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Lucky You

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  8,050 ratings  ·  497 reviews
A Florida woman wins millions in the lottery only to have her ticket stolen.
Paperback, 464 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Grand Central Publishing (first published December 12th 1991)
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Aug 23, 2008 Collette rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of humorous mysteries
Shelves: mystery, hiaasen
Rarely have I found an author that has made me laugh out loud so many times in one book. Hiaasen has done that for me in the books of his I have read. I love his wit and dry humor.
This is a great story about two lottery ticket winners in Florida. One is a young black woman that works in a vet's office and loves animals (keeps an aquarium full of 45 baby turtles that she saved) and the other is a redneck, white supremacist that doesn't feel like sharing the $28 mil., especially with a "negro". T
Kevin Hobson
Jun 21, 2007 Kevin Hobson rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people looking to sit in a hammock and sip mai tais
I was thinking about Carl Hiassen/Elmore Leonard books, trying to remember which ones I'd's proven challenging. The story descriptions don't help much because, let's face it, the plots are all primarily the same--some sort of mystery set in Florida involving a hard-luck hero and a zany cast of secondary characters, with just enough plot twists to keep you turning the pages. Don't get me wrong, these are great books for what they are--fun summer reading. If you're looking for complex ch ...more
JoLayne Lucks wins the lottery when the stakes are at 28-million. So do Chub and Bode, a pair of washed white-supremacist wannabes. The fact that JoLayne is black is not why they want to steal from her, but it helps. No, they want to form an Army to fight off the UN's imminent invasion. After taking her ticket, JoLayne gets Tom Krome, a cynical and mostly wasted reporter, to help her track them down. Eventually, a a Hooters waitress, a surly gas-station clerk, Tom's supervisor, a crack ATF agent ...more
True to a friend's billing as “irreverent, but funny”

We always enjoy “discovering” a new author, and when a friend lent us “Lucky You”, with the comment “irreverent, but funny”, we dove into it with pleasurable anticipation. It’s odd when you set out not even knowing a book’s genre, but the novel soon enough revealed itself to be sheer humor, with just enough of a light mystery to create a little suspense along the way. The plot was fairly original – two dumb, petty criminals named Chubb and Bo
With Carl Hiaasen, I've never had a bad experience, I thought that this was slightly weaker than the other ones I've read, because it swings very unevenly between some truly unpleasntly detailed racism and violence and racous comedy and religious satire, I was personally more engaged by the subplot involving the holy cooters(turtles) and road stain jesus than the main story line which involved two white supremicist thugs stealing a lotto ticket, the main storyline isn't bad or anything, it's jus ...more
This book borders on ridiculous which makes it funny. It has so many inappropriate things happen with his white trash characters that you honestly laugh out loud on occasion.
Julie Luekenga
How to bake a fun, summer read:

Add a black woman in Florida who wins half the jackpot of a 28 million dollar lottery.
Two redneck, bigoted criminals winning the other half and scheming to get their rightful half of the pot.
A newspaper man sent to cover the lottery story, who ends up chasing down two rednecks to recover a lottery ticket.
A town in Florida that is obsessed with profiting from religious icons.
One convenience store clerk searching for his place in this crazy world.
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I love the touch of humor in this book. Rather, it's the way the characters have been portrayed and you feel you already know them really well. The main character, JoLayne, around whom the story revolves, has an air of sarcasm about her. I feel her dialogue has been written really well and she makes you want to laugh out loud several times during the course of the story. The author has been quite imaginative in thinking up the story's plot. The concept of a stolen lottery ticket automatically se ...more
Summer Reads '13 continues with fun & guns in the sun. Because nothing says summer quite like a white supremacist getting high off pepper spray after being stranded in the Florida Keys.

I picked this up after reading Adam Gopnik's article in the New Yorker about the rise of Florida crime fiction:

"In the Florida novel, moralizing or minimalist, weather matters most. As one Florida crime writer suggests, in Steve Glassman's fine study-cum-interview collection, "Florida Crime Writers", when you
Jeff Yoak
Lucky You traces the adventures of two Florida rednecks who win the lottery and, upon discovering that they have to split the jackpot with another winner, decide to try to steal the other winning ticket. What follows is a romp involving Hooters chicks, Jesus-shaped oil stains on highways, misadventures with the wildlife of the Florida Keys and shady real estate deals.

I spent a decade living in Florida. I spent most of that time operating businesses such as telemarketing companies and private arm
This was a hilarious read! What do you get when you cross a street smart woman, a savy(if a bit burned out reporter) with a couple of bumbling, obnoxious self-subscribed Aryans? Chaos! JoLayne Lucks, just won the Florida lottery. Now she has just got to hang on to the ticket long enough to claim the winnings. Chub and Bode has won the same lottery and set off on a madcap adventure with plenty of beer filled episodes to ensure that they are the only ones to claim the ticket. Tom our erst-while re ...more
I have never read Hiaasen before. I find his style of writing to be difficult to get used to, but overall enjoyable. His way of telling a story leaves much to fate and even more to chance, but it is wonderful to see him slowly thread the strings of his seemingly disorganized world into one amazingly strange tapestry.
Hiaasen transports you into the minds of his characters, and despite their sometimes odious and malicious thought and deeds, you cannot help but feel connected to them in some way.
The perfect read for when you want to be entertained, but not think too much. Hiassen snagged me from the get-go with his usual blend of insane characters. I always look for the basic "Every Man" who is usually a reporter (check), someone passionate about the environment (check), a possible love interest for EveryMan (check), an ex-love for EveryMan (check and check), bad guy(s) who have some good in them (check), bad guys that are beyond redemption (check, check, check) and should be eaten by ...more
Shireen McQuade
This is my favorite of all of Hiassen's books. It is absolutely, laugh out loud hilarious! It starts off with this young African-American woman who has just won the $18 million Florida lottery but has to split the proceeds with a man who wants to form his own white supremacy militia. Hiassen captures the idiocy of such fools like this racist man as he tries to get away with stealing our heroine's lottery ticket. I've read this book many times, whenever I need a good laugh. My 17 year old daughte ...more
Dennis Fischman
A $28 million lottery. An African American woman wins half of it and proposes to use her winnings to save a wildlife refuge from developers. Two white would-be militia members (remember militias? They're still out there, while Bin Laden is not!)win half of it and steal her winning ticket so they can use all of it to fund their racist activities...if they can ever stop sniffling glue and posturing. And a reporter whose death has been greatly exaggerated. These are just some of the ingredients in ...more
Carl Brookins
Unbelievable characters. Out-of-this-world relationships. Fictitious fiction. Farcical, funny, sophisticated. All such adjectives have been and are used to describe Carl Hiassen's books. All are accurate. This author continues to produce unique, and very entertaining novels. Never mind that most of us have never met, don't know, and never will meet people like those who swirl through the pages of this novel. Yet, most of us can point to specific traits in certain individuals we do know which are ...more
Julie Decker
JoLayne Lucks, despite her name, hasn't always been the luckiest person. She plays the lottery with the same numbers every week--symbolic of men she's broken up with--and one day every single number comes in. The only drawback? Somebody else won too, so the pot will have to be split two ways. Well, not if the other ticket holder has anything to say about it! Or shall I say holders. White supremacists Bode and Chubb aren't satisfied with $14 million (which they plan to use to buy lots of guns to ...more
Chris Gager
Started last night and going down smooth and funny so far.

And so far so good. Notes...

- I hate to be picky but ALL lottery tickets remind holders to sign the back of the ticket.

- The initial premise is a bit dubious. Why would you commit multiple felonies to get more money when you'd already won 14 mil?????

- The author has much fun trashing low grade, ignorant racist redneck dirtbags.

- The plot strays frequently but is always entertaining.

- No bodies as yet...

- JoLayne's cute but not so smart...
Humorous novel with a bit of intrigue and religious eccentricities made for a very enjoyable listening experience on audio book!! The narrator did a great job and added to the listening pleasure. Key lesson learned from this story: if you ever win the lottery the first thing you MUST do is sign your ticket!! 8 out of 10 for me on this one.
May 03, 2013 AnuRa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Penny Hall
Typical Hiaasen: Florida, crazy characters, laugh-out-loud fun! I could've done without the estranged wife plotline, though. Fun summer reading!
Mark Farley
This is the first of Hiaasen's books I have read since re-discovering him via a second hand bookstore and am really enjoying him. As I finished it, I had to go to the library and get Skin Tight, Stormy Weather and Star Island out. Actually, I read Skinny Dip too a few years ago and that was great. This is unlike me as I find it very hard reading 'location authors' if it is a book that is set in a place that I have never been to. But this is really easy to read, the characters are brilliant and i ...more
Stacey V
Carl Hiaasen certainly has a knack for humor, but as a novel, "Lucky You" failed to keep me fully entertained. Drawn to the book's location in the Florida Keys and the loosely overarching theme of wildlife conservation (save the turtles!), I found myself merely continuing to read out of obligation (but to whom or what I haven't quite figured out). For any Keys dwellers, you will find Hiaasen does hit the regional references right on the nose. Nevertheless, geography and turtles alone were not en ...more
The Florida lottery has 2 winning tickets. 1 belongs to a quite black woman who works at a vet's office in a small town that is known for religious sight seeing. The other belongs to 2 racist rednecks who want the money to fund a militia to fight the impending invasion of NATO troops from the Bahamas. The rednecks find the woman, beat her mercilessly, and steal her ticket. The rest is the woman (and a kindhearted newspaper reporter that falls for her) searching for the ticket and revenge. In cla ...more
Ahhh, crime fiction, you and me have a funny relationship do we not?? I tend to always enjoy the crime fiction that I'm reading at that moment but I also always tend to...shall we say...procrastinate from it and start a variety of books while I'm finishing said crime fiction novel. NONETHELESS, I actually really really really enjoyed this one, it is definitely my favourite crime fiction to date and I'm just so so glad I read it. And it was also properly funny, the kind of well done humour that a ...more
Joel Allen
A light read & kind of weak in the humor department. An early work for Hiaasen, it diametrically opposes his usual style, replacing laugh out loud humor with moralistic lessons sandwiched by extreme polarity. The plot was clever, but poorly stitched together like a rough draft left wanting. Two stars, one because I didn't hate it...and two, because the author out of ALL places tied in Missoula, MT (where I live) as an alternative locale in this Florida satire. What a nice surprise.

P.S. Frien
One of my friends chose this book for our book club. I don't know if she was trying to punish us for some book she didn't like or what. It is unquestionably the very worst book I have ever read. Had I not promised myself I'd finish each book chosen, I wouldn't have gotten through the first 50 pages. The humor is low, vulgar, and not the least bit funny. In fact it angered me that she made me waste my time on this trash. I could not even give it one star. If you have any doubts about whether or n ...more
Carl Hiaasen's novels are hard for me to categorize. I've put them on my "mystery-suspense" shelf, but that's not quite accurate: there's generally no mystery about whodunnit, it's mostly about how the bad (and they tend to be very bad) guys are going to get their comeuppance. These are some of my favorite books to read in the summer, because they are fast-paced, suspenseful, and contain a satisfying universe where justice is often served, especially against the ignorant and the environmentally ...more
This was another book club selection. It was selected as a light read to follow "Tortilla Curtain" by T.C. Boyle. "Lucky You" follows two people/groups that win the lottery: a black woman (Jolayne Lucks) and two white bigots. The two men find Jolayne and take her winning ticket from her so they can have the whole jackpot. There wasn't a whole lot to discuss in the club. The book isn't very deep and doesn't pose too many questions. Some of my fellow book clubbers found it very difficult to read t ...more
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Two redneck felons from Miami win the Florida Lotto, but so does a quiet black woman from a small town known for its religious shrines. The men figure they shouldn't have to share their prize, especially with a Negro, and so they set out to steal her ticket. But JoLayne Lucks isn’t taking this injustice lying down. She has a noble purpose in mind for her share of the winnings and she’s not about to let those scumbags destroy her dream. With the help of a reporter who has lost his interest in fea ...more
JoLayne Lucks lives in Grange, Florida, a town famous for its so-called miracles (the weeping fiberglass Madonna that cries "real" tears scented with Charlie perfume and the famous Road-Stain Jesus). Now there's Lady Luck, for JoLayne has just won the Florida Lotto and plans to save a rare piece of Florida wildlife from being bulldozed into another useless strip mall. Problem: there's a second winner to split the $28 million jackpot. Bodean Gazzer and his sidekick, known only as Chub, are eager ...more
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Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida, where he still lives with his family. After graduating from the University of Florida, he began writing for the Miami Herald. As a journalist and author, Carl has spend most of his life advocating the protection of the Florida Everglades. He and his family still live southern Florida.
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