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Old 12-02-2009, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Maine
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So I'm watching fox (channel 4 in Lewiston) when the Emergency broadcast sound comes on then the pick 3/pick 4 numbers scroll across the screen.

am I losing my mind? Did anyone else see/here this?



bill
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Old 12-03-2009, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I missed it.

We don't receive Fox here.

If you think about it though; the lottery is owned by an out-of-state corporation.

All profits leave Maine.

So each time there is a winner, in a manner of speaking, it is an emergency. Maine money is leaving Maine.

And nobody cares.
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Old 12-03-2009, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Androscoggin
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Gee, That's pretty sad if it's true. Even in the dung sluice where we come from we would call that practice parasitic. Can't imagine that the people would allow this to exist. Heck. I'd rather see it privatized and see some jobs created within the state. Just as long as they would be compelled to offer health insurance to all that worked for them. Take it another step and make all proceeds go to equalize the SOP of the Dirigo Health Agency. Too bad political moneys always seem to have a vultures on top of their carcass called a politicians.
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Old 12-03-2009, 01:24 PM
 
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Some engineer hit the wrong button. It's now called the Emergency Alert System (EAS). More politically correct I guess.
Got your attention though didn't it!
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Old 12-03-2009, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Way South of the Volvo Line
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I can't vouch for the accuracy. This is posted by Wikipedia.




The Maine Lottery is run by the government of Maine. It is a member of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), whose flagship game is Powerball.
Maine originally joined MUSL in 1990, before the Iowa-based organization offered Powerball; it pulled out two years later, when Powerball was introduced. Maine did not rejoin MUSL until 2004. (Powerball drawings moved to Florida in January 2009, although MUSL headquarters remain in Iowa.) MUSL's smaller jackpot game Hot Lotto is Maine's first continuing draw game to have its winning combinations drawn via random number generator (RNG) instead of using traditional lottery balls. Maine's other online games are organized by the three northernmost states within New England; these games are drawn in New Hampshire. Maine also sells scratch tickets.
An agreement has been reached for Mega Millions and Powerball to be sold through every U.S. lottery. The earliest sales of Mega Millions in Maine would be in 2010.






Maine Lottery - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 12-03-2009, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I may have been wrong.

I thought I read that it was done by a company in Penn.
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Old 12-03-2009, 07:30 PM
 
Location: God's Country, Maine
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Yessah! We sold the liquor profits also, I heaah.
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Old 12-04-2009, 06:13 AM
 
Location: On a Slow-Sinking Granite Rock Up North
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I may have been wrong.

I thought I read that it was done by a company in Penn.

Are you thinking of Penn National Gaming? There was a lot of controversy about where the profits go from Hollywood Slots.

I didn't see the lottery numbers, but IMO, Maineah's probably right. Someone probably pushed the wrong button at the wrong time.
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Old 12-05-2009, 04:44 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Some engineer hit the wrong button. It's now called the Emergency Alert System (EAS). More politically correct I guess.
Got your attention though didn't it!
I think your right about the engineer, although I would bet it was a bet or a dare from a fellow engineer to hit the button.

bill
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Old 12-07-2009, 04:46 AM
 
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I am all for the emergency broadcast system but I think they lost a lot when it became automated. Now the tone goes off over the radio, but there is no statement before or afterwards explaining what it was.

Normally it is no big deal but two summers ago the monthly test landed while we were having a severe thundershower. It made you wonder if there was truly an emergency, or if it was a monthly test that happened at a freak weather occurrence. It proved to be the latter but for a half hour we wondered if we were missing out on something.

All they have to say is: This is a monthly test and everyone would know, but I guess with radio so darn automated today, that would be asking wayyy too much. Thankfully I listen to WKIT 99% of the time so they have real DJ's that come on after the tone and explain what it is.

I know Steven King is an excellent writer, but for those of us who do not like that story type, well his legacy will forever be in our hearts as the guy that lead the fight with local radio instead. I sure hope his estate has provisions for keeping WKIT going should something happen to him or Tabatha. It would be a shame to let local radio die.
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