Once again we are gripped with lottery fever because tonight's 42-state Mega Millions jackpot is a staggering $363 million, the third largest in the history of the game. Just so you know, the odds of winning tonight's jackpot is 1 in 176 million. I was at a Thornton's in Henderson a little while ago and it took forever to pay for gas because of the people buying their Mega Millions tickets. Is there anything you can do to increase your chances of winning? As a matter of fact, there is. Richard Lustig is a seven-time lottery winner in Florida and plays the lottery like a full-time job. Sure, he loses some, but he has won more than $1 million.

Here are Lustig's tips for buying tickets and getting the best chance possible:

  1. When jackpots get this high, people tend to spend much more than they normally would because they think more tickets equals better chance, not true...the odds stay the same. Lustig says don't spend more than you can afford to lose.
  2. Don't let the machine  pick your number. Pick your own umbers and stay with those numbers.
  3. Do your homework. Go online and make sure the set or sets of numbers you are playing have not come up before.
  4. Stick to your strategy. You have to learn what number to play and how often to play.

Good luck and play responsibly.

[ABC News]