American democracy in action: Mississippi pols will literally “draw straws” today to settle a House race that ended in a tie earlier this month. The stakes are high—the lucky winner will determine whether the GOP gets a supermajority and thus the chance to more fully destroy the state’s already meager safety net.
Virginia Maiden had an unusual Tuesday, to say the least. She awoke that morning to find that her 1995 Toyota 4-Runner had been stolen. “She was so confused, didn’t know what was going on, it was just gone,” a co-worker would later tell the press. So Maiden hitched a ride to McDonald's, where she worked the drive-thru window. At some point that day she spotted something in the drive-thru line that shocked her: a 1995 Toyota 4-Runner.
Congratulations, person holding the ticket with 5-16-22-23-29, PB-6 on it! You just won the $550 million Powerball. That's right, you proved the naysayers wrong, and you're rich. But now what? As the haters will rush to remind you, winning the lottery is not always the best thing that could happen, but you'll prove them wrong. But first, how are you going to spend that half a billion and change? And if, for some reason, you didn't win tonight (impossible, I know), how will you spend your hard-earned fortune once your lucky numbers come up in a few months, which will definitely happen?