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February 13, 2010, 10:15 amMegaMillions first!
Four drawings into MegaMillions' presence in KY, I'm cashing my first ticket on the game. I scored a 1 plus the Mega Ball last night for a whopping $3.00. Alright! So, MegaMillions is considerably ahead of me at this point. I just hope I don't fall into a hole so deep that only a jackpot win will cure me. On the other hand, I'm really only playing with the hope of hitting a jackpot, but I guess $250,000 wouldn't be so bad either.
I dreamed the #12 Mega Ball the other night... after the fact, of course...lol
December 27, 2007, 9:13 pmPaltry PowerBall Profits
I played twelve lines in last night's PowerBall drawing. I hit 3+0 four times for $28 on one five line ticket. I made a big $16 profit...lol. Not a lot , but far better than I've done in recent history. It would have been very sweet indeed to have had the PowerBall number with each of those. My system does pay off from time to time. This is just one very tough game to beat!
Good luck to all in 2008,
September 17, 2007, 10:29 pmThe New Jackie Ryan CD: You and the Night and the Music
Today was a rough day, but it got a lot better when I arrived home to find the New Jackie Ryan CD in my mailbox. You and the Night and the Music was just released in August, but I think the distribution must have been lagging a bit because I couldn't find it immediately available in any brick-and-mortar store or online. I finally ordered it from Circuit City.com because I got the best price ($14.99) and lowest shipping ($1.99) there. It was back ordered, but it only took about two weeks for me to get it. It was well worth the wait!
I had never even heard of Jackie Ryan until I heard the title cut on Bob Parlocha's jazz show on public radio. Bob is a straight-up jazz man and a serious jazz musician. Hey, anybody who does a mainstream jazz radio show has got to know what he's talking about. I liked the title song and I knew he wouldn't play the CD unless it were of top notch quality, so I decided to buy it. I'm very glad I did.
On first listen, there were three very outstanding tracks out of the fourteen on this CD. The second time I played it, I fell in love with the whole CD! My favorite numbers are (in no particular order) #1. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To, #8. The Best Is Yet To Come, and #9 You And The Night And The Music. Those are just the ones that initially stood out to me, but honestly, there's not a bad cut on the whole CD. As any jazz vocalist should, Jackie has an instrumental quality to her voice. She has surrounded herself with some first rate musicians on this CD, and her voice is perfectly juxtaposed with their fine work. It's obvious that they took their time and got things right on this CD.
If you like jazz vocals from a great female jazz vocalist, buy this CD. If you like a good, tight, clean jazz sound from accomplished musicians, buy this CD. If you enjoy hearing great standards covered in grand jazz fashion, buy this CD. Actually, I can't think of a reason not to buy this CD! Even if you've never had a particular liking for jazz, this CD will make you an avid fan.
You and the Night and the Music from Open Art Productions (#OA07292)
Personnel: Jackie Ryan - vocals, Red Holloway - tenor sax, Tamir Hendelman - piano, Larry Koonse - guitar, Christoph Luty - bass, Jeff Hamilton - drums, Carol Robbins - harp
June 28, 2007, 2:26 amPrediction on Kentucky Lucky 7's Raffle
The fine print:
*The Kentucky Lottery Corporation, in its discretion and without notice, may extend sales and drawing dates until all tickets are sold.
With only about nine days left to sell 329,344 tickets, I'm predicting that the Kentucky Lottery Corporation WILL NOT conduct the Lucky 7's Raffle drawing as scheduled on July 7th. So far, only 170,656 of the $5 tickets have been sold. This means that the KLC has taken in only $853,280 on a game with a total prize payout of $1,375,000. There's no way they're going to take that kind of a beating on this poorly promoted game. Most people don't even know that this game is in progress. At the current rate of sales, the Lucky 7's Raffle might not take place until late October. That's not very lucky for players. I'm also predicting that this will be the LAST raffle-style game that the KLC conducts for a while... a long while.
June 10, 2007, 11:46 amA lackluster Belmont
It was a nice sentimental story that the filly Rags To Riches won the Belmont Stakes, but it was certainly nothing for her connections to brag about. The race was run in a time that was nearly a full five seconds slower than the record time of Secretaiat. I probably could have run the race that fast myself. And those slow fractions could have been set by a garden snail. Hard Spun's new jock made a grave error in judgment by not making good use of his trademark speed. Instead he just rode a rather even race. He might have had a legitimate shot to win if he had really used his greatest strength. And the results of the race would have definitely been different if he had forced a more credible pace. Oh well, I guess there's a good reason they're called pinheads.
May 27, 2007, 10:10 amKentucky's RNG
Well, we're twelve draws into Kentucky's Three Line Lotto game and there is still a total absence of consecutive numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. That's right; none of these numbers has been drawn a single time by The Kentucky Lottery Corporation's so-called random number generator. Numbers 35 and 38 are also missing, but that's not quite as conspicuous or suspicious as the first five numbers in the pool being altogether missing.
All the while, ten numbers in the pool have been drawn three or more times with number 21 being drawn six times, 28 five times, and 25 four times. Fourteen other numbers have been drawn twice, yet numbers 1 through 5 are still missing in action.
Out of the 72 numbers generated in twelve draws, fully 43% have come from numbers 20 through 28, yet those nine numbers constitute only 23% of the number pool in this 6/39 matrix game. That looks extremely out of line to me.
What in the world is going on with Kentucky's computerized drawings? We need some answers and accountability from lottery officials on this situation. If there's a glitch in the RNG program being used for this game, there should be some refunds or other compensation to the players who have seemingly been cheated out of their reasonable expectation of fair drawings.
Additionally, the Kentucky Lottery Corporation should abandon its use of computerized drawings. Every computer drawn game they've attempted has failed, and I'm predictting that this one will also fold.
Hello KLC! Don't you get the message? We don't want computer drawings, we don't trust computer drawings, and computer drawings are inherently flawed. Why don't you take the old Lotto Kentucky ball drawing machine in your lobby and put it to good use for Three Line Lotto Game?
May 19, 2007, 8:26 pmThings that Stink
Things that Stink:
A dead rat
Kentucky's RNG for Three Line Lotto is starting to smell. We're ten drawings into this game and numbers 1 through 5 have still not been drawn a single time. Am I the oly one who thinks that the total absence of five consecutive numbers is more than a little odd? There are numerous glaring anomalies about the computer draw history of this game. Just plot out the numbers and see for yourself. I know that the game is relatively young, but this is getting ridiculous!
Is the actual draw order of Three Line Lotto numbers available, or is that just as much of a mystery as the RNG? Or does the computer just spit the numbers out all at one time in order from lowest to highest? There's certainly a need for more transparency about the drawings for Three Line Lotto. The numbers just suddenly appear out of nowhere every Tuesday and Friday night at about 11:00 PM.
Todd, isn't it time that we actually did something with that petition to stop computerized drawings?
Curlin nosed out Street Sense in the Preakness. Hard Spun ran third. Do lottery numbers behave like racehorses? Should they? Why or why not?
May 10, 2007, 8:53 pmKLC's 3LL Computer Draws Examined
The Kentucky Lottery Corporation has conducted seven computer drawings of its Three Line Lotto game since it started selling on April 15th. As a 6/39 matrix game, it has had a total of forty-two numbers selected by computer draw. There are some rather glaring facts about these drawings that must pique the interest of any observer.
Over 64% of the numbers drawn have come from the nineteen highest numbers which represent only 49% of the number pool.
Fully 50% of the numbers drawn have come from the numbers 20 through 28 which represent only 23% of the number pool.
The number 28 has been drawn consecutively for the last four draws.
Over 33% of the numbers in the pool have never been drawn.
Among the more than 38% of numbers in the pool from 20 through 34, only one number has never been drawn. Nine of the other twelve numbers which have never been drawn are among the nearly 49% of numbers in the pool from 1 through 19.
About 31% of the numbers have been drawn more than once.
No number lower than 6 has ever been drawn.
Are these merely short-term anomalies? Does the KLC have a defective RNG? Are all RNGs inherently defective? Are RNG test draws skewing the results in the actual game draws? Future draws may reveal the answers.
May 5, 2007, 4:29 amKY Derby Pick
Hard Spun... but I'm not betting...lol.
April 15, 2007, 10:19 amTiny Bubbles
I saw on the news this morning that Don Ho has died at the age of 76. It's hard for me to realize that he had actually reached that age. I suppose I've just had a much younger image of him stored in my mind for a lot of years. Well, I thought Don Ho was a really cool, unique performer. He was an entertainment icon in his own right. I'm sure that his passing will be felt all around the world. He entertained visitors to the Hawaiian Islands for many years. I can only imagine what he meant to the true Islanders.
My sympathies to all.
April 13, 2007, 3:25 amFriday the 13th Explained? Well, maybe
One of the most commonly held superstitions in our presumably civilized, educated society is that Friday the 13th is an unlucky day. In this equation, both Friday and the number thirteen are held to be unlucky, so their sum can only equal double trouble.
Friggatriskaidekaphobes or paraskevidekatriaphobics are those afflicted with a morbid, irrational, overwhelming fear of Friday the 13th. Where does this unnatural trepidation of Friday the 13th originate? As the story goes, in order to understand thirteen, one has to understand the history of the number twelve. The number twelve has traditionally represented completeness. There are twelve months of the year, twelve gods of Olympus, twelve signs of the zodiac and twelve apostles of Jesus. Thirteen exists just one digit beyond twelve, and is symbolic of the first departure from completeness or the initial step towards evil.
The superstitious coupling of Friday the 13th with calamity is very old in western culture. The sixth day of the week and the number 13 both have foreboding reputations dating from ancient folklore; their inevitable conjunction from one to three times a year portends more misfortune than some credulous minds can bear. Folklorists say it's probably the most widespread superstition in America (and no doubt other parts of the world, as well). Some people won't go to work on Friday the 13th. Some won't eat in restaurants. Many wouldn't think of setting a wedding on the date.
The modern basis for the aura that surrounds Friday the 13th stems from Friday October the 13th, 1307. On this date, the Pope of the church in Rome in conjunction with the King of France, carried out a secret death warrant against "the Knights Templar". The Templars were terminated as heretics, never again to hold the power that they had held for so long. Their Grand Master, Jacques DeMolay, was arrested and before he was killed, was tortured and crucified.
Superstitions swirling around Friday as being lucky or unlucky have existed since ancient times, beginning with the northern nations. Ancient Romans dedicated the sixth day of the week to their beautiful but vain goddess Venus, so when the Norsemen adopted the Roman method of naming days, they naturally adopted Venus as their name for the sixth day of the week. Their closest translation for Venus, Frigg, or Freya, eventually evolved into Friday, a day they considered to be the luckiest day of the week. Friday was considered very lucky because of its associations with love and fertility. All that changed when Christianity came along. The goddess of the sixth day - most likely Freya in this context, given that the cat was her sacred animal - was recast in folklore as a witch, and her day became associated with evil doings.
Many legends developed in that vein, but one is of particular interest. As the story goes, the witches of the north used to observe their sabbath by gathering in a cemetery in the dark of the moon. On one such occasion the witch-goddess, Freya herself, came down from her sanctuary in the mountaintops and appeared before the group of witches - who numbered 12 at the time - and gave them one of her cats, making it ever afterward a coven of 13.
From a religious standpoint, Muslims tout Friday as the day Allah created Adam, legend has it that Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, the apple, on a Friday, and later died on a Friday, and Christians consider Friday as the day on which Christ was crucified by the Romans.
The Scandinavian belief that the number 13 signified bad luck sprang from their mythological 12 demigods, who were joined by a 13th demigod, Loki, an evil cruel one, who brought upon humans great misfortune. The number 13, in the Christian faith, is the number of parties at the Last Supper, with the 13th guest at the table being the traitor, Judas. When Christians combine this day and number, the combination can only hold special significance.
It might be easy to laugh at such superstition, but this same kind of superstitious thinking operates to support beliefs that can have serious consequences. It is estimated that the 13th of the month costs America a billion dollars a year through train and plane reservation cancellations, absenteeism, and reduced commerce.
The Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal routinely celebrates Friday the 13th with a party at which mirrors are broken, umbrellas are opened indoors, and other superstitious taboos are brashly challenged. On the other hand, we might be careful about tempting fate with such open defiance of practices steeped in superstition. One hundred years ago, the British government sought to debunk the widespread superstition among seamen that sailing on Friday was unlucky. A special ship was commissioned, to be named "H.M.S. Friday." They laid her keel on a Friday, launched her on a Friday, selected the crew on a Friday and put her in command of Captain Jim Friday. Finally, the H.M.S. Friday embarked on her maiden voyage - on a Friday - and was never seen or heard from again.
April 10, 2007, 6:15 am3LL: Another RNG Game
I just learned from the Kentucky Lottery Corporation's customer service department that the new Three Line Lotto game will be computer drawn. I had been undecided about playing the new game, but that pretty well made my decision for me. I will not be playing Three Line Lotto or any other game they ever offer which is drawn by an RNG.
April 8, 2007, 9:26 amPame
Life's dance of freedom,
With each new breath and heartbeat,
Renders an encore.
April 7, 2007, 1:11 amCan't miss
One week: 8021616
Two weeks: 3184321
Three weeks: 8219611
April 6, 2007, 1:10 amSister Kate
Fallen plum tree wood,
Laden rich with morning dew,
Mocks death, laughs tears, smiles.