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Old 04-30-2020, 05:04 PM   #1
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Default Looking For Lottery! (1983) TV Series (Ben Murphy)

Hi,
Another long shot here. Does anyone possibly have on DVD the following
TV series from the early 80's:

Lottery! (1983) starring Ben Murphy (best known for Alias Smith & Jones)

Lottery! originally aired on ABC-TV during the 1983-1984 season for a
grand total of 17 episodes and was quickly cancelled after it got low ratings.
The pilot movie was titled "Being A Winner".

Ben Murphy (aka Kid Curry of Alias Smith & Jones) in Lottery! played
Patrick Sean Flaherty, the representative of the Interstate Bank Lottery
who was assigned to locate the lottery winner and present him or her
with their check. Marshall Colt (previously James Arness' partner in
the equally short-lived 1981-82 crime drama series McClain's Law)
played Flaherty's partner IRS agent Eric Rush, whose job it was to
make sure the US Government got their cut of the prize winnings
from the recipient. The series told the stories of the lottery winners
and what happened to them after they got the money.

So far I haven't been able to find it. I did locate a UK collector who has
the pilot movie on DVD. It of course hasn't been released officially by
any studio or company. To the best of my knowledge it also was never
aired in syndication reruns here in the US.

The pilot movie was however released on home video VHS in the 90's
by Stablecane Home Video, but only in the UK. The series itself
meanwhile has been in recent years aired in Germany under the
title Lotterie! but is only in German. There is no English soundtrack.

I'm interested in this particular show because I'm a Ben Murphy fan and
have three of his other series, specifically Alias Smith & Jones (retail DVD),
Gemini Man (1976) (collectors set but recently released on DVD in France) and The Dirty Dozen-The Series (1988) (collector set).

Any help in locating Lottery! would be most greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

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Old 05-01-2020, 01:24 AM   #2
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I have these:


Lottery
1)Blood brothers #1249A
2)The spenders #1249B
3)Sharing #1248A
4)3-2-1 #1248B
5)Bigger volume #1247A
6)The price of freedom #1247B
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I have at least one "Winning Can Be Murder" from a summer 1984 ABC rerun.
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Old 05-01-2020, 11:07 AM   #4
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Hi siblis,
I'm glad you have at least 6 of the episodes. That would be a start.
I would imagine they would be from the original network TV airings
as to the best of my knowledge the series was never aired in rerun
syndication anywhere in the US due to the lack of the standard
100 episodes required for a show to be syndicated back in those days.

Btw I am working on getting the pilot movie Being A Winner but I don't
have it yet. Maybe in a few weeks, a month at the most, hopefully.

Please contact me by E-mail so we can make the necessary arrangements
for a trade. Thanks.

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Old 05-01-2020, 11:13 AM   #5
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Hi Ajm,
Thanks for the reply. I definitely don't have that episode.
Please contact me at your convenience so we can make
the necessary arrangements for either a trade or copying
in exchange for blank disc and funds to cover postage/time.
I would greatly appreciate it as I don't have the series at all yet.
I know someone who does have the pilot movie Being A Winner
and am working on getting it but he is in the UK and it will take
a few weeks, a month at the most, hopefully. Thanks in advance.

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Old 05-26-2020, 08:10 PM   #6
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I have these:


Lottery
1)Blood brothers #1249A
2)The spenders #1249B
3)Sharing #1248A
4)3-2-1 #1248B
5)Bigger volume #1247A
6)The price of freedom #1247B
Hi, an update here:

I now have the pilot episode of Lottery!, Being A Winner uncut
(not from ABC-TV) and episode # 13 San Diego: Bingo!
(Nostagia Television late 80's airing). That's 2 of the 17 total episodes.

Can we trade for the above 6 episodes? Please let me know. Thanks.

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I have at least one "Winning Can Be Murder" from a summer 1984 ABC rerun.
Hi, I now have the Lottery! pilot episode Being A Winner uncut on DVD
(not from ABC-TV airing) and episode # 13 San Diego: Bingo! (from
Nostalgia Television airing, late 80's) giving me 2 of the total 17 episodes.

Would you be interested in a trade for the Lottery! episode
"Winning Can Be Murder"? If so, please let me know.
Thanks in advance.

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Old 05-31-2020, 09:23 PM   #8
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I've found 2 episodes of Lottery! (1983) TV series starring Ben Murphy and Marshall Colt so far. They are:

San Francisco: Being A Winner (aka Being A Winner)
(from VHS transferred to DVD)

Episode # 13 San Diego: Bingo! (from US TV broadcast)
(* unfortunately, the middle part is missing because of video problems at the original source)

I am still searching for episodes 2-17 including a complete version of episode 13.

The show in past has aired in the US (Nostalgia Television, 1988),
the UK (Sky One, late 80's) in English and in Germany, France, and Italy
(however only in those languages on the last three countries, no English).

If anyone has the show from US or UK airings in English, please let me know.
Thanks.

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Id love to get episodes of Lottery. Contact me if you'd like to trade.
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Old 06-18-2020, 12:01 PM   #10
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Id love to get episodes of Lottery. Contact me if you'd like to trade.
Hi Silver,
Well, as much as I would like to trade, I wish I actually had something of the 1983 short-lived Ben Murphy series Lottery! to trade for, but at the moment I only have 2 of the total 17 episodes so far.

That having been said, I feel I need to clarify my post a little bit. I am looking for all of the episodes for Lottery! I've found one or two people here who contacted me; one has 6 and another has 1, but they either haven't contacted me to work out a possible trade or haven't had spare time to devote to it.
I keep hoping someone can turn it up. My luck up to now hasn't been very good at all.

Currently, I have the following of Lottery!:

(1) Being A Winner (aka San Francisco, Being A Winner) the pilot episode.
This is from a commercial VHS tape; the episode is unedited but has videotape-related flaws from tape age/wear/deterioration. However,
I consider it watchable.

(2) San Diego: Bingo! (episode 13)
This is from a late 80's Nostalgia Television (now defunct) airing/VHS.
Unfortunately, the middle portion is missing as the videotape at the
source had problems and went out; it has been replaced mostly
with commercials. At this time I regard it as partly unwatchable.
I need a complete version of it with no such issues. This is the
episode with "the Borden twins" as the lottery winners (the clip
is on Youtube) Dora and Flora.

I am basically searching for the remaining 16 episodes including a
better copy of San Diego: Bingo! episode 13. I think I'm good on
the pilot episode though.

In past the show has aired respectively on Nostalgia Television and
Lifetime in the US (late 80's), Sky One channel in the UK (voiceovers
advertising it are in their episodes of the 60's Western series Iron Horse
starring Dale Robertson and Gary Collins during its end credits), and in
Germany, France, and Italy (but the latter are in their languages,
no English soundtrack available). And of course, ABC-TV in 1983-1984
in its one and only season of 17 episodes.

If you have any episodes of Lottery!, a trade would be most welcome.
Thanks in advance and for writing. Have a great day and good weekend.

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