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A big rush on lottery tickets has pushed the jackpot for tonight’s Mega Millions drawing even higher, to $640 million, or a quarter-billion dollars higher than the previous record U.S. lottery jackpot. Lives will change if a winning number is drawn Friday night — or we’ll be playing again if no winner is drawn and the jackpot increases.

So how can you win the largest American jackpot EVER?

7-time lottery winner Richard Lustig has been doing the talkshow scene giving advice on how to win the lottery. The Floridian plays the game every day. He’s won more than $1 million bucks!

“I keep on winning because I follow my method,” Lustig told “Good Morning America.”

Here are his tips for buying tickets:

1) Pick your own numbers. Don’t leave it up to the machine. Lustig advises against playing Quick Picks, the phrase describing the number the computer picks for you when you don’t use your own.

2) Do your homework. Go online and make sure the set or sets of numbers you play have never come up before.

3) Stick with your strategy. You have to learn what number to play and how often to play. Commit to your numbers and stick to your strategy.

4) Avoid lottery fever. When jackpots get this high, Lustig says, people tend to get lottery fever and spend a lot more than they normally would or can afford. Don’t go crazy; the odds are still the same no matter how much you spend.

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Hmmmmm…does that sound right? Some folks say heck no! Personal finance author Zac Bissonnette agrees.

Source: Black MediaScoop http://www.blackmediascoop.com/2012/03/30/tips-on-how-to-win-500-million-mega-millions-jackpot/

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