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The Latest News for March, 2014  

Wildcats Sunday matinee Cat Cash jackpot hits $7,300!
Some tax relief at Napa Youth Sports Monday bingo
Pace Solano Bingo to introduce Super ½ packs on Easter
California Lottery seeks Scratchers® vending machine thieves
$60 Million Powerball® winner Celebrates with meal fast food restaurant!
Stakes rise for bitcoin backers as hackers attack
Modesto Powerball® winner claims $1.4 million prize
PokerStars, Tribes and Bad Actors in California
California's Gas Tax Nightmare

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Wildcats Sunday matinee Cat Cash jackpot hits $7,300!

            VACAVILLE—At press time, the free Cat Cash Match progressive jackpot had risen to $7,300 at the Sunday matinee Will C. Wood Wildcats Bingo. Players get several chances to match the Cat Cash top prize and win the jackpot each week.

            Each Sunday, players get several chances to match the big Cat jackpot and win all the cash. Each time the Cat Cash jackpot is not won, it is increased by $100. Better not miss a session so you get every chance to win the big cash prize.

            For March the Wildcats Bingo volunteers will have lots of bingo fun each week. On Sunday, March 6th, everyone with a paid admission will receive one free $1 flashboard game card.

            On Sunday, March 13th the popular Double Day promotion will be held. Everyone will receive double drawing tickets and there will be double the number of special Table Drawings during the session.

            Players should make a note that as in past years, the Will C. Wood Wildcats Bingo volonteers will take Easter Sunday off. There will be no Wildcats matinee bingo session on Sunday, March 20th.

            End of the month drawings for cash, free bingo and prizes will be held on March 27th. At the E-O-M session, players will enjoy the fun Good Neighbor games and in addition to the King and Queen drawings, a Prince and Princess will also be drawn and receive $5 each time their number is called.

            The Wildcats Blind G-Ball progressive jackpot was at $900 as we went to press.

            Players can buy in each Sunday 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 Matinee 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 regular 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 separate glass enclosed smoking and non smoking rooms. For more information, call (707) 449-4646.

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Some tax relief at Napa Youth Sports Monday bingo

      NAPA—April is the month when most pony up some extra money to square up tax accounts with Uncle Sam. The volunteers at the popular Monday night Napa Youth Sports Bingo, will help ease the pain of paying taxes and offer players a $5 discount on the Combo Buy-in on Monday, April 14th.

      The regular Combo Buy-in is $40, but on April 14th will be discounted to $35 for everyone. The Combo Buy-in includes up to five 6-on paper game packs, a fully loaded Turbo Bingo Machine and special game paper for each game.

      Each Monday, the session begins at 6:45 p.m. with the Warm-Up game and continues right into the regular session of bingo with all games paying out $250. Doors open at the Bingo Emporium at 3:00 p.m. and players can add Hot Ball game for just $1 and a chance to win up to $250 more on a regular game.

      Each week a $100 Come Back drawing is held from the admission tickets from the previous week. For player convenience, an ATM machine is available and there is always free coffee, popcorn and a limited menu snack bar.

       The volunteers add a special drawing for the Oops pot at the last session of the month. And $375 is guaranteed to go each week in the free Soccer Ball Drawing. The Power Burst game is guarantee $300 and there are lots of flashboard games paying out from $250 up to $1,199.

      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.

      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 2:00 p.m. for the Vintage Music Bingo session and the session begins at 5:15 p.m. All regular games pay out $250 to the lucky winners. Each week there is a drawing for a progressive jackpot as well as drawings for cash and free bingo prizes throughout the evening.

      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 6-on paper game packs with a fully loaded electronic bingo machine and special game paper. Players enjoy lots of flashboard games that pay out $200 up to $1,199.

      Every Friday evening, the Napa Valley Soccer Club Bingo volunteers open the doors of the Bingo Emporium at 3:00 p.m. and begin regular play with the Warm-up game at 6:45 p.m. Players enjoy a $35 admission buy-in that includes up to five 6-on paper game packs, specials and a fully loaded electronic bingo machine.

      All regular games pay out $250 to the winners and there are lots of flashboard games played during the evening session. Players enjoy free coffee and popcorn while they play bingo. There are progressive cash drawings and drawings for free bingo at each session.

            The Town and Country Bingo Emporium features separate glass-enclosed smoking and non smoking rooms. Hot Ball games are played at all sessions and each session features a $100 Come Back drawing weekly. The snack bar is open during the session 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.

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$60 Million Powerball® winner Celebrates with meal fast food restaurant!

            SACRAMENTOFor some people, winning $60 million would be life-changing. For Joseph Saxer, the winner of the March 1st Powerball jackpot, it’s not going to change a thing. And if you have any doubts to that claim, wait until you hear how Saxer celebrated the big win.

            “I took my wife to Carl’s Jr. and we got a buy one get one free of the, what they call the ‘Philly Cheese,’ and we shared a Coke then went back home,” said Saxer, an Air Force retiree. Need even more proof? When asked if the couple would now start buying two Cokes, Saxer just laughed.

            Saxer’s ticket successfully matched all six numbers 3, 8, 25, 47, 30 and the Powerball number 13. He purchased the ticket at Tooley Oil, in McClellan (Sacramento County). Tooley Oil will receive a retailer bonus of $300,000 for selling the ticket.

            This win has put Northern California on a hot streak. Just 10 days prior to Saxer’s win, someone in Milpitas hit that massive $425 million Powerball jackpot (that winner has not yet come forward). And back in December, a winning ticket sold in San Jose split a $648 million Mega Millions® jackpot with a winner in Georgia.

            Powerball is a multistate game played in California (and 42 other states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Draw times are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7:59 p.m. PST. Tickets sales are suspended from 7:00 p.m. to 7:05 p.m. the day of the draw. Tickets are $2 and can be purchased from any of the more than 21,000 California Lottery retailers. Please visit the California Lottery’s Powerball site for more information on how to play.

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Pace Solano Bingo to introduce Super ½ packs on Easter

VACAVILLE—The volunteers at the popular Pace Solano Bingo, have announced they will introduce a brand new Super Half Pack on Easter Sunday. Regular games won on the Super Half Packs will pay out $500 to the winner. Super Half Packs will be available for $5 at the Sunday night session.

The Magic Ball will continue in April. At each Pace Bingo session prior to the start of the regular games, a ball is drawn and designated as the Magic Ball for the night. A player who has a valid bingo on the Magic Number on any Regular game will receive a bonus of $250. There is no additional cost for the Magic Ball.

Players will enjoy a fun regular session on Easter Sunday. Besides the free $200 Daub Card game, players will enjoy five special drawings for $100 cash each. And players will receive a special Easter gift during the session. The doors at the Vaca Valley Bingo hall will open at the regular 3:00 p.m. time with the regular session starting at 5:30 p.m. with the Early Bird games.

The Pace Bingo volunteers will also continue the Blind G Ball free game at their Wednesday matinee session each week. As we went to press the progressive jackpot was sitting at $1,300. Each player receives one free single game card to play the game. If not won the progressive prize jackpot is increased by $100 until won.

The Friday night Super Friday Night bingo sessions will also continue each week in April. The sessions feature 30 regular games of bingo and will be based on the bingo special session format played on holidays. Three regular games during the session will pay out $500. Admission will also continue at only $25 for two six on paper game packs; extra packs are available for $5 each.

All other regular games will continue to pay out at least $250. There are no early birds or specials played during the session. The Friday Super Session starts right in at 6:30 p.m. At the conclusion of the session two Last Chance games played with payouts of $1,000 each to the lucky winners. There will be lots of flashboard games played during that will pay out $200 up $1,199 and are available on the floor.

The You-Pick-It progressive jackpot game played each Sunday and Wednesday evening sessions will continue in March. The jackpot starts at $500 and is awarded to the winner when they bingo in 20 numbers or less. If won in 21 numbers, the prize will be $400 and a bingo takes 22 numbers to get a winner, the payout is $300. A consolation of $250 will be paid out to a winner in 23 numbers or more.

The fun In The Monitor sessions will be held on Monday, April 7th and again on Friday, April 25th. Players with a monitor  win, will receive a night of free bingo matching what they play.

The Free $200 Daub Card games will be played at Pace sessions on Easter Sunday, April 20th and on Monday April 28th.  Players receive one free single game card at each session played at the Vaca Valley Bingo hall during the before the announced play date. Daub Cards are good only on the date stamped on the back side of the card. In addition to the $200 cash prize, single winners will receive a month of bingo at the Pace sessions.

Players continue to enjoy the Super Jackpot Game that is now played on Monday and Friday evening sessions. The free game features three jackpots that can be won. At press time, progressive jackpot No. 1 was at $1,600; Jackpot No. 2 was at 1,250 and Super Jackpot No. 3 was sitting at $2,700.

And don’t forget that special drawing will be held on Monday, March 31st. The winner will receive a special autographed baseball from S.F. Giants hall of famer Orlando Cepeda.

End of the month drawings will include prizes of cash and free bingo on the last day of the month for each session. Players must be wearing their Pace Bingo button to be eligible for special prizes.

Pace Solano Bingo hosts five sessions of bingo each week starting with the Sunday evening session which starts with the Early Bird games at 5:30 p.m. On Monday evenings, the hall doors open at 4:00 p.m. and the Early Birds start at 6:39 p.m. On Wednesdays, the volunteers offer players at fun Matinee session starting with the Warmup games at about 10:00 a.m. The Pace Bingo volunteers return to the hall for an evening session that starts with the Early Birds at 6:30 p.m.

On Fridays, the hall doors open at 4:00 p.m. and the 30-game Super Friday session starts at 6:30 p.m. 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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California Lottery seeks Scratchers® vending machine thieves

     SACRAMENTOInvestigators from the California Lottery are asking for the public’s help in locating suspects who broke into a Lucky grocery store in Fremont over the weekend and made off with a Scratchers vending machine.

      The thieves broke into the store, which is located on the 40000 block of Mission Boulevard, about 3 a.m. on Saturday, March 1st. Police located the vending machine a few hours later just a couple blocks from the store location. Most of the cash had already been removed from the machine before the theft and Fremont police did recover most of the stolen tickets. Still, as a precaution the Lottery has “flagged” all suspected ticket numbers that may have been stolen.

      All Lottery tickets are traceable and as soon as the suspects attempt to cash any winning tickets in their possession, Lottery investigators will immediately know their location. The Lottery is working with the Fremont Police Department on this case.

      If you have information that could lead to the arrest of the suspect in the surveillance photo below, Lottery investigators ask that you call them at 1-800-LOTTERY and select option 4 to speak with an investigator.

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Stakes rise for bitcoin backers as hackers attack

            In mid March, thefts were reported at three different bitcoin sites, one of which was the first exchange and at one time the largest.

            Mt. Gox had $400 million stolen and the exchange filed for bankruptcy on February 28th. Flexcoin had $600,000 in bitcoin stolen and the tiny exchange, Poloniex, had 12% of its assets, or $50,000 stolen.

            All of this occurred electronically as hackers probed for vulnerabilities, and discovered them and went in for the kill.

            These events had a number of implications for bitcoin as a technology, a currency and an industry, some of which might seem counterintuitive.

            First, seeing the price of bitcoin remain buoyant in the wake of such events, speaks to its resilience. There is still demand for the currency despite the wounds.

            Second, these thefts raised the stakes for the largest and most established bitcoin-focused companies.

            For example, Coinbase, a bitcoin exchange and provider of merchant tools, is backed by elite venture firms including Andreessen Horowitz and Union Square Ventures. The San Francisco-based company faces greater risk but may also reap a greater reward.

            Given that Coinbase stores a large amount of bitcoin, hackers stand to gain more if they are able to compromise the site's infrastructure and so they are undoubtedly making all types of attempts to steal from it. In addition, financial backers including Marc Andreessen are publicly praising its relative safety and reliability. So, if Coinbase is compromised, it might well have a much larger negative impact on the currency than we saw with Mt. Gox.

            If, on the other hand, Coinbase remains safe for those who keep their bitcoin there, it stands to become a bona fide leader of a burgeoning industry and the company and its backers will reap the financial gain.

            Finally, with every attempt to hack into bitcoin operations, security officers at these companies learn more about the potential vulnerabilities inherent in running these types of operations which might potentially make them more secure as Coinbase and others study and adapt to the threats. Repored by the Daily Ticker.

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Modesto Powerball® winner claims $1.4 million prize

           SACRAMENTO—“I’ve always been a winner in life.” California’s newest millionaire, Elfred Meitzenheimer, doesn’t mince words. The Modesto man, with a larger than life personality, strolled into the Sacramento District Office today to claim his $1,444,906 Powerball prize.

           Now that kind of money could go straight to someone’s head, but not this 63-year-old retiree. “I’m the same person all the time, whether I have a little money or a lot of money.” He even described his winnings as, “Just a little more money to spend at the Dollar Store. That’s all it is.”

           Meitzenheimer matched five of six numbers in last week’s $425 million Powerball draw. His winning ticket was made up of numbers he plays all the time – a combination of his siblings’ birthdates, along with former and current addresses. That ticket matched the winning numbers 17, 49, 54, 35 and 1 – missing only the Powerball number of 34.

           The retired Gallo Glass Co. worker purchased the ticket at Stop Save Liquor #2 on Coffee Road in Modesto, a store he visits almost daily to buy his lottery tickets. And get this – the day after his big Powerball win, he was back in the store buying tickets for the next draw. “I’ll play it again and again and again,” he said. “I’m going to keep my routine and keep doing what I do.”

           So what will he “do” with his $1.4 million prize? First, he plans help his mother – she’s his priority. Once she’s taken care of, Meitzenheimer wants to splurge a little saying, “I’m going to several Audi dealerships. Several.” He only plans to buy one car but wants dealers to, as he put it, “Show me what you got!”

           Meitzenheimer isn’t the only winner here. Stop Save Liquor #2 will receive a retailer bonus of $7,224.53 for selling the winning ticket.

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PokerStars, Tribes and Bad Actors in California

    Rumors abound that PokerStars and the Morongo Band of Mission Indians in California are working together to oppose any new law which includes a “bad actor” clause that might exclude PokerStars from a state regulated market.

The latest indication comes from a tweet put out by iGamingPlayer. iGamingPlayer is “the leading licensed affiliate marketing platform in the US,” according to the site’s twitter profile. It operates in all three regulated markets in the US. It later clarified that the information came from “a very good source close to the situation.”

The tweet was followed by a report from Gambling Compliance which reported that PokerStars, Morongo and two cardrooms were in partnership to block online poker legislation with “bad actor” provisions.

PokerStars has not yet been able to secure a New Jersey license, but its attempts to do so indicate that it has a strong interest in gaining a presence in the nascent US market.

California is in many ways the “grand prize.” Its population of 38 million, with an average household income of over $61,000 make it the largest potential single-state market in the US. A “bad actor” clause in a future law could exclude Rational Group from this market.

There are two bills currently on the table in California: AB 2291, from Assembly member Reginald Jones-Sawyer, and SB 1366, sponsored by State Senator Lou Correa. Competing interests from politicians, existing business and tribes will all need to be reconciled before either bill could pass into law.

Back in 2009, the Chairman of the 1000-strong Morongo Band of Mission Indians Robert Martin set out the tribe’s position on internet gambling in testimony which roundly condemned previous attempts to legislate for online gambling in California.

Since then, the fears that land based casino businesses will be cannibalized by regulated online gaming have been partly dispelled, and the prospects for new opportunities for tribal nations have been increased. The Pala Band of Mission Indians in California is well advanced, having hired former bwin.party CEO Jim Ryan and picked up Phil Ivey as a brand ambassador.

Legislators have also developed a better feel for balancing competing interests—for dividing up the potential pie—and there is now a mood that the onset of California regulated online gaming has become inevitable.

A Rational Group spokesperson was not immediately available to comment on the rumors.

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California's Gas Tax Nightmare

By George Runner

California taxpayers don't have to fall sleep to have a nightmare. They experience one each and every day when they encounter a costly, confusing and constantly-changing tax system. Unfortunately, most efforts to change this system only make matters worse.

Take the gas tax, for instance.

California consumers currently pay 71 cents per gallon in taxes every time they fill up their tanks. That's the highest gas tax rate in the country. The average American pays less -- about 50 cents per gallon. That translates into hundreds of dollars a year in higher taxes for Californians.

Adding insult to injury, Californians are double-taxed for gas. Sales tax is calculated after excise taxes have already been added. That means we pay a tax on a tax, which is just plain wrong.

Double taxation aside, most California motorists wouldn't mind paying high gas taxes if it meant we could drive the nation's finest roads. But that's not how things work. Instead of seeing our tax dollars invested wisely, we're constantly told we should pay more. Our freeway system, once the envy of the world, has become an embarrassment.


Further complicating matters, in 2010 the Governor and Legislature adopted a convoluted gas tax scheme over my objections.  This scheme, known as the "fuel tax swap," is so confusing even tax experts have a hard time understanding it.

Lawmakers didn't adopt this scheme to make taxes simpler; they did it to move about a billion dollars to the general fund.

Although the Board of Equalization (BOE) didn't create the formula, we at the BOE have to live with it. Each year we must adjust the fuel tax rate to ensure the state receives neither more nor less revenue than it would have under the prior tax system.

A silver lining to this complicated system is that it can produce a tax decrease when gas prices fall.

That's what happened this year. On February 25, my fellow Board members and I voted to lower the gasoline excise tax 3.5 cents per gallon as of July 1, 2014.

Our vote is good news for taxpayers. This much-needed tax relief will arrive as Californians are on the road for summer vacations.

Lower gas taxes are good for our economy and good for jobs, but even after this cut takes effect Californians will continue to pay one of the highest tax rates in the nation.

Unfortunately, some in the Legislature want you to pay more taxes, rather than less. Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has proposed a new "carbon tax" that would raise the taxes you pay on gas by 15 cents per gallon next year and up to 43 cents by 2030.

Steinberg argues his new tax would actually be a better deal for motorists, since they already face rising gas prices as a result of the anti-global warming bill AB 32's cap and trade requirements. His proposal would impose a direct tax in place of the indirect one set to start next year, while also providing an earned income tax credit to low income Californians.


In a surprisingly frank confession, Steinberg said, "For climate policy to work, it has to sting. I am concerned about who we sting."

In other words, if you're not already poor, politicians want to raise your gas taxes enough that you'll stop driving your car and start riding mass transit.

Rather than plotting to raise taxes at a time when the state is already awash in cash, lawmakers should be finding ways to simplify our tax laws, reduce taxes and make life easier for California taxpayers.

Taxes are hard enough to accept, but when they can't be simply explained and the money is wasted, it erodes public confidence.

Lawmakers could start by scrapping the current confusing and complicated gas tax formula and replacing it with one that is simple, straightforward and easy to understand.

Taxpayers deserve a tax system they can understand and won't take them by surprise. People have the right to know how much they're paying and where those dollars are going.

California is a great place to live and work. There's no reason our tax system needs to be a nightmare.

George Runner represents more than nine million Californians as a taxpayer advocate and elected member of the State Board of Equalization. For more information, visit boe.ca.gov/Runner or calfirefee.com.

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