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Mega Millions Jackpot reaches $390 million; $5 million won in Texas! Saturday June 25, 2016

The jackpot is still growing! No ticket matched all six numbers drawn Friday night 11, 14, 54, 57 and 63, plus the Mega Ball 11, so an estimated $390 million ($265 million cash) Mega Millions jackpot will be offered next Tuesday, June 28 which ties the fourth largest jackpot in the games history! A $390 million prize was won on March 6, 2007, shared by winners in Georgia and New Jersey.

At $390 million, its the biggest prize offered in the game since March 18, 2014, when two tickets (sold in Florida and Maryland) shared a $414 million jackpot.

There were four Match 5 winning tickets in Friday nights drawing. Three are worth $1 million, sold in Arizona, Illinois and North Carolina. One, sold in Texas, included the optional Megaplier purchase for an extra $1. With the 5x Megaplier drawn, that ticket is worth $5 million. It is the third $5 million Mega Millions winner in just the past two weeks! In fact, the 5x Megaplier has been drawn for five consecutive drawings, significantly increasing the prizes for more than 1.5 million winning tickets that added the option, which is available in most jurisdictions.

In total for the June 24 drawing, there were more than 3.7 million winning tickets sold at all prize levels.

The jackpot has been rolling since it was last won in Washington on March 8 at $157 million. Since that time, there have been 44 Match 5 winning tickets worth $1 million or more and a total of 52.1 million winning tickets at all prize levels.

The record Mega Millions jackpot is $656 million three tickets shared that jackpot on March 30, 2012. Just behind that is the $648 million jackpot split by two winners on December 17, 2013. The only other jackpot higher than next Tuesdays estimated prize was the $414 million won on March 18, 2014. The most won on a single ticket was $326 million on November 4, 2014.


Former Vandy Players Chosen First Round NBA Draft
Alan Spector Friday June 24, 2016

Two former Vanderbilt players were chosen in the first round of the NBA Draft Thursday night. Wade Baldwin will be playing for the Memphis Grizzlies. Baldwin was drafted at number 17. Damion Jones was the number 30 pick and will play for the Golden State Warriors.


Walmart Launches Mobile Pay System
Alan Spector/WVLT Friday June 24, 2016

There's a new way to pay at Walmart. The company has launched its mobile pay system in more than 135 stores in Tennessee. It's called Walmart Pay and it allows shoppers to check-out by using the Walmart app to purchase items. The companys say shoppers can use Walmart Pay on any iOS or Android device that can download the app. Walmart says the system was built with the goal of improving how customers check out and expanding mobile payment access.


TN Dept. of Commerce Warns of Moving Co. Scams
Alan Spector/ Friday June 24, 2016

Tennessee residents are urged to use caution when hiring movers through websites like Craigslist. That warning from the state Department of Commerce and Insurance's Division of Consumer Affairs. Last month, there was a report of a Craigslist moving scam that left a Georgia resident robbed of $75,000 dollars worth of her familys personal and household valuables. The victim hired the two-man moving team through Craigslist. The movers agreed to load up the familys belongings and follow them to the new location. Instead, the movers loaded a U-Haul vehicle, which was later discovered to be stolen, and drove off, stealing the vehicles contents. You can find tips to avoid situations like that online at


UT Board of Trustees approves 2.2 percent tuition increase
WVLT Friday June 24, 2016

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees voted to approve the fiscal year 2016-17 budget.

That means tuition will increase by 2.2 percent; which is the lowest it's increased in more than 30 years. This is the second consecutive year the university increased its tuition. The majority of fees will not increase.

This is part of University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro's plan to achieve financial sustainability throughout the entire UT system. Efforts include voluntary retirement incentives, eliminating low-priority programs, achieving administrative efficiencies, finding alternative revenue sources and implementing innovative student recruitment programs. Unanticipated state funding increases in 2015 and 2016 also helped keep the tuition increase low.

In the $2.2 billion dollar budget for the fiscal year 2017, $32.1 million was set aside for a salary increase pool. It will be distributed across UT campuses and institutes. Each campus or institute will decide how to distribute the funds.


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