Basiclink, I have heard that Verisign has done that with some of the nicer domain names. Was your name a premium one?
Sani, if you really want the name and want to increase your chances of getting it, and it's worth $70 for that extra chance - you can sign up for a snapname at www.snapnames.com. They allegedly have around a 90% success rate on all expired names.
They allegedly have around a 90% success rate on all expired names.
They dont have anywhere near a 90% success rate on PREMIUM expired names, though maybe on AVERAGE domain names for which there is little to no competition for.
If the WLS is introduced, you could be getting a 100% chance if you get in early enough and the current owner doesnt renew.