callivert - 5:23 am on Sep 14, 2007 (gmt 0) btw you didn't lose your money.
I called Godaddy a couple of months and asked them about this. They said they can't guarantee the domain even if it's them, because they have to actually drop the name, which makes it a free-for-all. The guy said that Godaddy do have an advantage with Godaddy names, because unlike the other services, they know exactly when it drops.
If you have a backorder at Godaddy and they don't get it for you, you can switch that order over to backorder a different domain (in the "monitoring and backordering" section). So you can keep moving the same backorder around until you are actually successful with one.
btw you didn't lose your money.