Mega Millions is an understatement

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.

March 29, 2012 1:46:43 PM PDT
I'm trying to think when the last time I heard the kind of mass discussion about one topic that's currently filling the air like tomorrow's Mega Millions Lottery jackpot. The total now up to $540 million - and growing, as people across the country rush to buy into the impossible dream.

Maybe the build-up to the war in Iraq. Maybe the election of Barack Obama.

As Randy Newman sang, "it's money that matters," and so you hear the so-called lottery fever getting talked about everywhere. In offices, in stores, on the street, on busses and subways, in kitchens everywhere.

Forget about the tax-on-the-poor line of thinking, or the statistically impossible odds, it's difficult in this money-obsessed society for even the most cynical not to think - however briefly - about what if??

What would you do with the money?

It topped this space last night. And it will likely come near the top of our newscast at 11 tonight.

What are the odds? What would you do with the money? How many dozens of new cousins would suddenly discover you? We're covering it all tonight at 11. And don't forget, the only place to see the drawing is on Channel 7, Friday night right before Eyewitness News at 11.

Also at 11, a host of rallies and protests tonight in the Trayvon Martin killing - this as the debate and controversy over what happened in Sanford, Florida continues.

And we take a closer look at the multi-billion-dollar vitamin supplement industry. Consumer Reports delves into which vitamins are helpful - and which could actually be harmful.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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