Agent, Lottery Winner Richard Lustig Passes

Agent, Lottery Winner Richard Lustig Passes

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ORLANDO, Fla. (CelebrityAccess) Richard Lustig, 67, who gained national attention for a method he developed to win lotteries but was also an agent/manager for tribute acts, died in Orlando, Fla., July 22.

Lustig authored the book “Learn How To Increase Your Chances of Winning the Lottery” and claimed that from 1993 to 2010 his method was used in seven state-sponsored lottery games to earn him more than $1 million, from a scratch-off ticket that garnered him $10,000 to a Florida Fantasy 5 ticket that landed him $98,992.92. Lustig was also known to provide lectures on his system and would appear on national television whenever a lottery grew large enough to get nationwide media attention.

Overall, Lustig won seven significant lottery tickets:

  • Win 1: $10,000 – Jan 1993 (scratch-off ticket)
  • Win 2: $13,696.03 – Aug 1997 (Florida Fantasy 5)
  • Win 3: “Wheel of Fortune” Holiday trip to Los Angeles – June 2000 (valued at $3,594.66) (scratch-off ticket “2nd chance drawing”)
  • Win 4: Elvis Holiday trip to Memphis – Oct 2001 (valued at $4,966) (scratch-off ticket “2nd chance drawing”)
  • Win 5: $842,152.91 – Jan 2002 (Florida Mega Money)
  • Win 6: $73,658.06 – Nov 25th 2008 (Florida Fantasy 5)
  • Win 7: $98,992.92 – Aug 9th 2010 (Florida Fantasy 5)

However, Lustig had a career in the entertainment business, agenting for acts like Blessid Union of Souls, Bill Haley’s Comets featuring Lenny Longo, The Clovers, and Diamonds plus many tribute acts. His Orlando, Fla., office appeared to still be in operation at press time, with an outgoing message, but an email was not immediately returned.

Lustig’s lottery method was not without criticism, with personal finance author Zac Bissonnette calling it dangerous and with CNN Money removing a Lustig interview after a firestorm of criticism.

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