Aussie Powerball Jackpots To $80 Million

It looks like once again we have a major Jackpot on our hands as there wasn’t any winners in last nights $50 million jackpot. This means that next Thursday, 30/07/09 winnings has now jack potted to $80 million. That is unbelievable as it was only a couple of weeks ago that we had the $90 million super draw, and while this is a tad smaller, it’s still pretty good, so don’t miss out, get your PowerBall tickets  online!

Anyway, here are the winning numbers for those of you who missed last nights draw. I hope that even though you missed out on the big one you still managed to pocket some winnings.

Draw Date Draw No Numbers Supps
23/07/2009 688 12,2,17,18,7 43

The rules to the game is really quite simple. There are forty-five balls numbered 1 to 45 from which five winning numbers are randomly selected. A sixth ball, the “Powerball”, is then drawn from a separate machine containing another forty-five balls numbered 1 to 45.

The minimum number of games you must play in your Powerball entry is 2. You can play any number of standard game panels up to 12 plus up to 36 games if you choose a quickpick entry.

Powerball game prizes are split into divisional prize pools just as with the other lotto games. These run from Division 1 which is the top prize through to Division 5 which is the bottom prize. The divisions work as below:

  • Division 1: Get all 5 winning numbers from the first machine draw plus the 1 Powerball number from the second machine draw.
  • Division 2: Get all 5 winning numbers from the first machine draw.
  • Division 3: Get any 4 winning numbers from the first machine draw plus the 1 Powerball number from the second machine draw.
  • Division 4: Get any 3 winning numbers from the first machine draw plus the 1 Powerball number from the second machine draw.
  • Division 5: Get any 3 winning numbers from the first machine draw.

That’s pretty well all there is to it.

Luckily for me I don’t have to fight the crowds to buy a ticket, and believe me it’s going to get pretty bad out there, especially as everybody leaves it to the las minute. I’m taking the easy route by buying it my tickets online. This also gives me the added bonus of being able to check my tickets online as well. No more having to worry about making a mistake and throwing a good ticket away.

If you are not yet a member of Oz Lotteries, the mob I buy tickets online from, now would be a great time to join. The beauty about it is that it’s not limited just to Aussies, you Yanks and Poms can play as well. :) Oh, and last time I bought a ticket I was actually able to use PayPal to make the purchase.

In case you are wondering about the validity of this site you needn’t worry, as a member I can personally vouch for them, even though all my winnings so far have been relatively small. You may find this quote from their about page of interest…

Oz Lotteries is the exclusive distributor of lottery products via the Internet on behalf of leading Australian lottery exporters, TMS Global Services Pty Ltd and TMS New South Wales.

Operating in excess of 20 years, TMS has serviced more than 500,000 customers in over 40 countries to date. TMS distributes lottery products worldwide via mail-order, as a direct lottery service partner for a number of Asian and South Pacific nations and its industry leading website

Oz Lotteries operates under strict government supervision and is an accredited sales agent of the following Australia lottery operators:

As I’ve already mentioned, I’ve been a member for a couple of years and though my winnings have been small, I’ve been paid on every one of them.

EDIT: Lottery Results for Thursday 30/07/09. Hope you were lucky.

Draw Date Draw No Numbers Supps
30/07/2009 689 13,17,15,21,45 37

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Update On Snap Dollars

It’s been over a month now since my post on making money with SnapDollars and I reckon it’s about time for an update. To date I’ve made a whole $5.58 and $5 of that was what I got from joining up, the rest from reading emails they sent me. A pretty poor effort if you ask me.

There is an incentive to increase your earnings as they offer you $5 for every person you sign under you. Sounds good but there is a catch. In reply to a question about why the referrals aren’t showing up;

Don’t worry, it’s here! Unfortunately, in order to prevent Users from fraudulently abusing the referral system, we must withhold the $5 referral bonus until that User makes their first request for payment. At that time, your account will be credited.

Unfortunately that won’t happen until they’ve reached their minimum requirement for payment and “At least $15 of your total must be made by offers, not just reading email.” Damn, I reckon at this rate I will never see that money, especially if most people are like me and aren’t into taking up offers.

So, as far as I’m concerned although in my opinion the site is a waste of time, it wasn’t a total loss as I did manage to get a couple of posts out of it.

Correction: Checkout the update to this update, which shows you can actually make money.

How Good Parenting Got me To No.1 In Helium

A little while back I posted Helium Helping Writers Fulfill Their Dreams and I  think it’s time for a little update. In that post I discussed how Helium was a great site that would help people improve their writing skills and I thought that being the case it would be of interest to a lot of bloggers.

I also mentioned that your articles will be rated by other Helium members, and I think that may have put people off, which is a real shame. One important fact you should know about rating articles is that no-one knows who the article belongs to making it probably one of the most honest appraisal schemes around.

Just the other day I noticed that one of my articles slipped from a 5 out of 10 rating to a 10 out of 18. I wasn’t at all impressed with the sudden drop and so I had a look at some of the articles above me and I decided that I could do better. That is one of the good things about Helium, you are allowed to edit your articles, within reason, to provide a much improved one. Anyway, I edited the article and resubmitted it and low and behold the next time I looked it was rated No.1! Sweet! Here is the revised article.


When offering advice on parenting, one of the first things people want to know is whether or not you have the necessary credentials to offer said advice. Unlike some who have taken courses on the subject but have never raised a child themselves, I can say that I have helped raise two children, a 21 year old male and an 18 year old female, and it’s this experience that I would like to share with you.

I admit I have made my mistakes, but I believe that have learned by them. You may well find some books written by so called experts that may contradict what I am about to say, but I don’t care, it worked for me, it will hopefully work for you and at the very least, it give you some ideas.

The Bundle Of Joy Arrives!

The birth of your first child is truly a miracle, and I like to think of every newborn as a fresh piece of clay, one whose future shape will depend largely on how you work it on the wheel of life. It’s a scary thought for many a new parent, and so it should be because the way we bring up that child not only shapes his or her life, but those who come in contact with the resulting adult. The first few years are very important as every child will need the gentlest of touches and all the loving care and nurturing you can give. The more time you devote in the early days the greater the bond and truer the form it will take.

There will be many times when the baby will cry and scream, but no good will come of it if you rant and rave back as the baby doesn’t understand a word your saying and the emotions you convey will only scare the child exasperating the problem. You first have to find out whats wrong. Is it overly moist, or are there other lumps present in the clay? If so, then a diaper change is in order. Is it too dry and cracking it may be that a temperature check is called for, as something may be amiss. Not taking on the right shape or is the size of your work of art not what it should be? Then perhaps some food is the answer. If all seems to be in order then then perhaps all that is needed is a bit of loving attention.

One important point to make for all first time parents is that you are not alone. There are many people out there who can help you so do not be afraid to ask for that help.

A Toddler Emerges.

So you’ve given it all the loving attention that you think is required and you place it in the kiln, after a while you take him/her out and you now have a little toddler running around getting into all sorts of mischief. Patience is definitely a virtue now. The child will be looking for all sorts of attention; the trick is to reward good behavior and to ignore or give a firm NO to bad behavior. This can be tricky sometimes because if ignoring does not get the reaction he’s looking for he will recommit the crime.

Remember as frustrating as it can be anger on your part is not the answer unless its controlled anger.

The first is a useless emotion that has clouded your thought process leading to improper action on your part. Controlled Anger occurs when you can step back for a moment take a couple of breaths, count to ten and access the situation. Perhaps no anger at all is needed and you merely have to take the child aside and explain the consequences of what he is doing.

Controlled Anger is to be used sparingly and in dire situations and done on the spot. No point saying “wait till your dad gets home” as this is totally useless because children have a short attention span at that age and they will have forgotten what they’ve done and won’t know what they are being told off for. The action required may be raising the voice or a smack. Once again sparingly because those parents who do this at the drop of the hat, smacking their child every time it makes a mistake will cause the child to become immune to this sort of teaching practice.

The Teen Years

OMG! What have I got myself in for, is the reaction of many parents, once their child has reached the dreaded teens. If you have taught the child in the early years, when you were able to shape and mold them, the teen years can be a whole lot easier. If you have waited until now to instruct a child you will have a hard time ahead of you. All I can say good luck, just remember, whatever the pain and sacrifice you have to go through, it will all be worth it.

In case you want to see the article in all it’s glory it’s as easy as clicking on this Link. Another good reason to follow the link is because it will finally reveal my true identity, but as far as all my blogging mates are concerned I will always remain as Sire. BTW, after rereading the article I found some minor errors, man I hate it when I do that. :wallbash_tb:

Surprisingly enough no-one has taken me up on the offer so I have still 50 invites that I can use to invite others to join Heliam. If you’re intrested simply use my contact page to send me your first name, last name, and email address so that I can send you the proper invitation. I can assure you the utmost privacy and that I will never, ever abuse the information you have entrusted to me.

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