The BEST Episodes of The Lottery

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 13, 2019

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.

Rules of the Game

#1 - Rules of the Game

Season 1 - Episode 2

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 7.60
197 votes
Writers: Rick Eid, Timothy J. Sexton
In Extremis

#2 - In Extremis

Season 1 - Episode 10

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

star 7.58
127 votes
Mr. Torino

#3 - Mr. Torino

Season 1 - Episode 9

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

star 7.57
131 votes
Crystal City

#4 - Crystal City

Season 1 - Episode 5

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 7.56
157 votes
Writers: Peter Parnell
Truth Be Told

#5 - Truth Be Told

Season 1 - Episode 8

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 7.55
139 votes

#6 - Genie

Season 1 - Episode 4

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 7.54
158 votes
Directors: Tim Hunter
Writers: Kathy McCormick
Sleep Deprived

#7 - Sleep Deprived

Season 1 - Episode 6

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 7.53
151 votes
St. Michael

#8 - St. Michael

Season 1 - Episode 7

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 7.50
145 votes
Greater Good

#9 - Greater Good

Season 1 - Episode 3

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 7.48
185 votes
Directors: Karen Gaviola
Writers: Rick Eid, Timothy J. Sexton

#10 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

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 7.35
271 votes
Directors: Danny Cannon
Writers: Timothy J. Sexton