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Wildcat celebrate 21 years on every Sunday in October
$500 to be awarded for Halloween Costumes at Vaca High Music Bingo
Come Back drawing each session at Napa Bingo Emporium
$2.2 Million Lottery scammer caught and convicted
Hot Rods forever in California!
Illinois Mega Lotto and Powerball games cancelled and payments stopped as of July 1st
For just $5 Vets can get acknowledgement on drivers license
Costs from marijuana legalization are higher than thought


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Wildcat celebrate 21 years on every Sunday in October

            VACAVILLE—Bingo players from all over Northern California have been enjoying Sunday matinee bingo with the Will C. Wood High School Wildcats Bingo volunteers for 21 years! And now it's time to celebrate and for the players to win some great prizes.

            Every Sunday in October, the Wildcats Bingo volunteers will celebrate their 21 years of bingo with special drawings, prizes and lots of bingo money.

            At each session, a special drawing will be held with the winner to receive two Gold Combo passes to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and Waterworld in Vallejo. The passes will include entry for two and parking valued at more than $250!

            Also at each Sunday afternoon session, players will enjoy Wildcat Royalty drawings and there will be Good Neighbor games each week. Drawings will also be held at each session starting on October 1st for one month of free Wildcats Sunday bingo. Drawings will progress to 3, 6, 9 and one year of bingo as the session progress to the end of the month.

            Speaking of End of the Month, on October 29th, players will enjoy the regular E-O-M drawings for cash and free bingo. In addition, the free $200 Daub Card game will be played and there will be a $500 cash drawing from tickets attached to the game cards.

            And remember that the Quickie games have been permanently replaced with $500 strip games.

            At press time, the free Cat Cash Match progressive jackpot was sitting at $7,800. Players get several chances to match the Cat Cash top prize and win the jackpot. The Wildcat Blind G-Ball progressive jackpot was at $7,100 as we went to press.

            Players can buy in with the Express I setup that includes a one six-on paper game pack and one pack of specials plus a Bonanza game card and Double Action game sheet. The Express II admission is available for $19 and includes two packs, two packs of specials and the Bonanza and Double Action special game sheets for the matinee session.

            All paper games are guaranteed to pay out $250 to the lucky winners at each Wildcat Sunday matinee sessions. There are lots of flashboard games that pay out up to $1,199.

The Wildcats Sunday Matinee session starts each week at 12:30 p.m. The Vaca Valley Bingo hall opens up each Sunday at 11:00 a.m. with Warm-up games starting about one half hour prior to the beginning of the regular session. As with all other sessions of bingo at Vaca Valley, there are no electronic bingo machines used at the hall.

            All sessions are played at the Vaca Valley Bingo hall. The Vaca Valley Bingo hall is located at 190 Bella Vista Road, at the I-80 and Davis Street exit and features smoke-free environment. For more information, call (707) 449-4646.

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$500 to be awarded for Halloween Costumes at Vaca High Music Bingo

VACAVILLE—October is always exciting at the Tuesday night Vacaville H.S. Music Boosters Bingo. Played each week at the Vaca Valley Bingo hall, the volunteers have planned a full slate of specials for each session.

Players will want to get started on creating a great Halloween costume. The top award for Best Costume will be $300, runner up will receive $200 cash and third place will take home $100. All players in costume will receive a $5 Off coupon during intermission. T-Shirts will not be accepted as a costume and please, no masks or weapons will be allowed in the hall. The contest will take place on Halloween night, Tuesday, October 31st. All players will receive a Halloween goodie bag.

On Tuesday, October 3rd, each player with a paid admission will receive one free Strip game card that will pay the winners $1,000! The popular In The Monitor Night will be held on October 10th and on October 17th players who purchase one Trifecta game card, will receive one free. On October 24th, players will enjoy Good Neighbor games.

Don't forget that three early Buck-A-Roo games pay out $500 each and start at 6:30 p.m. Regular session games pay out $250 to the winners. The three-part Trifecta game pays out $750 at regular sessions and there are three special speed games that pay out $100 to the winners. There are lots of flashboard games that pay out $250 up to $1,199 during the evening session. And the Treasure Hunt special game pays $500.

The Vacaville H.S. Music Boosters Bingo volunteers continue the Blind G-Ball free game with the jackpot currently at $1,900 as we went to press.

Players can also join in each night and play the Bonus Ball game. For only $1, players get a chance to win $250 or the Baby Bonus Ball jackpot of a lesser amount.

Players also enjoy several games of Tic Tac and Grand Slam games that are played prior to and during each regular weekly session. Players may also join in and play the many Flashboard and popular $1,000 Grand Slam games at each session.

The Vaca Valley Bingo hall is located at 190 Bella Vista Road, at the East bound I-80 and Davis Street exit. The Vaca Valley Bingo is a smoke-free facility with the full service snack bar. There is always free coffee for bingo players. A great snack bar is also open at 4:00 p.m. with hot dinner specials, side orders, desserts and soft drinks.

Doors open each Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. No electronic bingo machines are used a the Vaca Valley Bingo hall. For more information, call (707) 449-4646.

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Hot Rods forever in California!

            Converting your street car into a hot rod to race on the track is a long-standing and proud American tradition. For NHRA fans, hot-rodding and racing are both a passion and a way of life.

            The Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2017 (RPM) Act is a bill before the U.S. Congress that, if passed, protects the right to convert a regular car into a racecar to be used only at racetracks. The bill provides a long-term promise that this American tradition of hot rodding will be able to continue.

            Please ask your lawmakers in Congress to take a look at the RPM Act, become a co-sponsor, and vote in favor of preserving the right to race. Contact your lawmakers to help support this bill.

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$2.2 Million Lottery scammer caught and convicted

DES MOINES—A man who helped write the computer code behind several U.S. lotteries, including some of its biggest, pleaded guilty Thursday to masterminding a scheme through which he rigged the winning numbers for jackpots in several states and collected millions of dollars.

Eddie Tipton, who worked for the Multi-State Lottery Association from 2003 until 2015 and was its computer information security director for his last two years there, appeared in a Des Moines courtroom, where he pleaded guilty to one count of ongoing criminal conduct and publicly acknowledged his lead role in the scheme for the first time.

 “I wrote software that included code that allowed me to understand or technically predict winning numbers, and I gave those numbers to other individuals who then won the lottery and shared the winnings with me,” Tipton said when asked by Judge Brad McCall to explain what he did.

Tipton, 54, said that when he wrote the code, he believed he was taking advantage of a loophole in the random number software and he didn't think it was illegal.

Investigators say Tipton installed code that let the computers work as should on all but three days of the year—May 27, Nov. 22 and Dec. 29—when they would produce predictable numbers if the drawings occurred on Wednesdays or Saturdays after 8 p.m.

Tipton admitted in court that he provided cohorts with the winning numbers for jackpots in Colorado in 2005, Wisconsin in December of 2007, Kansas in December of 2010 and Oklahoma in 2011.

The group, which included Tipton’s brother Tommy Tipton and a friend, Texas businessman Robert Rhodes, also attempted to collect a $16.5 million Hot Lotto ticket in December 2010 in Iowa, but Iowa lottery officials refused to pay it because the men tried to cash it anonymously. Iowa rules require the buyer and owner of the ticket to be made public.

That led to an investigation into a potential lottery fraud. Once Tipton was identified as a possible suspect, investigators began checking for connections to other winning games and zeroed in on winnings connected to Tipton, his brother, and Rhodes in the other states.

Tipton’s plea deal resolves his legal situation in all of the affected states. He could get up to 25 years in prison when he’s sentenced. A date hasn’t been set and he remains free on bond.

Immediately after Tipton’s hearing, his brother pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit theft by deception.

“My brother did provide me with numbers to play in Colorado and Oklahoma lotteries and he told me that it was illegal for him to play the lotteries but gave me the numbers to play,” Tommy Tipton said.

Tipton, a 53-year-old former Texas magistrate judge and a law enforcement officer, said he's now unemployed and must sell part of his farm to pay the $800,000 in restitution that the judge ordered.

“That is financially effectively going to more than wipe him out,” said his attorney, Mark Weinhardt. “Mr. Eddie Tipton does not have the resources to satisfy restitution in any meaningful degree. Mr. Tommy Tipton does and this will effectively take all of his assets.”

Rob Sand, the assistant state attorney general who prosecuted the case, said after the hearing that it appears much of the stolen money is gone.

“As is the case in many financial crimes, the individuals who obtain the money usually spend it, thereafter leaving only margins of it to be recovered later. I think were in better shape in this case than we are in many cases, though,” he said.

Sand said the scheme resulted in payouts of $2.2 million and he has demanded repayment through restitution from the Tipton brothers and Rhodes.

Rhodes, of Sugar Land, Texas, bought winning numbers for drawings in Colorado, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, and Oklahoma between 2005 and 2011. He earlier pleaded guilty to being party to a computer crime and awaits sentencing.

Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich said information learned in the Tipton case has helped improve lottery security.

The scandal has led to a consumer fraud lawsuit against the Urbandale, Iowa-based Multi-State Lottery Association. The association serves lotteries in 33 states the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and provides the computers used to randomly draw numbers in several games including Powerball, Mega Millions and Hot Lotto, among other games.

Sand said there's a simple moral to the story.

“Thou shall not steal,” he said. “I mean small steps down a darkened path can lead a long way for somebody from where they think they’re going to be from where they end up.”

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Come Back drawing each session at Napa Bingo Emporium

      NAPA—Each week there are four sessions of bingo played at the Napa Town & Country Bingo Emporium. Starting off on Sunday, The Vintage H.S. Music Boosters host an early evening session starting at 5:15 p.m.

      Doors open each Sunday at 3:00 p.m. for the Vintage Music Bingo session. All regular games pay out $250 to the lucky winners. Each week, players participate in a Come Back drawing for a minimum of $100. If not won the prize is rolled over to the following Sunday session.

      Admission tickets from the previous week’s session are used to select the winner. The regular full admission is $40 and includes all you can play up to five 5-on paper game packs with a fully loaded Turbo bingo machine and special game paper. Players enjoy lots of flashboard games that pay out up to $1,199.

      On Monday evenings the volunteers at the Napa Youth Sports Bingo organization staff the evening bingo session starting at 6:30 p.m. with the Warm-Up game. Players have a chance to win a big cash prize if their admission ticket is drawing for the Baseball Progressive. Players also enjoy the must go Soccer Ball Drawing with a top prize of $300.

      Admission is also $40 for a complete buy-in that includes up to five 6-on paper game packs, a fully loaded electronic bingo machine and specials. Players can join in and play the Hot Ball game for just $1. The Hot Ball jackpot of up to $250 is won when a player bingos on the evenings designated Hot Ball number.

      Each Friday evening, the Napa United Soccer Bingo volunteers open the doors of the Bingo Emporium at 4:00 p.m. and begin regular play with the Warm-up game at 6:30 p.m. The $40 admission buy-in includes up to five 6-on paper game packs, special paper and a fully loaded Turbo bingo machine.

      All regular games pay out $250 and up to the winners and there are lots of flashboard games played during the evening session. Players enjoy free coffee and popcorn while they play. There are progressive cash drawings and The $100 Come Back drawing.

      On Saturdays, the Napa H.S. Band Boosters take over the Bingo Emporium opening the doors at 4:00 p.m. The Warm-up game is played starting at 6:15 p.m. All games with the exception of the Quickies, pay out $250 to the winners and there is lots of flashboard games played each Saturday evening.

      Regular admission is $40 and on the last Saturday of each month, players are given a $5 discount on the full admission package.

      The Town and Country Bingo Emporium is a smoke-free facility. Hot Ball games are played at all. The snack bar is open during the session until 8 p.m. each week offering a limited menu including hot entrees, sandwiches and desserts. Free coffee is always available for bingo players. For more information call (707) 252-5420 after 3:00 p.m.

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For just $5 Vets can get acknowledgement on drivers license

            Solano County’s 33,500 veterans and the 11,000 veterans in Napa County are now eligible to receive a driver’s license acknowledging their service in the United States Armed Forces, through a new statewide program.

Beginning Nov. 12, the Department of Motor Vehicles will be issuing driver’s licenses with the word “veteran” on them to those who qualify, Napa and Solano County officials said.

Napa veterans can visit the Napa County Veterans Service Office (CVSO), at 650 Imperial Way in downtown Napa, and complete the DMV application.

Veterans will need a certified copy of their discharge papers (DD-214) showing they received anything other than a dishonorable discharge or that they served in a Guard or Reserve component and were mobilized for federal active duty.

            Solano County vets can stop by the Solano County Veterans Service Office for an official application form, which they can take to the DMV starting Nov. 12 to get the new veteran driver’s license. Solano County Director of Veterans Services Ted Puntillo asks that vets bring a copy of their DD-214 paperwork to get the form.

            The new driver’s license means veterans will no longer need to carry their discharge papers to show proof of military service, officials said.

            The CVSO will verify the documents and approve the application, which can then be submitted to the DMV. There is a $5 fee to have the veteran designation placed on a driver’s license, on top of the normal renewal fees, officials said. Veterans who are not due for renewal can obtain a new license for a $35 replacement fee.

The CVSO can order copies of discharge papers. Veterans who visit the office can also discuss their eligibility for federal, state and local benefits. To date, Solano County Vet Services has already helped more than 100 vets obtain the application form, officials said.

            For more Napa information, call 707-253-4558. In Solano, call, (707) 784-6590. Contact Rachel Raskin-Zrihen at (707) 553-6824.

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Illinois Mega Lotto and Powerball games cancelled and payments stopped as of July 1st

CHICAGOIllinois players of the Powerball and Mega Millions just saw their chances of winning millions go from slim to none.

Due to the General Assembly’s failure to pass a balanced budget by July 1, the Multi-State Lottery Association has dropped Illinois from both the Powerball and Mega Millions games.

Ticket sales for the two games were officially suspended at 9:45 p.m., Friday, June 30, 2017 (CT) by the Illinois Lottery, and the payments of any winnings over $25,000 are delayed as well.

“Players should be confident knowing the Illinois Lottery has the money to pay these winning claims,” Illinois Lottery Acting Director Greg Smith wrote in a press release.

“That means the General Assembly needs to approve a truly balanced budget that includes Lottery funding in order to ensure all prize payments occur,” wrote Smith.

The announcement comes at a time when Illinois is facing a serious budget crisis with a backlog of $14 billion in unpaid bills. But even following a resolution to the current budget-funding crisis, Illinois will have to tackle financial issues down the road.

In a US Economics Weekly report, Paul Ashworth writes that “the bigger problem facing Illinois in the long term is its unfunded pension liabilities, which could be as high as $250 billion and the adverse demographic and economic trends that will make it very hard for the state to correct that shortfall.”

Ashworth compares Illinois’ situation to that of Puerto Rico with the state being one of only four to see a decline in population over the past five years. And while the state’s population is projected to increase 2.2% over the next decade, retirees are expected to increase by 34%, potentially dealing a serious blow to Illinois’ tax revenue.

Following the missed deadline to pass a budget during the General Assembly’s spring session earlier this year, the state’s credit rating was downgraded by both S&P and Moody’s.

In a press release, Moody’s said it lowered the rating on Illinois’ general obligation bonds to the lowest ranking ever for a US state “amid a prolonged political impasse that has prevented progress on a growing pension deficit and an increasing backlog of unpaid bills.”

Last year, Illinois lawmakers opted for a short-term funding plan to keep schools open.

Costs from marijuana legalization are higher than thought

appeared in the Wall Street Journal

Marijuana is now legal in 25 states for medicinal purposes and in four for recreational use. Voters in another five have a chance on Nov. 8 to legalize the retail consumption of pot, but the evidence rolling in from these real-time experiments should give voters pause to consider the consequences.

In 2012 Colorado and Washington voters legalized recreational pot, followed by Alaska and Oregon two years later. Initiatives this year in California, Arizona, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts would allow businesses to sell and market pot to adults age 21 and older.

Adults could possess up to one ounce (more in Maine) and grow six marijuana plants. Public consumption would remain prohibited, as would driving under the influence. Marijuana would be taxed at rates from 3.75% in Massachusetts to 15% in the western states, which would license and regulate retailers.

Marijuana is a Schedule I drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970, which prohibits states from regulating possession, use, distribution and sale of narcotics. However, the Justice Department in 2013 announced it wouldn’t enforce the law in states that legalize pot. Justice also promised to monitor and document the outcomes, which it hasn’t done. But someone should, because evidence from Colorado and Washington compiled by the nonprofit Smart Approaches to Marijuana suggests that legalization isn’t achieving what supporters promised.

One problem is that legalization and celebrity glamorization have removed any social stigma from pot and it is now ubiquitous. Minors can get pot as easily a six pack. Since 2011 marijuana consumption among youth rose by 9.5% in Colorado and 3.2% in Washington even as it dropped 2.2% nationwide. The Denver Post reports that a “disproportionate share” of marijuana businesses are in low-income and minority communities. Many resemble candy stores with lollipops, gummy bears and brownies loaded with marijuana’s active ingredient known as THC.

The science of how THC affects young minds is still evolving. However, studies have shown that pot use during adolescence can shave off several IQ points and increase the risk for schizophrenic breaks. One in six kids who try the drug will become addicted, a higher rate than for alcohol. Pot today is six times more potent than 30 years ago, so it’s easier to get hooked and high.

Employers have also reported having a harder time finding workers who pass drug tests. Positive workplace drug tests for marijuana have increased 178% nationwide since 2012. The construction company GE Johnson says it is recruiting construction workers from other states because it can’t find enough in Colorado to pass a drug test.

Honest legalizers admitted that these social costs might increase but said they’d be offset by fewer arrests and lower law enforcement costs. Yet arrests of black and Hispanic youth in Colorado for pot-related offenses have soared 58% and 29%, respectively, while falling 8% for whites.

The share of pot-related traffic deaths has roughly doubled in Washington and increased by a third in Colorado since legalization, and in the Centennial State pot is now involved in more than one of five traffic fatalities. Calls to poison control for overdoses have jumped 108% in Colorado and 68% in Washington since 2012.

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman has said that “criminals are still selling on the black market,” in part because state taxes make legal marijuana pricier than on the street. Drug cartels have moved to grow marijuana in the states or have switched to trafficking in more profitable drugs like heroin.

One irony is that a Big Pot industry is developing even as tobacco smokers are increasingly ostracized. The Arcview Group projects that the pot market could triple over four years to $22 billion. Pot retailers aren’t supposed to market specifically to kids, though they can still advertise on the radio or TV during, say, a college football game. Tobacco companies have been prohibited from advertising on TV since 1971.

The legalization movement is backed by the likes of George Soros and Napster co-founder Sean Parker, and this year they are vastly outspending opponents. No wonder U.S. support for legalizing marijuana has increased to 57% from 32% a decade ago, according to the Pew Research Center.

We realize it’s déclassé to resist this cultural imperative, and maybe voters think the right to get high when you want is worth the social and health costs of millions of more stoners. Then again, since four states have volunteered to be guinea pigs, maybe other states should wait and see if these negative trends continue.

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