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Mega happy: There are two happy people out there somewhere right now. After the Mega Millions lottery went without a winner several times and the jackpot jumped to an obscene $636 million, lottery officials say there are at least two people who matched the winning numbers last night. Just in case you wanted to check your ticket again, those numbers are 8, 14, 17, 20 and 39, with a Megaball of 7. One winning ticket was sold in Atlanta, and the other was sold in San Jose, California. What? You don’t live there? Check your ticket anyway. Twenty ticket holders will win $1 million after matching all the numbers except for the Megaball. Each year, about $800 million worth of lottery prizes are not collected. It happens all the time, ticket holders hear the jackpot winner was in another state, and then don’t bother to check to see if their ticket won a lesser prize. So, you still may want to check. Just saying.


Tragic: Who gets to decide when to end life support when a person is brain dead? That’s what a California family is asking as they desperately fight with a California hospital. The story is tragic. Thirteen-year-old Jahi McMath had her tonsils removed this month. But something went wrong during the surgery, her family says. The teen went into cardiac arrest and now is on life support and was declared brain dead. Some in the teen’s family feel the Jahi will recover. “I don’t want her off life support because I really feel like she can wake up,” Nailah Winkfield, the teen’s mother, told CNN. The problem is Jahi’s death has been reported to the coroner’s office and by law the body has to be removed. Jahi’s family is fighting. They slapped the hospital with a cease-and-desist letter aimed at preventing the hospital from taking her off a ventilator. And for now, the family says, they are praying.

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