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Richard Lustig Lottery Book Review

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Florida lottery winner Richard Lustig has won 7 grand lottery prizes. His lottery book details his simple secret system.

Richard Lustig lottery book
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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.

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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”.

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.

169 Comments so far ↓

  • donna reiman

    Stop being so negative I see you don’t want to put up posts about people who may like his system. I’d like to point out has any of your negative people or you for that matter tried it out.

    • LG

      It’s not ‘being negative’ if something genuinely does not work though is it? :-). It’s nothing personal – this is just one of many lottery systems that don’t work out there. But you can also look at the reviews of this book on Amazon – right now there are 46% of the reviews that gave it just 1 star (it’s pretty rare for a book to get such bad reviews). Read the actual content of those reviews too though – they are very revealing.

      There aren’t any comments from people who like his system here simply because as yet nobody has left one.

  • Docwyoming

    Lotteries are for losers at life. They will always need to believe that they can win. The alternative is to grow up, face reality and learn personal responsibility.

    • LG

      It does make me wonder why someone with no interest in the lottery would go out of their way to find a site about nothing but playing the lottery. And then leave a moany negative comment about all lottery players..?

      Smile Doc 🙂 Maybe you forgot that playing the lottery is fun.

    • Veritas

      Hey ‘Doc’ – we can’t all be “winners” like you… I make 6 figures, have 2 houses and 5 cars… BUT I still play the lottery! So does that make me a loser in life? I bet I also have more real friends than you. Maybe YOU need to re-evaluate your petty opinions on ‘those people’ and open your eyes. It may be fun too!

  • Darday

    Thank you for this information. It is sad people take advantage of others who are really in need and get their hopes up thinking they can have a better life. Life is not always about money but it sure helps ease things especially with a medical condition not reversible or treatable and can last 20+ years. I am an in-house caregiver to a relative and I work a job also. It is tough and rough and I know the day will come when I must be at home 24hrs and I am scared with no money to come in from a job. I surely could use a lotto win to help us financially. I can’t afford to throw money on ‘false hopes’ as Richard Lustig presents with his Lotto Dominator. I rarely play the lotto or buy a scratch off knowing the odds are high.

    • 503hippie

      Darday. I concurred with your statement. I’m grateful to have a secondary knowledge that it’s not a sound investment. Thumbs up on the info.

  • CS

    I just started using Richards methods about 3 weeks ago and unable to afford some of the costs of his offers, he has given them to me for free for life and although I have not won a jackpot I have been playing on the lotteries money, I play take 5 and spend $35.00 a week. I win one or two quick picks each play and at least 3 numbers hit each play and on July 4th, 4 of my numbers hit. So I am the first person to leave a positive post about Richard Lustig and his lottery methods.

    • LG

      And you’re basing all of this on testing for 3 whole weeks..?

    • Kym

      Very excited for you CS… one of Richards ebooks states visualization. And if you really want to win the lottery make it your job. Do your homework not just be a sucker and throw your money away… It looks like you are on to something. Hope your next comment is a big win! Way to Go!

    • Jwilliams

      How did you get it for free, can you share a few tips I just want the basics in a nutshell.

      • LG

        He pretty much said how if you read between the lines a litle… “unable to afford some of the costs of his offers” – so clearly he’s given Richard plenty of money, but can’t afford to give him any more. So he got something extra for free.

        Questions you might want to ask here are:-
        1. why is ‘CS’ unable to afford the cost if Richard’s methods deliver on the promises?
        2. why is Richard still only a “7 times” winner SEVEN YEARS after the last of those wins?

        If you want pretty much the entire wisdom of the book in a nutshell though – it’s basically don’t use quick picks, don’t change your numbers and never miss a draw. It doesn’t really help you at all, but at least it saves you the price of the book.

  • JC

    I think his book is just a way for him to trick desperate people into giving him their hard earned money.

  • Matthew Lennartz


    I was playing the PCH sweepstakes where Richards promotions are pasted everywhere. Just out of curiosity, I watched his video… at least a bit of it. If you just pay attention, any commonsense individual can smell illogical ripoff from a mile away. I watched for a few minutes and had to shut it down. It is amazing to me that people are suckered into such scams. Thanks for everything you do!

    • Pablo

      LG, I just started watching the video for “Lotto Dominator” – when you add up his actual winnings, minus taxes, there is no way he could afford all the stuff he talks about in the video. If he bought all the stuff for cash, he’d be broke. And like you stated, what has he won in the last 7 or 8 years. Let the buyer beware, and if something sounds too good to be true it probably is!

  • ggerry

    My wife went through college, grad school, got her first home, and new car on a lotto win prior to us meeting. It didn’t make her rich but because of the education she was able to achieve with her win she now has a professional career that makes life for us along with my salary comfortable. We play lottery scratch tickets because we enjoy buying tickets during the week and playing them on Friday and Saturday nights since we don’t go out a lot and it’s an exciting thing to do.

    Here is a TIP that probably works better then ANY of the lottery books advice. First, are you in a winning state? Some states lottery are far better, have many more winners, and have many more prizes then others. In CT the lottery is a good high funded system. However, MASS is much better. So we have friends and family there and we drive the 40 minutes to Mass and get most tickets there.

    NOW, look on the lottery website for your state or state you’re going to play in. If it doesnt show you on there, then the cashier can print it out for you. Ask or print out on the site all the scratch tickets listed in the area of wins won, and available. For instance. I have the list that breaks down all tickets by amounts. 1$, $2 all the way to $30. Then look at how many tickets were made, then, how old the game is. Then, how many people already won, then how many winners are left in the game – it will break down the top winning prizes to lowest, i.e. there are 4 top 3,000,000 prizes left on the 3M $30 ticket. It’s 2 years old. They initially sold 3M tickets. There are 6, $300,000 on that ticket left and 4 of 8 of those still open. Don’t play crappy 1$, or $2 tickets with only $1,000 wins etc. They made tons of them and the win isn’t big enough to waste money on. Buy tickets with jackpots of the 50,000 or better in my opinion.

    NOW, go to big high traffic shops. Cumberland Farms, Stop & Shop, or whatever big grocery stores you have. They win ALL the time. The grocery stores that is. And, big liquor stores – high traffic ones. Of course there are winning tickets everywhere, but I think the big retailers have better odds. They just cycle through more tickets and in my opinion that works best.

    ALWAYS look for tickets with second chance drawings and always enter them. The majority of people throw away losing tickets even with second chance drawings. Those drawings have better odds then ANY other tickets because most people chuck them.

    Lastly, LAW OF ATTRACTION WORKS. Know you will win, see yourself winning, put a losing ticket on your bulletin board and take a pen and change a losing number to a winning grand prize number with a pen and white out and put that on the board and pretend you won it. Look at that constantly, like every time you leave your house. Look at it as though you won and keep that ticket that you made a winning number on your board all the time and repeat to yourself you will win, “I will win next time”. Now remember “THOUGHTS BECOME THINGS”. It’s in all the Law Of Attraction books. Just think big and you WILL win. Just don’t go too crazy, you don’t want to spend your whole paycheck. Set aside a certain amount. In other words, $20 or $30 a week or less if you can’t afford it. Just what you can safely comfortable play. Mostly have FUN. Don’t get carried away but have lots of fun with it. GOOD LUCK.

    • ggerry

      I forgot something very important. It’s how you play the game. When you buy your tickets DON’T scratch them in that store, or even in your car. Go home with them. Put them on your coffee table or whatever. Hold them for a day or 2. Half the fun is the anticipation. This way you don’t overspend and get carried away with playing/spending. Now, if money is tight, take something you do like – for instance, if you go to the movies twice a week, go once. Rent a $1 movie out of the machine instead of the second movie. Use that money for your tickets that you would spend on the second movie. NOW, scratch one row in the beginning of the day. When you get home, scratch another row before dinner. One row or finish up before bedtime. Now you stretched your fun for a whole day on one ticket. This makes it a game and not a “problem”. Save your tickets for a fun planned night. Just don’t zip through scratching the ticket all at once. Have fun with it. Do it with a friend, a positive energy fun friend not a downer. You can spend very little money playing the game and have much more fun over and extended time period by doing it this way. It’s a game, don’t make it an addiction. Winning makes it really fun, you don’t need to spend a lot and you will be far more excited winning this way and winning big – which you will, Law Of Attraction – remember. Just have fun with this. Good Luck.

      • LG

        Thanks for the comments and some great tips here. And I totally agree with you that maximising the fun is really important! It is a game after all, so enjoying the process of playing makes a big difference. Are you really ever losing a dollar if you get $10 of entertainment value out of it? And you’ve certainly figured how to get maximum fun out of playing 🙂

        Choosing the right scratchers to play can absolutely mean the difference between winning and losing – so wise words here too. Dave’s service does just what you describe (and more) for you for just $20 a year (US only). It gives you weekly reports of the best scratch off games to play in your chosen state. So I’d recommend people only do it ‘by hand’ if they enjoy that process too – otherwise grab a subscription before Dave realises his price is way too cheap!

        There were a couple of things you said that aren’t really true though 🙂

        It doesn’t actually matter in what state you buy tickets – just the specifics of one game compared to another. Massachusetts would have more winners because it has a population of about 6.8 million compared to Connecticut which only has 3.5 million. So they sell more tickets overall, but that doesn’t make any difference to your own chances of winning.

        Similarly with buying from big stores that sell more tickets. Those stores have a greater chance of selling winning tickets ‘to someone’, but buying there instead of a tiny backstreet store doesn’t increase your own chances of winning.

        Best of luck with your next scratcher, but then I know you’ll enjoy playing it regardless of the result 🙂

  • Betina Jones

    My Fourth time tonight playing same pick 5 numbers… followed his theory perfectly… still not winning. I’m right now $202.00 in the hole – this theory doesn’t work. Please don’t waste your hard earned monies on this!

  • Arun s

    True story! There was once a remarkably kind gentleman who always put others needs ahead of his. He had a habit of reaching out to the less fortunate every chance he got. In fact he lived his life by that motto. Although it gave him a colossal sense of satisfaction, it sometimes offended his conscience which told him not to be an enabler for failure. If he truly cared he’d employ less fortunate people and make them value what they earned. Well, he wasn’t exactly in a place financially where he could do that. One day he was approached by a severely handicapped man who was a’professional panhandler’. Not having more than a handful of change, he instead offered him a lottery ticket from two he’d just purchased. Asking him to pick one, he smiled as the man took it thanked him and left. Well, you can imagine what happened next when the numbers were released. Yes! The Good Samaritan never heard from the winner again. A few months went by and one day on the news it said man who recently won the jackpot was killed in an accident. When he saw the picture of the beggar, he was floored. Feelings of disgust and even guilt overwhelmed him despite knowing it wasn’t his fault.

    A little over a year later, the kind man experienced his own Lady Luck who smiled on him. It seemed she bestowed on him massive wealth that changed his life completely. The one thing that did not change was his sense of kindheartedness. He continued to enjoy that uniquely gratifying feeling/sense of the kind of joy of giving, but now he can actually invest in their pride of earning it. I’ll never forget the moral of this story and it’s underlying message, especially if I come into a windfall. I try to be as caring as I can afford to be anyway. Cheers!

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