Lottery Man (1919)

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Newspaperman Jack Wright (Wallace Reid) borrows five hundred dollars from his reluctant friend Foxhall Peyton (Harrison Ford), which he promptly blows on the stock market. To make good on the loan, Wright comes up with a scheme which also provides a story for his paper -- he plans to hold a lottery, and the woman with the winning ticket gets him as a husband and a 50,000-dollar bonus. It all works out great -- thousands of women buy tickets and the paper gets massive publicity. But there's one problem: Wright has fallen in love with Peyton's cousin Helen Heyer (Wanda Hawley). Now he wants to back out of the lottery, but the paper won't let him. Of course it all works out in the end, and Wright gets his girl. This comedy was originally a stage play by Rida Johnson Young.