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Top 7 Lottery Films You Have to See

There are few things in life as dramatic as playing the lottery. The lottery can pull entire communities together for a shared goal, it can instantly change the lives of average people, and it can even inspire cunning schemes. No wonder then that there are so many great lottery movies. Many of them are even based on incredible true stories! So in order to keep you entertained between waiting to find out the draw results after you've played US Powerball*, we've put together a list of our all-time favourite movies about the lottery. Whether you're looking for comedies, dramas, or documentaries, we've got you covered!

What makes a good lottery movie?

A good lottery movie captures the anticipation of participating in the lottery. It captures the hopes and dreams of lottery players, as well as the anxiety of waiting to find out what the results will be. On our list of movies we've included films that show the best that the lottery can inspire, as well as dramas and documentaries that capture other sides of the lottery.

Our top 7 movies about the lottery

Without any further ado, then, here's our list of the seven best movies about the lottery.

1. Waking Ned

First on the list is an absolute cracker of a film. Waking Ned is an Irish comedy from 1998 that revolves around the antics of a small, rural village. After Ned dies from shock upon finding out he won the lottery, an entire village bands together to convince the Irish National Lottery that Ned is still alive in order to try and claim the prize and split it among the people of the poor village. A touching film with a lot of heart, Waking Ned is an amazing story about how the lottery can bring an entire village together.

2. It Could Happen to You

This romantic gem from 1994 was actually based on a real story. Ten years before the film was made, a New York police officer was short on cash at a diner and couldn't tip his waitress. Instead, he suggested to buy a lottery ticket for the two of them and that they'd pick three numbers each. If the ticket won a prize, they'd split the money.

As unlikely as it seems, that's exactly what ended up happening, with the officer's ticket winning $6 million that he then shared with the waitress.

With such a great story, it was only a matter of time before it was made into a great movie. Starring Nicholas Cage as the police officer and Bridget Fonda as the waitress, It Could Happen to You is a romantic gem that's about way more than just winning a lot of money.

3. 29th Street

Next on the list is a wonderful comedy-drama film from 1991. Also set in New York, 29th Street is a period piece about a working class Italian American family and their humorous and dramatic experience with a very lucky lottery ticket. Also like It Could Happen to You, 29th Street is a true story based on the experiences of Frank Pesce, the film's writer and one of its stars, who actually had been one of the first New York State Lottery winners back in the 70s.

4. Lucky Numbers

They say truth is stranger than fiction, and with Lucky Numbers the true lottery stories go from aspirational and heartfelt to being absurd and hilarious.

The film is based on the 1980 Pennsylvania Lottery scandal, in which a lottery presenter successfully masterminded a plot to swap lottery balls with weighted fakes in order to fix the results. While the plan itself went according to plan and the eight people in on the scam had winning tickets worth almost $6 million in today's money, authorities quickly clued into the suspicious lottery ticket purchases and the lottery presenter ended up serving two years in prison.

The great director Nora Ephron turns this wacky true crime story into an even wackier dark comedy with an all star cast including John Travolta, Lisa Kudrow, Michael Moore, Tim Roth, Ed O'Neill, and Bill Pullman.

5. Lucky (2010)

This one is another true story but in a completely different way from the other movies on this list. Lucky is a documentary about a few ordinary people who won the lottery. In this fascinating project, the question of what happens after normal people win the lottery and how it feels for them and those around them is fully explored in a way that shines light on both the positives and the negatives of suddenly becoming a millionaire.

6. Lucky (2011)

It may have the same name as the previous film, but Lucky from 2011 is a very different movie. There are no more true stories here, instead Lucky is dark, comic thriller starring Colin Hanks, Ari Graynor, and Jeffrey Tambor. In it, a seemingly straight-laced guy comes into possession of a winning lottery ticket but it turns out there's absolutely nothing straight-laced about him or where that lottery ticket came from.

7. Lottery Ticket

We're ending with an all out raunchy comedy about a young from Atlanta who buys a winning lottery ticket worth $370 million. His good fortune turns bad, however, when he finds out he can't claim the prize for another three days, during which his entire neighbourhood will do everything in their power to get their hands in his money. With a cast including rappers Bow Wow and Ice Cube and the amazing comic talents of Terry Crews and Loretta Devine, Lottery Ticket is a modern day adventure that delivers all the laughs.

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