Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by to read this week’s edition of “Thursday Numbers.”

If you are a first-time visitor, “Thursday Numbers” is the column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with a little sarcasm).

This week I write about the Powerball lottery, government overpayments, unemployment claims, expanding Medicaid, Ravalli County, dueling in DC, this column, the nun, McDonalds & Heather, Daytona 500, NASCAR, Afghanistan, nothing to hoot at, USA medal count, Tara Lipinski, John Glenn, Montana roads & Max Baucus, and much more so read on…


A ticket sold in California was the only grand prize winner in the $425.3 million Powerball lottery last night (Feb. 19). There was also a $2 million winner and twelve $1 million winners. Overall, 2,678,556 tickets won something in last night’s drawing.

If you don’t play, you can’t win…


The Associated Press reports, “The U.S. government is seeking the return of $7 million paid over the last 37 years to three Montana school districts near Yellowstone National Park, saying they were overpayments from a program that should have ended decades ago.”

Montana’s congressional delegation should be able to correct this, and the schools should not have to repay a penny.


That’s how many new claims for unemployment there were last week according to the U.S. Department of Labor. It was a slight decrease from the week before.


If “a proposed ballot initiative seeking to expand Medicaid coverage to the working poor” is approved “the governor’s office estimates 80,000 people could enroll by 2019.” (SOURCE)

I predict the initiative will pass by a large margin.


According to the Associated Press, “Ravalli County commissioners have decided to file a lawsuit seeking $29,000 in fines from the interim county treasurer for failing to complete 58 financial reports over a three-month period.”

Weirdness is running wild in Ravalli County…


On this date in 1839, “Congress prohibited dueling in the District of Columbia.” (SOURCE)

Who would like to see dueling brought back at least for members of congress?


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Megan Rice is an 84 year-old nun. She was recently sentenced “to nearly three years in prison for breaking into a U.S. nuclear weapons complex and defacing a bunker holding bomb-grade uranium, a demonstration that exposed serious security flaws.”

I think the key words are “exposed serious security flaws.” She should be given an award or something!


According this report, “Heather Levia is 23-years-old, has twins, works two jobs, and is in nursing school. She works incredibly hard, and therefore has an appreciation for the hard work first responders do. When some firefighters in Olean, New York, came in to order to food after fighting a house fire in freezing temperatures, Levia paid the $83 bill herself.”

She was also fired by McDonalds, but they contend it was not because she paid for the food.


The first Daytona 500 race was held in 1959, which makes it 55 years old.

Who else watches it for the big wreck?


According to Gallup, “For the first time since the U.S. initially became involved in Afghanistan in 2001, Americans are as likely to say U.S. military involvement there was a mistake (49%) as to say it was not (48%).”

Back in 2001, only nine percent thought the war was a mistake.


The 2014 NASCAR season starts Sunday with the Daytona 500. There are 36 races in the upcoming NASCAR season that ends November 16.

It’s kind of like pro wrestling with cars…


A Billings man (John Harvey Hoots) received 30 years in prison for a felony DUI conviction which “may be the longest prison sentence handed down for felony DUI in the state’s history.” (SOURCE)

The 55 year old Hoots, “has been convicted of DUI at least 10 times” so that sentence is nothing to hoot at!

Maybe other judges will try to break the record.


As of this morning (Feb. 20), the USA has 23 total medals so far in the 2014 Winter Olympics


On this date in 1998, “American Tara Lipinski became at age 15 the youngest gold medalist in Winter Olympics history when she won the ladies’ figure skating title at Nagano, Japan.” (SOURCE)


On this date in 1962, “John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth, flying aboard the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule.” (SOURCE)


A report from KRTV in Great Falls Wednesday told viewers, “TRIP, a Washington, D.C.-based transportation advocacy group, says in a report released Wednesday that Montana’s roads and bridges are increasingly deteriorated and congested. Montana’s traffic fatality rate is the third highest in the nation, the report says. And it’s twice as high on rural roads.”

So the “powerful” Max Baucus and the highway dollars he brought to Montana over all those years he was in the senate did little to help the state. Sweet mother of…

Most of us already knew that Baucus had done nothing extraordinary.


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