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Why Are Today's Lottery Jackpots So Ginormous?

A lone winner in South Carolina picked the magic Mega Millions numbers to win the $1.537 billion jackpot on October 23, 2018.

U.S. States Scramble to Take Your Sports Bets

The Supreme Court ruled states can legalize sports gambling. Who wins (and who loses) in this billion-dollar game?

What Impact Does Your Chinese Zodiac Sign Have on Your Life?

As celebrations of the Lunar New Year wrap up, the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast investigates whether zodiac signs have a real impact on life.

Monopoly the Board Game Is Headed for Broadway

Mr. Monopoly, the Scotty Dog, the hat and the rest of the gang bound for Broadway after hotels on Boardwalk and Park Place don't work out.

Study: Eye Movements Reflect Numerical Values in Blackjack Hands

The mental math we do may be revealed in fleeting eye glances to the left and right.

Don't Just Watch the Debates. Pretend You're in Them

You can if you play the new card game Contender. When else are you going to get the chance to tell the world about your very own nine-point plan?

How Escape Rooms Work

Bring your closest friends and team up with total strangers to solve your way out of a room full of puzzles.

Year of the Monkey Could Lead to More Monkey Business

China's betting that the year of the monkey, which starts on Feb. 8, 2016, will prompt more baby-making.

Big Money, Big Money: Flashing Lights, Music Can Turn Rats Into Problem Gamblers

A new study shows that adding noisy cues triggers the same brain chemicals as drug addiction in rats. What does that mean for humans?

Slot Machines Are Amazingly Efficient Wage Suckers

And they're especially good at munching your money if you anthropomorphize them.

Are people who win the lottery really any happier?

It's hard to resist buying a ticket when the potential winnings are in the millions. But for how many lottery winners do those bucks translate into happiness? It's not so easy to determine. Here's what we know.

How do they test casino dice?

The craps table is always a casino hot spot, but how can you be sure the game's legit? Learn just how casinos test dice and how avid players spot the cheats.

How to Make an Outdoor Chessboard

Forget the lap pool. Forget the bocce court. Your kingdom needs lawn chess, and we're going to help you get it. Maybe even this weekend.

5 Safety Tips for Backyard Baseball

How can you play a game of baseball in your backyard and ensure you don't hit your neighbor's Mercedes? We've got five safety tips for you.

How to Build a Backyard Horseshoe Pit

Ever heard the expression, "Almost only counts in horseshoes"? It refers to scoring in the game, but it could apply to building a horseshoe pit in your backyard. You can have something almost as good as a professional court with little effort.

Easy DIY Lawn Games You Can Build

Not all lawn games need to come from a box! Many can be built from scratch easily and will look a lot better than the store-bought ones. We'll tell you how.

How to Create a Backyard Treasure Hunt

A treasure hunt in your own backyard or house will liven up your child's birthday party and keep the guests busy long enough for you to set out the refreshments. You could even craft one just to amuse your kids on a rainy day.

5 Mind-blowing Backyard Playsets

Yeah, swings are OK. But they're a whole lot more fun when they're paired with a replica of the Ghostbusters station. Or they hang from a tree house that puts the Swiss Family Robinson one to shame. Come see.

5 Outdoor Craft Ideas for Kids

The great outdoors is like a blank canvas when it comes to crafts. Spark your kids' creativity (plus provide opportunities for learning about science and nature) and get away from vegetating indoors.

5 Tips for Backyard Movie Night

Turning your yard into a mini movie theater is a great way to entertain friends and enjoy the outdoors. But to put together the perfect cinematic soiree, you want to make sure everything's just right.

5 Fun Water Balloon Games for Kids

During the long hot summer, water games rule. Everyone wins because everyone gets wet! We've got five of the wettest, most fun games you can play.

How Spikeball Works

What new game is popping up all over college campuses, beaches and parks, and according to its co-founder, will increase your attractiveness by 48 percent? That would be Spikeball! Never heard of it? We'll give you a primer.

5 Ideas for Camping in the Backyard

Tent living doesn't have to mean using leaves as TP or hoisting your food into a tree to prevent critters from eating it. Nope, camping with the family is as easy as pitching a tent in the yard and pretending that your iPad isn't within 10 strides.

5 Great Backyard Water Games

Hot summer days beg for a dip in the pool. But if you don't have access to one (or don't want to drive anywhere), you can cool off in your backyard with these fun water games.

How to Build a Backyard Golf Green

Backyard putting greens are not only for the wealthy. If you're willing to do the work yourself, you can build one for a few thousand dollars. We'll show you how.


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