Thursday Numbers

Great minds have purposes; others have wishes. – Washington Irving

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 and Mega Millions lotteries, Social Security beneficiaries, 2018, claims for unemployment, Montana Millionaire drawing, the NFL this Sunday, least intelligent dogs, most admired for 2017, top media stories for 2017, Montana unemployment, the top column for 2017 from The Western Word, and much more!


That’s the Powerball lottery jackpot for Saturday night’s drawing. (

I think lotteries should make sure someone wins their jackpot every December…


That’s the Mega Millions lottery jackpot for Friday night’s drawing. (

I think lotteries should make sure someone wins their jackpot every December (I think I said this before).


The number of Social Security beneficiaries hit a record 61,859,250 in November, according to data released by the Social Security Administration. (CNS News)

Those darn baby boomers…


Fox News averaged 2.4 million primetime viewers and 1.5 million viewers during the day, Deadline reported, using Nielsen ratings information to make Fox News the most-watched cable television network in 2017. The network beat out Nickelodeon and MSNBC, which rounded out the top three in total viewership. (The Hill)


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


Happy New Year to all my faithful readers – may 2018 be your best year yet!


Due to “an operator error” that’s how many $500 winners will be drawn on December 29 (tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.) in the Montana Millionaire lottery game. That is in addition to the grand prize winner, and several $100k and $10k winners. (MT Lottery)

I like my chances…


Here are the 19 LEAST intelligent dogs.

The list was not compiled by cats, either…


There are 16 NFL games on Sunday. They start at either 11:00 a.m. or 2:25 p.m. Montana time.(ESPN)

Football is winding down…


NOTICE: This entry might anger conservatives…

Gallup reports that Americans once again are most likely to name Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton as the man and woman living anywhere in the world they admire most, as they have for the past 10 years. The pair retain their titles this year, although by much narrower margins than in the past. Obama edges out Donald Trump, 17% to 14%, while Clinton edges out Michelle Obama, 9% to 7%.

Once again, I did not make the most admired list.


Here are the top ten media stories for 2017, according to The Hill.


Governor Steve Bullock announced Montana’s unemployment rate was 4.0% for the month of November, maintaining the same relative level for most of 2017. (


The top (#1) column (most read) from The Western Word in 2017 was:

The Wednesday Read: Montana’s Special Election

It was published March 8, 2017. Thank you for reading The Western Word!



1 thought on “Thursday Numbers

  1. Concerning Social Security beneficiaries hitting a record 61,859,250. This too will pass.

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