According to some lottery experts, it can take more than just luck to win big these days.
Richard Lustig is the author of Learn How to Increase Your Chances of Winning the Lottery and is also a big winner.
Multiple winner Richard Lustig shares his five strategiesCredit: AFP
Richard, who passed out in 2018, won over $1 million by playing seven Florida jackpots.
Although he passed, his strategies are still used by many.
In 2016 Richard told MLive.com that to win big you need an action plan.
“There are a lot of people out there who play the lottery who don’t know how to play the lottery. They’re doing everything wrong,” Richard told MLive.com.
Below are five of his strategies.
1. Create a budget
The first and probably the most important tip for gambling is not to spend too much money.
You want to build a system and stick with it because consistency is key.
“Don’t get caught in the lottery fever. Don’t spend rent money, don’t spend grocery money,” Richard told MLive.com.
He also stressed that although some players win, millions lose.
2. Avoid quick selection
Strategy takes time and effort – it involves buying tickets.
Despite the convenience, it’s best to stay away from the easy choice.
That’s because a computer does the selection for you.
Richard suggests increasing your chances of playing the same number every time you lose.
Richard told MLive.com: “The problem with buying a quick pick is that every time you buy one you get a different set of numbers. So your probabilities are always the same.”
3. Skip special dates
It’s best to avoid birthday and anniversary dates as they may be important to you but not to the game.
When you play Mega Millions you can choose from numbers from 1 to 75.
So playing certain dates actually reduces the number of numbers you can choose from.
4. Keep track of your numbers
This next tip plays off the last one.
Richard notes in his book that every time you change your number, it feels like you’re starting over.
You play at your lowest odds because you have no idea if the numbers work or not.
Once you find winning numbers, stick with it.
5. Play in the lottery pool
Joining other people’s lottery syndicates can be a great way to increase your chances of winning.
You may have to split your winnings, but you still win.
The things to remember when joining pool are that you are playing with people you trust and that the rules are clear.
Richard also said it was important that all game numbers were written down and given to everyone in the group.
Richard told MLive.com: “Most lottery pools are very poorly managed. If you’re going to embark on that, you need to make sure it’s going right.”
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