Syracuse Betting Pool: Top Choices for Best Actor

The Oscars are almost here, and the tension is heating up among the Syracuse betting pool, a small, informal group of friends who take a little time each year to make some friendly wagers about the film industry's biggest awards. This year's Best Actor category has some interesting contenders, with some bigger and lesser-known names alike contending for the Academy's highest honor for a male performer. Here, then, are the Syracuse betting pool's top choices for Best Actor.

Brad Pitt

One thing that sets Brad Pitt apart is that he has managed to truly mature as an actor, and the Academy smiles on those who are able to continue acting and doing it well. However, we all know that performance is just one part of determining who will win the Best Actor Award.

It certainly helps that "Moneyball" has also won almost universal acclaim from the critics. This, combined with Pitt's acting, may yet move this aging but still well-tuned star into winning territory.

Gary Oldman

Pitt may have his work cut out for him, as he faces stiff competition from this man, the star of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy." Though Oldman has been in numerous films, and has almost always won acclaim for his versatility, he has not been nominated for any Academy Awards. As a result, the Academy may finally reward him for one of his most important starring roles in recent years. If any actor deserves to finally receive recognition with an Academy Award, it is the …

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NBA Draft Lottery: Raptors Should Take Point Guard

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The NBA Draft Lottery was held on Tuesday night and the Toronto Raptors walked away the winner. You will have to forgive the teams GM Brian Colangelo for not doing cartwheels or shouting at the top of his lungs. Unlike in years past there isn’t that franchise changing we’ve all grown accustomed to seeing at the top of everyone’s draft board. Instead of Lebron James and Yao Ming we get LaMarcus Aldridge and Tyrus Thomas. Although no one is sure what Colangelo or any of the other general managers will do, here’s what the teams with the top ten picks should do.1. Toronto Raptors. The Raptors should go unconventional and draft Uconn point guard Marcus Williams. Think about No one really knows whether or not Aldridge or Thomas or Italian import Andrea Bargnani can play, also you already have two pretty good big men in Charlie Villanueva and Chris Bosh. What you need now is some one who can get them the ball. Williams is a pass first shoot second point guard, who is not yet a great shooter but has the size to post up smaller point guards.

  1. Chicago Bulls. The Bulls should take the No.2 pick, package it with Luol Deng and Tyson Chandler and propose a trade to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Garnett. The only question is would Kevin Mchale be naïve enough to take this deal, and he might be. If Garnett wants to be traded then the Wolves should honor that for the years

Ohio Store Clerk Wins $1 Million in Lottery

According to the Associated Press, a 32 year-old BP store clerk named Kristina Schneider bought the last Magnificent Millions lottery ticket in the North Canton, Ohio, store she was working. She had previously joshed about the last lottery ticket on a roll being a sure winner. And this time, it was no tease. Kristina Schneider came to work on Friday May 18, 2007, and left work a millionaire after purchasing the last lottery ticket on a roll. Sounds so simple, doesn't it?But it almost didn't happen.

Prior to purchasing the winning ticket, the Associated Press reports Kristina Schneider encouraged one of her BP store customers to buy the remaining Magnificent Millions lottery ticket. The customer had already bought three of the lottery tickets at a cost of $10 a piece, for a total of $30. So understandably, the customer replied to Schneider's suggestion by saying he could not afford the last $10 ticket.

Luckily for Kristina Schneider though, she could afford to shell out the $10 required for the last chance at a magnificent million dollars. Upon realizing she had actually won the $1 million grand lottery prize, Schneider says she had to shut herself in the store restroom from being sick over the shock of winning. And I imagine she is not the only one who felt like upchucking after realizing the last Magnificent Millions lottery ticket actually was the grand winner. It is easy to see the "if only" thoughts making a mad run through the customer's head …

Betting on Sports the Intelligent Way

Mankind has been betting on sports for thousands of years. The ancient Romans would gather around the Colosseum and trade sports betting advice while waiting to see if their chosen gladiator either won or lost. Winning could mean winning enough to feed their family for an entire month. But losing could have horrible repercussions, depending on how much they put up to bet.Modern man continues to rely on betting to win money, lots of money. The potential for large rewards with sports betting is tremendous. By relying on powerful sports betting systems, you can easily turn $1000 into $10,000 if you place the right bets. Not only is it profitable, but sports betting is also fun and lets you indirectly participate in a game. You can either go to a live bookie, or register for a free online sports betting account.

Nonetheless, betting on sports is an extremely risky hobby. No matter whether you prefer betting on sports online or in person, you must know what you are doing to be successful at it. Achieving consecutive wins mandates more than mere instinct. You must have a tremendous passion for the sport, be knowledgeable about different teams and players, and have one hell of a sports betting strategy. This means that you must really study the sport and learn everything about it, inside out. Formidable knowledge combined with strong sports betting systems marks the difference between the winners and the losers.

The most common mistake made in sports betting is spreading …

Gambling – Can Its Addictive Nature Be Cured?

The man had already lost his life savings because of gambling. But he figured he was on a winning streak after he had won his last five hands at the Poker table. So, he felt beefy and lucky, as a matter-of-fact and put everything he had gained on the table as his next bet, and lost. Even though he had took a horrible lost, and wanted a chance to win it all back several days later, the man decided no to take an even greater chance at losing his family.It's a common and undetectable habit, in some ways: Gambling. So often do we see ourselves, or people around us with this problem. And it can ruin an entire family, if allowed. I've known people who have lost their homes, jobs and family to gambling habits. It starts like any other habit; You feel that you got a hold of it, and you can handle the pressure of the rush. But just as the days pass of a person feeling like they are not a gambling fanatic, so are the strongholds of the addiction to it.

I say that it's addictive because everytime you get an extra dollar, you, the gambler, go and try to make twenty dollars from that one dollar. And not only does a gambling fanatic spend their last dollar on a bet, they also turn to others to borrow money for even more gambling; which involves others into the problem. But how can someone suppress this addiction, …

Plantation Lottery

What is to be done about the plantation glorification situation? Perhaps we need to rethink that whole scenario and do some radical revamping. During an eight-hour drive from Atlanta to Cocoa, Florida, I came up with a possible solution. This new law would be called Proposition 1492.First, we would compile a list of all homes throughout the country that housed people who owned slaves at any time during the history of the colonization of this continent. This would include all homes, not just the scandalously opulent plantation mansions. Each house would be assigned a number.

Next, there would be a lottery. Anyone could participate and one person would receive one ticket, no exceptions. Each lottery ticket would be assigned a house number. For example, a three-bedroom house in Eufala, Georgia could be H1. A certain number of lottery tickets would be assigned per square yards of that house. Perhaps the house has 1500 square yards and we had decided that there would be one ticket per 300 square yards. That would mean that five people would be given given lottery tickets for house H1.

Each homeowner would be notified that their house was chosen for the lottery. They would be given two options: receive the price the house was worth in 1865, or have it taken under 'eminent domain.' Eminent domain would work in this situation as the lottery is for the good of the people as a way to cleanse our country of these reminders of past atrocities.

There …

North Carolina Lottery Keeps $1.3 Million in Winnings

Have you ever dreamed of winning the lottery and becoming fabulously rich? Buying a mansion, expensive cars, and taking exotic vacations? How about quitting that job you have hated for years? Or maybe you would be happy just winning 100,000 dollars or so to pay off all of your bills and just make life a little easier? Well, if you live in North Carolina and win big on the lottery, it is actually possible to end up no better off than you are right now. The state of North Carolina has withheld 1.3 million dollars in prize money from winners since the lottery began in this state in March, 2006.North Carolina’s lottery consists of several different games. There is the PowerBall drawing on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and then there are daily drawings for the Pick 3, Cash 5, and the newest game, Pick 4. The Pick 3 drawing is held both in the afternoon and then another drawing at night. In addition to these games, there are numerous instant scratch off tickets available for sale.

When redeeming a winning ticket under the amount of five hundred dollars, you can simply take the ticket to the retailer you purchased it from or to any other participating retailer. Most stores have a limit as to how much cash they can pay out to winners but you receive anything above that amount in a store money order. When redeeming a winning ticket in an amount greater than five hundred dollars, there are two …

Lottery Winnings Payouts and Taxes

Have you ever fantasized about lottery winnings and what you would do with all that money? While winning millions of dollars could release you from financial bondage, you might end up with a lot less money than expected.One of the biggest drawbacks of lottery winnings is most people go on wild spending sprees, travel around the world, and give large sums of money to family and friends. While most people believe they can't burn through a million bucks in their lifetime, chances are the money will be gone much faster than ever imagined. Research shows less than 20-percent of lottery winners hold onto their winnings for more than two years. Imagine becoming a millionaire only to end up broke!

Another problem is once people hear you won the big jackpot, long-forgotten relatives and complete strangers expect you to be their personal bank. As most people know, money can bring out the best and worst in people. Winning the lottery can quickly become a stressful event which can lead to family dysfunction and ruined friendships.

Many people do not realize jackpot winnings are subjected to state and federal taxes and can equate to nearly 50-percent of overall winnings. Individuals who elect the lump sum payout receive significantly less than those who opt for installment payments.

Mega million Powerball winnings can be paid through quarterly, semi-annual or annual installments over a period of 20 years. A structured settlement annuity is established through a life insurance company. Annuitants receive a set amount based …

The Problem with the Lottery System

There are 3 fundamental philosophical criticisms of the lottery system:1. The lottery is a business ran by the government; at best the marketing is deceptive and at worst it’s a pure lie.

  1. The lottery is a tax for the poor and middle class and gives people a false belief that they can win money for nothing.
  2. No help is given to the lottery winner once the money is distributed. It isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
  3. Marketing

Most people, even lottery players themselves, don’t realize the true scope of the lottery system. Many consider it similar to buying a raffle ticket: you spend a few dollars here and there and hope to win the prize. However, the lottery in the United States is a $60 billion industry, spanning 43 states. It is serious business; this isn’t your child’s raffle ticket game. And in order to reach multi-billion dollar status you must have a massive marketing campaign.

According to Gallup polls, 49% of Americans had purchased a lottery ticket in 2003. This is actually the lowest it’s been since 1989. A Gallup poll also revealed that 15% of teenagers between thirteen and seventeen purchased lottery tickets in 1999.

So why do half of Americans, and 15% of teenagers, purchase lottery tickets? For the chance for big money of course. And because they believe it is for the betterment of society. Fifty four percent of those polled believe lotteries keep taxes lower and favored lotteries three to one over more taxes. …

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The Illinois Lottery Crowns Its First $1,000 a Week for Life Winner!

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Every now and then, when I go and fill my car up with gas, I like to treat myself to an instant win lottery scratch card. These can range anywhere from $1 a card to over $10 a card. It’s always fun to think about what I would do if I won the big bucks. If I were to win big, I would give enough money to my family to help make their lives easier to support and then give the remaining money away to charities worldwide overtime. My favorite instant wins are the $500 ($1/game), $1,000 ($2/game), and the $2,500 ($5/game) cash for life cards. If you win, you can decide to either take a lump sum or the prize money weekly for life. Can you even begin to imagine how convenient it would be to have a nice big check coming in the mail every single week without ever working for it?
In May, Jose Garcia of the northwest side of Chicago and Dan Kaiser of Machesney Park, the first cash for life winner, each found this out by winning the $500 a week for life game. Now, as of June 1st, 2011, there is another winner who is going to know just how great this will feel. Congratulations go out to Chicago’s Elizabeth Wilson! This single-mom is the winner of the Illinois State Lottery’s $1,000 a week for life scratch off card. According to the Channel 5 News,, Elizabeth Wilson will “keep on giving” with her …