**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.

**Click Here For Richard’s Book On Amazon**

## UPDATE:

There’s been a little debate in the comments below about whether playing the same numbers or changing them helps you. 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”.

**Did you buy the book, or see him on TV? Let us know what you think of Richard Lustig’s lottery system book or advice by adding your comment or review below. Thanks.**

Kwan// Mar 31, 2013 at 3:48 amSo would the best thing to do be to look up the price of the scratch off you wish to purchase than look at the odds and just whichever scratch off has the lowest odds in your price range? Say if you want to play a $2 scratch off look at all the ones that cost $2 and pick the game with the lowest odds and play it?

LG// Mar 31, 2013 at 7:07 pmThat would be a start. But like all lottery games you need to decide what prize is big enough for you. If you won the jackpot on a $2 scratcher would that be life changing? Would it be enough? Because you’re not going to regularly win the jackpot with any game.

So you need to look at the odds, size of prizes and the cost to play.

And with scratchers you should also look to see how many prizes are left (check the official lottery site, or ask them). If all (or most) the big prizes have gone, there’s not much point playing that game

Robert// Mar 31, 2013 at 4:02 pmI bought 10 x $1 tickets using various web sites including state lottery, I won $3. Not a good return.

LG// Mar 31, 2013 at 7:02 pmOh well, at least it’s better than buying 10 tickets and losing on all of them 😉

Did you enjoy playing? Don’t forget to factor in the fun of playing when you think about ‘return’ – it is one of the main reasons for playing, right?

And better luck next time.

Tom// Oct 20, 2013 at 1:46 pmI bought 10x $5 using various web sites including state lottery, I won $ 20.

LG// Oct 20, 2013 at 4:48 pmBetter luck next time

Allan// Jul 26, 2013 at 3:47 pmIt was quite a long wait for a busy guy to purchase the Lustig book when it finally came into my hand, and I only read it for 2 minutes. I can’t find the common sense in the pages. I’m so sorry but thanks a lot anyway.

LG// Jul 28, 2013 at 6:19 pmDon’t worry – I couldn’t find anything useful in it either

DC// Nov 12, 2013 at 1:26 pmLottery Guy: People seem to respect your knowledge about lotteries. Given that you have this influence, would you once and for all declare ALL lottery systems are bogus! They fall into two categories:-

With regard to 1.: The definition of “random” is that every number is equally probable. If a number is randomly drawn – whether it’s a familiar sequence, has been been drawn previously, or is the first 5 digits of pi – it has exactly the same probability of winning as any other number.

With regard to 2: There is no agency, supernatural or natural, that monitors winning lottery numbers. The numbers do not know which numbers won previously and so cannot adjust their appearance to conform to any strategy pattern based on previous drawings.

To summarize: There is NO Lottery system that can increase your odds of winning!

Oh! Except for one: Buy more tickets! PLEASE DO THE RESPONSIBLE THING AND INFORM YOUR CONSIDERABLE FOLLOWING OF THIS!

LG// Nov 12, 2013 at 5:09 pmHey DC

I thought I already had informed my ‘considerable following’..?

And you’re

mostlyright with what you say. But before anyone starts a crazy rant about how good their spreadsheet is…Yes, there is definitely a theoretical possibility for

biasto exist in any mechanical system. And yes, bias could make certain numbers more or less likely to be drawn.But, nobody has ever proven they are able to track such a bias or take advantage of it. And that’s despite the huge number of people trying to do exactly that (even if they don’t realise bias is what they are trying to track). And despite the number of people selling lottery systems and software that teach/preach this kind of prediction. How strange…There’s plenty you can do other than just buying more tickets though. And that’s the kind of strategy stuff I teach.

DC// Nov 12, 2013 at 8:07 pmLottery Guy: It seems to me that if you gamble on something where you’re more likely to lose than win, you can’t come out ahead in the long run. You may be lucky one or two times, but in the long run you’ll lose more than you’ll win. The more you play, the more money you’ll lose. You can’t make money playing the lottery full time as Richard Lustig claims. So give me some strategy stuff. Or do you want me to buy a book like every other lottery strategist?

LG// Nov 12, 2013 at 9:18 pmI think there’s a lot of professional gamblers would disagree that you can’t come out ahead 😉

But I’m sure you meant in terms of the lottery specifically. Which is a totally different beast of course. And you’re right, nobody makes an income playing the lottery – despite what some claim (which is also why playing ‘Pick 3′ games makes little sense…)!

For example, dig deeper into Lustig’s claims and you’d probably be confused as to why his ‘method’ hasn’t won him anything since 2010. You might also be put off a little to find those 7 ‘grand lottery prizes’ (listed in full here) are not quite what most of us would consider ‘grand’… is $3,594 a grand prize, how about $4,966…

But I digress

For me one of the key parts of playing the lottery is the fun factor. If you enjoy the process of playing then it’s already good value for money whether you win or lose. (And if it’s not fun, then it’s probably time to find a different hobby)

You can buy a book if you want, but there’s only very few I can actually recommend listed over here. Or you can just get my free tips – there’s better value there than any of those garbage $97 ‘systems’.

R Pollabauer// Nov 22, 2013 at 11:23 amIf Richard is doing so well winning with the lottery then why is he trying to make money by selling a book on how to win. If you are winning then you should be able to give the book away for free.

LG// Nov 22, 2013 at 5:36 pmWell, I partly disagree – there’s nothing wrong with selling a book that gives information or advice, the world is full of great books that are worth vastly more than the price.

The problem however is that a lot of the advice in this book is either useless or incorrect.

Margaret// Feb 20, 2014 at 6:45 amstatistically, buying several of the same scratch off absolutely does increase your chances of winning, i have to disagree. if there is a 1:5 chance of winning and you buy 5 cards, theoretically you should win once, of course. so if you buy 20 of the same card theoretically you could win 4 times, and i agree with him that instead of doing what most people do and buying the ticket that wins most often, you should buy all of a ticket that people hardly play because a win is due. the fact that this is true is common sense, not opinion. playing the same numbers in a power ball also increases your chances very slightly, for common sense reasons. if six completely random numbers are drawn twice a week there are hundreds of thousands of possibilities of number combinations. so if you play the same six numbers every time, that are the right numbers mind you, theoretically you should eventually win. before i even recently found out about richard lustig, i have been watching the lottery and finding interesting consistencies with certain numbers. i used to play twice a week and would often get two three and four numbers on a line, a couple times also getting the power ball number. but i’m not all for the small payout crap, im going for the gold. so now i spend time in between playing watching the numbers and making perfect combinations and play when the jackpot gets nice and fat. and i will win.

LG// Feb 20, 2014 at 5:39 pmSorry Margaret but your maths is fundamentally wrong here.

Think of it this way – if you toss a coin your chances are 1-in-2, right? If you toss that coin twice, it’s still 1-in-2 each time.

But what about if you use 2 different coins, and toss each one 1 time. That’s still 2 coin tosses. But what you’re saying here is that the chances of guessing correctly are better if you just use one coin..! And that’s not true – the odds are exactly the same in both cases.

You don’t even have to believe the maths on this one. You can run an equivalent test using coin tosses or dice rolls. If you repeat the test enough times to be statistically significant it’s easy to prove Richard Lustig’s theory to be wrong

There’s also no such thing as a win being ‘due’. It’s simply about probability. If there were 15 tickets left and 5 prizes, your chances are 1-in-3 of winning. If there are 100 tickets left and 50 prizes, your chances are better (1-in-2). Problem is they don’t tell you how many tickets are left or how many prizes (only how many jackpot prizes remain). You can only know those figures for the day a new ticket goes on sale. So it’s impossible to know which ones are popular, or even what the true odds are a week later.

You would do better to choose the ticket with the most jackpot prizes left THAT has been available the longest. Because that gives you the best chance of there being less tickets left vs. jackpot prizes outstanding. You can’t know for certain but it most likely equals the best odds of a big prize. (There’s more value in that paragraph for free than in anything Richard says about scratch-off tickets!)

And playing the same Powerball numbers does NOT increase your chances at all. Not even very slightly. It really doesn’t. What has actually changed about those ping pong balls to make your same numbers more likely to be drawn out next week than they were this week?

Yes, if you roll a dice enough times you will get a ‘6’ eventually. But every time you roll it the odds are still 1-in-6 for every number. So it makes no difference at all if you play the same numbers or change them. The numbers do not become more or less likely purely because of how many times they have been drawn in the past.

Good luck in the next draw

Kwan Holloway// Feb 22, 2014 at 11:01 pmI absolutely agree lottery guy. To be honest I don’t even want to play scratch off tickets anymore. I’d rather play number lottery games. I think it would be more realistic to use a reliable and price worthy wheeling system and play your numbers regularly. Say that you play Mega Millions. Select 20 numbers from the main numbers and play them in a wheeling system twice a week. Theoretically you have a better chance of winning something than nothing by getting 6 5 or 4 numbers right out of your twenty versus making x amount of individual 6 number combinations, at least with a wheeling system you would have some type of guarantee if you meet the requirements.

Shatra// Jun 30, 2014 at 7:43 pmPlease give me powerball numbers any six digits. Want to play SA Powerball same as Lotto. help.

LG// Jun 30, 2014 at 10:30 pmHow about 12, 32, 11, 30, 14 and 2…

… but not sure what that has to do with Lustig’s book..?

Margaret// Jul 1, 2014 at 6:47 amYou can agree with everything everyone else says all you want, I can’t see any of you being statistics majors. I have my own theories about how honestly random the lottery really is, considering all the other things that big America try to control. What I do know is, I have a system, and I correctly pick at LEAST three numbers every game I play. So when I win and I’m sitting on millions, I buy a ticket to come meet you in person so you can continue to try and tell me how wrong I am.

Jane// Jul 2, 2014 at 6:35 amI agree with you Margaret, you will win.

I knew an older guy at work, he told me he only played the same number, that was back in the 1980’s, we both worked at IBM. I said that’s just dumb, he said my number has no choice one day it has to hit the big one. Ran into him about 4 years later and he told me he had retired, he was around 38 or so then because I was only like 20. Then he told me he was going to do it again.

Catherine// Aug 14, 2014 at 10:31 pmMargret

Can you please tell me the way you always get at least 3 numbers? If I win I promise to remember you.

Thank you!

Cat

Steve// Feb 14, 2015 at 10:39 pmYou said that playing the same numbers on games, such as cash 5 doesn’t increase the odds of winning, I believe that it does when you consider that the same 5 #’s in all probability will never come out twice. So each time there is a drawing another set of numbers is drawn that are not likely to come out again.

As for the scratch offs and the states not strategically placing them, I find this hard to believe. Here’s why, each pack of tickets has a number on the back, such as the number you enter for second chance drawings, this number also indicates which store that pack of tickets was placed in. It also tells them if that ticket is a winner and how much the win is. Try to put a winner in a second chance drawing for losers only and it will reject the code. Also small communities hardly ever win a big prize on scratch offs. I understand for pick numbers games because of the denser populations, but they could at least put a big scratch off win in the smaller places sometimes.

LG// Feb 15, 2015 at 4:38 pmHi Steve,

It may seem counter-intuitive, but it is true

The same set of numbers coming out twice is unlikely. But it’s also

exactlyas unlikely as two completely different sets of numbers coming out.Think of rolling a dice – each time you roll you have a 1-in-6 chance of guessing the right number. If you stick with the same number, your chances on the next roll are 1-in-6, and the same on the next roll, and the next roll. Because there are still 6 sides, and still the same 6 numbers that can come up, your chances are still 1-in-6 each time. So the odds don’t improve over time. This is because each draw is a unique (‘independent’) event. So mathematically there is no difference between picking the same number or a different one each time.

Jason Gershman Ph.D. at NSU, Florida (statistics professor) publicly stated Richard’s advice is wrong over 2 years ago now, yet he’s still doing interviews today saying the same thing, selling the same incorrect advice in his book. Sadly the journalists don’t realise or bother to check.

For scratch-offs there may be an element of randomly placing big prizes across different ticket rolls – to ensure all the big prizes don’t get won in the first week of running the game. But within a roll the prizes are also randomly placed. They don’t simply print 4 losing tickets and then 1 winner. Which is why buying 5 tickets (where the odds of winning any prize are 1-in-5) does NOT guarantee a winner. Each ticket has a 1-in-5 chance, and again, each event is an indepedent one. So even if you have scratched 4 losing tickets, the odds of that last one are still the same 1-in-5.

You’re right that population densities will affect where prizes for draw based appear. But this will also apply scratch-off games too, so smaller communities will be much less likely to win a big prize just as a result of those areas consuming less tickets. But it does happen.