Recommended Lottery Numbers..?

go missouriScammers Beware!

A pat on the back today to the state of Missouri, USA for clamping down on a New York company that sells recommended lottery numbers — numbers they claim put you “one step closer to actually winning some money off your state lottery.” What bull!

‘Multi-Plays of America Inc.’ will cease doing business in Missouri under a court-approved agreement. Not the first US state to do so either.

Attorney General Jay Nixon had this to say: “The selection of numbers by the Missouri Lottery is a random process, and anyone who tells you they can predict what numbers will come up is purely guessing. You would be just as well off getting numbers from a fortune cookie.”

Nixon also added, “But one thing is for sure: If anyone tries to take money from Missouri consumers by saying otherwise, eventually their luck will run out.”

[So take note all you vendors of fake ‘lottery systems’. If you can’t prove your claim to be able to pick ‘better’ lottery numbers (and I know you can’t!) it’s time to start worrying if you are under investigation yet too…]

Be warned though ‘Multi-Plays of America’ are still operating in other areas of the US at the moment, so don’t waste your money if you live in the US and get a telesales call from them. Their ‘recommended lottery numbers’ are no better than entirely random selections.

2 Comments so far ↓

  • Don Chezik

    I’m ready to move on beyond the phony lottery strategies and find an explanation for these testimonials of people who claim to have won several lotteries using Gail Howard’s “Smart Luck” systems. Also there is the recent report of this guy who has won 4 Powerball jackpots and a string of other lotteries. He is reputed to be a millionaire. I couldn’t find anything that showed he was a fraud. Richard Lustig, a seven-time lottery winner in Florida whose winnings have totaled more than $1 million, hasn’t let the slim odds stop him. He shared tips for buying tickets on Tuesday with ABC’s… something. And there are others.

    • LG

      Hi Don

      You have to be careful with these stories, and sometimes read between the lines.

      Take the Gail Howard company. They list testimonials of big lottery winners, plenty of them too (106 last I looked). And I don’t doubt that they are genuine either.

      But is this the real ‘big picture’ story..? Not a bit of it!

      They have been knocking out systems for 30 years, on TV (heavily sold using informercials back in the day), mail order, on Amazon, their own site etc. You can only guess at how many people have bought their systems in that time (100’s of thousands?). And been using them for up to 30 years! (You won’t find that answer on their website…)

      When you look at it that way, it’s actually appalling how few of those people have actually won. If the software and books really work as they claim, why haven’t they worked for 99.9% of their customers?

      In fact, doesn’t that sound more like pure random luck..? (If that many people had simply been buying quick picks for 30 years, how many winners would you expect to see?)

      Richard Lustig is a similar case. Again I don’t doubt his wins – but he’s not telling you the full story, not even in his book.

      Out of those 7 ‘major’ prizes, only 1 of them is what most of us would really consider a major prize (~$842,000 before tax). And that was 10 years ago. His first of those 7 wins is reported as being in 1993. Apparently he plays every day, but he doesn’t tell us how much he has spent on tickets, which does seem quite an important point to miss out. But apart from all that, some of his advice is simply fundamentally incorrect.

      I remember watching Richard tell Cynthia Stafford on a TV morning show how she should never play quick picks. Well, the $2 quick pick ticket she bought won $112 Million. So who was the expert there then…

      At the end of the day, the lottery will always be about luck – otherwise it wouldn’t be a fair and legal lottery. You can maximise your chances using good lottery strategy, but beyond that it really is down to Lady Luck.

      But never trust a system seller who doesn’t tell you the full story.

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