Tidbits from Mike Bradley's Portion of the Morning Team

Nov 13, 2013 -- 12:19pm

 

Guilty Pleasures:
   --No winner in Tuesday night's drawing for the Mega Millions Lottery. That means Friday night's drawing is valued at $149 million ($80 million cash value). Mega Millions is played in 42 states and Washington DC. Chances of winning the big prize are 1 in 175.7 million.

--No winner in Saturday night's drawing for the Powerball Lottery. That means tonight's drawing is valued at $110 million ($62.2 million cash value). Powerball is played in 44 states, Washington, DC and the U-S Virgin Islands. Chances of winning the grand prize (all five numbers plus the powerball) are 1 in 175.2 million.

*Relationship status updates aren't just for Facebook, anymore --they've conquered the liquor aisle, too. Self magazine reports the Taken Wine Company now offers three different varieties of vino called Taken Red Blend, Complicated Red Blend or Complicated Chardonnay, which run from $18-30-bucks. Thirsty singles will soon have the option to purchase a bottle from the Available line next spring.

*Be ready for more retail gridlock as consumers drift through the aisles with their eyes glued to their cell phones. According to new data out from Usablenet most smartphone owners use them to shop, not communicate: three-quarters (79 percent) of US shoppers and two-thirds (64 percent) of UK shoppers use smartphones for browsing/shopping via both websites and apps. Other findings from the Mobile Technology In-Store report:
   --70 percent of US shoppers have their mobile phone while shopping in-store
   --30 percent of US shoppers use those mobiles to get a better in-store experience
   --77 percent of US shoppers prefer browsing via smartphone but buy using a tablet or computer
   --Most (78 percent) of US shoppers do not bring tablets into stores with them

*Lululemon’s founder is on an apology tour after he implied in an interview last week that their popular yoga pants were not built for all bodies. CHIP WILSON posted his apology to the Lululemon Facebook page. It read, in part: "I take responsibility for all that has occurred and the impact it has had on you. I’m sorry to have put you all through this.”
   Wilson’s apology came just days after he told Bloomberg TV's TRISH REGAN that “some women's bodies just don't actually work” for yoga pants. Huffington Post says those comments led Chip's wife and Lululemon co-founder, SHANNON WILSON to "shoot him what can only be described as a death glare."
   This controversy is just the latest P-R snafu faced by Lululemon. Earlier this year, the company recalled their popular yoga pants for being (unintentionally) see-through. In recent weeks, a new series of complaints about their $100 pants have come to light, with claims that not only are they see-through, but they fall apart too easily.

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