Richard Lustig Lottery Book Review

Florida lottery winner Richard Lustig has won 7 grand lottery prizes. His lottery book details his ‘simple secret system’. Click Here For …

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  • Kwan

    So 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

      That 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

    I bought 10 x $1 tickets using various web sites including state lottery, I won $3. Not a good return.

    • LG

      Oh 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.

  • Allan

    It 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.

  • DC

    Lottery 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:-

    • 1. Some numbers are more probable than others (call this “the favored number” system).
    • 2. That previous winning numbers influence future winning numbers (Called “the Gambler’s Fallacy.”).

    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!


    • LG

      Hey DC

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

      And you’re mostly right 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 bias to 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

        Lottery 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

        I 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’ (Richard Lustig’s winnings) 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

    If 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

      Well, 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

    Statistically, 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, I’m 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

      Sorry 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

    I 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

    Please give me powerball numbers any six digits. Want to play SA Powerball same as Lotto. help.

  • Margaret

    You 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

      I 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

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

      Thank you!


  • Steve

    You 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

      Hi Steve,

      It may seem counter-intuitive, but it is true 🙂

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

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