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Bigger, better, more: The new Powerball

Bigger, better, more: The new Powerball

ATLANTA -- The new Powerball makes its deut this week with bigger starting jackpots, better overall odds and more millionaires.

The enhanced game's first drawing will be Wednesday.

Powerball starting jackpots will double to $40 million and will grow faster. The game's second prize will increase from $250,000 to $1 million, and to $2 million with the Power Play option. Additionally, overall odds and odds to win a jackpot prize have improved.

The game's ticket price also will change from $1 to $2 per play.

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Players can still multiply with the Power Play option for an additional $1 per play.

DEALCHICKEN: $15 for $30 at Cherokee Valley Ranch

DEALCHICKEN: $15 for $30 at Cherokee Valley Ranch

JASPER, Ga. -- No snow? No problem! Monday's DealChicken Atlanta deal will help members enjoy a day of "dry snow" activities for less.

For one day only, DealChicken members can pay $15 instead of the usual $30 for unlimited dry snow tubing at Cherokee Valley Ranch. Tubing involves riding in an inner tube down a slick run of fake snow -- guaranteed fun for the whole family.

In addition to tubing, Cherokee Valley Ranch offers horseback riding, hay rides, zip lines and a game room, making it the perfect place for a child's birthday party.

This deal expires on July 3, 2012. Cherokee Valley Ranch is located at 909 Upper Salem Church Road in Jasper, only an hour north of Atlanta.

Ga. offering smartphone app to cut drunk driving

Ga. offering smartphone app to cut drunk driving

ATLANTA -- State officials say they've developed a new smartphone application designed to cut down on drunken driving during upcoming New Year's Eve celebrations.

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety announced that a list of free sober ride programs is available in an app called Drive Sober Georgia.

Georgia Office of Highway Safety director Harris Blackwood said authorities sought to make it as easy as possible to get a ride, so the application was developed after consulting with its partners who deal with road safety.

Drive Sober Georgia is available for free download on the iPhone and Android markets. The information can be viewed at www.drivesobergeorgia.com.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

DEALCHICKEN: $18 for $37.90 from Hidden Springs Maple

DEALCHICKEN: $18 for $37.90 from Hidden Springs Maple

ATLANTA -- Who doesn't love pancakes and maple syrup? Monday's DealChicken Atlanta deal is a big serving of this classic breakfast dish for less.

For one day only, DealChicken members can pay half the usual price for several offerings from Vermont-based Hidden Springs Maple, a premiere maker of syrup.

Choose from:

* A six-pint case of syrup for $36 ($72.80 value)
* A half-gallon jug of syrup for $18 ($36 value)
* Two Vermont Maple Leaf gift sets, which include syrup and maple leaf candy, for $18 ($37 value)
* Two Vermont Pancake gift sets, which include syrup and buttermilk pancake mix, for $18 ($37.90 value)

This deal expires on June 19, 2012. Learn more about Hidden Springs Maple at www.hiddenspringsmaple.com.

Your 2011 Woodstock Holiday Gift Guide

Your 2011 Woodstock Holiday Gift Guide

 

Here is The 2011 Woodstock Holiday Guide you didn’t know you need until now!  It amused me to write something that no one asked for!  Since no one asked, and possibly no one cares, here is my 2011 Woodstock Holiday Gift Guide.  These are my top 7 (who says a list has to have 10) recommendations for holiday gifts that may not come to mind at first, but would make great gifts.  All have a Woodstock connection!  Disclosure:  I have no financial interest in any of these items or companies.

1.       For kids from 1 to 92- The Twelve Days of Christmas in Georgia, written by Susan Rosson Spain and illustrated by Elizabeth O. Dulemba.  Merry Christmas from the Peach State!

First Data: Consumers held back on spending until end of Nov.

First Data: Consumers held back on spending until end of Nov.

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Consumers knew better deals were coming on Black Friday and held back on spending until the end of November, according to First Data's latest SpendTrend report.

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The privately held Sandy Springs-based electronic payments company reported year-over-year dollar volume growth was up 7.3 percent in November, down from October's 9.4 percent jump.

Dollar volume growth was 8.1 percent, while transaction growth was 6.1 percent in November.

Woodstock chiropractor raises hundreds for Rivera family

Woodstock chiropractor raises hundreds for Rivera family

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- A Woodstock chiropractor raised $450 Thursday for the family of Jorelys Rivera, the seven-year-old Canton girl whose body was found Monday.

MORE: Condolences for Jorelys Rivera's family

Dr. Brian G. Gregg declared Thursday, Dec. 8 "Remember Jorelys Day" at his practice, Gregg Chiropractic Center. He accepted $15 donations for the Jorelys Rivera Memorial Fund in exchange for treatment.

"We were all devastated by [Jorelys' death]," Gregg said. "I wanted to turn all of this emotion into something positive."