Daily Briefing: August 3

The stat, the quote, and the read you need to start your day right.

Stat

13-36-45-57-67, Mega Ball: 14. If you live in Illinois, and purchased the $1 million Mega Millions jackpot winning ticket, then you presumably have more important things to do than read this email since you are the winner of the country's third-largest lottery prize ever. The lump sum payment, which most winners choose,  is expected to be around $780.5 million. A cool fact: The Des Plaines, IL, store that sold the winning ticket will get $500,000 as well.

Quote

“Next couple days are going to be hard.”

Gov. Andy Beshear of Kentucky announced that additional rain and the risk of flash floods were on their way to the areas hit by flooding last week. At least 26 people have perished in the disasters, and responders will "find bodies for weeks" as the recovery process moves forward.

Read

In a California town, a militia is welcomed by some, cautioned by others. (NBC News)

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