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Mega Millions lottery prize breaks records and reaches $ 1 billion | The State

The Mega Millions lottery jackpot, to be drawn on Friday night, is already a record among the biggest jackpots ever won in America.

Now, The Mega Millions lottery jackpot is estimated to be worth a staggering $ 1 billion.

That’s just $ 500 million short of the highest Mega Millions lottery jackpot: $ 1.537 billion, all won by a ticket holder in South Carolina.

But you are also unlikely to win it: The odds of winning the jackpot are one in 1 in 302,575,350.

Even so, if you win it, there is little you have to invest to buy a Mega Millions lottery ticket when the prize is exorbitant. A ticket costs $ 2.

If the Mega Millions jackpot is won on January 22, it would be the third largest lottery prize in history, short of just two jackpots exceeding $ 1.5 billion:

  • the world record Powerball jackpot of $ 1.586 billion (Jan 13, 2016)
  • the current Mega Millions record of $ 1.537 billion (October 23, 2018). This latest prize is the largest prize in the world won from a single ticket, as the record Powerball jackpot was shared by three winning tickets.

If you want to try your luck with the lottery

The next Mega Millions lottery drawing is Friday at 11 p.m. ET.

If you win it all the cash option is $ 739.6 million, after paying taxes, which is not negligible.


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Police chief’s daughter, 19, breaks lockdown rules at illegal party

Amy Slattery (above) broke lockdown rules to party at her university halls of residence

The student daughter of a senior police chief has been caught on video at an illegal party brazenly flouting lockdown restrictions.

Second-year undergraduate Amy Slattery, 19, is seen dancing along to ‘Murder on the Dancefloor’ with other students at Leeds Beckett University in the clip from a boozy Saturday night party where no masks or social distancing were evident.

Her father, Cumbria Police Assistant Chief Constable Andy Slattery, has been at the forefront of the fight to control the pandemic and is chair of the county’s multi-agency Covid-19 Strategic Coordination Group.

The damning video footage of Amy and her mates in Leeds was posted to Snapchat by a fellow reveller from the event at 3am on Sunday. It is believed to have been held in one of the university’s halls of residence.

The day after the party, the university tweeted on its official account: ‘Unfortunately a small number of students have breached the regulations by organising or attending parties/gatherings in halls, putting the safety and welfare of other residents and staff at risk.’

The second year student, 19, was seen on camera dancing at the party that lasted until 3am on Sunday

Her father is Cumbria Police Assistant Chief Constable Andy Slattery, who warns people to stay indoors

Ms Slattery, 19, a second year student, was seen (left) dancing at the party that lasted until 3am on Sunday. Her father is Cumbria Police Assistant Chief Constable Andy Slattery (right)

The young people in the video were clearly making no attempt to take precautions against Covid-19 as the music boomed out, despite the fact that Leeds has been hard-hit by the virus.

A source told MailOnline they had been ‘utterly disgusted’ to witness the footage from the party.

‘Of course, it’s not just Amy who was behaving irresponsibly, but given who her father is, it’s outrageous that she has ignored all the rules in this way.

Ms Slattery was one of a number of students criticised by her university for breaking rules

Ms Slattery was one of a number of students criticised by her university for breaking rules

‘Her dad is never off the local TV and radio, rightly ramming home the message that we must all adhere to the laws on wearing facemasks and maintaining a safe distance if we’re to stay safe from this disease.

‘Andy takes all this very seriously. This won’t go down well at all.’

More than 1,000 people in the city have died since the start of the pandemic, and many areas of the city are still seeing above average infection rates.

ACC Slattery appears frequently on local media giving advice to the public on anti-Covid laws, and recently featured nationally when he pleaded with day-trippers to avoid driving to the Lake District to reduce infection.

In an interview with BBC Cumbria, earlier this month, he explained there had been 559 breaches in the county, resulting in 68 people being issued with a fixed penalty notice.

He said: ‘The virus doesn’t spread itself, the virus came here from the South East very quickly because it travels with people moving around the country and the government scientists are very clear that we’ve got to reduce the number of people travelling around the country and that’s why this stay local message is very important.’

On January 10, a week before the party, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust was one of five major trusts in England which ran out of adult critical care beds. 

Universities have been regarded as a key driver in spreading the virus not only within cities, but also across the country as students travel to and from home.

Mr Slattery (pictured), 53, joined the force in 1991, after graduating with a BA (hons) in Sociology from Lancaster University and was promoted to ACC in April 2019

Mr Slattery (pictured), 53, joined the force in 1991, after graduating with a BA (hons) in Sociology from Lancaster University and was promoted to ACC in April 2019

In his role as chair of Cumbria's multi-agency Covid-19 Strategic Coordination Group, Mr Slattery has often tweeted telling people to stay home and only go out when necessary

In his role as chair of Cumbria’s multi-agency Covid-19 Strategic Coordination Group, Mr Slattery has often tweeted telling people to stay home and only go out when necessary  

Statisticians have found that infection rates often rise more rapidly in areas with a high density of students in major university cities such as Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield.

Mr Slattery, 53, joined the force in 1991, after graduating with a BA (hons) in Sociology from Lancaster University and was promoted to ACC in April 2019.

Having been a detective in every rank of the force he has previously held posts as Head of Serious and Organised Crime, Counter Terrorism, Public Protection and Intelligence, taking on the role of Detective Chief Superintendent, Head of Crime in October 2016.

The Cumbrian-born officer lives with his family in the county, and is a competitive fell-runner, ultra distance runner and a member of the Bob Graham Club, whose members run up and down as many Lake District hills in 24 hours as possible.

Amy, who is a keen runner herself, attended the exclusive £25,500-a-year mixed independent Sedbergh School in Cumbria.

When MailOnline called at Mr Slattery’s home, his wife Rachel, 52, replied: ‘It’s nothing to do with me, sorry’ and closed the door.’ 

Leeds Beckett University tweeted its disappointment (above) that students who attended parties, putting the safety and welfare of other students and staff at risk faced a £500 fine

Leeds Beckett University tweeted its disappointment (above) that students who attended parties, putting the safety and welfare of other students and staff at risk faced a £500 fine

Cumbria Deputy Chief Constable Mark Webster said in a statement: ‘We have been made aware of a video which appears to show a number of individuals at a party in another police force area. Any investigation into that is a matter for the local force concerned.

‘However, we are at a critical stage in the pandemic and the rules and guidance are clear. It is incumbent on everyone to comply, to ensure that we reduce the spread of infection.

‘In line with our policy throughout the pandemic we do not identify or single out individuals that have breached, or are alleged to have breached, restrictions – and this instance is no different.

‘Cumbria Constabulary continues to encourage everyone to follow the restrictions, which are in place to stop the spread of the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.’

A Leeds Beckett University spokesperson said: ‘The majority of students act responsibly and all Leeds Beckett students have been made aware of their personal and collective obligations when it comes to safety, social distancing and government guidelines on Covid-19.

Miss Slattery (centre) recently posted this photo on Instagram with her mother Rachel (left) and her father Andy (right) and captioned it 'my quarantine buddies'

Miss Slattery (centre) recently posted this photo on Instagram with her mother Rachel (left) and her father Andy (right) and captioned it ‘my quarantine buddies’

‘Where students are found to have breached the regulations by organising or attending parties in halls we act swiftly to investigate and take action as necessary.

‘Students who break the law by organising or attending parties in halls will face disciplinary action which could lead to a fine of up to £500 under the Student Code of Conduct.’

Delhi The Buzz

Kamala Harris breaks the glass ceiling

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 20

The American polity had never witnessed the sight of a woman taking oath as the Vice President, much less a coloured woman.

Kamala Harris, the new Vice President of the US, registered another first in keeping with her values when she was sworn in by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina Supreme Court Justice.

Biden was obviously the main focus of the swearing-in but it was Harris’ swearing-in which held more symbolic weight than any other US Vice President.

Placing her hand on two well-worn Bibles during the swearing-in, she opted to address the nation in front of the Lincoln Memorial, a symbolic effort at reconciliation after four extremely divided years under Donald Trump that culminated in a predominately white mob storming the US Capitol.

“Tomorrow she breaks the glass ceiling – and the country will never be the same again. We will always have her back. That is a huge historical moment that should also be uplifted,” said her ally and Mayor of Long Beach, California, Robert Garcia, a day before she was to be sworn in.

“Black women in politics are no longer a ‘first’. They are a force,” posted Martha Jones, Professor at Johns Hopkins University and the author of “Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All’’.

Some of my greatest heroes were lawyers: Thurgood Marshall, Charles Hamilton Houston, Constance Baker Motley—giants of the civil rights movement. I cared a lot about fairness, and I saw the law as a tool that can help make things fair,’’ Harris has written in her memoir, “The Truths We Hold.” 

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Melania Trump breaks with Jill Biden a tradition of first ladies | The State

The First Lady Melania Trump broke one of the traditions of the first ladies.

In the midst of the political and social tension due to the invasion of the Capitol and the little pompous exit that the president will have Donald trump, the First Lady did not make the previous tour of the White House to Jill biden, wife of the president-elect Joe biden.

“Melania Trump will become the first modern first lady not to invite the woman who will replace her to the White House for a tour of the private rooms on the second and third floors.“, advancement Kate Andersen Brower, expert in history of the first ladies.

Highlights that Michelle Obama invited Melania Trump, even after Trump launched a theory about the president’s citizenship Barack Obama.

“This tradition has long been one of the First Lady’s many unwritten obligations, and Melania Trump has discarded it.”, Andersen Brower laments in an editorial in CNN.

He adds that the reason may be the way President Trump has dealt with the electoral defeat.

“It is perhaps not surprising that Melania Trump has flouted a social norm of her position,” he says. “Every single-term president and his wife have felt the pain of defeat, but unlike her husband, neither of them have refused to accept the election results.”

He gives an example to Betty Ford, who was furious when her husband lost the competition in 1976 to Jimmy Carter.

“It doesn’t matter who follows you, you know they didn’t deserve to be there,” he said.

In fact, he twice canceled the tour to Rosalynn Carter, but the third date happened. “It was brief, but cordial,” the incoming first lady said then.

“These meetings are not always fraught with tension; sometimes they set the stage for lasting relationships. Michelle Obama and Laura bush they were able to work together later, partly due to those early interactions, ”says the expert.


Entertainment UK

Chris Ramsey breaks ankle just days after wife Rosie gives birth to second son

Chris Ramsey has broken his ankle just days after he became a father for the second time.

The comedian, 34, took to his Instagram account on Sunday night to share the bad news, showing off his foot all bandaged up and in a support boot.

It comes at a very bad time for Chris and his family, as his wife Rosie is still recovering from the caesarean section she had while delivering their son Rafe earlier this month.

He captioned the photo: “How to make your lockdown a million times worse… Wife recovering from surgery [tick], Broken ankle [tick].

Chris Ramsey has broken his ankle just days after he became a father for the second time

He didn’t say how he broke his ankle

“F**k this DECADE. Bring on 2030!

“#shaggedmarriedannoyed … toe nail needs a trim too.”

Rosie also shared a picture of Chris’ injury as he hobbled around their house on his crutches.

And she was clearly annoyed at the exceptionally bad timing of his accident.

Chris recently became a dad for the second time when his son Rafe was born

“I can’t even look at him,” she captioned the photo.

On January 7 Rosie announced she’d given birth to their son Rafe.

The couple already share a five-year-old son called Robin.

Chris and his wife Rosie Ramsey with their son Robin

Announcing the news, Rosie shared a picture of Rafe in his crib, captioning it: “Hi everyone. This is Rafe Ramsey. Born yesterday afternoon weighing 9lbs 1oz.

“He’s absolutely wonderful and looks EXACTLY like his brother! like, it’s uncanny!.

“He’s yet to meet Robin, so once we’re all settled back at home I’ll introduce him to you properly. Hope you’re all ok xx”

Headline USA

Sarah Kohan breaks the silence and faces the rumors of infidelity once and for all | The State

The model has been blunt and says: “I have never been with another person physically or emotionally since I met Javier.”

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Diego Dreyfus breaks the silence and reveals if he caused the separation of Chicharito and Sarah Kohan | The State

Faced with the accusations that arose against Diego dreyfus during the last months of 2020 on the rumors of being the culprit for the rupture of Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez and Sarah Kohan, the footballer’s life coach has already shown his position in this regard on his Instagram account.

It was through a direct that he made on his network when one of the Internet users sent him a message stating: “Because of you the ‘Chicharito’ is separated”, which triggered more users to continue with the attacks that Dreyfus ended up answering .

“(…) Net? (…) I don’t even know. Just imagine! (…) ”, He answered during the live show, to end the speculation.

Although when opening the debate, opinions were very divided, since some supported him and others criticized the attitude in their answers, causing Diego to conclude the issue.

Every day what is said about the supposed thunder between the footballer and his wife takes up more force, because in addition to the fact that none of those involved have confirmed their separation on social networks, both publish messages and mysterious images that increase the possibilities.

Keep reading: Photo reveals Sarah Kohan and arouses suspicions of a possible break with Chicharito

Chicharito breaks the silence and responds to rumors about his separation with Sarah


Technology UK

One in five work Zoom freezes or breaks up because of bad Wi-Fi

One in five work video calls freezes and 15 per cent drop out altogether because of bad Wi-Fi, a study has found

Research polling 2,000 adults found they have done an average of five video calls a week since the start of the pandemic.

But a fifth of those also suffered delays, leading to awkward conversations as people tried to keep up with what was being discussed.

Following the findings, an amusing gallery of some embarrassing mid-call freeze moments has been compiled.

It includes people being caught eating as the video screen freezes as well as those who lost connection while pulling an embarrassing facial expression.

Gareth Lister, director of connectivity at Virgin Media, which commissioned the research and compiled the images as part of the launch of Intelligent Wi-Fi Plus, said: “We understand how frustrating bad Wi-Fi can be and no one wants the shame of a frozen self-portrait.

Work calls are now a big part of many people’s lives

“With work meetings and social events being held virtually, it’s more important than ever that your Wi-Fi is on point all of the time and reaches every part of your home.”

The study also found that a quarter of adults lose patience with a frozen or lagging call after just 30 seconds of problems.

Almost four in 10 are left feeling frustrated while 21 per cent feel fed-up.

Of those polled, 15 per cent admitted they have taken a screenshot of someone else after they froze on the screen and 11 per cent have had their photo taken.

This includes pictures of people yawning (22 per cent), eating (17 per cent) and rolling their eyes (10 per cent).

To get around the connection issues, people have restarted devices (19 per cent), moved closer to their router (12 per cent) or even to another room (10 per cent) in search of signal.

A further 11 per cent have closed all other browsers while 10 per cent have upgraded their broadband package (10 percent).

For many the work Christmas party went online
For many the work Christmas party went online

But it’s not just video calls where Brits have experienced Wi-Fi issues, with films and TV shows buffering (30 per cent) and online games lagging (12 per cent) also leaving them frustrated.

Gareth added: “People are going out of their way – quite literally to different rooms – to try and find a reliable W-Fi signal for crucial work calls or when catching up with family and friends.

“Intelligent Wi-Fi Plus with our new Wi-Fi Pods will provide faster and more reliable speeds throughout the entire home to help customers stay connected on all of their devices, in every room, all of the time.”

With the nation once again under lockdown restrictions, Brits most want to improve Wi-Fi in their office or work from home space (16 per cent) and in their living rooms to watch Ultra-HD TV (13 per cent) during the lockdown.

1. Everyone speaking at once
2. Struggling to hear someone but not wanting to say ‘pardon’ again
3. Cameras freezing
4. Speaking before realising you’re on mute
5. Not being able to see everyone on the call at once
6. Not knowing when to jump in the conversation
7. Microphone not working
8. Struggling to share your screen
9. The call crashing and having to log back in
10. The call time running out and having to log back in

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Meghan McCain Breaks Silence On Joy Behar’s Diss After Her Return To ‘The View’: It’s Been ‘Rough’

While appearing on ‘Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,’ Meghan McCain shared a message for Joy Behar. Joy said she did ‘not miss’ her while Meghan was on maternity leave!

Meghan McCain, 36, admitted that she has had a “rough reentry” back into The View, following a three-month maternity leave from her talk show. Not only does Meghan have to deal with the tense political climate, but tensions on set: Joy Behar point-black said “I did not miss you, zero” to Meghan on the Jan. 5 episode of The View. It had only been Meghan’s second day back on the job, and she shared her true thoughts on Joy’s curtness after Andy Cohen inquired about it on the Jan. 11 episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.

“So it’s been such a rough reentry back into The View,” Meghan began, after welcoming her first child with husband Ben Domenech. “I mean I was on maternity leave for three months. I had a really hard birth, actually. I remember texting when I was in the hospital. I had preeclampsia, I had to have a magnesium drip.”

“I had a really hard time getting back to work,” Meghan later said, pointing out the “horrific attack on the Capitol” in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6. With that said, Meghan moved onto her main point: Joy.

“And I will say, I missed everyone. Even if some people didn’t miss me, I miss the show. We’re a family,” Meghan revealed. She continued, “All these women were at my dad’s [John McCain‘s] funeral, we’ve been through a lot of sh-t together. I miss being on the show and I hope that we can all be examples, myself included, for where the show should go forward. Because whether we like it or not, I’m not going anywhere on the show, Joy’s not going anywhere on the show. We all have to live and co-exist together, just like Americans right now.”

Meghan McCain has hosted The View since 2008. (Photo Credit: ABC)

Meghan was also not looking for an actual fight when she poked fun at Joy during that episode of The View that she was referring to. “Joy, you missed me so much when I was on maternity leave. You missed me so much. You missed fighting with me,” Meghan said amid a squabble on the Jan. 5 episode. However, Joy did not appreciate being interrupted.

“I did not. I did not miss you. Zero,” Joy said, and not in a lighthearted way. Meghan took offense, snapping back, “Oh, my God. You know what? That’s so nasty. That’s, like, so nasty,”“I was teasing but you said something rude. Really?”

Entertainment UK

Gemma Collins breaks cover amid parents’ devastating coronavirus battle

Gemma Collins has returned to social media for the first time in over a week as her beloved dad battles coronavirus.

The former TOWIE star, 39, hasn’t been seen on her Instagram account since January 2, although she has been posting the occasional ad to her Story.

She posted a photo telling fans that their family are there best team they can have – but she has worried followers with her absence ever since.

Usually active Instagramer Gemma returned this weekend as she modelled a pink velvet tracksuit.

Again flaunting her incredible three-stone weight loss, the GC looks happy and relaxed posing on a chic chair wearing her coordinated loungewear.

Gemma looks sensational is her pink velvet tracksuit

Fans are glad to see her back after both her parents were struck down with deadly Covid-19.

She had previously revealed her dad Alan has said he’d “rather be dead” than as sick as he is.

Her mum Joan also has the killer bug, but she is said to be recovering at home.

Gemma told fans on Christmas Eve much-loved Alan was in hospital – but has posted no update on his condition since.

Gemma Collins’ dad said he ‘would rather be dead’ as he battles Covid

She wrote at the time telling everyone to listen to the government: “Please please please take notice of the guidelines!

“Both my parents are extremely unwell with Covid 19!

“Seeing my dad cry which he never does ! Was a shock and say he would rather be dead then experience everything his is going through right now.

Gemma has returned to social media this weekend after a week away

“This has totally wiped him out and it’s heartbreaking – my mum also is extremely extremely unwell with Covid also, this is real !

“And please please take notice and keep your loved ones SAFE it really is petrifying what a difference a year makes.”

Her fans wanted to make sure she knows she’s in their thoughts when they left supportive comments on the post.

Gemma said her parents, Alan and Joan, are both battling Covid-19

One commented: “Hope your parents are OK hun.”

“Thinking of you and your family today,” another posted.

A third wrote: “Wishing your dad a very speedy recovery Gemma. Much love to you babe.”