RICHARD Lustig has won a fortune playing the lottery over the years — but according to him, it has nothing to do with chance.
RICHARD Lustig has won seven lottery jackpots — but according to him, his good fortune has nothing to do with luck.
Mr Lustig, from Florida in the United States, is adamant he has discovered a winning formula that has allowed him to strike it rich — again and again.
He recently told Click Orlando he had developed his own system after painstakingly studying lotto odds and noting down strategies that seemed to work.
His method has paid off — Mr. Lustig has won a fortune over the years, with the proceeds going towards a luxury home and car and buying a business.
“I hate the word luck. Luck has nothing to do with this,” he told Click Orlando.
“I won my second grand prize, my third grand prize.
“When I won my fourth grand prize, that was when the light finally lit up inside my head.”
Mr Lustig has even written a book, Learn How to Increase Your Chances of Winning the Lottery, and runs a website dedicated to helping others win big.
“I have already made several people millionaires who have followed my method,” Mr Lustig said.
So what is the secret?
According to Mr Lustig, scratchies are especially easy to win.
Firstly, he said players needed to set a very strict budget which they never exceed.
Secondly, punters should only ever buy scratchies at locations where there are still unclaimed prizes, and a minimum of 10 tickets should be bought at any given time — and all 10 must be purchased from the same roll.
“You want to treat this like a job. Anything worth having, you have to put work into it,” Mr Lustig said.
Mr Lustig recommends reinvesting winnings into buying more lottery tickets, using hand-picked sequential numbers and using the same numbers constantly.
“I’m not guaranteeing you will win a grand prize. What I am saying is that I will teach you how to increase your chances of winning.”
But the serial winner also has a technique for winning regular lottery draws.
He said numbers should never be limited to just meaningful dates such as birthdays or anniversaries, because choosing numbers based on dates restricted your choice to numbers between one and 31.
He also said players should avoid big games such as the Powerball and instead focus on smaller jackpot games that had much better odds.
“Your odds of winning Powerball are one in 300 million. Your odds of winning the Florida Lotto are one in 24 million. Quite a difference, isn’t it?” Mr Lustig said.
Other methods include reinvesting winnings into buying more lottery tickets, using hand-picked sequential numbers and using the same numbers constantly.
The American man won all his prizes between 1993 and 2010.
He scored cash and prizes worth more than $AU1,365,078, including two holidays.
However, his advice has been met with criticism in the past, with personal finance guru Zac Bissonnette describing the tips as “dangerous”.
Last week, a struggling Sydney mum made headlines after winning a whopping $20.5 million on the Powerball.