking increases next to a baby, but decreases next to someone who … [Read more...] about How You Can Learn to Have Lucky Genes
By Theresa Walker | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: October 6, 2017 at 9:00 am | UPDATED: October 6, 2017 at 12:23 pm It sounds crazy, but Todd Jones lucked out the Sunday afternoon his car caught fire on Bake Parkway. If it hadn’t broken down right at that spot, about a mile from the 405 freeway in Irvine, he would have lost not only his means of transportation, but his livelihood and the only place he has to sleep. Jones is homeless but drives for Uber and Lyft. If he didn’t get his disabled car moved, it would be impounded. Lucky for him that a police officer suggested having it towed to a business park across the street and not the one nearest to where his car died. Lucky again that there was someone — small business owners in the complex at Bake and Rockfield Boulevard — to watch over Jones. “They would have towed him out of there in an hour,” Elisabeth “Lis” Donaldson said of the alternative. She runs a medical … [Read more...] about A homeless man’s car breaks down, then strangers help to put his life back on track