Powerball reveals $447.8 million winner in California

The winner of one of the largest lottery jackpots in history has been revealed.

Jeff Lindsay and his family turned in the lone winning ticket for a $447.8 million Powerball jackpot to the California Lottery. But the family would like to remain as private as possible.

“We are obviously thrilled with this tremendous stroke of good luck and are still getting our arms around what it means for us,” said Lindsay, in a statement provided by California Lottery.

The jackpot is the seventh largest in Powerball history and the 10th largest in U.S. history. The Lindsays say they’ll take a lump sum payment of $271.1 million before taxes.

Powerball announced last month that a winning ticket for the nearly half a billion dollar jackpot was sold at Marietta Liquor & Deli in Menifee. But the winner had not come forward and his identity was a secret, until now.

California Lottery said that Lindsay bought Scratchers tickets and cashed in a winner for an undisclosed sum of money, which he used to buy 10 Powerball tickets, and one of those was the jackpot winner.

Lindsay declined to be interviewed but released this statement via California Lottery:

“We are private people and do not want to change who we are or become public figures and ask that people appreciate and respect our privacy. In order to help manage what has already been a somewhat overwhelming process, we have engaged a number of financial, legal and other advisors to guide us and help us make the best decisions possible.”

California Lottery said the winning Powerball ticket sat on Lindsay’s kitchen counter for a while, until he heard that the winning ticket was bought in a store in the Sun City community of Menifee.

The Alberre family which owns the liquor store will receive $1 million for selling the winning ticket.

The winning numbers were 20, 26, 32, 38, 58 and the Powerball was 3.

If it seems like Powerball jackpots have become more common, that’s because they have. Six of the 10 largest Powerball jackpots ever have happened since the start of 2016. The reason: Powerball changed its formula in October 2015 to give players more numbers to choose from, the chance at bigger jackpots, but longer odds to win.

How to take the best photographs during solar eclipse

Here is a list of tips from photography experts to help you memorialize the Aug. 21 celestial event: 


Basic tips

– Remember the solar eclipse is not safe to photograph with the naked eye. Wearing sunglasses is not enough protection during the eclipse. 

– Ordinary sunglasses or polarizing or neutral-density filters are not enough protection. 

– Do not use flash. Turn it off. 

– Switch your smartphone camera from auto shooting mode to manual. 

– Check if your smartphone  will let you adjust the focus and metering spots with your fingers. Drag down the exposure slider and get some test shots before Aug. 21. 

– Try to take a time-lapsed photo series as the light dims. 

– You can buy a zoom less attachment for a magnified image. 

–  For telephoto imagery is better to use a tripod to avoid the vibration of your hands. 

– Make sure your battery is charged at 100 percent. 

– If you are using a digital camera, make sure you have extra memory cards.

– To get jitter-free photos, use a sturdy tripod and place it lower to the ground. 

– Set the camera to its highest resolution.


Professional photo guides

Most of the photography that will be published will be taken with professional cameras on tripods and some will be shot through telescopes. 

– Mr. Eclipse prefers the Digital Single Lens Reflex camera. Remember that channeling the sun’s rays through a DSLR viewfinder can damage camera’s imaging sensors. Here is his guide

– Popular Mechanics’ Michael Stillwell also recommends a  DSLR or mirrorless camera paired with a telephoto lens and a 2x entender or telescope. Here is his guide

The NASA guide explains the effects of various focal lengths

– Outdoor photographer Lewis Kemper plans to have a second camera with a wider-angle lens set on a tripod with the timer set to take a picture every 15 seconds during the event. Here is his guide

– Nikon solar filters are available as either “full-aperture” and “off-axis” filters. Here is their guide

– Canon is holding workshops nationwide. Here is their guide

Elon Musk says he has ‘verbal approval’ to build hyperloop

New York to DC in half an hour.

Elon Musk — the serial entrepreneur who heads Tesla, SpaceX and now The Boring Company — says he “just received verbal [government] approval” to build a new underground hyperloop network that can shuttle commuters between the two cities in 29 minutes.

He made the announcement on Twitter, declaring his new super-fast transportation network will also have stops in Philadelphia and Baltimore, as well as “up to a dozen or more entry/exit elevators in each city.”

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It’s not clear exactly who will build the tunnel.

While the hyperloop is Musk’s idea, he hasn’t taken on the project personally. Rather, he challenged other inventors to create it — and a couple of companies have cropped up to tackle the challenge, most notably, Hyperloop One.

But the New York-DC hyperloop could also be the first major project for Musk’s tunnel-digging company The Boring Company. He established the firm earlier this year to build an underground web of tunnels beneath Los Angeles, through which cars can travel up to 130 miles per hour on metal skates.

So far, The Boring Company has spawned many puns, but not much progress in terms of reaching Musk’s goal.

Musk said during a TED conference in April that his tunneling company ties in closely with the hyperloop, since both require vacuum-sealed tunnels.

He actually mentioned an East Coast hyperloop at that conference, saying “If you were to do something like a DC-to-New York hyperloop, I think you’d probably want to go underground the entire way because it’s a high-density area.”

Musk added that his plan to keep the tunnel digging process from disturbing all the people above ground.

“You’re going under a lot of buildings and houses, and if you go deep enough, you cannot detect the tunnel,” he said.

One tweet Musk sent Thursday hinted it will at least be his boring company that digs the tunnel from New York to DC. He said he’ll start the project “in parallel” with the LA tunnel network. But he didn’t go so far as to say who will install the hyperloop.

And Musk hinted at even bigger ambitions once those projects are topped off, saying he wants to build a hyperloop between Los Angeles and San Francisco and another in Texas.

Both hyperloop and Musk’s LA tunneling idea have been deemed longshot ideas — but Musk does have a flare for bringing the impossible to life.

The Boring Company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.