What’s The Trick to Winning the Lotto?
The Fox Has Many Tricks
Five years ago, the television illusionist, Derren Brown, promised to predict the winning numbers for the UK’s lottery. There were a whole lot of conspiracy theories surrounding this. Many people accused that it was all rigged, split screens were being used, it was previously filmed and changed… You name it; it was thought to be true.
A lot of people ask the question if he really can predict the lottery, why isn’t he winning the lottery all the time. These people are right! I know I would be using whatever tricks I knew to win the lottery! Hello, big money!
Well, whether Derren Brown’s method (which is complex and a little too confusing for my taste) works or if it more games, some people believe that there are tricks to winning the lotto. We all want to know these so-called tricks. Well, that’s what I’m here for! I’ll let you be the judge if they will work or not.
Pick the Winning Game
Not all games are created equal. Now, I knew that there were different polls for each game, but I didn’t see the difference between the Pick 6 and the Powerball except one had a much larger prize. Call it naive, but I thought they were all at a state level. Well, I quickly learned that the reason the jackpot is so huge is that the Powerball is a national game. You know what that means…? More people are trying to win my… um… the jackpot. If you stick to a smaller state game, like the Pick 6, you have fewer people trying to win. You know… Go from the billions of people who play the Powerball to the mere millions who play the pick 6.
The More the Merrier
Common sense tells you that you can better your odds by purchasing more tickets. The problem is you’re spending more money, and you still have poor odds of winning. If you participate in a lottery pool at the office or amongst your friends, you can improve your odds without spending more money. The caveat? If you win, you have to split the winnings!
Make Your Ticket Look Pretty
I don’t mean draw hearts and flowers on it — I’m talking about when you can select your numbers. People have been known to use patterns, diagonal lines, lines, and other methods to choose their numbers. Did this work for them? I’m guessing not. But hey… At least they were being creative?
Listen to Past Winners
Richard Lustig from Orlando, Florida has won the lottery jackpot seven times. He has some tips that he’s used to win. If you ask him, he’ll tell you quite frankly that there is no luck when it comes to winning the lottery.
He did an interview with Good Morning America and here are some of the tips he shared with them:
– Pick your own numbers instead of having the machine do it for you
– Research and see if your numbers have won before
– Pick ten sets of numbers and keep those if you continue buying ticketsAre there really tricks to winning the lotto? Some tips work for some people and then not for others. You be the judge when you read some of these tricks.
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LOTTERY winners are the envy of the world – but one man managed to beat the overwhelming odds to claim the jackpot 14 times and made millions in the process.
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Gamblers across the globe have been obsessed with lottery winners for decades – all hoping to emulate their success and take home a big slice of the jackpot, if not the full amount. While it is no secret the odds are heavily stacked against every player, those who believe luck is on their side regularly fritter away cash each week. But behind every big lottery win is an even bigger mathematical equation and the saddening reality is that “not all lotteries are created equally”, LotteryCodex revealed. Probability calculations show that the chance of winning the Euro Millions is one in 139,838,159 – by comparison, getting struck by lightning has a one in two million chance, according to WebMath. Despite these highly unlikely odds, one man defied the system to win big a whopping 14 times. He made millions from cleverly devised mathematical calculations that for him appeared to guarantee lottery success.
While the exact sum earned by Stefan Mandel is a closely guarded secret, it is accepted that he made a fortune from his schemes to win lottery jackpots all over the world.
The economist first developed the hack as a way to escape his home in communist Romania and from there had his eyes on even bigger prizes.
He struck gold after concocting a carefully crafted plan to legally win the lottery in the US state of Virginia, all from the armchair of his home in Australia.
Mr Mandel knew that if he could “buy all of the equations” then the lottery was no longer a game of probability and luck but simply logistics, The Hustle revealed.
He set up a shell corporation the ‘International Lotto Fund’ and managed to attract 2,560 investors to buy into his scheme.
There was a lot of preparation to make sure the jackpot was big enough to make the venture was profitable to buy every combination and still be able to pay the tax, overheads, himself and other investors.
The secrets behind the lottery’s most successful winner have been revealed (Image: GETTY)
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Stefan Mandel claimed a giant jackpot in the US lottery in the state of Virginia, in 1992 (Image: GETTY)
The preparations included printing every possible combination on paper to ship to a point of contact in the US – which cost more than £30,000 and took three months to achieve.
As is known with lotteries, when someone does not win the jackpot increases as it is rolled-over onto the next week – so for Mr Mandel, it was sheerly a waiting game.
In February, 1992, the Virginia Lottery jackpot total hit $27million (£21.6million) and he knew the time had finally arrived.
In the US, it was legal to print lottery tickets at home back then – but they would only be valid if the ticket was authorised by a retailer.
The whopping 1.4 million lottery tickets to overcome the 7,059,052 possible combinations had to be processed by hand, in just three days.
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Stefan Mandel’s plan required buying everything lottery combination – while still making profit (Image: GETTY)
For two straight days he paid couriers to take giant bundles of 10,000 tickets with prepaid $10,000 (£8,000) cashier checks to more than 125 gas stations and supermarkets to validate the tickets.
A worker from Farm Fresh, who sold a large amount of the tickets, told the New York Times in 1992 that he thought the couriers “were nuts”.
He said: “But if someone comes up and says they want to buy 700,000 lottery tickets, we’re not going to chase them away.”
But an unlikely hole developed in Mr Mandel’s ‘fool-proof plan’ – which relied on purchasing every single possibility.
By the deadline to have all of the tickets bought and validated, only 1.24 million of the 1.4 million tickets had been verified.
This put his guaranteed plan to win in jeopardy and reduced his odds significantly to becoming a “multi-million dollar game of chance”.
Stefan Mandel and his investors waited until the jackpot was $27m (£21m) before risking it all (Image: GETTY)
Even if Mr Mandel did win, there were other threats to his grand scheme, including the possibility of multiple winners, which would have significantly lowered the jackpot.
But the lottery numbers were drawn at 11.20pm on February 15 and despite not having every single combination as he had hoped, they had won.
In celebration, Mr Mandel was reported to have sent out an extremely modest note to his 2,524 investors.
Collectively they had won $27,036,142 (£21.7million) jackpot and $900,000 (£722,000) in secondary prizes.
He wrote: “ One of our target lotteries did jackpot to our required level. We entered and won.”
Mr Mandel, who is now believed to have “retired” from gambling, was reported to be living on the tropical island Vanuatu, off the Australian coast.
To ensure they would win, they needed to process more than 1.4 million tickets of three days (Image: GETTY)
While many have theorised how he managed the impressive feat during a 20-year career working to win the lottery, he has never revealed his algorithm.
It appears likely that he will take the finite details of this to the grave, when he said in 1992: “ That would be like Coca-Cola revealing their recipe.”
A decade on from that comment, Mr Mandel revealed his theory about luck, odds and probability to the newspaper Bursa, in Romania, his home country.
He said: “Trimming my beard is a lottery: There is always the possibility that I’ll cut myself, get an infection in my blood, and die – but I do it anyway.
“ I’m a man who takes risks, but in a calculated way… the chances are in my favour .”LOTTERY winners are the envy of the world – but one man managed to beat the overwhelming odds to claim the jackpot 14 times and made millions in the process. ]]>