It’s hardly a new concept, lottery wins are a common plot in TV and movies, so common, in fact, that we’ve decided to write about them all. Following the success of The Cosby Show the 80s was plagued by mushy family sitcoms. Then along came Rosanne, the perfect, edgy antidote. Connor family were far from affluent, they were a simple blue-collar family who struggled to make ends meet. The show ran for nine seasons, by which point John Goodman was in the process of making the jump to movie roles. Winning the lottery seemed like an easy way to wrap up the show on a happy note, however later it was revealed in a later episode that the lottery win was all just a fantasy. Their winning numbers were picked in an unusual fashion. The number four was picked because Roseanne claimed that was the number of planets in our solar system. The number 8 was picked after the number of parking tickets she got in a specific parking lot and the number 36 was the number of times she salted her hospital food.
Friends gang get lottery fever after Phoebe’s psychic predicts that they will win the lottery. In the end even sceptic Ross is won over. However they soon begin squabbling as to how to divide the winnings causing Phoebe to throw the tickets away. She should have played online at Lottoland! In the US adaptation of The Office a syndicate of warehouse workers won a large jackpot and weren’t subtle in their celebration. They ran through the office and mooned fellow staff members before quitting their jobs. The rest of the staff are dismayed and, with no warehouse workers to fulfil a large order, are forced to do the heavy lifting themselves. Springfield boasts not one but two lottery winners. The first was local news-hack Kent Brockman, who, while announcing the numbers live on Channel 6, realised he’d won the lottery himself.
Not surprisingly Springfield’s other residents weren’t impressed. Homer Simpson wins the lottery after a fortune cookie message tells him that he would have a lucky day. To buy the ticket he had to break a promise to Marge, and so, rather than admit his mistake, Homer sets out to spend all the money as quickly as possible with the enthusiastic support of Bart. Springfield wasn’t the only animated town to get a dose of lottery fever. In the town of Quahog, Rhode Island, Family Guy Peter Griffin got such a severe dose that he ended up sending his family to the poorhouse, having spent every single penny they had on tickets. One of those tickets proved to be a winner, however, and the Griffins became overnight millionaires. Of course Peter Griffin is not a man known for his smart investments. I mean how much do you think the Petercopter and the Hindenpeter set him back? Indeed smart isn’t a word that one can readily apply to Peter Griffin, unless you’re talking about his smart-ass comments. So it should come as no surprise that he blew all his family’s winnings thus ensuring everything was back to normal the following week.
Well, normal for the Griffins anyway. In a storyline no doubt inspired by the success of the Children of Men movie adaptation, this American TV series was set in a dystopian future where a pandemic of infertility has ravaged the planet. The show’s grim subject matter was perhaps the reason it only ran for one season. Cold Case team investigate a mechanic who, having won the lotto, seemed to have spent all his money before winding up shot. It’s not the first time lotteries and whodunnits were combined. Columbo gets to the bottom of it all! Monk, the show about its eponymous the obsessive-compulsive P. The episode involves a couple of lottery vendors stealing a ticket from an unknowing winner and then trying to keep the very same winner from seeing his numbers in the media. This includes stealing his morning newspaper from the doorstep, where the paperboy alluded to in the episode title meets his demise. This show had us all hooked for the better part of six years.
However, the supernatural and intriguing show failed to satisfy many of the fans with its 2010 finale. Many felt the show’s now famous creators, J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof, failed to answer some of the plot’s open questions. But if the finale didn’t exactly offer the pay off everyone was hoping for, the show’s supposedly cursed lotto numbers did. Winning Numbers: 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42. Most of you should know the premise by now: Walter White is a chemistry teacher diagnosed with cancer. Nice Guy to a ruthless drug kingpin. By the fifth season of the crime drama White has literally racked up barrel-loads of cash. He hides his stash in the New Mexico desert and makes the best note-to-self ever by playing the co-ordinates of his stash on the lottery. He then puts the ticket on the fridge.