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Powerball jackpot surges to $750 million. If you win, don't count on remaining anonymous

Powerball jackpot surges to $750 million. If you win, don't count on remaining anonymous

Finance
It's starting to look like deja vu all over again. On the heels of the Mega Millions jackpot climbing for three months to $ 1.537 billion before someone nabbed the prize this week, Powerball's haul has surged to $ 750 million following no jackpot winners in Wednesday night's drawing. It marks the 21st straight drawing with no one picking all six winning numbers. The last time someone beat the astronomical odds against winning Powerball was Aug. 11, when the $ 245.6 million prize went to a man from Staten Island, New York. The current $ 750 million jackpot — up for grabs in Saturday night's drawing — marks the thir...
That $245 million Powerball winner faces high taxes and little chance of remaining anonymous

That $245 million Powerball winner faces high taxes and little chance of remaining anonymous

Finance
The person holding the winning $ 245.6 million Powerball ticket is likely discovering that New York isn't the best place to hit the jackpot. Not only will the ticket holder face state and city lottery taxes that are among the highest in the nation, remaining anonymous might be impossible. While a trust can be created to claim the prize, the New York Lottery will likely release the winner's name, said Jason Kurland, a partner at Rivkin Radler, a law firm in Uniondale, New York. The winning ticket in Saturday night's Powerball drawing was purchased at a Stop & Shop in Staten Island. The prizewinner will have the choice of r...
9th boy rescued from Thailand cave as final push begins for those remaining inside

9th boy rescued from Thailand cave as final push begins for those remaining inside

World
The final push to bring home four boys and their soccer coach by a crew of international and Thai divers began in earnest on Tuesday. Eight boys have already been brought out of the cave after over two weeks in the darkness. The ninth boy was brought out of the cave at about 4 p.m. local time, according to the Thai navy SEALs. Officials confirmed they had restarted the rescue effort for the third day at 10 a.m. local time, or 11 p.m. Eastern time the prior night. As with the previous rescue efforts, 19 divers have gone into the cave, with two divers escorting each of the boys out of the cave with tethers. "If everything goes to plan, all will come out today," an official said at a Tuesday midday press conference. "We are ready to operate completely today," Chiang Rai Province ...