Ryan Keys of Dumfries, Virginia, knew he was a million-dollar winner when he scratched the last row of his Million Dollar Cash Bonanza ticket. What did he do next?
He used social media and posted,“I’m a millionaire,” to let his friends know about his big win.
Keys,a wrecker dispatcher,was on his way to work when he stopped and bought the ticket at a Dumfries convenience store.
He had a choice of taking the full $1 million over 25 years or a one-time cash option of $653,000 before taxes.
He chose the cash option.
When Edward “Eddy” Casper of New London visited CT Lottery headquarters he joined Connecticut’s growing list of lucky Powerball “Match 5” winners, increasing the total number of lucky wins to 17 since the new Powerball game began on January 15, 2012—13.
Accepting a prize check for $683,000 (value after taxes), Casper said that winning a $1,000,000 at this stage of his life was perfect.
“Next February, I’ll be retiring at 62 and moving to Florida.
The money will help make retirement easier—a lot easier!”
You betcha, Eddy.
There is, in the lottery world a pantheon of games around the world that instantly draw attention and money. Among those, certainly, is Powerball and Mega Millions in America, El Gordo, in Spain, Euro Millions, and the Irish lottery.
As someone who is interested in all of those amazingly popular big money games, I’m happy to report that I came across a very sophisticated and effective website that allows folks to play Irish lottery. A note of caution: there are many sites out there that offer players the chance to play around the world. Let the buyer beware. But the William Hill site that I recently discovered offers about as clean a play as any I have come across.
Playing poker for the first time is a marvelous—if somewhat intimidating—experience for many a beginner. There are even poker veterans who have not yet gotten used to the carnival of weirdness that the poker table attracts on a daily basis. The reason for this is because poker nowadays has become less of a niche game of chance and more of a mainstream pastime thanks to mediums like the Internet. Ergo, you’ll get to play with poker players sporting a variety of skill levels and poker plays featuring a lot of bad beats, poker variance, and other weird situations.
For many an online player that get the latest Poker Stars download, merely spotting runner-runner spades in two hands in a row is enough to arouse their suspicion, shock, and surprise because of their mostly limited view of how poker is supposed to go. They’ll probably even accuse the computer of cheating or stacking the odds in its favor, even though it’s more likely that random chance has blessed the program with better luck, not software-based manipulations.
At any rate, novices should let this article serve as a lesson to them that many of the “bizarre” hands and situations that newbie players end up in are run-of-the-mill, ordinary events for most regular poker players, so these newbies shouldn’t be alarmed or cry foul whenever such things happen.
Newer players shouldn’t be so flabbergasted and thunderstruck whenever, say, AA lost to 42o when it was three bets before the flop; it’s a mildly interesting occurrence to witness, but it’s hardly a shocking, earth-shattering experience. It’s a mundane bad beat that can happen to all poker games. A beginner must not be deterred by his first few experiences in poker; he must keep at the game in order to realize what is and isn’t an unusual event. More to the point, he should not conclude all of a sudden that a computer-based poker game is rigged by seeing such curious but hardly unusual phenomenon. They’re nothing more than normal, ordinary, and average happenings.
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For example, while playing on UltimateBet.com, you may see some strange little weirdo who adamantly deals with 42o to pound your AA on a A53 flop; the eight of hearts or three of clubs haunting your hand like some sort of card ghosts; an angle-shooter that somehow gets away with a clearly moronic move through the virtue of luck; back-to-back odds flops; and bizarre, illogical hands from all the bad plays going on. If chaos theory is to be believed, a poker game with beginners could serve as a study on it and how it affects dynamical systems; i.e., how trivial changes can bring about significant consequences.
As with anything else, once you’re a seasoned veteran, the novelty of poker playing quickly wears off, and even the weird situations described above won’t faze a typical, regular poker player. These people have seen it all, and they’ve learned through countless trial and error that when you’re at the poker table, you must expect the unexpected. However, new players who lack the insight of discerning variance from expectation or bad beats from bad plays are probably going to get shocked by some of the things happening there. Anything is possible in this game that’s equal chance and skill. You can find out more about poker variance by reading this article: Poker Variance and Bad Luck. In it there is a discussion about how to overcome variance and bad luck by knowing and using the odds to your favor.
One Moultrie. Georgia man has struck a wave of good luck with two Lottery prizes in the same day.
Donald Reeves first won a $500 prize followed by a $1 million prize while playing the new instant game Georgia Lottery’s 20th Anniversary Extravaganza.
“I just took a chance,” said Reeves, who celebrates a birthday this month.
“I called over the store manager, and he checked. I was nervous, but it was a good nervous.”
Reeves, a floor technician at a health and rehabilitation center, has grown children with his wife, Liza.
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For the last couple of years, Jacey Vidricksen of Goddard, Kansas, has been trying her luck playing the lottery.
Although she has dreamed of winning a large prize, she never thought it would actually come true. Much to her surprise, her dream came true yesterday when she revealed six Red words on a $5 Super Red Hot Crossword instant scratch ticket, winning a $50,000 top prize!
“Last night I bought four of the $2 Lucky Lines tickets and two of the $5 Crossword tickets,” explained Vidricksen. “This was my first time playing the $5 Crossword game, so when I found six Red words on one of my tickets I couldn’t believe it. I handed my ticket to my roommate and was barely able to say, ‘Dude, I think I won $50,000!’”
After her roommate, Hali Fortner, looked over the winning ticket and confirmed it was worth $50,000, Vidricksen called her parents to share the good news.
“My dad told me to sign the back of the ticket and teased me about Hali trying to steal the ticket from me,” said Vidricksen.
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A Cedar Rapids, Iowa woman thinks there’s definitely something behind all the good luck she’s had this month playing the lottery.
“I think I’ve got some guardian angels or someone looking down on me, giving me some good luck,” Jamie Meyers said as she claimed a $100,000 prize at the Iowa Lottery’s regional office in Cedar Rapids.
It was her second trip to the lottery in a week. She had just visited the office on Friday to claim a $50,000 prize in the $5 “Super Crossword” instant-scratch game.
Meyers, 31, who works as a child care provider, has now also claimed the second of nine top prizes of $100,000 available in the lottery’s $10 “Cash Inferno” scratch game.
As she did with her $50,000-winning ticket, Meyers said she played her $100,000 winner at home.
A few short hours after finishing an early morning shift as a skilled “Barista” at Starbucks, Barbara Blanchfield of West Hartford zipped her way into CT Lottery headquarters brewing over with excitement.
“After work, I stopped to buy some scratch tickets and I won $50,000!” Blanchfield exclaimed.
A winning “hand” on Blanchfield’s Blackjack Supreme scratch ticket ultimately revealed, much to her astonishment, one of the game’s $50,000 top prizes.
“I really didn’t believe what I was seeing at first…I’ve never won anything like this before!”
Blanchfield was simply ecstatic with the prize check she received from Lottery officials for $34,151 (value after taxes).
“I don’t have any plans yet for the prize money…it still needs to sink in.
Maybe, I’ll go on a little shopping spree.”
Getting a film produced, or screen writing a film — no less a hit film — is a bit like winning the lottery. It’s been described as a crap shoot with even more astronomical odds. But unlike the lottery, which is totally random, talent eventually wins out. I’ve been in the TV business (TV Guide writer and editor) and observed show business from that perspective, and so I know how hard it is to do good work and get that work onto TV or onto a movie screen in a town near you.
Which brings me to the films I’ve seen by producer, writer Marc Shmuger, whose resume can be found at Marc Shmuger Executive.
A friend I trust recently asked me to check him out, and when I did I was incredibly impressed by the body of work he’s been attached to in one way or another.
Shmuger is a name you might not be too familiar with, until you see a list of the films he’s either written, produced or marketed. At that point, you go: “Oh, man, what’s he doing next?” Well, how about this on your resume?: As a chairman of Universal Pictures, he “green lighted” The Bourne Ultimatum, a kick-ass chapter in the Bourne series, the award-winning Milk, and the charming romantic comedy, Knocked Up.
So I said to myself, this guy has his pulse on what the public wants, from spectacular spy action movies to docudramas and modern day comedies.
Michael Millsap of Jacksonville, Ala., won a $250,000 prize from matching the first five numbers from a Mega Millions drawing.
“I was at work when I saw this,” said Millsap, 23, who paints cars at a Honda manufacturing plant near Birmingham.
“I looked the results up on my phone while I was eating breakfast, and my mind blew up!”
Upon discovering his windfall, Millsap said he Read more