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1980s & '90s

George Stringam

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Mark Driscoll has won a major jackpot. He doesn't want publicity so he comes up with a plan to surreptitiously cash his ticket in. But others are suspicious and will stop at nothing to get the cash for themselves. Things spin out of control and it takes all he can do to hang onto what matters most.



Short Summary

Mark Driscoll has a small circle of friends and life is good in the small town. Until he finds out he won the lottery. His life has suddenly changed, and not necessarily for the better. He devises a game to cash in his ticket without attracting attention.

Things get out of control but Driscoll manages to resolve his shaky past but in the process almost loses what is much more precious than money.


Northern Montana, South Dakota, Minnesota, Washington DC.

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Tragedy,Rags to Riches

Plot - Other Elements

Twist,Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence

Main Character Details

Name: Mark Driscoll

Age: 34

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Masculine,Confident,Faithful,Decisive,Adventurous,Honorable,Lone Wolf,Secretive,Skillful,Selfless,Patriotic,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Tammy Hansen

Age: 28

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Complex,Adventurous,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Honorable,Insecure,Selfless,Modest,Strong Moral Code,Romantic

Additional Character Details

Name: Richard Hinkley (Gator)

Age: 34

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass,Aggressive,Charming,Confident,Empathetic,Faithful,Heroic,Honorable,Masculine,Modest,Obedient,Patriotic,Blunt,Outspoken,Skillful,Funny,Sarcastic,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

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Development Pitch

We all aspire to winning the lottery but are we prepared for what might happen if we do? Mark Driscoll has won but is suddenly seized with the possibilities of losing his friends and basically what has constituted life for him. He dreams up a plan--a game--where he hopes to surreptitiously cash his ticket in without attracting attention. But as the game is played out, he comes to realize that there are other players who are willing to play the game for their own personal gain, and they will stop at nothing to get their hands on the money. Life spins out of control and not only does Driscoll risk losing everything that he holds dear, but he also risks losing his own life. He realizes that there are things far more important than money.

About The Author

Coming from the border region where Montana meets Alberta, Canada, George has always called the western prairies home. He loves to write and talk about life in the region, both in the present and in its often colorful past. While some folks might regard the area as dull and mundane, there are stories to be told.

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Western Plains and small towns

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Current publisher: Kindle Direct Publishing/Original: I-universe

Year Published: Original: 2000. New version: 2019

Hard Copy Available