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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.

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Cook smashes rat’s head with hatchet on Florida BBQ restaurant’s kitchen floor

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 1:42 PM

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A cook at a rat-infested barbecue restaurant cut the head of a rodent with a hatchet on the kitchen floor, video shows.

The Dixie Pig was shut down and a stop sale on vegetables and ribs was issued by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation June 14 for 14 violations ,including multiple rodent droppings, according to a state report.

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“Observed four fresh rodent droppings next to trap between True reach-in cooler and Continental reach in cooler in wait station,” the report states. “Observed five fresh rodent droppings behind soda machine at front counter. Observed seven fresh rodent droppings under prep table with can opener in kitchen area.”

The stop sale included a pound of cut onions, 2 pounds of peppers, 5 pounds of pickles and 15 pounds of ribs. 

While the restaurant was closed, video of an employee mutilating the rat, including chopping of its head in the kitchen, was discovered, according to WPLG

"To be honest with you, it's sickening, OK," restaurant owner Sherrie Gentry told WPLG. "It really is."

Cleaning crews and pest control were at the restaurant every day after the closure. 

"We spent 24 hours since that day (cleaning the restaurant,” Manny Varias, kitchen manager for 10 years, told WPLG. “Power-washed everything, looked in every corner with a flashlight."

The restaurant met inspection standards and was allowed to reopen two days later, according to state records.

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House approves big, bipartisan bill to deal with opioid crisis

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 1:25 PM

In a fresh reminder that political cooperation is not dead on Capitol Hill, the House on Friday overwhelmingly approved a sweeping package of over fifty bipartisan bills to address the misuse of prescription opioid pain medicine, as lawmakers voted to expand a variety of services under Medicare and Medicaid to deal with the drug scourge.

“We can do things when we put partisan politics aside and work together,” said Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), one of a number of lawmakers who touted various provisions in the sweeping opioids measure.

“This particular bill, H.R. 6, is the crown jewel of all that legislation,” said Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX).

“This legislation will strengthen our efforts to advance treatment and recovery issues, and bolster the fight against deadly and illicit drugs,” said Rep. Rick Allen (R-GA).

“This is a big deal in the fight against the largest public health crisis in our country,” said Speaker Paul Ryan.

“Mr. Speaker, so often we hear about the partisan wrangling in Congress and clearly there are dividing lines on some high-profile issues,” said Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA). “But this an issue where Republicans and Democrats have come together.”

The final vote was 396-14. The bill now goes to the Senate.

“Currently, Medicare doesn’t cover opioid treatment programs,” said Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA). “These bills are pieces of a large, complex puzzle. We need to find realistic solutions with long term outcomes.”

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Migrant mother, 7-year-old son reunited after being separated at border

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 1:01 PM

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A Guatemalan woman and her 7-year-old son were reunited early Friday in Baltimore, one month after immigration officials separated them at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to multiple reports.

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Beata Mariana de Jesus Mejia-Mejia filed suit Tuesday against the government, claiming immigration officials “ripped” her son, Darwin, from her after they crossed the border into Arizona last month, Politico reported.

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She was reunited with her son around 2:30 a.m. at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, hours after a Justice Department lawyer told a U.S. District Court judge the child would be released.

Mejia-Mejia, 38, told reporters waiting to capture their reunion Friday morning that she could tell from her son’s face that “he’s sad, but we’re going to be together, and no one’s going to separate us again,” The Washington Post reported.

Mejia-Mejia and Darwin surrendered on May 19 to Border Patrol agents after they crossed from Mexico into the U.S. near San Luis, Arizona, according to the Post. Darwin was held at a shelter in Phoenix before his release Friday, CNN reported.

Mejia-Mejia, who came from Guatemala, filed for asylum after crossing the border. She was fleeing from violence and death threats from her husband, according to CNN.

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The Post reported that Mejia-Mejia was not criminally charged for crossing the border. Her attorneys argued that her case “showed that border officials were separating families to deter asylum seekers,” a tactic authorities have denied using.

The Trump administration in April directed prosecutors to pursue cases against all people suspected of crossing the border illegally as part of a “zero tolerance” immigration enforcement policy. Parents were separated from their children as they faced prosecution. 

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Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

Trump ended the policy Wednesday with an executive order after unsuccessfully calling on Congress to stop the separations through legislation. 

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Police make arrest in 1986 child murder

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 12:58 PM

Michella Welch. (Photo:
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A suspect was arrested Wednesday in the 1986 child murder case of Michella Welch.

Gary Charles Hartman, 66, was booked into the Pierce County Jail. He's expected to have a bail hearing Thursday, and KIRO 7 will be there. 

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Welch was 12 years old when she disappeared after she and her younger sisters visited Tacoma’s Puget Park on March 26, 1986.

Her body was found in a gulch after police conducted a search. 

In 2016, using technology called DNA phenotyping, Tacoma police and the Virginia-based company Parabon Nanolabs produced computer-generated composites using evidence found after the murders of Welch and 13-year-old Jennifer Bastian.

Welch was found in Tacoma's Puget Park in March 1986, Bastian five months later in Point Defiance Park. Both had been raped and murdered. 

At first, police thought both murders were the work of the same man, until 2013, when a re-examination of evidence proved there were actually two different killers. 

Earlier this year, Jennifer Bastian's suspected killer was also arrested.

That suspect was detained out of state and taken to Washington for prosecution. Officials with the Illinois State Police said they helped apprehend the suspect in Bastian's killing, identified as Robert Washburn.

In court documents, Pierce County prosecuting attorney Jared Ausserer said Washburn first became a suspect when he called police in May of 1986 about a composite sketch released of a suspect in the murder of Welch.

Washburn called police after the suspect sketch was released, saying he saw a similar-looking man while jogging in Point Defiance Park. 

He told police he jogged in the park as often as twice a day, Ausserer said. 

In 1986, a special task force was formed to investigate the murders of Welch and Bastian.

"There are remarkable similarities (in the murders of Welch and Bastian)," KIRO 7 reporter Karen O'Leary said on-air that year. "She and Jennifer were about the same age. Both were riding bikes when they disappeared. Both were found in north Tacoma parks."

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