These essential tips will improve your lottery wins. And #5 is the most important

These essential tips will improve your lottery wins. And #5 is the most important

Even a modest $1 million lottery prize can change your life, as Bruce Magistro will find out with his $1M New York Win For Life lottery win. He is seen here with announcer Yolanda Vega.

Whether the prize is just $1 million or $1.6 billion, there are many ways to improve your chances of winning. Use these 5 tips to get your game moving along with more wins:

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17 Strange Superstitions That People Use When They Play The Lottery

17 Strange Superstitions That People Use When They Play The Lottery

Isabel Zelaya of New York won $26 million dollars from the Mega Millions lotto drawing on "unlucky" Friday the 13th.

Actors, horse racers and sports players use superstitions to enhance their skills and win more often. But lottery plays by a different set of rules … more luck and systems than unusual beliefs and habits. Here’s a selection of age-old superstitions that a lot of people still think work:

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POWER PLAYING: The Secret For Maximising Your Lottery Winning Chances

POWER PLAYING: The Secret For Maximising Your Lottery Winning Chances

New York Lottery winner Maria Sanders (center) hid her winning ticket under her mattress until she collected her $1 million check. Photo: Craig Ruttle

The Silver Lotto PRO has been getting some rave results lately. But despite all my past posts about not testing your tickets but buying for real - someone else hasn't figured it out and is over $20 grand worse off:

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ODDITY: Fortune Cookie Numbers Win Powerball For 199 Lucky Players At Once

ODDITY: Fortune Cookie Numbers Win Powerball For 199 Lucky Players At Once

The Wonton factory (top left) where the lucky fortune cookies were made.

How's this for luck? A fortune cookie message fluked the correct numbers to a Powerball game, and 110 second-prize winners got $176,000 each. A further 89 players won $100,000 each in the same game.

Lottery officials suspected foul play. But it turned out that the cookies…

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RICH IS: Paying $295 For The World's Most Expensive Burger

This is the world's most expensive hamburger - but there's a unique twist. Chefs at Serendipity 3 in New York City will make you their Le Burger Extravagant with wagyu beef, cave-aged cheddar, black truffles, caviar, a gold toothpick, and more.

And the best part? Profits from the sale of each burger will be donated to the Bowery Mission, "serving homeless and hungry New Yorkers since 1879."

Local Elmira Man Reveals Shocking Insult When He Scratches New York Lottery Ticket

A WETM reporter in Elmira shows the offensive New York Lottery's ticket. VIDEO: WETM

Could you be insulted by a lottery ticket? Unlikely... they're just a collection of non-threatening numbers.

But two players discovered that the unfortunate choice of words on a New York Lottery scratch card looked like a direct insult when the ticket was scratched off.

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