# Dude Cracks Lottery Code: How You Can Win Big Too!

Heather Chaet

I love scratch and win lottery tickets. With every rub of a penny, I have the chance of winning at least a couple thousand buckaroos -- or \$3.

Now, some dude has told the whole world how to win big. In the latest issue of Wired, Mohan Srivastava details how he broke the code for lottery scratch tickets. With an accuracy rate of about 90%, using a method of watching how often numbers repeat or don't, Srivastava can calculate the probability that a number will appear (ummm, yeah, he has degrees from MIT and Stanford).

He reported his findings to lottery officials, which resulted in particular scratch card games to be taken off shelves, though we now know the lottery is less luck (and less random) than we thought.

Well, sadly, it doesn't. But since it is cold out and you are sick of talking about the Super Bowl, let's think of what we would do if we did win some bucks.

Where I live we have the "Win for Life." For \$2, you can win \$1,000 a week for life. Seriously. Imagine getting \$4,000 a month, every month, for as long as you live. For doing nothing. Even if our buddies at the IRS took half, that is an extra \$2,000 to play with.

Let's put debts, savings, giving to charity, and all of that Real Life Stuff aside for a moment. This amount isn't quite enough to quit your job, so what does one do with an extra \$2,000 every month?

On my list, you've got these top five splurges:

1. Hire a personal chef or get one of those food delivery services that drop off pre-made yummy meals. I am a horrible cook. Cooking gives me agita. This would be life-changing for me -- and my family.

2. Boots. Mama loves boots. Maybe in a variety of heel heights and colors. Excuse me while I wipe the drool off the keyboard just picturing them in my closet.

3. Five words: iPads for the whole family.

4. I'd get really, really, really nice sheets. I've heard celebs and those ladies on the home shopping networks sing the praises of high-quality, 10,000-count sheets. I'd get enough sets to change them every day (rumor has it Oprah does that).

5. I'd buy a small flat-screen TV for my bathroom. I am not sure why, but watching So You Think You Can Dance from the bathtub sounds appealing. Odd? Perhaps ... but appealing.

What would you do with an extra \$2,000 a month?

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