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Weekend Assignment: The Lottery

Mega Millions tickets

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The recent Mega Millions jackpot spawned lots of money talk among my friends and colleagues. It seemed that everyone had dreams about how to spend the money… well, almost everyone. When the topic came up at a PR meeting, one of the women remarked that she knew seven people who had won large amounts of money through the lottery. She didn’t consider any of them “lucky.”

I was particularly struck by her tale of a fellow who, after winning a large sum, was awakened in the wee hours of the morning by an unknown man hammering on his front door. The man was accompanied by a small child. According to the man, the child had an illness and would die if he didn’t find the money to pay for treatment. Money he expected the lottery winner to pony up right there on the doorstep.

That would be a sad enough scam, but the story doesn’t end there.

Not only was the child not sick (no surprise there, right?) he didn’t belong to the man. The stranger on the doorstep had stolen a child to use in his scam.

Now we come to your assignment. Point of view in any story colors the way it is told. This weekend, your job is to consider all the different points of view you could use to tell this tale. How would the scammer tell the tale? The lottery winner? The child? Which POV interests you the most? Choose the one you like best and build a story around this scenario.

Happy writing!


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