Big Lottery Wins On The Big Screen

We all need an escape from the humdrum of daily life, bills and chores, and as an online lottery player, what better way to do so than kicking back with a bowl of popcorn, watching a movie about a massive lottery win?

If you’re looking to get inspired by a massive lottery win, these three heart-warming movies are sure to do the trick:

It Could Happen To You (1994)

It could happen to you
Starring: Nicholas Cage, Bridget Fonda, Rosie Perez, Wendell Pierce

It Could Happen To You is a perfect the perfect combination of love story, moral high ground and the idea of fate taking a hand in people’s lives.

Nicholas Cage plays the role of Charlie Lang, a hard-working New York cop who doesn’t even have change to leave a tip for his coffee. To make up for not being in a position to tip the waitress (Bridget Fonda), he offers to split the lottery winnings on a ticket he recently purchased with the waitress – that is if he wins of course.

When he’s inevitably wins, his social climber wife Muriel (Rosie Perez) tries everything she can to persuade him not to honour his promise.

Of course, Charlie does the right thing and ends up falling in love with the waitress, divorces his wife and lives happily ever after.

While the premise is based on reality, the true-life twosome didn’t actually fall in love. They do remain friends – and wealthy ones, at that – to this day.

Waking Ned Devine (1998)

Waking Ned Devine
Starring: Ian Bannen, David Kelly, Fionnula Flanagan, Susan Lynch

In this 1998 indie film, entitled Waking Ned Devine, two friends, Jackie O’Shea (Ian Bannen) and Michael O’Sullivan (David Kelly) learn that an elderly member of their Irish village, Ned Devine, has won the lottery. The pair go visit him at his home but find that the newfound multi-millionaire has died from the shock. Not wanting the lottery win to go unclaimed, they try to come up with a plot to claim the ticket. The lottery rules require that Ned be the one that claims the prize, and this is where hilarity ensues when the lottery inspector arrives at their door!

Lottery Ticket (2010)

Lottery Ticket
Starring: Shad Moss, Brandon T. Jackson, Naturi Naughton, Loretta Devine

Kevin Carson lives in the projects and has to survive a three-day weekend after his neighbours earn that he has a winning lottery ticket, worth $370 million!



In the same year that he played Dexter's nemesis Travis Marshall, Colin Hanks played another serial killer, this time in Lucky. A dark comedy about milquetoast serial killer (Colin Hanks) who finds his insatiable bloodlust growing after winning the lottery and marrying the woman of his dreams (Ari Graynor).  His long term crush Lucy suddenly notices him when he wins the $36 million jackpot, and the pair marry, but Lucy discovers his secret, and has to gamble on whether she should run away, or stay for the money.

Lucky Numbers (2000)
While most people dream of winning the lottery, one man, Russ Richards (John Travolta), a weatherman on a local TV station in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, decides to rig the lottery with the help of his girlfriend Crystal (Lisa Kudrow). Crystal works on the State Lottery's weekly televised drawing, pulling the numbered balls out of the rotating bin. Russ pulls in help from a few of his less scrupulous friends - among them sleazy strip joint proprietor Gig (Tim Roth), small time hood Dale The Thug (Michael Rappaport), and Crystal's sleazy cousin Walter (Michael Moore). The plan is for Crystal to pull numbers that they happen to own. However, Russ discovers that making the scheme work and keeping everyone quiet about it is more trouble than it's worth. Something, real life Eddie Tipton, a former employee of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) found out when he rigged the lottery by writing the code which allowed him to predict the randomly drawn numbers of multimillion-dollar jackpots in as many as 17 states!  According to authorities, Tipton tinkered with the room’s video recorder and closed circuit cameras, and according to multiple criminal court documents, the footage from November 20 didn’t properly capture what went on in the room due to the fact that Tipton either on or before that day set the machine to record “roughly one second per minute.” The other 59 seconds were invisible. He was convicted in October 2015.

Brewster’s Millions (1985)
Here’s a dream come true! In Brewster’s Millions, protagonist Richard Prior is tasked with spending a mere $30 million in 30 days. Needless to say, no portion of the sum should be left after this period. In the case of success. Richard will inherit $300 million! The catch? All of the purchases should result in no possessions by the end of the 30-day period. In essence, whatever the money is spent on, it can’t be kept. It’s more than a challenging task that results in a highly entertaining comedy.

29th Street (1991)
Based on a true story, this film is one the most inspiring lottery themed movies on this list. 29th Street tells the story of Frank Pesce (Anthony LaPaglia) a resident from New York who suddenly enjoys a streak of amazing luck. He decides to use this luck and test out the first state-wide lottery organized in New York in 1976. He eventually wins six million dollars but is that sufficient to make his life better?

As online lottery players, every time you play the lottery, you more than likely replay some sort of fantasy through your head. While some of you might picture yourselves waking through your massive state-of-the-art mansion, with your dream super car or three on your glittering driveway, others often do go the extra mile, imagining themselves sitting in a bath full of champagne, wearing a top hat and monocle, and throwing wads of cash into the air gleefully.

Most online lottery players even before completing their payment process for their lucky lottery tickets, have spent half the jackpot prize money that you’re almost definitely destined to win, no matter what the actual odds.

Feeding this fantasy is the many, many movies that we’ve just had a look at, as they are invariably everyman characters, just like you, who needs an escape from the mediocrity of mundane life, and who see their universe changed entirely by the huge injection of cash brought when the right numbers come in.

Thankfully though, by playing the lottery online, you don’t have to go through all the crazy turmoil of becoming a serial killer, scamming people or losing the whole jackpot within 24 hours.

You have to agree, buying a lottery ticket online is way easier. Your dream can be fed without even needing to go to the shop, and the opportunity to win even bigger pots has been increased by the appearance of the Mega Millions Max – taking place on June 15, with jackpots that make the normal lottery wins look like pocket change.

If you're yet to taste the irresistible thrill of a lottery win (above £10,) you can still live vicariously through the experiences of film characters - both good and bad - thanks to the movies that feature lottery wins. Some films are cautionary morality tales that warn about the dangers of getting what you want, and some are simply committed to making everyone jealous of the winners. So with that in mind, we've put together the 5 greatest movies featuring a win on the lottery...

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