Nearly everyone has at least once in their life dreamt of winning the lottery, but only few among us will actually see it come true.
For Victor Amole, he literally had his dream become a reality when he won Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game in January.
The Woodbridge, Virginia man bought four tickets but instead of trying his luck with different numbers, he used the same set of numbers on each of the tickets. Why?
Apparently he had a dream in which the winning numbers, 3-10-17-26-32, were revealed to him. “I’ve never had a dream like that before,” Amole admitted.
Amole beat the 1 in 278, 256 odds when all four of his numbers hit the jackpot. Each ticket was worth $100,000 so he was awarded a total of $400,000 before taxes. The computer programmer, who is still reeling from his win, told Virginia Lottery that he plans to invest his winnings.
Winning the lottery with four tickets is almost unheard of, but what’s even more brow-raising is Amole’s claim that the numbers came to him in a dream. However, it turns out he isn’t the only one who was lucky enough to see winning lottery numbers in his dream.
There have been a few other instances in which winners allegedly saw the lucky numbers in their dreams, including a family from New Jersey.
Okay, we all “want to win the lottery,” but do you really, really want to win?
It takes a lot of determination (and money) but experts and former winners say there are ways to improve your oddsof winning the jackpot.
Remember: Playing the lottery is a form of gambling, so know your limit and play within it.
1. Buy extra tickets
Ok, we never said these tips would be that creative. It’s totally obvious that buying extra tickets increases your chance of winning the lottery, but most frugal and right-thinking people will never buy more than one ticket.
The costs add up, but every guide to winning the lottery agrees buying extra tickets gives you an advantage, especially when it’s combined with other tips and tricks.
2. Stick to your lucky numbers
There’s a heated debate between lotto players about whether it’s best to buy quick picks (where the computer chooses your numbers) or to select your lucky numbers. Our money is on choosing your own.
The thing about lucky numbers is they’re your numbers, and you’ll always remember to play because otherwise you could miss your chance.
To be fair, quick pick tickets make up the vast majority of lottery winners, but playing consistently is more important. Unless…
3. Don’t play every week
Many dedicated lotto players actually avoid big, popular games like the Mega Millions and Powerball draws. Instead, they target unpopular games with low jackpots during their least popular times of the year, and load up on tickets for specific draws.
It takes a little research, but if there’s a winner every time, your odds in one of these draws are way better than most big games.
4. Pick high numbers
This tip won’t improve your odds of “winning the lottery” per se, but experts say it makes you less likely to split a big draw. The theory goes that people tend to pick numbers between 1 and 31, based on important dates in their lives.
Richard Lustig, who says he’s won the lottery seven times, swears by his “number spreading technique,” and included it in his book Learn How to Increase Your Chances of Winning the Lottery. Here’s another one of Lustig’s tips…
5. Don’t buy consecutive numbers
Lustig offers his readers this bit of helpful math: if a lottery draw had 5 numbers, and they only go up to 55, the total of your five numbers should be between 104 and 175. The lotto expert says studies show that 70% of jackpot draws fall within that number “spread.”
For he same reasons, Lustig warns to avoid picking multiple numbers from the same group of tens (for example: 21, 25 and 28), or numbers that end in the same digit.
6. Don’t play in patterns
One last trusty tip from Lustig: if you like filling in your number card with an X, diagonal lines or other patterns, odds are other lotto players do too. Like picking low numbers, this only increases your chance of splitting a game-winning draw.
A lottery winner from Massachusetts has been found guilty of shoplifting.
Just two months after winning $1 million off a scratch ticket, Yokatia Rodriguez was arrested for allegedly attempting to steal $80 worth of lipstick from a Kohl’s store.
The 40-year-old woman was sentenced to a $2,000 fine and to serve 30 days in County Jail if she was not on good behavior for the next year, half the fine and the jail sentence will be dismissed if she doesn’t get arrested again based on the order from Judge Robert Stephen.
Loss prevention officer Michael Frawley was monitoring the video surveillance when he saw her attempting to leave the store without paying for some of the items in her shopping cart. Shopping with her 14-year-old son at the time, she said it was just a misunderstanding.
On the stand during her court hearing, she said she “absolutely did not try to steal.”
She claimed that she merely just forgot to pay for the items.
“It was four days before Christmas,” she said, “It was hectic. I was there shopping for my kids.”
A receipt for that day indicated that Rodriguez paid for $519.66 worth of merchandise that day, but that did not include the five lipsticks.
Frawley said that he had an eye on the cosmetics department because it is the highest loss prevention area of the store.
“It’s expensive and there aren’t coupons for it,” he said. “We lost about $15,000 in that one department alone last year.”
That’s when her 14-year-old son got caught in the middle of the situation.
When you’re here, you’re family. You’re also stuffed to the brim of bread sticks and pasta, but in a good way.
Every year, Olive Garden runs an amazing promotion which gives loyal customers the chance to buy Never Ending Pasta Passes for $100 a month.
“The Pasta Pass allows Passholder to enjoy the Never Ending Pasta Bowl promotion at Olive Garden as many times as they wish in-restaurant for 8 weeks,” the website says. “That’s right – unlimited food at Olive Garden for 8 weeks!”
22,000 passes were made available to the public and were sold at $100 each. That’s 1,000 more than last year and 20,000 more than 2015.
The passes sold out in ONE SECOND, selling on a first-come, first-served basis.
Olive Garden decided to reward 50 ‘super fans’ with the chance to spend an extra $100 and get the deal of a lifetime.