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The Mega Millions lottery jackpot is $1 billion today. If you win during this evening’s drawing, you could take home a fat check of more than $600 million. (What would you do with all of that money, anyway?)

South Carolinians reportedly went into overdrive this week ahead of the drawing for the Mega Millions lottery. This is the fourth billion-dollar lottery prize in U.S. history. You have a one in 302.6 million chance of winning the jackpot.

In other headlines: 

Operation Move Out begins Friday. Charleston’s annual Operation Move Out begins Friday. It is an annual collection program day to help manage the excess trash on the streets during rental move outs in the downtown area between Line and Beaufain streets.

Cunningham calls on McMaster for debates. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham of Charleston has called on GOP Gov. Henry McMaster for five debates. The debates would be held in the state’s largest media areas, including Charleston, Columbia, Greenville and Florence/Myrtle Beach, and a statewide lieutenant governor debate.

Starbucks on King Street to close. Starbucks’ 239 King St. location across from the Charleston Place Hotel is scheduled to close Aug. 14. Workers will be transferred to the Francis Marion Hotel location on the corner of King and Calhoun streets. Employees were told the lease had expired and the building would be renovated. The space is currently listed as “available.”

Smart reef to collect data to help coastal flooding. New technology is scheduled to be installed in artificial reefs off the Charleston coast. The 85-pound blocks will be used to help record wave, water temperature and wind data. The data used from the blocks can then be used to help with weather modeling and forecasting.

Summerville considers pay-to-park in downtown parking garage. The Summerville Town Council is in early stages of drafting a proposal to turn the free parking garage downtown into a pay-to-park area. The reason for the transition comes from the lack of income required to maintain the parking garage, which was first built in 2007.

S.C. guide to African American landmarks released. Spartanburg publishing company Hub City Press recently released “The Green Book of South Carolina,” a guide to African American landmarks in the state. The book is organized by region and features more than 200 museums, monuments, historic markers, schools, churches and public lands and includes suggested day trips for each region.

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