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The Reel Life

5 February 2009

Sometimes you wake up and you know it just isn't going to be your day. You make yourself a bowl of cereal and find out there's no milk. You get stuck in traffic and miss the all-important staff meeting. You play an online slot for two hours and still can't hit the big jackpot. Your infant son accidentally dials 911 and the cops stop by your house and find your illegal marijuana grow operation.

Wait, what? According to the Toronto Star, a Canadian man was arrested on charges of production of a controlled substance and mischief after police discovered a 500-plant marijuana grow operation.

How did the cops get such a fantastic tip? The man's 11-month-old son was playing with a phone and accidentally dialed 911. When cops arrived at the man's residence, he was quite surprised and insisted that he didn't make the call. According to the Star, "when it was suggested a child might have dialed, the father objected and said his son was far too young. That's when police spotted the baby boy, phone in hand."

"We saw him playing with the cordless phone and just pressing all the buttons, so evidently he had called 9-1-1," Canning said.

The father will appear in court in April.

The Reel Life doesn't condone the growth of illegal substances, but we can't help but feel bad for this Canadian's unlucky break. So the next time we miss that 5-reel jackpot, we'll be sure to remember that our luck could be much, much worse.

Get in the fast lane grandma, the Bingo game is ready to roll!

Englishman enjoys quite the "Goldrush"

England may be facing a big freeze, but the world is warm and glowing for Midlands based Neil Foot, who has landed a massive £78,000 jackpot from just a £1 spin on

When the 23-year-old Neil opened a William Hill online account, he was looking to just place a few football bets from home every now and then and have a go at some of the casino games. But now he is particularly fond of one game on Hills exclusive Vegas site, which has given him a non-stop 'gold rush' in last three months. After landing £1,000 on the 'Goldrush Showdown' before Christmas, he won another £650 at the end of January and now he has scooped the daddy of them all - the £78,362.18 progressive jackpot.

"My win is really down to my girlfriend Ellie", he joked. "She is always moaning at me for being online - on the Internet or looking up the footie odds. It was only because we weren't able to meet up that day that I was playing on my computer, and look what happened! We're now planning a lovely holiday and she won't be able to moan at me for a while now!

"I'm over the moon with the win, it's great to have a decent deposit for a house, but I am going to go shopping and enjoy myself a bit too. I had applied to the ticket ballot for the next Man Utd and Liverpool game but if I'm not selected then I'm going to splash out on some corporate hospitality for my mates, as well as taking Ellie away on holiday."

William Hill spokesperson Lili Huang said, "It seems that Goldrush Showdown likes Neil as much as he likes the game. William Hill Vegas has paid out more than £2,000,000 in jackpots since the Web site was setup, and it has become one of our most popular gaming sites."

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