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A woman is taking home a lottery prize after a church sermon inspired her to test her luck.
The winner, known as K. Anthony from Harrell, Arkansas, played Powerball on the Jackpocket lottery app, according to the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery’s press release.
Anthony finds herself playing the Arkansas lottery only once or twice a month, but she reportedly felt the urge to give the game a try after sitting in church.
The sermon that she said made her inclined to play was about “praising the Lord for things on the way,” lottery officials said in a press release.
The app’s system chose her numbers at random, and she matched five out of the six winning digits.
The winning numbers were 39, 41, 43, 49 and 64, while the Powerball number was 4, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery reported. Anthony won a prize of $100,000.
Anthony told lottery officials that she thought she was being scammed after receiving multiple calls from Jackpocket, which is headquartered in New York.
“I didn’t even know I’d won,” Anthony said.
Once Anthony was connected to a Jackpocket team member, she couldn’t believe it was real and could barely sleep that night, the lottery reported.
She initially won $50,00, but since she ordered her winning ticket with the Power Play option for an extra dollar, her prize was doubled, resulting in a jackpot of $100,000, the news release said.
Anthony has won a few prizes playing the Arkansas Lottery before, but none of them exceeded $60.
Anthony plans on using her winnings to remodel her home and taking her family on vacation.
The remainder of her prize will go toward savings, lottery officials said.
The Powerball winning numbers have not yet been claimed as the jackpot continues to climb past $280 million.
Jackpocket has become a secure way to order and take part in the lottery for 17 different states and Washington, D.C.
The Arkansas Lottery has raised over $1.3 billion in proceeds for scholarship opportunities since 2009, according to the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.
Scholarships awarded by the Department of Finance and Administration Office of the Arkansas Lottery are available for “non-profit, public and private, two- and four-year colleges and universities,” the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery’s website says.
FOX Business reached out to the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery and Jackpocket for comment.
This Valentine’s Day, more people are saying “I love you”—to themselves.
Self-gifting is on the rise for Cupid’s holiday as more consumers grow tired of receiving duds from their spouse or significant other, enjoy the empowerment of treating themselves or celebrate the single life. It’s yet another way Feb. 14 is getting a makeover when nearly half the U.S. adult population is unmarried and many say they aren’t looking for a romantic relationship.
The trend is a boon for retailers and could help reverse sagging Valentine’s Day sales. Larger companies such as Target and Etsy to smaller jewelers and lingerie sellers are switching up marketing messages and creating special collections to emphasize self-gifting.
Lena Parsell, an art director in Philadelphia, received a pair of gray wool socks from her husband for Christmas that were so bulky and itchy that they became a magnet for her cat, who bit her toes when she wore them around the house.
“My husband is amazing, but he has trouble figuring out my taste,” Parsell says. “Sometimes he really nails it,” like when he commissioned a portrait of Parsell and their daughter. Other times he falls short, such as when he bought her kitchen towels. “Or he’ll say, ‘I didn’t know what to get you, so just pick out something for yourself.’”
That is what she is doing this Valentine’s Day. She designed a custom ring from jeweler Bario Neal of 18-karat gold with an aquamarine stone, which is her mother’s and daughter’s birthstone. “It’s about love in all different ways,” she says.
Last year, 39% of U.S. consumers said they bought themselves a Valentine’s Day gift, according to a poll of more than 1,000 people by market-research firm Circana.
Marshal Cohen, Circana’s chief industry adviser, says the trend is a carry-over from the Covid years. “People were getting practical gifts during the pandemic like vacuum cleaners, so they started buying romantic things for themselves.”
Retailers are hoping self-gifting will reignite Valentine’s Day. U.S. discretionary general merchandise sales fell 4% in dollars and 6% in units during the two weeks ended Feb. 18, 2023, compared with the same period the prior year, according to Circana.
Cohen says the downturn is part of a broader sales slump for holidays such as Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day as consumers become more careful in their spending.
Target is advertising heart-themed T-shirts and sweatshirts for Valentine’s Day in its circulars, which it says are “fit for the whole fam or just you.” In Etsy’s “gift mode,” shoppers can select “myself” as the recipient and “Valentine’s Day” as the occasion.
Online lingerie seller Adore Me is touting more buy-for-yourself items in its Valentine’s Day line up this year, including a red, lacy push-up bra that carries the tagline on social media, “Forget gifts for others, this is the gift you need for you this Valentine’s Day.”
That self-gifting message has performed better on Facebook and Instagram than others aimed at buying gifts for romantic partners, says Ranjan Roy, Adore Me’s vice president of strategy. These days, “people are looking for micro indulgences—small ways to splurge on themselves.”
Collector’s Cage, which sells previously owned designer handbags online and at two stores in Copenhagen, is running social-media ads with the message, “From You, To You.”
The company is offering a special treat for single shoppers—a mystery gift that includes leather-treatment products emblazoned with the words, “Love yourself…and your bag this Valentine’s Day.” Founder Mathias Moslund says he changed tack after last year’s more traditional Valentine’s Day marketing fell flat.
“All of my girlfriends have boyfriends so I feel left out on Valentine’s Day,” says Anna Rusborg, a 19-year-old student, who lives in Copenhagen and is treating herself to a vintage Louis Vuitton Speedy Bag from Collector’s Cage. “I know I’ll find love someday, but buying a bag for myself makes me feel independent.”
Women aren’t the only targets. Bevel, which makes grooming products for men, offered a discount promotion through Feb. 14 to urge its male customers to buy for themselves. “Treat yourself with goods made just for you,” its website says.
The origins of Valentine’s Day are murky. Some link it to an ancient Roman fertility feast, others to a Christian martyr named St. Valentine.
Elizabeth Nelson, associate professor of history at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, says the holiday probably isn’t related to either. She noted some of the earliest references linking the celebration to lovers appeared in works from 14th-century English author and poet Geoffrey Chaucer, who described “St. Valentine’s day” as a springtime mating ritual among birds. The 17th-century English diarist Samuel Pepys labeled a Feb. 14 entry “Valentine’s day,” and described how he “took Mrs. Martha for my Valentine,” a woman who wasn’t his wife.
The celebration grew more widespread in the mid-1800s when paper production became more affordable. By the time Hallmark began selling Valentine’s Day postcards in 1910 it was already a huge commercial holiday, Nelson says.
Lately, Valentine’s Day is being reinterpreted to reflect the growing number of singles. According to the Census Bureau, 49.2% of U.S. adults were unmarried in 2023, compared with 41.9% in 1993.
The Pew Research Center found 56% of single Americans in a 2022 study said they weren’t looking for a relationship or casual dates. That was up from 50% in 2019.
Nearly a third of Valentine’s Day diners last year were solo or in groups of three or more, according to OpenTable, an online restaurant reservation service. And “Galentine” celebrations that fête female friendships are now widespread.
“I’ve been doing more solo dating,” says Amanda Hernandez, a 29-year-old nurse who lives in Passaic Park, N.J., and threw a Galentine party this year. “I like going to museums, bars and other events on my own instead of waiting for friends or a romantic partner to be available.”
De Beers encouraged women to purchase jewelry for themselves more than two decades ago, when the diamond mining and jewelry consortium introduced its “right hand ring” collection. The phenomenon has since gained steam.
Heather Ingraham, a diamond and bridal buyer for The 1916 Company, which sells watches and jewelry online and in 20 locations worldwide, says self-purchases made by women have more than doubled over the past five years.
“It used to be a couple or just the husband would come in and make the purchase,” says Ingraham, a 43-year-old from Denver. “Now, more women are coming into stores by themselves or with a friend.”
Alina Wilson bought herself a bracelet and earrings several years ago when she was going through a difficult time at work. “Any time I was nervous, I would look at the bracelet and it would help me stay grounded,” recalls the 52-year-old owner of a medical spa and wellness center in Lake Oswego, Ore.
For Valentine’s Day, Wilson is treating herself to a diamond tennis bracelet. “I’m not going to turn down a gift from my partner,” she says. “But buying for myself makes me feel great. You can’t love another person unless you love yourself.”
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Aerospace giant Boeing is planning to stabilize production of 737 airliners during the second half of this year at a rate of 38 per month after the manufacturer slowed its production line in the wake of the midair cabin blowout on a 737 Max 9.
Chief Financial Officer Brian West said lower aircraft delivery volumes, customer considerations paid to airlines because of the Max 9 grounding and Boeing’s need to hold additional inventory from its supply chain will all contribute to the company’s cash usage in the first quarter. West spoke at the Cowen Aerospace & Defense Conference.
Boeing had previously said it was “cycling” at a rate of 38 narrow body 737s a month, but West said the company is having to periodically pause the line as it focuses on production quality after the incident.
“We have to acknowledge that we have lots of things to focus on in terms of keeping the airplanes in position longer so that we can incorporate all the learnings that we’re finding, and that’s just fine,” West said.
He added that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will have discretion over approving future production rate increases above the threshold of 38 737s per month.
The FAA launched an audit of Boeing’s 737 production line after the Jan. 5 incident in which a door plug panel detached during a flight from Oregon’s Portland International Airport to Ontario, California, at about 16,000 feet, causing the cabin to depressurize and prompting Alaska Airlines flight to return to Portland.
The FAA recently prohibited Boeing from increasing its 737 Max production rate without FAA permission.
Boeing’s suppliers are planning to increase production of components used in making 737s to the levels necessary to make 42 planes a month. West indicated the company has the cash necessary to handle the spike in extra inventory to keep its supply chain on solid ground.
West said that if Boeing’s suppliers keep ramping up production as planned, “they will be in a much more stable position to be able to not have some of the issues that have been hampering us historically.”
The company’s stock was down about 2.3% as of Tuesday’s closing bell amid a broader market sell-off following a hotter-than-expected inflation report.
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