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2nd Jan '17 3:14:43 PM Dravencour
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The RuleOfDrama ensures that nobody will get a legitimate winning lottery ticket and just cash it unless "character wins the lottery" is the core premise of the work (in which case, see RagsToRiches). Traditionally StatusQuoIsGod kicks in and ensures they either lose or [[AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted something comes up]] to make sure they remain in their original financial state.

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The RuleOfDrama ensures that nobody will get a legitimate winning lottery ticket and just cash it unless "character wins the lottery" is the core premise of the work (in which case, see RagsToRiches). Traditionally StatusQuoIsGod kicks in and ensures they either lose or [[AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted something comes up]] to [[YankTheDogsChain make sure they remain in their original financial state.
state]].
27th Sep '16 3:04:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* Done several times on ''StrokerAndHoop''. Here, though, the money Stroker wins is real each time, he just loses it at the end of the episode due to bad luck. He even remarks in one episode, "I have a disturbing trend of not getting paid for doing my job."

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* Done several times on ''StrokerAndHoop''.''WesternAnimation/StrokerAndHoop''. Here, though, the money Stroker wins is real each time, he just loses it at the end of the episode due to bad luck. He even remarks in one episode, "I have a disturbing trend of not getting paid for doing my job."
1st Aug '16 7:21:44 PM Willbyr
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* When the title character of ''ShinryakuIkaMusume'' discovers a lottery ticket worth 100 million yen, [[GenreSavvy Eiko's first response is to]] [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/shinryaku_ika_musume/v07/c125/3.html rattle off a list of reasons why it's fake]]. Upon discovering it isn't, she still has difficulty accepting it - particularly the fact that she gave Ika that ticket. The two bicker about it so much that Chizuru burns it to settle things. [[spoiler:Or at least she pretends to.]]

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* When the title character of ''ShinryakuIkaMusume'' ''Manga/ShinryakuIkaMusume'' discovers a lottery ticket worth 100 million yen, [[GenreSavvy Eiko's first response is to]] [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/shinryaku_ika_musume/v07/c125/3.html rattle off a list of reasons why it's fake]]. Upon discovering it isn't, she still has difficulty accepting it - particularly the fact that she gave Ika that ticket. The two bicker about it so much that Chizuru burns it to settle things. [[spoiler:Or at least she pretends to.]]
13th Jun '16 10:07:06 AM Pichu-kun
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' Roxy finds a lottery ticket walking down the street and it turns out to be a winning ticket. She wins a million dollars. Roxy ends up quiting her band and going back to Philadelphia to brag to the people who thought she wouldn't do anything in life. Due to the fact she NeverLearnedToRead she loses most of her money due to the contract she signed when she hosted a festival and due to taxes. She ends up [[StatusQuoIsGod rejoining her band]] afterwards.
9th Apr '16 12:14:04 PM LTR
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In a third and even rarer variant, the ticket will be legit, but will turn out worthless because the characters will spend so much time arguing amongst themselves and not notice the deadline for cashing it in has passed.

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In a third and even rarer variant, the ticket will be legit, but will turn out worthless because the characters will either spend so much time arguing amongst themselves and not notice the deadline for cashing about dividing it up that they'll fail to cash it in has passed.
before the deadline, or their fighting inadvertently causes the destruction of the ticket itself.
13th Mar '16 8:22:02 AM BKelly95
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* ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' had a rather heart-rending example. Dorothy wins the lottery, but she leaves the ticket in the pocket of Blanche's jacket which Sophia mistakenly donates to charity. They have to go to a homeless shelter to find the ticket and spend some time with the "guests". They eventually find it, but decide to donate it to the shelter.
* ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'' once opened with the Solomons sitting in their car listening to the lotto numbers. After it turns out that Dick managed to successfully predict the winning numbers, they cheer. Then Dick tears up the ticket, saying "Oh, I wish there was money in this."
* One season premiere of ''Series/PerfectStrangers'' had Larry and Balki play the lottery. Balki hides his ticket because he was afraid of losing it, but wrote down the numbers. Larry is shocked to discover he won. After a mad search for the ticket (which makes a mess of their apartment), it turns out Balki gave it to Jennifer and Mary Ann for safekeeping. After they give it back to him, they try to cash it in. They then discover that Balki wrote one of the numbers down wrong and they only won $100.
12th Mar '16 10:30:06 AM NegiSpongie
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* In ''Series/TheBrothersGarcia'', the family legitimately win the lottery, but it turns out that a hundred other people also won it so they only win about $1400 which is '''after''' they've gone wild with the spending.
19th Feb '16 2:39:46 AM foxley
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* ''Series/TheDoctorBlakeMysteries'': In "Lucky Numbers", the wife of the winner of the state's first lottery is kidnapped.
16th Feb '16 2:18:40 PM FoxBluereaver
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* In one episode of ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'', Professor Girafales believed to have won the lottery but Chavo explained that the tickets he bought were good for the day after tomorrow's drawing.

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* In one episode of ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'', Professor Girafales Don Ramón believed to have won the lottery but at the end of the episode, Chavo explained remembered that the tickets he bought were good for the day after tomorrow's drawing.
27th Jan '16 7:17:53 PM AnotherDuck
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* Shortly after the UK National Lottery was introduced, a man killed himself because he had failed to buy a ticket and believed that his usual numbers would have won him the jackpot if he had done so. Upon investigation, it was revealed that he would only have won about £60 if he had played. There are probably similar (real and apocryphal) stories for every major lottery in the world.
* During the 2013 Powerball and Mega Millions record breaking jackpots, TV reporters kept mentioning statistics put out by the lotteries that millions of smaller prizes go unclaimed because people don't check their tickets after hearing there was no top winner.
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