A SEVEN-TIME lottery winner has spent his time after winning teaching others how to be as lucky as him.
Richard Lustig has won the Florida lottery seven times using a variety of tactics that maximize his chances of winning the number.
He explains that there is no “magic answer,” but there are ways for people to increase their chances.
Overall, he considers these tips to be “a formula” to improve a winner’s odds, and he sticks to it himself.
The first tip is to avoid a practice that many people mistakenly use when picking lottery numbers.
He warns against using birthdays and other important dates as this limits the number of players to half of the total number of options.
Then, if they win, they’ll likely split, according to Lustig: “If you pick your own numbers and only play birthdays and anniversaries, you’re splitting the pot with 20 to 40 people.”
“If you spread the numbers all over the track, you’re either the only winner or you’re just sharing one or two people.”
The multiple winner also claimed to have found the most commonly drawn numbers.
Some of the most commonly drawn Powerball numbers are 61, which has been drawn 78 times, 32, which has been drawn 77 times, and 63, which has been drawn 73 times.
He used these in his winning combinations.
Funny also encourages people to avoid quick number picks as this actively puts the player in the worst possible odds of winning.
Additionally, people can increase their chances by playing consistently without changing their numbers too often.
The above strategy does not guarantee a win and has not been proven or verified by any lottery official.
Despite his goal of educating people on how best to play the lottery, Lustig also encourages people to gamble responsibly, stay on budget, and put needs like groceries over trying their luck with the numbers.
Beyond winning, he also wants to teach people what to do with their winnings.
According to him, the first step is to hire experts.
He recently reached out directly to Julie Leach, a Michigan factory worker who immediately quit her job after winning a $310.5 million Powerball prize.
He warned, “Don’t get caught up in lottery fever.”
Lustig went on to explain that people “win big bucks and the first thing they do is buy fancy cars and throw big parties.”
Instead of wasting money right away, he advises people to hire “a good accountant, a good financial planner, and a good lawyer.”
Lottery players struggling with problem gambling can call the National Gambling Hotline at 1-800-522-4700 or visit the National Council on Problem Gambling website.