As a follower of and writer about the criminal law, this author often reports on strange criminal law stories from the State of Florida. Here are a few of my favorite vintage stories I would like to share with a wider world.
Orange County. Florida: Veteran’s Day weekend, 2010, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department became a national laughingstock when it was reported that sheriff deputies and members of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation carried out a series of warrantless raids against local Orlando barbershops that made history for arresting 35 people on misdemeanor charges of “barbering without a license,” after having spent several months investigating the matter. A records check revealed that in the last ten years only three people in the entire state of Florida had been sent to jail on such charges. In the instant cases, many of the warrantless sweeps entailed officers swarming the barbershops that had children inside and putting the barbers in handcuffs and “perp walking” them to police vehicles. At least one felony arrest was made when one of the raids netted a barber with an unlicensed handgun. We learn further that all the barbershops were in the African American and Hispanic neighborhoods.
This startling report makes one wonder whether those neighborhoods are known for being hotbeds of “criminal barbering?”
New Port Richey, Florida: This strange story is also from 2010. As many of you know, “Four Loko” is a caffeinated alcoholic drink. A New Port Richey man drank four bottles and then went on a naked rampage. Police report that the 21-year-old man ran barefooted out of the back of his home to a house a few blocks away, smashed a sliding glass door and ransacked the home. He next took off his clothes, defecated on the floor and ripped the oven door off its hinges, according to Pasco County deputies. At another house a woman arrived home to find the naked man smeared with blood, sleeping on her couch. She called 911. According to a report, when deputies arrived, the man allegedly said: “Why am I being arrested? I didn’t steal anything.” He was charged with two counts of burglary.
The headline to this little story could have read: “Loko Gone Loco.” It is probably best to stay away from this dangerous product.
Hernando County Jail, Florida: 2011. Strange things happen in jail. A jail inmate in Hernando County didn’t have enough honeybuns to pay off a gambling debt and was paid off with a punch in the face. The inmate admitted he lost a football bet with a fellow prisoner. The loser of the bet said he went to bet winner’s cell to give him the bear claws he owed him, but he was short four honeybuns. The bet winner was not happy about being stiffed on the bet and punched the loser so hard that he had to be hospitalized. Yes, the winner of the bet and the puncher. was arrested on a battery charge.
If this had been casino gambling the bet loser could have wagered: I’ll see your one bear claw and raise you four honeybuns…
The Florida fantasy 5 lottery is definitely one of the best lotteries around in terms of the game, the fairness, and the money, however the odds are always stacked against the player by a whopping 1 in 376,992. Such games are based on a random drawing of numbers; therefore it is impossible for any individual or for that matter computer software to predict the numbers that would be drawn next. So spending money on lottery software, or wheels, etc would be a waste of money and your precious time. In fact you can put your time to better use by spending time in analyzing the numbers released in the drawing. In fact some of the best ways to boost the chances of winning the Florida Fantasy 5 lottery is to play the numbers which have been historically drawn more frequently as compared to the others which have been drawn quite rarely. In short, one needs to play by the proven percentages. A report was published by BESTRACS Consulting, LLC, which has compiled all the winning numbers of the said lottery over the last five years. In the concerned report, the company was able to tell even the most difficult of facts like how many times each of the thirty six numbers were drawn in each of the five mentioned positions on the winning ticket. Apart from this, it was also able to identify the number of times a particular two, three, or four digit combination was repeated and with what frequency.
On the basis of these facts one can easily draft out certain ways by which a winning lottery ticket can be designed. For example, playing 3 odd and 2 even or 2 odd 3 even numbers in any given combination is always welcome as this combination has hit the bull’s eye over 61% of the time in the last five years. Another very hot variation that can be used is that of the low and high numbers (i.e., 2 low numbers (between 1-18) and 3 high numbers (between19-36) or the other way round 2 high and 3 low numbers). This particular combination boasts of a 67% success ratio in the last five years. Some of the don’ts of the processes are also interesting and should be taken into consideration is not playing 5 number combinations that were “hit” quite previously over the last 5 years. Similarly one should also avoid using the same 4 digit number combinations. Also the consecutive number theory is not applicable to the Florida Fantasy 5 lottery.
The all odd or all even number trick is also not trust worthy as more often than not the success ratio drops and this is also evident from the records that indicate towards a 97% losing percentage. In addition to this the all low number or all high number combination is also not very successful historically (i.e., the number on the card). One thing is for sure, if played with concentration and thought, then you might be able to win.
A lot of people are addicted to playing the lottery. Hardened lotto players gamble all their lives and never hit the jackpot. They believe that one day they will win the jackpot and this hope makes them keep on playing. Results of the lotto show that over 95% of those who play lotto lose, and it is these people who can be termed as gamblers. If you want to be like these gamblers, go and play without a strategy. You have more than a 95% chance of losing. Despite this fact, people play the lotto and this is what keeps the state lotteries going on.
Every state has its own version of the lotto and in Florida, it is known as the Florida Fantasy 5. Every day, from a set of 39 numbers, five numbers are picked and the person or persons who predict all five picked numbers correctly get the jackpot. It is not easy to predict which five numbers are going to be picked. In fact there is no software or human method which can guarantee you exactly which five numbers are going to be drawn. This is the suspense which keeps the adrenaline flowing and the gamblers glued to the lotto.
Some people believe in their lucky numbers and keep on trying them without any luck. They think that their date of birth, their anniversary, their house number, their telephone number, or their pin number will prove lucky and will help them win the jackpot. In reality it is not so. In fact it is amazing to see the people trying their lucky numbers over and over despite losing repeatedly. Then there is another category of gamblers who believe in their horoscope and keep trying their lucky numbers based on their horoscopes. These gamblers are the life blood of the state lotteries like the Florida Fantasy 5.
With the long list of don’ts that I have mentioned, it would seem that playing the Florida Fantasy 5 is a sheer waste of time and money. It is not. In fact, it is possible to boost your chances and even win the jackpot. How do you go about doing that? One of the surest ways to improve your chances of winning is to narrow down the list of numbers to be selected. The best way of doing this is to study the past records of results from the archives. They will tell you about the numbers with very low occurrences so you can sort them out. Then there is a group with a medium number of occurrences. Keep them aside for the time being. Concentrate on those numbers which have been picked the most number of times. Now you can use your own strategy to pick a set of five numbers from these high probability numbers. Keep on playing with these numbers and sooner or later you will hit the jackpot and be able to live a happy and healthy life without having to worry about money.
Lotteries in Florida are controlled by the state of Florida. They were started in the year 1988 with the intent of using the proceeds to upgrade the standard of public education in Florida. Voters in the state approved the start of a state-conducted lottery that would help enhance public education in Florida.
Tickets for the Florida lottery are not sold over the Internet. They have to be purchased in person from authorized agents. Anyone above the age of 18 can play the Florida lottery. However, it is important that the tickets are purchased from an authorized retailer based in Florida. The rules of the lottery prevent the organizers, their relatives and the vendors from playing the lottery.
When the lottery results are declared, the winner has to submit the ticket, with personal details filled in on its back, to the organizers. The prize money has to be claimed within a limited period of time that is specified in advance. The time frame for claiming a prize varies from 180 days for online lottery games to 60 days for scratch-off games. In cases, where the prize money has not been claimed within the time frame, the funds are added to a prize-pool for future winnings.
The law in Florida makes it mandatory for lottery organizers to provide a winner?s personal information to any third party who requests the information. This includes details such as the name of the winner, city of residence, game, date won on and the amount. However, lottery winner?s addresses and telephone numbers are kept confidential.
As per the promise to voters, the organizers transfer the profits from the lotteries to the educational institutions in the state. The money is spent predominantly on student scholarships, purchase of books for the state libraries and for the up gradation of the infrastructure. The money collected from the ticket sales is transferred to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) and is granted to the various recipients by the Florida state legislature.