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Special early July 4th holiday bingo session in Vacaville
Pace Bingo sets Late Night Strip sessions for July
$500 Special games at Vanden Viking Bingo
$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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Special early July 4th holiday bingo session in Vacaville

VACAVILLE—Players will be able to get in a full session of bingo on the Independence day holiday on Tuesday, July 4th at the Vaca Valley Bingo hall and still make it to their favorite fireworks show. The volunteers at the Vacaville H.S. Music Boosters Bingo will through open the hall doors at 12 noon and the Holiday session will start at 2:30 p.m.

Players will enjoy a regular session of bingo on the holiday including three Buck-A-Roo games that will pay out $500 each to the lucky winners, a $1,000 Strip game and the Trifecta special game will have a total payout of $1,000.

Buy-In for the Holiday session will be the same as the regular Tuesday evening sessions at $25. And each player will receive a special free dauber with their paid admission.

For July, players will enjoy a free extra paper game for $500 on Tuesday, July 11th. On July 18th, players will enjoy the free $200 Daub Card game and a free drawing for $500 cash.

End of the Month drawings will be held on Tuesday, July 25th when drawings will be held for cash and free bingo.

Regular session games will 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 $2,900 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 hall features separate glass enclosed smoking and non smoking rooms and 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. and the Early Birds start at 6:30 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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Pace Bingo sets Late Night Strip sessions for July

VACAVILLE—The Pace Bingo volunteers have announced that they will host two special late night Strip session. The dates have been set for Friday, July 7th and Friday, July 21st. The Strip Night session which are played on Friday at the late night time. Strip games pay $1,000 and paper games will pay out $500. $50 will buy you in for two each of ten strip games and four 6-on paper game packs.

The late night strip sessions are held after the regular evening bingo session is concluded. Buy-in starts at 10:15 p.m. and play starts at 11:00 p.m.

The popular Sunday evening Combo sessions will continue during the month of July. Each Sunday evening, the Combo Bingo session featuring bingo games paying $250 and Strip games up to $500. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. and the session begins at 5:00 p.m. Buy-in is just $35 and includes three paper packs and two of each of eight Strip game sheets. Paper games pay $250 and the Strip games pay $500 to the lucky winners.

The Pace Solano Bingo volunteers host five sessions each week at the Vaca Valley Bingo hall starting on Sunday with an evening session starting at 5:30 p.m. The Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening sessions are back to the regular start time of 6:30 p.m. Pace also hosts a popular Wednesday Matinee session starting with the Warm-Up games at 10:00 a.m. The regular games get underway at the Matinee session at 12 noon.

Free $200 Daub Card games will be played on Sunday, July 2nd, Monday, July 10th and on Wednesday, July 26th. Free game cards are given out to players at each session one week prior to the date of the game. Spin To Win will be held at each Friday night session and the free $500 Winners game will be played at each Wednesday evening Pace Bingo session.

End of the month drawings for cash and free bingo will be held on Wednesday, July 26, Friday, July 28th, Sunday, July 30th and on Monday, July 31st.

All Pace sessions are played at the Vaca Valley Bingo hall, 190 Bella Vista Road, just off the Davis Street exit from eastbound I-80. 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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$500 Special games at Vanden Viking Bingo

VACAVILLE—Kicking the month of July off in great style, the volunteers at the Vanden H.S. Viking Boosters Bingo will continue to play four special Strip game sheets at their session on Thursday, July 6th. Players receive two Strip cards with each buy-in purchase and extra Strip sheets will be sold for two game sheets for $3 each or two for $5 on the floor. Strip game special payouts will be $500 to the winners on special games 10, 13, 14 and 17.

Players will enjoy the Beat The Heat Warm-up games on Thursday, July 13th. Game payouts will be increased by the local high temperature of the day!

The popular Terrific Third Thursday Treat promotion will be in force on Thursday, July 20th. Each player will receive a free three-on paper game card. To receive the free game card, players will need to present a buy-in receipt from any previous Thursday night bingo session. The jackpot will be $300 and if the bingo occurs on a number that begins with a "T", the prize will be increased by $200!

End of the Month drawings will be held on Thursday, July 27th. And besides the regular prizes of cash and free bingo, there will be a Royal Court & Friend drawings.

The free progressive jackpot was at $5,700. The Vanden Ring Toss jackpot was at $400 as we went to press.

The Vanden H.S. Viking Bingo volunteers host their evening session each week starting with the Early Bird games at 6:30 p.m. and the regular bingo session starting at 7:00 p.m. Admission starts at $14 for a single six-on paper game pack. Players can purchase a 5-pack package for $39 and extra packs may be added to that.

For just one dollar, players can join in and play for the Bonus Ball jackpots. Each Bonus Ball pays out $250 with the exception of the Baby Ball. After a regular game is closed, the caller will draw a ball and signify it as the Bonus Ball. When the Bonus Ball matches one of the current posted numbers, the players who have purchased the $1 Bonus Ball ticket, will receive the cash prize. Multiple winners will divide the Bonus Ball prize equally.

Vanden Viking Bingo sessions are played at the Vaca Valley Bingo hall, 190 Bella Vista Road, just off the I-80 Davis Street Exit in Vacaville. For more information, call (707) 449-4646.

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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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