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$620 Powerball jackpot, World Series Game 2, Jamal Khashoggi: 5 things to know on Wednesday

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Published 3:54 a.m. ET Oct. 24, 2018 | Updated 3:55 a.m. ET Oct. 24, 2018

After Mega Millions madness, another huge jackpot

Lottery players across the United States are still checking their tickets Wednesday after Tuesday night’s drawing for a jackpot worth an estimated $1.6 billion. If you didn’t win Tuesday night, take heart: There’s another huge jackpot up ahead. While Wednesday’s $620 million Powerball prize may seem like chump change, it’s actually the third-largest Powerball jackpot in game history and the sixth-largest jackpot in U.S. history. If you won the Mega Millions: Congratulations! Here’s a billionaire accountant’s advice. On the flipside, here’s why the prospect of such huge money has some players worried.

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World Series: Will high-powered offenses still dominate pitching flops?

The World Series rolls along at Boston’s Fenway Park on Wednesday with the Red Sox holding a 1-0 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The series opener, hyped as a matchup of pitching aces, largely fizzled as Boston’s Chris Sale and L.A.’s Clayton Kershaw allowed a combined 12 hits and eight runs — they both failed to get an out before being lifted in the fifth inning. Instead, the game became an offensive showdown, with the Red Sox taking an 8-4 win thanks in part to Eduardo Nunez’s huge pinch-hit, three-run homer in the seventh inning. Game 2 is expected to be another battle of lefties in the Red Sox’s David Price — fresh off his first career postseason win as a starter in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series —  against the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu. 

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All eyes on Saudi crown prince over Jamal Khashoggi’s death

The Saudi crown prince is scheduled to make his first international speech Wednesday since the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Mohammed bin Salman is set to address the Future Investment Initiative summit in Riyadh, an event intended to draw foreign direct investment into the kingdom to create jobs for its young population. Yet this year’s summit has been overshadowed by the Oct. 2 killing of Khashoggi, who Turkish officials claim was killed by a 15-man Saudi hit squad that included a member of Prince Mohammed’s entourage on overseas trips. In a notable shift, President Donald Trump blasted Saudi Arabia for its handling of the death and said he would be meeting Wednesday with U.S. officials returning from overseas with more information. 

Willa expected to weaken but threats remain

Once classified as a super-strong Category 5 storm, Willa is expected to rapidly weaken Wednesday, likely becoming a tropical storm or tropical depression as it moves across Mexico. Late Tuesday, Willa made landfall on the west-central coast of Mexico, bringing life-threatening rain and maximum sustained winds of 120 mph. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the dangerous storm hit near Isla del Bosque in Sinaloa state, and federal officials said there were early reports of power blackouts in some places and damage to flimsy structures with tin roofs. Forecasters said the hurricane could bring 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 centimeters) of rain — with up to 18 inches in some places — to parts of Jalisco, Nayarit and Sinaloa states, with flash flooding and landslides possible in mountainous areas. 

Longest sea bridge in the world opens to traffic

The longest sea bridge in the world, linking Hong Kong to mainland China, opens to traffic Wednesday — but only for some. Drivers will need a special permit to use the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, which measures about 34 miles and took nine years to complete. Spanning the waters of the Pearl River Estuary, the bridge will cut the travel time between Hong Kong and Zhuhai from three hours to 30 minutes. The project, which was celebrated by Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday, is seen as a way to better integrate the two special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau into China and form a technology hub to compete with Silicon Valley.

Contributing: Associated Press

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