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Why Are People Buying So Many Lottery Tickets These Days? — Dollars and Sense

The economic downturn has been rough on a lot of businesses, but it’s been a boon for state lotteries.

Seems people who only have a few dollars to spare aren’t putting them away for a rainy day — they’re trying to parlay them into big bucks.

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Discover Plans to Have PayPal in Millions of Retail Outlets in 2013 — Dollars and Sense

Soon you will be able to use your PayPal account to make purchases at millions of physical retail outlets across the country, thanks to a recent collaboration between merchants and Discover.

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What Are the Most and Least Charitable States? — Dollars and Sense

It’s not uncommon for the religious faithful to tithe, or donate, a portion of their earnings to a church — so it shouldn’t be surprising that some of the most conservative and religious states in the US have been deemed the most charitable.

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Woman Triumphs By Getting $10,000 Check for Unknowingly Paying to Light Streetlamps the Last 25 Years

Reading utility bills can be frustrating. The total amount is usually higher than we think it should be, and figuring out why is nearly impossible.

But one Connecticut woman now knows the reason for her inflated bills: for more than two decades, she was paying the cost of juicing two city streetlamps.

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eBay Bans the Sale of Magic and Other Hocus Pocus — Dollars and Sense

The great beast of worldwide commerce has finally put its filthy hooves on the necks of the occult merchant and slobber jawed the wicked and the mystic right out of business.

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99-Year-Old Woman Denied Credit Card Because of Her Age

Being denied credit is never fun, and for one 99-year-old woman, it was especially disheartening. She was turned down for a store credit card because of her age — but as it turns out, it was all a big misunderstanding.

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Toyota Is Giving Away 100 New Cars to Nonprofits — Dollars and Sense

If you’re part of a non-profit organization that could use a new car, Toyota wants to help. It’s doing a car giveaway, and all you have to do to win is harness the power of social media.

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The Best Time to Buy Plane Tickets Is Almost Upon Us — Dollars and Sense

With all the fees airlines have been packing on in the past couple years, it may seem that tickets are impossibly expensive.

But there are times when it’s cheaper to buy them — and those times are fast approaching.

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Would You Pay Extra for a Child-Free Flight? — Survey of the Day

It can be a pain to travel with kids. It’s one thing when it’s your own rugrat bopping around in their seat and harassing you about arrival times and quite another when the little rascal belongs to someone else.

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Papa John’s CEO Says Health Care Law Will Make Pizzas Cost More — Dollars and Sense

The free women’s health services under President Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act may be nice, but according to Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter, those perks and others like them could cost you next time you order a pizza.

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