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Different cinematic takes on the lottery

We all love the idea of winning the lottery – who wouldn’t want to have the amount of cash that allows us to throw in the towel on the day job through playing a simple game of chance?

Lottery wins are what dreams are made of, and so it’s unsurprising that they’ve featured in different movies over the years. But not every film-maker chooses to take the most obvious route when using the lottery as their subject.

Of course, you do get the straightforward lottery movies like It Could Happen To You – a 1994 romcom starring Nicholas Cage and Bridget Fonda. Good cop meets waitress down on her luck; he offers to split his lottery win with her as he has no change for a tip. She doesn’t believe him, but he pays up. They go through some difficult times, but they end up living a fairytale life!

Then there’s the British twist on a lotto film. Waking Ned Devine is a film released in 1998, where an old man wins the lottery and dies of shock and his fellow townspeople then go to extraordinary lengths to convince the lottery inspector he’s still alive in order to claim and share the jackpot.

And finally, though this is by no means the only other lottery film out there, there is the 1969 film adaptation of the short story The Lottery, written by Shirley Jackson in 1948. This is an altogether darker tale, where the lottery isn’t the one that we all know today. It’s a lottery that is drawn every year in a small American community to ensure that there will be a good harvest, but the lottery ‘winner’ has to pay a dreadful price.

If watching a lottery film inspires you to try your luck at winning the big one, but you think you might have missed the Euromillions cut off time, don’t worry; there’s always another draw coming up in a few days’ time – and if you play the lotto online, you don’t even have to leave the house to get a ticket!

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