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C-Store News: Mega Millions reaches record $476 million jackpot

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Mega Millions reaches record $476 million jackpot

Updated 10:59 a.m., Wednesday, March 28, 2012
  • The Mega Millions jackpot has reached $476 million. (Karen Warren/Chronicle) Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle / © 2012  Houston Chronicle
    The Mega Millions jackpot has reached $476 million. (Karen Warren/Chronicle)
    Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle / © 2012 Houston Chronicle





















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ATLANTA (AP) — It's almost unimaginable. No one picked the six correct numbers in the latest multi-state Mega Millions lottery game, sending the jackpot to a record $476 million for the Friday drawing.
Tuesday night's jackpot was $363 million, fed by weeks of drawings without a top winner. The previous record jackpot in the Mega Millions game was $390 million in 2007, split by two winners in New Jersey and Georgia.
In Tuesday night's game, 47 players came very close, matching 5 of the 6 winning numbers. Each of those tickets is worth at least $250,000.
Mega Millions is played in more than 40 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The winning numbers Tuesday night were: Nine, 19, 34, 44 and 51. The Mega Ball was 24.

C-Store News: Mega Millions jackpot at $500 million and counting

C-Store News: Mega Millions jackpot at $500 million and counting


Mega Millions jackpot at $500 million and counting

Mega Millions jackpot at $500 million and counting
The Mega Millions jackpot has reached a record $500 million, the California Lottery announced Wednesday.
The jackpot grew to an estimated $476 million after no one won the drawing Tuesday night, and there is expected to be much demand for tickets in the next few days in advance of Friday's drawing.
California's Mega Millions record is a $390-million payout won in March 2007.
Six five-of-five ticket winners were from Southern California, lottery officials announced Tuesday night. Three others were in Sacramento, Redding and Mill Valley in Northern California.

The Southern California five-of-five tickets were purchased at Surf Liquor in Santa Monica, Stopper Liquor in Placentia, a 7-11 on Archibold Avenue in Corona, Tommy's Tobacco store in Imperial Beach, a Unocal 76 Station on Valley Boulevard in Fontana and an Arco AM/PM on University Parkway in San Bernardino.

The numbers drawn Tuesday night were 9, 19, 34, 44, 51 and the mega number was 24.

Lottery officials had placed the odds of winning Mega Millions at about 1 in 176 million. The retailer who sells the winning ticket will receive a maximum $1-million bonus.
"I've bought more than 20 but I haven't won a thing. I fill them out, a dollar, a dollar, a dollar and I say, 'Hopefully God gives me a few bills,'" said Marcos Garcia, a 47-year-old unemployed handyman from Boyle Heights. He was near Brooklyn Liquor, where he bought his tickets.
Garcia said he will be watching for the Friday drawing. "I'm going to buy five more or something. It's worth a shot," he said. "Oof, I'd probably drop dead if I won."
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Mega Millions Jackpot Increased to $500 Million; Largest Jackpot in U.S. Lottery History

Mega Millions Jackpot Increased to $500 Million; Largest Jackpot in U.S. Lottery History

Next Draw -- Friday, March 30

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire -03/28/12)- The Mega Millions jackpot has been increased from $476 million to an estimated $500 million for the draw on Friday, March 30. The jackpots are established based on a forecast of ticket sales. In this case, the ticket sales have outpaced the forecast, resulting in the increase of the estimated jackpot amount.
This is the largest Mega Millions annuity since the game's inception in 2002 and the largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history. The cash option is $359 million, the record largest cash jackpot in Mega Millions history.
"This is a very exciting time for the Arizona Lottery since the Mega Millions jackpot is half a billion dollars for Friday night's draw, a U.S. lottery record," said Karen Bach, assistant director of budget, products and communications for the Arizona Lottery. "The Arizona Lottery encourages players to play responsibly and know their limits."
Mega Millions tickets cost $1 each. Players select five out of 56 numbers, then select one out of 46 for the Mega Ball number. Players can also pay an extra $1 for a Megaplier that multiplies winnings, excluding the jackpot, up to four times the original amount. Drawings are held on Tuesdays and Fridays. The game is played in 42 states, plus Washington, D.C. and the Virgin Islands.
In the last week alone, there have been more than 56,000 Mega Millions winners in Arizona.
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U.S. President Barack Obama pauses during a meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev before the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul March 26, 2012. REUTERS/Larry Downing
WASHINGTON | Tue Mar 27, 2012 6:14pm EDT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than two-thirds of Americans disapprove of the way President Barack Obama is handling high gasoline prices, although most do not blame him for them, according to a Reuters/Ipsos online poll released on Tuesday.Sixty-eight percent disapprove and 24 percent approve of how Obama is responding to price increases that have become one of the biggest issues in the 2012 presidential campaign.
In the past month, U.S. fuel prices have jumped about $0.30 per gallon to about $3.90 and the Republicans seeking to replace the Democrat in the November 6 election have seized upon the issue to attack his energy policies.
The disapproval reaches across party lines, potentially spelling trouble for Obama in the election, although the online survey showed voters hold oil companies or foreign countries more accountable than politicians for the price spike.
"Obama is getting heat for it but people aren't necessarily blaming him for it," said Chris Jackson, research director for Ipsos public affairs.
Majorities of Republicans, Democrats and independents all disapprove of the president's handling of gas prices, according to the online poll of 606 Americans conducted March 26-27.
Eighty-nine percent of Republicans said they disapproved, as did 52 percent of Democrats and 73 percent of independents.
"People are unhappy that they are having to pay $3.90 a gallon. They want somebody to be able to lash out at and the president is as good a person as anybody," Jackson said.
BLAMING OIL COMPANIES
The most common reason cited by voters of all political stripes for the rising cost was oil company greed.
Overall, 36 percent of respondents said "oil companies that want to make too much profit" deserve the most blame for higher energy prices. Twenty-eight percent of Republicans said so, as did 44 percent of Democrats and 32 percent of independents.
Twenty-six percent of all respondents said a range of factors was equally to blame, including oil companies, politicians, foreign countries that dominate oil reserves and environmentalists who want to limit oil exploration.
There was little difference in that result across party lines. Twenty-seven percent of Republicans, 24 percent of Democrats and 32 percent of independents said all of those factors were equally to blame.
Republicans have hit Obama particularly hard for his decision to block TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone XL Canada-to-Texas pipeline as a sign that his energy priorities are hurting America.
Hoping to placate car-loving Americans, Obama toured U.S. oil country last week to tout his "all of the above" energy strategy that includes room for oil and gas development in addition to support for renewable fuels.
In Oklahoma, he pledged to accelerate approval of the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline. Republicans immediately dismissed the campaign-style stop as a stunt, saying Obama does not have the authority to really jump start the project.
Jackson said Obama has little to fear, at least according to historic trends, from gas prices alone if the U.S. economy continues to recover from deep recession.
Previous spikes in fuel prices have not affected U.S. presidential election results. But economists warn that higher gas prices could slow the overall economy, which would toughen Obama's chances of winning re-election.
The poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 4.6 percentage points for all respondents.
(Editing by Alistair Bell and Eric Beech

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C-Store News: "Tobacco Talk" U.S. Tobacco Survey Results - Battle of the Brands Intensifying

C-Store News: "Tobacco Talk" U.S. Tobacco Survey Results - Battle of the Brands Intensifying


"Tobacco Talk" U.S. Tobacco Survey Results - Battle of the Brands Intensifying

Hi,
I wanted to make sure you saw the results of our latest "Tobacco Talk" survey. A huge Thank You for those of you who took the time to fill out the survey. The collective responses provided very informative insight into the current trends going on in the tobacco industry. Attached are the survey results as well as an upgrade/downgrade note on the actions we took MO (upgraded to Outperform) and RAI (downgraded to Market Perform).
As always, your time and opinions are much appreciated!
Thanks again!

Bonnie
Battle of the Brands Could Turn Into a "Blood Bath" as Promotional Activity Intensifies Among 2nd Tier Brands - We recently conducted a survey of tobacco industry retail and wholesale trade contacts representing thousands of retail locations. The majority of our respondents indicated that promotional activity behind 2nd-tier brands such as Pall Mall, L&M and Marlboro Special Blends has increased. As a result, volume trends have generally been positive; however, we have become increasingly concerned that margins could be pressured. PM USA appears to have stepped up its game with L&M and promo spending behind Marlboro Special Blends continues to be aggressive which could result in Marlboro share starting to stabilize. Despite increased spending by PM USA, we anticipate share gains and PM USA’s cost saving initiatives should more than offset margin pressure. We are upgrading MO to an Outperform rating due to a better balance of stabilizing Marlboro market share and growing profitably and we are downgrading RAI to a Market Perform rating due to our concerns that Pall Mall is under siege.
Pall Mall Fights to Defend its Turf with Increased Promotions, But Volume Growth Appears to be Slowing- Given heightened promotional activity among the 2nd tier brands, Pall Mall is under siege. Given that Pall Mall is RAI's largest cigarette brand, we believe it has the most to lose as this battle continues to heat up. To defend its turf, RJR will need to continue to increase its promotional support behind Pall Mall which could put pressure on its margins in the near term. Although we believe Pall Mall continues to resonate with value-seeking consumers, the brand is not immune to competitive pressures and therefore, we are projecting a deceleration in the brand’s growth. As such, we have lowered our volume growth forecast for Pall Mall in FY12.
Growth in Newport Red Being Bought - More Promotions to Come in April - According to our industry trade contacts, Newport Red is typically priced in between the premium and 2nd-tier brands. Although the brand’s ~1% market share has held despite the 20% price increase taken in 3Q11, it appears that the brand is still being heavily promoted. Lorillard is planning further promotional support on this brand, starting in April, which would position Newport Red closer towards the value price segment.Retailers expressed concern with the ability for Newport Red to continue to grow once the promotional support behind it is reduced or eliminated. One retail trade contact expects Newport Red volume to “sink” if the promotional support behind it is dialed down.
Downtrading Trend Continues to Pressure the Premium Category - As consumers remain stretched despite the muted economic recovery, retailers noted downtrading pressure continues on premium brands. Also, several retailers noted increased activity in the lower priced segment (3rd and 4th-tier brands). However, given a relatively narrow price gap, we don’t anticipate significant downtrading will  occur from the premium segment.
C-Store Chain Couche-Tard Launches Private Label Brand in Response to MLP – Other Retailers Could Follow Suit - Canadian retailer Alimentation Couche-Tard recently launched a private-label cigarette in all its U.S. regions under the Crown brand. This action was in response to PM USA's MLP and/or Marlboro Performance Options that force retailers to reduce markups in exchange for other back-end incentives. According to management, the Crown brand has exceeded its year target after only five weeks on the shelves.
Bonnie Herzog
Managing Director
Beverage, Tobacco & Consumer Research
Wells Fargo Securities, LLC
375 Park Ave
New York, NY 10152
Phone: (212) 214-5051
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Beverages: Nielsen Scanner Data - Period Ending 3/17/12 - CSD Price Trends Healthier This Month

Hi,
· Nielsen Scanner Data for the period ending 3/17/12 - For the recent 4-wks, Total Category (CSD ex. energy) dollar sales growth was -0.7% (vs. -1.7% last month), on +3.7% avg. eq. unit price growth and -4.2% eq. unit sales (vol.) growth. We were encouraged to see improved pricing trends within the key CSD category this month, although we think PEP still has some fine tuning ahead. Private label (CSD ex. energy) eq. unit share of 11.6% was up 14 bps y/y.
· KO Price Realization Continues - In the recent 4-wks, Total Company dollar sales growth was -0.5% vs. -2.6% last month. CSD (ex. energy) dollar sales growth was +0.1 (vs. -5.0% last month) on -2.4% eq. unit sales (vol.) growth and +2.6% avg. eq. unit price growth. KO CSD eq. units sold on promo increased 67 bps m/m, but declined 59 bps y/y. Non-carb dollar sales trends softened somewhat, with Bottled Water (-2.6%) and Isotonics (-5.0%) facing tough comps, while refrigerated Juices (+2.0%) and Tea (+10.2%) showed good momentum.
· PEP Price Trends Improve, But Volumes Soften - In the recent 4-wks, Total Company dollar sales growth was -1.0% vs. -1.8% last month. CSD (ex. energy) dollar sales growth was -3.4% (vs. -0.5% last month) on -7.5% eq. unit sales (vol.) growth and +4.3% avg. eq. unit price growth. We were encouraged that the discount between PEP’s & KO’s CSD’s fell back in-line with the 16-month trend, but volume declines suggest further price refinements. Salty Snack dollar sales growth was +3.2% (vs. +3.2% last month), on -2.1% eq. unit sales (vol.) growth and +5.5% avg. eq. price growth. Non-carb dollar sales trends remain soft, with declines in Isotonics (-6.1%), refrigerated OJ (-8.7%), and Bottled Water (-5.4%).
· DPS CSD’s Outperform, Non-Carbs Still Soft -In the recent 4-wks, Total Company dollar sales growth was -0.6% (vs. -1.8% last month), as +0.6% growth in CSD's (ex. energy) was more than offset by declines in Non-Carbs (Juices & Drinks -5.4%).
We will be publishing a detailed report later today with a lot more analysis.
Please call or email me with any questions.
Thanks!
Bonnie
Bonnie Herzog
Managing Director
Beverage, Tobacco & Consumer Research
Wells Fargo Securities, LLC
375 Park Ave
New York, NY 10152
Phone: (212) 214-5051
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Gas Pricing News Global, USA, China,Saudi ,: Who Sells Gasoline in the United States?

Gas Pricing News Global, USA, China,Saudi ,: Who Sells Gasoline in the United States?


Who Sells Gasoline in the United States?

Who Sells Gasoline in the United States?





Convenience stores sell the majority of the gasoline purchased in the United States, and despite
canopies that promote a specific brand of gasoline, very few of these stores – less than 3 percent – are
owned an operated by one of the integrated, major oil companies.
It is much more likely that the business is owned by an independent entrepreneur who lives in the
community. Of the 110,895 convenience stores selling gasoline in the United States in 2004, a whopping
55 percent (61,148 stores) were one-store operations, compared to only 13 percent (14,612 stores) that
were operated by a company having 500 or more stores.
Convenience stores sell more than three-quarters of the country’s gasoline
Convenience stores in 2004 sold an estimated 79 percent of all gasoline purchased in the U.S. – a sharp
increase from as recent as 1997 when convenience stores sold an estimated 59 percent of the country’s
gasoline.
Overall, 80.2 percent of convenience stores sell gasoline, and motor fuels (gasoline and diesel fuel) sales
account for 66.5 percent of the convenience store industry’s total sales. (However, low gross margins on
fuel – 6.9 percent in 2004 – mean that motor fuels sales contributed only about one-third of total store
gross margins dollars – 36.6 percent.)
Contrast this to 1971, when only 6.8 percent of convenience stores – a total of only 1,401 stores
nationwide – sold gasoline. What happened?
Following the 1973 OPEC oil embargo, more states began allowing self-service gasoline (New Jersey
and Oregon still prohibit it), so the number of convenience store gasoline outlets grew. By 1976, stores
selling gasoline were profitable and the numbers were growing. There was a competitive battle in
gasoline retailing as seen by the number of stores offering gasoline – the average margin dropped, while
the average gallons sold per store went up. As the major oil companies withdrew from certain locations,
convenience stores became more and more significant as a source of gasoline sales.
“Hypermarkets” increasingly are selling gasoline
Besides convenience stores, a growing percentage of gasoline sales in the U.S. are from “hypermarkets”
– the term collectively refers to the group of mass retailers that includes supermarkets, discount retailers
and warehouse clubs. According to Energy Analysts International (EAI), as of July 2005, 3,860
hypermarket store sites sold motor fuels, but that figure continues to grow. Hypermarkets
comprise approximately 2-3 percent of the motor fuels retailing outlets, but capture 7.7 percent of total
fuels sales. Wal-Mart has approximately 1,300 gasoline retailing sites inclusive of Wal-Mart sites (Optima,
Murphy and Mirastar), Neighborhood Stores and Sam’s Clubs, EAI estimates.
One particular area of growth for fuels sales are supermarkets. In 2003, only 18 percent of new
supermarkets had gas pumps. But almost 62 percent of grocery stores that were scheduled to be
constructed in 2004 included fueling in their blueprints, according to the Food Marketing Institute.
Fuel-only stations on the decline
The rest of the gasoline purchased in the United States is sold at traditional service stations, but those
that depend on gasoline sales alone are disappearing due to low and declining gasoline margins. An

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