Loterie, I Mean, Lotterie, I Mean, Lottery!

Loterie, I Mean, Lotterie, I Mean, Lottery!

Among the weaker memories of my early childhood is a TV show about two guys roaming the country to find people who had won the lottery and deliver their winnings. One reason I remember this show is that my young self was impressed with the concept and dreamed of being one of those guys. Another is that on one episode, a fan dancer discovers she has won while dancing and is so surprised she drops her fans. It took a while, but I finally tracked this show down. It was called Lottery! and it ran from 1983-84 on ABC.

Unfortunately, the only clips of this show I was able to find come from old ABC promos and the French and German dubbed versions, in which the show is called Loterie or Lotterie.



From these, I was able to cobble together the gist of the story. One fellow goes around to find the winners and the other fella goes with him to make sure the winners pay their taxes. Every show took them to a different city. Shots of the city were shown in each show’s opening to the accompaniment of the series’ very 70-ish theme song.

I was even able to find the clip of the fan dancer, who turns out to be none other than Judy Landers, in this promo. I remembered this particular scene being part of a montage which I thought was the show’s opening. Since that doesn’t seem to be the case, this promo must be the montage I remember.


Sadly, the show only lasted one season, which is probably why I had such a hard time finding info on it. And that’s understandable. It had some problems that are much more obvious to me now, some 28 years later. I still love the concept, though. I still want to be one of those guys. And more than anything, I still remember those fans.


Doug is a child of the 80s who was raised in Ohio and is now living the life of oblivion in the bay area of California.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. I barely remeber this show. I was in 5th grade when it was on, and at the time wasn’t really familiar with the concept of a Lottery.

  2. And it has that wonderful gravely voice coated in caramel of Ernie Anderson.

  3. Wow, Doug, thanks for sharing this. I have absolutely no memory of this show!

  4. I don’t think I really understood what a lottery was either. It was in the same category as the foundations that MacGuyver and Knight Rider worked for, just the premise to get the action going.

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