Thuan Le (who is not the woman in the photo above because we couldn’t find a picture of her and had to make do with a stock photo) is a hardworking single mother who immigrated from Vietnam. Thuan supports four sons all by herself in the Southern California city of Mission Viejo. Every week, Thuan visits her local CVS pharmacy to make a very specific purchase. Without fail, every week she buys $4 worth of Powerball tickets and a $1 SuperLotto Plus ticket. In case you are horrendously bad at math, that’s $5 worth of tickets. Most of the time she just uses a five dollar bill to make her purchase, but on this occasion she only had singles. So she proceeded to feed her cash into the lottery machine and make her selections, four Powerballs plus one Super Lotto Plus.
There was just one problem. After she made her standard selections, Thuan noticed that she had inadvertently put six dollar bills into the machine leaving her with a $1 credit. Now, at this point she very easily could have pressed a refund button to retrieve her errant dollar, but instead she chose a different direction. On a whim, Thuan decided to break from her weekly $5 routine and purchase one more Super Lotto Plus ticket. Instead of picking her numbers as she normally would, Thuan allowed the computer to pick her numbers.
The numbers the machine ended up picking were 5, 33, 25, 46 and 32 with a Mega number of 26. That decision to let her accidental $1 balance ride, would turn out to be one of the luckiest accidents of all time. Up until that point, the Super Lotto Plus hadn’t had a jackpot in month. As fate would have it, when Thuan returned to the store to check her numbers the next day, she was absolutely shocked to discover that the accidental ticket was worth $14 million! She was so shocked in fact, that she ran out of the store screaming which terrified everyone around. Thuan’s own children didn’t believe her when she told them they were now multi-millionaires. When she claimed her prize, Thuan told the lottery officials that she plans to use the money to quit her job, buy a house, pay off all of her debt, set up college trust funds for her kids and take a first class vacation back home to Vietnam where her parents still live. The CVS store that sold the ticket will get $70,000. And it all happened completely by accident. Thuan’s odds of picking all six numbers plus the Mega were 1 in 42 million. So next time you buy a lottery ticket, maybe do yourself a favor and buy one extra!No Comments
The 2013 baseball season is underway and once again Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is the highest paid player in the league. That stat alone probably isn’t surprising even to a casual sports fan. A-Rod has been known for his enormous contracts for quite a while. On the other hand, you might be surprised to learn that this year Alex Rodriguez’s $29 million salary is more than the entire payroll of the Houston Astros. And we’re not talking just about Houston’s starting players, A-Rod will single handedly make more money in 2013 than Houston’s entire payroll. How is this possible?!
A-Rod is joined by New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana whose $25.2 million salary is $200,000 more than Houston’s $25 million payroll this season. Also, with a salary of $25 million, Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee will make exactly the same amount as Houston’s entire clubhouse.
Perhaps what makes this stat so astonishing, is the fact that Alex Rodriguez hasn’t exactly been lighting the ball on fire in recent seasons. A-Rod performed so poorly in the 2012 American League Division Series that he had to be benched by Yankees manager Joe Girardi. Furthermore, many critics were quick to point out that A-Rod’s replacement Eric Chavez earned a salary of just $900,000 for the entire 2012 season. By comparison, Rodriguez earned $128,000 PER DAY last year, making him the highest paid bench warmer in sports history. Before getting benched, A-Rod had just two hits, nine strikeouts and no RBIs in his 12 ALDS at bats. Historically, he has struck out 27% of the time during post season games.
Despite these abysmal numbers, the Yankees are stuck with A-Rod for at least five more seasons. Going into the 2013 season, The Yankees still owe Rodriguez a guaranteed $118 million out of his original $275 million contract. But on the other hand, at least he is actually playing. On April 2nd 2013, Mets pitcher Johan Santana (the second highest paid player in baseball) underwent a shoulder surgery that will keep him on the bench for the entire 2013 season! The Mets will shell out $25.2 million this year to Santana, and he will likely not even put on a uniform once. Johan is owed $31 million of a $137.5 million contract. Thank God for guaranteed contracts!
How badly does this make you want to root for the Astros?!?!No Comments
With the global recession having been more or less, a thing of the past, the real estate market in America seems to creeping towards its glory days again. It’s a mansion in Bradbury, named the ‘Bradbury Estate’, which is on the market for a price tag of $78 million. However, for a mansion estate to be of this size and of such grandeur, the price tag seems just about right: not all properties make you feel like a member of the royalty, or a true business tycoon like this one does. Yester years’ matured aesthetics, with minimalistic yet state-of-the-art modernity blend together to create this mansion that also boasts of some of the best views of nature and the city skyline.No Comments
For those who have a fetish for ultra-powerful 2 wheelers, Ducati needs no real introduction. Perhaps thats the reason, why even pre-owned older models from the bike maker, sends a frenzy among the collectors world wide. In other words, its like a ‘badge of honor’ to own a Ducati. No wonder there was considerable hype for models like the Ducati Diesel custom edition, the Diavel AMG special edition, and the Multistrada 1200 S Pikes which have all appeared on the horizon in the past few years. Now an 1990′s production of the Ducati Supermono for grabs via Car and Classic, UK where the asking price tag is $150,000. This bike holds a special meaning for the lovers of the bike brand, because it was a limited edition of just 67 units, and was largely taken to be one of the best during its era.
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