The BEST Episodes of The Lottery

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 25, 2020

Network: Lifetime

Set in a dystopian future when women have stopped having children, "The Lottery" reveals a world staring down the barrel of impending extinction. Remarkably, 100 embryos are successfully fertilized and a national lottery is held to decide the surrogates. As conflict, control and mystery over this global crisis unfolds, the government’s interests and power begin to dominate, igniting a highly controversial debate over our fundamental and personal freedom to raise a family.


#1 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 20, 2014

A dystopian future is driven by a global fertility crisis. In the opener, Dr. Alison Lennon fertilizes 100 eggs and convinces the president to hold a national lottery to see who will carry the prized embryos to term. Unfortunately, a battle over the control of the embryos begins.

star 7.58
472 votes
Directors: Danny Cannon
Writers: Timothy J. Sexton
Mr. Torino

#2 - Mr. Torino

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 21, 2014

The President discovers that Gabrielle has made a deal with Perry and confronts her.

star 7.55
181 votes
Truth Be Told

#3 - Truth Be Told

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 14, 2014

Alison follows up on the evidence James uncovered, but her investigation hits a dead end. Vanessa uncovers Darius’ plan to take control of the Lottery. Meanwhile, Kyle discovers the MayTwos’ real agenda and confides in Alison to help. Perry attempts to help Angela as she struggles in the final round of the Lottery competition.

star 7.54
189 votes
Greater Good

#4 - Greater Good

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Aug 3, 2014

Vanessa, Darius, and President Westwood deal with the hostage crisis. Alison and James make a strange discovery after testing Kyle that may lead to more questions than answers. The world reacts to news of the lottery as the U.S. government prepares to open the testing centers.

star 7.53
310 votes
Directors: Karen Gaviola
Writers: Rick Eid, Timothy J. Sexton

#5 - Genie

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 10, 2014

Vanessa has second thoughts about the lottery and consults Darius and the President about shifting the control back to the government. Darius and Vanessa discover the culprit behind the diplomat’s kidnapping and death while Alison and James quarantine Kyle as they dive further into the anomalies found in his blood.

star 7.47
233 votes
Directors: Tim Hunter
Writers: Kathy McCormick
Rules of the Game

#6 - Rules of the Game

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 27, 2014

Alison faces the aftermath of her actions; Vanessa, Darius and the president's advisors debate the next steps of the lottery. Meanwhile, Kyle and Elvis seek refuge with an old friend, until Elvis suffers a diabetic attack that puts his life in danger and threatens to expose them.

star 7.46
372 votes
Writers: Rick Eid, Timothy J. Sexton
In Extremis

#7 - In Extremis

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 28, 2014

The President announces the winners; the mystery behind the infertility crisis comes to a head.

star 7.42
177 votes
Sleep Deprived

#8 - Sleep Deprived

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 24, 2014

As the Lottery contestants acclimate to the pressures of their new lives, Vanessa works against Darius’ methods to control the Lottery. Meanwhile, Kyle meets an unlikely new ally, and Alison’s investigation finally comes to a head.

star 7.40
201 votes
St. Michael

#9 - St. Michael

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 7, 2014

Alison and James share their theory about the source of the fertility crisis with Vanessa. Separately, Vanessa discovers Darius has some co-conspirators as his plans to take over the Lottery continue to escalate. Kyle is asked to compromise his relationship with Allison by the MayTwos and Gabrielle takes the press behind the scenes of The Lottery as contestants face psychological evaluations.

star 7.37
195 votes
Crystal City

#10 - Crystal City

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 17, 2014

President Westwood and First Lady, Gabrielle, announce the two hundred lottery finalists and prepare for the opening night reception. Vanessa uncovers a startling truth connected to the kidnapping in China. Things become dangerous as Alison and James get closer to uncovering clues about the fertility crisis. Kyle and his ex-wife Tracy appear in court to fight for custody of Elvis.

star 7.27
257 votes
Writers: Peter Parnell