Thursday, January 18, 2018
News Roundup

Q&A: How much does the Zephyrhills Publix get for selling winning Powerball ticket?

Zephyrhills Publix wins, too

How much does the Publix store in Zephyrhills get for selling the winning Powerball ticket?

What's often lost in the news of a huge lottery win is that the store that sold the ticket also is rewarded.

In this case, according to a Florida Lottery spokesperson, selling that winning Powerball ticket — with a payout of $590.5 million, the largest jackpot in any lottery — earned $85,000 for the Publix store at 7838 Fall Blvd. in Zephyrhills.

Trust can claim lottery prize

Can the lottery be claimed by a trust as opposed to an individual?

A Florida Lottery spokesperson's response: "Yes, the winner can establish a trust to claim his or her prize. However, the trustees' names or partners of the LLC are public record."

Bread twist-ties have meaning

Can you tell me the color code of the twist-ties on bread? Last time I was in the store, there were three different colors of twist-ties on the bread. Years ago, I knew the code, but have since forgotten.

Brian West, media and community relations manager for Publix Super Markets Inc., provided this answer:

"Yes, the color of the twist-ties on bread does have meaning. The colors signal our store personnel when the bread should be pulled, which helps us ensure that we are offering the best quality to our customers.

"The coding of colors is an industry norm," he added, "and may be specific to each supplier."

Our research indicates that the tie color is indeed specific to suppliers, so there isn't a single standard that consumers might remember.

If you do an Internet search you might come across information that would indicate blue was delivered Monday, green Tuesday, red Thursday, white Friday and yellow Saturday. That schedule also assumes no deliveries Wednesday and Sunday, and that isn't true everywhere, either.

The only way to be certain is to contact the manufacturer of your favorite brand of bread and ask what — if any — its color code is.

Body scan versus chest X-ray

Please compare the radiation a person receives from the TSA airport body scanners and a normal chest X-ray.

The American College of Radiology reports that "a traveler would require more than 1,000 such scans in a year to reach the effective dose equal to one standard chest X-ray."

It bases its information on findings by the National Council on Radiation Protection & Measurements, which found that a traveler would need to experience 100 backscatter scans, used by the Transportation Security Administration, per year to reach what they classify as a "negligible individual dose."

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