I run my life on checklists. Every day I have about 20 items I need to do daily for my business.
If I forget one point on the list, my effectiveness drops. Maybe I'll miss an essential part for my customers.
For example, I have 7 items to cover writing and posting this blog post. Now, I've done it for so many years that I should know the procedure off by heart.
But if I get interrupted in any way and come back a few hours later, with the checklist I know exactly where I left off in the process.
You can use a similar checklist for winning the lottery. Here's a list of items you need to check off before, during and after you start playing:
[ ] Have you written a "Win List" of the things you want to buy with your prize?
[ ] Have you visited your local lotto organization so you know where to collect your main prize?
[ ]Have you made a list of charities you'll give to when you win over $500,000?
[ ] Have you looked at the showrooms for a new car to replace your old one?
[ ] Have you checked the real estate pages for your next home?
[ ] Have you looked at the local marina to see where you'll berth your new cruise boat?
[ ] Have you selected a needy family for your anonymous donation?
[ ] Have you kept your dreams alive by reviewing your Win List each day?
[ ] Do you have positive reminders like pictures of cars and houses around you?
Getting Ticket Money
Here's a list of ways you can get extra cash to pay for more tickets without spending the housekeeping:
- Stop drinking (you know, the alcohol stuff).
- Stop eating out, cook at home.
- Stop buying coffee, take Starbucks off your list.
- Stop buying lunch, brownbag it.
- Stop grocery shopping without a list.
- Stop buying brand products, generics are fine.
- Stop buying anything anymore, that means clothes too.
- Stop buying books and magazines.
- Stop buying bottled water, fill your own.
- Stop driving, go by rail, bus.
- Stop smoking, nuff said.
- Stop buying bargains.
- Stop any hobby which costs money.
[ ] Are your tickets in a pouch or folder so they are protected?
[ ] Have you double checked to see that you have entered all the numbers correctly
[ ] Do you have the right number of tickets?
[ ] Have you have left enough time to play before the game's deadline?
[ ] If you are a member of a private syndicate, do you have rules of play and ownership clearly agreed?
[ ] Does your game have the smallest number of balls and numbers?
[ ] Are you avoiding the 7 (bonus) ball games?
[ ] Are you playing one or more times a week?
[ ] Are you buying more than $10-$20 worth of tickets each time?
[ ] Are you playing one type of game each time?
[ ] Are you playing an off-peak game with fewer players so you get a bigger share of any win?
[ ] Are you using the same Profiles each time you play and not changing them?
[ ] Are you buying tickets early in the week (to make sure you don't miss out, and to give yourself more anticipation)?
[ ] Are you going to your local lotto shop at the same time each week?
[ ] Are you using real money to play - not just paper-playing off the results?
[ ] Did you get your tickets checked by the retailer?
[ ] Did you get your tickets back from the retailer?
[ ] Have you written your name on your winning tickets?
[ ] Have you kept your winning tickets in a safe place?
Before You Claim Your Prize
[ ] Have you made paper copies of your winning tickets?
[ ] Have you made a digital copy of your winning tickets?
[ ] Have you put your tickets in a safe or bank deposit box?
[ ] Have you not told anyone about your win?
[ ] Have you contacted a tax attorney?
[ ] Have you contacted a family planning attorney?
[ ] Have you seen a licensed accountant?
[ ] Have you changed your address, at least temporarily?
[ ] Have you changed your phones to unlisted numbers?
[ ] Have you ordered a private box for your mail?
Claiming Your Prize
[ ] Will you get your lottery winnings as a lump-sum?
[ ] Or will you choose the annual payment spread out over 20 to 30 years?
After Claiming Your Prize
[ ] Are you using the professionals you contacted?
[ ] Have you paid off all existing debt?
[ ] Do you have a 6 month's emergency fund?
[ ] Have you put aside a percentage of your winnings to a retirement account?
[ ] Will you set up a College Fund for your kids?
[ ] Have you given to those less fortunate?