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Millions: A Lottery Story (2006)

Director: Paul LaBlanc
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Lifesize Ent.
Genre: Documentary, Political & Social Issues, Quirky Characters
Running Time: 101 min.
Languages: English
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Synopsis
From the epicenter of the Bible belt to the hurricane-damaged retirement communities of Southern Florida, this candid glimpse into the lives of American lottery winners shows just how dramatically life can change when your number finally comes up. We've all heard the rags-to-riches tales and seen the winners with their oversized checks, but what happens to these people once the money has been deposited and they go back to living their lives outside the spotlight? In this film, curious viewers are afforded the opportunity to find out how the lives of six lottery winners are transformed when they become the recipients of instant, unexpected wealth. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Heartwarming, I guess.... by emdoub July 8, 2009 - 9:51 PM PDT
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Is it spoilers if there isn't any mystery or surprise?

This is the heartwarming story of 18 lottery winners - 15 who shared a 95 Mil ticket in small-town Minnesota, and two guys who won big in the New York lottery for 5 mil each, took the monthly checks, and now the checks aren't coming in any more. The focus in the Minnesota group is the ladies who kept their jobs and lifestyles, and mostly just don't have to worry about money any more - it changed them and their town very little. The New Yorker who is now living in West Palm Beach is a nice guy, who enjoyed gambling with those checks, and is now living on a very limited income, but he's getting by just fine. The other New Yorker, now living in St. Louis (I think), was the first black man to win the NY lottery that large. His story seems likely to parallel the other NY winner's story - enjoyed the money, now is largely broke, but had a helluva ride. Mostly, I couldn't watch any more at that point.

Dramatic stories, these aren't. Nor, from what studies I've seen of lottery winners, are they typical. Sweet people, moderately heartwarming - but a documentary about them is just a documentary about any average person - other than being lottery winners, there's not much story to tell.

Stories, especially true stories, about the average person can be fascinating. Sadly, these stories aren't.




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