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SPORTS
March 15, 2006 | Greg Johnson, Times Staff Writer
March used to be maddening for Randy Edgar. When the NCAA men's basketball tournament rolled around, dozens of friends swamped his fax machine with bracket picks for what became known as the "Guru Pool." Duty called, so Edgar worked into the night, transferring picks to an Excel spreadsheet, drawing the brackets and faxing the results to about 40 competitors scattered around the country. The advent of e-mail reduced Edgar's workload, but "it was still horrible," the Oakland resident said.
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SPORTS
March 27, 1999
I hope all of the people who constantly rip Bill Plaschke's ability as a sports columnist took the time to read his March 24 column regarding Connecticut's "Leprechaun," Joe McGinn. For a nice change of pace, I didn't have to read about Dennis Rodman at the top of the page again. Too often, these stories are overlooked. But I hadn't been that teary-eyed since I saw "Life Is Beautiful." Every time I've taken the Huskies in my office pool, they've let me down. This year I didn't even have them making the Final Four.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1993 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jazz artist Joe Zawinul was one of the first people to pop into Robin Rich's mind Thursday after he and 11 colleagues from the Veterans Administration Medical Center won a $16.46-million jackpot in the California Lottery. To celebrate his $1.37-million share of the winnings, the 40-year-old maintenance supervisor from Van Nuys said his first purchase would be a compact disc featuring Zawinul, whom he saw perform at the Hollywood Bowl last month.
NEWS
April 17, 1991 | GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was only seven months ago that Ricardo Velazquez's luck changed his life forever. That's when he won $16.4 million with a lottery ticket he bought at a Santa Ana liquor store. On Tuesday, with tremendous odds against him, the South Orange County resident was hoping to repeat his incredible good fortune by joining the millions of Californians buying chances for what could be the largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history. "I'll call you tomorrow when I win the lottery, OK?"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2012 | Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
I have a lottery hangover. And I can't shake it. I was absolutely convinced I was going to win the $640-million jackpot last week. After all, stranger things have happened. I was born a middle-class American at the height of U.S. power, for instance, and not a galley slave in ancient Rome. Or any of the billions of other poor saps who peopled the Earth over the millennia. What are the chances of that? Worse than the 1-in-176-million odds of coming up with the six magic numbers, I bet. I won an Etch-a-Sketch in a dance contest when I was 12. Why me and not all the other little girls?
NATIONAL
April 4, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
When an attorney announced he was holding a news conference Wednesday on behalf of a Maryland McDonald's worker who claims to hold one of three winning Mega Millions tickets, the media throng dutifully showed up expecting answers. No such luck. Instead, there were more questions. And the most important unanswered question was this: Does Mirlande Wilson, 37, of Westport, Md., really have the winning ticket? And if the public at large is anxious for answers -- after all, hundreds of thousands of Americans played for a chance at a jackpot that topped $640 million -- imagine how Wilson's co-workers at the fast-food restaurant feel.
SPORTS
March 15, 2005 | T.J. Simers
Let me make this clear to avoid an FBI raid, or a chat with the district attorney at this busy time of year when they're trying to fill out their own NCAA tournament brackets to enter the office pool. I will not be crossing state lines with anyone's money but my own. I have set aside $500, roughly 10% of my salary or so it seems, to bet $10 in Las Vegas on every one of the 48 games to be played during the first four days of the tournament, including a $20 wager on one team to win it all.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2009 | Patrick McGreevy
Three years after Margaret Hamblin was busted for running a $50 betting pool on football at the Elks Lodge, the 76-year-old grandmother believes she got some justice Thursday when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a law reducing the penalty for participating in such office betting contests. The betting pool measure was one of 128 bills the governor signed Thursday as he cleared his desk of legislation that had been delayed as lawmakers grappled with the state's budget problems.
SPORTS
February 27, 2000 | MAL FLORENCE
The Gallery column of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Sandbox.com is offering college basketball fans $10 million, and all they have to do is fill out a perfect, 64-team bracket for the NCAA tournament that begins in March. But it will take a miracle for anybody to collect. Mathematicians figure that picking all games correctly is more difficult than winning a pick-six state lottery twice in succession. Even a college basketball expert who can pick games at a 70% clip has only a 1-in-5.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
Tenants in the Village Green Office Park said Monday they fear a flock of newly hatched ducklings living in a man-made stream that winds through the complex has perished since the water was recently drained. The business people, who have been putting out bowls and children's plastic pools filled with water for the ducks, said that Greenbrier Properties, the building's management company, drained the stream to clean it and replace a filtration system.
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