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To coincide with its television special Trip of a Lifetime, a one-hour special airing at 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 featuring Travel Channel stars like Adam Richman, the television network is giving away a $100,000 "Trip of a Lifetime."

The Trip of a Lifetime show is hosted by Travel Channel’s Samantha Brown, who travels with Richman of Man v. Food, comedian Bert Kreischer, and Anthony Melchiorri of Hotel Impossible on an extravagant, two-week trip along the Adriatic Sea. In addition to showcasing Croatia, Italy, and islands in the Adriatic Sea, the aim of the show is to inspire its audience to plan their own trips of a lifetime.

During a stay in Venice, Brown bunks at the Hotel Cipriani and at the Hotel Danieli and meets chef Gian Nicola Colucci, who prepares a Mediterranean feast for her at the hotel's Terraza Danieli. Brown also chats with chef Mauro Lorenzon at Enoiteca Mascareta and stops at Harry’s Bar during her whirlwind tour of the city of canals.

Working her way along the Italian coast, Brown stops at Hotel Fortino Napoleonico, a former Napoleonic Fort-cum-historic hotel, and she feasts on seafood prepared by chef Paolo Antinori at Sala Del Camino at Hotel Fortino Napoleonico Restaurant. She also visits Frantoio Di Croci, an olive oil mill overlooking Tuscany, and Villa Sandi, a family-run vineyard and winery along Prosecco Road.

When the group heads to Croatia, they are treated to a seafood meal at Konoba Batelina, a hidden tavern in Pula, a stay at the Hotel Monte Mulini in Rovinj, and a multi-course dinner at chef Tom Gretic’s Wine Vault Restaurant in Rovinj.

Melchiorri stays at the Hotel Excelsior in Dubrovnik and dines at the hotel’s Abakus Piano Bar and Restaurant, while Richman gets a taste of wind-cured prosciutto from a local butcher at Istriam Prosciutto Shop in Rovinj.

The online Trip of a Lifetime Sweepstakes begins Jan. 27, 2013 and ends Mar. 24, 2013. The winning travelers (up to four family or friends) can plan their own dream itinerary, using the show as an inspiration, to create a bespoke vacation valued at $100,000.

Lauren Mack is the Special Projects Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @lmack.

Essential Worker in Shock after Discovering $100,000 Scratch-off Prize

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - A randomly selected scratch-off delivered an unexpected shock recently for an Upper Marlboro grocery employee. The essential worker unwrapped her ticket to a new life in the form of a WILLY WONKA GOLDEN TICKET&trade. She won $100,000!

The winner tried her luck with a Lottery vending machine located at Marlboro Village Exxon in Upper Marlboro. With her eyes closed, the 51-year-old reached out for the vending machine&rsquos touch screen. That blind reach was all it took to put the $100,000 winning scratch-off in her hands.

The Prince George&rsquos County resident told Lottery officials that she had stopped at the combination gas station and convenience store to buy something else. Then, curiosity won out when she saw the Lottery&rsquos new touch-screen vending machine. After a clerk showed her how to use the equipment, the player fed $20 into the machine, closed her eyes and touched the screen. She only needed $10 for the WILLY WONKA GOLDEN TICKET&trade that came her way.

Later that evening, the winner scratched off her instant ticket while on the phone with her mother. She uncovered the winning numbers and then began to reveal the numbers on the scratch-off. When she found a match, the player quickly uncovered a prize underneath that soon had her shouting into the phone.

&ldquoRight in the middle of our call I started hollering, &lsquoThank you, Jesus!&rsquo&rdquo said the winner.

The happy player said she plans to continue celebrating her big win with her family and use some of the prize to build a deluxe she shed and boost her retirement savings.

The WILLY WONKA GOLDEN TICKET&trade scratch-off went on sale in Maryland in March, featuring prizes from $10 to $100,000. Our winner found the first of 10 top prizes in the game.

Enter any non-winning WILLY WONKA GOLDEN TICKET&trade scratch-offs into My Lottery Rewards for a chance to win in the EVERLASTING MILLION SECOND-CHANCE PROMOTION. Eight winners will receive a 4-day, 3-night trip to Las Vegas, $1,000 spending money and a chance to participate in the EVERLASTING MILLION CHALLENGE&trade event with a chance to win a cash prize from $1,000 up to a LIFETIME prize of $1,000,000 a year. Get details here.

The lucky retailer who made the grocery worker&rsquos day is Marlboro Village Exxon located at 5111 John Rogers Boulevard in Upper Marlboro. For selling a top-prize winning scratch-off, the retailer earned a $1,000 bonus from the Lottery.

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Travel Channel 30 Days of Getaways Sweepstakes:
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Our team of experts is ready to take you on sensory journeys around the world – all from the comfort of home. Focusing on our top destinations and most searched trips, attend one of our events and you’ll be completely immersed in local experiences and meet the incredible storytellers who make our tours so unique (and who you just might meet on your next trip).

These events are a must for those wanting to dream of travel again. Join us and discover how you’ll Tour Differently and worry-free with Trafalgar.

Attend an event for your chance to WIN $10K USD worth of travel, every year for 10 years*


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Some of the amazing characters you’ll meet during our event…


Maité Morelli

Bringing her Italian flair from the streets of Rome to you, the marvellous Maité shares just a small ‘aperitivo’ of what will surprise and delight across Italy. You’ll see how much she loves her country, misses our guests and can’t wait to show you how you’ll Tour Differently with us.


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Meet just a few of our colorful Irish friends that will be at the event…


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Terms & Conditions



Win $10,000 of travel for 10 Years (the "Promotion") begins at 00:01 AM Eastern Time ("ET") on February 9, 2021 (USA, Asia and South Africa), February 17, 2021 (Canada), February 24, 2021 (Australia), March 1, 2021 (Europe/UK and New Zealand) and ends at 23:59 PM ET on September 30, 2021 (the "Promotion Period"). The Promotion contains a game of chance ("Sweepstakes").

Trafalgar Tours Limited ("Trafalgar"), Company Number 50679, a company registered in Guernsey whose registered office address is Travel House, Rue du Manoir, St Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands, GY1 2JH. The regional Trafalgar offices participating in the Sweepstakes include:

• Australia (ABN 73 000 717 715) – Level 2, 35 Grafton Street, Bondi Junction, Australia NSW 2022

• Canada – 33 Kern Road, Toronto ON, M3B 1S9

• Europe – Rue François-Diday, 6, 1204, Geneva Switzerland

• New Zealand – 131 New North Road, Eden Terrace, Auckland 1021, New Zealand

• South Africa – The Travel House, 6 Hood Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2196

• Singapore – 600 North Bridge Rd, #06-09 Parkview Square, Singapore 188778

• United Kingdom – Travel House, Rue du Manoir, St Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands, GY1 2JH

• United States – 5551 Katella Ave, Cypress, CA 90630

ELIGIBILITY: The Promotion is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Puerto Rico, Australia, New Zealand, UK & Republic of Ireland, Asia and South Africa, who have reached the age of majority in their respective State, Province or Territory of residence at the time of entry. Employees, officers, and directors of Trafalgar ("Sponsor"), and their respective sister companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, their immediate families (parent, child, sibling & spouse and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and persons living in the same households as such individuals (whether related or not), as well as Trade Partners are not eligible to participate in the Promotion. By participating you agree to these Official Rules and to the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding in all respects. Acceptance of a prize is subject to the policies and rules or restrictions of the Sponsor. This Promotion is void in any area not listed above and where prohibited by law, rule or regulation. All federal, state, local laws and regulations apply.


RSVP method of entry: To enter, visit our landing page (the "Websites") during the Promotion Period and sign-up (RSVP) for one or more of the listed GoToWebinar Trafalgar Virtual Events. Individuals must fill in all the required form fields with their correct information and accept the prize draw’s Official Rules. (Form fields include: Full Name, Email Address, Phone Number, 4-part skill testing question (Canada Only). Upon registering and attending one or more of our Trafalgar Virtual Events, you will receive one (1) entry into the Sweepstakes ("Sweepstakes Entry").

E-newsletter method of entry: If you subscribe to receive our Trafalgar email communications during the promotional period, you will receive one (1) entry into the Sweepstakes. To sign-up, visit and enter your Email Address, First Name and Last Name into the pop-up window that appears. You can unsubscribe from our communication at any time. Pop-up notifications must be enabled in your browser. If this is not the first time visiting the Trafalgar website, you may have to clear your browser history/cache for the pop-up window to be displayed. This method of entry is only valid for new subscribers.

Mail-in method of entry: Applicable only to citizens of Canada. To receive one (1) entry into the Sweepstakes, on a plain piece of paper, legibly handprint your full name, complete mailing address (including postal code), daytime phone number (including area code), a valid email address, tell us where you’d like to travel in 2022 or 2023, and mail to the following address:

Trafalgar Virtual Events Sweepstakes (Mail-in Entry), 33 Kern Road, Toronto ON, M3B 1S9

Mail-in entries must be date stamped by the Sweepstakes Period End Date and received by September 23, 2021. Limit of one (1) mail-in Entry per outer stamped mailing envelope. All eligible Entries received during the Sweepstakes Period will be entered in the grand prize draw. All entries become the property of the Sponsor, and the Sponsor reserves the right to use any information submitted by entrants.

There is a limit of one (1) Sweepstakes Entry per person, per email address throughout the entire promotion, despite which entry method is used. Entries received after the closing date will not be accepted.

On October 14, 2021 at 02:00 PM ET, the Administrator will conduct a random drawing using (South Australia approval number: 1224) from all eligible entries received within the Promotion Period and select one (1) Grand Prize winner. The drawing will take place from the Trafalgar Canada office, located at 33 Kern Road, Toronto ON, M3B 1S9. A third-party representative from KPMG will be brought in to oversee and audit the grand prize drawing process. If an entrant wishes to be present at the draw, they should contact [email protected] and they will be provided with a link that will allow them to view the draw live online. Odds of winning the Promotion prize depend on the number of eligible Entries received.

3. WINNER NOTIFICATION AND REDRAW INFORMATION: The potential prize winner will be notified by email and/or phone within three (3) business days of winner selection or as soon as reasonably practicable. The potential winner will have ten (10) days to respond to winning notification before forfeiting their prize. The winner will be sent a Prize Declaration document via email. All forms must be completed, signed, and returned to Administrator within ten (10) days of date of issuance. Potential winner becomes the "Winner" only after verification of eligibility by Sponsor. If such potential winner cannot be contacted within a reasonable time period, if the potential winner is ineligible, if any notification is returned undeliverable, or if the potential winner otherwise fails to fully comply with these Official Rules, he/she will forfeit that prize and an alternate winner will be selected from among all remaining entries for that drawing. The redraw will take place on November 1, 2021 at 2:00 PM ET using A potential winner from Canada, if any, will be required to correctly answer a mathematical skill-testing question without aid or assistance before being declared a winner. The results of the promotion will be published on the landing page on November 15, 2021.

One (1) Grand Prize will be awarded during the Promotion.

The Approximate Retail Value ("ARV") of the Grand Prize is $100,000 USD.

• The Grand Prize consists of: One (1) $100,000 USD credit ($10,000 USD per year) with Trafalgar Tours that can be used toward any eligible Trafalgar, Costsaver or Brendan Vacations tour. The credit can be split over multiple bookings and transferable to other guests if the value does not exceed $10,000 USD per year. The winner will be given the choice of commencing travel in 2022 or 2023 and the 10-year time clock will begin upon the agreed date. The winner will be provided with a prize redemption form and required to sign-off and email or fax the documentation back to their Trafalgar representative after every trip is redeemed. The $10,000 USD will be converted to local currency based on the time and date of the prize redemption.

• Conditions of Acceptance of Prize: Prizes will be awarded only upon winner redemption, confirmation, verification, and final approval by Sponsor. No substitution, transfer of any prize or cash alternative permitted, except by Sponsor who reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to substitute a prize of equal or greater value, if prize, or portion of prize, becomes unavailable. The $100,000 USD travel credit must be used over 10 consecutive years, and any unused funds at the end of each year will be forfeited. No extensions or exceptions will be made.

The winner will be solely responsible for obtaining visas, any and all local, state, and federal taxes, as well as license and registration fees incurred by participating in the sweepstakes, including, but not limited to airfare, passports, visas, any type of insurance, transportation costs, pre- and post-night accommodations, meals not indicated in the brochure, optional excursions, gratuities, personal expenses and other items of an incidental nature.

The winner must continue to comply with all terms and conditions of these Official Rules and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements.

5. PUBLICITY & MARKETING: The winner hereby expressly grants to the Promotion Parties and their respective designees all rights to use and publish his/her name, likeness (photographic or simulated), voice, and location of residence for all purposes, including without limitation, advertising, marketing, promotional and publicity purposes in connection with this Promotion ("Advertising"), in any and all media now or hereafter devised, worldwide in perpetuity, without any form of notice or any amount or kind of compensation or permission, except where prohibited by applicable law in accordance with the privacy policy of the relevant entity.
All copyright, trademark or other intellectual property rights in such Advertising shall be owned by Sponsor and/or its licensors, and each winning participant hereby disclaims and waives any claim of right to such Advertising. Such Advertising shall be solely under the control of Sponsor and/or its licensors, and each winner hereby waives any claim of control over the Advertising content as well as any possible claims of misuse of such winning recipient's name, likeness or voice under contract, tort or any other theory of law.
The Promotion Parties reserve the right to cancel or modify the Promotion at any time without notice. A potential winner may be requested to provide the Sponsor with proof that the potential winner is the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the winning Entry. If, in Sponsor's sole determination, a dispute cannot be resolved, the Entry will be deemed ineligible.

By participating in this Promotion, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Promotion Parties, which shall be final, binding and non-appealable in all respects. Failure to comply with these Official Rules may result in disqualification. The Promotion Parties reserve the right at their sole discretion to disqualify any individual found to be tampering with the participation process or the operation of the Promotion, or to be acting in any manner deemed by the Promotion Parties to be in violation of the Official Rules, or to be acting in any manner deemed by the Promotion Parties to be unsportsmanlike or disruptive, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person and void all associated Entries and/or registrations. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY A USER, YOU OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE PROMOTION IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS, AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE PROMOTION PARTIES RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND OTHER REMEDIES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS' FEES) FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: The Promotion Parties assume no responsibility or liability for (a) lost, late, stolen, undelivered, inaccurate, incomplete, delayed, misdirected, damaged or garbled registrations, Entries, URLs, or emails (b) any incorrect or inaccurate Entry information, or for any faulty or failed electronic data transmissions (c) any unauthorized access to, or theft, destruction or alteration of Entries or registrations at any point in the operation of this Promotion (d) any technical malfunction, failure, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or communications line failure, regardless of cause, with regard to any equipment, systems, networks, lines, cable, satellites, servers, computers or providers utilized in any aspect of the operation of the Promotion (e) inaccessibility or unavailability of the Internet or the Web Site or any combination thereof or for computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Promotion, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the Promotion, the processing of Entries, social networking posts, or registrations, the announcement of the prizes, or in any other Promotion-related materials or (f) any injury or damage to participants or to any other person's computer which may be related to or resulting from any attempt to participate in the Promotion. If, for any reason, the Promotion (or any part thereof) is not capable of running as planned for reasons which may include, without limitation, infection by computer virus, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which may corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Promotion, then the Promotion Parties reserve the right at their sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Promotion in whole or in part. If terminated, the Promotion Parties will award the prizes from among all non-suspect, eligible Entries received for the Promotion up to the time of such action.
All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of the Sweepstake Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrants and the Sweepstakes Organizer in connection with the Sweepstakes, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of their respective jurisdictions and the laws their applicable therein, without regard to conflicts of law principles.
The Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state, provincial and local laws and regulations. Sweepstakes Organizer is not responsible for typographical or other errors in the offer or administration of the Sweepstakes, including, but not limited to, errors in advertising, the Sweepstakes Rules, the selection and announcement of winners, or the distribution of the Prize

7. RELEASES: All participants, as a condition of participation in this Promotion, agree to release, hold harmless and indemnify the Promotion Parties from and against any and all liability, claims, damages, or actions of any kind whatsoever for injuries, damages, or losses to persons or property which may be sustained, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, in connection with (i) participation in any aspect of the Promotion, (ii) the receipt, ownership or use of the prize awarded, including any travel associated with any prize, (iii) participant's registration material on any related website, or (iv) any typographical or other error in these Official Rules.

8. PRIVACY: Except as noted in these Official Rules, information collected for this Promotion is used only for the purpose of Promotion administration and winner notification and will not be re-used, sold or shared in any manner by the Promotion Parties or any third parties unless you have elected to receive additional information or promotional material from the Sponsor, or a third party. By participating in the Promotion, participant agrees to all the terms and conditions of the Sponsor's Privacy Policy, which is available at In the event of any discrepancy between the Sponsor's Privacy Policy and these Official Rules, these Official Rules shall control and govern.

9. SPONSOR'S RESERVATION OF RIGHTS: These Official Rules are subject to modification by Sponsor. In the event of a dispute, all decisions made by Sponsor are final and binding. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any person who tampers with the entry process or the operation of Sponsor's web site, or who otherwise acts in violation of these Official Rules. Sponsor further reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to rescind, cancel, terminate, or modify this sweepstakes in whole or in part, at any time, without notice or liability, for any reason, including, but not limited to, if the sweepstakes is not capable of completion as planned due to infection by computer virus, technical corruption, force majeure, or non-authorized human intervention that compromises or affects the administration, fairness, integrity, security, or proper conduct of the sweepstakes.

What Does a $100,000 Burger Taste Like?

What does a $100,000 prize-winning burger taste like? For Erin Evenson, who took home a giant check as the blue ribbon champ of Sutter Home's 2012 Build a Better Burger contest, it's cooked up from family memories and an ode to New York City's No. 7 train.

"This is my burger of a lifetime," the Brooklyn-based cook told Yahoo! Shine. "It kind of ties together my family [and] my love of New York City. When I finally put it all together I thought, 'That'll work.'"

Evenson, who grew up with parents who loved to forage for food, often ate watercress as a kid. "I always thought it was the absolute best watercress in the world until I moved to New York about 10 years ago. I went to a Thai restaurant in Woodside, Queens, and I had a fried crispy watercress salad there. And that just changed my mind entirely. 'OK, this is watercress.'" Evenson now jokingly calls the 7 train that runs to Queens "The Crispy Watercress Express."

Her winning burger recipe is a towering homage-with-a-twist to the food of Southeast Asia, made with crispy fried watercress, a sweet and spicy green-curry glaze, salty slices of pancetta, roasted cashews, and minted basil aioli. It didn't come together overnight. Evenson worked on the recipe for four to five hours a week for more than eight months. Her boyfriend was her informal judge and cheering section as she cooked her way through 12 different iterations of the recipe.

"I'll come up with an idea and I'll think, 'I wonder if this would work.' He'll be like, 'Do it. Prove it. Go make it.' He gives really great feedback," she said. The trial-and-error process was like playing Jenga, she explained. "I'll have two-thirds of it just the way I want it, and then I'll take one element too far or not far enough, and the whole thing just collapses again." Eventually she got it right down to the tiniest details, including where to put the roasted nuts and glaze.

She took home the winning $100,000 prize on Saturday after a panel of judges picked her burger from more than 3,000 entries. "That was when it really settled in. I thought, 'I'm the person holding the giant check.'" She plans to use her winnings to take her mom, sister, and boyfriend on a special Thanksgiving trip. "After that it's all going to a fund to have a functioning apartment kitchen."

There's an intangible prize in addition to the money. "It's also like a real self-confidence thing," Erin said. Laid off from her job as a paralegal last fall, she hopes the prize will help launch a professional career in food. "I'm not always the most self-confident person, but with this, I'm pretty confident putting that on my resumé. 'Hey, hello, $100,000, that's me.' Now it's time to run with it and see where the dreams go from here."

The official winning recipe is a two-hour project perfect for a lazy summer afternoon, but Evenson shared shortcuts that cut the cooking time by more than half:

Use store-bought curry paste. "There are so many amazing commercially available green-curry pastes. If you just doctor a little bit with coconut milk and lime, you'll have a very similar glaze to the burger." Evenson loves Taste of Thai. "They're very inexpensive, so get a couple, test them, and see what works for you."

Skip the cashews.
"Not everyone's a cashew person," Erin said. Peanuts make an excellent substitution. "Those can be bought precrushed, so that's a huge shortcut."

Use one less appliance. "You don't have to necessarily mess up your blender or your food processor to make the mayonnaise. You can just throw the basil, mint, garlic, and the commercial mayonnaise together and just whip it up."

7 Train Caramelized Green Curry Burgers with Crispy Watercress Salad, Roasted Cashews, and Minted Basil Aioli

Recipe by Erin Evenson
Makes 6 burgers

1 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
3 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
2 jalapeño chiles, stemmed and coarsely chopped
2 fresh kaffir lime leaves
1 stalk lemongrass, outer layers discarded, bruised with the back of a chef’s knife and chopped
1/3 cup coconut milk
1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons Asian toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup homemade or good-quality mayonnaise
3 cloves garlic
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves

3 1/2 cups canola oil
1 cup rice flour
1 cup chilled seltzer water
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 heads (bunches) young watercress, stem ends trimmed
3 shallots, thinly sliced
Zest and juice of 1 lime
1 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar
2 teaspoons low-sodium Thai fish sauce
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon Sriracha hot chile sauce

2 pounds ground chuck
Fat from cooking pancetta (above)

Vegetable oil, for brushing on the grill rack

6 French sandwich rolls, split
1 1/4 cups chopped roasted salted cashews

Heat a gas grill to medium-high.

To make the glaze, combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until completely pureed. Pass the mixture once through a sieve to remove any errant chunks, cover, and set aside.

To make the aioli, combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and process to a smooth paste. Transfer to a bowl, cover, and refrigerate until assembling the burgers.

Place a large, high-sided, cast-iron skillet on the grill rack. Add the pancetta and cook until crisp, 7 to 8 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain and pour the fat from the skillet into a large bowl reserve.

To make the salad, return the skillet to the grill, add the canola oil, and heat until shimmering, about 325 degrees F. Combine the flour, seltzer water, baking powder, salt, and pepper in a large bowl and whisk to blend well. Add the watercress and stir to coat.

Add the shallots to the hot oil and fry until golden brown and crisp, 30 to 45 seconds. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Working in small batches, remove the watercress from the batter, allowing excess batter to drip back into the bowl, and fry until golden brown and crisp, 45 to 50 seconds. Transfer to paper towels to drain.

In a small bowl, whisk together the lime zest and juice, vinegar, fish sauce, sugar, and hot sauce until combined. Set aside.

To make the patties, add the chuck to the bowl containing the reserved pancetta fat and combine using your hands. Form the meat into 6 equal patties that are slightly larger in circumference than the buns.

Brush the grill rack with vegetable oil. Place the patties on the rack and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, or until juices begin emerging from the top of the patties. Baste the patties liberally with the glaze, turn, and douse the other side with the remaining glaze. Grill for 4 to 5 minutes longer (for medium-rare) or until desired doneness. Transfer the patties to a plate to rest until assembling the burgers.

Grill the rolls, cut side down, until they are toasted lightly. Place the cashews on a plate. Spread the cut sides of the rolls with the aioli and dip each roll top, aioli side down, into the cashews, pressing gently to make sure that the nuts adhere.

To assemble the burgers, combine the fried shallots and watercress in a large bowl and toss to combine. Drizzle the lime dressing over the mixture and toss again. Place a pancetta slice on each bottom bun, followed by a patty. Place a mound of the watercress salad atop each patty. Finally, add the cashew-crusted bun tops. Serve immediately.

Florida man wins $100,000 while on vacation in NC

RALEIGH, N.C. — A trip to Raleigh to visit his sister and brother-in-law became a memorable vacation for Mark Hoti, of Greenacres, Florida after he won a $100,000 scratch-off prize, according to an NC Education Lottery news release.

Hoti, a banquet manager at a country club, stopped at the Sn Food Mart on Capital Boulevard in Raleigh to get food for a family cookout.

He bought one $300,000,000 Supreme Riches ticket along with a few other scratch-offs.

“I hesitated to buy the $30 ticket,” he said. “I was getting ready to walk away, but, I don’t know, for some reason I thought, ‘You know what. I’m up here. I’m on vacation. I’ll take it.’”

Once back at his sister’s house, Hoti scratched his tickets, starting with the lower priced tickets and saving his $30 ticket for last.

“I got to the dollar sign,” he said, “and I scratched it off a little, and I said, ‘Oh, I won $100.’”

When his sister asked to see the winning ticket “she goes, ‘Wait a minute. You still have to scratch!’ And she scratched it a little more, and that’s what revealed the other three zeros,” Hoti said. “It was kind of like flip out time.”

Hoti claimed his prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh on Monday. After federal and state taxes, he’ll take $70,759 back home to Florida.

“I’m not 20 years old anymore, but I definitely felt like it that day,” Hoti said. “It was exciting to win that kind of money. It was kind of mind-blowing.”

As for what he plans to do with his winnings, Hoti said he’ll “probably use it on a lot of sensible things,” including paying off some bills.

The $300,000,000 Supreme Riches game launched in April 2019 with four top prizes of $10 million, six $1 million prizes and 15 $100,000 prizes. One $10 million prize, one $1 million prize and six $100,000 prizes remain to be won.


Thomas was raised in Samson, Alabama, graduated from Troy University as a business marketing major, [2] [3] and currently resides in Mobile, Alabama.

Tocantins Edit

On May 17, 2009, it was revealed that he had been voted the winner of Survivor: Tocantins, having received all seven jury votes (cast by Brendan Synnott, Tyson Apostol, Sierra Reed, Debbie Beebe, Benjamin "Coach" Wade, Tamara "Taj" Johnson-George, and Erinn Lobdell), beating out corporate consultant and friend Stephen Fishbach. In addition to his million-dollar win, Thomas also won the $100,000 prize for Sprint Player of the Season, beating out fellow fan favorites Johnson-George and Reed. Thomas was the sixth person to win Survivor's million-dollar prize without ever having any votes cast against him at Tribal Council—preceded by Tina Wesson (The Australian Outback), Ethan Zohn (Africa), Brian Heidik (Thailand), Sandra Diaz-Twine (Pearl Islands), and Tom Westman (Palau). He was also the second person to win the million-dollar prize as a result of a unanimous vote—preceded by Earl Cole (Fiji), and the second consecutive person to win both the million dollars and the $100,000, preceded by Bob Crowley (Gabon).

Thomas is the first player ever to win Sole Survivor by a unanimous vote while never receiving any votes against him during the entire game. The only other three Survivor castaways to accomplish this feat are John Cochran in Survivor: Caramoan, Jeremy Collins in Survivor: Cambodia, and Tony Vlachos in Survivor: Winners at War. However, neither Cochran nor Collins won the $100,000 prize for Sprint Player of the Season (it had been discontinued by the time Collins won Sole Survivor), and Collins received votes against him which were nullified by a hidden immunity idol.

Thomas also performed with distinction in the challenges. During the reward challenge in Episode Four, Thomas carried 220 pounds before dropping out, tying the record previously set by Pearl Islands contestant Rupert Boneham, who had also carried 220 pounds before dropping out. At the immunity challenge that followed, Thomas came close to single-handedly winning immunity for Jalapao—by catching four out of the five balls needed to win, although Timbira won the challenge in the end. (In the process, Thomas knocked out a tooth—which Jeff Probst saved and later gave to Thomas's mother at the reunion special.) Thomas also won more post-merge reward and immunity challenges than anyone else in his season, with three reward challenges (the first two and the last one) and three immunity challenges (the last three consecutive ones).

Because Thomas won the game unanimously, without having had a single vote cast against him, was awarded the $100,000 player-of-the-season prize, [1] and won more individual challenges than anyone else by a considerable margin, he has been said to have played the first "perfect game" in Survivor history. [4]

Heroes vs. Villains Edit

Thomas was chosen to participate in the 20th season of Survivor as a member of the Heroes tribe. While he was part of this tribe, he made side deals with Tom Westman and Colby Donaldson, even though he was also in the majority alliance along with Amanda Kimmel, Candice Woodcock, Cirie Fields, James Clement, and Rupert Boneham. Thomas also switched his vote at the Heroes' third tribal council, which resulted in the elimination of Fields, foiling his original alliance's plan to vote off Donaldson or Westman, who played his hidden immunity idol.

Despite this betrayal, he maintained his place in the Heroes tribe, and stuck with the majority after voting off Westman, who was seen as a threat, and Clement, who was a liability due to his injury at the "Schmergen Brawl" challenge. After a string of losses, Thomas's tribe of Heroes rallied and went on to win the next few challenges, thus maintaining immunity until the merge. When the Heroes tribe won a reward challenge in Episode 7, they found a clue to a hidden immunity idol and agreed to find it as a tribe. Nevertheless, Thomas decided to look for the idol by himself. He found it, but he was intending to keep it to himself to further his individual interests. However, Kimmel noticed that Thomas had found it, so Thomas was forced to reveal his find to the tribe.

After several men of the Villains tribe were voted out, Thomas and other members of the Heroes tribe assumed there must be an alliance of the Villains' women, whereas in fact the alliance orchestrating these votes consisted of Russell Hantz, Parvati Shallow, and Danielle DiLorenzo. Thomas came up with a plan to give his tribe's hidden immunity idol to Hantz to keep him from being eliminated by the "female alliance", thinking that, once the tribes merged, Hantz would side with the Heroes and together they would be able to vote out Parvati, the Villain they assumed was biggest threat.

When the tribes merged, Hantz feigned allegiance to the Heroes, and Thomas and his tribemates still assumed that Hantz was on their side, even though Hantz had not used the idol the Heroes had given him to eliminate Shallow, and even though Villains tribe member Sandra Diaz-Twine, who was on the outs with the Villains tribe, told Rupert Boneham there was no female alliance and explained what was really going on. Boneham relayed this information to the Heroes and warned Thomas that he shouldn't be putting all of his trust into Hantz, but Thomas did not believe what Diaz-Twine had said.

At the first post-merge tribal council, just as Diaz-Twine had warned, the Villains all stuck together. Parvati Shallow played her own idol to protect Diaz-Twine, and also played the idol Thomas had given to Hantz (which Hantz had given to Shallow), to protect Jerri Manthey, whom the Heroes had voted for. With the votes against Manthey negated by the immunity idol, since all five Villains had voted for Thomas, he was the one eliminated by a 5–0 vote. Thus he became the 11th person voted off, the first person to be eliminated after the merge, and the third member of the jury. As a result of his move, at the live reunion special, Thomas was awarded a trophy for the dumbest move in Survivor history.

Thomas cast his jury vote for Diaz-Twine to win again along with Courtney Yates, and fellow Heroes tribemates, Amanda Kimmel, Candice Cody, Rupert Boneham and Colby Donaldson. This secured Diaz-Twine to win a second time by a 6-3-0 vote.

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