Before dying of a gunshot wound, a long-time patient gives Mark a winning lottery ticket, asking him to do some good with it . Several people step forward to claim the lottery winnings, which makes each of them a suspect in the murder.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Delores Hall ...
Alex Ridlin
Dr. Larry Wright
Jimmy Stevens
Monica Walters
Dan Kopper ...
Tupper Cullum ...
Dale Harlan
Kurt Soderstrom ...
Security Guard
Wendelin Harston ...
Tim Sherno ...


Longtime patient and friend Dale Harlan stumbles into ER and tells Mark to get something from his left shoe- it's a lottery ticket he gives Mark 'to do some good with it' before he dies from his shot-wound. Amanda finds out it won $13,000,000 but fails to keep it a secret. Hospital administrator Norman Briggs, who just gave Mark hell for using surgical gloves to relax child patients, desperately needs $6,200,000 for a new hospital wing he promised to name after Mr. Wainwright, the chairman of the board. The LAPD charges Jimmy Stevens with the murder, being found with Harlan's wallet and the murder weapon, but Jack knows the teenager as a harmless small thief, so he and Mark believe his claim to have found Harlan, and soon drawn in suspects. At Harlan's funeral, Dale's widow Monica and his gambling mentor Dr. Larry Wright -a dentist, Amanda infiltrates as his temporary secretary- both claim the lottery ticket to settle debts and promises, but Mark stands firm on the deceased's charity ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Mystery | Drama





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3 December 1993 (USA)  »

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The golden ticket
23 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ken "Dallas" Kercheval guest stars in this episode, where Dr Sloan is bequeathed a lottery ticket by a patient, Dale Harlan, who died from a gunshot. It turns out the ticket won $13 million!!! Three people (one of them Dale's wife) try to claim the ticket as rightfully theirs.

This is the 5th episode of season 1 of Diagnosis Murder, and was directed by Happy Days alumni Anson Williams (it just happens Scott Baio was also in Happy Days). This is the second time Anson helmed a Murder Diagnosis episode, the first being Murder at the Telethon (the 3rd episode of season 1). Interestingly, these two episodes, along with the 4th episode, Inheritance of Death, are like a trilogy of $$$ episodes where Dr Sloan is bequeathed huge sums, or huge sums are sought (Murder at the Telethon).

The Twin Dragon, a Chinese restaurant, features in this episode (you can see it in the background towards the end of the episode).

I think this was the last episode to be filmed and set in Colorado. Afterwards they move to LA without any explanation. This was a good move as Dr Sloan and his son lived in a beautiful beach house.

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