Florida lottery winner Richard Lustig has won 7 grand lottery prizes. His lottery book details his simple secret system.
What He Says
- My name is Richard Lustig and I live in Florida
- I have created a method… that has enabled us to WIN several lottery GRAND prizes
- I purposely made the book short and to the point
- Luck has absolutely nothing to do with it
What I Think
The first thing I ought to point out before the hype gets you, is that Richard is not a lottery multi-millionaire. He hasn’t actually won 7 huge lottery jackpots. In reality his 7 wins amount to $1,047,060.58, and one of those prizes was a jackpot of $842,152.91. Bear in mind that lottery winnings are also taxed in the USA.
It’s also worth pointing out that his biggest win was back in January 2002, and his last ‘big’ win was in 2010.
Here’s the full list of his 7 grand prizes:-
- Jan 1993 — $10,000 (scratch-off ticket)
- 14th Aug 1997 — $13,696.03 (Florida Fantasy 5)
- 2nd June 2000 — Holiday to Los Angeles, value $3,594.66 (scratch-off ticket 2nd chance draw)
- 18th Oct 2001 — Holiday to Memphis, value $4,966 (scratch-off ticket 2nd chance draw)
- 22nd Jan 2002 — $842,152.91 (Florida Mega Money)
- 25th Nov 2008 — $73,658.06 (Florida Fantasy 5)
- 9th Aug 2010 — $98,992.92 (Florida Fantasy 5)
[Source of data: Sentinel Research]
There’s also a $5,145 win on the Florida Lotto on 11th July 2009, but I don’t think he’s counting that one as a ‘grand’ prize.
OK, but that’s still more than most lottery players have won though, right? So is it way beyond luck as he claims? And forgetting the hype, is the advice actually any good?
The Big Problem With This Book
There is some basic common sense advice in the book (although a lot less than I give away for free in my lottery tips!). Advice such as keeping tickets that lose as a tax deductible and/or for playing those second chance drawings.
Just don’t get too excited on the tax side as this doesn’t apply in most countries around the world (if they don’t tax your winnings, it’s extremely unlikely you can use your losing tickets to offset tax!).
But the big problem is that key advice he’s offering in the book is just plain wrong. On two ‘strategies’ in particular.
Richard advises always playing the same numbers every draw. He also advises buying scratch off tickets in batches of 10 of the same card rather than different cards.
Both he claims improve your chances of winning – the fact is however, neither of those things make the slightest difference to your chances (they really don’t see below…)!
Richard Buys a LOT Of Lottery Tickets
This is the key piece of information he never lets on. Richard will simply not tell you how many tickets he bought to generate those 7 prizes – and therefore his real ‘profit’ (if any?). Remember, that big win (80% of his winnings) happened back in 2002.
So although he may not like to think so, buying large numbers of tickets is the real reason he has won 7 times. That, together with choosing games which are easier to win in the first place, and a bunch of luck.
There’s been a little debate in the comments below about whether playing the same numbers or changing them helps you. In pure maths terms it categorically does not make any difference. But this video should help if you’re still unsure:-
Note that Jason Gershman, Ph.D (an Associate Professor and Coordinator of Mathematics at NSU) agrees with me on this point, and states that Richard’s advice is “nonsense” and that “you’d be wasting your time and money doing that system”.
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