Friends

The One with the Lottery

Season 9, Ep 18, Aired 4/3/03
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  • Episode Description
  • Monica leads the gang, except for a scoffing Ross, to purchase a bunch of lottery tickets for the multimillion-dollar powerball jackpot, but while they gleefully plot how to spend their possible shares, a disdainful Phoebe throws caution to the wind. Meanwhile, Chandler frets as he waits for a phone call that could mean a new paying job and Rachel thinks baby Emma is close to saying her first word.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jennifer Aniston

    Rachel Green

  • James Michael Tyler

    Gunther

  • Alexandra and Athina Conley

    Emma Geller-Green [uncredited]

  • Courteney Cox

    Monica Geller-Bing

  • Lisa Kudrow

    Phoebe Buffay

  • Fan Reviews (8)
  • I like it when they're all together.

    By Kadodian, Apr 26, 2012

  • The gang trys and wins the lottery.

    By Black_Grace, Jun 03, 2007

  • really great and funny! =D

    By md4ever, Aug 17, 2008

  • "farts boobies buttcracks"

    By simpfan90210, May 06, 2007

  • Funny, one of the best, and exciting.

    By chris_friends, Aug 25, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Chandler: Hey, there's two messages. They could be from work
      Monica: Play them!
      Chandler: Okay. Here we go.(Plays messages)
      Phoebe: (On machine) Hello, this is the pigeon from the balcony calling to apologize. I shouldn't have knocked the tickets out of the pretty lady's hand. It was my fault, not hers. Bye. Cooo.

    • Joey: Hey, that is so great about the job. Chandler: Thanks, man. Joey: And I like to think I had a little something to do with it. Chandler: Really? What? Joey: Well, before, with the wishbone... I didn't wish we would win the lottery, I wished you'd get the job. Chandler: Oh, yeah? Listen, don't tell Monica, she'll rip your heart right out. Joey: Oh yeah.

    • Ross: (Running into Monica's apartment) They're towing your car, they're towing your car! Monica: I'm parked in a garage on Morton. Ross: They're towing a car. And I am seeing... spots.

    • Ross: You're not gonna win. Rachel: I know the odds are against us, but somebody has to win and it could be us. And then how are you gonna feel? We're gonna be all like, "Everybody, let's take our helicopters up to the Cape." And you're gonna be like, (Imitating Ross' voice) "Oh, I can't, guys. I'll have to meet you up there. I gotta gas up the Hyundai."

    • Monica: (About Emma) How do you know she's gonna start talking? Rachel: Well, when I talk to her I almost feel like she understands what I'm saying. Chandler: Kind of like Joey. Joey: What's that now?

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    Notes (4)

    • International Episode Title: France: Ceux qui voulaient gagner à la loterie (The Ones Who Wanted To Win The Lottery)

    • This is the final appearance of Phill Lewis as Steve. Steve was in 3 episodes of Friends.

    • This is the final appearance of Alexandra and Athina Conley as Emma Geller-Green. Although Emma appeared in 19 episodes of Friends, Alexandra and Athina only played her in 3 episodes.

    • This episode runs 22:39 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

    Trivia (5)

    • Trivia: Joey wants to pool all the winnings ($300 million) and buy the NY Knicks. According to Forbes, $300 million was the original purchase price of the Knicks in 1997. At the time this program aired (April 2003), the team would have been worth considerably more. As of January 2014, the value of the team is listed by Forbes as $1.4 billion.

    • Goof: When Ross arrived at Monica and Chandler's apartment just before the lotto drawing, the friends were surprised to see him. Monica said since he was there, she wanted him to participate in their lotto ticket pool, so she would put in $50 for him (and Ross then said he'd pay for the tickets himself). Since no one (including Monica) knew Ross would be there for the drawing, how did Monica know to get 50 extra tickets when she was in Connecticut? And why didn't this alert everyone else to the fact that Monica bought many more tickets than the agreed upon number?

    • Goof: At the very start of the episode when the camera zooms in on Central Perk, you clearly see a man in a white t-shirt in the window. However when the camera changes it is an old man in black with a hat on, sitting next to a woman.

    • Goof: When Phoebe runs out to the patio with the lotto tickets and they chase her. The window between Chandler and Monica moves up and down in between shots.

    • Goof: When Phoebe and Joey are in the process of breaking the wishbone, you can see Joey's thumb move up and down along the bone between shots.

    Allusions (2)

    • In this episode, Rachel is wearing an MC5 t-shirt, which alludes to the rock band MC5, or Motor City Five. MC5 were a popular band from the 1960s and 1970s known for such songs as "Teenage Lust" and "Kick Out The Jams."

    • Phoebe: You don't wanna win the lottery? Ross: (In a mocking voice) Sure I do, and I also wanna be king of my own country and find out what happened to Amelia Earhart. Amelia Mary Earhart was an American aviator who mysteriously disappeared over the Pacific during a circumnavigational flight in 1937.

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