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Powerball winner: 'I might just disappear into the woods' - TODAY.com

Thats the classic lottery-winner mistake. Yesterday, Ditmar busted out really big, announcing that he had purchased The New York Times, perhaps the worlds most prestigious newspaper, for $324 million. Arthur Sulzberger Jr., publisher of the Times and chairman of the New York Times Company, said he regretted having to sell the paper, which had been in his family since it was acquired by his great grandfather, Adolph Ochs, in 1896, but believed that Ditmar was the right man to guide the Times to a more secure future in a turbulent and unpredictable world. Ive done my best but I have slightly below-average intelligence and, aside from being born the heir to The New York Times, Ive never had any luck, Sulzberger said. Obviously, Tony Ditmar is a stupendously lucky man and in this crazy, upside-down media environment were in now, thats the only thing you can really count on. Sulzberger pointed to yesterdays two-hour disruption of the Times website as typical of the misfortunes that have befallen the paper under his reign. In an emotional, sometimes violent meeting with the papers editorial staff, (See related article: 3 Injured in Newsroom Melee) Sulzberger tried to assure upset reporters and editors that Ditmar would maintain the Times standards of high-quality journalism. Tony told me he has read the paper several times and likes it a lot, especially the Dealbook and Autos sections, Sulzberger said. Meanwhile, in an impromptu press conference on the lawn outside his home in Milwaukee, Ditmar told reporters he has a lot of ideas to move the paper more rapidly into the modern era. First, lots of photos of cute kittens, he says. They always go viral on the net. Secondly, more lists. Like 14 Bizarre Facts You Never Knew About New Hampshire or 10 Awesome Cocktails You Can Make Using Stuff Found in Your Bathroom. People love those. Another thing, lets have standardized headlines. Like Important But Boring Foreign News or Heart-Warming Human-Interest Story. Why pay people to come up with custom headlines when you can just use those same ones over and over? Ditmar said the paper could also save millions in ink costs by dropping the The in the papers title atop every page and calling it simply New York Times. Meanwhile the Washington Post reported that Sulzberger had confided in an e-mail to its former chairman, Donald Graham, that the recent sale of the Post to Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos had given Sulzberger the idea to sell the Times. I never really considered it before then, he wrote.
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With his outspoken manner and long, shaggy hair and beard, Will Seeley resembles a reality-TV star. But dont expect this new millionaire to show up on cable television or remain in the spotlight any longer than necessary. Weve only been like this for a couple of days. I dont know if I want to go through this for the rest of my life, he told TODAYs Matt Lauer https://www.rebelmouse.com/lottocashmachine/ on Wednesday about all the recent attention showered on him. I would rather be in my cabin up in the woods. During a news conference held a day earlier for the 16 winners of an Ocean County, N.J., office pool who chipped in for the Aug. 7 Powerball drawing worth $86 million, one of the games biggest jackpots in history, Seeley stole the show. The group now affectionately referred to as Ocean's 16 a play off the popular "Ocean's 11" movie franchise ended up with one of the three winning tickets, securing Seeley and each of his co-workers each $3.8 million after taxes. Seeley stood out during the news conference as much for his appearance (he also wore a T-shirt featuring the Duck Dynasty reality show) as for his outspokenness. While at the microphone, he described his co-workers as a happy, happy, happy bunch and joked that he showed up wearing "my best outfit." But Seeley also spoke seriously about one of the first things he did after learning he had won: visit his father, who has cancer and just started a second round of chemotherapy and radiation. I just told him, you dont have to worry about nothing financially except getting healthy and beating cancer, Seeley told Lauer. Seeley mentioned that he had lost his mother to cancer years earlier. Wearing the same sunglasses and floppy, pin-adorned straw hat that he had sported during the news conference, Seeley told Lauer he didnt learn he was a winner until after most of his co-workers because he got into the office late after finishing a work-related task. When I got to work, they all pulled me inside, and theyre all cheering. I thought, Wow, they finally found a way to get rid of me now, you know, he joked. Seeleys wife, Donna, said she doubts her husband's newfound wealth will change him. Not all all, she told Lauer. Hes Willie. Hes going to stay Willie. Seeley sounded ambivalent about his future plans, suggesting he may continue to work, but perhaps not in his current job.
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Seeley, along with 15 of his co-workers , won one-third of the $448 million prize. The group includes six affected by Superstorm Sandy and one woman whose father is responsible for the law bringing the lottery to New Jersey. But it was Seeley -- kinda channeling The Dude from the Big Lebowski -- who got all the attention. He joked that he'd showed up to the press conference in his best outfit and after appearing to knock over a microphone, noted he could afford to fix it. As for what he plans to do with his share of the winnings? Retire to a log cabin on "multiple acres of land" and watch NASCAR, he said. "First party is at my cabin!" Watch a video of his performance above. We're pretty sure The Dude abides. Also on HuffPost: Loading Slideshow Stephen Feinberg, Cerberus Capital CEO Stephen Feinberg is CEO of Cerberus Capital Management, the private equity firm that owns Freedom Group, the country's largest gun manufacturer and owner of the Bushmaster brand. Cerberus announced on Tuesday that it plans to sell its stake in Freedom Group. Adam Lanza, 20, used a Bushmaster rifle to murder 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., on Friday. Wayne LaPierre, National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre is executive vice president and CEO of the National Rifle Association (NRA), the gun industry's top lobbying organization. George Kollitides, Freedom Group CEO George Kollitides is CEO of Freedom Group, the country's largest gun manufacturer, which owns Bushmaster. P. James Debney, Smith & Wesson CEO P. James Debney is president and CEO of Smith & Wesson, a major U.S. gun manufacturer. William M. Keys, Colt's CEO Lt. General William M. Keys has served as CEO of Colt's Manufacturing Company, a major gun manufacturer, since 1999. C. Michael Jacobi, Sturm, Ruger & Co.
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