Lottery Secrets Revealed
(Did The 7 Times Winner Lie?)
We all want to know the secrets to winning the lottery, right?
But like all the best secrets, the real lottery secrets are right there, hidden in plain view.
Yes, you can do stuff to greatly improve your chances of winning. But no, it’s never going to be “push a button in some magic software and win the lottery”.
Please don’t suckered by that BS 🙂
Here’s What I Mean
Deep down I think we all realise that nobody can reliably predict lottery numbers. It’s just not possible. I’ve seen endless crazy maths and lottery systems over the years, and some truly wacky Excel spreadsheets.
But none of it can overcome the fact that the lottery is just balls bouncing around in a plastic bubble. And those balls do not remember what happened last week. Each draw is unique, and random enough that you can’t just click the button in some software and hit the jackpot.
It’s just not that simple.
Think about it for a moment. If ANYONE could reliably predict lottery results, it would PROVE the lottery game was NOT random enough! And do you realise how much legal trouble the operators would be in for running an unfair lottery? It has NEVER happened.
But What About The 7 Times Lottery Winner – What’s His Secret?
Richard Lustig did win 7 times – that bit is a genuine fact.
But most of those ‘big wins’ were pretty darn small (you can see a list of Lustig’s wins here). Would you count a holiday valued at $3,594 as a jackpot or a major lottery prize? Sure it’s a nice little win, but it’s no ‘grand prize’ is it?
A few more quick facts about the headline stealing Mr Lustig. all 7 of his wins in total only add up to just over $1 Million before tax (there are new lottery winners every week winning far more than that!). And the only one of those which I would call a proper jackpot was won in 2002. And he didn’t win anything after 2010.
He also would never reveal how much he spent on lottery tickets. And never explained why that 8th prize never happened. Despite then spending 8 years selling his books and lottery systems.
Unfortunately his advice was seriously flawed. He was often called out on it, but could never explain why he thought he was right. Personally I don’t think he lied – he just didn’t know what he was talking about.
His ‘method’ was basically never change your lottery numbers (wrong) and never miss a lottery drawing (wrong). Then he got in with a bunch of online marketing people who sold junk software and books under his name at crazy prices. Some are even still being sold even though Richard died in 2018.
So What Can You Really Do To Improve Your Chances
Winning the lottery is hard. But people do win the lottery every single week.
What you can do is greatly improve the chances of that being you.
Nobody can pick the winning numbers all the time. We know that. But if you can settle for improving your odds of winning being the best that can be done in the real world – then a) you won’t get ripped off by dodgy lottery systems, and b) you’ll be putting your energy into something that actually works and may then win big.
Here’s How You Can Get Started
(Note: there’s just not enough space to explain these in detail here, so I’m just going to give you the quick and dirty version – I explain everything better in my lottery tips which you can get for free)
- Play the right game. Don’t just blindly pick the game with the biggest prize. Games with huge lottery jackpots are stupidly hard to win.
- Don’t spread your money over lots of different lottery games and scratch cards. Work out which are best (my free lottery compare tool can help here) and focus.
- You don’t have to buy a lottery ticket for every draw. More entries in less draws gives you better odds.
- Buying more entries gives a better chance of winning. So together with the above, plan how you are going to spend your budget. And stick to your plan.
- Playing in a group can be more fun, and you can afford a lot more lottery tickets. That’s why syndicates claim a lottery win more often.
- Enjoy playing the lottery. If it stops being fun, find a different hobby.
- If you hit the jackpot, do everything you can to avoid publicity. Yes, the media circus can be fun, but the begging letters and crazies will arrive in droves and they won’t go away any time soon.
That’s it. If anything didn’t make sense get in touch or grab my free lottery tips course which will help explain a lot more.We all want to know the secrets to winning the lottery, right? But like all the best secrets, the real lottery secrets are hidden in plain view.
An Insider Shares The Secrets Of The State Lottery
In a thread on Reddit, an anonymous state lottery worker answered commenters’ questions, shedding some light on the industry’s practices.
“I’ve worked for a large state for the past seven years primarily as a programmer, security expert and general ‘go-to’ person for anything system related,” yourluckynumbers writes.
Although Reddit takes efforts to confirm source identity on these popular threads, nevertheless you should take them with a grain of salt. We’ve picked out the highlights, edited for clarity.
Retailers scam customers constantly:
“You’d be shocked at how often retailers steal tickets from players by telling them that their ticket isn’t a winner.
“A few states have even gone so far as to set up an undercover team that specializes in catching these people. What they do is present retailers who players have complained about with ‘marked’ tickets and then have them arrested when the retailer comes in to claim the prize. It’s a big program in California. They’ve caught a lot of people.
“I’ve also seen several cases where a retailer is mass producing draw game wagers and re-selling them overseas on the Internet for huge mark-up—sometimes as much as 1,000 percent of face value. That’s a quick path to prison, too.
Customers also try to scam retailers:
“And then, of course, we get idiots who do everything they can to make losing tickets look like winners hoping to get an idiot convenience store clerk to ‘sight validate’ the ticket instead of scanning it in the system to see if it’s a win.
“We discourage the hell out of that behavior. Clerks should never pay out based on a ticket they THINK is a winner. I will never understand why they don’t just scan the damn things.”
Winners often fail to claim their prize:
“Yes, it happens all the time. You wouldn’t believe how often, actually.
“I’ve seen it all: poker face, tears, hysterics . and one guy who busted out in a full-on dance routine that would have shamed even Michael Jackson.”
It is nearly impossible to rig the lottery:
“The lottery industry operates like Las Vegas. In other words, the whole thing is governed by an extreme separation of duties and access controls. Every lottery has a security division that exists for the sole purpose of catching crooks – both internal and external. It’s virtually impossible to ‘rig’ a drawing or generate a winning wager post-draw without collusion on the part of at least five or six people. And even then, it would take a miracle to get past audits, system checks, etc.
“I’m not saying that people haven’t tried, regardless. I’m not even going to say that it hasn’t happened. I will say it’s a one-way ticket to federal prison, though.”
What’s the best bet?
“It all comes down to odds. In my state we have several daily draw games that have relatively low set jackpot amounts, but the chance of winning is exponentially higher than the rolling jackpot games.
“As far as scratch (instant) games go, stay away from $1 and $5 games. Everyone buys them, so the chance of winning a top-tier prize is low. The top-tier prizes are normally not enough to warrant playing.
“You’ve got a good chance of winning big on $10 games if your state sells them . Anything is better than the $1 games. Those are designed to be low-return impulse buys that you win one out of twenty times. You’ll never win enough to make playing them worth it over the long term .
“It’s also all about the odds. In my particular state, I’d be playing the $10 instant games. I’d also be playing two of our draw games, which have low relative jackpots, but high payout rates.”
Debtors may be in for a surprise:
“Most states require a debt check in case the person trying to claim the ticket owes a debt to the state. (Court fees, child support, etc.)
“If they owe, the debt is subtracted from the win and the winner receives the difference.”
There aren’t good stores and bad stores:
“The vendor knows which packs contain the high-tier winners. The lottery doesn’t. And vice versa for where the packs are shipped. As long as that balance is preserved, everything is kosher.”
Some times are better to buy than others:
“The game is printed all at once. It isn’t done in phases, and a game’s prize structure doesn’t change once it’s set. It is possible for the top prizes from a game to be claimed within the first few weeks after a game ships.
“Scratch games are almost always shipped from the vendor to some sort of distribution facility owned by the lottery for which the game was printed. Tickets are shipped out to lottery retailers from there.
“Every instant ticket game has a set expiration date (usually printed right on the ticket) and some states have laws requiring that the lottery to post information about which prizes have already been claimed on their website and/or at their office(s). Most people never think to check this, though, and they just keep buying even after all “top tier” prizes have been claimed.
“Most lotteries have a set monthly or quarterly schedule for new instant games. That’s all relative to the size of the state and how popular instant tickets are there.
“There are only a handful of companies in the world that print instant tickets both because it’s incredibly expensive to do and because trust is paramount in the lottery industry.
“The two largest and most trusted printing operations are owned by Scientific Games and GTECH, which also happen to be two of the most popular draw game vendors.”An Insider Shares The Secrets Of The State Lottery In a thread on Reddit, an anonymous state lottery worker answered commenters’ questions, shedding some light on the industry’s practices. ]]>