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Anticipation, surprise and hope for a better future – these are three ingredients that can be found in every news story about lottery winners claiming their magnificent windfalls. Reading about this people often inspires us to try our own luck by choosing few random numbers, but this isn’t the only kind of inspiration that lottery provides. Many authors throughout history used lottery as the main theme while creating their works of art, accomplishing remarkable results.

lottery ticket1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl’s well-known children book is perhaps the most famous work of fiction that uses lottery as a main source of inspiration. It tells a story of a boy named Charlie Bucket, who had lived in poverty his whole life, but in an amazing turn of events he wins the last golden ticket that grants him a visit to a famous chocolate factory owned by the eccentric Willy Wonka.

2. Waking Ned Devine
Many jackpot winners tend to say they’ve almost died of shock after seeing their numbers match, but in this hilarious movie directed by Kirk Jones it literally happens to the titular character Ned Devine. After his death, residents of his small town in Ireland try to claim the prize in his name and go to great lengths in order to fool the inspector into giving them the money.

3. The Lottery Ticket
Unlike lottery stories that you read in the newspapers, this one written by the great Russian author Anton Chekhov is full of resentment, bitterness and envy. After checking the latest lottery results and thinking they’ve won a major lottery prize, a middle-aged couple starts fantasizing about their future and realizes their visions are quite different, only to discover they’ve read the numbers wrong.

4. It Could Happen To You
In this romantic comedy, Nicolas Cage plays a New York City cop who doesn’t have enough money to tip a waitress in a local diner. He promises her they will share his lottery prize if his ticket matches the winning numbers and ends up scooping $4.000.000 the very next day.

5. Ticket No. 9672
Lottery also inspired the pioneer of the science fiction genre Jules Verne to write this adventure novel, also known by the name “The Lottery Ticket”. It tells a story of woman waiting for her lover to return with a great fortune he promised her after sailing off to sea. What she gets instead is a message in a bottle along with a mysterious lottery ticket, numbered 9672.