Lottery Ticket (2010 film)

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Lottery Ticket
Lottery ticket poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Erik White
Produced by
Screenplay by Abdul Williams
Story by Erik White
Abdul Williams
Music by Teddy Castellucci
Cinematography Patrick Cady
Edited by Harvey Rosenstock
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • August 20, 2010 (2010-08-20)
Running time
99 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $17 million[1]
Box office $24.7 million[2]

Lottery Ticket is a 2010 American comedy film directed by Erik White and starring Bow Wow, Brandon T. Jackson, Naturi Naughton, Keith David, Charlie Murphy, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Loretta Devine and Ice Cube in lead roles. The story follows a young man who wins a $370 million lottery, and soon realizes that people from the neighborhood are not his real friends, but are after his money. The film released on August 20, 2010.


The film follows Kevin Carson (Bow Wow), a young man living in the projects with his grandmother (Loretta Devine). Kevin dreams of one day designing his own sneaker line, but currently works at Foot Locker. His dreams are supported by two of his best friends: Benny (Brandon T. Jackson) and Stacey (Naturi Naughton). He comes across Lorenzo (Gbenga Akinnagbe), the neighborhood bully. Meanwhile, everyone in his neighborhood is trying to win the Mondo Million Dollar Lottery of $370 million. Lorenzo demands that Kevin gives him and his three friends three sets of sneakers each. When Lorenzo shows up to Kevin's job at Foot Locker, and grabs the shoes, the alarms go off and the police arrive, after Kevin accidentally pays for the shoes for Lorenzo, he attempts to explain to the police that he did not intend to give the shoes to Lorenzo, Lorenzo is arrested for shoplifting and Kevin loses his job.

On his way home, he buys a Mondo Millionaire Lottery ticket at a gas station, playing his grandmother's and his lucky numbers. He meets Benny, who tells him that the whole neighborhood heard that Kevin "snitched" on Lorenzo, and is even called one by their friends. Defeated, Kevin goes home and quickly falls asleep. Later, the numbers of the lottery are announced. Grandma's ticket doesn't win, but Kevin finds out that his own ticket has won him $370 million. However, when he and Benny head to the claims office, they are told that they must wait three days for the office to reopen, due to the Fourth of July weekend. News of Kevin's winning ticket spreads, and the entire neighborhood swarms him and his home, begging for a cut of the money. Nikki Swayze (Teairra Marí) who previously rejected Kevin, suddenly develops an interest in him. This angers Stacey, who tells Kevin that Nikki is only after his money, but Kevin does not believe it. Kevin and Benny meet a loan shark, Sweet Tee (Keith David), who gives Kevin $100,000 to go out and have fun. After her date with Kevin, Nikki secretly tries make him get her pregnant, but Kevin refuses. Nikki then reveals to Kevin that she was legally trying to get half of his money, by having a baby with him. He leaves the house angry and upset. Upon leaving the building, a man calls him from the basement window. Kevin meets Mr. Washington, a retired boxer, who invites him to his house for a conversation.

The next day, Kevin attends church with his grandmother until Benny comes in and tells him that Lorenzo is looking for him and the ticket. Lorenzo comes in and is stopped by the churchgoers. Kevin tries to escape, but he's confronted by Lorenzo's crew. Sweet Tee's bodyguard saves Kevin with his gun, but Lorenzo emerges and physically breaks his hand. Then, Kevin runs to the train station with Lorenzo and his boys chasing him. Kevin leaps onto the train thinking he's safe, but Lorenzo gets on, too. However Kevin hops off before the doors close. The train leaves the station with Lorenzo on.

Later that day, Kevin and Benny have an argument about the ticket which leads to them not speaking to each other. He goes to Stacey's house, and she tells Kevin that she thinks he was wrong about the entire situation. He also tells her that she is the girl for him, which leads to her getting angry and telling him to get out. He kisses her and she responds accordingly, but they are interrupted by the arrival of her mother. As Kevin leaves her house, Lorenzo knocks him unconscious and takes one of Kevin's sneakers and ticket. The following day, he wakes up in the apartment of Mr. Washington (Ice Cube), who talks with him. Kevin also takes time to reconcile with Benny. They make a scheme to fool Lorenzo that the ticket is fake, which later upsets Lorenzo. Later, the neighborhood has a block party and Kevin learns that Sweet Tee will torture him if he doesn't pay back the loan. Lorenzo arrives, defeats Sweet Tee and beats Kevin to the point where he forces Kevin to give him the fake ticket through gunpoint. Just as Kevin submits, Mr. Washington appears from behind and knocks Lorenzo unconscious, being hailed a hero to the neighborhood. Afterwards, Benny tells Kevin to give him the lottery ticket for protection and when the day came, Kevin gets the money.

Months later, Kevin started his sneaker company with Benny as his CEO and Stacy as his future attorney and is implied to have paid Sweet Tee back. Not only that but he also opens a park with Mr. Washington appointed as head security and a foundation that will help the community such as fund businesses and provide scholarships. After giving a speech to the neighborhood, Kevin, Benny and Stacey board Kevin's new helicopter and fly off to work.



The film received generally mixed to negative response worldwide, garnering a 34% rating out of 79 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes,[3] with the critical consensus reading: "There's a worthwhile message at the heart of Lottery Ticket, but it's buried under stale humor, tired stereotypes, and obvious clichés." On Metacritic, the film holds a score of 50 out of 100, on 24 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".


The following is a track listing of songs for the film, Lottery Ticket. Songs marked with an '*' are just songs that can be briefly heard in the film.

Songs featured in the film[edit]

  1. "Workin' Man Blues" - Aceyalone (featuring Bionik)
  2. "Look At Me Now" - King Juju
  3. "Lord Rescue Me" - Jason Eskridge
  4. "If You're Really Hood" - the Handlebars
  5. "What You Talkin About" - Classic
  6. "How Low" - Ludacris
  7. "I Make the Hood Look Good" - T-Drop Roxe Karvell
  8. "Tim & Bob Groove 1" - Tim & Bob
  9. "We Like to Party" - Ben and Family
  10. "Mysterious Love" - Lamar J and Deshawn Williams (of Take 2)
  11. "I Be Doin It" - კლასიკა
  12. "Outta Control" - Envy
  13. "Gangsta Party" - Classic
  14. "Southside" - Johnny Ringo
  15. "I Can Transform Ya"*- Chris Brown
  16. "Money (That's What I Want) - Barrett Strong
  17. "Hallelujah"
  18. "All Your Bass" - T-Pain
  19. "Tim & Bob Groove 2" - Tim & Bob
  20. "Deez Hips" - Dem Naughty Boyz
  21. "Oh Happy Day" - Edwin Hawkins Singers
  22. "Whoa Now" - B Rich
  23. "Million Bucks" - Maino (featuring Swizz Beatz)
  24. "Tim & Bob Groove 3" - Tim & Bob
  25. "I Invented Sex" - Trey Songz (featuring Drake)
  26. "Standing in the Rain" - Al Green
  27. "Come By Here My Lord" - Tick Ticker
  28. "Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready)" - Alicia Keys (featuring Drake)
  29. "Let My People Go" - Darondo
  30. "Take Your Shirt Off" - T-Pain
  31. "Here to Party" - Classic
  32. "For My Hood" - Bow Wow (featuring Sean Kingston)


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