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Sometimes it pays to break the rules. Patti Stanger, creator of Bravo's popular reality series Millionaire Matchmaker is a dating expert. But when she deliberately ignored a piece of her own advice, she found the man of her dreams.

"I lied about my age to get you," Stanger says to her boyfriend of 16 months, David Krause, 43, a mortgage broker, photographer and website builder. They met on a dating website, Plenty of Fish.

On their first date, Stanger revealed her real age, and Krause didn't care. "You like older women," Stanger says, looking over at Krause while eating launch in the Marina del Rey headquarters of her company.

"Men don't want to pick you if you're over 50," Stanger says. "The minute you say you're 50, you're out. But if you say you're 40, you're in. There's an ageism in our society, but if I said to a client, 'Jennifer Aniston wants to date you,' he'd say, 'Sure.' She's 45. Madonna's 55."

Stanger doesn't encourage lying. However, shaving a couple of years off your age on an online profile might improve your prospects. "I knew right away" when he fell for Stanger, Krause says. "If the first date hadn't gone well, I wouldn't have called her back for the second."

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