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January 5, 2014 | By Ryan Menezes
After years of decline, the California Lottery is booming. The jackpots are bigger, and that's drawing more players and excitement. Just a few weeks ago, a Mega Millions ticket sold in San Jose matched all six numbers. The state-record prize of $324 million - worth about $174 million in a single payment - was claimed by a Northern California man Friday. The turnaround is due to changes made to the lottery in 2010, when revenues were on the decline. The changes brought bigger prizes, but they also altered the formula for how much revenue schools receive.
January 3, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
It took the winner of a record California  Mega Millions  jackpot several weeks to come forward because he didn't realize he had the ticket, officials said. He was identified Friday as Steve Tran, but lottery officials said he asked that no other information about his background be revealed. The ticket is worth $324 million, or half the $648-million jackpot. If Tran chooses the cash option, his ticket is estimated to be worth $173.8 million. Lottery officials said Tran followed the media coverage about the jackpot.
December 20, 2013
Hey, Kobe, When I said, "Break a leg," it was just a figure of speech. Jeff Black Beverly Hills :: So when Kobe comes back from this latest injury, is Jim Buss going to sign him to another two-year extension? Matthew Klipper Studio City :: Kobe Bryant's return from injury was short-lived. The Lakers now have to seriously start preparing for "life after Kobe" as it is obvious that the wear and tear and years of playing have begun to break him down. Kobe's insatiable desire to excel and compete are just not enough to combat medical reality and the laws of nature.
December 19, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
At first glance, it was an announcement draped in sadness, the lateral tibial plateau that stole Christmas. Six games into his comeback from a left torn Achilles' tendon, Kobe Bryant's left leg has buckled under the strain. After Bryant worked eight months to return to the court, a fractured knee will send him to the sidelines for six more weeks. There is sadness felt by an aging superstar who could be losing a slow fight with his body. There is sadness felt by a Lakers organization whose recent, foolish $48.5-million investment in Bryant is looking worse by the ache.
December 18, 2013
Re "Mega Millions draws up longer odds, fewer winners," Column, Dec. 13 Anyone considering buying a Mega Millions lottery ticket should first read David Lazarus' column. His disclosure of the infinitesimally low odds of winning - and the lower economic classes' vastly disproportionate burden of sustaining lotteries - should resonate with most readers. Several years ago I learned that within two hours an unusually large lottery would close and draw for a winner. I decided to walk to a local convenience store to buy a few tickets for a chance at becoming an instant millionaire.
December 17, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
James Kim, owner of Hawthorne's Bluebird Liquor, says he hopes he sells the winning ticket for the upcoming Mega Millions drawing, worth $636 million or more He may get his wish: His store has developed a reputation as "lucky" after producing multiple lottery jackpot winners of more than $1 million. “The line is very, very long.” Kim said Tuesday. “It's getting crazy now.” Lottery players have been rubbing the bluebird statue inside the store all day for good luck, he said.  “So many times we're missing one number,” he said.
December 16, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy
The Mega Millions jackpot hit $586 million Monday morning, putting it within closer range of the all-time record. The jackpot had been at $550 million earlier in the morning, but was revised upward as more people in the multi-state lottery rushed to buy their tickets. The cash payout was also revised upward, from $295 million to $316 million. “The dream of winning is fun … you know, until you don't match any of the numbers,” Phill Kaplan, 30, of Denver  told the Los Angeles Times.
December 14, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy
Friday the 13th meant no luck for the countless people across the nation who bought tickets for the Mega Millions jackpot. The $425-million prize went unclaimed  and has now grown to $550 million, the fourth-largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history. The winning numbers on Friday were: 19 24 26 27 70. Mega Ball number: 12. Still, nine people won $1 million each for matching up the first five numbers, according to the Mega Millions website Saturday. Thus far, the highest Mega Millions jackpot was $656 million in March 2012, with three winners in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.
December 12, 2013 | David Lazarus
There's at least $400 million on the line in Friday night's Mega Millions lottery drawing, which has produced the usual heavy breathing over the prospect of big money. But Andre Evangelista's chances - and yours - of winning are worse than ever. "It's completely unfair," Cypress resident Evangelista, a frequent lottery player, told me. "They're making it harder to win so the jackpots get bigger and more people play. " Personally, I think that regularly buying lottery tickets makes as much financial sense as hoping you'll trip over a bar of gold on your way to work.
November 9, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
Six months before they stare longingly at a hopper of miniature balls and hope for the best, a quartet of NBA teams are already finding things bouncing their way. Philadelphia, Phoenix, Orlando and Charlotte have packed what was expected to be a season's worth of highlights into the first two weeks. Widely regarded as contenders only for the services of presumed top draft pick Andrew Wiggins, the suddenly fearsome foursome is showing that patience can be overrated. The 76ers and Suns may have identified their point guards of the future in Michael Carter-Williams and Eric Bledsoe.
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