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Need an Extra $1M? Just Solve This Fishy Dilemma

The Great Lakes simply needs you to solve its invasive Asian carp problem, NBD

(Newser) - Everyone with a constant flow of "new and innovative solutions" churning around in their noggins might want to touch base with Michigan. The state is offering a $1 million purse to anyone who can come up with a way to keep interloping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes,... More »

Hackers Earn $1M 'Bounty' for Exposing iOS 9 Fault

Now head of firm that awarded prize decides who to sell the info to

(Newser) - In September, Zerodium announced its "Million Dollar iOS Bug Bounty" contest, offering a cool mil to anyone who could hack Apple's iOS 9 and expose its security flaws. On Monday the cybersecurity startup tweeted it has a winner—an anonymous team, Digital Tech reports, that was able to... More »

Man Facing 'Most Gruesome' Penalty Wins Elite Award

Raif Badawi gets Sakharov Prize for human rights—but he's stuck in Saudi prison

(Newser) - A Saudi blogger has joined the ranks of Nelson Mandela, Malala, and all other notables who've taken home one of the European Union's most elite human-rights prizes—but as of now, he can't go and collect his award in person. EU leaders announced Thursday that Raif Badawi... More »

Eddie Murphy Receives Top US Humor Prize

SNL alumni turn out for Mark Twain humor prize event

(Newser) - Eddie Murphy is trading places with Mark Twain. The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is honoring the comedian, film star, producer, and director Sunday evening with the nation's top prize for humor. A lineup of funny men and women including Dave Chappelle, George Lopez, Kathy Griffin, Arsenio Hall,... More »

Their Idea to Improve Day Care in Slums Won $1M

Team IMPCT pairs investors with women who already given informal care

(Newser) - After making it to the final round of six, a group of business school classmates on Saturday took home the $1 million Hult Prize, beating more than 20,000 applicants in an attempt to present a real-world solution to this problem: How can early childhood education be improved for 10... More »

Will Ferrell Awarded Twain Humor Prize

...before dropping it on the floor

(Newser) - Last year, it was Tina Fey ; this year, Will Ferrell rocked the Kennedy Center as he won the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor last night. The star-studded gala saw speeches from celebrities as diverse as Ben Stiller, Ed Asner, Molly Shannon, and Gwen Ifill, the Washington Post reports.... More »

20 Reality Shows With Awful Prizes

Fame? Money? Marriage? Think again

(Newser) - Before you bust out your Michael Jackson impression for a shot at $1 million on America’s Got Talent, consider this: That $1 million is actually $375,000. Unless, of course, you want to take $25,000—before taxes—per year for 40 years. The Daily Beast tells the truth... More »

Coetzee Leads Heavy-Hitting Booker Prize Shortlist

Veterans outpace first-timers for prestigious literary gong

(Newser) - JM Coetzee may become the first author to win the Man Booker Prize three times after his fictionalized memoir Summertime made the prestigious literary award's shortlist today. The South African writer's new book takes the form of interviews by a biographer writing about "the late author John Coetzee."... More »

Canadian Snags Man Booker International

77-year-old short-story writer Munro 'just won us over,' judge says

(Newser) - Alice Munro, whose short stories the judges described as “practically perfect,” is the third winner of the $95,000 Man Booker International prize, the Guardian reports. The 77-year-old, author of 11 short story collections and one novel, is on a path to “international literary sainthood,” fellow... More »

Obscure Swiss Architect Wins Pritzker Prize

Zumthor 'reaffirmed architecture’s indispensable place'

(Newser) - You’ve probably never heard of him, but tomorrow Peter Zumthor will receive what’s considered the Nobel Prize of architecture, the New York Times reports. His work isn’t flashy or well-known, but he “develops buildings of great integrity—untouched by fad or fashion” that have “reaffirmed... More »

Toronto Man Loses Lotto Winnings Over 'Misprint'

$135,000 win from misprinted tickets

(Newser) - It's been a rough year already for lottery winner—and loser—Thomas Noftall. The Toronto man netted $135,000 in winnings from four scratch-off tickets on New Year's Eve but was rebuffed when he went to collect his prize, UPI reports. "One guy pulled me into his office and... More »

Banker Bags $1M Lotto Salary for Life

UK resident doesn't even have to pay US federal taxes on prize on ticket bought in NY

(Newser) - John McCain can rest assured that New York’s “$1 million a year for life” is no spread-the-wealth scheme. The lottery’s first winner, a 33-year-old London banker, was already a multimillionaire. “Is it going to materially change my life? No,” Keenan Altunis admitted to the Post.... More »

Kushner First to Win $200K Prize for Playwrights

Unusually large purse will allow him to spend less time in Hollywood

(Newser) - Tony Kushner will be the first recipient of a new biennial prize for playwriting, with a whopping $200,000 purse the benefactors hope will allow recipients to focus full-time on not-so-lucrative theater. Although Kushner is widely regarded as one of America's greatest dramatists, he has spent the past several years... More »

Debuts Edge Favorites for Booker Shortlist

Rushdie, O'Neill passed over for top literary award

(Newser) - The jury for the Man Booker Prize announced its shortlist today—and left off the two books most hotly tipped to win the prestigious literary award, reports the Bookseller. Six novels were chosen, including two debuts. But many were surprised by the omission of Salman Rushdie's The Enchantress of Florence,... More »

Would You Take Free Gas for Life, or $250K?

In Florida lottery, most prefer fuel, even though math doesn't work out

(Newser) - Florida lottery players have the chance to win "free gas for life," and if that sounds too good to be a second-place prize, it is. The weekly runners-up will get free, but not unlimited, fill-ups worth $2,600 per year—which is unlikely to add up to more... More »

McCain Offers $300M Prize in Assault on Car Batteries

Republican calls energy security 'the great national challenge of our time'

(Newser) - John McCain today offered a $300 million reward to the American who builds “a battery package that has the size, capacity, cost and power to leapfrog the commercially available plug-in hybrids or electric cars.” He said government had wasted energy money on special interests and failed to punish... More »

Prize Philanthropy: A Winning Concept

Donors make innovators compete for cash

(Newser) - When the X-Prize foundation offered $10 million to anyone who could develop a viable commercial spacecraft, it didn’t just send innovators scurrying, and it didn’t just grab headlines. It also began the next big trend in philanthropy. Donors are in love with prize philanthropy, Portfolio reports, and causes... More »

Google Offers $30M for Private Moon Missions

Tech giant bills contest as one small step for private industry

(Newser) - Google announced its own search today: It will award $30 million to private firms whose robotic spacecrafts successfully reach the moon and perform specific lunar tasks. The BBC reports that the search giant hopes to encourage low-cost space exploration. The first-place winner will receive $20 million, second place gets $5... More »

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