The Week in Review: Funny Money Stories

1. Rich Americans flock to fast food

Hey, the wealthy sometimes crave a Whopper just like the rest of us. “Quick-service restaurants, such as McDonald’s and Subway, saw a bigger rise in spending by ultra-affluent consumers than any other restaurant type last year,” CNN reports. That explains all the BMWs at the drive-thru…

2. Couple claims $1 million lottery jackpot in nick of time

A North Carolina couple almost lost out on a $1 million lottery prize, claiming it the day before the winning ticket would’ve expired. After taxes, the couple – a baggage handler and a government employee – received $680,000.

3. College coaches’ fat paychecks stir controversy

State employees may be facing salary and benefit cuts around the nation, but college football coaches are on the sidelines of that debate. “Texas Tech football coach Tommy Tuberville is getting a 33-percent raise after just one year, to $2 million,” CNN reports. “The new contract is guaranteed through 2014.” And he’s not the only one.

4. The Ultimate Underdog

It’s supposed to be cats that have nine lives, but an Oklahoma puppy recently survived a euthanasia attempt. After his story was posted on Facebook, hundreds of people are now trying to adopt him. The Associated Press quotes a shelter employee saying, “So many people are interested. Now we’re going through and trying to find the adoption applications for the best home.”

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