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Mega Millions jackpot winner in Florida remains a mystery

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ABC News(PORT RICHEY, Fla.) — A cashier who works in the Florida 7-Eleven where the winning ticket for the $450 million Mega Millions prize was sold says has “no idea” who hit the jackpot.

Rachel Vanderwiede is one of two clerks at a 7-Eleven in Port Richey, Florida, who could have sold the Quick Pick ticket that won Friday night’s drawing, she told ABC News on Monday.

While Vanderwiede said “nobody knows” the identity of the new multi-millionaire, people who live in the small town, which is about 40 miles northwest of Tampa, are speculating on which of their approximately 3,000 neighbors could be a secret winner.

“It’s driving everyone nuts,” she said. “They wanna know why [he or she] hasn’t come forward.”

Vanderwiede said she hopes the winner is one of the neighborhood residents, estimating that about 80 percent of her customers at the 7-Eleven on Ridge Road are regulars.

“I really do hope it was one of our locals — someone that comes in on a regular basis and, hopefully, deserves it very much,” she added.

The winning numbers for the fourth-largest Mega Millions jackpot were drawn just before 11 p.m. Friday. They are 28,30,39,59,70 and a Mega Ball of 10.

The owner of the Port Richey 7-Eleven will receive $100,000 for selling the ticket.

Vanderwiede said she was “absolutely floored” when she found out the store sold the winning ticket and immediately congratulated her boss.

“This is gonna be great for the store, great for publicity, great for customer service,” she said.

The winner has 180 days after the drawing to claim the money but must file the claim within 60 days to obtain the one-time, lump-sum cash option, which amounts to $281.2 million.

Florida lottery officials anticipate that it’ll be a few more days before the winner comes forward. Don Creley, district manager of the Florida Lottery, told ABC News Monday, adding that it’s “quite unusual” for a winner to claim the prize within a day or two.

Creley advised the winner to “make sure they have all their ducks in a row” before filing the claim, which includes signing the back of the ticket, securing the ticket and seeking professional legal and accounting advice.

The winner will then travel to Tallahassee to file the claim at the state capital’s district office, Creley said. The process will take about three hours and will include setting up a wire transfer or payment schedule, he said.

“Basically, people get the money within 24 hours” of filing the claim, Creley said. After the winner comes forward, Florida lottery officials will then release their name, age and city of residence, he added.

The Mega Millions win will have a “tremendous impact” on the Port Richey community, which has never sold a jackpot that big, Creley said. The news was the “talk of the town” over the weekend, he added.

“It’s crazy huge,” Vanderwiede said. “No one has ever won like that around here.”

A total of $18.1 million was generated for education in the state of Florida from the $450 million jackpot, Creley said. Since the Florida Lottery was founded, it was given more than $32 billion to education in the state, allowing 775,000 students to attend college through the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program, he said.

Two people won large lottery prizes over the weekend, with both the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots worth more than $1 billion combined. On Saturday, a ticket-holder in New Hampshire won the $560 million Powerball jackpot, but that winner has not yet come forward, either, according to New Hampshire lottery officials.

“This is a life-changing sum of money,” Charlie McIntyre, executive director of the New Hampshire Lottery, told ABC News, advising the Powerful winner to “take their time and seek advice” before claiming their prize.

“We’ll hold onto the money for an entire year, as that’s how long our winner may take to claim this prize in New Hampshire,” he said. “But hope we don’t have to wait that long to meet you, issue a check and offer our congratulations!”

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Nashville notes

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By Music News Group

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Hunter Hayes‘ new song, “This Girl,” will be available to stream or download on Friday.

Newcomer Jillian Jacqueline will play her debut single, “Reasons,” Monday, January 15 on Late Night with Seth Meyers. You can catch the show weeknights at 12:35 a.m. ET on NBC.

LANCO‘s follow-up to their #1 hit “Greatest Love Story” will be the track “Born to Love You.” Both songs are featured on the band’s debut album, Hallelujah Nights, which comes out January 19.

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"Like I Loved You": Brett Young's three-week #1 that started with a writing session gone wrong Country

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ABC/Image Group LA Brett Young‘s three-week chart-topper “Like I Loved You” is not only his third #1 in a row, it also happens to be one of the very first songs he wrote when he moved to Nashville.

The California native penned the song with Jesse Lee, who also helped craft Kelsea Ballerini‘s smash “Peter Pan.”

“No record deal, no meetings with labels or anything,” Brett recalls, “and I just felt very fortunate to get in the room with her. But then we had one of those stall-outs, where like two, two-and-a-half hours in, we weren’t writing anything. And we did the ceremonial ‘Let’s go to lunch’ to try to get out of the room.”

“And we were sitting at lunch,” he continues, “and she started telling me one of her — we all have our horror stories in relationships. Within the conversation, she said something like, ‘And then at the end of it, he asked me if we could still be friends.’ And she got so fired up… She started flipping out about it.”

The “In Case You Didn’t Know” hitmaker says that’s when he knew he and Jesse were onto something.

“When I heard the kind of passion she had for that, I went, ‘We gotta go back. We gotta write that song.’ Once I heard her story and I was able to go back in my history and find the experience of mine that I felt like attached to hers, we went back and we wrote it really quick. It’s been one of my favorites on the record the whole time,” he says.

Brett is set to play Luke Bryan‘s Crash My Playa getaway vacation on January 17, before heading out with Thomas Rhett on his Life Changes Tour.

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"The Bachelor" recap: Demolition derby, Krystal makes an enemy and Jenny goes home angry

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By Stephen Iervolino

ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) — Tensions were high in Bachelor mansion during the second week’s show on Monday night because some girls got to spend a lot of time with Arie Luyendyk Jr., while others did not.

Becca got the first date card and Arie showed up on his motorcycle and took her for a ride to see Rachel Zoe for a Cinderella makeover. Becca got to pick out a dress for date night. Arie gave Becca a sparkling pair of Christian Louboutins and then they had champagne and sat around and complimented each other, after which he gave her jewelry from Neil Lane.

Later, they had an intimate dinner at the Hudson Loft and he told her that she reminds him of when he was first on The Bachelorette. They talked about family and Becca mentioned her late father, who died from brain cancer. At the end of the dinner, he gave her a rose, told her she can keep the earrings and then they kissed. For one last surprise, Arie pointed to a rope that, when Becca pulled it, showered them in gold leaf paper.

Meanwhile, back at the mansion, another date card arrived and it was for Krystal. It read, “Krystal, home is where the heart is. Arie.”

On their date, Arie took Krystal to his home in Scottsdale, Arizona on a private jet and when they arrived, he drove her around, pointing out the Pizza Hut where he used to work when he was 16. He showed her his high school and afterward, took her to his home. While Krystal imagined her life if they end up together, Arie showed her his photo album and some home videos.

Krystal said, “I literally have gotten a history lesson of Arie today.”

After the videos, Arie took Krystal to meet his parents and his little brother. The notion of marriage hung heavy in the air as Arie’s brother Alec and his new wife Haley just got married in July and his parents mention that they just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.

Afterward, Arie told Krystal he’s certain his mother loves her.

Back at the mansion, an envelope arrived and 15 girls — Tia, Valerie, Annliese, Lauren G., Kendall, Bekah, Jenny, Seinne, Jenna, Caroline, Brittany, Bibiana and Chelsea — were all invited to join Arie with the note, “Let’s hit love head on. Arie.”

Arie, still out with Krystal, took her to the Bradbury hotel and Krystal talked about her life and told Arie that she came from a broken home and felt like her parents didn’t want her. She shared an emotional story about her little brother living on the streets in Los Angeles for nine months. Arie was moved by Krystal’s story and told her that he can see that she’s an open and a very loving person. Then he gave her a rose.

With one more surprise, Arie took Krystal to see singer Connor Duermit and while Connor sang, the couple slow-danced. Arie said, “If Krystal and I are at the end of all this, I would want to give her an amazing life and a life of stability and family. And hopefully I can provide that.”

The next day, the 15 girls picked for date day all show up in yoga pants for what turned out to be a demolition derby. Last driver in a car still running, wins the trophy, Arie announced. Annaliese cried and shared her story about being traumatized by bumper cars as a child, which raised some eyebrows. Later, the girls all appeared in racing jumpsuits and got into their cars while Annaliese had trouble holding it together and cried.

After a brief montage of the girls crashing into each other, the wheels stopped spinning and nearly all of the cars were destroyed, it was Seinne who was declared the winner.

Back at the mansion, Chelsea took Ari aside to tell him that she’s a mother. Seinne took Arie aside to tell him she went to Yale. Then they kiss. Bibiana seemed upset as other girls got time with Arie and later she walked out. Arie then talked to Bekah M and they kissed. Later, Arie gave a rose to Seinne. Bibiana reaffirmed her interest in getting to know Arie.

Arie checked on Brittany, who was slightly injured in the demolition derby. She showed up, decked out in black and revealing a lot in a low-cut top. Arie praised her for being hardcore at the demolition derby and gave her a certificate that says, “Most Hardcore.” They hug, but don’t kiss.

As the girls vied for Arie’s attention, Krystal interrupted Lauren B and Bibiana, who was already fuming, said Krystal is a selfish b**** and if she doesn’t get her time, “it’ll be a s*** show!”

Bibiana finally got time with Arie and Krystal interrupted. Bibiana seemed ready to kill her.

Bibiana got into with her and tells her off, then stands up when Krystal tries to defend herself and says, “Mic drop!” and walks off, leaving everyone else in silence.

Finally, at the Rose Ceremony, Arie said it’s been tough and says that some of the girls will go home tonight. He gave roses to Maquel, Jacqueline, Bekah M., Jenna, Chelsea, Lauren S., Tia, Annaliese, Lauren B., Kendall, Brittany, Ashley, Marikh, Caroline and finally, Bibiana.

Jenny, the graphic designer from Chicago, did not get a rose and instead of hugging Arie on her way out, walked right past him. He went out to say goodbye, saw she was clearly upset and asked to talk about it. Jenny said she wasn’t sad to leave him but sad to leave her new friends. Arie said he understood, “but at the end of the day, it’s more than that here.”

In the scenes from upcoming episodes, it looks like Bibiana and Krystal are careening towards a fight.

The Bachelor airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.

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Columbus council learns it can place liens on lots containing dilapidated manufactured homes, even if structure owned by different party than land

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By by Vince Leibowitz

COLUMBUS—The Columbus City Council was informed Monday night that the city can place liens on lots containing substandard manufactured homes—even if the manufactured home and the land are owned by two …read more

Source:: Colorado County Citizen


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