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Updated: May 19, 2017 11:10 AM EDT

5 Winning Lottery Books

Whether or not you play the lottery regularly, you have heard dramatic stories of lottery winners and the intrigue and drama that sudden wealth can bring. Certainly as a reader you can appreciate that opening a new book is a bit of a draw; are you starting a real page-turner or something that will put you to sleep in no time?

In honor of the inherent drama in the lottery, here are five books with lottery themed plots. Read on and take a chance, buying a lotto ticket online with one of these stories, you might end up a real winner.

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The Lottery Ticket by Jules Verne

Jules Verne is best known for his classic works 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in 80 Days, however, he also penned the nautically themed lottery story The Lottery Ticket. Hulda Hansen's fiancé Ole Kamp is lost at sea after setting out on a fishing voyage. One day, Hansen finds a bottle that had washed up on the shore with a message from her Kamp and a lottery ticket, No, 9672. As the story of Kamp's disappearance and Hansen finding the bottle spread, anticipation for the lottery draw begins to rise.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Willy Wonka, an eccentric and reclusive candy factory owner, randomly places golden tickets inside chocolate bars. Those lucky enough to buy a chocolate bar with a golden ticket get a chance to tour the candy factory. Charlie Bucket is a poor, humble boy who finds the last golden ticket in an incredible stroke of luck. Charlie's resulting adventure in the Wonka's chocolate factory is an unforgettable masterpiece of imagination for children and adults alike.

Lottery by Patricia Wood

Patricia Wood's Lottery is the story of Perry Crandall, a 31 year old with an IQ of 76. Perry was brought up by his grandmother, who lovingly taught him all the things he would need to know to survive in the world, including to play the lottery every week. When Perry is 31 his Gram passes away, leaving him alone in the world. One day, Perry's weekly lottery ticket turns out to be a winner, worth $12 million in the Washington State Lottery. Perry's sudden wealth bring all kinds of people out of the woodwork, not all of whom have his best interest in mind. Nominated for the 2008 Orange Prize for Fiction.

Molly's Millions by Victoria Connelly

Florist Molly Bailey wins £4.2 million and decides to give most of the money away, much to the chagrin of her brother. Down and out journalist Tom Mackenzie gets wind of the story and realizes that it's just what he needs to revive his career. Will Molly's charitable inclinations stand the test of the forces conspiring against her?

Million Dollar Dilemma by Judy Baer

A preacher's daughter, Cassia, is blessed with a $20 million lottery windfall. However, it's too soon to say if this blessing is really a curse as Cassia has trouble dealing with her newfound wealth. Is the new man in her life really into her, or just her money?

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