For Immediate Release: Contact: Kathy ParrySeptember 1, 2005 (802) 371-3205Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Wires Funds To Hurricane Relief FundBerlin, VT Recognizing a desperate need for funds to bring help and medical care to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) today contributed $10,000 toward a special relief fund being developed by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and administered by the American Red Cross.Its impossible to see the devastation and human suffering caused by this tragedy and not want to help, said William R. Milnes, Jr., President and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont. We hope that this contribution, made on behalf of our customers and members, can bring some measure of relief to the victims of this terrible natural disaster.Milnes said that in addition to the corporate contribution by BCBSVT, the companys employees also have initiated a fundraising effort for the hurricane victims.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) joins many of its sister Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans across the nation in raising funds to aid relief in the most recent hurricane disaster. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association said it hopes to raise a total of $1 million from its independent member plans to contribute to the American Red Cross relief efforts.BCBSVT joined a similar effort by Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans to raise funds to help relief efforts following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest private health insurer, providing coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branch office in Williston, and offers group and individual health plans to Vermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.(End)
Winning numbers for the record $370 million Mega Millions jackpot were announced Tuesday night from a special location: a studio in New York’s Times Square. The winning numbers were: 42-39-29-22-16, and the Mega Ball was 20. It wasn’t immediately known how many tickets were sold nationwide or who, if anyone, held the winning ticket. After the jackpot hit $355 million Monday, the 12 participating Mega Millions states agreed to move Tuesday night’s drawing from the game’s usual home in Atlanta to a Times Square street-level studio. Even though the temperature was a frosty 16 degrees, a handful of hopefuls showed up to watch the event outside the studio, waving their tickets in the air. The largest previous multistate lottery jackpot was $365 million in 2006, when eight workers at a Nebraska meat processing plant hit the Powerball lotto. The Big Game lotto, the forerunner of Mega Millions, paid out a $363 million jackpot in 2000.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The deadline for buying tickets back East was 10:45 p.m. But lottery players in Ohio who waited until late in the day to purchase their tickets were out of luck. The gaming system went down statewide at about 10:20 p.m., about 25 minutes before the deadline for placing wagers, said Mardele Cohen, a spokeswoman for the Ohio lottery. She said it’s unclear what caused the problem and that it would not likely be until Wednesday until the system can be reviewed. Earlier Tuesday, lottery players lined up at stores around the country in the hope of buying the winning ticket. New Yorkers bought more than 1 million tickets an hour, said Robert McLaughlin, the state’s lottery director. Virginia retailers sold about 8,550 tickets per minute as the drawing approached. The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are about 1 in 176 million.