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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 1994
I have decided to win $365 from the California lottery: I've quit buying lottery tickets. N. DWIGHT HARMAN Redondo Beach
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April 5, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The NBA's regular season ends April 16, and for the bottom-dwellers the draft lottery May 20 looms large. Below are standings of the eight worst teams after Friday's games, their odds to land the No. 1 overall pick and mock draft picks from current position: TEAM/W-L/Pct./Odds/MOCK DRAFT SELECTION 1; Milwaukee/14-62/.184/25%/Jabari Parker, F, Duke 2; Philadelphia/17-59/.224/19.9%/Andrew Wiggins, F, Kansas 3; Orlando/21-55/.276/15.6%/Dante Exum,...
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OPINION
December 18, 2013
Re "Mega Millions draws up longer odds, fewer winners," Column, Dec. 13 Anyone considering buying a Mega Millions lottery ticket should first read David Lazarus' column. His disclosure of the infinitesimally low odds of winning - and the lower economic classes' vastly disproportionate burden of sustaining lotteries - should resonate with most readers. Several years ago I learned that within two hours an unusually large lottery would close and draw for a winner. I decided to walk to a local convenience store to buy a few tickets for a chance at becoming an instant millionaire.
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April 5, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
For more than a half century, few in this town have loved and lived the Lakers like Joe Smith. The former record mogul has four season seats on the baseline next to the Lakers bench. He has held those seats since the team arrived in Los Angeles. He has become as much of a fixture under the basket as the ballboys and Laker girls. No single ticket holder has endured longer, and certainly no single fan has invested more. For 54 years, Joe Smith has loved the Lakers graciously, gratefully and unconditionally.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 1991
Could you persuade Assemblyman Richard E. Floyd (D-Carson) to expand on his remark (Part A, Aug. 6) concerning doubling the odds against winning the lottery jackpot? "Even people who play the lottery are not so stupid to play into that kind of doubling." That little word even might cost him a vote or two. Its use is condescending, and, in fact, a little stupid, even. FRED SCIFERS Downey
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1988
Thank you for expressing my feelings about the lottery. I, too, feel as Gamboa does about the lottery taking from those least likely to be able to afford spending their money on an unrealistic dream. If reforms can be instituted and awards made more fairly, I might change my mind. However, more revenue to needy school districts would have to be part of the reform. CLARA GOLDSTEIN Culver City
NEWS
March 1, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The lottery for summer permits to hike up Yosemite 's Half Dome via the cables begins online Friday and continues through March 31. Permits are required daily during the summer for each person who wants to hike to the top of Yosemite National Park 's popular granite rock face at 8,842 feet above sea level. The cables with wooden slats that form a kind of ladder on the last 400 feet to the top are scheduled to be up May 24 to Oct. 14 this year, according to the National Park Service . Those who apply may choose up to six date preferences when entering the lottery at recreation.gov , (877)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 1990
Am I the only person who views the lottery as a colossal mistake? Every time I see a television ad for the lottery or Lotto during prime time and think of the amount of money being spent to tempt people to waste their money, I am very angry. Would we permit drug dealers to advertise to addicts? The tone of the lottery ads is very seductive and lures people to throw their money away. The chances of winning are less than being hit by lightning, yet individuals who know they will never be hit by lightning truly believe they have a chance to win millions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1999
It is so good to hear that the people of Alabama have enough common sense to reject the lottery (Oct. 13). For a government to get into gambling is unconscionable no matter what pretty pictures they paint. Just look at the social cost of gambling that we all have to pay. Since the states are so happy to sue the tobacco industry for the damage it inflicts on people, despite warnings, maybe the states should sue the gambling industry for the ill it has brought upon the people without warning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1998
The California Lottery folks chose to disenfranchise many players over 40 when they voted to allow large Lotto winners to choose to have lump sum payment of about 50% of their winnings and forfeit the rest, in lieu of having it spread out over 20 years (Dec. 24). Only they also voted to spread it over 26 years! That means that someone like me, near 55, won't get all of his winnings until he's almost 81--if he lives that long! That's clearly unfair to older players, and in my case, I would be left with the choice between losing half my winnings or risking dying before I've collected the balance, nearly 25 years into the next century.
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March 18, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
If the Lakers ever need inspiration during their darkest season ever, they can always look to one of their sworn enemies. The San Antonio Spurs were there too, not that long ago. They lost future Hall of Famer center David Robinson for almost an entire season, finished 20-62, got lucky in the lottery and won Tim Duncan with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1997 draft. The Spurs have taken four championships since then and own the NBA's best record this season with Duncan still a huge factor, averaging 15.1 points and 9.9 rebounds at age 37. As a casual reminder of the importance of lottery picks, San Antonio (50-16)
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March 17, 2014 | By Chris Foster
Lurking beyond the NCAA tournament horizon for UCLA's basketball team is one very important question: Will they or won't they? Three Bruins will have NBA decisions to make once their tournament run is done. Sophomore Kyle Anderson , sophomore Jordan Adams and freshman Zach LaVine may have already played their last game at Pauley Pavilion. Or one, two or all could be back next season. The early line has Anderson leaving, LaVine a pick 'em and Adams likely to return.
OPINION
March 16, 2014 | By David J. Hand
We humans have a curious relationship with chance. We're prepared to place bets that events with incredibly small probabilities will occur - such as the 1 in 259 million chance that a ticket will win the Mega Millions lottery. Yet, we go about our everyday lives happily ignoring far larger probabilities - that we might get killed by a lightning strike, for example, which has a chance of about 1 in 3 million in the United States each year. The great mathematician Emile Borel said that sufficiently improbable events never occur.
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March 15, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
CHASING LOTTERY BALLS The NBA's regular season ends April 16, and for the bottom-dwellers the draft lottery on May 20 looms large. Below are standings of the eight worst teams after Friday's games, their odds to land the No. 1 overall pick and mock draft picks from current position: TEAM/W-L/Pct./Odds/MOCK DRAFT SELECTION 1. Milwaukee/13-53/.197/25%/Jabari Parker, F, Duke 2. Philadelphia//15-50/.231/19.9%/Andrew Wiggins, F, Kansas...
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March 8, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
After a surprise win in Portland on Monday against the Trail Blazers, the Lakers have completely fallen apart with three straight losses including a 48-point drubbing by the Clippers. The Lakers have given up an average of 136 points a game through that stretch, falling to 21-42 on the season and last place in the 15-team Western Conference. The good news for the Lakers, given that the playoffs have been out of the equation for some time, is improvement in the chase for a higher pick in the 2014 NBA draft.
SPORTS
March 5, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner
It's a stunning reversal of fortune if you pause and ponder. The Clippers are fighting for home-court advantage in a first-round playoff series next month. The Lakers are merely playing for lottery position in the June draft. Strange, strange days in L.A. as the two teams prepare to meet Thursday night. The Lakers couldn't stop the New Orleans Pelicans from ripping through them for 132 points Tuesday in a loss that prevented them from matching a season-high three-game winning streak.
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March 3, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
PORTLAND, Ore. - Funny guys, those Lakers. Their own fan base turned on them weeks ago, more interested in pingpong-ball percentages than on-court victories, so what did the Lakers do? Win one in their personal house of horrors, beating the allegedly better Portland Trail Blazers, 107-106, Monday night at Moda Center. BOX SCORE: Lakers 107, Trail Blazers 106 Wesley Johnson dunked off a sideline inbounds pass from Kent Bazemore with 6.9 seconds left and the Lakers improved to a slightly less sickly 8-25 here since Kobe Bryant's rookie season (1996-97)
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March 1, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni and assistant coach Kurt Rambis recently had a conversation that went something like this. Rambis: "Hey Mike. D'Antoni: "Hey Kurt. " Rambis: "Want to hear something bad?" D'Antoni: "No. " Rambis: "I'm telling you anyway. We have one of the hardest remaining schedules in the NBA. " D'Antoni: Pause. (Unintelligible.) As if the Lakers needed more bad news, it's coming fast and furious. Their game Friday against Sacramento was one of their last "easy" ones, or at least matchups that look favorable on paper.
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