51-year-old Edna Aguayo is a retired cop who lives in Queens, New York. And she's always felt like she'd win the lottery someday . . . because a PSYCHIC told her it would happen.
Edna was at an amusement park 16 years ago, and a fortune teller said to buy as many lottery tickets as she could, for as long as it took . . . because she'd eventually win BIG.
Which is a TERRIBLE thing to tell someone, especially if they actually believe in psychics.
Anyway, Edna took her advice, and she's been buying lottery tickets ever since. Specifically, the psychic told her to buy the kind where you win "cash for life" . . . meaning you get a certain amount of money every week, or every month.
Which is pretty weird . . . because Edna JUST WON. Two weeks ago, she matched all six numbers on a lottery ticket . . . and the prize was a thousand dollars A DAY for the rest of her life. That's over $227,000 a year, after taxes.
Edna says she's planning to use the money to travel. And I assume she can finally stop buying lottery tickets now.
Everyone knows that the music industry has been struggling . . . and that's VERY apparent in a list of the top-selling albums of the year so far.
Just five albums sold more than 500,000 copies over the first six months of 2014, and only one of them, the "Frozen" soundtrack, sold over a million. Here are the Top 10 Selling Albums in 2014, and the number of copies sold:
1. The "Frozen" soundtrack, 2.7 million copies
2. The surprise, self-titled album Beyoncé released in December, 702,000 copies
3. "The Outsiders", Eric Church, 642,000 copies
4. "Pure Heroine", Lorde, 641,000 copies
5. "Ghost Stories", Coldplay, 589,000 copies
6. The "Now 49" compilation, 482,000 copies
7. "Crash My Party", Luke Bryan, 455,000 copies
8. "Prism", Katy Perry, 453,000 copies
9. The "Now 50" compilation, 452,000 copies
10. "Girl", Pharrell Williams, 452,000 copies
There are actually a lot of things that might surprise you about the Fourth of July, including these seven from AllProudAmericans.com.
1. When did we declare independence from Great Britain? July 4th, 1776? WRONG. It was July 2nd. In fact, John Adams expected July 2nd to be our national independence day.
2. When was the Declaration of Independence SIGNED? July 4th, 1776, right? WRONG. It was signed by 56 different people over a six-month period. And most of them signed on August 2nd, 1776. It was formally ADOPTED by the Continental Congress on July 4th.
3. The first public reading of the Declaration was on July 8th, 1776 in Philadelphia. They rang the Liberty Bell to summon people to Independence Hall for the reading.
4. John McKean was the last person to sign the Declaration, in January of 1777.
5. The word "patriotism" comes from the Latin word "patria," meaning "fatherland." So if you're a patriotic American, you're saying the United States is your FATHERLAND.
6. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on the 50th anniversary of the first Independence Day . . . July 4th, 1826.
7. Congress didn't make the Fourth a federal holiday until 1941.