Cold Case

Season 6 Episode 12

Lotto Fever

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 04, 2009 on CBS
8.3
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Lotto Fever
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The team re-investigates the 2007 murder of a mechanic who won $8 million in the lottery.

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  • For a two-year old case, this is pretty good

    9.5
    I remember when my family discovered that the murder was in 2007. "2007? That's not even two years! What a waste of time!" We soon ate those words. That episode was so good, I soon forgot that the people looked virtually the same when the murder happened. The plot was so involved, I had no idea who did it right up to the very end. I love the ending, when he yells at his sister, "I don't have any money! I gave it to someone who deserved it! The only person who never asked me for it!" Great episode. And the ending was unexpected, but reasonable. The montage was so sad....moreless
  • Not the most compelling story as far as a murder goes, but a nice story of people, greed, and redemption.

    7.2
    A garage mechanic wins the lottery and moves from highs to lows to his own death.



    A few things stand out in this episode. Right off the bat, I like the fact that most of the minutes are devoted to the story rather than an over-extended closing montage...the series is generally at its best (or worst) when telling the tale of people rather than dwelling on maudlin postscripts with theme music. The other strong factor is the inclusion of a genuinely sympathetic character aside from the victim, in this case, a struggling young woman who makes no demands on the protagonist but ends up being the only person he remembers when he must decide his wishes for the remainder of his money.



    The rest is standard, a lottery winner lives way beyond his means, gives money to a number of lost causes and family members, seeks out an unscrupulous financial manager, and is burned badly for his charity. The fact that his sister and brother-in-law are completely cold to what they have done is also a nice contrast with the overall theme.



    While I'm not sure this is the greatest topic for "Cold Case", it's an affecting exploration of human nature.moreless
  • Lilly and the team look into the 2007 murder of an auto mechanic who won $8 million dollars playing the lottery.

    7.5
    This episode is not bad, but it is not one of my favorites. The main reason why is because it travels over all too familiar territory. We have all heard the infinite number of stories of lottery winners who squander every penny of their winnings and wish they never played the lottery. So there is nothing here that we have not seen before. Plus, the whole subplot of Nick convincing the rest of the team to join a lottery pool was totally unneccesary and very predictable. It was painfully obvious that they would not win. There are much better episodes.moreless
  • A lottery winner finds himself surrounded by lots of fine possessions, as well as lots of people who want to be his friends. In the end, his instincts guide him toward his true friends, but a bit too late.moreless

    9.5
    I thought it was a well-written and -acted episode about the hard lessons of what matters most in life, and how people can get so caught up in the importance of money that they are blinded as to what is right and wrong. It also had a wonderful ending, with loyal friends being the benefactors after all. For those of us who cling to the ideal that good people are entitled to good things, it is a great ending.



    Also, did you pick up on the fact that the actor who played Ed was also Scut Farkus in "A Christmas Story"???moreless
Kathryn Morris

Kathryn Morris

Det. Lilly Rush

Danny Pino

Danny Pino

Scotty Valens

John Finn

John Finn

Lt. John Stillman

Jeremy Ratchford

Jeremy Ratchford

Det. Nick Vera

Thom Barry

Thom Barry

Det. Will Jeffries

Tracie Thoms

Tracie Thoms

Kat Miller (Episodes 3.13+; recurring previously)

Zack Ward

Zack Ward

Ed Dubinski

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Michael Rothhaar

Michael Rothhaar

Louie Demos

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Charlie Hofheimer

Charlie Hofheimer

George Sweeney

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Tania Raymonde

Tania Raymonde

Francine "Frankie" Rafferty

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