A ticket that has the winning numbers in Saturday night's $590.5 million Powerball lottery jackpot was sold in a supermarket in a town of about 12,000 people.
The town is "Zephyrhills, Fla., a Florida Lottery official confirmed to NBC News early Sunday," reports NBC News.
Zephyrhills is about 30 miles northeast of Tampa, Florida.
The story continues, "Powerball's website said one winner was sold in Florida, and David Bishop of the Florida Lottery confirmed that it was sold at a Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills."
Here at TVWeek we also found this posted on the Powerball site: "There was one Powerball jackpot winner Saturday and 7,598,546 additional players won prizes totaling more than $84 Million."
Powerball Jackpot is Shy of $600 Million. Here are the Winning Numbers and the Amount of the Jackpot
Tonight's Powerball lottery jackpot came in shy of the $600 million that Powerball officials were estimating. As announced right before the drawing, the final tally of the jackpot was $590.5 million.
The winning numbers were 10,13,14,22 and 52. The Powerball was number 11.
It will not be known for a number of hours if anyone has the winning numbers. Earlier, Powerball officials said 80% of all possible Powerball lottery combinations were represented in the tickets sold.
Only seven states do not participate in the Powerball lottery: Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. These states would need to make changes in their state laws (and/or their state constitutions) to participate.more »
Golf Legend Who Overcame Childhood Stutter To Cover Golf for 35 Years on CBS Dies at 82. Read Here About His Storybook U.S. Open Win in 1964
A golfer who had a legendary career both on the links and as a golf analyst and commentator on CBS for 35 years, has died.
Ken Venturi, 82, "had been hospitalized for nearly two months for pneumonia and infections in his back and intestines, according to the San Francisco Chronicle and sfgate.com..
The story adds, "He survived prostate cancer in 2000-01 and quintuple heart-bypass surgery in 2006."
Venturi's career is filled with the kind of stuff you find made up in movies.
For example take this account of Venturi winning the U.S. Open in 1964, taken from the San Francisco Chronicle/sfgate article mentioned above:
"[O]n June 20, 1964, Mr. Venturi became an enduring symbol of perseverance in winning the U.S. Open under brutal conditions on the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.
"He shot 66-70 on the final day - back then, the tournament concluded with 36 holes on Saturday - to win his only major championship.
"When his final putt dropped, sealing a four-shot victory, the magnitude of the moment almost stunned Mr. Venturi. He raised his arms, mumbled, "Oh my God, I've won the Open!" and began crying when he saw tears streaming down the face of fellow competitor Raymond Floyd.
"Mr. Venturi didn't just win the Open - he won it in unforgettable fashion."
The article continues, "It was already was hot for the morning round, when Mr. Venturi surged into contention. His swift pace slowed as the heat took its toll. He started shaking on No. 17 and struggled to walk off the 18th green after completing his round.
"Dr. John Everett, a Congressional member, was summoned to the locker room to examine Mr. Venturi. Everett recommended he withdraw, fearing he might die if he tried to play another round. Everett walked all 18 holes with Venturi in the afternoon, regularly providing water and salt tablets.
"But the tale of this victory stretches beyond 100-degree heat and Mr. Venturi's fight through dehydration and exhaustion. His career was in tatters at the time - he hadn't won in nearly four years and, less than a month earlier, he was practically broke and on the brink of returning to the San Francisco Bay Area to find a real job.
" 'It's hard to express, but to come back borders on a miracle,' Mr. Venturi said in 2011. 'It's storybook. It's fictional.' That it did happen resurrected his career and forever changed his life."
Venturi later joined the golf broadcasting team at CBS, where he delivered analysis and commentary for 35 years, retiring in 2002. One of the amazing things about that is that Venturi suffered from a severe stutter when he was growing up. It's one of the reasons he took up the solitary sport of golf in the first place.
Though he could not attend the event, Venturi was inducted in the World Golf Hall of Fame on May 6, 2013.
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It was a tale of two shows headed in opposite directions for a pair of finales on the broadcast networks Thursday night, but the series that surged in the ratings is now off the air while the series that plunged is likely to be around for a while.
NBC’s farewell episode of “The Office” saw a healthy increase in viewers, delivering a 3.0 average rating in the key 18-49 demo, based on time zone-adjusted Nielsen numbers reported by TVbytheNumbers.com. Meanwhile, the season finale of Fox’s “American Idol” sank 44% from last year’s number, drooping to a time zone-adjusted 3.6 in the demo. It was reportedly "Idol's" all-time lowest-rated finale.
For “The Office,” the 3.0 in 18-49 for the 75-minute finale represented a 16-month high and a big jump from last week’s 2.3. NBC opened the night with a retrospective hour focused on the series, which turned in a 2.0. “Hannibal” slipped one-tenth to a 1.0.
The top show of the night was the season finale of CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory,” which delivered a 4.4 in the 18-49 demo, matching the number for last year’s finale but losing five-tenths of a ratings point from last week’s episode. Also on CBS, “Elementary’s” two-hour season finale scraped up a 2.0 average, rising one-tenth from the series low the show suffered a week ago.
ABC also offered up a couple of season finales, with “Scandal” turning in a 3.2 average in viewers 18-49, equaling last week’s number, while “Grey’s Anatomy” dipped one-tenth to a 3.0. “Wipeout” fell three-tenths to a series-low 1.0.
Even with “Idol” way down, Fox still easily won the night, based on pre-time zone-adjusted numbers. Fox averaged a 3.4 for prime time overall in viewers 18-49 to CBS’s 2.6, ABC’s 2.4 and NBC’s 2.2. Fox was also on top in total viewers, averaging 13.6 million to lead CBS (10.4 million), ABC (7.2 million) and NBC (4.4 million).more »
Thieves got away with about $1 million in jewelry earmarked for celebrities to wear at the Cannes Film Festival in France, The Washington Post reports. The gang reportedly pulled off the job this morning by ripping a safe out of a wall at a hotel near the festival.
“According to the BBC, an employee of Chopard, the Swiss jeweler, was staying in the room and the jewels were meant to be loaned to celebrities to wear at the French Riviera’s renowned festival,” the story reports. “Hours earlier, the festival had screened a film called ‘The Bling Ring,’ directed by Sofia Coppola and featuring Emma Watson, based on the true story of a group of high schoolers in Los Angeles. The film portrays students who ‘after seeing online when certain stars are expected at a premiere or other event, take the opportunity to steal designer bags, shoes and clothes from their homes, lingering to pretend to live in celebrity opulence,’ according to the AP.”
Jewel thefts have been a problem in the past for the area, known for its wealthy tourists, the piece notes.
The story reports: “This past holiday season, law enforcement agencies placed additional police on patrol and installed surveillance cameras, reported The Riviera Times, a local English-language newspaper: ‘As a hub for luxury tourism, the Riviera always attracts jewellery thieves and bank robbers. But this Christmas, the risk is even higher. “The price of gold has risen, we are in financial difficulty, delinquance [sic] persists -- we have all the ingredients for a highly tense Christmas!” said colonel Gael Marchand, head of the A.M. gendarmerie, in a report by Nice Matin.’”
The area had a large jewelry heist in 2009, the Post notes, although in that case it was not related to the festival. The report notes about the 2009 incident: “A man walked into a Cartier jewelry store wearing a Hawaiian shirt and produced a gun, ordering everyone inside to the floor. Two accomplices followed and scooped up around $21 million worth of jewels, according to New York [Magazine].”more »
Another major media outlet has been targeted by hackers focused on the situation in Syria. Advertising Age reports that the latest attack was focused on the Financial Times.
Messages related to the confict in Syria appeared on the publication’s blog and some of its social media accounts today. “The FT Trading Room account on Twitter posted two messages,” the piece reports. “One said ‘Syrian Electronic Army Was Here" and the other ‘Do you want to know the reality of the Syrian 'Rebels'? Just watch this video.’ The link showed a man cutting the heart from a corpse as an unidentified voice says, ‘I swear in the name of god that we will eat from your hearts and livers, you soldiers of Bashar the dog.’"
The hack raises concerns about the ease with which social-media accounts such as those on Twitter can be compromised.
On the Financial Times website, Robert Shrimsley, managing editor for FT.com, said: "We have now locked those accounts and are grateful for Twitter's help on this. Unfortunately this is an increasingly common issue for major news organizations."
Ad Age notes: “Last month, hackers hijacked the Associated Press's Twitter account, sending stock markets down 1% in a matter of seconds by posting a false claim that President Obama had been injured in an attack on the White House.”
The report quotes Stefano Zanero, an assistant professor in Politecnico di Milano University's computer engineering department, saying: "Twitter's information-technology security is still weak even though it has become an official communication tool for many companies. This is why it would need, for example, a two-factor authentication system based on a second password sent to users' mobile phones."
The piece adds: “The FT, owned by Pearson, said that some of its employees had received phishing e-mails in the days before the attack, designed to trick them into revealing information.”
The story also reports: “On the newspaper's @ftmedia Twitter page, a video clip -- since deleted -- was posted with the text ‘Jabnet A-Nosra terrorists executed innocent citizens #SEA #Syria.’ In the video, a masked person appears, reading from a paper before shooting about nine people kneeling blindfolded in the back of their heads. The gunman is flanked by two people carrying black flags with a white motif.”more »
Oh, the drama. It seems it’s always something with those “American Idol” divas. In the latest buzz about the Fox singing competition, it seems Mariah Carey dissed Jennifer Lopez on Thursday’s season finale.
Us Weekly reports: “When former judge Jennifer Lopez delivered an energetic 10-minute performance on the season finale of ‘American Idol’ on May 16, Carey kept a fixed smile on her face but refused to join the other three judges in giving Lopez a standing ovation. She played with the streamers and grinned straight ahead instead.
“Earlier in the night, Carey took to the stage with a pre-recorded medley of her greatest hits, including ‘Vision of Love,’ ‘Make It Happen,’ ‘My All,’ ‘Hero,’ ‘We Belong Together,’ and ‘#Beautiful,’ but it was Lopez's dance-infused performance that had the audience pumped.”
If that weren’t enough, rumors began circulating online soon after Carey’s medley saying the singer had lip-synched the performance.
Lopez's performance consisted of her dance hit "Live It Up," with a guest appearance by rapper Pitbull.
The report notes about Lopez and Carey: “The pair have a history of controversy together that dates back to a time when Carey's ex-husband Tommy Mottola gave material she'd selected for her ‘Glitter’ soundtrack to Lopez after she'd left his label. Lopez, 43, was previously a judge on the hit Fox singing competition, and has been rumored to be returning to the judge's table in an upcoming season as the Fox series struggles in the ratings.”
Lopez has been non-committal about whether she wants back on the show. Asked about it by TV Guide, she said recently: "I don't know! When I say, 'I don't know,' people think, 'Oh, she's playing a game.' I'm not. If it became really real where I had to make a decision, I would have to sit down and really weigh out the options of what my life looks like in the next year to see if I would sign."more »
Shine Group -- the production company group behind scripted and non-scripted TV programs including “The Biggest Loser” and “MasterChef” -- has confirmed Nadine Nohr as CEO of Shine International, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The appointment comes after a successful run for Nohr as interim CEO.
“Nohr originally accepted the role on a yearlong basis in September 2012 and has been a consultant to Shine International since 2010, overseeing the relocation and restructure of Shine Group's global distribution company in 2011,” the story reports. “Prior to joining Shine, Nohr had held a variety of roles within international distribution, including that of managing director of Granada International for 12 years.”
Said Alex Mahon, Shine Group CEO: “Nadine has been exceptional in her leadership of Shine International, and I am delighted that she has accepted our request to become the permanent CEO. She has been instrumental in the company’s recent successes, rapid growth and good health. I am tremendously excited for the times that lie ahead for Shine International with Nadine at the helm. She is a true master of the international sales business, and we are fortunate to have her experience.”
Added Nohr: “With such a dynamic team throughout Shine, brilliant third-party clients and a varied and quality catalog to bring to broadcasters I am thrilled about the many opportunities the future holds here.”more »
Syfy will pull the plug on a drama series that has been a fan favorite -- but the show will get a fifth and final season, Deadline.com reports.
The series is "Warehouse 13," which will air a six-episode final season, with production slated to start this summer and the season to premiere in 2014.
The show tracks Secret Service agents as they hunt down magical artifacts, which are often dangerous. The program "always seemed to play second-fiddle to something on the Syfy schedule, even when it was the cable channel's top-rated scripted program," notes sci-fi publication Airlock Alpha.
The article adds: "It still brings in a strong audience. However, it has been recently overshadowed by the new Syfy series 'Defiance,' which indirectly caused 'Warehouse 13' to get pushed to the 10 p.m. slot -- a death slot for a family-oriented show."
The writer and producer of a high-profile online project gave a stark assessment of why the show won’t be moving past the pilot stage, New York Magazine’s Vulture reports.
The project is Amazon's "Zombieland," one of the Internet company's first group of pilots, which won't receive a series order, according to the report. The news was relayed in a tweet from its writer and producer Rhett Rheese, who also wrote the 2009 movie it was based on.
"Sad for everyone involved. I'll never understand the vehement hate the pilot received from die-hard 'Zombieland' fans. You guys successfully hated it out of existence. Anyway, we did our best, and we're very proud of our team," Rheese wrote.
Amazon has also passed on "Browsers," as the company narrows down which projects to pursue, according to Deadline.com.more »