With the Powerball jackpot at over 400 million, I decided to seek out advice on how to win playing the lottery.  Heck, I'll even be willing to win a half a million.  ABC News recently talked with seven time lottery winner Richard Lustig, who has pocketed more than $1 million from his lottery winnings.

Here are Richard's five tips for buying a lucky lottery ticket:

1. Pick your own numbers.  I always heard it didn't matter but according to Richard, pick your own.

2. Do your homework.  Before you choose your own numbers, research online to make sure the set or sets of numbers you play have never come up before.

3. Stick with your strategy.
Learn which numbers to play and how often to play. Commit to your numbers and stick to it.

4. Avoid lottery fever.
When the lottery jackpots get so high they make the news, people get lottery fever. They tend to spend more on lottery tickets than they normally would and sometimes spend more than they can afford. You may want to resist that temptation.

5. You have to play if you hope to win.  Dream all you want about what you will do if you win, but if you don't buy a ticket, you'll never have a chance to make those dreams come true. And if you should win, don't go on an immediate spending spree.  Instead, get immediate professional financial advice. And then you can go on a spending spree!

I hope this helps.  Here's to more lottery winning in the Southern Tier.