613 Lottery

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On the way into the office today, this was the sign for the lottery jackpots for Mega Millions and Powerball.


251 and 110. 


Combine the numbers and yes, it is exactly 613 again!


Mystical, holy number of commandments in the Torah.


Please G-d for blessings. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

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Powerball Powers Past

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I suppose the makers of the Powerball lottery never envisioned a $1.3 billion jackpot. 


As you can see the sign only goes up to $999 million. 


Yeah, stupid planning from the people that run the odds (where winning is 1 in 292 million), but they can’t figure the odds of the lottery going this high, ever.


Anyway, win it or lose it, someone stands to walk way with a lump-sum payment of $806 million, and after federal, state, and local taxes you’re looking at maybe half or less of that. 


Either way, not a bad take-away from a $2 lottery ticket. 


Lots of needy people to help and good deeds to do. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Whiskey Pie

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So I picked up a Powerball ticket this week…hard to resist with a jackpot of $360 million!



The store that sells the lottery tickets sells liquor.



I see these 3 bottles side-by-side.



And it’s for whiskey.



The whiskey has cherry, pecan, or apple pie flavored liquor.



The ladies pictured on the bottles are sitting on the different pies. 



And this “Pie-oneering” whiskey is called Piehole!



70% proof, and makes for quite some table talk. 



Not surprisingly, they never has this at the kiddush in shule on Shabbat! 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Vote To Have A Say

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People vote to get representation in political office for what they believe or want.



– Gun Rights

– Abortion Rights

– Civil Rights

– Social Entitlements

– International Engagement

– Strong Defense

– Low Taxes 

– Etc. Etc. Etc.



But now, cities like Los Angeles that are looking to boost voter turnout want to offer cash prizes



The cash prize “might include a prize as high as $50,000.”



Nice (not!)–head to the polls like you do to buy a Powerball ticket. 



Votes, like love, is not something that should be bought.



For those fortunate enough to live in a free country, voting is a special right where everyone can have a say and influence the world around them. 



Instead of focusing on handing out rides or money to go and vote, maybe instead we should create awareness of what a great opportunity it is to live in a  democracy and be able to chart our own course rather than live like so many around the globe under the rule of dictators and tyrants.



Voting is a great privilege for those who care to stand up and make a difference by going to the polls, voting is not an ATM machine. 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)