Thursday Numbers

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. – Victor Hugo

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 Powerball lottery, Steve Daines, unemployment, dad, Thursday Numbers, Christmas stocking, Montana Millionaire lottery, tax bill, snow, “selfieccino,” and much more!


The next Powerball lottery jackpot will be $300 million. (

The Powerball website says there are nine ways to win…


When the U.S. Senate took up the final tax bill Tuesday, more than one-quarter of all GOP senators were voting on a bill that includes a special provision that could give them a new tax cut through their real estate shell companies, according to federal records reviewed by International Business Times. According to IBT, Montana Sen. Steve Daines, whose estimated net worth was $14.4 million in 2015, reported earning between $485,000 and $4.2 million last year in rental income from eight properties managed by Genesis LLC. Daines, with Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, pushed for a more generous tax deduction for pass-through entities during the Senate tax bill process. (IBT)

No wonder Daines was smiling so much Wednesday at the White House pep rally after the bill’s passage…


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


That’s the year my father was born. Today would have been his 92nd birthday. I miss you dad and think of you often. Happy birthday!


This is the 325th “Thursday Numbers” weekly column. Wow.

Thanks for reading!


That’s the size (177 feet) of a Christmas stocking that people in Sedalia, Missouri, hope will make the cut for the world’s largest. (AP)

Fun Fact: I once lived in Sedalia, Missouri. Nice city.


Due to “an operator error” that’s how many $500 winners will be drawn on December 29 in the Montana Millionaire lottery game. That is in addition to the grand prize winner, and several $100k and $10k winners. (MT Lottery)

Good luck!


The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives gave final approval on Wednesday to the biggest overhaul of the U.S. tax code in 30 years, sending a sweeping $1.5 trillion tax bill to President Donald Trump for his signature. (Reuters)

Now we’ll get to see what it does…


That is how much (8.2 inches) snow Great Falls received this week. (KRTV)

I am not a big fan of snow…


For $7.50 you can get a “selfieccino” which is an image of customers’ faces on the frothy topping of their drinks. (Reuters)

That’s exactly what I need to see – an image of me in my coffee…