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Death Hits the Jackpot 

Freddy, a down-on-his-luck photographer in the final stages of a divorce, wins $30 million in the lottery. In order to not share it with his wife before the divorce is finalized, he ... See full summary »

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Leon Lamarr
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Nancy Brower
Gary Kroeger ...
Freddy Brower
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Martha Lamarr
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Det. Jack Stroller
Antony Ponzini ...
Gregory Lopiccolo
Penny Santon ...
Momma
Marilyn Tokuda ...
Judy
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Trish
Robert Alan Browne ...
Detective Lancer
Daniel Trent ...
Detective Braverman
Donald Craig ...
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Peter Schreiner ...
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Shane McCabe ...
Meyer McGinty
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Freddy, a down-on-his-luck photographer in the final stages of a divorce, wins $30 million in the lottery. In order to not share it with his wife before the divorce is finalized, he arranges for his uncle Leon to cash in the ticket and give Freddy the money after the divorce. But Uncle Leon has ideas of his own... Written by Jerry Milani <jmilani@ix.netcom.com>

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The champagne that George Brower stocks his refrigerator with is the exact same brand that the murderer from the previous episode, Columbo: Columbo and the Murder of a Rock Star (1991) stocked his refrigerators with. See more »

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When Leon is looking at the financial report towards the beginning of the show, the report is dated June 1, 1990. However, in the body of the letter there are columns for the years 1991, 1992 and 1993. See more »

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Columbo: You know, on second thought, maybe I oughta have our old car repainted. Jack, it's 25 years. I oughta do something special.
Jack: Your car or her car?
Columbo: I didn't hear that.
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Uncle Leon has ideas of his own...
27 June 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

For me, Death Hits the Jackpot is one of the better later Columbo episodes. It starts off a little slow perhaps, but it picks up significantly and doesn't have any more problems as far as I am aware. The story is interesting and well-structured, and the script has a lot of nice humorous touches between Lamarr and Columbo which was a delight to see, in fact I liked this episode especially for its less-serious yet somewhat light-hearted tone. The direction is as solid as rocks, and there are several good scenes, any scene between Lamarr and Columbo is winning, but the murder scene is quite intense, the denouncement is clever and the party itself was a nice touch for those sumptuous costumes. The music is great once again, and the acting is too. Peter Falk is exceptional as always, and Rip Torn is simply brilliant and seems to be relishing a very interesting character. Overall, delightful and one of the better later episodes. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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