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Has Todd won the Lottery?

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Posted: October 3, 2012, 1:27 pm - IP Logged

Interesting theory.  No, I have not won the lottery.

This site and USA Mega (and some others) were founded and created by me starting in 1999 (13 years ago), opening in 2000.  I created them at night, while during the day I worked as a technology consultant.

I decided to create the web sites because at the time there was very little reliable information on the Internet about lotteries.  The use of technology on the sites that did exist was very poor, and much of what existed was "scammy".  (Sadly, I guess not much has changed in that department.)

I had no previous knowledge how to do this kind of thing, no advice from anyone, and there was nothing out there to copy or model anything on.  I basically dreamed up in my head how it should work and how people would use it.

You have to be very driven and self-motivated over a very long stretch of time to make something like this happen.  Everyone has seen a multitude of web sites get started and disappear over the years.  That's because most people look at sites like Lottery Post and not realize the magnatude of effort over the course of many years that goes into it.  It becomes overwhelming -- unless you are expecting it and you WANT to take on the huge effort for the long stretch.

The other thing that becomes necessary is developing a thick skin to the constant barrage of negativity that comes your way.  You realize that no matter how hard you try to please people, there will always be a certain group of people that basically say "you suck", or people that write nice things to you and then talk trash behind your back, or people who hate every single time you make any changes.  You learn to separate "pure negativity" from actual useful negative feedback, and you learn to greatly appreciate when people take a moment from their day to share some kind words, just because the site has helped them in some way.

As someone earlier had mentioned, in 2007 I put together a brief history of Lottery Post including some screen captures showing the progress.  It is available here.  (You can also find it by clicking my name and then selecting "See Todd's shared favorites" in the popup menu; it is under Favorite Blog Entries.)

But that was done in 2007, and in the 5 years since that point the site has changed a great deal more -- so much that the last snapshot in that article is not very recognizable.

Technology has changed greatly since 1999, and the way people use the Internet has also changed with more people using mobile devices and tablets to browse the Web.  So Lottery Post will indeed continue changing and adapting.

With regard to the initial question "Has Todd won the Lottery?":  not only did I NOT win the lottery, but unfortunately since I started I have a lot less opportunity to even play the lottery.  I guess that may be another reason why many who start lottery sites don't last very long.  It takes so much time to do this stuff that you basically sacrifice your own ability to participate in a meaningful way.

I hope this answers the questions raised here.  I very much appreciate the nice comments made by some!

IMAGINATION CREATES OUR REALITY.

WE CAN USE OUR IMAGINATION TO CREATE A BETTER WORLD FOR ALL.

"I had no previous knowledge how to do this kind of thing, no advice from anyone, and there was nothing out there to copy or model anything on.  I basically dreamed up in my head how it should work and how people would use it." By TODD AKA DARTH VADER.

Thank You TODD AKA DARTH VADER.

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PLAY THE LOTTERY SOMEDAY-IT IS OKAY TO DREAM!

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    Posted: October 3, 2012, 2:11 pm - IP Logged

    Interesting theory.  No, I have not won the lottery.

    This site and USA Mega (and some others) were founded and created by me starting in 1999 (13 years ago), opening in 2000.  I created them at night, while during the day I worked as a technology consultant.

    I decided to create the web sites because at the time there was very little reliable information on the Internet about lotteries.  The use of technology on the sites that did exist was very poor, and much of what existed was "scammy".  (Sadly, I guess not much has changed in that department.)

    I had no previous knowledge how to do this kind of thing, no advice from anyone, and there was nothing out there to copy or model anything on.  I basically dreamed up in my head how it should work and how people would use it.

    You have to be very driven and self-motivated over a very long stretch of time to make something like this happen.  Everyone has seen a multitude of web sites get started and disappear over the years.  That's because most people look at sites like Lottery Post and not realize the magnatude of effort over the course of many years that goes into it.  It becomes overwhelming -- unless you are expecting it and you WANT to take on the huge effort for the long stretch.

    The other thing that becomes necessary is developing a thick skin to the constant barrage of negativity that comes your way.  You realize that no matter how hard you try to please people, there will always be a certain group of people that basically say "you suck", or people that write nice things to you and then talk trash behind your back, or people who hate every single time you make any changes.  You learn to separate "pure negativity" from actual useful negative feedback, and you learn to greatly appreciate when people take a moment from their day to share some kind words, just because the site has helped them in some way.

    As someone earlier had mentioned, in 2007 I put together a brief history of Lottery Post including some screen captures showing the progress.  It is available here.  (You can also find it by clicking my name and then selecting "See Todd's shared favorites" in the popup menu; it is under Favorite Blog Entries.)

    But that was done in 2007, and in the 5 years since that point the site has changed a great deal more -- so much that the last snapshot in that article is not very recognizable.

    Technology has changed greatly since 1999, and the way people use the Internet has also changed with more people using mobile devices and tablets to browse the Web.  So Lottery Post will indeed continue changing and adapting.

    With regard to the initial question "Has Todd won the Lottery?":  not only did I NOT win the lottery, but unfortunately since I started I have a lot less opportunity to even play the lottery.  I guess that may be another reason why many who start lottery sites don't last very long.  It takes so much time to do this stuff that you basically sacrifice your own ability to participate in a meaningful way.

    I hope this answers the questions raised here.  I very much appreciate the nice comments made by some!

    It was all in good humor, but it goes without saying, you are doing an awesome job!

     

    Thanks for all that you do.

     

    Prize winning journalists would come out of retirement competing to interview you should ever find yourself in Lady Luck's Hall of Fame. What a story that would be!

    "Everything works  ONCE!"

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      Posted: October 3, 2012, 5:30 pm - IP Logged

      Buying a "season pass" is good for casual players who don't have a system and/or wheels they are playing.  Not really good for a serious player.  A knowledgeable gambler would not wager and play the same way every time.

      Apparently hearsetrax found your comment absolutely hilarious, but I'm having trouble seeing it.  Maybe because I'm taking this topic seriously?

      Todd made me feel good about always taking the time to choose my own numbers...even if I typically only buy one PB and MM ticket (and a couple of others on occasion like Decades of Dollars). Sometimes it is a pain to take a break at work and run out and get my tickets based on new numbers I pick each time (I study for patterns and/or try a few other mixed strategies). I just don't find QPs as much fun.

      J'aime La France.