Most people dream of hitting the lottery just once, but a Central Florida man has won seven times.
“It’s changed my life, no doubt about it,” said Richard Lustig. “My life is way better than it was 10, 15 or 20 years ago.”
Lustig’s seventh and most recent win was in August. He won a Fantasy Five grand prize of more than $98,000. His other winnings include a Mega Money jackpot of more than $842,000.
“In addition to the seven lottery game grand prizes that I’ve won, I’ve won hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years in prizes that were not grand prizes,” Lustig said.
Lustig said he had also won trips and other prizes. He used some of the money to purchase a home and a sports car. He said people ask him all the time if he’s going to quit his job.
“I tell people I’m a part-time booking agent. I own my own business and book my own acts, but I’m a full-time professional lottery player. That’s what I tell people now,” he said.
Lustig claims he can help people turn the lottery into a winning game and is writing about his strategy in a new book.
“I don’t have a crystal ball. I can’t see into the future,” Lustig said. “I would be scamming people and misleading people if I said to them, ‘Follow my method and you’ll win a grand prize.’ People would be foolish to believe anyone that said that. What I tell people is, ‘If you follow my method, it will increase your chances of winning.’ That’s what it’s all about.”
The multiple winner said he started writing down things that helped him score cash. He repeated those things and made improvements to develop his method.
Lustig said a Tampa couple followed his advice and won $2 million.
He said one of his secrets is playing the same numbers. He wouldn’t say what he does with those numbers or how much money he spends each week.
During a visit by WESH 2 News, Lustig checked some of his tickets and found out he won more than $300.
“I’m going to keep winning. I believe in my method. And it works!” Lustig said.