Columbo (1971–2003)
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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 ...
Otto
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 Columbo is showing Leon the f-stops on the camera, he passes it to him lens first. The close-up then shows it with lens pointing away from Leon, then the next long shot lens first - at which point Columbo turns it round. 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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An entertaining late Columbo episode.
24 January 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Freddy Brower (Gary Kroeger) is an out-of-work photographer in the throes of getting a divorce from his wife Nancy (Jamie Rose). Whilst discussing the divorce settlement with her is watching the television & finds he has won the jackpot (30 million dollars) on the national lottery. His wife has not yet signed the divorce papers & so is legally entitled to a half of his winnings. So he consults his Uncle Leon (Rip Torn) seeking his advice about how to avoid losing half to his wife. He tells his nephew the best way around the problem is a "switcheroo". Give him the winning ticket for his uncle to collect the money which he will collect & later hand back over to Freddy without his wife knowing. Uncle Leon owns a jewellery business which is in serious financial difficulty & he has already decided he will keep the money & murder his nephew. This is a very good late Columbo episode & Rip Torn is an absolute hoot as the scheming, conniving Uncle Leon.


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