Blog: Powerball jackpot is now $750 million – the fourth-largest in US history

A great man once said to never tell him the odds, but we’re sorry to inform you that the odds of winning the Powerball are 1 in 292,201,338.00, and nobody beat them this time around.

The Powerball numbers announced during Saturday night’s drawing were 24, 25, 52, 60, 66, and 05. With no winning grand prize ticket, the pot for the multistate lottery is now at $750 million, swollen with the hopes and dreams of millions who purchase tickets for the biweekly drawings. The jackpot is the fourth-largest in U.S. history and the biggest Powerball total so far this year.

While a player must match all six winning numbers to win the grand prize, some Saturday drawing winners matched enough to earn a mere $2 million or $1 million dollar prize.

In December, David Johnson of Brooklyn bought the winner Powerball ticket for a $298.3 million.

Source: Breaking News / South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Blog: Fatal crash on International Speedway Blvd. and Tomoka Farms Road

A victim died in a multi-vehicle accident Sunday night in Volusia County, according to a release by the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash took the life of one person around 8:30 p.m. at International Speedway Boulevard and Tomoka Farms Road near the Interstate 95 entrance, said FHP spokeswoman Lt. Kim Montes.

The victim was dead at the scene, Montes said.

Three other peope were transported to the hospital, according to Montes.

Source: Orlando Sentinel- Orlando news, sports and more

Blog: Groveland scores with new robot-operated Kroger warehouse | Commentary

Groveland spent years wallowing in the muck of incompetent government, community discord and looney lawsuits.

Everybody was suing everybody else and controversy was the order of the day in city government. The single biggest mess involved a guy who fabricated his military service and medals but won an election anyway and sat as mayor until he was tossed out because he was a convicted felon and not eligible to hold office in the first place.

A former city manager ignored the City Council and began running the city as his own little fiefdom, spending far more time stirring trouble than getting anything done. The police chief used a city credit card to stay in motels because he lived several hours away. Sometimes, a now-deceased council member would carry on at meetings about the devil being at work in Groveland.

It was tempting to wonder whether he was right.

Source: Orlando Sentinel- Orlando news, sports and more

Blog: Residents near Oviedo fight proposed affordable housing complex

Seminole County residents who live in an unincorporated neighborhood just outside of Oviedo are angry about plans to build an affordable housing apartment complex nearby.

The site, on the northeast corner of Beasley Road and Alafaya Trail, was originally designated for an assisted living facility. But developers are asking Seminole County commissioners to consider rezoning the area to allow them to build a multifamily complex of 92 to 99 units that would house about 300 people.

Residents of the surrounding neighborhood oppose the rezoning, arguing that apartments would contribute too much traffic, lower property values and set a precedent for other multifamily complexes to be built in the area.

“We’re not opposed to the property being sold,” Mike Bianco said. “We want it to be developed as something, but we want it to be developed as something that makes sense with our rural lifestyle.”

Source: Orlando Sentinel- Orlando news, sports and more

Blog: Ask Orlando: Are parking lot stop signs legally enforceable?

Parking lot stop signs — I’ve ran a few.

Sometimes it’s an accident, and other times I’ve got places to be.

It’s an action I’ve seen others do so many times that it seems inconsequential. I think so little about it that I actually stopped what I was doing to consider the weight of the action when I was asked if running a parking lot stop sign is legally enforceable.

As part of our Ask Orlando feature, Pete asked:

Source: Orlando Sentinel- Orlando news, sports and more

Blog: Hot air balloon at Florida festival was hot, indeed – stolen from Indiana

Almost nothing compares to the whooshing sounds of a collection of hot air balloons being prepped for flight on a still morning as the sun is rising.

But in Ocala this weekend, something else joined the balloons in the air — larceny.

The night before Saturday’s festival, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office “received word from the Bloomington Police Department in Indiana…that a hot air balloon stolen out of their jurisdiction was spotted at The Villages Hot Air Balloon Festival being held at the Florida Horse Park,” officials said in a Facebook posting.

Deputies went to the park and were able to confirm that one of the big balloons was the one reported stolen some 900 miles away.

Source: Orlando Sentinel- Orlando news, sports and more

Blog: Grower recalls avocados shipped to Florida, elsewhere, over listeria concerns

A Southern California company is voluntarily recalling whole avocados over possible listeria contamination.

Henry Avocado, a grower and distributor based near San Diego, said Saturday that the recall covers conventional and organic avocados grown and packed in California. The company says they were sold in bulk across California, Arizona, Florida, Wisconsin, North Carolina and New Hampshire.

There have been no reports of any illnesses associated with the avocados.

The company says it issued the voluntary recall after a routine inspection of its packing plant revealed samples that tested positive for listeria.

Source: Orlando Sentinel- Orlando news, sports and more