Saturday, December 31, 2005

Happy New Year 2006

Happy New Year everyone! 2006 is here!

Be Safe and Drive Safe!

Bid farewell to 2005 and look forward to 2006.

Thanks for the memories.

Don

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Eye Spy LA Event - Stone Heart: Everyone Loves a Journey West in Griffith Park

Eye Spy LA Event - Stone Heart: Everyone Loves a Journey West in Griffith Park: "SACAJAWEA �In the end, my oars were wings. In the end, I am Bird Woman who knew how to fly.�

February 17 through March 12, 2006
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
Saturdays and Sundays Matinees at 2pm
Tuesday and Thursday Student Matinees

Cast
Sacajawea- Thirza Defoe (Ojibwe, Oneida)
York- Jed Reynolds
Lewis and Clark- Tim Glenn
Director- Randy Reinholz (Choctaw)
Dramaturg- Bryan Davidson
Lighting Director- Craig Wolf
Music Composer/Performer- Patrick Shendo-Mirabal (Jemes, Taos Pueblo)
Biographies and images available upon request.

Stone Heart: Everyone Loves a Journey West will begin a nationwide tour starting at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City and Washington DC in April 2006.

Panel Discussion for Stone Heart: Everyone Loves a Journey West
Sunday, February 19
2 � 5 pm
Sacajawea�s Voice
A conversation with award-winning author and playwright Diane Glancy (Cherokee) and Virginia Scharff, Professor of History, University of New Mexico, and Women of the West Chair, Autry National Center. In conjunction with Diane Glancy�s play, Stone Heart: Everyone Loves a Journey West, which begins at 2 p.m. Meet the cast and producers at a reception and join the panel immediately following. To RSVP, call 323.667.2000, ext. 354.

About the Playwright
Diane Glancy (Cherokee) is a celebrated author and playwright. Her quest to discover the real story of Sacajawea has turned into a five-year labor of love, visiting the rivers and camps where Sacajawea traversed and slept. Authoring a novel and now a play based on countless hours of research and viewing copies of the original Lewis and "

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

DVD Review The Polar Express (2004)

Touching story!

The Polar Express will be a Holiday classic. Tom Hanks and Robert Zemeckis hit a homerun with this all digital film. The story will hit the hearts of every child and adult.
You will believe after watching this classic.
Basically the plot is about a boy who questions whether Santa Claus is real. He hops aboard the Polar express to the North Pole to find Santa Claus’s home on Christmas Eve. A cast of categorized kids are along for the ride of their life.
I watched this movie with my kids. (Nine, seven and two) I was skeptical of the all digital characters at first, but that quickly faded as the story developed. The nine year old questioned the funny looking kids too, but I said it was a movie magic and that was the end of the questions. They were hooked. I especially was surprised by my two year old who sat through the entire film. Now that is movie magic.
I got hood winked into feeling the emotions of the kids on the train. Before long I was shedding a tear along with my kids. I BELIEVE I have to give this DVD a must buy.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

DVD Review for Nate and the Colonel (2003)

Improving with experience! 4 of 5 stars.

Canyon Press Entertainment’s second full length feature is positive step forward from their previous release Red Blood. Nate and the Colonel was written and directed by Paul Winters (Colonel Ben “Bloody” Loftin) Paul is also the producer for Canyon Press. This film received the “Best Feature Film” from the 2004 American Indian L.A. Film & Television Awards.

Nate and the Colonel stars; Paul Winters, Ricco Ross (Nate), Mark S. Brien (Hunting Thunder), Al Harrington (Standing Elk), Carlos Milano (Maj. JJ. Haskell), and David Midthunder (Kills the Enemy). When Confederate Colonel Loftin steals a huge gold shipment from the Union Cavalry headed by Major Haskell all bets are off trying to retrieve it. Maj. Haskell makes the gold retrieval his life long retirement after the Revolutionary war is over.

Major Haskell kills the wife of Colonel Loftin looking for the gold. The Colonel and his lifelong slave Nate head out west to look for revenge. Along the way they save an Ojibwe elder Standing Elk which will help them in the end of there conquest.

This visual stunning film is focused with positive energy and understanding of Native American traditions. I felt it could have been shorten in time length. Ricco Ross does an outstanding acting job with his character Nate. The dress and Native American teepees could have been better constructed. I am betting because of budget concerns that certain items get cut. If this film had backing by a big Hollywood production company it could have made more impact at the cash register.




Thursday, December 08, 2005

Lottery Program For Problem Gamblers

Problem gamblers can now ban themselves from hitting the jackpot. The Iowa Lottery Board approved a lifelong "self ban" policy on Tuesday. If players sign up, they're saying no to winning in Iowa....forever. But not everyone thinks it's a good idea.
Judd Saul is a former gambling addict and says, "Everyday you wake up and you think about it. It's a habit. It's as dangerous as drugs are." It's been four years since Judd Saul kicked his gambling problem. He's the type of person the Iowa Lottery Board hopes to reach with its new policy. The idea is to sign a contract banning yourself from future jackpots. It's a life-long ban on the big wins. Those signing the contracts would still be able to collect prize money, as long as it isn't over $600.
"Let's have somebody sign a piece of paper saying they don't win $600, but let's put slot machines in everybody's faces in every gas station in Iowa," Saul says. "This is the biggest oxymoron I've ever seen put out by a government organization, it's terrible."
Jewel Cooper is a counselor at the gambling treatment center at Allen Hospital in Waterloo. "I'm glad that they're trying to put a policy into affect to help detour the people who really have problems gambling," she says. But, she says it's only a baby step in the right direction. "Compulsive gamblers will tell you, 'I knew I wasn't going to win and if I was going to win I'd put it all back in. I was there to be in action and that's the dangerous part of this."
Iowa lottery officials say no other U.S. lottery has such a policy. The ban includes all lotto products, like instant scratch games, pull tabs, and touch play games. It's all about taking away the incentives. But the question is...will anyone sign up?
The contracts should be available on the Iowa Lottery's website in a couple of weeks. The hope is to have them in retail stores too. The signed agreements have to be notarized.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

DVD Review for Red Blood (2001)

Starting Point! 2 of 5 stars.

Is this movie a classic? That’s what Canyon Press Entertainment is calling this movie. They are the producer, distributor and writer for this Native film. This was their first full length feature. Canyon Press “produces and distributes feature films with distinctly American themes, usually pertaining to the West and Native American subjects.”
Red Blood is about Native American comic Jimmy White Cloud. (David Midthunder) Jimmy is unknowingly given a notebook that belongs to some New York mobsters. Jimmy is being hunted down by the hit men for that “numbers” notebook, so he decides to head back to his rez somewhere in Arizona.
The rez is where Jimmy is in his element and the mobsters are not. Jimmy’s grandfather (Lee White Star) is a medicine man with special powers. Jimmy also finds solace on his rez. He meets a rez snag in Sally Meets the Moon. (Victoria Regina) But will the mobsters follow him and take the rez?
This movie is a low budget film and it shows. The acting is not very creative and the writing is just plain bad. The positive scenes were of reservation life and some scenes of tribal politics that is probably unknown to the general public. The rez bar was a very accurate portrayal. But the gun toting natives are somewhat hilarious.
This film is a starter film. Hopefully Canyon Press will learn from the reviews of this film. As with a lot of low budget films there are some crossover jobs from acting to behind the scenes. I have to give Royce Gracie (Joey) some recognition for his special appearance. He is the five-time Ultimate Fighting Champion.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Upcoming Native American movies.

The holiday season comes and goes so fast every year. Tis the time of year for holiday cheer and festive activities abound. Don’t forget about going to the movies. In December movie studios release some of their so called big budget films hoping to get some of that holiday bonus money into their pockets. Well there are some Native American films on that list this year.

Christmas in the Clouds is billed as “The first romantic comedy set in Indian Country.” This movie was first show at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. It played to sellout crowds and received standing ovations. Director Kate Montgomery finally got it released to the general public this year. There must have been a very persistent campaign to get its general release. All of the reviews that I read have been very positive.

The cast list includes: Sam Vlahos (Joe Clouds on Fire), Tim Vahle (Ray Clouds on Fire), Graham Greene, Wes Studi, Sheila Tousey and Rita Coolidge. This movie was filmed on location at Robert Redford’s Sundance Resort in Utah. It is a “Tale of Love, bingo, Tribal Enterprises and mistaken identity” in a nutshell.

“In Kate Montgomery’s romantic feature, Native Americans are neither iconic nor evil, neither virtuous seers nor monotone drunks. They are flawed and funny people. Just people!” Telluride Weekly Planet.

For more information go to their website www.christmasintheclouds.com. This movie comes to the Milwaukee area on December 9, 2005.

Are you looking for a big budget film? How about a Native American big budget film? Well this year there is one. And it is being released on one of the biggest release dates of the year, Christmas Day.

The New World is the much anticipated release from famed writer/director Terrence Malick. (Badlands, Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line)
This is the story synopsis from the website www.thenewworldmovie.com :

"The New World is sweeping adventure set amidst the first encounter of European and Native American cultures during the founding of the Jamestown Virginia settlement in 1607. Acclaimed filmmaker Terrence Malick brings to life his own unique interpretation of the classic tale of Pocahontas and her relationships with adventurer John Smith and aristocrat John Rolfe. This woman’s remarkable journey of love lost and found takes her from the untouched beauty of the Virginia wilderness to the upper crust of English society as we witness the dawn of a new America.”

Terrence Malick’s version is in his own words. The cast includes: Colin Farrell (John Smith), Christian Bale (John Rolfe), Christopher Plummer (Captain Christopher Newport), Powhatan (August Schellenberg) and Pocahontas (Q’orianka Kilcher) in her feature debut.

I have not seen any sneak preview reviews yet so I can’t say this is a must see yet. Its release date is scheduled for Christmas Day, December 25, 2005. Be a Tribal Soldier, go see both of these films and support Native actors. I am betting both of these films will be worth the price of admission.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Christmas in the Clouds

CHRISTMAS IN THE CLOUDS-- the first Native American romantic comedy-- is set to open nationwide the week after Thanksgiving! After an initial run in California (plus Gallup and Farmington, NM), this award-winning holiday film will open in 12 more states on Dec. 2 and Dec. 9. The movie is featured in the Dec. issue of Oprah Magazine (p. 62)! "The upshot: a funny, spirited December charmer that will put you in a festive mood without leaving you with Jingle Bells overload." Also, on Nov. 23 look for us in "Indian Country Today" on Nov.23 and listen for us on the national radio call-in show "Native America Calling."

For more about this delightful family film and its innovative campaign for
school fundraisers.

http://www.christmasintheclouds.com

This is it, folks our chance to put the Native community on the national map! But the film has no budget for advertising so word-of-mouth is absolutely essential.
BUY TICKETS and FILL SEATS. Let's show Hollywood how it's done!

Theaters subject to change. Check your local listings.

NOW PLAYING: Los Angeles, CA (Loews Beverly Center)-Monterey, CA (Nickelodeon 4?)-San Jose, CA (Camera 12)-San Luis Obispo, CA (Palm?)-Santa Rosa, CA(Rialto Cinemas Lakeside?)-Gallup,NM(Aztec)-Farmington, NM(Allen 8?) NOV. 23 -Bismarck, ND (Grand Bismarck)
NOV. 25 -Roosevelt, UT (Roosevelt) DEC. 2 -Anchorage, AK (Century 16)/Kayenta, AZ (Black Mesa)/Phoenix, AZ (Harkins Shea Scottsdale, Regal Scottsdale Pavilions)/Prescott, AZ (Frontier Valley)/Tucson, AZ (Century El Con)/Yuma, AZ (Main Street Cinema)/Chicago,
IL (AMC River East)/Lincoln, NE (Art Cinema)/Gallup, NM (Aztec)/Philadelphia,PA (Ritz, Ritz Voorhies, AMC Hamilton, AMC Neshaminy)/Austin, TX (RegalArbor)/Dallas, Angelika)/Yakima, WA (Yakima Cinema)

DEC. 9-Minneapolis, MN (Landmark Edina)-Alburquerque, NM (Century Rio)/Santa Fe, NM-Oklahoma City, OK (AMC Quail Springs)/Tulsa, OK (AMC Southroads)/Park City, UT (Holiday)/Seattle, WA (Loews Meridien, LincolnBellevue)/Milwaukee, WI (Ridge 20)/Tomah, WI (Marcus Ho-Chunk)

Go see this movie when it hits your city! The reviews are in and everything is positive.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

CD Review System of a Down “Toxicity” 2005

SOAD’S sophomore ID!

I have to admit to being a reverse SOAD fan. I purchased the “Mezmerize” CD first. I liked what I heard, so I purchase “Toxicity.” I see now were SOAD realized what songs worked with “Toxicity” and produced more songs along that line with “Mezmerize.” I usually scoff at any new metal bands these days because of the lack of originality, style and staying power. I have always been a RATM supporter, so their split hurt. As a side note, I am still waiting for Zach to due a solo CD. But I do follow Audioslave (Tom Morello works his magic but is still under-utilized!) SO it takes a lot for me to purchase any CD these days.

“Toxicity” was release in 2001 with a mix of hardcore metal songs (Deer Dance, Jet Pilot, X) and those that were experimental (Bounce, Atwa, Psycho) with quirky Middle Eastern vocals. The combination of vocal changes and guitar chord timing is what makes this CD work. “Chop Suey” and “Aerials” are examples of songs that were popular. So do what staying power bands do. Build on your success and “Mezmerize” was born. The most popular song is “Toxicity” because it is more mainstream and acceptable for radio play.

Here is a pet peeve of mine: Does this sound familiar? A lead vocalist is singing in one monotone vocal from the diaphragm “Arrrrh Barrrrrrr Rahhhhh HELL Arrrrrh Barrrrrrh,” then a single guitar riff chord solo….END. This is a typical metal song from A LOT of so called great metal bands. But to me that is un-original and uninteresting. There might be a market for that somewhere or nowhere.

SOAD is not afraid of experimentation. That is a good thing. Their music evolves and is not stagnant. I can’t wait for their new release “Hypnotize.” Due in stores November 22, 2005.


CD Review System of a Down “Mezmerize” 2005

Improving with experimentation!

This was my first SOAD musical experience. This CD brought out “what the” F is this about initially. But after listening to the entire CD, I asked myself; “What did I just listen to?” Then I played it again. And again! Now I am constantly playing it.

“Mezmerize” intros with “Soldier Side” then blast off with “B.Y.O.B” (Bring your own bombs) and asks the question “Why do they always send the poor?” “Revenga” rivals in “Bleeding in a sink.” And “Cigaro” references the hugest member of the band I think.
“Radio/Video” spooks the look and listen. “This Cocaine Makes Me Feel Like I’m On This Song” bends the mind into a trip of epic proportion. “Violent Pornography” means everybody does something and then dances. Right? “Question!” contains sweet berries ready to eat. “Sad Statue” drowns our sad country lyrically. “Old School Hollywood” and “Lost in Hollywood” joins a long list of this city of dysfunction. Enough said!

“Mezmerize” crosses many genres and whips them into a highly unique blend of anti-messages with liquid sound not categorized. Serj Tankian (Vocals, Guitar) and Daron Malakian (Vocals, Keyboards) blend harmonized vocals and vocal note distortion not seen since Bobby McFerrin. Shavo Odadjian (Bass) and John Dolmayan (Drums) round out this cast of trendsetters.

Take this magnificent journey into sound satisfaction and lyrical message brainwashing. Join the fresh fruits from experienced musicians at the height of experimentation. Do not miss out on this opportunity! Purchase this CD before part II is thrust upon you November 22, 2005.


Thursday, November 03, 2005

Wyoming Bill Outlines Gaming Commission

Wyoming Bill Outlines Gaming Commission: "Wyoming Bill Outlines Gaming Commission
3 November 2005

WYOMING � As reported by the Jackson Hold Star Tribune: 'A charity could receive millions of dollars from its bingo game and not be required to give even $1 to its stated mission of helping people, according to a draft bill approved Tuesday creating a commission to regulate gambling.
''It's a loophole in the legislation that we're sending to the committee,' said Sen. Mike Massie, D-Laramie.
'�The committee created the five-member gaming subcommittee to hear public comment and review questions about gambling.
'The subcommittee finished its work Tuesday, and the full committee will consider the draft bill at its Dec. 15-16 meeting in Laramie, Massie said.
'The full committee could accept the subcommittee's draft as it is, revise it or kill it.
'Subcommittee chairman Rep. Pat Childers, R-Cody, said the issue came to the fore because of uneven application of the state's outdated gambling laws.
'�The proposed gaming commission -- its seven members appointed by the governor with Senate approval -- would oversee and license those who operate legal games of chance; assess fees; investigate possible illegal activity; conduct background checks of those seeking licenses; and inspect places where legal games of chance are played.
'�While the draft bill allows e-bingo aids such as electronic daubers for people with disabilities, it continues the ban on e-bingo machines that look and play like slot machines.
'�The draft bill requires charitable or nonprofit organizations to pay out 65 percent of its gross revenues as winnings.
'Of the remaining 35 percent, the charity applies 40 percent -- or 14 percent of the gross revenues -- to the costs of operating the bingo games"

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Movie Review for “Two for the Money” (2005)

Three for the no show!

This film features Al Pacino (Walter Abrams) and Mathew McConaughey (Brandon Lang) with supporting roles from Renee Russo (Toni Morrow) and “Entourage’s” Jeremy Piven (Jerry).

“Two for the Money” is based on the real life sports handicapper Brandon Link. Brandon Lang’s career ending knee injury puts him working the 900 lines as a part time sports handi capper. Brandon somehow has an 80% winning record because of his access to players. This percentage captures the eye of Walter Abrams. Walter Abrams runs a successful sports handicapping cable show in New York. He wants to groom Brandon to take over his business. And Walter will do anything to get Brandon to think like him.

Walter marks Brandon as John Anthony. John Anthony is the eccentric no nonsense sports handicapper that has an 80% lifetime record on football games. So the gambling degenerates use John Anthony’s advice and win. Of course when things fly south all hell breaks loose. Trust no one! Utilizing the father and son relationship Walter tries to play one last hand.

This movie is too long and has too many dead ends. Al Pacino fans will enjoy his performance, as always. Matthew McConaughey’s women or men fans will enjoy the many shirtless, weightlifting scenes that bring nothing to the film. Kudos to Jeremy Piven of “Entourage” for making his character sizzle. The script is lacking substance and direction with a predictable outcome.

I usually don’t review bad movies but this one cost me some hard earned cash. I can’t recommend seeing this film at the movie theatre. Any price at the box office will not cover the performances, script and sports handicapping business. If you are a fan of the actors, wait for the DVD to come out. If you want to know “how to” handicap games flip a coin. The biggest laugh was from Long Duk Dong “No more yanky my wanky, Donger need food!” revisited.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Black Cloud (2005)

Building blocks or stumbling blocks?

This DVD has two filming debuts, Rick Schroder (Lonesome Dove, NYPD Blue) as director and Tim McGraw as actor. Both are good debuts. The script was also written by Rick Schroder.

“Black Cloud (2005)” is about the personal struggles and triumphs of Navajo boxer Black Cloud. (Full name) Black Cloud (Eddie Spears) faces racism from the local residents and city police near the Navajo rez. Local Sheriff Powers (McGraw) knows about the personal struggles of the Navajo Nation people. And he sees Black Cloud as a survivor, so he gives Black Cloud the benefit of the doubt when it comes to his troubles. The only outlet Black Cloud has is boxing. Boxing keeps Black Cloud out of trouble. Trouble is so easy to find on the rez. When an Olympic scout (Peter Greene) sees Black Cloud fight on the boxing under-card of an arrogant Olympic hopeful Rocket Ray Tracey (Pooch Hall), he sees Black Cloud making the Olympic boxing team. But will Black Cloud personal demons get the best of him? Black Cloud’s father is alcoholic and has constant parties at his house. So, Black Cloud seeks out his coach and mentor, Bud. (Russell Means)

Black Cloud’s girlfriend Sammi (Julia Jones) has a son by rodeo circuit, white bull rider Eddie. (Schroder) When Eddie tries to reunite with his ex, Sammie, Black Cloud’s anger gets the best of him and he opens a can of whip ass on Eddie. Will this put an end to his Olympic shot?

The character relationship and dialogue could have been developed more. The background, relationships and why Black Cloud does not trust the white man were not explained thoroughly. A lot of the stereotypical Native association is utilized like alcoholism, trust, mysticism and poverty. But this is the first time I’ve seen Native Hip Hop in a film. The typical hard partying and attitude came along with it. Native Hip Hop has been actually infiltrating and influencing the younger generation on the rez for many years. Whether that is good or bad can still be debated.

The film shows the beauty of the Navajo Nation rez located at the four corners. Rick Schroder utilizes boxing coach Jimmy Gambin (Rocky, The Champ) to train the boxers. The boxing elements in the film are action packed and realistic.

Recognizable Native actors include; Nathaniel Arcand (Jimmy), Saginaw Grant (Grandpa) and Branscombe Richmond (Peter). “Seinfeld’s” Wayne Knight makes a special appearance as the special favor, white power monger Mr. Tipping.

Rick Schroder (Little Ricky in Silver Spoons) utilizes his experiences from acting and growing up in the entertainment industry to help with filming. The DVD shows his potential as a director, but his script writing on this film could have been more polished. Will the financial risk of movie making leave Schroder high and dry in the future?

Thursday, October 06, 2005

TV shows not to be missed.

The race is on with the New Family edition of "The Amazing Race"

http://www.cbs.com/primetime/amazing_race8/


There are only two episodes of the Iraqi war series "Over There."

http://www.fxnetwork.com/shows/originals/overthere/main.html


"Rome" ends its run on HBO.

http://www.hbo.com/rome/

Check out these shows before it is to late. Maybe DVD?

Sunday, September 18, 2005

JuneauEmpire.com: Opinion: Alaska editorial: Some forms of gambling already exist in Alaska 09/16/05

JuneauEmpire.com: Opinion: Alaska editorial: Some forms of gambling already exist in Alaska 09/16/05: "Alaska editorial: Some forms of gambling already exist in Alaska

This editorial first appeared in the Voice of the (Anchorage) Times:

It would be one thing, perhaps, to condemn poker parlors as an evil crack-in-the-door that will soon open the way for big gambling operations in Anchorage and Alaska - if it weren't for the fact that gambling is rampant here already.
Unfortunately, we opened that door a long time ago. Once, the only authorized gambling in Alaska was the annual guessing game about the day and hour when the ice would go out every spring on the Tanana River at Nenana.
Sure, there was other gambling. The police every now and then raided a local club that had a few slot machines hidden away from the eyes of those who weren't members. There was pan and other games on which money was wagered.
But along came bingo parlors and pull tabs under the guise of being a way to raise money for charity (with the owners pocketing by far the biggest percentage of the take) - not to mention charity raffles by the thousands.
There was gambling here and gambling there, and big money everywhere. Various legislative acts over the years have condoned gambling while at the same time piously pretending it doesn't really exist.
But state lottery? Oh, no, that would be bad. Casinos? Heaven forbid, those are for Las Vegas and other gambling meccas. Card rooms? Surely not, because people would sit in them all day and night and gamble. Has anybody visited one of Anchorage's major bingo parlors lately?
We long ago opposed legalized gambling in Alaska. The Nenana Ice Classic was as far as we wanted to go. But that was a battle we lost during many years past. Like it "

Monticello Times

Monticello Times: "� Saturday and Sunday: St. Henry Catholic Church's annual Fall Festival kicks off Saturday night with a bilingual mass at 5 p.m., followed by a community street dance at 6 p.m. featuring the music of wild country. On Sunday, the Fall Festival continues, with a turkey dinner 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The band Damascus Road performs at noon, and Mariachi band plays 2:30-4:30 p.m. A raffle drawing for $6,000 in total prizes is at 5 p.m. Festivities include bingo, a truck and auto show, craft boutique, calk walk and sweet shop. games for children and adults, a beer tent and pull tabs."

The Oakland Press: Local News

The Oakland Press: Local News

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Signature Gathering To Put Gaming Commission On Ballot Approved

Signature Gathering To Put Gaming Commission On Ballot Approved: "


:: G A M B L I N G N E W S ::


Signature Gathering To Put Gaming Commission On Ballot Approved
Sep 04, 2005

Lt. Gov. Loren Leman on Thursday said sponsors can begin gathering signatures for a ballot initiative that would create a commission with the power to regulate and expand gambling in Alaska. The proposed commission would not need the Legislature's permission to allow any game of chance in the state, including casino games, lotteries and slot machines. Gambling in Alaska is limited to games like bingo, pull tabs and raffles.
The seven-member commission would be appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Legislature.
Ken Jacobus, the lawyer for the sponsors, believes the group should be able to collect the 31,451 signatures from registered Alaska voters over the next year to qualify the initiative for the 2006 ballot. The signatures must come from all around the state.
'We are confident we can (collect enough),' Jacobus said.
The ballot initiative is sponsored by people associated with a bar and restaurant industry trade group, which in past years has lobbied unsuccessfully in the Legislature for video gambling machines in bars and clubs.
The trade group has claimed that the public supports gambling proposals. However, proposals to legalize card rooms for gamblers, an Anchorage casino, a state lottery and video poker have all failed to pass the Legislature in recent years.
The Alaska Department of Law said there are potential legal problems with taking the power to legalize gambling away from the Legislature and giving it to a commission. But the department said that could be sorted out after Alaskans had a chance to vote on the ballot initiative.
The state's lawyers also said allowing new kinds of gambling anywhere in Alaska could trigger a federal Indian law granting tribal rights to start gaming operations on "Indian Land" in the state. There is a dispute, however, over whether anything qualifying as Indian Land exists in Alaska, other than the reservation of Metlakatla in the Southeast panhandle.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Review for "Into the West (2005)"

TNT DreamWorks Television

Mini-series with a powerful message!

“Into the West (2005)” is made for television mini-series that aired on TNT (DreamWorks Television) for six weeks. Each episode was two hour in length. This epic film takes place in the 1800’s emerging Western Territories. The monumental task for filming fell on six different directors for each two hour segment. There were eight producers including Executive Producer Steven Spielberg.

The main scriptwriter was William Mastrosimone. He had three other scriptwriters take some of the duties to bring these six episodes together. The flow and main overall scene theme was well maintained between the directors. The script writing was well written for that era. The actors did pull off the dialogue and dialect. The Lakota language was spoken true to form for the non Lakota members and a big thank you should go to the language instructor.

The scene transitions from each week are difficult to catch up because of the passage of time that was used and not explained. Also, with the accumulation of age for the actors, it is hard to distinguish who is who. Some of the main characters change actors so their look is different and offspring of the main family is hard to keep track of. Hopefully the forthcoming DVD will make this transition smoother. The use of the subtitles for the Lakota language gives the film authenticity to the difficulties of the language barrier during that time.

The use of Native American actors and behind the scenes personnel gives this film some creditability within the Native American community. The tendency in the past for Hollywood seems to bypass input from any Native American Tribe to get the real historical story. Hopefully this film stops that trend.

The mini-series follows two families, the Wheeler family and members of the Lakota tribe. The mini-series takes a multi-generation view into their struggles, triumphs and historical significance for each family. The points of view of family members are followed as they explore the Western Territories searching for a better life. From the gold rush, cross country railroad, ethnic diversity, Native perspective and use of Lakota language, the directors tried to be as accurate and detailed in authenticity. Of course there are going to be some inaccuracies made, but overall the film depicts the true hardships, cruelty of the time. Can you call it a Native American only film? No. But the film tries to give a history lesson from two perspectives which I think it accomplishes.

The one star drawback is that is tries to cover too much historical events in one film. And cannot give the true depiction needed. Sometimes it seems like it was a second thought on the significant relationship with the main characters. The Massacre at Wounded Knee was very accurate with the slaughter of innocent woman and children. But were the responsible people accountable for their actions?

The cast of actors is a who’s who of recognizable actors. The six episode name list is “Wheel to the Stars”, “Manifest”, “Dreams and Schemes”, “Hell on Wheels”, “Causalities of War” and “Ghost Dance.”

The upcoming DVD (Set to release/ship Oct. 4, 2005) will include; “Interview with Executive Producer Steven Spielberg” “The Making of”, “Communications Gap-use of the Indian Lakota language”, “The Cast of”, “Family Tree”, deleted scenes and episode transitions.

I highly recommend purchasing this DVD when it is available. I am on the preorder list.


Monday, July 25, 2005

Member charged in theft from Legion

Member charged in theft from Legion: "
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Member charged in theft from Legion
Sunday, July 24, 2005
By Diana LaMattina
Staff writer
A Syracuse man Friday was accused of stealing $97,500 from a gaming fund at the Eastwood American Legion.
Eric Stuhler, 48, of 315 S. Midler Ave., was charged by Syracuse police with second-degree larceny and first-degree falsifying business records.
An investigation began in March when the state Racing and Wagering Board realized that fees, funds and quarterly statements for 'bell jar' games were not properly filed from 2001 to 2003 for the Eastwood American Legion, Post 1276, at 102 Nichols Ave., said police Lt. Joe Cecile.

So-called bell jar games, which are sold in New York by nonprofit organizations, are tickets with pull-tabs that reveal a prize to winners.
The state Racing and Wagering Board called Syracuse police and asked them to investigate who was responsible for the missing money, Cecile said. The investigation led to Stuhler, who served as the bell jar chairman, Cecile said.
Stuhler pleaded not guilty in City Court and was sent to the Onondaga County Justice Center in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Calls to the Eastwood American Legion and the Legion commander were not returned Saturday."

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Picayune Item: Mississippi News Near the Gulf: News

Picayune Item: Mississippi News Near the Gulf: News: "News
VFW busted for illegal gambling devices
By JASON MUNZ/Item Staff Writer
Saturday, July 16, 2005 5:52 PM CDT


During a vice check at the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) on Ridge Road in Picayune, the Picayune Police Department found and seized five illegal gaming devices and an illegal pull tab machine along with $3,268.27 in illegal gambling proceeds, according to a press release issued Friday by PPD.

Hugh E. Miller, 66, of Picayune, was arrested and charged with five counts of possession of illegal gambling devices and two counts of possession of illegal pull tabs.
The charges could carry a total of four-and-a-half years in jail and $12,500 in fines.

According to police, patrons would place currency into the machine and receive tickets as their earnings. After receiving the tickets, patrons would cash them in at the register of the VFW.

Officers located an unopened container of pull tabs hidden inside the tab machine. Also, officers learned the VFW had been conducting illegal dice games during business hours."

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Thursday, July 07, 2005

Poor get poorer in lottery land

Higher-poverty areas win less

By AMY RINARD
Posted: July 5, 2005

Nearly one-third of all state lottery tickets sold in southeastern Wisconsin last year were sold in poor neighborhoods, and players in these areas hoping to strike it rich have not seen as many big payoffs as the rest of the region, a Journal Sentinel analysis shows.

Lottery Tickets By the Numbers
6 cents on the dollarWinnings in the 18 high-poverty ZIP codes of southeastern Wisconsin for residents who played the lottery.
10 cents on the dollarWinnings in the other 76 ZIP code areas of southeastern Wisconsin.
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It’s all random. There’s no way I, or anybody at the lottery, could influence the location of winners.
- Mike Edmonds,Director, Wisconsin Lottery
Poverty and the Wisconsin Lottery

Longtime lottery player Tim Butler, who lives on Milwaukee's west side, didn't need to see the numbers to know that he and his neighbors are not exactly reaping big rewards from their investment in lottery tickets.
"I have never won any decent amount of money with tickets I bought in the inner city," said Butler, a Milwaukee County bus driver, shortly after returning home with another $20 worth of Pick 3 and Pick 4 tickets.
He said in the seven years he has been buying lottery tickets - usually several every day - his biggest prize has been $500 won in the Super Cash game with a ticket, he makes a point of noting, that he purchased on the city's south side.
"I'm going to keep playing, hoping things will change," Butler said. "And all the money I lost, I stand a chance of recouping."
Butler lives in the 53210 ZIP code, where, according to U.S. Census data, almost 25% of residents live below the poverty level. In that area, a total of $3.3 million worth of lottery tickets were sold during the 2003-'04 fiscal year.
Yet, residents of that area won only about $145,000 in prizes of more than $600 each. That's about 4 cents for every $1 spent in lottery tickets. Only prizes greater than $599 are tracked by the lottery by winner because those winning tickets must be taken to a state lottery validation center to be cashed.
Most other high-poverty areas of southeastern Wisconsin had similar ratios of lottery sales to winnings.
In the 53233 ZIP code area - bounded roughly by Highland Ave., the Menomonee Valley, 27th St. and 6th St. - where the poverty rate is more than 47%, neighborhood retailers sold $1.1 million in lottery tickets while residents won only a total of $11,100 in prizes of $600 or more.
Overall, in 18 ZIP code areas of southeastern Wisconsin with the poverty rates of 10% or more, a total of $54.8 million worth of lottery tickets were sold. That's 32% of total sales in the entire region of $171 million during 2003-'04. Lottery sales statewide that year totaled $483 million. The statewide poverty rate was 8.7% in 2000.
In those higher-poverty ZIP codes, the return in big payouts of residents' ticket purchases was about 6 cents on the dollar (though a couple of ZIP codes had much higher winning rates - in 53212, with a 36% poverty rate, it was 22 cents on the dollar, for example).
In the other 76 ZIP code areas that make up southeastern Wisconsin, the lottery paid out more than 10 cents for every dollar spent on tickets.
And in wealthiest ZIP codes areas in southeastern Wisconsin, the proportion of winnings to tickets sold is more than double that of the poorest areas.
Residents living in the 20 ZIP codes with the highest median household incomes won $3.1 million in 2003-'04 with $21.7 million worth of tickets sold in those areas. That's 14 cents in winnings for every dollar in lottery sales.
For example, in the 53045 ZIP code in Brookfield, where the median household income is about $85,000, there were $1.2 million worth of lottery tickets sold in 2003-'04. Residents of that ZIP code won more than $520,000, about 45 cents for every dollar spent on tickets.
Of course, people who live in one ZIP code area do buy lottery tickets outside their own neighborhoods, which somewhat skews both total sales and total big prize payout statistics by individual ZIP code.
But the Journal Sentinel's analysis of figures supplied by the Wisconsin Lottery uses the best method available for comparing lottery sales with the household incomes of ticket buyers, many of whom make ticket purchases close to home. And the lottery's data is the only way to track where the winners live.
Mike Edmonds, director of the Wisconsin Lottery, said he's not sure the available data supports any hard-and-fast conclusions about lottery sales or about where winners live. Just because someone buys a lottery ticket in a high-poverty area doesn't mean they live there, he said.
Despite the strong feelings of Butler and other Milwaukee lottery players, Edmonds flatly rejects the notion that where people live and buy lottery tickets determines who wins larger prizes.
He said he hears this theory recited all over the state.
"When I'm outside of Milwaukee County, people say, 'All your winners are in Milwaukee,' and when I'm in Milwaukee County people say, 'All your winners are outstate,' " said Edmonds. "That's a common complaint; but, in the end, it's all random. There's no way I, or anybody at the lottery, could influence the location of winners."
Edmonds also noted that one of the most popular games in Milwaukee County is the Pick 3 game, which has a top prize of $500 - prizes that are not recorded and tracked by the lottery. Of the $23 million in Pick 3 sales statewide last year, he said, half of those sales were in Milwaukee County.
But Sen. Spencer Coggs (D-Milwaukee), whose district includes many of the ZIP code areas with high poverty rates, including the poorest - 53233 - sees reason for concern in the analysis of lottery data.
He said the sales data are likely to be a good reflection of where people living in poor neighborhoods buy lottery tickets because they often lack transportation and are likely to walk to the nearest gas station or convenience store to buy tickets.
Coggs said he was troubled by the large lottery sales figures in poor neighborhoods, but understands why poor people buy lottery tickets even though the cost represents a higher percentage of their incomes than it would for others.
"They feel themselves in poverty and they don't feel a way to get out and this lottery presents this almost-impossible chance of getting out of poverty," he said. "Poor people tend to feel more desperate about these kinds of things, and they take that one-in-a-million chance more than a middle- or upper-middle income person."
Coggs said for years he has heard complaints from his inner city constituents about the lack of big lottery winners from predominantly African-American neighborhoods.
The conclusions of the Journal Sentinel analysis, he said, were startling and might cause his constituents to rethink their lottery habits.
"I honestly believe people seeing these statistics might want to reconsider throwing their money away," said Coggs. "My view is 'buyer beware.' But if I was buying lottery tickets and I see that low numbers of people from my neighborhood are actually winning, I would think twice about playing."
Ashif Maher has worked at the Mobil station near W. National Ave. and S. Layton Blvd. in the 53215 ZIP code, since 2001. Each day, he said he sells about $800 in lottery tickets in this area, where the poverty rate is 20%, and hands out around $200 to those lucky enough to win.
Many of the players are elderly or poor, he said. Most of them lose, and many of the winners take home only a dollar or two.
"No, I don't think it's fair at all," Maher said. "People play like it's like the casinos."
Sue Robinson, who lives on the city's southwest side in ZIP code area 53215 and who said she buys Powerball tickets once or twice a month at her corner convenience store, admits that the numbers on winners are not very encouraging.
In her ZIP code, a total of $5.2 million in lottery tickets were sold in 2003-'04 while prize payouts of $600 or more totaled just $202,000 - less than 4 cents on the dollar.
"Every time I go, I see people who probably shouldn't be buying lottery tickets," she said. "If you really can't afford it, that's where that hope thing comes in."
Robinson said despite what she called "a real lousy return" on her investment in lottery tickets - the most she ever won in five years was $7 - she's not going to stop playing.
"I'm at the stage where a buck or two isn't going to hurt me. It's that little glimmer of hope of getting away from my wage-slave job," she said.
"You do hear about people winning; you might beat the odds, you never know."
Steven Walters and Chase Davis of the Journal Sentinel staff contributed to this report.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Who the Hell Wants to be a Millionaire?

Winning a multimillion-dollar lottery jackpot should be a dream come true. Then why do so many winners wish they’d never won at all?
Maxim, May 2005By Steve Kandell
It’s the single greatest moment of your life, so surreal you can’t believe it’s actually happening. You check your lotto ticket a hundred times, and unbelievably, the numbers you picked match the ones on the news. Suddenly you are being introduced to the world: WINNER. MULTIMILLIONAIRE. PUBLIC FIGURE. You stand in front of TV cameras and blazing lights, proudly holding an oversize check that’ll never fit into an ATM slot, no matter how many times you fold it. On your left is a grinning representative of the state lottery commission, eager to trot you out as the system’s most recent success story. Flashbulbs pop as the questions come at lightning pace:“What are you going to do with all that money?”“How did you pick the numbers?”“Will you quit your job?”“What are you going to do with all that money?”You feed the wolves and toss out a couple of clich├ęd lines about buying your folks a new house and donating to the Red Cross or Save the Whales, all while smiling wide for the cameras. Anyone in his right mind would kill to face these questions, and since no one can ever truly be prepared for a multimillion-dollar windfall, don’t feel bad that you lack any real answers. Most importantly, remember how you feel right now, at this very moment, in the face of all this adulation and good-natured envy. Because you will remember this as the precise moment your life completely and utterly turned to shit.The OutlawNo recent jackpot winner faced the press more memorably than 55-year-old Andrew Jackson “Jack” Whittaker. When the gregarious West Virginia contractor won a record-breaking $315 million Powerball prize on Christmas Day 2002, his Southern charm made him a national media darling. Even after Uncle Sam took an ample bite from the winnings—Whittaker took the lump sum payment option and was left with a mere $114 million after taxes—it was the single-largest undivided prize ever awarded in the United States. Looking half Johnny Cash, half Jed Clampett, Whittaker accepted the bounty wearing his trademark black suit, black cowboy hat, and devilish smirk. Despite his outlaw appearance, he promised to do noble things with his winnings, first cutting a check for $17 million to the Church of God and then using the rest to take care of the people closest to him. “It’s really going to excite my granddaughter and daughter,” he told the gathered reporters. “They’re the ones who are going to be spending the money. I get my enjoyment out of that.” Unlike most lottery winners, who make a point of disappearing after the obligatory press conference, Whittaker couldn’t stay out of the headlines. He developed a bad habit of carrying large sums of cash with him everywhere he went, forcing police in his hometown of Scott Depot to spend much of their time trying to track down thousands of dollars repeatedly stolen from his home, his office, and his SUV. One night in the summer of 2003, Whittaker passed out at a strip club called the Pink Pony, and his briefcase—filled with $545,000 in cash—was taken. Cops recovered the money and arrested an ex-stripper and the Pony’s manager for robbing Whittaker when he was unconscious.Then Whittaker began racking up his own charges. In January 2004, police arrested him for assaulting a local bar manager, whom he also apparently threatened to kill. Then he was arrested for drunk driving—twice. Finally, three female racetrack employees filed a suit claiming Whittaker had fondled them between pulls at a slot machine. (He denies all the charges.)By September 2004, things started getting weird: While Whittaker was out of town, cops investigating a reported break-in at his house found a body inside—it was a friend of his granddaughter Brandi, dead of a drug overdose. Three months later, Brandi herself went missing. Eleven days after that, her body was found wrapped in plastic behind a van. Whittaker’s pride and joy, the girl he’d named his company’s building after, was dead at 17 under mysterious circumstances, her body apparently dumped by her panicky boyfriend. “I wish all of this had never happened,” Whittaker’s wife, Jewel, cried to a local newspaper. “I wish I would’ve torn the ticket up.”It’s a feeling shared by lots of unprepared jackpot winners, and while Jack Whittaker’s story is by no means typical, lottery activists think it sets an important example—and may not be entirely his fault. “He has a chance now to educate people about the reality of the lottery,” says Dawn Nettles of the Texas-based Lotto Report, a newsletter she started to keep fellow lottery enthusiasts apprised of winning numbers. In 1999, after the state of Texas announced it would add four extra balls to its 50-ball lotto drawing, Nettles began to take a closer look at how the states conduct their lottery operations. It seemed to her that state lottery commissions were taking advantage of players who didn’t bother to read the fine print on the backs of their tickets and were using fuzzy math to determine how much to pay winners.These are just two of the reasons why she is currently helping to prepare a lawsuit against the Texas Lottery Commission on behalf of 13 winners who allege they were “cheated.” (Reagan Greer, executive director of the Texas Lottery Commission, refused to comment for this article.) The Lotto Report has become a one-woman crusade against what Nettles now sees as a morally corrupt con game that ruins more lives than it saves, and she regularly hears hard-luck stories about winners who have been ripped off or have otherwise hit the skids. “Everyone who wins has some sort of problem with their family or friends,” she says. “It’s a known fact.” "I Can't Trust Anybody."There was a time when “Bugs,” a 38-year-old oil field laborer, would blow $300 of every paycheck on the lottery. He realized his spending had gotten out of hand, so he eventually weaned himself down to an occasional ticket purchased on a whim. On one of those whims five years ago, he accidentally picked the number 50 when he meant to mark 40. It was a simple mistake that earned him an $8.9 million one-time payment. The money allowed him to quit his backbreaking job and become a benefactor to his friends and family—only to have them promptly turn around and exploit him. “I’d loan people money when they needed it,” Bugs says. “Then I’d hear them say, ‘Why should I ever pay him back? He’s a millionaire.’” Financial entanglements and poor investments led to ruined friendships and strained relations. His phone rang so often, he tore it off the wall and has yet to replace it.“Don’t get me wrong—I love being able to help people,” he says. “But I went too far and now I have more problems than I did before I won the money.” After he won, his ex-wife suddenly wanted to reconcile after years of estrangement, and he says he desperately wants to have a family. But even this modest goal seems unattainable. “My lawyer tells me that if I have a kid, I’d have to pay $40,000 a year in child support,” Bugs says. At this point he’s too cynical to believe a woman would be with him for any reason other than to milk him dry. In fact, he has grown so paranoid, he refuses to let us reveal any potentially distinguishing characteristics about him for fear of attracting more unwanted attention. All this multimillionaire will admit is that he lives alone in a trailer. It’s a single-wide. “I just want to be happy,” he says, “but it’s not gonna happen. I can’t trust anybody.” If he had to do it all over again, Bugs claims he’d rather not have won the jackpot. But he still buys lottery tickets on a regular basis.“Well,” he says with a shrug, “it’s something to do.”Falling Apart“Everybody resents you, everybody has their hands out, and you become totally isolated,” Nettles says about the ill-prepared lottery winner. “Either that’s where the drinking and drugs come in, or you go broke helping everyone else. The pressure is mind-boggling…look at what happened to Billie Bob Harrell.”In 1997, the 47-year-old Harrell was struggling to support his wife, Barbara Jean, and their three children on a Home Depot shelf stocker’s paycheck in Harris County, Texas. He pinned all his hopes for financial salvation on the one-in-47,000,000 odds of winning a lotto jackpot, because, well, somebody has to be that one. On June 28, Harrell won $31 million.Like Whittaker, he used the money to buy extravagant gifts and cars for his friends and family. But the demands for handouts from acquaintances and strangers alike never stopped, even after he changed his unlisted phone number seven times. He always had checkbook in hand to help parishioners of his church, and he quickly realized that $1.2 million a year wasn’t as much money as it seemed. Less than a year after winning the lottery, his family was in shambles and Barbara Jean filed for divorce.Desperate to get his hands on more cash, Harrell arranged to sell 10 years’ worth of future winnings—upwards of $6 million—to a Maryland-based firm called Stone Street Capital for $2.25 million, against the advice of his family, his lawyer, and anyone who could grasp that six is a bigger number than two and a quarter.As his life continued its downward spiral, Harrell became depressed and lost 50 pounds. He tried to reconcile with Barbara Jean, but she wasn’t interested. She did agree, however, to a family dinner at her house. So Harrell arrived at her place on the afternoon of Saturday, May 22, 1999. He was early, and no one was there.When his children came home that evening, they found their father’s naked body in the master bedroom, dead from a shotgun blast to the chest. Despite the autopsy report and three suicide notes found near his body, Harrell’s parents suspected foul play. The money from Stone Street mysteriously went missing, and Harrell’s heirs couldn’t afford to pay the estate taxes. It’s little wonder, then, that shortly before his death, Harrell had confessed to a financial adviser, “Winning the lottery is the worst thing that ever happened to me.”Are You Prepared?Much of the turmoil that comes from winning large sums of money stems from the fact that lotteries are overwhelmingly played by people with lower incomes who aren’t prepared to take on such enormous financial and emotional burdens. Even calling the lottery a “game” is misleading. Many people who “play” are just looking for a way out of an otherwise hopeless situation. “People who come into money need a plan and a sense of who they are and where they’re going,” says Steven Danish, Ph.D., a psychologist who has worked with the Virginia Lottery Commission. “They don’t find that out just because they won the lottery.”Though states try to downplay this aspect of the economic reality, it’s clear that the majority of the nearly $45 billion annual intake comes disproportionately from the poor and those without college educations. One recent study found that households making less than $10,000 per year spent an average of $289 on tickets annually, while households earning over $50,000 spent $187.While Whittaker, Bugs, and Harrell may seem like extreme examples of how winning the lottery can be more of a curse than a blessing, they aren’t alone. Last November, 49-year-old New York parking attendant Juan Rodriguez stepped forward to claim a $149 million Mega Millions jackpot. He had 78 cents in his bank account at the time. Within days his estranged wife Iris sued him for divorce…and for her share of his winnings. But Rodriguez’s main concern was for his mother—she still lived in Colombia, and he was terrified that his newfound notoriety could get her kidnapped. Not long after his travails became tabloid fodder, Rodriguez did everything he could to disappear from the public eye. He had learned what most lottery winners eventually grasp—there’s nothing worse than being found.Case in point: Richard Krenzer, a crane operator in Rochester, New York. He won a $25 million prize in December 2002, and four months later, was stabbed six times in the very same bar where he bought his winning ticket. Somehow he survived the attack—and, inexplicably, still lives in Rochester. So how did this brutal incident change his feelings about winning so much money?“I don’t know how you found me, but please put me on your ‘do not call’ list. Now. I have nothing to say.” Click.Hotter Than EverFor every sob story on record, countless others go unreported. Yet no one seems particularly worried that people will stop playing for fear of winning. Lottery revenue nationwide has grown an average of nine percent each year over the past four years. More than half of all Americans participated in some sort of lottery game in 2003, despite the fact that more than 25 percent of them admit the game is harmful both to individuals and to society.California’s most recent Richie Rich is Colin McLean, a 25-year-old from Newport Beach who won $81 million in January. Seemingly the anti-Whittaker, McLean eschewed the traditional glad-handing press conference, instead offering the usual thank-God-and-must-help-those-less-fortunate-and-buy-a-new-car platitudes through his lawyer. “With everything going on in the world,” he announced, “I think it’s inappropriate to gain notoriety for [winning the lottery].” Though the odds and common sense are against McLean, Dr. Danish thinks his youth, lack of family commitments, and aversion to publicity could give him an advantage where o many before him failed.Even doomsayer Dawn Nettles knows there are exceptions to the winning-is-losing rule. One of her close friends recently won $50 million, and before he even told his wife, he called a financial adviser who immediately put him on a strict budget. Already a well-paid businessman before the jackpot, he sticks to the budget religiously, fighting impulses to buy bulletproof Hummers and gold-plated Learjets. So far it’s been smooth sailing.So smooth, in fact, that even as Nettles prepares mountains of legal documents and spreadsheets designed to expose the Texas Lottery Commission as deceitful, she can’t always resist the urge to get in on the action. “I’m not proud of it,” she says, “but I just bought a ticket myself.”

Out for Blood
Several companies will gladly buy your yearly lottery payments…at a huge discount.If you can’t wait 25 years to collect your fortune, companies like Stone Street Capital and Prosperity Partners will come to the rescue. These firms hunt down winners and try to convince them to sell out. “We get their names from the state lotteries’ Web sites and track the people down,” a researcher from one of the firms anonymously admits. One in 10 winners shows interest right away; the other nine are called again…and again. Critics claim these companies prey upon winners’ most irresponsible instincts by providing heavily discounted one-time payments in the name of instant gratification. Some reports on these types of firms have put compounded interest rates on their loans as high as 35 percent, and if you’re not careful, the results can be devastating. One woman who won $4.2 million in Virginia in 1993 now owes more than $100,000 to a loan company. “Those kinds of companies are the worst thing that can happen to winners,” Dawn Nettles says. “If they can’t handle their newfound yearly income, how will they handle a lump sum payment?” We suggest you deal with your money the old-fashioned way: Bury it.
* * * * *Ask AnythingQ. So what the hell do I do if I win the lottery?A. Absolutely nothing. Well, not right away, anyway. “Life as you know it is over, and life after the lottery begins,” says Susan Bradley of the Sudden Money Institute, which specializes in counseling big winners. Before spending a cent, Bradley suggests, allow yourself a “decision-free zone.” Dawn Nettles concurs: “I tell winners to do nothing for 30 days.” To avoid blowing your wad, make a dream list of things you’d like to buy, then retain sensible lawyers and financial advisers to help you get it. To fend off predatory friends and family, change your phone number and consider moving. Once you’ve cashed in, put the loot into a money market account or short-term CD until you’ve decided on long-term investments. “Winners generally overcommit to buying homes and undercommit to making their money last,” says Bradley. According to one study, a full 70 percent of people who suddenly come into money wind up blowing it within a few years, so for once in your less-pathetic-than-it-used-to-be life, use your head.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Electronic Game Card Gains NATional Indian Gaming Commission Approval for its Gamecards

Electronic Game Card Gains NATional Indian Gaming Commission Approval for its Gamecards: "Press ReleaseSource: Electronic Game Card, Inc.

Electronic Game Card Gains NATional Indian Gaming Commission Approval for its Gamecards
Thursday June 30, 8:08 am ET
NEW YORK and LONDON, June 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- June 30th 2005 Electronic Game Card, Inc (OTCBB: EGMI - News), the US rewards based games company, is pleased to announce it has received an Opinion from the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) that EGC's Tribal Numbers(tm) GameCard has been designated as a Class II device under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. The NIGC rendered the Opinion that the Tribal Numbers(tm) electronic GameCard satisfies the Act on all counts as a technologic aid to the scratchcard featured on the card, so allowing the sale of the EGC Gamecard in Indian Country to the public (subject to Class II provisions).
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Scott Walker, Senior Consultant to Electronic Game Card, Inc on the Tribal Numbers project, commented:
'This designation is significant because Class II gaming is not subject to the Tribal-State Compacts pursuant to which states exert control over the type of gaming allowed on Tribal Land. Tribes retain their authority to conduct, license, and regulate class II gaming so long as the state in which the Tribe is located permits such gaming for any purpose and the Tribal government adopts a gaming ordinance approved by the Commission - as such Tribal governments are responsible for regulating class II gaming with Commission oversight. This means that any Tribe now wishing to sell the Tribal Numbers(tm) GameCard to the public can do so in compliance with the NIGC rulings.'
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Saturday, June 25, 2005

Native American Times - America's Largest Independent, Native American News Source

Native American Times - America's Largest Independent, Native American News Source: "Report: Indian gaming in Oklahoma has 'experienced remarkable growth'
State leads nation in number of new casinos

TULSA OK
Native American Times and Associated Press 6/15/2005

American Indian tribes shared $900 million in casino gambling revenue with governments in 2004, a 23 percent increase over the previous year, according to a comprehensive review of Indian gaming.

The industry was responsible for $8.8 billion in wages, and 277,000 jobs.

The Indian Gaming Industry Report, compiled by Alan Meister, a Los Angeles-based economist with Analysis Group, also characterizes Indian gaming in Oklahoma as undergoing �remarkable growth.�

According to the report, Indian tribes contributed a whopping $6.2 billion in taxes, two-thirds of which went to the federal government. The rest was split between local and state governments.

Some tribes have come to resent legislators who rely on tribal revenue sharing for their state budgets, Meister said.

'Every new agreement is involving some sort of revenue sharing [with the state]. I don't think necessarily that all tribes are against it, but it's got to be a win-win relationship.'

Some factoids from the report, as compiled by the Native American Times.

-The top two revenue generating Indian gaming states, California and Connecticut, accounted for almost 40 percent of the nationwide total. The top five grossing states, which included (from high to low) Arizona, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, accounted for 60.1 percent of total gaming revenue at Indian gaming facilities. Compared to 2003, the top five states experienced a slight change in order as Arizona moved ahead of Minnesota to ran"

Friday, June 17, 2005


Pull-tab cart. Mobile pulltab station for selling anywhere! Secured for action! Posted by Hello

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Sunday, June 12, 2005

Horse tracks still betting on gaming

Horse tracks still betting on gaming: "June 11, 2005


Horse tracks still betting on gaming
Industry officials say Hoosier Park, Indiana Downs need pull-tabs to save racing in state.

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Alex's Lemonade Stand comes to Hoosier Park

What is fast becoming the nation's most famous lemonade is available today at Hoosier Park in Anderson, Ind.

Alex's Lemonade Stand will be open during the showing of the Belmont Stakes and also for tonight's live harness card on the south apron at Hoosier Park, one of about 30 tracks nationwide expected to host the stand.

Alex's Lemonade Stand was founded in 2000 by then 4-year-old Alex Scott, Wynnewood, Pa. She was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at the age of 1 and died last August, but her parents have continued to use the stands to raise money to fight pediatric cancer.

Afleet Alex, the morning-line favorite in today's Belmont, is not named after the stand founder. But Chuck Zacney, Afleet Alex's co-owner, heard of the girl last year and has pledged a percentage of the colt's winnings to the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.

Liz and Jay Scott, Alex's parents, hope to raise $1 million at 1,000 stands nationwide this weekend. For more information, go to www.alexslemonade.com

-- Michael Pointer



By Michael Pointer
michael.pointer@indystar.com


Christmas was a few days away, and Rick Moore was dreaming of the ultimate present.
Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson had just announced plans for a new Colts stadium that would be funded by slot machines in Marion County. Suddenly, the local horse racing industry had a high-profile partner in its attempts to bring pull-tab machines to Hoosi"

Friday, May 27, 2005

Journal Gazette | 05/25/2005 | Debt-laden Legion post to be closed

Journal Gazette | 05/25/2005 | Debt-laden Legion post to be closed
: "Coq. councillors weigh in on bingo proposal



By Kate TrotterThe Tri-City News
May 21 2005
Few decisions before Coquitlam council this term have been as contentious as the application to build a $9-million, 754-seat bingo facility near Silver City in south Coquitlam.
The proposal, which will be re-hashed at a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall, involves:
* land use - rezoning property in a retail area;
* environment - concerns about the impact on nearby Como Creek;
* social issues - proliferation of gaming;
* leisure issues - many people, especially women and seniors want to play bingo locally.
In its progress through council, the bingo venue proposal has held on by a single vote.
Councillors Mae Reid, Kent Becker, Maxine Wilson and Fin Donnelly have consistently spoken against it (and Donnelly has voted in favour of sending the item to the public for comment) while councillors Louella Hollington, Diane Thorne, Bill LeClair and Barrie Lynch have either supported the proposal or said they would with changes. Coquitlam Mayor Jon Kingsbury has also voted in the affirmative. The five-four balance may shift, however, if the matter comes to council for a vote the following Monday, May 30. Supporter LeClair will be out of town and, if traditional voting patterns are followed, it would be a tie vote, and ties defeat.
At the public hearing, councillors are expected to listen objectively to arguments from the public both for and against. Here is where the more vocal on the issue stand right now:
* Fin Donnelly: He's concerned 'side games' such as electronic pull-tab and Keno are too important to the fiscal health of the operation. 'If the majority of people are saying they are okay with bingo and electronic bingo"

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

The Casper Star-Tribune: Printable Version

The Casper Star-Tribune: Printable Version: "Tribe moves ahead with casino
By BRODIE FARQUHAR
Star-Tribune correspondent
RIVERTON -- With any luck, the Wind River Casino will be open by Christmas, according to Northern Arapaho Business Council Chairman Rick Brannan.
'That's our tentative goal,' said Brannan, after meeting with state legislators at the tribe's existing 789 Bingo facility just outside Riverton on the Wind River Indian Reservation.
Members of the Joint Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Interim Committee met earlier on Monday in Lander, discussing gambling issues with Wyoming Attorney General Pat Crank.
However, the new tribal casino will not open with full-scale Las Vegas-style gambling, but will limit itself to Class II bingo operations under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
'The casino is economically viable as a Class II operation,' Brannan said, 'and will be more so as a Class III operation.'
The state of Wyoming is fighting against Class III, or casino-style, gaming on the reservation. Until that legal battle is resolved, the Northern Arapaho intend to expand their electronic bingo-style gambling in the meantime.
Class II gaming is defined as the game of chance known as bingo (electronic or computer) as well as pull tabs, punch board, tip jars, instant bingo and other games similar to bingo. Class III gaming is extremely broad in definition under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, including such games as slot machines, black jack, craps and roulette.
Brannan and 789 Bingo manager Jim Conrad told the legislators that architects were busy revising building plans and that they hoped to line up construction financing in 60 days. Construction would start in early August, and the casino building would be fu"

Winona Daily News - News

Winona Daily News - News: "Houston to sell municipal liquor store
By Gayda Hollnagel | Lee Newspapers
HOUSTON, Minn. � This southeastern Minnesota city is putting its municipal liquor store up for sale. Advertisement

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'It seems like the timing is right to get out of the business,' said Larry Jerviss, Houston city administrator.

Houston City Council members voted May 9 to put the store up for sale and are seeking bids from prospective buyers, he said.

The sale would include the building, land, inventory and bar fixtures.

Although the advertisement for bids said the purchaser must agree to operate the business as an on-sale/off-sale liquor establishment for at least 24 months and agree to contract with the Houston Chamber of Commerce to continue selling charitable gambling pull-tabs for at least 24 months, both requirements would be negotiable, Jerviss said.

'If they can't make a go of it, we're not going to force them to lose money for two years,' he said.

The deadline for submitting bids is June 13. Bids will be opened at 8 p.m. that day in the Nature Center Meeting Room. The city reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

Bidders may examine the building and inventory by appointment with manager Deb Thompson during business hours by calling (507) 896-3232"

adn.com | alaska : Reality of Eielson cutbacks hits hard

adn.com | alaska : Reality of Eielson cutbacks hits hard: "Reality of Eielson cutbacks hits hard
NORTH POLE: Some see economic crisis with loss of 3,000 jobs.
By KYLE HOPKINS
Anchorage Daily News
Published: May 15th, 2005
Last Modified: May 15th, 2005 at 05:09 AM
NORTH POLE -- Norbert 'Red' Strandberg is living in the partially completed home he works on diligently just outside town. The North Slope Teamster plans to sell the single-family house for a handsome profit when he's finished.
It seemed like a good way to make big money two days ago, but now Strandberg is thinking he may want to hold off on buying any more property. Friday morning, the Department of Defense, as part of a massive, nationwide reorganization of the military, recommended nearby Eielson Air Force Base lose all but a sliver of the men and women stationed there.
A sampling of local opinion Saturday shows Strandberg is not alone in possibly rearranging some of his plans. Locals warn that if what former North Pole lawmaker Mike Miller calls an effective closure of the base materializes, the region's housing boom may grind to a halt.
Excavator Chris Farmier has lived in North Pole his entire life and says local builders are planning large single-family and multi-unit projects throughout the small military town.
'If the base shuts down, I guarantee the housing here is not going to thrive like it has been,' the 23-year-old said. 'It's going to take a steep dive.'
In addition to property values, other concerns that have arisen include school budgets, which depend on enrollment, the loss of service jobs and less sales tax revenue.
Saturday afternoon, Eielson airman Patrick McCabe and his wife, Jennifer, ate lunch at the North Pole Taco Bell and headed to the nearby Safeway to pick up milk. By the time they"

Bingo News - �Jeeves Jackpot� from BingoWorkz Gives Online Bingo Player $15K Each Month

Bingo News - �Jeeves Jackpot� from BingoWorkz Gives Online Bingo Player $15K Each Month: "�Jeeves Jackpot� from BingoWorkz Gives Online Bingo Player $15K Each Month

Online bingo network BingoWorkz is offering the new �Jeeves Jackpot� online bingo game to reward loyal players. The �Jeeves Jackpot� game will be played the last Saturday of each month, with a guaranteed prize of $15,000 US. This is the single highest prize awarded on the site, which regularly has a �Top of the Week� game with starting prizes of $5,000.

The new �Jeeves Jackpot� game is a coverall online bingo game, with up to 75 ball calls. Before the big Jackpot game, the BingoWorkz network will offer a variety of high prize games as a warm-up. In addition to offering a variety of online bingo games including �Survivor Bingo Island� and �Poker Bingo,� BingoWorkz offers video poker, pull tabs, slots, and keno. BingoWorkz is the first online bingo network, operating a system of partner sites which pool players and jackpots to create high jackpots. "

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Intervention

I have been watching thisnew show on A&E about addictions. It is called "Intervention."

This past show was about Tina an addict. She is addicted to gambling and painkillers.

I was watching and she was playing bingo and then playing a lot of pulltabs. Pulltabs are right up my alley. I do see many guests playing beyond their means.

Growing up Gotti, Dog The Bounty Hunter and Caesars 24/7 are also some great reality shows on this cable channel. Check them out!

http://www.aetv.com/intervention/

Amazing Race # 7 finale!

Congrats to Uchenna and Joyce! What a comeback from no money and elimination.

This finale was awesome. All of the other contestants were pulling for Uchenna and Joyce. They did not want Rob and Amber to win.

My prediction did come true.

http://www.cbs.com/primetime/amazing_race7/

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Amazing Race 7

Then there were three! Who will win the Amazing Race? Amber and Rob, Ron and Kelly or Uchenna and Joyce!
I am pulling for Uchenna and Joyce.

Watch the two hour finale Tuesday, May 10, 2005

http://www.cbs.com/primetime/amazing_race7/

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Moving!

Does anyone like to move? Or do you move because you have to. I think it is more of the latter.

Well the past couple of weeks we have been packing, cleaning and fixing household fixtures. We are moving a house to a bigger house.

When you buy any new house you want the house fixtures to blend with the family. New carpets, painting and furniture is just a start.

Lets not even talk about money spent? Yikes. Credit here we come.

Well I better start packing more things.

Don

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Favre (2004) Book/DVD review.

By Brett Favre and Bonita Favre
DVD “In Their Own Words: Brett Favre”

Legends last a lifetime!

This book and DVD combo is the ultimate Brett Favre football career highlights. (So far!) “Favre” takes the reader to the earliest years of Brett Favre with his father Irv Favre. Irv coached Brett to have fun playing football. Always. Irv instilled hard work and discipline for all of his sons. Then the book takes the reader to Brett’s NFL years including last years (2004) amazing Monday Night Football game versus the Oakland Raiders. (One day after the death of his father.) Brett tells you what he was thinking and feeling at each highlighted moment.

Contributing writers include: Mark Bowden’s “Love of the Game”, Terry Bradshaw’s “The Best” and Peter King’s “Legend.” Chris Havel (Sports columnist for the Green Bay Gazette), Bonita Favre and Deanna Favre write intimate stories that only can be cherished by the reader.

Being from Packer country I have known the lean years of Packer football. But all Packer fans every year was going to be there year to make the playoffs. Lynn Dickey, James Lofton and John Jefferson come to mind in my time. Those teams were always compared to the Vince Lombardi and Bart Starr championship years. But always came up short.

Bob Harlan hired Ron Wolf. He hired coach Mike Holmgren. Together they brought in Reggie White and Brett Favre to bring a championship back home to the smallest market in the NFL. And they did!

I was very fortunate to see Brett’s Favre replace Don “Majik” Makowski. The gunslinger never looked back. And know the Packers are expected to make the Super Bowl every year. A far cry before Brett Favre!

This book/DVD combo is must for every Packer fan. All NFL football fans will appreciate and treasure our future Hall of Fame quarterback. As a note, NFL films produce the DVD so you know it is the best quality. The book features detailed, action photographs from Mark A. Wallenfang.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

The Amazing Race

Sorry. I missed this epispode so I'll have to check out the CBS website for information.

Those damn last minute sit downs? I just caught a glimpse of the elminated couple. Mom and son.


CBS - The Amazing Race

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

FX Networks

I am relieved to have Tuesday to see a new episode of The Shield. What do you think of the new Captain? Glenn Close?

FX Networks

CBS - The Amazing Race

The Amazing Race is the best reality show on TV! On this episode Debbie and Bianca get lost after two hours off course. The only team that thinks 100 miles takes two hours to find a marker.
Meanwhile Rob and Amber are playing it smart. Eat four pounds of meat or take a penalty. Rob convinces other teams to take the same penalty, thus he knows he will not be the last team to the pit stop. That is a Survivor move if I ever saw one. This is the first Amazing Race that a team is so blatant in tricking other teams for personal gain. Stealing Debbie and Bianca's cab is mean and excellent at the same time. Until they review the tape after being eliminated.

Rob is playing a Survivor game with the Amazing Race teams. Will his antics hold up? Time will tell. He drops to fifth place after quitting the four pounds of meat. I think as teams get eliminated it will be tougher for him to trick others.
I think the strongest team is Alex and Lynn. The brothers Brian and Greg need to hit into high gear and use their strength to pull to the forefront. Please stop walking while everyone else runs.

Until the next episode.


CBS - The Amazing Race

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Pulltabs

Pulltabs: "Increase pulltab revenue
Can bingo, blackjack, slot, and pulltab players coexist in the same casino? Yes. Competition comes in all forms. Increasing revenue by battling customer bases with the nearest casino competition is challenging enough in itself. Challenging other in-house gaming devices does not.
Pulltabs in a casino environment face a continuous struggle to survive among the numerous slot machines and blackjack tables. Pulltabs, when sold to bingo customers only, face similar competition with bingo dollars. Pulltabs (instant win tickets) face huge competition among the gambling masses searching to find that one big win or numerous small wins.
How do you attract customers to purchase pulltabs without a huge promotional budget?
How do you crossover bingo, slot and blackjack players to pulltab players?
The answer is utilizing the pre-existing pulltab sales staff. Give them pulltab specific sales techniques. Train the sales staff to sell pulltabs like individual products rather than one single entity. Like a reputable car sales person knowing and anticipating every possible question about any model car on the lot, when answered without hesitation, the consumer fells at ease to purchase. The car sales person must know the engine specifics, seating capacity, cargo space and towing capabilities. The pulltab sellers must know elements like tiers, win-ratio of playback winners and top prize amounts. And how these lead to point-of-sale increases."

Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter - Native Americans: Ban logos

Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter - Native Americans: Ban logos: "Native Americans: Ban logos
Tribal leader calls for end to symbol usage
By Amy weaver
Herald Times Reporter
MISHICOT � There will always be some people who disagree with the Native American mascot used at Mishicot High School.
The head of the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council called on lawmakers Tuesday to ban Wisconsin schools from using American Indian logos, mascots and what he described as other discriminatory images.
But Mishicot School District Superintendent Steve Cromell said the symbol has always been a source of pride for students and village residents.
The mascot issue garnered much debate two years ago when a committee began studying the issue after students complained how hard it was to get behind an orange �M,� instead of a true mascot. After much discussion and deliberation, the school board agreed to retain the 60-year-old moniker, but developed a policy advocating its proper use.
Raymond DePerry, chairman of the Red Cliff Chippewa and president of the tribal council, spent much of the first State of the Tribes address on the issue. He closed by applauding school districts that voluntarily stopped using those images, which he said are a form of discrimination against the tribes and their members.
�It is unfortunate that we must ask our Legislature to enact legislation outlawing such practices in our public schools,� DePerry said. �But it is even more painful that local school boards and public schools have allowed such practices to continue.�
Cromell wasn�t the superintendent in Mishicot at the time of the school board�s decision, but has reviewed the process.
�There�s not a more frank and open discussion used,� he said. �The people in this community took a pretty hard stance to keep what they had.�
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WisPolitics.com

WisPolitics.com: "Sen. Schultz: Statement Regarding the State of the Tribes Address
3/8/2005

For Immediate Release

Contact Todd Allbaugh 800.978.8008

(Madison) 'It was an honor to participate in the first ever State of the Tribes address today given by Ray DePerry, Chairman of the Red Cliff tribe and President of the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council.'

'It was an extraordinarily moving event to watch the colors being presented by members of the various tribes of Wisconsin and to have the prayer offered in the language of native peoples of our state.'

'I agree with President DePerry when he said, 'Today marks a new beginning for tribal relations with the state.' It was clear we have a joint goal in making Wisconsin a better place to live, work, and raise our children, regardless of our ancestry. Native Americans are not an isolated group. As President DePerry said they are, 'Our neighbors, co-workers, and friends.''

'For too long, we have not given the proper recognition to fellow Wisconsinites who are native to this state. I commend Speaker John Gard for taking the first step and initiating this inaugural State of the Tribes address. Communication is so important to understanding, and understanding leads to greater cooperation and tangible results, which improve the lives of every citizen. Speaker Gard understands this, and I was honored when he asked the State Senate to participate.'

'Today marks a new era in our relationship with all Native American tribes in Wisconsin; those represented here today and those not present. We may not always agree, however we will not let our disagreements prevent us from showing the honor and respect that our friends deserve. I look forward to working with all tribes of Wisconsin to build a better state which moves all of its "

Monday, February 28, 2005

Lottery tale: Marriage trade-off...$300,000 scratch-off

By
Of the Post-Dispatch
02/25/2005

Rolf Walker,right, 70, stands with his wife Shirley Walker, 67, in front of their new Chrysler Sebring. (Gabriel B. Tait/P-D)

Shirley and Rolf Walker of Pacific have bridged many differences in their 48 years of marriage, including disagreeing about how many lottery scratch-offs a responsible person should buy in any one week. "If you left it up to me, I wouldn't buy a single one," said Shirley. "We don't have the money to spend." But marriage is about compromise, so the Walkers decided some years ago that if Rolf Walker just purchased a couple of scratch-offs a week, that would be OK. And if, when he won, he'd put at least half his winnings in his pocket instead of buying more chances, well, that would be even better. So on Feb. 19, Rolf Walker, 70, a retired machinist, bought two scratch-offs at Bud's Market and Gas on Old Route 66 in Pacific. He got two winners, for $5 and $15. According to the rules of the marital agreement, he had two potential ways to handle his winnings: He could cash in the tickets and not buy any more because he'd already purchased a couple that week, which Shirley regarded as more than enough. He could cash in the tickets, put half the money in his pocket and spend half of it on more scratch-offs, another acceptable alternative. Decisions, decisions. Shirley, 67, sent Rolf to the Eureka Wal-Mart for groceries. She has rheumatoid arthritis, must get dialysis three times a week and needs to stay off her feet as much as possible. On the way back, Rolf stopped at the MotoMart at the corner of Fox Creek and Allenton roads to cash in his chips. He decided to abide by marital Rule 2 and spend half of his $20 winnings on tickets. "So I told the young lady behind the counter, 'Give me two of those,' and I gestured at the $5 tickets in the rolls up above the counter," Rolf recalled. The clerk, Sarah Provance, reached up, grabbed two $5 tickets and, in a continuing movement, accidentally detached a $10 game card as well. She apologized and offered to put the $10 card back. But then he recalled Rule 3 - a rule he'd made with himself that superseded other rules: "If a ticket I didn't ask for gets torn off, I never have them put it back because it might be a winner," he explained. That ticket, called Lucky Gold, paid him $300,000. On Tuesday, lottery officials confirmed the win. On Wednesday, the Walkers bought a new Chrysler Sebring to replace their '97 Plymouth. Said Shirley, "I got in it the first time, and I said, 'Seems to me there's a crack in the roof,' but he said, 'Nah, that's the sun roof.'" Moral: Always allow some wiggle room when making marital rules.
Reporter Florence Shinkle E-mail: fshinkle@post-dispatch.com Phone: 636-500-4107