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Just a thought that came to me.
A dead man’s winning lotto ticket brings no good.

Have you ever considered a winning lotto ticket might be cursed? Ever since I wrote this one, I now hope the lotto tickets I buy are not winners of the Big Jackpot! As always, YMMV and enjoy the read. This short has been converted to prose and is included in a collection of my shorts, Aisle Seat, available on Amazon.

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Dead Man’s Money
“A dead man’s winning lotto ticket brings no good.”

Walt is dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that.

His lifeless body is discovered by his best friend, Benny, inside a makeshift shack in the homeless camp that the two call home. Benny and Walt usually spent their days collecting aluminum cans, trying to earn enough money to keep them in cheap wine (you know, the kind with the screw-on cap). Benny could never understand why week after week Walt would throw money away on lotto tickets. After all, nobody ever wins! But, in the clutches of Walt’s cold, dead hands, Benny sees it: the winning ticket!

Will the ticket will bring Benny more luck than it brought Walt? Not likely.

If you think this story has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention. You see, this particular lotto ticket seems to have a will of its own, springing from owner to owner when the time is right. It isn’t long before the same tragic, tough luck that befell Walt, sets its sights on Benny. Can Benny escape the cosmic, karmic, kismet threatening to destroy him? Will the ticket be satisfied with Benny’s death, or are there others in the path of the tornado?

Tales of luck, fortune, and chance, are the life-blood of cinema. As a witty, dark comedy that is equal parts Waking Ned Devine and It FollowsDMM is a mind-bending blend of comedy and horror, with the chipperest ending this side of Fargo. Perfect for a director with an understanding of biting, twisted humor, and a flair for the dramatic, DMM is set to be a festival favorite.

But, you have to play to win. So pick your lucky numbers and take a chance on Dead Man’s Money!

About the Reviewer: Dane Whipple is an educated fool with money on his mind. He is currently writing that screenplay everybody keeps talking about: The Wild Age. Contact him at dane.whipple (AT)

Review by J.E. Clarke
Submitted: December 16, 2019
Last Updated: October 19, 2020

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The Writer: John Hunter

Former Peace Corps volunteer, big ticket sales engineer, commercial graphic artist and packaging design consultant. More recently, I'm an award winning and produced scriptwriter living under the shade of a large oak tree in Central Florida. As a writer, my voice is character driven, slightly dark and quirky with a dash of humor. My dystopian horror Baby Soup won the 2013 Florida Independent Filmmakers Contest and four of my shorts have been produced. In July 2020, I declined an offer from mainland China for my mid-budget creature feature Snow Worms. Some of my scripts have been turned into quick and easy to read entertainment. These short story and novella length ebooks are essentially... Go to bio

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