Lotto Exposed Team Has 6 Lottery Movies to Cheer You Up
Sometimes, after you play the lottery for so long, you start to believe that it is impossible to win. We know this isn’t true because lottery winners are popping up all the time somewhere—regardless of the amount they win. Your time will come! Until it does, I’ve selected some of my favorite movies that feature people winning the lottery to inspire you. Maybe, you’ll want to check them out too… Just grab some popcorn, kick back, and enjoy the stories of these winners! For those of you who prefer books, we have something enjoyable, as well.
Note: This list is not in any specific order)
Lucky Numbers (2000)
This movie takes place in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Russ Richards (John Travolta) isn’t having the best of luck after he invested in a snowmobile company—only to be suffering because of the unexpected warmer winter. When a scam goes wrong, Russ finds himself deeper in debt, and he is convinced to rig the lottery. Naturally, mayhem ensues, and a trail of murder and betrayal is left in the wake.
Brewster’s Millions (1985)
If you read the article that was posted about spending all of your lottery winnings in 24 hours and need some more ideas, you want to check out this movie. The protagonist Richard Prior is tasked with spending a mere $30 million in 30 days. 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 days. 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.
It Could Happen To You (1994)
If you want a feel-good movie about money, romance, and something else, It Could Happen to You is just the type of film you’ve been waiting for. Nicolas Cage plays a do-good cop who promises a waitress, Bridget Fonda, that if he wins the lottery, he’ll come back and split the winnings with her. As you’ve probably guessed already, Cage’s character wins, and he stays true to his word—much to the chagrin of his girlfriend played by Rosie Perez.
Now, this is a darker movie, but it still has its comedic value! Lucky is about a man, Ben Keller, (Colin Hanks) who murders a woman to steal her $36 million winning lottery ticket. Lucy (Ari Graynor) is the long-time crush who suddenly notices Ben after he is announced the winner. When she discovers Ben’s dirty secret (the dead woman just hanging out in Ben’s closet), Lucy struggles with the decision to stay for the money while the body count rises, or get the hell outta dodge.
Waking Ned Devine (1998)
What happens when you learn you’ve won the lottery and you drop dead (literally) from the shock? Where does that money go? If you are the townsfolk where Ned Devine (said winner) lives, it goes to you! In this film, Ned learns he has won the lottery, and he dies. Jackie and Michael, his friends, come up with a plan to claim the ticket and share the lottery winnings with the entire town… The plan appears to have no glitches until the claim inspector comes in person! Watch the hilarity ensue as the Irishmen try to pass off this little white lie.
29th Street (1991)
Based on a true story, this film may be the most inspiring one of the entire bunch. It tells the story of Frank Pesce (Anthony LaPaglia) a Little Italy resident from New York who suddenly enjoys a streak of fantastic luck. Frank decides to use this luck and test out the first statewide lottery organized in New York in 1976. He buys a single ticket, and suddenly, everyone wants to be Frank’s friend. Frank eventually wins six million dollars but is that sufficient to make his life better? Watch this lovely movie to find out. While it’s only loosely based on Frank Pesce’s life, 29th Street is still worth adding to your lottery movie collection.