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How much money are won in lotteries put together?

In 1996, lotteries in North America awarded $52 million in prizes every day Ė thatís $36,000 every minute, 24 hours a day. This didnít just suddenly happen. Lotteries have been around nearly as long as civilization has been around. People love lotteries.

Reference: http://www.nmlottery.com/Miscellaneous/facts_myths.htm

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A little known benefit to winning the Nobel Prize

A new study finds those who won Nobel Prizes between 1901 and 1950 lived about 2 years longer than nominees who didn't win.

Reference: http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/01/19/0053251&from=rss

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Who was president

In 1816 James Monroe won the presidency of the United States, winning the electoral college by the wide margin of 183 to 34. He took over the spot vacated by James Madison.

Reference: wikipedia

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NFL Hall of Fame great Walter Payton

Walter Payton, known as "Sweetness" for his smooth style, until 2002 was the leading National Football League (NFL) rusher of all time, with a career total of 16,726 yards.

Walter Payton played all 13 years of his professional career with the Chicago Bears winning a championship in 1985.

Payton died of a rare liver disease in 1999. He was remembered as both a great player and a great man.

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The true source of the Nike "Just Do It" marketing campaign

In 1985 state health department employee Ron Hall won a "choose our slogan" contest for the Oregon Health Department Fitness Club. His winning entry? "Just do it."

Nike and Weiden & Kennedy, also based in Portland Oregon, began using it a couple years later and it is still being used today.

Ron Hall has never been credited or rewarded for his help launching one of the greatest marketing campaigns in history.

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