Dear Leonidas of Rhodes . . . you had 2,168 years of glory. Now step aside, son . . . MICHAEL PHELPS is coming through.
Phelps won the 200-meter individual medley last night. That was his 13th individual gold, which broke the record of 12 that was set by Mr. Of Rhodes back in 152 BC.
(That’s why you do THIS when Phelps enters the room.)
One thing Leonidas still has over Phelps is that when he won his last three, he was 36 . . . five years OLDER than Phelps.
By the way, that was Phelps’ fourth straight win in this event. He’s now only the third American to win an individual event four times, along with track and field stars CARL LEWIS and AL OERTER.
Speaking of people in Michael Phelps’ rearview mirror, RYAN LOCHTE was asked yesterday if he’s GLAD to be swimming during the same era. And he was brutally honest about it.
He said, quote, “Yes and no. I mean, my career would definitely be different. I guess you would say I’d be like the Michael Phelps of swimming if he wasn’t there.
“But at the same time, I love a challenge. That’s why I do the events that I do, and going up against him is a challenge.”
The Powerball drawing is tonight at 10:59 P.M. Eastern. The prize is now up to $1.5 BILLION . . . and it’ll probably jump even higher over the course of the day. That means the LUMP sum should also cross the $1 billion mark, which is crazy.
So what do you do if you win? I mean . . . uh . . . WHEN you win. Here are six pieces of advice from MARK CUBAN. After all, he became a billionaire the old fashioned way. You know . . . by tricking the suckers at Yahoo into giving him a fortune.
- Hire a tax attorney first.
- Don’t take the lump sum, so you don’t blow it all.
- If you weren’t happy yesterday, winning won’t make you happy tomorrow.
- But if you WERE happy yesterday, winning will make you VERY happy tomorrow. You’ll enjoy a life where you don’t have to worry about bills.
- Tell all of your friends and family NO when they ask for money. No exceptions. If you help someone, it should be someone you’re close enough to that you knew about their financial issues BEFORE you won. And no one needs $1 million for anything.
- Winning the lottery doesn’t make you a smart investor, so don’t make investments. Just put the money in the bank and live comfortably forever.
(Dallas Morning News)
Your chances of winning tonight’s $450 million Powerball jackpot are about 290 million to one. But we’re all about keeping hope alive. So when you DO win, here are the first four things you should do. Right after you change into unsoiled underwear . . .
1. Sign the back of the ticket. That way no one can steal it and claim THEY won. If you want to be extra careful, you can sign it before the drawing. It might make you feel extra pathetic when you don’t win though.
2. Resist the urge to tell everyone. Only tell the people you’re closest to, and maybe not even them. The point is you don’t want everyone you know hitting you up for money for the rest of your life.
3. Hire a money management team. Meaning an estate planner, a financial planner, and an accountant. And you should do it before you even claim the money, because they’ll explain why you take the lump sum instead of yearly payments.
4. Don’t start buying stuff yet. 44% of lottery winners blow through their entire winnings within five years. But that’s mostly if you win something like a million bucks. It’s kind of hard to blow through $450 million.
And here’s one more we added: Quit your friggin’ JOB already. You know those people who win the lottery and DON’T quit their jobs? Everyone hates those people.
(ABC News / Forbes)
A woman named Danielle Perez won two prizes on “The Price Is Right” yesterday . . . a treadmill and a sauna. The only problem is, Danielle lost her LEGS in an accident ten years ago, and uses a WHEELCHAIR.
Naturally that made it awkward when the prizes were revealed, but Drew Carey didn’t address it . . . although he seemed to speed through the pricing game. Danielle didn’t address it either . . . but she’s been Tweeting about it.
She said they don’t offer cash equivalents, and the sauna isn’t wheelchair accessible. Obviously it was all an unfortunate coincidence . . . but some people think the show should’ve made sure it DIDN’T happen.
Luckily Danielle threw water on the ‘outrage.’ She Tweeted, quote, “Oh come on! Isn’t it the most hilarious though? If winning it was wrong, I don’t want to be right. I’m still cracking up.”
She also Tweeted a screenshot of her reaction on the show, with the caption, quote, “When you win a treadmill on national TV, but you have no feet.”
(Danielle probably isn’t the first person to win prizes she couldn’t use, and she can always gift or sell them. Still, “The Price Is Right” should offer cash equivalents. And if they don’t, Ellen DeGeneres or someone else will.)