Mega Millions jackpot soars to $340 million for Friday the 13th drawing

With the holidays fast approaching, the excitement is building as the Mega Millions jackpot keeps growing. No ticket matched all six numbers drawn Tuesday night — the white balls 18, 31, 46, 54 and 61, plus the gold Mega Ball 25 — so the jackpot will be an estimated $340 million on Friday, Dec. 13.Friday just may be a lucky day. There have been six Mega Millions jackpots won on a Friday the 13th. The jackpot is the game’s largest since June 7, when a $530 million jackpot was won on a ticket sold in California. Friday’s drawing will be the 23rd since the jackpot was last hit Sept. 24, when a $227 million jackpot was won on a ticket sold in Texas.Mega Millions tickets are $2 each and can be played in 44 states, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

With the holidays fast approaching, the excitement is building as the Mega Millions jackpot keeps growing.

No ticket matched all six numbers drawn Tuesday night — the white balls 18, 31, 46, 54 and 61, plus the gold Mega Ball 25 — so the jackpot will be an estimated $340 million on Friday, Dec. 13.

Friday just may be a lucky day. There have been six Mega Millions jackpots won on a Friday the 13th.

The jackpot is the game’s largest since June 7, when a $530 million jackpot was won on a ticket sold in California.

Friday’s drawing will be the 23rd since the jackpot was last hit Sept. 24, when a $227 million jackpot was won on a ticket sold in Texas.

Mega Millions tickets are $2 each and can be played in 44 states, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Source:: Daily Times

      

United Natural Foods shares sink 7% after earnings miss

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United Natural Foods Inc. shares sank 7.1% in Wednesday premarket trading after the company reported fiscal first-quarter earnings that missed expectations. United Natural Foods had a net loss of $383.9 million, or $7.21 per share, after a loss of $19.3 million or 38 cents per share, last year. The loss was due to discontinued operations. Adjusted EPS of 12 cents missed the 22-cent FactSet consensus. Sales of $6.02 billion were up from $2.87 billion in 2018 and ahead of the $5.80 billion FactSet outlook. Sales included an incremental $3.1 billion from SuperValu, and there were $14.3 million in restructuring, acquisition and integration-related charges during the quarter. In addition to SuperValu, United Natural Foods’ portfolio includes natural products stores and food service. The company forecasts fiscal 2020 sales of $23.5 billion to $24.3 billion, a loss of $6.06 to $6.60 per share, and adjusted EPS of $1.22 to $1.76. The FactSet outlook is for sales of $23.9 billion and EPS of $1.28. United Natural Foods shares have fallen 25.7% over the last year while the S&P 500 index is up 18.8%.

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Source:: Daily Times

      

2019 MLB Winter Meetings Day 3 Live: Will Gerrit Cole’s Yankees Deal Open Floodgates?

7:30 a.m. ET: As much of the baseball world slept Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, the New York Yankees found themselves in a familiar position: opening their checkbook and thus sending shockwaves through the sport.

Reports started trickling in Tuesday night, and now it’s all but official: The Yankees and top free-agent pitcher Gerrit Cole reportedly have agreed to a record-breaking, nine-year deal worth $324 million.

So. Now what?

The MLB winter meetings continue Wednesday in San Diego, as we will wait and see whether more dominoes start to fall now that Cole is off the board. Compared to recent years, it’s been a busy winter meetings thus far with Stephen Strasburg re-signing with the Washington Nationals serving the role as the opening act for Cole’s gargantuan pact with the Bronx Bombers.

Perhaps Cole signing will open the floodgates for the next tier of pitching free agents, and it might also increase the trade chatter across the league as teams like the Dodgers and Angels — figured to be among the finalists for Cole — will move onto their respective Plan B’s.

We’ll be following it all right here with our daily live blog throughout the day, so be sure to check back early and often.

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Source:: NESN.com – MLB

      

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