Playing the Mega Millions? Here Are Six Sets of Winning Lottery Numbers That Won in the Movies
Look, everyone and their mother is going to be playing Hurley's numbers from LOST today for the chance to win $640 million in tonight's Mega Millions draw. (You know: 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42.) Your friendly Movieline editors aren't necessarily endorsing the insane gamble that is the national lottery, but if you're going to throw your hat and your dollars into the ring with the rest of America by going on a last-minute ticket buying frenzy (get 'em by 7:45 pm tonight, California!), here are the winning numbers that nabbed the jackpot for Nic Cage and Bridget Fonda, Bow Wow, and a handful of other lucky folks on the big screen.
Lottery Ticket (2010)
Bow Wow and his grandma hit it big with a $375 million jackpot... with numbers from (what else?) a fortune cookie.
Winning numbers: 04 32 33 42 45 (21)
It Could Happen to You (1994)
Based on the true story of a cop who split a winning ticket as a tip with a local waitress. Lesson learned: Don't give lotto tickets as tips (or anyone with whom you don't want to share), maybe unless your waitress looks like Bridget Fonda.
Winning numbers: 06 12 16 26 64 08
"Reverse engineer" Ben Affleck saves the world from a future-telling device and gets his memory wiped, but not before leaving himself the winning numbers to a lottery jackpot.
Winning numbers: 17 44 04 26 37 40 and 22
Lucky Numbers (2000)
Weatherman John Travolta and his ditzy girlfriend Lisa Kudrow rig the lottery and then get her cousin Michael Moore to buy the winning ticket. I couldn't bring myself to watch the entire movie all over again just to confirm the numbers but these numbers are visible in the trailer, should you choose to use them.
Winning numbers: 22 70 16 9 27 07
Waking Ned Devine (1998)
It's worth noting that winning the lotto in the movies quite often leads to death, betrayal, and other assorted ills. Take Ned Devine, for instance, who dies -- happily, I suppose -- from joy when he hits the jackpot.
Winning numbers: 19 40 04 07 25 29
All About the Benjamins (2002)
If you play these numbers, you are required to buy your lottery ticket in the style of Mike Epps.
Winning numbers: 15 30 37 38 45 47
Remember, gambling can become addictive, your chances of winning are insanely slim, and Movieline makes no promises that these numbers will win you anything at all. But feel free to cut me in on your winnings if you hit the big time! Consider it a tip.