Thursday Numbers

The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today. – Elbert Hubbard

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include Hot Lotto jackpot, dark money, Montana Cash jackpot, unemployment, Decision America Tour, fighter pilots, Zinke fundraiser, Paul Ryan, Trump Towers, NFL preseason, rain, and much more!


Somebody finally won the Hot Lotto lottery jackpot, which had grown to $4.9 million. The winning ticket was purchased in Tennessee. (MT Lottery)

Somebody has to win…


Montana Republican Party Chairman Jeff Essmann says that’s how much “dark money” Governor Bullock and Hillary Clinton’s allies at the Montana Conservation Voters– a fringe enviro group– will spend to make false attacks against Republicans to boost Montana Democrats up and down the ballot. (MTGOP)

And so it goes…


That was the recent jackpot of the Montana Cash lottery. The winning ticket was sold in Malta, Montana.(MT Lottery)



That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. (USDOL)


That’s how many people attended the Decision America Tour 2016 rally in Helena that featured Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham. (Helena IR)


The U.S. Air Force is struggling to fill a shortage of 700 fighter pilots by the end of the year, even as the U.S. battles in three air wars against the Islamic State group in Iraq, Syria, and Libya. (AP)

They need to be paid more…


That is about how many people attended a fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke in Missoula that featured U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy. (Missoulian)


Speaker of the House Paul Ryan won his primary in Wisconsin with 84% of the vote. (JSOnline)


A man climbed to the 21st floor of Trump Towers using suction cups. (ABC News)

There’s a joke in this somewhere…


The NFL preseason starts today with six games scheduled. The other teams play their first preseason games Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. (

Here we go!


Some areas in Great Falls received three inches of rain Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning. (GF Tribune)

I think hail sucks…


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