Have you got your ticket?Friday night’s Lotto Max draw is a little richer than usual. There’s 100-million dollars up for grabs, and you don’t even have to win the big jackpot — to walk away with a substantial chunk. In fact — as of right now — there should be at least 51 new millionaires in Canada.It’s easy to be tempted — and hard to resist.With a 50 Million dollar jackpot — and 50 millions more up for grabs, just for fun — it’s not a surprise that you mind might tend to wander — and dream, a little bit.Of course, everyone’s dream is a little bit different. Some like boats instead of cars — houses instead of boats — and although you could spend 50 million on either one of those things I suppose, there are all kinds of other things that can pop to mind, without really any kind of effort at all. The problem is — once you get started down that road there’s really no end to it. There’s always something else to buy. Something bigger. Better. More shiny.So maybe I should set my mind on more noble things. Maybe engage in life-long learning, thinking deep thoughts — and earning a really fancy degree.Or maybe, there is a higher purpose. Maybe I could do real good with money like that. Become a phli- — philll — ffffff — good deed do-er.Maybe. All that, or none of it. For one more night at least — it’s back to the grindstone.Sorry about that Nick. Yeah, it’s easy — almost too easy — to get carried away in the fantasy of a big win — and fun to dream a bit. But that kind of money can also be a big challenge if your not prepared for it. So I will pass along some advice from the experts at the OLG. Don’t rush into anything. Get sound financial advice, and think carefully about what you want to achieve with your new found wealth. After all — prudent planning will last a lifetime — but it only takes a second, to make a life-long mistake.
According to a Rolling Stone biography of the legendary performers – hailed as “the most important vocal duo in rock” by the magazine – Phil and his younger brother Don were the children of Midwestern country stars Ike and Margaret Everly and performed on the family radio show while growing up.As teenagers, they headed for Nashville, Tennessee, and began their stellar career.In addition to his wife and brother, Everly is survived by their mother, Margaret, sons Jason and Chris, and two granddaughters.The Times said funeral services would be private.- © AFP, 2014RIP Uncle Phil: Actor James Avery dies aged 65>Deaths in 2013: Saying goodbye to those we loved and lost this year> SINGER PHIL EVERLY of the Everly Brothers has died, his widow told The Los Angeles Times. He was 74.Everly passed away in the Californian city of Burbank due to complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Patti Everly told the newspaper.“We are absolutely heartbroken,” she said, noting her husband’s disease was caused by cigarette smoking. “He fought long and hard.”Together with his brother Don, who survives him, Everly rose to fame in the late 1950s and 1960s for smash hits such as Wake Up Little Susie, All I Have to Do is Dream and Bye Bye Love.The duo, who influenced The Beatles as well as Simon and Garfunkel, were known for their close-harmony singing.The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, into which the Everly Brothers were inducted in 1986, described their harmonies as “one of the musical treasures of the 1950s and a major influence on the music of the 1960s”.In 1957, the Everly Brothers signed their first record deal and soon after produced hits that spawned the genres of pop, rock and country. They were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.Tributes poured in soon after word of Everly’s death surfaced.“Rest in peace Phil Everly. You guys brought us a lot of pleasure back in the day,” rock and country singer-songwriter Charlie Daniels tweeted.Commenting as a winter snowstorm hit the northeast United States, actor and musician John Gallagher Jr said: “This cold night just got colder. RIP Phil Everly. The Everly Brothers Greatest Hits was my first CD as a kid and will always be a favorite.”“They had that sibling sound,” said Linda Ronstadt, who recorded one of the biggest hits of her career in 1975 with her interpretation of Everly’s When Will I Be Loved.The information of your DNA is carried in your voice, and you can get a sound (with family) that you never get with someone who’s not blood-related to you.And they were both such good singers – they were one of the foundations, one of the cornerstones of the new rock ‘n’ roll sound.