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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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15th Dec '15 8:36:44 AM StFan
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* In one episode of the animated ''MotherGooseAndGrimm'', Mother Goose's lottery ticket (the number being [[OverlyLongGag 5498666246838409804441989859893259]]) is announced as a winner. Unfortunately Grimmy ate the ticket, so throughout the episode Mother Goose and Hamm tries to get it out of him, while Dracula (who now works at a grocery store Mother Goose got the ticket from) tries to steal it from them so he can leave the store behind and move back to Transylvania. In the end, when the characters decided to simply give up, it was announced on TV that Mother Goose's number was a mistake and the correct winning number is simply 3, which is the number Hamm had. Unfortunately Hamm gave the ticket to Igor, Dracula's assistant.
* DonaldDuck wins a new car in a radio raffle drawing, but due to an error in announcing the winning number, he had thrown his ticket away thinking it was a loser. His nephews hear the correction, realize he's won, and cash the ticket in secret to surprise him. When they show up with the new car, Donald thinks it's a prank and [[VandalismBackfire unknowingly destroys his own winnings in a rage]].

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* In one episode of the animated ''MotherGooseAndGrimm'', ''ComicStrip/MotherGooseAndGrimm'', Mother Goose's lottery ticket (the number being [[OverlyLongGag 5498666246838409804441989859893259]]) is announced as a winner. Unfortunately Grimmy ate the ticket, so throughout the episode Mother Goose and Hamm tries to get it out of him, while Dracula (who now works at a grocery store Mother Goose got the ticket from) tries to steal it from them so he can leave the store behind and move back to Transylvania. In the end, when the characters decided to simply give up, it was announced on TV that Mother Goose's number was a mistake and the correct winning number is simply 3, which is the number Hamm had. Unfortunately Hamm gave the ticket to Igor, Dracula's assistant.
* DonaldDuck WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck wins a new car in a radio raffle drawing, but due to an error in announcing the winning number, he had thrown his ticket away thinking it was a loser. His nephews hear the correction, realize he's won, and cash the ticket in secret to surprise him. When they show up with the new car, Donald thinks it's a prank and [[VandalismBackfire unknowingly destroys his own winnings in a rage]].



** In ''TheGarfieldShow'' episode "Ticket to Riches", Jon believed to have won 54 million dollars and started a spending spree before even collecting the money. he bought a pizza parlor, a mansion, seven cars (one for each day of the week) and tailor-made suits. He even quit his job. Soon after donating his old clothes to charity, he figured out he forgot the ticket in one of them. They (Jon, Garfield and Odie) fail to rescue them on time but fortunately the ticket was in a pair of pants he didn't donate. Unfortunately, when Jon finally tried to claim the money, he is told that the number "3" at the end of his ticket was actually an "8" covered by some sauce and he won nothing.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheGarfieldShow'':
** In ''TheGarfieldShow'' episode "Ticket to Riches", Jon believed to have won 54 million dollars and started a spending spree before even collecting the money. he bought a pizza parlor, a mansion, seven cars (one for each day of the week) and tailor-made suits. He even quit his job. Soon after donating his old clothes to charity, he figured out he forgot the ticket in one of them. They (Jon, Garfield and Odie) fail to rescue them on time but fortunately the ticket was in a pair of pants he didn't donate. Unfortunately, when Jon finally tried to claim the money, he is told that the number "3" at the end of his ticket was actually an "8" covered by some sauce and he won nothing.



* ''TheJetsons'', "Jetson's Millions": Mr. Spacely goaded George Jetson into buying Venusian lottery tickets. One of them became the winning one, earning George ten million (of the Venusian currency), which equaled US$ 7.5 million. Needing a million dollars to save his company from a hostile takeover by a Venusian conglomerate, Mr. Spacely offered George the Vice-President post for it, but before George could convert his prize into American money, a collapse of the Venusian economy rendered the prize worthless and making the Venusian conglomerate bankrupt, thus restoring the [[StatusQuoIsGod status quo]].
* ''WheelSquad'': In one episode, the neighborhood believed they won the lottery but learned their bet wasn't placed on time for that drawing.

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* ''TheJetsons'', ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'', "Jetson's Millions": Mr. Spacely goaded George Jetson into buying Venusian lottery tickets. One of them became the winning one, earning George ten million (of the Venusian currency), which equaled US$ 7.5 million. Needing a million dollars to save his company from a hostile takeover by a Venusian conglomerate, Mr. Spacely offered George the Vice-President post for it, but before George could convert his prize into American money, a collapse of the Venusian economy rendered the prize worthless and making the Venusian conglomerate bankrupt, thus restoring the [[StatusQuoIsGod status quo]].
* ''WheelSquad'': ''WesternAnimation/WheelSquad'': In one episode, the neighborhood believed they won the lottery but learned their bet wasn't placed on time for that drawing.



* Downplayed in ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko''. Ulrich Stern [[MundaneUtility rigs a lottery ticket]] through a [[TimeTravel Return To The Past]] so Yumi's parents could afford to stay in France, but since he used the AppliedPhlebotinum without talking to his friends about it, he's [[TenMinuteRetirement kicked out of the group]], and Yumi's parents give him the ticket back. At the end of the episode, [[StatusQuoIsGod he donates the money to a charity for humanitarian work in Africa]].

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* Downplayed in ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko''. Ulrich Stern [[MundaneUtility rigs a lottery ticket]] through a [[TimeTravel Return To The to the Past]] so Yumi's parents could afford to stay in France, but since he used the AppliedPhlebotinum without talking to his friends about it, he's [[TenMinuteRetirement kicked out of the group]], and Yumi's parents give him the ticket back. At the end of the episode, [[StatusQuoIsGod he donates the money to a charity for humanitarian work in Africa]].



7th Dec '15 11:51:49 PM PaulA
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* On ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'', it happens (or rather, it doesn't happen) to Miss Brooks in the "$350,000 Question".

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* On ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'', ''Series/OurMissBrooks'', it happens (or rather, it doesn't happen) to Miss Brooks in the "$350,000 "The $350,000 Question".
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