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Series Description

The Lottery! TV show was a 60 minute drama series on ABC about a lottery employee named Patrick Flaherty whose job it was to find people who had “hit the jackpot”. He would give them their fortunes and IRS agent Eric Rush would go along to ensure that the taxes got paid. The storylines would then continue by showing the positive and negative effects of becoming an instant millionaire!

Lottery! Cast

Ben Murphy . Patrick Sean Flaherty
Marshall Colt . Eric Rush

Lottery! Trivia

Patrick Flaherty worked for the “Irish Intersweep Lottery”. When he found a winner, he would give them $5000 in cash and a check for the remainder of their millions of dollars!

Each episode of the Lottery TV show was comprised of several segments, each with their own winner.

Most of the Lottery’s episodes concentrated on the problems involved in becoming rich overnight like being contacted by “friends” that the winners hadn’t heard from in years (looking for a handout, of course), deciding who actually owned the winning ticket, getting called by every (so called) charity, etc.

It’s probable that The Lottery TV show was at least somewhat inspired by a hit CBS series that ran for six seasons beginning in 1955 titled, “The Millionaire”. There was no lottery involved in that series but everyday, average people were suddenly given a million dollars by a very rich man who remained anonymous. That series also dealt with the negative aspects involved in getting rich quickly.

NBC finally got into the act in 2006 by airing another get rich overnight series titled, “Windfall”. It was about 20 people who bought a lottery ticket together and won a multi-million dollar prize. Windfall only lasted for three months.

The cash that each winner got on the Lottery consisted of five $1000 bills even though there were no bills in circulation larger than the $100 bill in 1983! The United States Bureau of Printing and Engraving made the unique bills especially for the show!

During the opening segment of The Lottery, a bunch of large 1980s computers with man-sized tape drives were shown. Below the computers were huge electronic displays that showed the names of current lottery winners, how much they had each won, and the nation where they each lived. Many people were rushing all around the room, kind of like what you’d see on the floor of a stock exchange. It’s unclear what required such an amount of activity in simply giving lottery winners their prizes. Other than during the opening segment, the Irish Intersweep Lottery’s “headquarters” were never seen during any episode.

The choosing of the winning lottery numbers was also never seen during the entire series’ run.

The only award that The Lottery got nominated for was a “Young Artist Award” in the category, “Best Young Guest Actor in a Television Series” for a performance by Corey Feldman. Timothy Patrick Murphy won that award though for a role he played on “The Love Boat”.

A disclaimer at the end of the episodes attempted to educate the viewers about the fact that gambling in lotteries was often illegal. It read, “The Intersweep Lottery is fictitious. Except where licensed by state governments, lotteries in this country are illegal”.

Episodes List With Original Air Dates

The First And Only Season

  1. Being a Winner (90 Minute Special) (9/9/1983)
  2. Los Angeles: Bigger Volume (9/16/1983)
  3. Denver: Following Through (9/23/1983)
  4. Detroit: The Price of Freedom (9/30/1983)
  5. Phoenix: Blood Brothers (10/7/1983)
  6. Portland: Treasure Hunt (10/21/1983)
  7. Kansas City: Protected Winner (10/28/1983)
  8. Charleston: The Spenders (11/4/1983)
  9. New York: Winning Can Be Murder (11/18/1983)
  10. Houston: Duffy’s Choice (11/25/1983)
  11. Boston: False Illusion (12/9/1983)
  12. Chicago: Another Chance (3/1/1984)
  13. San Diego: Bingo! (3/8/1984)
  14. Miami: Sharing (3/15/1984)
  15. St. Louis: Win or Lose (3/22/1984)
  16. Honolulu: 3-2=1 (3/29/1984)
  17. Minneapolis: Six Months Down (6/14/1984)

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Virginia Beach Forever

After serving in the US Air Force for six years, a couple decides to leave Arizona and find their dream home in the military-friendly town of Virginia Beach, Virginia. With a life-changing $100,000 settlement to be used for a down payment, David Bromstad helps them pick out a house for their young family.

A Mansion for Mom

A man’s hard work paid off when he won $7 million after playing the same set of numbers for three years. Instead of buying a home for himself, he hopes David Bromstad can help him find a Texas mansion for his mom where she can enjoy her twilight years.

IT Geek to Rich and Chic

A self-confessed computer nerd finally came up with a $1 million win after consistently spending $6 a week on lottery tickets. Now it’s up to David Bromstad to help him find the perfect bachelor pad in the historic seaside town of Milford, Connecticut.

A Hero’s Reward

After lady luck rewards a retired firefighter for a lifetime of service with a big win, dream home hunter David Bromstad helps him search for the perfect bachelor pad in the Lakeland region of Florida.

A Spacious Win

A single mom won $3 million on the lottery and wants more space after sharing an apartment with her three growing girls. With four ladies to please, David Bromstad has his hands full finding a home with rooms for everyone and space to spread out.

New Love, New Home

Million-dollar winner Marcie is back and she’s in love! Life has changed a lot for her since David Bromstad helped her find the perfect dream home on Cape Cod so she’s ready to trade up for a couple’s cottage in the South Shore Corridor of Massachusetts.

A Mexican Dream

This California couple already has their dream forever home so after winning a million dollars in the lottery, they set out to find their dream vacation home. They’ve decided to check out their favorite holiday spot in San Felipe, Mexico, but they can’t decide if they want to live right on the beach or a few blocks away. David Bromstad is there to help them make this tough decision — what will they choose?

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Patty won a million dollars on a scratch-off and is beside herself with excitement to find the house of her dreams with the help of David Bromstad. Patty and her sister-in-law target the upmarket suburb of Spring Hill, Florida, for their search. David has some fabulous houses up his sleeve and can’t wait to explore this part of Florida, which is known as the “Adventure Coast” and is only a short drive from Tampa.

Four-Million-Dollar Smile

Jesus is a regular lottery player but never won more than a hundred dollars. His luck changed big time when he bought a $20 scratcher that netted him a $4 million win. Now, this car-crazy millionaire needs a new pad to house all his flashy new rides in Kankakee, Illinois.

Winning Big in Florida

A man who won big is ready to buy a new home in Cape Coral, Florida, with his wife. They look to David Bromstad for his real estate expertise. David finds potential properties with reasonable price tags and breathtaking scenic waterways.

My Big Fat Lottery Property

Wendy has always put the needs of her two sons before her own, but now that she’s won $200,000 a year for life on a Florida scratcher, she can finally treat herself to a dream home. She wants to move back to Lake City, Florida, to be closer to her family and desperately wants to live on a big piece of land. David Bromstad helps her find the perfect house and land package.

A Spacious Win

A single mom won $3 million on the lottery and wants more space after sharing an apartment with her three growing girls. With four ladies to please, David Bromstad has his hands full finding a home with rooms for everyone and space to spread out.

500,000 Reasons to Party

A Wisconsin mom is ready to ditch her tiny apartment after winning $500,000 on a scratch off. Now that her kids have left the nest, this house hunt is all about her and she asks David Bromstad to find a home with space to entertain friends and family.

The Sound of Freedom

A couple with two kids was looking for a home on Whidbey Island, WA, when he won $200,000 on a scratcher. With the extra money in their budget, David Bromstad helps them find their dream home and decides he might want to find a vacation home for himself.

Reinvention in Las Vegas

After winning big on a scratcher, a California single mom is ready to leave her mobile home, job and old life behind for a new start in Las Vegas! David Bromstad sees her as his Goldilocks and is ready to show her three very different locations — a condo, a townhouse and a single family home — to see which one is just right.

South Shore Score

David Bromstad helps his 14th set of Massachusetts winners find a home on Boston’s South Shore. They’ve been living in a tiny apartment with their giant fur baby, but they hope to find a property with a huge yard where they can start a family.

Old Florida Charm

When a New York couple won $7 million on the lottery, they said goodbye to hard work in the Big Apple and hello to sunny retirement in Vero Beach, Florida. Dream home hunter David Bromstad helps them shop for the perfect property in a corner of the Sunshine State that oozes old Florida charm.

Athol Family Dream Home

A dedicated wife, mother and lottery player with a daily scratch ticket ritual was finally rewarded after seven years of perseverance. Her $1 million win has her family looking for a dream home in Western Massachusetts.

A Million-dollar View in Orange County

California empty nesters had their retirement all planned out — until she picked five winning numbers on the Powerball. Now, they’ve set their sights on an ocean view that Orange County is famous for and enlist David to find their dream home.

The Sound of Freedom

A couple with two kids was looking for a home on Whidbey Island, WA, when he won $200,000 on a scratcher. With the extra money in their budget, David Bromstad helps them find their dream home and decides he might want to find a vacation home for himself.

Reinvention in Las Vegas

After winning big on a scratcher, a California single mom is ready to leave her mobile home, job and old life behind for a new start in Las Vegas! David Bromstad sees her as his Goldilocks and is ready to show her three very different locations — a condo, a townhouse and a single family home — to see which one is just right.

South Shore Score

David Bromstad helps his 14th set of Massachusetts winners find a home on Boston’s South Shore. They’ve been living in a tiny apartment with their giant fur baby, but they hope to find a property with a huge yard where they can start a family.

Old Florida Charm

When a New York couple won $7 million on the lottery, they said goodbye to hard work in the Big Apple and hello to sunny retirement in Vero Beach, Florida. Dream home hunter David Bromstad helps them shop for the perfect property in a corner of the Sunshine State that oozes old Florida charm.

Athol Family Dream Home

A dedicated wife, mother and lottery player with a daily scratch ticket ritual was finally rewarded after seven years of perseverance. Her $1 million win has her family looking for a dream home in Western Massachusetts.

A Million-dollar View in Orange County

California empty nesters had their retirement all planned out — until she picked five winning numbers on the Powerball. Now, they’ve set their sights on an ocean view that Orange County is famous for and enlist David to find their dream home.

Finding the Perfect Lake House

A New York couple who won a million dollars on a single $5 scratcher can finally buy the second home on Oneida Lake that they’ve always dreamed of. They call on David Bromstad to help them find their perfect lakeside dream home, but the only catch is that they have a long wish list and a tight budget.

In HGTV's 'My Lottery Dream Home', host David Bromstad takes recent lottery winners on over-the-top house hunts for their new dream home. Find out what happens when average Americans set out to find their Lottery Dream Homes? ]]>