1.59 billion dollars in a lottery – level 3
“Good evening, America, I’m Sam Arlen. Tonight’s jackpot is approaching 1.56 billion dollars, that’s billion with a ‘B.’ I hope you have your tickets, good luck, let’s play some Powerball!”
1.59 billion dollars: a life-changing amount of money, even if it’s split three ways. If you bought a ticket for the biggest ever Powerball jackpot in the US, you had a 1 in 292 million chance of picking a winning combination of numbers. And so far, three lucky people in LA, Tennessee and Florida got them right.
Thousands of people across the US queued up outside shops in hopes of buying that golden ticket.
The jackpot is the world’s largest potential prize for a single winner and the payout is worth nearly $930 million if a winner chooses an immediate cash payout instead of annual payments over 29 years.
The tax man gets his share, too, with a 39.6% federal income tax on the winners, plus any taxes that the winner’s home states may impose.
Even splitting the total and the tax on of top that, that still leaves a truly life-changing amount of money for all winners. How would you spend yours?
Difficult words: jackpot (a large prize), Powerball (a lottery game in the USA that uses numbers on balls), annual (yearly), federal income tax (when the government has you pay money on some of the money that you get), impose (to make a rule), split (to break into pieces).
LEARN 3000 WORDS with NEWS IN LEVELS
If you read and listen to two articles every day, your reading and listening skills can improve fast. You can learn quickly and after some time you will not have to translate into your own language. You will simply understand. Why should you do this?
When you listen to people in your native language, you do not translate. You simply understand. The same has to be in English. When you learn English, you have to learn the whole sentences in context.
Students, who translate English texts, do exercises and do tests are very good at translating, doing exercises and doing tests, but they have problems with understanding English in real life. In real life, nobody waits for your translation. People usually use simple English when they speak but they use it fast. You have to understand with no translation to your native language. If you translate, you cannot be part of communication because you are thinking about the language too much. These words are maybe hard to read but they are true.
You also have to hear every new word 5 to 10 times if you want to remember it. That’s why we use the same words in one level. If you read and hear the same words again and again, you will understand them and remember them. If you know words from one level, you can go to a higher level and learn new words. It is important to go step by step, and read and listen to words which are used in English often. This is what we do with our news. In our short news, we use words which are used in English often. Level 1 has the 1000 most important words. Level 2 has the 2000 most important words, Level 3 has the 3000 most important words.
So, if you want to understand English fast and learn fast, read two articles or more a day. You can improve your reading and listening quickly when you read easy English news. We will help you learn English fast and understand it. When you use this website every day, you can learn 3000 words which you need for communication with anybody in English.
How to improve your English with News in Levels:
- Read all today’s articles and translate all words which you don’t understand.
- Read the articles from the day before and see if you remember all new words.
- Listen to all today’s news.
- Stop the video after every sentence and repeat the sentence.
- Repeat point 2 for the news which you listened to the day before.
- Answer the questions under today’s news and write them into the comments.
- Chat in our Facebook Group for at least 2 minutes. You can write about today’s news.