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Powerball Jackpot Swells to $600 Million With California’s Participation

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

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As the countdown ticks on to tonight’s record Powerball drawing, the jackpot has swollen to $600 million, largely due to California’s participation in the game, lottery officials said.

In the one month since California joined the list of 42 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands in playing, Powerball fever has swept across the Golden State.

California, the country’s most populous state, has skyrocketed to the top three states in terms of ticket sales, alongside Florida and New York, according to lottery officials.

Read more: Seven States That Won’t Cash In on Powerball

“Once California joined the Powerball family, we helped change the dynamics to this game because of the mere size of the state and the number of players that we have,” a California lottery spokesperson told ABC News.

PHOTO: A sign at a store advertises the Powerball Lottery in Oklahoma City, Friday, May 17, 2013.
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The size of the jackpot has created a frenzy that has also driven ticket sales, according to lottery officials. The previous record for a Powerball jackpot was $587.5 million on Nov. 28, 2012.

Tickets sold at a rate of 600,000 per hour in New York on Friday, New York lottery spokeswoman Carolyn Hapeman told ABCNews.com.

It’s expected they’ll continue to sell at such a rapid rate until the 10 p.m. ET cut-off time tonight. The winning numbers will be drawn at 10:50 p.m. ET, perhaps minting a few new millionaires.

However, if no one matches all five numbers plus the Powerball, the jackpot will continue to balloon.

Kelly Cripe, media director for the Texas Lottery, which is one of the states in the Powerball lottery, said the next drawing would be May 22 and estimated the pot would be at least an astonishing $925 million. The frenzy of such a massive jackpot would likely push it even closer to $1 billion.

The odds of winning the grand prize are one in 175,223,510, according to the Powerball website.

While tonight’s jackpot is a Powerball record, it’s not the biggest lottery jackpot in U.S. history. That honor belongs to the Mega Millions, which paid out a record $656 million on March 30, 2012.

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Watch a crazed audience member attack Justin Bieber onstage

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Watch a crazed audience member attack Justin Bieber onstage

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We’ve all joked about wanting to attack Justin Bieber, but it’s not so funny when someone actually does it. This intense footage shows an attacker rushing the stage and trying to hug Bieber/grope Bieber/avenge Bieber’s abandoned monkey during a performance of the song “Believe” at the Sevens Stadium in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, on Sunday night. Fortunately for Beeb’s legions of fans, security guards quickly subdued the attacker and the only one hurt in the incident was an innocent piano. To his credit, Bieber finished the song without pausing, then returned to the stage after a short break to perform two more hits. [Source]

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Oops! Woman accidentally swallows $5,000 diamond at charity event

Friday, April 26th, 2013

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The idea behind the Tampa Women’s Club charity event was simple. For $20, you could buy a flute of champagne and a chance to win a one-carat, $5,000 diamond.

Organizers of the Saturday event placed $10 cubic zirconia stones in the bottom of 399 of the 400 champagne glasses. The prized diamond, donated by Continental Wholesale Diamonds, was placed in the last.

Read the original story on NBCMiami.com

The problem? Eighty-year-old Miriam Tucker accidentally swallowed it.

Tucker told local news media that she didn’t want to put her finger in the champagne, so she drank a bit. While laughing with women at the table, she realized she swallowed it.

Embarrassed, she had to tell jewelers who were frantically searching for the winner.

Already scheduled for a colonoscopy on Monday, she had a doctor recover the jewel.

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Ben Affleck to Live in Extreme Poverty – on $1.50 a Day for 5 Days

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Ben Affleck Taking Part in Global Poverty Project's Live Below the Line
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Ben Affleck plans to live on $1.50 a day – and he wants you to join him.While the Oscar winner could certainly afford much more, Affleck is joining other celebrities to shine a light on poverty through the Global Poverty Project’s Live Below the Linecampaign. That figure represents the extreme poverty line in the U.S. as estimated by the World Bank.

Affleck Tweeted of his efforts: “1.4 billion people live on less the $1.50/day. I’m joining Live #BelowTheLine on behalf of @easterncongo. Will you?” He plans to feed himself on $1.50 for five days, following in the footsteps of other celebrities who have joined the cause to raise awareness of issues of inequality and poverty around the world.

Jonah Hill, Josh Groban, Sophia Bush and The Avengers actor Tom Hiddleston – who Tweeted earlier this month photos of his scant meals – are among the other celebrities who have said they are participating in the campaign.

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New Kid quits mid-show

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

New Kids on the Block member Jonathan Knight has apologized after walking offstage during a concert in New York City on Thursday.

Knight took to the stage at Manhattan’s iHeartRadio Theater alongside his band mates Donnie Wahlberg, Joey McIntyre, Danny Wood and Jordan Knight but left halfway through the hour-long set and did not return. Reports suggest Knight was visibly out of sync with his band mates, kept to the back of the stage and even answered his cell phone during the performance.

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The other group members rallied around the singer, who has battled bouts of anxiety and panic attacks in the past, but when Knight was set to perform the ballad “Survive You,” he laughed, attempted to sing and then stopped before exiting the stage, according to Billboard.com.

The remaining stars continued and joked that Knight had answered a call of nature and was stuck in the restroom, before continuing the set as a four-piece. Knight has since taken to his Twitter account to apologize to fans, simply writing, “I’m sorry…” Wahlberg attempted to clear the air by posting, “To recap — Joe was especially dazzling! Jordan was especially amazing! Danny was especially solid & Jon was especially shy!”

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20 Creative Ways To Ask Someone Out {Prom, Dance, Date}

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

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Wondering how to ask someone out for Prom, Homecoming Dance, or just on a date night?  Well, I’ve hooked you up with 20 creative ways to ask someone out!  You can tweak these ideas for either a girl or guy and use your own style to pull off a memorable “prom-posal”.  {snicker}

How To Ask

How To Ask

1.  How To Ask to Prom Cookies ~ Oh my gosh how adorable are these “Will you go to Prom with me” cookies.  I just adore how all the answers are there as well.  {my fav!}

How To Ask A Girl Out

How To Ask A Girl Out

2.  When Pigs Fly ~ Fill a bunch of pink balloons with helium and draw pig faces on them. Put those balloons in a box and put a note on top of the box that says, “When will I ask you to prom?” and a note inside the box that says “When pigs fly!” Deliver the box!  {get it ~ they’re flying!  HA!}

Creative Ways To Ask A Girl To Prom

Creative Ways To Ask A Girl To Prom

3.  This is from the Disney movie “Prom”, how simple and elegant is this P.R.O.M. ? cut-outs on a lighted stage.

Ask Girl Out Using Sidewalk Chalk

4.  Ask Girl Out Using Sidewalk Chalk ~ What an cheap and unexpected way to ask a girl out on a date, using chalk.

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5.  Make it Puzzling ~ Write your date night question onto any type of board and then cut it out into puzzle pieces.  When your date finds it, they can put it together and enjoy the surprise.

Creative Ways To Ask A Girl To Prom

6.  Ignite The Flame ~ Set out a bunch of candles that light up on her driveway that spell out “Prom” or “Homecoming”.

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7.  Prom? Check Box T-shirt ~ Ok, only a certain type of guy could pull this one off, but I thought it was so hysterical I couldn’t resist showing it to you.

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8.  Use a Sign and Some Friends ~ If you don’t want to do it alone, then grab some friends and meet her at her favorite hangout.

9.  Prom Please? Cupcakes ~ Simply have any bakery add a few letters on some cupcakes and you’re in business.

10.  Use Post-Its ~ Here’s another really easy way to ask someone out.  Simply write little notes on some post-its and place them on her wall in the shape of  heart.  Who doesn’t love some affirmations.

11.  Here’s another version of using signs to ask someone out.

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12.  Hide in a Sea of Balloons ~ Do you see the chalkboard wall in the background with the words “Prom?”  Her future date is hiding inside the balloons to surprise her when she come in.

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13.  Ask in a Photo Collage ~ Photograph yourself with different words in all of your future-dates favorite places.  Then put it all together in a photo collage or hide it around her room.

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14.  Message in a Bottle ~ What a romantic way to ask a girl out on a date by putting the message in a bottle of sand.

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15.  Here’s another “when pigs fly” version of asking someone out.  Package a few flying pigs into a box and hand it to her with a bunch of fabulous pink baloons.

Ways To Ask A Guy To Prom

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16.  Free Printable Shoe Print ~  Cut out black foot prints and place a Hershey’s Kiss on each one.  Make a trail from the person’s driveway into their bedroom.  In their bedroom leave a big sign that says, “Now that I’ve kissed the ground you’ve walked on, will you go to Prom with me?”

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17.  They say the way to a guys heart is FOOD ~ Here’s a yummy way to ask a guy to prom and get is attention.

ask prom pizza

18.  Prom Pizza! ~ I’m sure your local pizza joint would be happy to spell out anything you’d like using their pepperoni.

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19.  Stalk His Ride Home ~ If there is a bridge or overpass that your soon-to-be-date routines drives under, you can hang a big sign under it.  Make sure you’re there waiting for him!

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20.  Decorate his garage doors ~ This girl went all out using balloons, crepe paper, and some large letters.  Great job!

Thanks guys!  I just adore these ideas! Feel free to grab my “I was featured on Tip Junkie” blog button. You earned it! {{knuckle bumps}} Also, don’t forget to check out theTip Junkie Facebook page for even more activities for kids, creative ideas, and free tutorials.

Also, If you have an activity you’d like featured, feel free to submit it to the Tip Junkie site. It just takes a second. {wink}

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Snoop Lion and Miley Cyrus Light It Up For “Ashtrays and Heartbreaks”

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

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Snoop Lion continues to “blow” minds with new musical turns. Only weeks after dropping “No Guns Allowed,” the lead single from his forthcoming “Reincarnated,” the gangsta rap icon-turned-Rastafar​i teams with Miley Cyrus (yes, you read right) for a new track.

“Ashtrays and Heartbreaks” is best described as midtempo roots reggae riddim that is driven by a thumping bassline… and lost love. Miley and Snoop chant lyrics of lighting one up to ease their respective pains: “Now my buzz is goin’ / I need to re-up on reality / Can’t let them see me weak / I need to find something / Is there any possibility that everyone feels like me?” While neither has particularly strong vocals, it works here as a groovy lament of what once was.

Like “No Guns Allowed,” the track is produced by Major Lazer, Ariel Rechtshaid and Dre Skull. And while the collabo sounds like an odd punchline from a “Saturday Night Live” skit, Snoop’s duet with the former Disney starlet could very easily be a summer hit.

We’ll twerk to that!

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Jon Bon Jovi lists Soho duplex for $42 million

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

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Jon Bon Jovi is trying to unload his spectacular 7,400-square-foot Soho duplex for $42 million, about $18 million more than he paid for the Mercer Street property just before the real estate crash in 2007.

The listing on Zillow.com showcases two enormous entertaining spaces with wood-burning fireplaces and dining areas, a master bedroom suite with a wall of arched windows, and a Zen garden on one of three terraces. There are four other bedrooms, each with its own bath, two chef’s kitchens and a private screening room with projection room, most done up in dark woods and rich neutrals.

The condo is in the New Museum Building, a pre-war landmarked building on a cobblestone street, with expansive views. TheRealEstalker.com has some photos from before the sale to Bon Jovi, in case you’re interested in seeing whether his upgrades warrant the $18 million bounce.

jon-bon-jovi.JPGJon Bon Jovi and wife Dorothea have put their Soho condo on the market for $42 million.Julia Xanthos/New York Daily News

Bon Jovi, wife Dorothea and their four kids also have a spread in Middletown on the Navesink River

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• Richie Sambora missing upcoming Bon Jovi shows ‘due to personal issues’

• Rock solid: New Bon Jovi album ‘What About Now’ is not bold, but not bad

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Madonna’s Homeless Brother: She “Doesn’t Give a Sh– If I’m Dead or Alive”

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

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Madonna‘s brother, Anthony Ciccone, is an alcoholic who’s living on the streets of Traverse City, Mich., and he says that his family couldn’t care less whether he lives or dies.

“Madonna doesn’t give a sh– if I’m dead or alive,” Ciccone tells Britain’s Daily Mail. “She lives in her own world.”

Of their father, Tony – who often drives around town to bring food to Ciccone, according to the Mail – he adds: “He doesn’t want to be bothered. … He thinks the way I live is intentional. … My father would be very happy if I died of hypothermia and then he would not have to worry about it anymore.”

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Ciccone, 56, insists that he’d rather be working and is homeless as a result of “where the chips fell” in his family, but the Mail reports that he once lost a job at the family vineyard after he was discovered drinking wine from the vats. He also recently spent a month in jail after being arrested for public intoxication in a church, where he was allegedly swearing in front of children, the Mail reports. Still, Ciccone maintains that he does not have a drinking problem.

Ciccone, the oldest of eight siblings, says that he and Madonna, 54, were “enemies” growing up. Both Madonna and her father, Tony, have paid for Anthony to go to rehab on several occasions, but he now refuses to go back, according to the Mail. Their other siblings have also tried to reach out.

“I’ve never asked my sister for anything,” Ciccone insists. “She don’t owe me nothing. That’s her sh–, man. She made her money, she worked for it, I’ve got no beef. If she wants to live that way, that’s her thing.”

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When Madonna performed at the Super Bowl last year, Ciccone and a group of other homeless men listened from a van in the parking lot, in a stunt organized by a local radio station, the Mail reports.

It’s not the first time Ciccone has lashed out at the Queen of Pop. In 2011, he came forward with similar claims.

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Celeb marriage left me $4M in debt

Friday, March 29th, 2013

I will never forget the moment that my soon-to-be ex-husband and I sat in our mediator’s office as he illustrated our finances on a chalkboard.

“There really aren’t any assets,” he told us. But there was $4 million of debt — from bad investments, lawsuits and failed business deals that I knew nothing about.

I left the room sobbing, feeling like I’d been punched in the stomach. How could I not have known that we owed so much? How — over the 14 years that we’d been together, and through the birth of two sons — had I been so unaware?

Financially blind — over love

I met my ex-husband when I was just 25 years old. He walked into a New York City gallery where I was working, and I recognized him immediately: He was a famous comedian (I can’t disclose his name for legal reasons) who was then at the peak of his career.

My life changed overnight: We went hot-air ballooning in Italy, on a safari in Africa and out every night in his limousine for extravagant dinners. You name it, we did it. And when he decided to move to Aspen a few years into our relationship, I gave up my job to join him.

But our romance had one caveat: I would never have a say in the finances. Since I believed we would be forever, it was never an issue. Plus, he didn’t handle the money, either. His businesspeople did, while he spent whatever he pleased. He had monthly meetings with his business manager, who’d offer advice, but then my ex would just go down his own path. He refused to listen to anything about saving or budgeting, figuring that since he was earning the money, no one was going to tell him what to do with it.

We didn’t marry for 12 years, but as soon as we did, things began to go south — primarily because of finances.

My ex had extreme control issues around money that stemmed from a rough childhood. His parents were poor, and he helped to support them from a young age. Because of this, he always needed to “feel rich.” For him, this meant eating out constantly and carrying around rolls of $100 bills. On a trip to Florence, he once took me into a high-end clothing store and said, “You have 15 minutes to get anything you want.” I remember standing in the dressing room as a clerk threw clothing over the door for me to try on as fast as possible.

How we reached the breaking point

As my ex-husband got older, his career started to level off — he was headlining fewer shows and bringing in less money. We’d scaled back the way we lived to some degree, but then the credit cards started being declined. I’d call our business manager and hear things like, “Hopefully there will be money next month.”

After enough of these calls, I finally woke up to the fact that I was in my late 30s — with two small children, no savings, no retirement plan and a husband whose career was clearly going downhill. I started to freak out and ask questions: How were we providing for our sons? Did we have retirement accounts? I broke the rule and insisted on being involved in our finances. Not only did he refuse to discuss it, but he also refused any kind of counseling.

When I left, he felt personally betrayed, which translated into a very contentious divorce. I got a minimal amount of child support, plus alimony for one year, since we were technically married for only two. There were no assets, and due to the unmanageable debt, both of us were urged to declare bankruptcy. Because California law splits a couple’s assets and debts 50-50, I inherited a decade’s worth of debt after just a little over a year of marriage. I remember my ex’s creditors constantly calling before I filed, looking for payments I couldn’t afford.

I went from a life of excess to saving every penny I earned from selling my own artwork. When my sons were bored, I said, “No movies, but we can make a cool fort out of cardboard boxes!”

At the same time, I was trying to recover from declaring bankruptcy. Luckily, I’d rented my new home before the filing went through. And thank goodness I also had a car because my destroyed credit made it impossible to get a loan or a credit card with a reasonable rate. I never wanted to use them again anyway. (My credit is now in the low 700’s, and it took years to build back up to that number.)

Though I had a place to live, I had no resources to furnish it — or replace all of the things that were full of memories from my marriage. I didn’t want to sleep on the sheets we’d shared, but I couldn’t afford to replace them. So I dyed them to make them look “new.”

One day, I happened to dye a piece of suede, which turned out beautiful. I borrowed $100 from my parents, bought and dyed pieces of suede from the local leather shop, and then hand-stitched them together to make shawls. When a friend who owned a shop in a mall saw them, she said, “These aren’t shawls — you’re making skirts, and I’d like two dozen for the store.”

Before I knew it, I was dressing celebrities like Farrah Fawcett and Bonnie Raitt, and selling my creations in upmarket stores in major cities, the kind of boutiques I’d shopped in when I had money.

I quickly needed a larger space to run my business, so I took $10,000 from an art sale and borrowed another $10,000 from my parents. I knew nothing about managing a business, so I brought in a partner to handle the finances — at least that’s what I thought she’d do. It had taken me only three months to get “angel investor” funding — and within 12, the money was gone. I was so busy with my creative role, on top of being a single mom, that I didn’t pay close enough attention to what my partner was doing. It was clearly my mistake.

If I had to pick a low point, this was it. My marriage was over, my business had failed, and I was completely broke. There were weeks when I was so paralyzed with fear that I couldn’t get out of bed. I couldn’t figure out how I’d messed up my life so badly.

Looking back, I know exactly how it happened: My parents never taught me about money, and while I had graduated college, I hadn’t been required to take business classes. But hitting bottom was actually a huge blessing because it made me realize something: With my life stripped down to nothing, I really had everything — my sons, my health and myself. Eventually, with emotional support from my parents and friends, I began to forgive myself.

How I finally turned my life around

I had finally wised up. I was on a mission for financial stability. I got a job in marketing — and got serious about budgeting.

I worked with an attorney to finally get my business accounts in order — everything from contracts to trademarks and licensing deals. More importantly, he pushed me into taking a lot of it on myself, so that I could pursue projects as a fully engaged, responsible grown-up.

I also discovered the Women’s Institute for Financial Education (WIFE). My CPA had recommended checking them out, and when I saw their slogan — “A Man Is Not a Financial Plan” — I had to know them.

Besides basics like budgeting, WIFE has taught me to plan for the future and depend on myself. I learned the hard way that you need to save, plan ahead and create a stable foundation in order to have the freedom to be entrepreneurial — and successful.

Today, my approach to money today is on steroids. I love knowing where every cent is, and I’m proud of the way I educate my kids to be financially savvy. I now have emergency funds, insurance for the future and retirement accounts. Now, instead of avoiding bills, I actually get excited when my bank statements hit my inbox.

It’s a long way from being $4 million in debt.

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