Thursday Numbers

I’ve reached an age where my brain has gone from “you probably shouldn’t say that,” to “what the hell, let’s see what happens.” – Unknown

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 the Powerball, Mega Millions, unemployment, Conor Lamb, gun violence, Montana candidates, National School Walkout, animals on a plane, Lowe’s and NASCAR, accidental discharge, and much more!


That’s the current Powerball jackpot. The next drawing is Saturday night. (

Big money!


That’s the current Mega Millions jackpot. The next drawing is Friday night. (

Still big money!


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


Democrat Conor Lamb is beating Republican candidate, Rick Saccone, by 627 votes in the special House election in Pennsylvania’s 18th district. (NY Times)


The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed legislation to help schools and local law enforcement prevent gun violence, one month after the mass shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 people. The vote was 407-10. (Reuters)

Montana’s only House member, Greg Gianforte, voted for the bill.

The bill still has to pass the Senate and be signed by the President.


That is how many candidates have filed to run for Montana state offices in 2018, from U.S. Senate to state district judge to the Legislature. (MTN News)

Thanks to all who are running.


As students across the country participated in the National School Walkout, more than 200 students at Great Falls High took a different approach and staged a “walk-in” to promote school safety. (GF Tribune)

Good job Great Falls High and to all the students who participated across the nation.


More than a half million animals flew via airlines in 2017, nearly 140,000 of them on United Airlines. Overall, 24 died with 18 of those on United Airlines flights. (CBS)

I’m no math wizard, by that does not look good…


Lowe’s, one of the last remaining corporate giants in NASCAR, announced Wednesday that it will not sponsor seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson after this season, an ominous sign for the nation’s top racing series. (AP)

NASCAR is having a rough time. It’s not the sport it used to be.


A California teacher armed with a handgun injured three students when he accidentally fired it at the ceiling during a gun safety class. One 17-year-old boy was hit in the neck by a fragment of the bullet as it ricocheted off the ceiling. (Newsweek)

Someone needs to stay after school for some tutoring…


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4 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

    • Doug – good stuff. The cost per vote is a funny stat. If you win and you spent more for vote it does not really matter. If you lose it’s “What’s wrong with you!” Thanks, – JmB

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