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Mega Millions: How much money will you actually get if you win the $540 million?

Published: Wednesday, July 06, 2016 @ 11:18 AM
Updated: Thursday, July 07, 2016 @ 12:34 PM

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The Mega Millions jackpot is at $540 million after no one match all the numbers in Tuesday’s drawing.

Many are dreaming of that big payday – the  one where you wave adios to the job and drive down the freeway throwing $20s out the car window.

Not to be a buzz killer, but if dream becomes reality, you may want to roll the window back up and put your wallet back in your pants.

When it comes to winning a jackpot, there  are more hands in the pot than those who belong to all the long-lost relatives you suddenly have.  The greediest one, expect, perhaps for that one aunt who is never satisfied, belongs to an uncle. Uncle Sam.

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Just to get this out of the way, $540 million is an enormous amount of money. If you were to win that amount in Friday’s Mega Millions drawing, then take the lump sum option, your winnings would be $380 million – another enormous amount of money.

However, once you claim your prize, that’s where the rubber meets the road when it comes to how much you get to keep.

Here’s what would happen if you take the $380 million lump sum option.

First, the federal government takes 25 percent off the top – in fact, you never even get to see it because they take it out before you are given the check. In this case, you may want to sit down for this part, the 25 percent comes out to $95 million.

That will leave you with $285,000,000 – again, an enormous amount of money.

Unfortunately, the taxes don’t stop there. Of the $285 million, you will still owe more federal  taxes for the year you won the jackpot, (the government takes the 25 percent as part of the tax bill you owe for that year), and the rate at which you will be taxed is the highest one the government charges – 39.6 percent. That rate is charged on income above $413,201.  

The tax owed on $285 million, taxed at 39.6 percent, is nearly $113 million – $112,816,369.05 to be exact.

If you have breathed a sigh of relief thinking you’re taxes are paid, you’ve forgotten on thing – that’s only the federal tax. Unless you live in California, Delaware, Florida, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington or Wyoming, you’ll also owe state taxes. Those 10 states do not tax lottery winnings.

Here’s what you will pay (in millions) according to the state where you live. This information comes from USA, a site that tracks all things lottery. The amounts listed below would be subtracted from the $285 million lump sum. For instance, $285 million minus the amount Arizona taxes ($19 million) leaves you with roughly $266 million.

Arizona $19

Arkansas $26

California No state tax on lottery winnings.

Colorado $15

Connecticut $26

Delaware No tax on lottery winnings

District of Columbia $32

Florida No tax on lottery winnings.

Georgia $22

Idaho $28

Illinois $14

Indiana $12

Iowa $19

Kansas $19

Kentucky $22

Louisiana $19

Maine $19

Maryland $33

Massachusetts $19

Michigan $16

Minnesota $27

Missouri $15

Montana $26

Nebraska $19

New Hampshire No tax on lottery winnings.

New Jersey $30

New Mexico $22

New York $33 

North Carolina $21 million

North Dakota $11

Ohio $15

Oklahoma $15

Oregon $30

Pennsylvania No tax on lottery winnings.

Rhode Island $22

South Carolina $26

South Dakota No state income tax.

Tennessee No tax on lottery winnings

Texas No state income tax.

US Virgin Islands No tax on lottery winnings.

Vermont $22

Virginia $15

Washington No tax on lottery winnings.

West Virginia $24

Wisconsin $29

Wyoming No tax on lottery winnings.

Washington State University quarterback Tyler Hilinski found dead with apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 12:06 AM

WSU Quarterback Found Dead Found Apparent Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

Police in Pullman, Washington, say officers have found Washington State University quarterback Tyler Hilinski dead Tuesday in an apartment with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

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At about 4:30 p.m., officers responded to an apartment to check on the welfare of a football player who did not show up for practice earlier in the day. 

When officers arrived, they found Hilinkski, 21, deceased with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. 

Police said a rifle was recovered next to Hilinski and a note was found. 

Washington State president Kirk Schulz tweeted, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hilinski family.”

Former Washington State linebackers coach Roy Manning, who recently left for a position at UCLA, tweeted , “Words can’t describe what I’m feeling right now. My heart is beyond saddened. Please pray for the family and all of us affected!”

Hilinski, from Claremont, Calif., recently finished his redshirt sophomore season for the Cougars.

He started in place of Senior Luke Falk in the Cougars loss to Michigan State in the Holiday Bowl. 

Hilinski played 11 games in his Cougars career, passing for 1,149 yards and seven touchdowns.

Hilinski was the presumptive starting quarterback going into next season. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Eyelashes freeze, thermometer breaks as -62°C temperatures hit world's coldest village

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 4:22 AM

In this photo taken on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, Anastasia Gruzdeva poses for selfie as the Temperature dropped to about -50 degrees (-58 degrees Fahrenheit) in Yakutsk, Russia. Temperatures in the remote, diamond-rich Russian region of Yakutia have dropped to near-record lows, plunging to -67 degrees Centigrade (-88.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas. ( photo via AP)
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In this photo taken on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, Anastasia Gruzdeva poses for selfie as the Temperature dropped to about -50 degrees (-58 degrees Fahrenheit) in Yakutsk, Russia. Temperatures in the remote, diamond-rich Russian region of Yakutia have dropped to near-record lows, plunging to -67 degrees Centigrade (-88.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas. ( photo via AP)(Anastasia Gruzdeva/AP)

As Americans continue to brave the winter weather, photos from a remote village in Russia might make them count their blessings that it’s not worse.

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According to the experts, Oymyakon in Siberia is the world’s coldest permanently inhabited area. Recent temperatures came in at a bone-chilling -62°C, or -79.6°F.

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In fact, it was so cold that the town’s thermometer broke.

A few pictures have indicated that bundling up is no match for the weather.

Despite this, the weather certainly hasn’t deterred the adventurous.

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It would seem that besides the thermometer, schools are the only other thing truly feeling the effects of the cold temperatures.

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Flu outbreak forces an entire school district in Oklahoma to cancel classes for rest of week

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 1:33 AM

Universal Vaccine Could Work On Viruses, End Annual Flu Shots

An entire Oklahoma school district canceled classes Wednesday through Friday after schools reported excessive flu absences among much of the staff.

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Morris Public Schools said Monday's absences were at 20 percent, and Tuesday's were at more than 30 percent.

Basketball teams will continue competition in the county tournament.

Wrestlers will need to contact the coach about scheduled meets.

The district asks that ill students stay home when school resumes.

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Haitians under protected status call on administration to process work permits

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:47 PM

Haitian and American flags(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Haitian and American flags(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Thousands of Haitians living in Central Florida said they're just days away from being forced out of their jobs.

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Many of those worried are workers at Disney World.

They were granted Temporary Protected Status after an earthquake devastated their country in 2010.

They’re now finding out their jobs are in limbo, because their work authorizations are about to expire and new applications aren't being processed.

The change affects more than 500 workers at Disney, many of whom have families and homes in Central Florida.

In October, dozens of Haitians marched through the streets of Pine Hills, calling on the Trump administration to renew their TPS.

Many were facing the possibility of being forced to leave the country before the administration extended TPS until July of 2019 for more than 50,000 Haitians living and working in the U.S.

But now, they're facing another dilemma.

Wilna Destin has lived in Orlando 18 years.

She's married with two children and she has no idea what will happen next week when her and her husband's work authorization permits expire.

"That hurts, you know. It hurts your family,” she said.

TPS workers in Central Florida said they've learned the administration is not even processing their work authorization applications, which they need to stay employed.

Sano Leger, a union representative, said it affects workers all through the tourist corridor.

"Most of those big hotels, they have people who have TPS working in there,” he said.

The Disney unions are planning a rally Thursday afternoon outside the crossroads entrance to Disney to bring attention to their dilemma and to demand that the Trump administration allow Haitian TPS holders to work.