So far we’ve featured one episode on winning

the lottery that showed us that suddenly becoming

a multi-millionaire can be an absolute curse.

The people we discussed had dreamed of riches,

but in the end it led to their ruin.

Still, we’d like to think that many of you

would go on to live a wonderful life after

collecting your massive check.

You’d sail into the sunset, pockets full

of gold, and never worry about money again.

That’s the dream, and that’s why so many

people play the lottery.

According to a Gallop Poll in 2016, about

half of adult Americans play the state lottery

and many of those were classed as low-income

families or individuals.

In fact, it’s said in all, Americans spend

about $80 billion on state lotteries in a

year, which works out to about $250 a person.

This just shows you how desperate people are

to get their hands on a windfall.

But, you all know the chance of winning the

big prize is low, with the website The Balance

saying in 2018 that the odds of you winning

either the Mega Millions or the Powerball

are about 175 million to one.

Yep, you’ve all heard this before but we’ll

say it again.

You have more chance of being struck by lightning.

CBS news reported that your chance of being

hit by a bolt in any given year is about 1

in 960,000.

Your odds of being struck twice in an entire

lifetime if you live until the average age

are about one in nine million.

This shows how hard it is to get your hands

on the big prize.

If you’re in the USA you have more chance

of being bitten by a shark, being seriously

injured while on an amusement park ride, dying

in an act or terrorism, and much more chance

of being mauled by a tetchy bear.

We think you get the picture.

But what if you had a hack, a system, a way

of lessening those odds?

Is that possible?

And if it was possible, wouldn’t all great

mathematical minds and members of the Mafiosi

have achieved a win?

Welcome to the story of Jerry and Marge Selbee.

This couple were in love in school and they

are still in love now as they enjoy their

Autumn years.

They have lived in a very small town in Michigan

called Evart for many years.

They had six kids and ran a convenience store

and were well-known to the other 1900 inhabitants

of this town.

The American news media told us that Marge

worked magic making sandwiches at the store

while Jerry took care of vice in liquor and

cigarettes.

She was 62 and he was 63 when they decided

they’d had enough and sold the store.

What was their plan?

They said it was just to put their feet up,

relax, catch up on some TV and take it easy.

They hadn’t even taken a day off, or at

least closed the store, in 17 years.

This was a deserved retirement, and they were

certainly not planning on becoming multi-millionaires.

one fine day Jerry noticed a new lottery game

called “Winfall.”

He later told the media that he’d always

been good at math and had in his younger years

gotten a degree in the subject.

When he looked at this game he immediately

had one of those great Eureka moments.

“I read it and by the time I was out here

I knew what the potential migThen ht be,”

he told CBS news in 2019.

The year he made his fateful discovery was

2003.

So, his discovery didn’t come by months

of investigation.

He said he realized after a mere three minutes

or so that there was a loophole in this lottery,

or what he called a “special feature.”

He explained that with a lottery such as the

Mega Millions the prize money goes up when

no one wins the jackpot.

The difference with Winfall was that when

no one took the big prize the jackpot rolled

down, so the people with fewer correct numbers

won.

The prize wasn’t as big of course, but at

least the people who had gotten fewer numbers

correct all got a decent payout.

To you and me, to most people, we might not

see anything special about this.

We certainly might not be thinking that millions

of dollars are coming our way.

But old Jerry was a smart cookie and he immediately

spotted a way to crack this lottery.

We are going to let Jerry explain his system

to you because he can do that clearer than

we can.

This is what he told the American news media:

“Here’s what I said.

I said if I played $1,100 mathematically I’d

have one 4-number winner, that’s 1,000 bucks.

I divided 1,100 by six instead of 57 because

I did a mental quick dirty and I come up with

18.

So I knew I’d have either 18 or 19 3-number

winners and that’s 50 bucks each.

At 18 I got $1,000 for a 4-number winner,

and I got 18 3-number winners worth $50 each,

so that’s 900 bucks.

So I got $1,100 invested and I’ve got a $1,900

return.”

That’s about an 80 percent profit on his

investment.

Now, while his system might sound a little

complicated to some, Jerry said it is actually

very basic arithmetic.

For that reason, his first thought was, hmm,

if I have worked that out then a whole load

of other math-savvy people must have also

figured it out.

But you know what?

They hadn’t.

When the first roll-down was announced he

went out and bought $3,600 worth of tickets.

He got back $6,300.

He then put on another $8,000 and got pretty

much double that amount back.

Jerry must have been laughing all the way

to the bank at this point.

He then told his wife he had been putting

thousands of their retirement savings into

the lottery, adding that there was no risk

because he had cracked it.

She wasn’t even surprised, saying when he

told her it all made perfect sense.

The only thing that really confused Jerry

was why no one else had worked it out.

He just kept doing what he had been doing,

but investing more and more money, so much

so that he started a company called G.S. Investment

Strategies.

In an interview with CBS he showed the journalist

details of every win, pointing out one big

one where he had bet $515,000 and turned it

into $853,000.

He then sold shares in the company to friends

and family and started giving them back massive

returns on their investments.

Most of these people, besides family, were

the other small town inhabitants they had

know for many years.

It was as if money was raining on the town.

Jerry explained to them the math behind it

and they also told the media it made perfect

sense to them.

They all did very well out of it, with one

of Jerry’s friends saying, “It helped

me put three kids through school and one through

law school.

So it was quite beneficial to me.”

By 2005, Jerry had 25 members of his lottery

club, and they were all winners.

Some of those people were police, a factory

manager and a bank manager.

But then Michigan suddenly closed down the

game saying lack of sales was to blame.

It was game over, and we all know that good

things don’t always last…

But then the sun shone again over this little

town.

One of Jerry’s group members told him that

there was a game in Massachusetts that had

quite similar odds.

Jerry told the media, “So I got on the computer.

I looked at the game and once I researched

it, I got back with him and I said, we can

play that game.”

Indeed he could, and he said it only took

him about 10 minutes to find the solution

to guaranteed winning in that game.

The group started throwing cash at Jerry again.

For six whole years Jerry and Marge would

drive 900 miles (1,448km) to Massachusetts

when they saw that there was a rolldown.

They’d walk and drive about all day buying

hundreds of thousands of tickets.

Just doing that took effort and the couple

said it became more like a job, sometimes

working 10 hours a day.

They saved millions of losing tickets just

in case anyone investigated them.

What they were doing was not illegal; they

were just playing the game, but they needed

proof of that.

The couple also said they didn’t mind at

all the long drives and the hard work, only

because it always led to their friends and

family winning.

It was all worth it.

And then in 2011 The Boston Globe seemed to

be on to them.

It had received a tip off that someone or

some people had been buying certain lottery

tickets in an incredibly high volume all at

certain places in Massachusetts.

The funny thing was, the Globe not only figured

out that if you bought enough of these tickets

for that particular game you’d be guaranteed

a win, but the investigator discovered there

were two groups of people doing this.

The reporter saw that one of those syndicates

was the Selbee couple, but their competition

was none other than the Massachusetts Institute

of Technology.

Well, some students there.

Those students, that didn’t have too much

disposable income as is often the case with

those at university, got a few of their friends

to start investing in the scheme.

They actually got enough cash together to

bet millions and over seven years and at the

end they had amassed around $3.5 million in

profits.

When the story broke, the game was closed

down immediately and an investigation happened,

led by the then-state inspector general.

He told the press his team looked hard for

some kind of corruption, some form of scam,

anything illegal, but nothing illegal had

occurred.

“I was dumbfoundely amazed that these math-nerd

geniuses had found a way legally to win a

state lottery and make millions from it,”

he later said.

Over nine years that company the Selbee’s

had founded made around $26 million gross.

Most of the cash they made went on their kids,

grandkids and future great grandkids, but

they also spent some of the cash renovating

their house.

The media reported that their little gang

of winners still hang out together, but these

days it’s mostly when they bet a few dollars

playing poker together.

On those nights Marge is said to cook-up one

of her famous chicken pot pies.

To this day Jerry says the only thing that

really amazes him is that no one else figured

it out, or at least until the MIT students

did.

They couple has warmed the hearts of the American

public as well as impressing the press.

They’ve been called The Lottery Hackers,

been interviewed on 60 Minutes and it seems

that their story might become a Hollywood

movie.

What do you think about this couple?

Do you think the method was as basic as Jerry

said?

If it was, how come no one else figured it

out?

Tell us your answers in the comments.

Also, be sure to check out our other video

Thief Who Hijacked A Plane and Stole A Million

Dollars.

Thanks for watching, and as always, don’t

forget to like, share and subscribe.

See you next time.

If you play the lottery, what was your biggest prize?

Welp time to get back to work.

welp i cant solve a question like this lol so i cant do this: 2x+3=54

It’s a money glitch

Notice how clearly they have never used algebra

Ionx joined the chat

Mr.beast memes:

The only use of math memes:

Ionx left the chat

They have 200 I.Q lol

Yet card counting is illegal

Oh.. that why school teach us about math…

‘…and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology”

Of courseAnd we all hated math until now

Is this right?

M-mental

A-abuse

T-to

H-humans

Fuzzy and nuts guy

Video title: How This Couple Won $26 Million in Lottery Using Math

Whole video: doesn't explain how they won the lottery because that's the whole reason which i clicked on the video was for and it was just repeating how nobody else knew the trick BUT WHAT WAS THE TRICK HOW DID HE CALCULATE HOW TO WIN

Math Is Better Than Luck

my grandpha has been hit by lightning TWO times but he still lives(he is 86)

When I’m old enough for lottery tickets, I’m doing this

these people probs met a leprechaunThis still doesn't make me regret not studying mathematics

Student to teacher: when are we even gonna use maths in our life

Teacher:

1st you cant win if you dont play 2nd some storms are worse then others and lightning can be much worse. 3rd if you hold a lightning rod your odds are increased. Lol

BOOM! Who said Math is useless!

WHIPS OUT MATHS BOOK AND STARTS DOING SUMSMy grandma won 1,000 dollars before

Did the Selby’s strategy work because the specific game they played had low ticket sales? It seems most games see increased ticket sales when a roll down is announced

What information exactly did Shelby need to determine he could tilt the odds in his favor?

The moment he started saying number I was gone

So kids make ur homework

I think I will tell my parents this ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

I did the same thing on elephant hotel on roblox, i go to the casino room and then i played this numbers game where u need to pick a random number then the machine will randomly select 15 or 13 numbers i think, then i played the game and i pick the max numbers of numbers that u can pick, then i invest 150 dollars and then i won 8000 to 15000, Easy Money

Which lottery has the high chance of using this method?

so whats the actual method? the video is titled "how to"

Click bait, thumbs down, unsubscribe

But still winning a lottery would only bring bad luck

sponsered by random math company

stay smart kids

meanwhile me

getting a 3 for math im so smart

This guy vs Stephen Hawkins

Who else got an ad of winners after the ad finished he said winners XD

Can help me calculate the Exact 6 digit from 1 to 49 that will open First Prize on 8 July 2019 ToTo in Singapore?

MrBeast probably made up half of the people who bought lottery tickets

🤓🧐

Please tell me the formula to winning the lottery

I would just pay off all my debt and relax at work

I’m now really super scared of math

Wix is amazing

why would a rich person or financially free person play the lottery

this guy sounds like a Nickelodeon announcer

Not the “struck by lighting” thing, again!

i did the same math and i did not win anything..almost file BK

My biggest prize was 5 out of 6 numbers on the state lottery; $672

All I got is, if you lottery

100 percent your gonna get strucked by lightning

After this googled how to win lottery using machine learning

This is statistics more than multi variable calculus

We spended $20 on a lottery ticket and got $20 dollars back, awkward

Math: the more tickets you play increases the chances of you winning

If people are winning the lottery then the odds for that person led to victory.

They did win 26 million using WIX.

i wanted to know the math….

I dont need to do this math when all I need to know is 2+2 is 4 minus 1 that's 3 quick math's

Bet

Invest

Win

Repeat

That whole struck by lightning number is relative. If all of the population lived where I live, nobody would ever get struck by lightning. Maybe tornado alley has a higher chance…so… I can win this thing.

Me: how I lost 26 million playing the lottery trying to use math

Welp, Guess I'll major on math in the future.

Say wutttt his math is confusing

Robbers: Boys we know where to go!

Story time to the pined comment. When I was younger me and my brother went to the gas station to play some loose change lottery tickets which are now my favorite we scratched up a few and made about $20 from the five dollars that we came with we got more in one more and more and more it got to the point where we had around $52 and everything that we won and we spent around 10 and my brother used it for drugs

Wow y’all really dragged this out to just over 10 minutes

The state lottery shut the game down because they didn't like people scamming them on their scam.

Nice try my math teacher, you will never get me to study

🙁

well, dang. too bad…

I muzt learn zis magik!I Guess math isn't that Useless After all

MrBeast: This is my life

I smell some Asian here

(I’m not trying to be racist, I’m Asian too)

Like what i saw in youtube there 38 # for casino bingo each number cost 100. Bet 30 number so it will Cost you 3000. The winning price is 600.

So basically 30 numbers vs 8 numbers thats a higher chance to win just do it all over so you can win more than your starting money but it is not 100% maybe 80%

921k people will win the lottery next year

Owsht should i listen to my math teacher now?!?!

So where's the math for this

3:59 mattttttthhhhhh noooooooooo

And when you see kids flexing with their parents money.

WERE THEY ASIAN ????????!!!!!!

If I win the lottery tbh I’m just gonna live a modern life, with a modern house and a modern car.

Ha

This is COOL

How to win the lottery using math

13mil+13mil=26 congratulations you won

no more wix

Cant wait for the english one cause i dont do well with math

even if i was reborn, i would have never won the lottery cause i have all Fs in math

I won the lottery 1 time and i got 10 million dollars 🙂

I woke up and found out it was a dream

I am 9 years old

This couple way more smart at math then me

My neighbor got struck by lightning while in his car so when does he get his $1M check

Something is wrong with this story. They should have ended up being the richest couple in the world.

I VOTE JERRY FOR PRESIDENT 2020!!!!

Nerd

You have a better chance of dying on the way to get your lottery ticket than winning it in the first place

Not a smart cookie a smart he’s a smart muffin

If i won a million id get into a franchise business.

The actual video started 3 minutes in 🙂

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What a happy life.

"But ol' Jerry was a smart cookie!"

my favourite line

I hate Math