Who Won The Week — 07/31/22

The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I don’t know who won the week this week. I know someone did, but I don’t know who he or she is. Whoever this person is, he or she is a billionaire, having purchased the $1.337 billion winning ticket in the latest Mega Millions lottery.

One ticket, bought at Speedway gas station in Des Plaines, Illinois, roughly a 20-mile drive northwest of downtown Chicago, hit the top prize in Friday night’s drawing. The $1.337 billion prize is the third-largest jackpot of any U.S. lottery game. It’s kind of mind boggling, isn’t it?

If the winning ticket holder, whoever he or she is, chooses a lump-sum cash option, the ticket will yield a one-time payment of about $780 million. Otherwise, the nearly $1.34 billion prize will be spread over an initial payment and 29 annual payments.

So congratulations to the currently anonymous billionaire who won the latest Mega Millions jackpot. Woo hoo!

Losing is the New Winning

Because I can’t stay away from politics, I have a bonus winner this week. In the U.S., we are only three months away from the midterm elections and a lot is at stake. Republicans have been setting the stage to retake control of Congress, but not so much by winning more votes as by passing voting legislation that restrict access to the ballot in the name of “election security.” Most such legislation in Republican states is designed to make it easier for the “right” kind of voters (i.e., white, Christian conservatives) to vote while creating hurdles for the “wrong” voters to vote.

On top of that, claiming, à la Donald Trump, that the system is rigged and is fraught with voter fraud, is likely to be the Republican norm rather than the exception.

And that is why Garry Trudeau’s Doonesbury strip today resonated with me and why I’m going to share it with you.

So who (or what) do you think won the week?

If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

10 thoughts on “Who Won The Week — 07/31/22

  1. rugby843 July 31, 2022 / 10:23 am

    I agree especially here in WY the primaries are extremely important to get your vote in—not worded well but you know what I mean. We are facing a lot of issues for our state and of course Republicans rule here. Barrasso was one of the 25 who changed his vote, the pita.

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  2. leigha66 August 1, 2022 / 3:00 pm

    I really hope it is someone who needs the money, of course with prices climbing as fast as they are everyone needs the money.

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  3. Marilyn Armstrong August 1, 2022 / 8:57 pm

    I’m pretty sure whoever won had better move somewhere where they are getting rain sometimes. This is really terrifying weather. We had a very brief downpour this morning. Not enough to do more than keep a few plants alive. Our water levels are dropping and that means the ground water is beginning to drop. If we lose water, we lose everything.

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