SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The jackpot for Friday night’s MegaMillions drawing has reached the $100-million mark, according to the California Lottery.

How can one increase one’s chances of winning such a jackpot?

Richard Lustig is well known to Florida Lottery employees. He has collected wins from them totaling over $1 million, including seven grand prizes. He claims that his winning strategy, not luck, is behind his numerous wins.

Others following Lustig’s advice said they, too, have been big jackpot winners — including a Tampa, Florida couple that recently won a grand prize of over $2 million, and this past summer, an Iowa man who won $9 million.

Lustig’s out on the speaking circuit marketing his book “Learn How to Increase Your Chances of Winning the Lottery,” and he shared some insight into his winning lottery method during an appearance last weekend at the Golden Acorn Casino in Campo.

Interest in Lustig’s advice has reportedly been growing worldwide, especially with so many people facing economic distress. He’s been interviewed in recent months on Rachael Ray’s television show as well as several other network and other morning news programs.

“Playing the lottery using my method may actually be safer than putting your money in the stock market these days,” he said.

Among Lustig’s lottery advice:

— If you spend $1 on a lotto ticket and win $10, reinvest the money. He said many people are playing lottery games wrong, because they pocket small winnings. Instead, he maintained, if you win $10, then you should buy $11 worth of tickets because “if you lose, you only lost a $1.”

— Never play quick picks or auto play. He said it increases your odds of winning to pick your numbers and stay with them.

— On scratchers, he suggested buying 10 of one ticket instead of several different tickets. He said you will almost always get at least one winning ticket out of a string of 10.

— Don’t throw your losing lottery tickets away. He noted that if you win a big jackpot, you can write off the cost of your losing tickets against the taxes you pay on your winnings.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All rights reserved.)

Comments (7)
  1. tn says:

    So that we won’t have to waste our time taking a dumb and time-consuming high-school statistics and probability class, how much do we have to pay for this book and where can we buy one before they run out of them?

  2. Bill Voelker says:

    This article is stupid, encouraging people to spend money on false hopes so HE can make more money.

    1. Daavid says:

      Learn How To Increase Your Chances of Winning The Lottery [Paperback]
      Richard Lustig (Author)
      3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (81 customer reviews) | Like 1323576555 false 0 21 21 20 (21)
      List Price: $40.00
      Price: $34.50
      From the reviews he’s already given you most of the information contained in his book- which is 40 pages.

  3. tn says:

    Years ago, I think this is the same guy who used to work years ago, at the ticket booth of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum on Fisherman’s Wharf…

  4. Donald Wright says:

    It’s always sad when I happen to be in a convenience store during a time when the jackpot has reached a large amount. Invariably the people who are waiting in line to buy tickets are those who appear least likely to be able to afford the luxury of buying them.

  5. Daavid says:

    Math guru’s have stated if you play the same set of numbers every drawing in the California State Lottery, your winning combination WILL come up, at least once within 7,000 years. The unknown of course is will it be next week or 6,999 years from now. So why do I play?
    1. People win.
    2. I have the same CHANCE as everyone else.
    3. The ONLY way not to win the lottery, is NOT to play the lottery.
    4. Keep in mind: many will play, few will win.

  6. Pete Hanssen says:

    You could try YOUR luck at where you can win a million…

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