Caesars Casino Closes Again in Indiana Due To High Water
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When you think about possibilities that could happen to shut a casino down, rain is not the first thing that comes to mind. For the third time in ten years, however, rain has closed the doors of Caesars Indiana.
The riverboat destination has been keeping gamblers happy for years. Wednesday, though, turned out to be one of those days that people would have to leave the casino and hotel.
It has been raining in Indiana for almost two full days. the weather has threatened the area by causing floods and trapping some people in their houses.
The casino has an agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers that protects people against any water problems. Once the river appears that it will reach a certain height, the casino must shut down operations.
That is what happened on Wednesday. Although the water never reached the target height, the casino still closed as a precaution. The hope is that it will be opened again by the weekend.
“You have to do it. Our primary focus is on the safety of our guests and of our employees,” said Judy Hess, Caesars Director of Public Relations.
The hotel has five hundred rooms, and almost all of them were full. That made for an interesting day of evacuations as people wondered when they would be allowed back.
Lottery Winner in Illinois Claims $81.5 Million Three Months Late
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It is extremely tough to wake up one morning and know that you have just become $81.5 million richer. That is not the tough part. The tough part is waiting three months to cash that winning ticket.
That is exactly what a woman from Illinois has done. She and her family were smart enough to put together a group of advisors before she cashed the ticket.
The advisors were led by Attorney Terry Zimmer. He had the task of putting together a group that would advise the winning family of how to avoid the shortcomings that other winners have endured.
They hired an estate planner, and others, who helped them avoid certain taxes and mistakes that were made by past winners. Once they had their entire financial plan mapped out, the woman then marched into the lottery office to pick up her check. Three months after she won the lottery.
“We’re so proud of them for taking that time. What a sharp winner we have in Illinois and we hope that the rest of our community will hear this and that they’ll take a deep breath and consider protecting themselves,” said Jodie Winnett, acting Superintendent of the Illinois Lottery.
Part of the planning that took place was to change their number to an unlisted one. They also worked hard to keep their identity unknown from the public.