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Napa players to send 2017 out at the year end Bingo Party
Pace Bingo opens up 2018 with Combo Session
Triple Session of bingo at Vaca Valley New Year's Eve
$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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Napa players to send 2017 out at the year end Bingo Party

      NAPA—The last bingo session of 2017 is just around the corner and the bingo volunteers at the Vintage High School Music Boosters Bingo will host a fun Emoji Bingo Party on Sunday, December 31st at the Napa Bingo Emporium.

      The New Year's Eve Bingo Party will feature a wonderful free dinner that is to be served about 5 p.m. The first game for the last session of 2017 will be played starting at 6:30 p.m. All games will pay out a minimum of $300 to the lucky winners.

      During the evening session, players will enjoy lots of prize drawings for cash, prizes and free bingo play. There will be a drawing for six months of free bingo and a drawing for one full year of free bingo at the popular Sunday evening session.

      Players will receive party hats and favors as well as a glass of sparkling cider for a midnight toast and a kiss an Emoji.

       A Combo admission for the 30-game program has been set at $60. Players will receive a Turbo Bingo machine, up to five paper game packs and special game sheets. A paper only admission will be $45. Seating is on a first come, first served basis; no seat saving will be allowed.

      Doors open for each Regular Sunday session 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. An Old Flag game is played with a prize of up to $1,199.


      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.

      The Napa Bingo Emporium is a smoke-free facility. 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 and popcorn are always available for bingo players. For more information call (707) 252-5420 after 3:00 p.m.

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Triple Session of bingo at Vaca Valley New Year's Eve

VACAVILLE—New Year's eve is only a few days off. Players may select their favorite seat on a first come first basis at the hall. The price is $50 and will reserve each seat for the year end 38 game Triple Bingo session. Reservation are non-refundable and for those that wait to purchase their tickets at the door on the night of the event, the cost will be $55 should seating be unsold.

Each New Year’s Eve player will receive an Express II for all three sessions. Included with the admission purchase will be a $500 strip game card. Extra single paper six-on session packs may be purchased for $10 each. Included with each buy-in will be a dinner, party favors, a special New Year’s goodie bag and a sparkling cider toast that will be served near midnight.

This year, the volunteers have planned a Winter Olympics themed evening for the last session of 2017. Players will enjoy lots of special prize drawings throughout the triple session. More than $85,000 in cash and prizes will go during the year’s biggest evening bingo session.

In all there will be 38 regular games played along with three $1,000 strip games and five special games that will pay out $500 each.

Players will be treated to a dinner until 6:00 p.m.  Between the first and second sessions a special dessert will be served. At the break between the second and third sessions and as close to midnight as possible, there will be a special salute to the end of 2017 complete with sparkling cider. Players should note that the Gold Rush Café snack bar will remain open during the evening with complete full service.

Doors at the Vaca Valley Bingo hall will open for the New Year’s Eve session at 2:00 p.m. Prior to the session, players will enjoy lots of fun tab games with the big session starting at 5:00 p.m.

For more advance reservations information, contact hall managers Martha, Karen or Connie or 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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Pace Bingo opens up 2018 with Combo Session

VACAVILLE—The volunteers at Pace Solano Bingo will kick off the New Year with a special holiday Combo Bingo session on January 1st 2018. Doors will open at the Vaca Valley Bingo hall at 2:30 p.m. and the first game of the 2018 will start at 5:00 p.m.

The New Years Day Combo session will feature Strip games paying out $1,000 to the winners and paper games paying out $500. Admission has been set at $50 for the session with players to receive two each for the 10 Strip game cards and four paper game sheets. 50/50 Warm-up games will be played prior to the start of the Combo session.

The bingo volunteers at Pace Solano Bingo, will also continue to host two Friday late night strip sessions in the new year on January 5th and on January 19th. The $10 buy-in discount will also continue in the new year. Players who attend the regular evening session on the above dates and present their admission receipt, will get $10 off their Strip session buy-in.

A Mini Combo session will be featured at each regularly scheduled Monday evening Pace Bingo session. 18 games of bingo will be played and the payouts range from $250 up to $500. Admission has been set at just $25 for three 6-on paper game packs, two strip game cards and 2 paper games. Extra paper and extra strip cards will be available.

A reminder for December, players should note that the Vaca Valley Bingo hall will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, December 24th and 25th. Regular bingo sessions will resume on Tuesday, December 26th.

The popular Sunday evening Combo sessions will continue into the new year. 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 only $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 game will be played on Wednesday evening, January 10th and on Friday, January 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 the last session day of the month. 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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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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