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Q&A: Biggest lottery payout was $390 million

Florida added the Powerball lottery in January. The multistate lottery routinely has huge jackpots.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Florida added the Powerball lottery in January. The multistate lottery routinely has huge jackpots.

Top lottery payout: $390 million

I see one person won the Powerball lottery May 27. What's the biggest jackpot ever for a lottery?

A single ticket from South Dakota won the Powerball drawing on May 27, which was worth $232,116,878.

The winner could take the full amount in 30 annual installments, or choose $118,005,530.33 in cash (minus taxes, of course).

The largest payoff in the United States was $390 million in 2007 to two winners in Mega Millions, a lottery held in 12 states. The largest Powerball jackpot was $365 million in 2006, split by eight workers at a Nebraska company. The biggest single winner was Andrew Whittaker of West Virginia, who won almost $315 million in a 2002 Powerball drawing.

The biggest Florida Lotto jackpot remains the $106.5 million jackpot of Sept. 15, 1990, split by six players who each received $887,500 a year for 20 years.

History of the CW

One of my TV channels always says "on the CW." What does CW stand for? I have not been able to find an answer.

CW is a combination of letters from CBS and Warner Bros., who formed the network in 2006 from the remains of the old the WB (owned by Warner) and UPN (owned by CBS).

Typical pay for NFL, NBA player

What is an "average" salary for an NFL and NBA player who is not a star and just a team player? Is a contract locked in or do they get raises?

In the NBA, the minimum salary is $442,114, and the average salary is $5,855,000. The average for a player with five years of experience was $926,678 for the 2008-09 season.

In the NFL, the minimum is $310,000, and the average salary is about $770,000. The minimum for a player with four to six years of experience will be $620,000 next year.

For comparison, in the Major League Baseball, minimum salary is $400,000 and the average $3.26 million.

Garden produce is healthiest

Recently, on one of the TV stations, an employee from Whole Foods said that frozen vegetables are as nutritious as fresh vegetables. Is this true?

Nothing is going to beat vegetables grown in your own garden. But nutritionists say that if you shop at a supermarket, there's a negligible difference in vitamin and mineral content between a head of broccoli that has been shipped 3,000 miles and a package of broccoli that was quick-blanched and flash-frozen shortly after it was picked.

Q&A: Biggest lottery payout was $390 million 06/08/09 [Last modified: Monday, June 8, 2009 11:39pm]
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