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>> i give money that will die for an hat you've done is ridiculous. >> he is going to kick your -- lottery madness had us allow the real winners tell all on an all new "20/20." >> and now abc's "20/20."i want to be a billionaire." >> where were you when you heard the news? when you hear that shot and it's all abouthat you didn't win. >> wow. wow, wow, wow. >> left with a lottery hangover? don't feel bad because sometimest you everything. when the vultures swoop in. >> it's literally the equivalent of throwing blood or chum in theunch of sharks. >> be careful what you wish for. >> you ended up in his house
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then he ended up dead in your if you're still game to play -- >> next. >> -- the pros weigh in, secrets from all-stars who have won t. what did they know that you don't. >> one quote is richard lustig is a get richre you going to listen to them? >> drive in style. >> or listen to me who's won seven times. >> what about the mystics who say winning numbers areead literally. >> you thought you'd win. >> i knew i would wing. >> she meditated her way to $112 million. handbags, didn't visualize how to save it and before you dive into the deep end of the pool -- >> i have brought with me $3,30. we are buying15 tickets. whoa! that's insane. >> our "20/20" cameras are there.
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just for the office night, the stories not over, it's just getting started. ways to improve your odds for that winning streak. >> you've got numbers talking to you, get to the store and buy your ticket. >> all: powerball. vargas. >> and i'm david muir. theor it, a sudden wealth event. >> very. >> if anything qualifies it's this week's powerball frenzy, the jackpot, $1.6 gest in history. tickets. >> and if you didn't win, there might be one silver lining. because of what often comes with winning, big money, bigms. but first matt gutman with what we've just learned about all the winners. >> reporter: nashville, as music city, but tonight they've got money on their minds. it was here that john and lisa munford,
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dog abby, came forward to claim one whopper of a check. ttle piece of the pie.that we got the big piece of the pie. >> reporter: even with that plentiful helping, they both say they're keeping their jobs. lisa at a doctor's office, and john as an engineer. e all our lives is work. you just can't sit down and lay down and not do nothing anymore. i going to last? >> reporter: with one lotto mystery solved, the search continues for the other two luckiest people in this, their lives are about to change forever, but not necessarily in the ways they might imagine. after sandra hayes split million prize with 12 co-workers and which lotto jackpot no one tells you about.
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>> i had people coming up to my job, sending fax my doorbell would ring, and it was people i don't know, so i had got to the point where i wasn't opening the door. >> winnersget out there and their names are released, it's literally the equivalent of throwing blood or chum in the water to a bunch of sharks. and everybody devours these folks. to chicago lawyer andrew stoltmann, 75% of lottery winners go broke thanks to shady financial planners looking to line their own pockets. >> recommending a more speculative investment, a vestment can pay a financial advisor 10 to 15 times more than, for example, recommending a government bond. >> reporter: stoltmann has represented what he calls six "lotto losers."when it came to investing, they put their jackpots in all the wrong places
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like what happened roughly 1,000 miles away in sunny florida.ey started doing a lottery in florida, all of us who had lived here our whole lives knew it was going to be just a recipe for disaster for some people. hiassen wrote a novel called "lucky you" about a florida lottery winner who winds up dead. but a few years later this womaniction into reality. on, a finance book. self-proclaimed financial planner who showed up on the doorstep of an unsuspecting $30 million winner named abraham shakespeare. >> he kepth all his financing and that's when he had asked me to help him out. >> reporter: shakespeare had been deluged with family and r money. for example, he gave a $63,000 loan to his friend greg smith, a local barber. >>ife of drama.
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shakepseare she could help him with what was left of his winnings. but shortly after dee dee arrived, abe vanished.eemed to think that, you know, abe has come to a bad way, but nobody had any evidence. >> reporter: the copsdee dee. >> do you get tired of people asking you for money all the timeo for an answer. >> reporter: but moore produced this video she did with shakespeare claiming he had been planning to skip town, an easy way to escape all those vultures. >> are you going to miss your yeah, i'm gonna miss it, but life goes on. >> yes, but life goes on. >> reporter: detective dave wallace wasn't buying it. fishy, but it seemed like you didn't have enough evidence. >> correct. >> reporter: so he enlists shakespeare's friend, barber greg smith. >> i just told them i'll see what i can do. >> so i think is come up with a -- >> reporter: what he did was record hour after hour of conversations with dee dee moore
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james bond >> but an extremely delicate microphone, as well. >> that's brilliant. ore catch can. >> reporter: he devised this "catch can" himself, a recording device inside a red bull can. >> i worked undercoverfor eight years and i wouldn't have come up with it. >> reporter: dee dee trusted smith because she had a deal with him, help her avoid the heat, and she'd help him avoid e. >> i'm so deep in this [ bleep ] now, if you go down, i go down right now. ht. >> doing this type of [ bleep ] -- >> i got to find abraham. i just need time. >> reporter: she reveals a lon tape. but there's still no body, crucial to prove murder. that's exactly why in another rities exhumed a man named urooj khan. >> we want to get to the bottom of it. you know, and the thing is after he won the lottery and the next
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passes away, it's very awkward. it raises some eyebrows. >> reporter: sure enough, blood analysis revealed cyanide. >> it's almost that people are going to read this story and look at it like it's "murder she wrote." crime reporter jeremy gorner says the case became a sensation. the death was ruled a homicide, but no one was ever arrested. family used the last few months trying to find out suspected his wife. she denied it. and there was never enough evidence to prove anything. the case remains unsolved.reg smith's undercover sleuthing was about to help close the abe shakespeare case. dee dee finally reveals she knows where the body is. it's on her property. is, it's kind of out in the open. >> reporter: the police move in, digging right where dee dee instructed greg. they find shakespeare under a concrete slab.ots from a .38 later traced to
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>> state of florida versus ce donegan moore. >> reporter: the supposed financial planner cries copiously at the trial but never takes the stand. greg smith's undercover tapes, the jury convicts her after only three hours of deliberation. >> the defendant is guilty of first degree murder. and so -- >> i'm not nervous. i never get nervous. >> reporter: in an exclusive jailhouse interview ar an apology for her role in this shakespearean tragedy? hardly. this shrew had not been tamed. did you murder abraham shakespeare? >> absolutely not. >> did you bury him in your backyard? >> absolutely not. >> because -- >> a man is dead, he was clearly murdered, and you're laughing. >> yeah, because i find it entertaining that people are there's so many things that prove my innocence. >> you ended up in his house with all the rest of his money.on your
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you don't find any of that unusual or odd?t, considering the people he hung around. >> reporter: she says shakespeare was killed by a drug dealer who threatened her to cover it all up. these papers are from witnesses who can corroborate her story, but they seem as worthless as losing powerball slips.'t exist, and that certainly looks like your handwriting. >> what do you mean? >> that looks like your t you said were witnesses' notes looks like your handwriting. i don't think these witnesses exist. >> reporter: moore leaves our interview to continue serving hile abe shakespeare lies in a simple resting place. a stark reminder that even when lotterytrue, they can end up a nightmare.
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will manifest, and it does. >> reporter: and stafford says she says she visualized the exact amount of money she would win.on. what's the significance of a you saw that number prior to winning that number. >> i like the number 11er, so that's pretty much it. and then just chose the two.consolidate the number, match my birthday. doing. >> reporter: ah, that birthday thing, a crucial factor for numerlogist glynis numbers? they're numbers that are connected to your birthday. and if you look at the people who win the lottery, so often they tell you, "you know, i played my birth numbers," or, "i s," that to me that's not an accident, 'cause numbers that are around you are considered lucky. >> i don't think that your birthday has any effect on your chances of winning the lottery robably visualize the esteem math
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were a winner? >> that night. >> you weren't surprised? >> no, because win. you can't be surprised if you know something is going to happen, you know. >> my advice to everyone listening, if you've got numbers that are talking to you, get to ticket. and visualize. sure. you have to believe it's possible for it to happen. cynthia believed it to her core.fford said she's donated more than a million dollars to charities but she also splurged.ny thousands of dollars of handbags are we looking at? >> about 200,000. >> $200,000 in handbags? >> yeah. gave us a tour of her house that she also wishized owning. >> i remember when i saw it, i thought to myself be my house. >> reporter: it's decorated in lottery winner chic decorated
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money?>> reporter: and says he's scheduled to start shooting a wrestilicious reality show in march. >> you can't just, you know, splurge all at once. i didn't want to be one of those you get, gain the money and this wealth and then lose it all. >> reporter: but if cynthia staf-term financial stability, the universe hasn't delivered. sadly on january 6th, stafford filed for bankruptcy.she told us she made some bad investments and lost money in the stock market. we talked about in her life. >> wow. wow, wow, wow. does this ultimately mt they're out? like, they're broke? >> reporter: well it might raise some questions about any mystical approach to the ts says don't stop believing. >> right there. there's a winner.
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ouncer: "20/20" continues with elizabeth vargas and the pros. >> it's easy to overlook. dusty rundown town of bishop, texas, population 3,000.he luckiest places on earth, at least for one lottery winner who bought four winning tickets is now boarded up mini mart. her total wins? more than $22 million. >> there are people who have won people who have beaten the odds repeatedly like that. >> reporter: the odds? 1 in 18 septillion.opping 24 zeros after it.illion is about the number of raindrops that have ever fallen in the history of
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>> reporter: and who is the odds defying winner? a mysterious multimillionare named joan ginther with such a low profile that this photo is all we could find. >> reporter: nobody even knows what she looks like. it's like she's a unicorn. >> reporter: she grew up in dents say she would return twice a year staying at bishop's only motel, just steps from the times market, sometimes for months at a time.ot of tickets all the time. she'd buy the whole roll. >> her passion was scratchoffs. tip so everyone was excited. >> luck just followed her. >> reporter: well, it certainly raised a lot of eyebrows. >> reporter: journalist peter mucha was intrigued enoughover lottery records, for a series for what he found was not lady luck, but a lady who seemed to know exactly what she was doing. buying massive quantities of kets from the tiny store. >> if you buy a hell of a lot of
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more and if you keep ordering you'll have all these tickets coming to the same place.ling so many tickets to one place, increasing the chance the winning one would end up there. there was a week in 2009, when the lottery sent 20% of all the tickets in texas to the times market in bishop.cratch-off game and ginther won. >> reporter: she was leveraging her odds. >> reporter: even though there's no evidence that what joan ginther did is criminal, she's made herself impossible to , neighbors, and -- >> i'm hoping to speak to someone named joan ginther. >> reporter: even her formere, that would be stanford university where she just so happens to have a ph.d. in none other than mathematics. coincidence? probably not.arting the lottery, it helps to be a math genius. >> we're counting cards, woo's not gambling. >> reporter: you may have heard of the mit students who leared in the movie "21." you may not have heard of
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noticed a quirk in a massachusetts lottery game named cash winfall. match six random numbers and win the jackpot. and if the jackpot got to $2 million and nobody won, it or split between anyone who matched just three, four or five numbers. harvey realized he was virtually guaranteed a profit if he boughtnd typed it perfectly to the roll-down so harvey along with a ought a massive amount. >> they bought 700,000 tickets. it cost them $1.4 million. they worked with fournvenience stores. the stores would stay open all night. this went on for seven years and they did this full time. >> th. >> eventually they made a total of more than $3.5 million profit
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>> reporter: $3.5>> $3.5 million. >> reporter: until finally "the ote an expose and gregory sullivan, the former inspector general, was asked to investigate. do you think it was cheating? >> whenigated it, they found that it was legal. >> reporter: we rolled the dice and asked the mit gang for an s were off. but not all repeat lottery winners are quite so elusive. richard lustig says he knows how to game the games and he'll tell anybody who wants to listen. >> increase your chances of and larger amounts of money. luck has nothing to do with it. it's not something by chance. >> reporter: you have won the lottery many times. >> i've won seven lottery game grand prizes. no one in that. grand prize win number seven. and that was 98,900 and change. almost $99,000.made over a million in the florida lottery
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ranging from $10,000 to more what did you buy with your winnings? >> i bought a jag. >> a jaguar. >> yeah, drive in style. i bought a harley. i bought my son his what is he driving? a beamer. my wife and i have gone on dozenseporter: lustig says he relies not on luck but on a method he touts in a book aptly titled "learn how to increase your chances of winning the lottery." so what's your method? >> it's a lot of do. >> reporter: one tip, he says when you pick your numbers, don't just use dates. >> most pick niversaries so all the numbers they play are going to be between 1 and 31. so what you're doing is you're actually of winning. >> reporter: also, if you lose don't throw out your ticket.nd chance drawings that offer big and he says, don't rely on for you.
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>> reporter: why?to win something if you pick your own. >> reporter: but most lottery experts disagree. we asked aaron abrams, a math and lee university. >> quick picks produce randomly chosen numbers. and those numbers should be no ny other numbers. >> reporter: and what about lustig's advice to avoid using dates? >> if you want to avoid sharing a jackpot, you're better off numbers than 31. but choosing large numbers will not affect your chances of winning. >> a lot of people say your method is bizarre.ichard lustig is a get-rich-quick hack with no idea at all how to beat any lottery." how do you respond to that? >> time, are you gonna listen to them or are you gonna listen to me, who's won seven times? >> reporter: maybe you're just really, really lucky. >> oh, come on.hat, how can anybody seriously believe that i won seven times just because i'm lucky?played
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for more than 20 years, which begs the question.ou think you've spent on lottery tickets? >> i have no way of knowing. i never kept track. >> reporter: are you breaking even? are you sure you've made money? >> i'm ahead. i'm ahead. >> reporter: how far ahead?r ahead. believe me. >> reporter: why are you sure you are then? >> because i'm nott. i'm doing something that no one has ever done before. >> that's billion with a "b." >> reporter: then how come you haven't won the big lottery? >> i hope you have your tickets. good luck. >> it just yet, i guess. >> announcer: next, what do a hoodie and a hot dog have to do with a scandal at the veryson in the video is buying hot dogs and he's not a hot dog guy. >> the scammer when we come back. ed car? say, show me millions of used cars for sale at the all-new where now you can search with the power of carfax .e cars with no accidents reported!" boom.
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lottery hangover continues on "20/20" with nick watt.>> reporter: just before christmas, 2010. a burly man walks into an iowa gas station. he buys two items. a hot dog. >> $3.17. ticket. what turns out to be a $16.5 million dollar winning lottery ticket. >> a des moines the winning ticket but the winner hasn't come forward just yet. >> reporter: that winning "hot lotto" ticket goes unclaimed. >> someone has the ticket. to give away the money. >> reporter: almost a year goes by and in iowa you've only got a year to claim your winnings. nothing. no one. not a peep. >> and everybody was anxiously ut who won. >> was it somebody who'd had the ticket stolen from them? had somebody maybe been killed
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trying to hide money from his wife that he was divorcing. >> reporter: $16.5 mill just ank then -- >> ladies and gentleman, we have the winning ticket. >> reporter: a canadian lawyer claims he's the winner. he has all the right info except -- >> he he'd been in des moines on a business trip and wearing a suit and tie had gone to the convenience storeickets. >> reporter: no hot dog? no hoodie? >> that rules him out. well, at least it indicated that he was fibbing. >> reporter: then a new york lawyer steps forward to say he represents a foreign corporation yup, belize that apparently owns the winning ticket, but he won't name that man who bought the ticket. so no payout.. terry rich sounds deflated. >> we don't have the person nor all of the background informticket. >> reporter: then with less than two hours left on the countdown clock, both claims are sensationally withdrawn.
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experienced in the last --e the lottery began 26-years ago. >> reporter: deflated and now suspicious, terry rich launches an investigation. so this was a hot lotto whodunit? >> yeah, exactly.umber of conspiracy theories. >> reporter: the man under the hood is finally unmasked, d. >> a mystery puzzling iowans for five years has been solved.d tipton age 51, of norwalk has been arrested and charged with two counts of fraud. >> reporter: mr. tipton is the cyber security boss at the multi-state lottery association, which controls hot lotto and ntry. here's tipton after his alleged jiggery-pokery waxing to a cbs ilure of computer users to take security precautions. >> it's an afterthought. security has always been an happens, it's too late, the cat's out of the bag. >> reporter: cyber is key here since unlike powerball there are no balls used in the hot lotto
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out by a highly secured computer that mr. tipton has access to. numbers in the computer, then goes to the gas station in disguise, armed with the numbers, manually that guaranteed winning ticket. doug jacobson is a cyber-security guru. >> so let's say i anted to rig the lottery. and i wanted to win -- o it, doug. don't do it. >> i won't. >> reporter: but he could. a so-called ' root kit,' on a simple usb stick could infect the computer's operating system, enabling someone to secretly om lottery numbers. how long would it take to do that? >> you could conceivably play a minute or two. >> reporter: get what you want, remove it, not a trace. >> yup, yup. oversaw the investigation for two years. >> it defies all possibly odds that he happened to just in sguise purchase
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happened to also be the director of the company that generated the winning ticket. coincidence to constitute evidence as far as i'm concerned. >> reporter: charges and a trial. is that tipton in the now infamous video? tipton's sister takes the stand. >> i've never seen him wear a hooded jacket. never has he had a beard. >> reporter: we beg to differ, ddie with a fulsome goatee. then it's little brother tommy tipton's turn on the stand.ideo is also buying hot dogs. eddie's not a hot dog guy. he's a -- he's go to the-box and gets a big meal kind of guy. i've never ever seen him buy hot dogs at a convenience store. >> reporter: then tipton's old college buddy speaks.ike eddie. the mannerisms are just like eddie. so, as a disinterested third , that's
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not very helpful friends and family, but is that enough? >> so far, there's really been exactly how he did it. >> reporter: at trial, the jurors didn't hear from eddie. >> and we the jury find the defendant edward tip ton guilty of fraud as in count one. >> reporter: sentenced, just this past september, to 10-years in prison. that's unlucky. he is appealing. >> it is frustrating because cases in court should be tried on actual evidence from the and and not leaps of logic and that sort of thing. >> reporter: but, wait, there's more. >> experience has taught us that just one fraud. >> reporter: there's an earlier
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half a mill paid outer '05 to eddie's brother.nd a buddy by the name of robert rhodes. >> yeah. lifelong friends, college rio, enjoy chasing big foot. and it seems, lottery jackpots. cell phone records it was discovered that they were in contact with each other almost every day. >> you couldn't write a movie script this rich with twists and turns. >> reporter: in fact, investigators say they've already identified a total of si the country and expanded their search to 34 states. >> when you see one cockroach there's 100 more that you don't see. >> hi, i'm looking for mr. rhodes, ter: mr. rhodes not eager to talk when our eager to talk when our affiliate ktrk came calling this week. >> thank you. >> might just all be very >> it's reasonable to draw the conclusion that it wasn't merely a coincidence. >> covering this trial, did it make you play the ticket twice in the last few
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how could you not at that level? >> reporter: $1.5 billion. i wonder if eddie ist. >> announcer: next, we're taking you into the deep end of. >> i put it on facebook and they started showing up at my door with money. >> whether you're chipping in for the lottery on your block or you gave at the office, how to bit by sharks. >> joey, pay up, my friend. >> when lottery hangover
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>> announcer: deborah roberts wades into the pool.
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south of where one of those winn game day. oh, yeah. we were there capturing the scene during this week's jackpot drawing. >> $1.6 reporter: ft. lauderdale, florida, where these co-workers stayed out late confident their numbers would be called. anfore. >> all: powerball. >> reporter: nearly three years ago laurie finkelstein of her real-estate team each chipped in $20 and started an office powerball pool. >> we originally thought we won 0,000 or $150,000. me and he said, you know what? dollars. when you got the text or the call? >> there was 180 texts and therels. so i called her, and i was like, what happened? is everybody okay? and she's like, you won. i'm like, stop lying to me. >> and there it is. >> reporter: they matched five
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dollars. about $83,000. after taxes, what, about $60,000 each? >> i did the realtor thing. i went and bought a house and put impact windows in do with the money? >> honestly, i blew it. [ laughter ] >> reporter: did you have a good time at least? >> i had a great time.a lucky dozen! a nice payday for all but one, je 13th worker. who chose not to join the pool. >> we love you, jen.ou know, we should really cut our co-worker in, and i don't think it was a full 60 seconds, every single person said, let's do it, let's do it, let's do it.redibly laurie and her team graciously offered jennifer a cut of the winnings, even though she'd a month. >> well, that was very emotional. who gives money to new people who you just met, you know? >> reporter: sadly, happy as rare
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big money is at stake. take the case of the california hospital workers dubbed "the lucky seven."nners were barely pouring champagne celebrating their $315 million problems began. with their newfound freedom, one co-worker split the money with a spouse and promptly got divorced. on took up pig farming. none anticipated getting sued for a share of the loot, but it happened. >> that caught us all off guard.n our office, it was a standing joke, "okay. who sued the lucky seven today?" because people kept coming out of the woodwork. judge that he was part of the pool, even though he was off the day they purchased the ticket. the judge didn't buy it.y of us dive in to the deep end of these risky jackpot.
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we need to get going and buy tickets. >> r odds is exactly what billie karger, an accounts payable clerk of ft. worth, texas, thought she'd do. >> i dey're just right in here. just, oh, $3,000 of tickets. >> reporter: it's hours before wednesday's billion dollar drawing and we were with billie ds to a brand-new gas station. >> i don't see a line. somebody's gotta win eventually. let it be us.vy-handed, all right. entrusted with more than three grand, not from her her office pool. >> my heart is like r: she's run g ning a neighborhood pool. >> i have brought with me $3,030 that's collected from my neighborhood. we are buying 1,515 tickets. whoa. insane. >> reporter: 280 people in her ith more cattle than cowboys ponied up at
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>> good luck to us. >> bye. >> bye.k and they started showing up at my door with money. >> hey, how are you doing? >> there was a part of me that was afraid if i don't join i would be the only one left in sendera ranch while everybody else moves away. if everybody around here won together? >> reporter: but the motto in this texas town should be "in billie we trust." 1,515 tickets she bought is accounted for, entered on her own personal spread sheet and locked away in a gun safe.say is the first of a series of crucial tips when joining any kind of pool, electing a trustworthy, ized leader, which brings us back to ft. lauderdale and laurie finkelstein reader's realty cthe powerball leader, and you need to have one. >> reporter: where just hours before the powerball drawing shehe last
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>> joey. joey. >> what? >> pay up, my friend. let's go. you're the last person. put up that nd. >> 40, 50, 75. >> you got it. give me a hug. >> reporter: no offense,st her when she's going to buy these tickets? >> absolutely. yes. and we know where she lives! >> reporter: you know where she lives.already tackled tip number two. sign a contract. >> we also have everybody sign something agreeing that when we win, we will automatically he top. >> reporter: i like the way you say when we win as opposed to if we win. >> exactly! >> reporter: and they may want to add a clause with the experts third tip, no buyinghe pool. okay, honestly. moment of honesty. has anybody bought tickets outside the office pool? >> of course. >> of course.r: okay, so what if you were to win outside the office pool? >> oh, i love this. >> me too. >> they still would all get somewhat of a cut of the money.hat of a cut?
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pools -- >> here it is! we have to go to work >> no! >> reporter: they ran dry. >> we all have to go to work, but you know what? i enjoyed it. we enjoyed it. >> reporter: and though they time around in florida, these buoyant brokers say they have no lotto hangover. they vow to be back.eems like part of the fun is just dreaming. >> it is. it is. >> if you don't have big dreams, how do you know if you're gonna -- can ever reach them? >> you need to dream so big that it's untouchable. [ cheers and applause ] >> if you've ever joined an office pool let us know the steps you took ahead of time to make sure everyone stays friends afterwards.
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