Lottery

Winning $276 million Powerball ticket sold in WVA

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Go Figure !

One person, gee, what do you think they will do with the money?

If a winner chooses to take the estimated $275 million in annual payments, the prize would be the equivalent of a salary of about $35,256 a day based upon an average, 40 hour a week job. The cash equivalent, or lump sum payment would be approximately $135,700,000.

One of the tickets sold in West Virginia for the Powerball game Saturday night matched all six numbers drawn, which were:

6, 22, 42, 43 and 47. The Powerball was 16 and the Power Play was two.

The Powerball Web site says nearly 2 million other players won prizes totaling more than $12 million.

Tickets that match the first five numbers, but miss the Powerball, win $200,000 each, and there were twelve of those. They were sold in: Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky(2), Louisiana, Minnesota, North Carolina(2), Pennsylvania(3) and Wisconsin.

There were two Power Play Match 5 winners in the states of: Iowa and North Carolina.

The estimated jackpot for Wednesday is 15 million dollars.

Be Careful Out There !

A tearful older citizen and frequent belmontfrontporch visitor stopped by a couple of days ago on her morning walk. What happened we inquired?

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She had received an email notice from whom she thought was the IRS. The email suggested that she had a refund due, and to “click here”. Well she did, because there was a notice at the bottom that threatened audits of her future filings. Lo, and Behold, her email was soon flooded with spam selling everything from apple pies to porn — mostly porn.

The Belmont Front Porch’s crack investigative team jumped into action ! private-eye.jpg

We tracked down an official Internal Revenue Service (IRS) site, called to inquire, and found out some good information.

It took some doing, we all know how government “services” work and the time waiting, but it was worth the effort. We started with the IRS website at www.irs.gov, looked all over and found 1-800-829-1040. We then found 1-800-829-1954 and spoke with a representative of the service.

As we explained the issue, the customer service rep assured us that the IRS does not send emails, especially about refunds due. We were referred to another number, which is a tech center to discuss the spam attack. That number is 1-800-366-4484. There, they will give you instructions about how to report the phishing scam and ways to protect future issues.  

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As always, be careful online, in the neighborhood, and in your car. Being aware of your surroundings will help you be safer.