Beginner Study – What is Lotto?

As you can see, there are new types of lottery games that keep popping up! But did you know about the basic Lotto? No? So let’s check it out, shall we?

Lotto, in this most popular lottery game, six numbers are drawn from a range of numbers (such as 42, 46, 47, 49, 51, and 54). Michigan, for instance, has a 6-out-of-47 game (6/47), meaning that six numbers are drawn from a possible 47. Florida’s Lotto is 6/53, meaning that six numbers are drawn from a possible 53.

You got the idea? Okay, let play Lotto! You see, by marking the numbered squares on a play slip, you point out your six chosen numbers. Take it to a lottery retailer or agent. Then agent will give you game ticket. Yup, it’s your official receipt and must be presented and validated in the event of a win.

How about the numbers? This lottery game use special ball-drawing machines, with the numbered balls. By randomly shoots out six selected balls, you can see what the winning numbers for that evening’s lottery drawing.

Want to win the jackpot? See your Lotto ticket, if your 6 numbers exactly match, then you win! And hear this! In Lotto, your numbers don’t have to be listed in any particular order! That’s right, as long as they match those drawn, then you hit a jackpot!

And if by coincidentally there are two people win the exact 6 numbers then the winning money has to split between the winners. Check this out! If no one wins, the prize money rolls over and the jackpot becomes increasingly larger!

How much does that cost us to play Lotto? It’s very cheap! For one shoot at Lotto is still $1 in many states. So for one chance, or play, at Lotto, you would pay $1. For five plays, five sets of numbers, it’s going to cost you $5. But in Illinois state, they offer a bargain: two plays for $1.

It’s so extremely cheap right? Compared with the million dollars of winning money! Interested to try out? You see, typically, Lotto drawings are held twice a week, usually on Wednesday and Saturday nights. Better don’t miss out those days!

The World of Warcraft Pets

Pets add to the fun of prancing around the world of Azeroth in the game World of Warcraft. The makers of the game have designed so many different types of pets which can be collected and sold for profits that it makes for a really huge and amusing addition to the game.

They are often called vanity pets and are generally non combat types that are present only for accompanying a character. The type of pets chosen depends on the player and these pets provide a particular meaning to the character of a particular individual. In a way, they are an addition to the personality.

What level does my character need to get a pet?

There are NPC vendors from whom you can purchase them irrespective of the level of your character. All you need for this is silver or gold which is enough to purchase a particular pet. Levelling up though is still required in purchasing from NPC vendors since your character must be at a particular level in order to travel to different places with vendors. They are also available at the auction house but buying pets from the auction house might result in you purchasing a pet in a higher than normal price.

How Do I get Vanity Pets for my character?

They can be gained in different ways. There are some pets which you will receive as rewards for completing quests while there are other cases where characters are able to make their pets. The engineering profession helps you achieve making your own which are mechanical in nature. The monsters present in the game might drop some of the more rare types.

Do vanity pets help in combat?

They are usually a part of the collectibles in the game and do not aid in combat. Choosing a vanity pet depends on an individual and their character.

How many?

You can possess as many as you want but the game mechanism will allow you to only have one active pet at a particular time. This means that you will need to use up bag space for the others

Selling vanity pets?

The bind on pick-up (BoP) meaning that they can be sold only to particular vendors in a particular town and the bind on use (BoU) are those types which can be sold off at an auction house as long as they haven’t been summoned by the user.

Soccer Betting – The "Asian Handicap"

A draw, or tied score, is a frequent outcome in soccer. In the 2008-2009 season, almost a quarter of all Premier League matches resulted in a draw. Because such an outcome is so common, traditional betting usually involves betting within the context of three different outcomes: a win for one team, a draw, or a win for the other team. The “Asian handicap” is a means of changing this by “handicapping” the underdog by a certain percentage, meaning that a draw becomes impossible.

Most handicaps are made at intervals of one half or one quarter, meaning that there has to be a winner since it is impossible to score a half or quarter goal. The purpose is to make the odds as close to 50-50 as possible and eliminating the draw as a possible outcome. Because the odds are almost half when a handicap is applied, the payout is usually even money, or very close to it.

The primary benefit is encouraging punters to bet on matches where there is a clear favorite. For example, if Manchester United (winner of the Premier League in the 2008-2009 season) were to play West Bromwich (the bottom team of the Premier League during the same season), few punters would be interested in betting. This is because Manchester United is a much better team and the odds are strongly in their favor.

However, if West Bromwich was given a handicap of +2.5, it would mean that they would be effectively starting with a lead of 2.5 goals. This means Manchester United would have to score three goals more than West Bromwich to be the winner as far as the bet is concerned. If West Bromwich scored one goal, then Manchester would have to score four to win. Handicapping obviously changes the odds significantly.

An interesting aspect of handicapping is the push. If an even number is used for the handicap, and the actual score plus the handicap equals a draw, then this is a push. For example, if in the example given above West Bromwich was given a handicap of 2 and failed to score any goals, and Manchester United only scored two goals, this would be a push. The result of a push is that all the punters receive their original wagers returned as there was no winner.

The “Asian Handicap” adds an additional element to soccer betting that can be both fun and profitable. This form of betting can be helpful for those punters that have a personal favorite that they intend to bet on, but are not confident that their favorite will win a particular match.

Irrational Skepticism

Irrational skeptics look and sound much like rational skeptics, but they are spiritually akin to scamsters hype merchants, con-artistes and grifters. The dangers of the latter are rightly well established, the dangers of the former less well so, but they can have also have serious consequences for those who are genuinely and unambiguously interested in the search of truth.

Rational skeptics are by nature conservative, they require substantive proof that something works before accepting it. But, they have no agenda. They will be patient in examining something before dismissing it. If a method does pass rigorous analysis, they will take it on board and incorporate it into the broad body of mainstream accepted knowledge. They are the heroes of science and discovery.

By contrast, proving something to an irrational skeptic is almost impossible. They use a number of tricks which are essentially hostile to the critical analysis. In particular, they generally comment on matters they have no practical experience of. The motivation of the irrational skeptic is ego gratification rather than the search for truth (see point 4).

Here are some of the main tricks you should look out for. I admit I do not know them all, I just know a couple of hundred.

1) I think method A is absurd. Therefore it is absurd. Therefore I do not need to examine it.

2) Advocate of method A promotes a method I think is absurd, therefore he is absurd. Because promoter of method A is absurd, his method must be absurd. (Blur Circular Logic)

3) I do not need to attain practical experience of circumstances in which method A may be employed, because method A is absurd.

4) We should not consider the possibility that method A actually works, because it may harm the naive (Of course, irrational skeptics actually preach almost exclusively to the converted, to buy easy credibility. You will never find an irrational skeptic trying to talk a mark out of parting with their life-savings on some scam. What is the point? Who of the intellectual elite would know?)

5) If it is proven that method A is not absurd, to the extent that I no longer pretend otherwise without losing credibility (the Achilles heel among irrational skeptics), then I will say:

a) The method is unworkable under most practical circumstances.

and/or

b) The method is difficult for an ordinary person to exploit.

and/or

c) The potential gain or benefit is small for the effort expended.

Note: the above can be applied to almost anything. A strong case can be made for saying that b-c apply to many methods that are scientifically valid, for example. Because the definitions a-c are conveniently vague, the irrational skeptic can imply the practical value of method A is close to zero, whatever its actual value. Its impossible for an advantage play method to exist which does not meet one of these criteria, since it would be corrected by the market if one these factors did not apply.

6) Generally speaking, I will misquote advocate of method A, because I have not examined his sources properly, or because I wish to misrepresent the opinions of the advocate of method A. Once those perverted opinions are established in the public mind as fact, then debunking method A becomes simple.

7) Look at me.

8) I possess the superficial trappings of, though not the substance, of academia, therefore you should respect what I say. Because you respect what I say, accept that method A is invalid.

9) You should respect my opinion on the non-viability of method B, because I successfully debunked method A, etc etc ad infinitum.

The ultimate consequence of the behaviour of the irrational skeptic is a general dampening of progress in the field of knowledge, which has serious consequences for all of society.