The Mega Millions lottery was apparently won by someone from Maryland, USA. Just imagin what you would be able to do with that lottery in rands. If you were a lucky South African that won the lottery then you had the following options:
- Take a one time $462million — that is R3.533billion … should keep you going for a couple of years.
- or you can take the full amount of $640million in 26 yearly payments — that will give you a annual income of about R188.25million for the next 26 years.
Since no South African has won this, you might try your luck with the National Lottery tonight which is standing at a cool R40million. I can do with that R40million .. will keep me going for a while.
I was working for Independent Online (IOL) at the time and around 3:30 decided that it was time to hit the road and go home. As I was walking through the newsroom my eye caught one of the many TV’s in the newsroom that happened to be on CNN. I could not believe what I was seeing. For a minte or 2 we all just starred at one another in disbelief and though by ourselves, can this be real.
Me going home came to an abrubt halt and the newsroom became a hive of activity. I was in charge of technology at IOL and we started thinking of what this will mean to our servers and the kind of traffic we could expect.
IOL was the first news site that had the story up and we immediately saw a spike in traffic. We kept a watchfull eye on the servers and at the same time needed to ensure that the journalists had an optimum system to keep the stories flowing and keeping the site updated. That day I came to respect the open source stack that we ran to serve IOL. It did not strain at all under the load and just kept on ticking.
At about 11pm that evening things started to quiet down a bit and we could go home for some sleep while the night shift kept things going. Early the next morning we were all back in the office to keep the news flowing.
Although we were looking on from afar, it felt like we were right in New York and today my toughts go out to all in America and the rest of the world that lost loved ones and friends. I know it is a day I will never forget.