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May 18, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Saturday memo: $600 million Powerball … Armed Forces Day … More Mercer mess

Got your ticket? Tonight’s Powerball lottery drawing for $600 million is the largest-ever Powerball jackpot and the second-largest world jackpot of all time. And by the time the drawing takes place this evening, that amount could be even larger as people line up to buy the $2 tickets. Chances of winning are 1 in 175.2 million, but as they say, you have no chance without a ticket. If you win, be prepared for the tax shock: You’ll only get about half of the $600 million, leaving you with a measly $300 million or so. Good luck.

Armed Forces Day: Joint Base Lewis-McChord is open to the public today as part of Armed Forces Day. Gates open at 10 a.m., just in time for the Army vs. Navy rugby match at Cowan Stadium. Next is a ladies’ semi-pro tackle football game at 1 p.m. The Tacoma Trauma takes on the Portland Shockwave. Other attractions include carnival rides, military history displays and reenactments, displays of military vehicles and equipment, live music and entertainment, a climbing wall, and craft and food vendors. Check here for more information.

University Street Fair: The 44th annual U District StreetFair is today from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and then again tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It happens all along The Ave, University Way Northeast, with music on three stages, two international food courts and hundreds of arts and crafts booths.

But if you are driving: Be aware that Aurora Avenue North and Mercer Street will be closed where the two streets cross until 5 a.m. Monday for construction activity. Traffic from the north on Aurora Avenue will be detoured at North 85th Street. From the south, the detour starts just before Spokane Street. Mercer Street will close near Aurora with detours to Fifth Avenue North, Denny Way and other streets. Good luck.

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