The Lottery Man (1919)

Young Jack Wright offers his hand in marriage to the winner of a lottery, but after committing to the winner falls in love with another woman.


James Cruze




Credited cast:
Wallace Reid ... Jack Wright
Harrison Ford ... Foxhall Peyton
Wanda Hawley ... Helen Heyer
Fanny Midgley Fanny Midgley ... Mrs. Wright
Sylvia Ashton Sylvia Ashton ... Mrs. Peyton
Caroline Rankin ... Lizzie Roberts (as Carolyn Rankin)
Wilton Taylor Wilton Taylor ... McGuire
Clarence Geldart ... Business Manager
Marcia Manon Marcia Manon ... Nora
Winifred Greenwood ... Hewig Jensen
Fred Huntley ... Hamilton
Lila Lee ... Polly
Tully Marshall
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Ogle
Guy Oliver


Young Jack Wright offers his hand in marriage to the winner of a lottery, but after committing to the winner falls in love with another woman. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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Why worry about the high cost of living when you can buy a Husband for the price of admission? (Print Ad- Bismarck Daily Tribune, ((Bismarck, ND)) 28 February 1920)


Comedy | Romance







Release Date:

12 October 1919 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El premio gordo See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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1.33 : 1
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This film is thought to be lost. See more »


Remake of The Lottery Man (1916) See more »

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The Lottery Man (1919) - Lost Silent ?
16 September 2016 | by mpickfordfanSee all my reviews

Newspaper owner Foxhall Peyton ( Harrison Ford ) reluctantly lends his usually broke college friend, Jack Wright ( Wallace Reid ), who writes for the paper, five hundred dollars on the condition that he write a story to increase circulation. After Jack loses the money in the stock market, he suggests starting a lottery, in which the prize for the woman with the winning ticket would be him for a husband. While hundreds of thousands of women of various sorts buy chances, Jack falls Important note: This is not a film review. I hope to be able to find and add as many silent film synopsis of films that have a survival status of unknown or presumed lost. I try to do as much research as I can and it is not my intention to deceive anyone, for sometimes the film does exist and some presumed lost films are still being discovered. I am more than delighted if someone has knowledge of a film listed as lost but survives, as I wish all silent films did survive. I hope the reader enjoys this brief synopsis.

in love with Foxhall's cousin, Helen Heyer ( Wanda Hawley ). When Jack is unable to cancel the lottery, Helen leaves thinking that Jack is mercenary. After Jack is mobbed during the drawing, Lizzie Roberts ( Carolyn Rankin ), an old maid, produces the winning ticket, but Jack's maid Nora ( Marcia Manon ) proves that Lizzie stole it from her. Because Nora is in love with Jack's butler, she sells the ticket to Jack for half of the proceeds. When Jack finds Helen, her suitcase pops open to reveal hundreds of tickets which she purchased. They then embrace.

This 1919 silent comedy was based from the play The Lottery Man by Rida Johnson Young, produced by the Famous Players-Lasky Corporation, starring Wallace Reid, Harrison Ford and Wanda Hawley. The survival status of The Lottery Man (1919) is listed in the American Silent Feature Film Database as; No holdings located in archives.

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