On this day in comedy on August 20, 2010 Lottery Ticket was released by Warner Bros. Pictures!
Rapper Bow Wow (formerly Lil Bow Wow) stars in this comedy about a lottery winner pursued by everybody in his ghetto neighborhood. His friend (Brandon T. Jackson) and grandmother (Loretta Devine) are the only people who know he has the winning ticket for $370 million, but has to wait over the Fourth of July holiday before being able to cash it in, but before you know it the entire neighborhood knows and everybody wants some. A girl who previously rejected him now wants to be his baby’s mama. The local loan shark wants to assure Bow Wow’s friendship by “loaning” him $100,00 to have a good time. Everybody has an I-need-money-story.
The downside is the community bully (Gbenga Akinnagbe) thinks Bow Wow snitched on him for stealing some sneakers from Bow Wow’s job at Foot Locker. So now he has to look over his shoulder. The truth is Bow Wow’s original dream was to come up with his own line of sneakers. By the end of thj4 movie that dream is realized as he and his real girl (Naturi Naughton) and his boy take his helicopter to his sneaker factory.
Lottery Ticket was directed by Erik White and produced by Matt Alvarez from a screenplay by Abdul Williams. It co-starred Keith David, Ice Cube, Charlie Murphy, Leslie Jones, Teairra Mari, Terry Crews, Jason Weaver, T-Pain, Bill Bellamy and Mike Epps. The worldwide gross was $24.7 million from a budget of $17 million.
By Darryl “D’Militant” Littleton
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