The Lottery Man
Cast & Crew
After graduation, Jack Wright, a football star, learns that his mother, who sacrificed to put him through college, has lost the family property. Foxey Peyton, Jack's wealthy college chum, gets Jack a job as a newspaper reporter, but his meager salary leads Jack to devise a scheme to make a lot of money quickly. He has the paper announce a lottery, costing one dollar per coupon, for a woman to win him as a husband, or, if she refuses to marry, to split the $100,000 grand prize with him. When Jack falls in love with Peyton's cousin Helen, he, she and Peyton try to buy up all the newspapers, but the demand for them among marriageable women, including long-standing spinsters, stout cooks, and black servants, exceeds their efforts. At the drawing, which attracts an excited crowd, Jack is not to be found. Disappointed and angry, they locate him at Peyton's home, where a struggle ends when Peyton's cook displays the winning ticket. After a moment's hesitation, she decides to marry the butler, and split the prize with Jack, who now can marry Helen.
Although this film was reviewed in February 1916, no information has been located concerning a release at that time. Unity Sales Corp. acquired it later in 1916 and released the film on December 11, 1916. A later film based on the play was released by Famous Players-Lasky Corp. in 1919. That film was directed by James Cruze and starred Wallace Reid and Harrison Ford (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20).