It's taken several weeks and with the total lotto max purse exceeding $95 million, anticipation was high for Friday night's draw as up to fifty millionaires could be minted.
The total jackpot total was approx. $99 million, which fell a little short of that magic $100 million figure but still comfortably in record-breaking territory. The actual jackpot was worth $50 million with 49 $1 million prizes also up for grabs.
Finally, after last night's draw we can tentatively confirm that two lucky Canadians have a ticket with all seven numbers and thus will split the $50 million jackpot. $25 million is better than a kick in the pants!
The 'unofficial' winning Lotto Max numbers are: 5 – 22 – 28 – 31 – 39 – 46 – 48, bonus ball 4.
It's being reported that up to 23 people have won a Maxmillions prize of $1 million. So in total last night's draw minted 25 new Canadian millionaires. Not too shabby!
Next Friday's Lotto Max draw will still carry some weight due to the 20+ Maxmillion prizes that were unclaimed from the recent draw. It's estimated that next Friday’s jackpot will be pegged at $30 million.
There has been continued angst from some in the media who are criticizing both the National Hockey League and Mats Sundin for permitting players and teams to promote quasi-internet-gambling sites. Of course, the key here is 'quasi' because Mats Sundin isn't promoting PokerStars.com (illegal), he's promoting PokerStars.net (legal). What's the difference between .com and .net? Everything.
Most of the internet gambling sites that break gaming laws in Canada and the United States by offering games for 'for cash' do so on the '.com' version of their sites. The '.net' version is a 'free' no-money version, and it is the free version that gets advertised and promoted aggressively in mainstream media etc.
Should the NHL ban the promotion of these '.net' free gaming sites because they may (and likely do) end up gaining players for their 'for cash' illegal gambling operations on the .com? I think not. I think the NHL's position is simply a realistic one. The Deputy Commissioner of the NHL, Bill Daly spelled it out very clearly to the Vancouver Sun recently...
"The NHL has no objection with Mats having a relationship with and endorsing the free, educational website PokerStars.net."Ultimately, the NHL is taking a hands-off approach to a problem that is not theirs to solve. It's up to the governments to figure this dilemma out, so long as the teams (Toronto Maple Leafs also have a deal with PokerStars.net) and players like Mats Sundin aren't directly promoting for-cash illegal gambling. But the Vancouver Sun for instance, doesn't seem to agree and/or see the difference between their .com and .net sites.
So what we essentially have here is an NHL hockey player promoting for-cash Internet gambling, an activity that is illegal in both Canada and the United States, and the NHL turning a blind eye to it.I think kudos to the NHL for not getting caught up in politics and semantics. Let the governments choose and fight their battles, and the let the league and their players promote as they wish provided they aren't breaking any laws. Until free, no-cash gambling games are illegal, Mats Sundin will continue to score a promotional royal flush.
What would it be like to plunk down a few dollars for a scratch-based lottery game and win over $100,000? Everyone who plays scratch games dreams of this moment when all of those 'sorry, try again' cards finally pay off by hitting the big one.
Brampton, Ontario resident Thomas Noftall sure thought his winning moment had arrived. He purchased 4 Fruit Smash scratch cards and hit the jackpot. Not just on one card, but all 4 cards came up winners worth a grand total of $135,000. Or so Thomas thought. When he went to claim his prizes, the Ontario Lottery officials told him that the tickets were misprinted and were part of an 1100 ticket batch that had been recalled. Ontario Lottery offiicials further informed him that he will likely get nothing due to a fine-print clause in their legal disclaimer.
Can you imagine?
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are expecting twins, but they've made it known that they are not done adopting and plan to do so as soon as possible. Since they seemed to have been going all over the world and it's really anyone's guess as to where their next aim is, per se, you can now bet on what country they will actually adopt from--are we a sick society or what??? :)
United States 8-1
North Korea 18-1
South Korea 18-1
Any African Country 7-1
Any South American Country 10-1
Any European Country 20-1
It's a tough bet all the way around, especially when you throw in that their home country has some of the best odds. Since they seem to have focused on the eastern part of the world, my gut would tell me that Mexico or the South American country would be a good guess, but of course that is only known by Brangelina....
So many people had thought that with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls that it would be the last one ever made of the adventure and action series. Well, for those of you that have seen it, you probably disagree. Without giving any spoilers, let's just say that they leave it quite open as to whether there may be a possibility of the series continuing on.
Taking advantage of the seemingly mysterious "next or not" for the movie, bodoglife.com already has odds on not only if the movie will in fact be released, but giving a date that one will be released--the drop dead date of May 3, 2010, just two short years from now. The odds favor a "YES" nod at -200, while a "NO" would pay out +300 currently.
With the fact that it took years and years for Steven Spielberg and George Lucas to even agree on a story and script, the fact that a movie of this epic proportion to be expected on the screen within 2 years--well, let's just say that I am a bit surprised that the odds are actually with "YES". Regardless of whether it is 2 years or 5 or 10, we all know when or if it does, it will be an event!
The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 has been somewhat of a pain in lawmakers' sides. Ok, that's an understatement--it's been a big pain. First of all, the ambiguity of the definitions of how even unlawful internet gambling IS has been a big time discussion and argument across all that are involved, and beyond that, the determination of who is responsible for enforcing activity has been even more difficult.
In an article discussing the most recent proposal to outline these responsibilities, it notes that the amendment to the UIGEA to ease the burden on financial services has been summarily denied. This comes as a major blow to those like Rep. Barney Frank who are trying to break down the act and give it more teeth instead of just blanket definitions and no merit or real way of enforcing it.
The current status is that banks and financial services are charged with policing the internet activity and denying those who are doing so "illegally", but the point of the amendment was that they certainly don't have the means and the fact that there are so many workarounds that both sites and users can implement to still serve their gambling interests basically makes the financial services' responsibility a sitting duck. Where will it go from here? I agree that the financial sector should not be the ones who are burdened with this huge challenge, but the details are still so fuzzy about how to go forward I don't see how it would be done otherwise. And that is exactly the point of this tired exercise...
Now that the NFL Draft has come and gone and the players have settled with their respective teams, experts have been bantering back and forth as to the effectiveness that these players will have. So, when there's always an argument as to sports athletes and predictions, there's usually a bet you can make about it! Bodoglife now has odds on picking the player that the NFL deems most effective--the 2008-09 Rookie of the Year. Here are the odds:
Antonie Cason +1100
Aqib Talib +1250
Brian Brohm +1000
Branden Albert +1000
Chris Johnson +1200
Chris Long +500
Chris Williams +1200
Darren McFadden +400
Derrick Harvey +1500
DeSean Jackson +1200
Devin Thomas +1100
Dominique Rodgers Cromartie +1200
Donnie Avery +2000
Dustin Keller +2000
Felix Jones +450
Glenn Dorsey +500
Jake Long +750
James Hardy +2000
Jerrod Mayo +750
John Carlson +1800
Jonathan Stewart +550
Jordy Nelson +1700
Keith Rivers +800
Kentwan Balmer +2000
Kenny Phillips +1700
Lawrence Jackson +1800
Leodis McKelvin +1200
Limas Sneed +1800
Malcolm Kelly +1500
Matt Forte +1110
Matt Ryan +550
Mike Jenkins +1200
Quentin Groves +2000
Phillip Merling +1800
Rashard Mendenhall +600
Ray Rice +1800
Sedrick Ellis +1500
Steve Slaton +1800
Tyrell Johnson +1500
Vernon Gholston +800
I love the fact that McFadden is the most favored overall, but watch out for Ryan. Being a quarterback and being in a situation like Atlanta where he should be starting by mid-season, he could be a big time impact player. The skill positions are obviously the most touted, so that would seem to be the ones people are probably going to bet on, in my opinion.
Ok, that sounds bad. What it should say is that it helps stop compulsive gambling. Naltrexone, a drug that is commonly used for treating alcoholism, was used in a study on those that considered themselves problem gamblers, and it was found that a significant percentage had similar effects that those that take it for its intended purpose.
1 to 3% of the country's population suffers what is considered to be clinical compulsive gambling, and the drug works in the sense of curbing that need in the brain's function, much like the way it does for those who have a drinking addiction. While it is not a cure to stop it altogether, it is stated that with individual therapy used in combination with the drug that it could be a very powerful combination in helping people overcome their problem.
You can't help but be happy about this type of result, as for both issues the addictions have widely been regarded previously as more behavioral than something that can be treated like other mental illness issues. With the numbers of problem gamblers on the rise, a thing like this is certainly a large silver lining.
While the rest of the world seems to be gaining more notoriety for their bans in terms of city-wide smoking laws, the gambling industry has been indelibly affected by these changes in the pocketbooks. What has happened is that since there was a HUGE ratio of smoker as compared to non-smokers that aren't going any more, that hasn't re-upped itself with bringing in more non-smokers who didn't come in the first place.
Of course, with the loss overall of the gambling industry, smoking cessation has soared, going up a staggering 40% in sales over the 1st quarter of this year. The irony of this is that all of the major lobbyists against smoking, including the American Lung Association and American Cancer Society, have been getting major fundage from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that has direct ties to Johnson and Johnson, who is the major seller of smoking cessation products. Interesting, eh? While gambling usually takes heat for this assumed type of racketeering and what not, apparently that's not an issue here.
I am a smoker, and I haven't had an issue with going to a casino and not being able to smoke--yet. I have always thought that what should happen is like the one I have been to in Illinois, where there are specific floors that are non-smoking. But, of course, all of the things against second hand smoke results, even though air quality testing by organizations like the American Cancer Society, Johns Hopkins, a Minnesota Environmental Health Department, British Medical Journal published contributors prove that secondhand smoke levels are 15 - 25,000 times SAFER than OSHA permissible exposure limits (PEL). Whatever. You're always going to have points on each side, but if I am not allowed to smoke, I'll live...probably longer...:P
So, with the United States economy still in the proverbial crapper, one would jump at the question as to the gambling numbers and their increase over the next few years. However, in a contrarian view, Price WaterhouseCooper has released a report that by 2012, the global economy of gambling will rise a compounded 6.5% each year and exceed 155 billion in revenue.
The key here is "global". While the report prognosticates that the United States' growth over the next two years will be much lower than normal, experts predict by 2010 that the nation will rebound in droves and catch up with fast-growing gambling revenues that are currently being earned in Asia, where the gambling craze is amongst the highest in the world.
Remember that this is not solely based off of the status quo in the country, but yet reliant upon the idea of casinos and other gambling facets growing over the years (i.e. your basic riverboat casinos and tribal developments) to make up this number, not that Vegas suddenly is going to explode again. If the country opens back up online gambling in many ways, it may be even more by 2012, and that's just plain scary.
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