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  1. Bulls' national title odds? Same as Auburn's last year (sort of)

    Bulls

    Less than two weeks before the start of preseason camp, the odds of USF winning the 2014 national title are reaching Powerball-type probability.At least according to one online betting service.The Bulls are a 500-1 shot to capture college football's inaugural playoff, according to bovada.lv, which offers a variety of online wagering services including a sports book. While those odds may not seem unrealistic for a team in a non-power conference coming off a 2-10 season, they're five times longer than they were six months ago, before Willie Taggart signed the American Athletic Conference's top recruiting class.On Jan. 7, USF's odds -- according to the same site -- were 100-1. So what happened?"When we open odds in January, there is a lot of speculation on our part on how we expect our bettors to bet certain teams and we did feel that since they may be an improved team we would open them at 100-1 initially and take a few bets,"  Bovada sports book manager Kevin Bradley said through a publicist."After months of taking no money on them, they kept drifting off to 250-1 to 300-1 and now at 500-1, we still cannot write a bet on them. That said, we are always weary (sic) of going over 500-1 on teams, especially with the new playoff format, and considering (national title runner-up) Auburn was 500-1 preseason last year, we can really expose ourselves."Alas, a sports book bound with silver lining.USF's national title odds are the same as Auburn's last season.

  2. These savings accounts can pay off big

    Nation

    A new type of savings account taps into the Powerball fantasies of Americans by giving customers the opportunity to win cash prizes every time they make a deposit. …

  3. The skinny: Waitresses at Colo. restaurant carry loaded guns

    News

    Serving up sidearms Waitresses in Colo. carry loaded guns …

  4. The skinny: Cat finds perch atop officer in Oregon

    News

    Cat's cradle Pet finds perch atop officer in Oregon home …

  5. Convenience store collects a cool million for selling winning Powerball ticket

    Briefs

    Lottery seller gets a cool million bucks …

  6. Video: Ticket sold in California wins $425M Powerball jackpot

    Nation

    MILPITAS, Calif. — The lone winning ticket for the $425 million Powerball jackpot was sold at a convenience store in Northern California, but there was no immediate word on who may have won one of the largest lottery jackpots in U.S. history. …

  7. 5 things to know about the Powerball jackpot

    1 Historic jackpot: The estimated $400 million jackpot is the sixth-largest in U.S. lottery history. 2 Rolling, rolling, rolling: Each drawing without a winner rolls the jackpot over and makes it more lucrative. The current jackpot began its ascent at the end of 2013.  …

  8. Zephyrhills Powerball winner makes first donation to hometown high school

    Briefs

    The Zephyrhills woman who won a $590.5 million Powerball lottery prize in June made the first of two promised payments to renovate her Maine hometown's high school this week.  …

  9. Winning Powerball ticket, purchased at Tampa store, to expire Thursday

    Briefs

    TAMPA Time's running out on winning $16M ticket A $16 million dollar Powerball lottery ticket that was purchased at a Carrollwood convenience store six months ago is set to expire tonight. The person who bought the winning ticket has yet to come forward, according to lottery officials. …

  10. Days away from losing a fortune: Where is Carrollwood's Powerball winner?

    Human Interest

    CALLER: Yes, hello. (Sniffle.) My grandpa Vincenzo just passed away. (Sob.) In his final moments, he told me he had been holding on to that unclaimed Powerball ticket for me, (weeping) but he didn't get a chance to tell me where he hid it. …

  11. $50 million Powerball winner has yet to show

    Human Interest

    CARROLLWOOD — Back in May, a lucky someone bought a winning Powerball ticket at Carrollwood Market. The jackpot: $50 million. Either that someone doesn't know or is keeping a secret. The ticket holder has until midnight on Nov. 22, to collect the winnings. …

  12. Holder of lucky Powerball ticket a mystery in S.C.

    Human Interest

    LEXINGTON, S.C. — A service station was abuzz Thursday with reporters and onlookers hoping to learn who held the winning $400 million ticket in the latest Powerball drawing.  …

  13. Q&A: Powerball, Simpson judge

    Human Interest

    That's the ticket A while back, an elderly lady in Florida won $590.5 million in the Powerball jackpot. She bought the winning ticket after somebody let her cut in line. If they hadn't, they might have won the money. Did she give them a monetary reward? …

  14. 16 N.J. garage workers share $448M Powerball jackpot

    Nation

    Sixteen workers from a county garage in a New Jersey shore community hit hard by Hurricane Sandy have one of the three winning tickets in the $448 million Powerball jackpot, and some even came to work for a second straight day after learning they would be multimillionaires, county officials said.  …

  15. Minn. man claims Powerball share

    Nation

    Minn. man claims Powerball share …

  16. Powerball: 3 winning tickets sold in Minnesota, New Jersey

    DES MOINES, Iowa — At least three people in two states have beaten astronomical odds to become the nation's latest Powerball millionaires.  …

  17. More Powerball players waiting for the big jackpots

    Nation

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The allure of capturing the estimated $448 million Powerball jackpot had players in a buying frenzy Wednesday, further confirming a trend that lottery officials say has become the big ticket norm: Fatigued Powerball players, increasingly blase about smaller payouts, often don't get into the game until the jackpot offers big bucks.  …

  18. Powerball jackpot is up to at least $300 million

    Events

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Lottery officials say the Powerball jackpot is expected to be at least $300 million, sending those hoping to strike it rich scrambling for the $2 lottery tickets. The drawing will be held at 11 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are sold up until 10 p.m. …

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

    Human Interest

    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.  …

  20. Powerball winner's son never let on he was about to be rich

    Human Interest

    Florida Lottery officials say Gloria MacKenzie of Zephyrhills and her son in Jacksonville knew the night of the drawing that they had won the record $590 million Powerball jackpot. …

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