Last night’s winning Powerball ticket was worth $228.9, but don’t get your hopes up. The closest you’re ever going to come to winning a jackpot is watching a film or TV show about the lottery. And even in a world of Hollywood make beleive, chances are the jackpot won’t be as high. Check out the following fictional lottery jackpots and see for yourself.
When a New York cop doesn’t have enough cash on hand to leave a tip, he offers his waitress the only thing he can: half of a lottery ticket. As luck would have it, the ticket actually wins, and the cop stays true to his word, a move that eventually leads to the destruction of his marriage. In all fairness, the film is a lot more upbeat than I just made it out to be.
When Ned Devine wins the Irish lottery, he instantly dies of shock. Unfortunately, he has no living relatives to collect the winnings on his behalf. But rather than let all the money go to waste, the local townsfolk hatch a scheme to impersonate Ned, collect the winnings, and split the cash among themselves. The townsfolk are a quirky, likable bunch, considering that they’re all committing massive fraud.
After years of toiling through working-class drudgery, the Conner family finally hits the jackpot, winning over $100 million in the Illinois lottery. The final season of the show deals with the aftermath of winning, as the family tries to cope with their new-found fame and fortune. But in the end, it turns out to have all been a bizarre fantasy concocted by Roseanne in order to deal with the loss of her husband. So I guess technically there was no jackpot, and this entry doesn’t belong on this list. Too bad, I’m not changing it.
While “resting” at a psychiatric institute, Hugo “Hurley” Reyes befriends a mysterious patient named Leonard Simms who is obsessed with the numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42. Once Hurley leaves the institution, he decides to use the numbers in a lottery drawing. As you can probably guess by the title of this list, he ends up winning. However, he later believes the numbers are cursed, and responsible for a string of unlucky events that befall him, not the least of which is getting stranded on an uncharted island.
The Lottery Ticket has the distinction of being the only film with a jackpot larger than last night’s drawing. That’s about all it’s got going for it. When a young boy named Kevin (Bow Wow) wins $370 million dollars in the lottery, he borrows money from a local gangster while he’s waiting for his ticket to clear. Great idea. Soon enough, the ticket goes missing, and Kevin’s life is on the line. I won’t spoil the ending, mainly cause I don’t care. Let’s just say I’d have to get at least half of that $370 million before I’d sit through this crap. OK, I’d probably do it for $20, but you get the idea.