Life, Love & the Lottery
Widow Meagan wins a 50 million dollar lottery and experiences all of the positive and negative aspects of doing so, not only for herself but her children as well. Story revolves around Meagan and her two children's lives and relationships as they navigate their new lives.
Meagan builds her dream home in the remote Rocky Mountains where she can live in tranquility and nature, then unexpectedly meets a movie production crew preparing to film in her area. One of the location scouts becomes the love of her life which at this stage she never expected.
The story is split in 3 sub sections telling Meagan, then her daughter Madeline's and lastly her son Garrett's story. Each of the sections are intertwined and the timeline follows through each. There is love and loss, then love again as we learn that family is always there for one another.
Rocky Mountains, Alberta, Whistler, BC, San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico
Based on a True Story
Plot - Premise
Rags to Riches,Tragedy,Internal Journey/Rebirth
Plot - Other Elements
Coming of Age,Happy Ending,Meaningful Message
Mature Audience Themes
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Main Character Details
Name: Meagan Chambers
Key Traits: Adventurous,Modest,Charming,Aspiring,Empathetic,Gracious,Insecure,Romantic,Selfless,Educated,Engaging,Secretive,Faithful
Additional Character Details
Name: Jaxon Grayson
Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Confident,Decisive,Engaging,Gracious,Heartthrob,Honorable,Leader,Masculine,Sexy,Selfless,Funny,Romantic,Strong Moral Code
Additional Character Details
Name: Madeline Allain
Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Confident,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Gracious,Strong Moral Code,Modest,Selfless,Funny,Romantic,Secretive,Educated
Additional Character Details
Name: Garrett Allain
Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Engaging,Faithful,Flexible,Leader,Masculine,Educated,Selfless,Skillful,Visionary,Strong Moral Code
Life, Love & the Lottery, initially showcases the realities of winning a lottery and how it can be as challenging as is rewarding! Meagan Chambers fills a lifelong dream of building a beautiful log home in the Rocky Mountains that can be the home base for her and her children. A chance encounter with a production crew getting ready to film in the area sparks a new friendship/romance with a location scout. We get to follow the sometimes turbulent long-distant relationship of Meagan and Jax ending in a marriage. The story then follows to Madeline, Meagan’s daughter and her post graduation trip to Mexico which finds her in a new, local romance then lands her in a hurricane and the aftermath of clean up and life. Once settled back in Canada, Maddy and her new husband help her brother Garrett and his wife Ally through a stage 4 cancer diagnosis. After losing his wife to cancer a grieving Garrett finds love in an unexpected acquaintance, but can she be happy with moving into his ex-wife’s life as partner, mother and more? This story would make a great mini series or series of movies because of the rich characters and individual story lines as well as beautiful settings. There are also 2 additional books featuring their grandchildren's lives as adults. I could see this being a good fit for Netflix, Crave, Sundance or Prime.
Widowed Meagan wins the jackpot and moves into her dream home. She enjoys her wealth but it makes it hard for her to trust people until she falls in love with the location scout for the new movie in town. Some years later her daughter Maddy graduates college and meets the love of her life during a natural disaster in Mexico. Meagan's son, Garret starts a family with his high school sweetheart only to loose her to cancer, but he finds support in unexpected places.
Authors Writing Style: GOOD
Franchise Potential: EXCELLENT
Accuracy of Book Profile
The profile does a nice job encapsulating the story. The ages of the character details do not match up with when the different characters as the protagonist. Adding an age range of the characters as they age through the three stories also might be more accurate. For example Meagan is 47 in the first story but listed as 50 and Maddy starts as 19 in the first story, is listed as 22 but ages more for Garrets story yet Garret's story is 25 in the first book but he is still listed as his original age unlike the others.
Draw of Story
The premise that a woman gets a totally new start in life by winning the lottery and that she experiences all of the good and the bad that comes with it is compelling. The concept that the previous story are side characters in the next section is also interesting.
Each of the main stories focuses on romance as the central main conflict rather than the complications of the lottery as stated in the premise. Each of the characters has a bigger problem than their romantic partner and yet that becomes the central focus. By balancing the internal thoughts of the character to sound less obsessed on a singular conflict and person, they storyline will be more balanced.
Use of Special Effects
THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS
Primary Hook of Story
The hook is that Meagan wins $50 million dollars in the lottery and it changes her and her adult kids' lives. The change is also treated as a drama rather than a comedy as most rich people problems in media are.
Depending on how much the focus is on romance versus the lottery this could fluctuate in viewership. Depending on the attachment to different storylines a different season or episode or film in a series could have a different number of audience members depending on the relatabality of the protagonists' problems.
This is unlikely to have awards potential as a film series, but with deeply developed storylines of a television series focuses on the social issues within the relationships may have multiple nominations due to the range of events, locations and emotions.
Similar Films/TV Series
THIS IS US, SUCCESSION, PARENTHOOD, YELLOWSTONE, JANE THE VIRGIN, CRAZY RICH ASIANS
What’s New About the Story
The originality stems from the lottery angle as well as how wealth can and cannot affect relationships. By focusing more about the issues within the relationships themselves rather than the romances this could expand its uniqueness.
Meagan is generous but guarded with a hopeful spirit. Jax is a little bit prideful but otherwise fair. Maddy is generous like her mother but more service oriented. Garret is a family man and loyal.
Uniqueness of Story
This has a rare dramatic premise, but it doesn't totally deliver on the lottery premise rather its default focus is romance. For example, Meagan's distrust of people over her money is mostly talked about after the fact rather than shown and her kids aren't really a part of her storyline so the three tales don't feel as cohesive.
TV Series - Streaming, TV Series - Limited Run / Mini-Series, TV Series - Cable, TV Series - Network
WORK IN PROGRESS
While the story has many positive points, it has room for improvement (see possible paths below). If you can't change the story at this point, my suggestion is using your notes as a guide to highlight the best aspects of it when taking the next steps, either putting a pitch page together, a treatment, or a presentation.
Tips for Improvement
Making the stories more intertwined throughout rather than three separate narratives might create more lasting emotional investment. The problems of winning the lottery aren't really shown just discussed so showing them may make the finance discussions more filled with tension. Making sure Maddy's relationship doesn't feel so white savior-y in Mexico could also be addressed with a larger perspective from her husband and his grandmother. Adding subtext to the dialogue and more three-dimensionality to Meagan would also help the realism of the piece.