Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Tonight’s Powerball prize might not break records, but it still has us wondering just what readers would do with a jackpot that big.
With $360 million on the line in tonight’s Powerball drawing, there’s little doubt that many Dunedin residents plan to tune in to catch the winning numbers as they’re announced around 11 p.m. Lottery retailers throughout the Tampa Bay area have been touting the drawing as the jackpot has climbed millions over the last few days. While tonight’s drawing doesn’t break the record in the multistate contest, which came in at $587.5 million on Nov. 28, 2012, it still has us wondering: What would you do with $360 million? Share your wackiest, craziest and most entertaining ideas by commenting below! Still need a ticket for the May 15 lottery drawing? Just check out the list of local retailers in Dunedin on the lottery website.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Dunedin residents counting on this state program to help fund college dreams might find the rules of the game changing soon.
Florida high school students who have been hitting the books in hopes of getting a full four-year ride to college courtesy of the state may soon discover they need to do more to qualify for a Bright Futures Scholarship. The state’s lottery-funded tuition program is entering troubled financial waters and some say it’s time to change the rules of the game. “There’s more money going out than going in,” explained Sen. John Legg, R-Lutz. Legg chairs his chamber’s education committee and sits on the education appropriations subcommittee. “Lottery revenues are increasing by about 4 percent a year,” said Legg. The problem is the money going out to Bright Futures awardees is increasing at a rate of about 13 to 14 percent a year, he added. “It’s not…
Monday, April 2, 2012
Casa Tina waitress Alexandra Chaar appeared in an ABC 20/20 segment on lottery winners Friday.
A Dunedin waitress and lottery winner recently sat down with broadcast journalist Barbara Walters for a segment on lottery winners. Alexandra Chaar, a 21-year-old waitress at Casa Tina Mexican and Vegetarian Cuisine, appeared in a March 30 segment on ABC's 20/20 that looked at whether lottery winners are actually happier with more money. "I think there's certain people that think money buys them happiness," Chaar told Walters. "I'm such a happy person; I believe that life is a gift. I ask myself, 'why is it me that won the lottery?' ... I believe it was given to me because I'm going to do something great with it ..." Chaar took a lump sum $700,000 from a Florida Lottery $1-million Monopoly Scratch-Off game in early February, and kept her …