Mega Millions Mania! Check Out Some of Hollywood’s Best On-Screen Lottery Moments (VIDEO)

By: Amanda Hasaka / March 30, 2012

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The Mega Millions jackpot is up to a record-breaking $640 million, and it’s anybody’s game! Though we won’t know the winning numbers until later this evening, Celebuzz thought we’d take a look back at some of the best TV and movie moments that featured people (like us) hoping to win big.

So, what are some of our favorites that come to mind?

First one for us would be Lost! Though we didn’t know it at the time, when Hurley won the lottery, the winning numbers “4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42″ would play a huge role in the rest of the mysterious series. Watch the video above.

Full House
On an episode of Full House, the gang tries to make Uncle Joey think that he won the lottery by putting an old video in the VCR (remember those?!) and trying to convince him that he had some winning lotto ticket numbers. Well, it looks like the joke ends up being on them! Check out the video here.

It Could Happen to You
In the 1994 flick, It Could Happen to You,Nicolas Cage plays a cop who can’t tip his waitress at a local diner, so promises he will split his lotto earnings with her if he wins. Turns out, he ends up winning – $4 million to be exact! His greedy wife (Rosie Perez) doesn’t want to share it with the waitress (Bridget Fonda), and the cop and his wife end up splitting. But the cop and the waitress end up with the best prize of all — love!

Lottery Ticket
Bow Wow and a number of others starred in the 2010 film, Lottery Ticket, about, “Kevin Carson is a young man living in the projects who has to survive a three-day weekend after his opportunistic neighbors find out he’s holding a winning lottery ticket worth $370 million.”

Windfall
In 2006, Luke Perry starred in a short-lived series called Windfall that dealt with the downsides of winning the lotto among a group of 20 friends who decide to split the money.

Friends
Joey, Chandler, Monica, Ross, Rachel and Phoebe got into a lot of shenenigans over their 10 years of Friends-hip, but perhaps one of the biggest tests for this tight-knit group? The lotto of course! In a episode that aired in 2003, “When everyone except Ross pools together to buy tickets for the lottery, Phoebe gets a prediction from her psychic that they will win. Ross, despite his skepticism, gets in on the action.” Check out a video here!

Early Edition
Before Kyle Chandler took on the role of Coach Taylor in Friday Night Lights, he played Gary Hobson on Early Edition from 1996 to 2000. For some unknown reason, Gary received newspapers a day early, and had 24 hours to “set things right.” One of the first time he realized what was happening to him was when he played winning lotto numbers.

Boy Meets World
On an episode of Boy Meets World, Eric is convinced he has some kind of psychic powers, which he tries to use to win big money.

How I Met Your Mother
When Robin’s citizenship is in question, she considers (horror of all horrors!) taking a job as the “Lotto Girl.” But not before Barney has some (hilarious) fun at the current Lotto Girl’s expense.

The Office
On The Office, the warehouse guys win the lottery! Which can’t be good for the actual office folks at Dunder-Mifflin.

Which moment is your fave? Are there any we left out? Let us know in the comments!