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Lucky You

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  8,723 ratings  ·  542 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
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
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
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.
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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.
Borrowed from a friend.
This is my second Hiassen book and I have a new goto author for when I'm looking for something to read. Funny as hell is the best I can describe it. Hiassen had the odd ability to keep coming up with oddball characters that have the most bizarre motivations and objectives and then weave them into a plot that is absurdly complicated and twisted.
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
Scott Rhee
Is everybody in Florida nuts? According to Carl Hiaasen, they are. And, oh, how gosh-darn hilarious they are, too. If you've never read a Hiaasen novel, you should consider yourself lucky, only because you have the opportunity to discover and enjoy them. He's one of the few authors that I can re-read and enjoy upon second or even third reading. If Dave Barry and Elmore Leonard had a baby... it would probably be very ugly. Pick up a Hiaasen book (it really doesn't matter which one, but you can st ...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
Adrienne G.
A lighter-styled read by a talented author. This book tells the story of an unlikely pair solving a crime. Along the way, they tell the stories of the people who've been in their lives and the unlikely intersection of those folks.
If you've visited the deep South, or in particular, Florida-- not the Mickey-mouse beachy Florida, but the Florida of people who are largely down on their luck, you might recognize a lot of these places and people.

The characters with the Road-side Jesus and Mary shrin
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...
Although Grange, Florida is small, it’s home to everyday miracles: the Madonna statue that weeps perfumed tears, a man with (self-inflicted) stigmata, and Jesus’ face in a road stain. In fact, the selling of religious goodies is the town’s biggest business. Our physical strong heroine JoLayne, friend to local turtles, wants to preserve the local wetlands. When she wins the lottery, she sees a way to do that. Unfortunately, a pair of incompetent white supremacist thugs in a nearby town also win, ...more
JoLayne Lucks stops by the Grab'n'Go to play the same numbers she's played every week for five years. Each lotto number marking the age at which she dumped a tiresome lover.....well they finally come good for her & she wins the jackpot! Unluckily for her she's not the only winner that week & the prize is to be shared with Bode Gazzer & Chub who aren't prepared to share! Cue some mad cap antics after Bode & Gazzer steal JoLayne's winning ticket but JoLayne's not the kind of gal to ...more
Jolayne Lucks wins the Florida State Lottery. Except she's not the only winner - two hillbilly white supremacist boys have a winning ticket, as well. She's happy to share the $28 million jackpot; hell, $14 mill is still a ton. Unfortunately, the boys aren't. They track her down and steal her ticket. Jolayne recruits Tom Krome, a newspaper journalist, to help her track them down, get her ticket back, and exact some revenge. Excitement ensues.
Oh yeah, and she's black.

So the story line was pretty c
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.
While not my favorite Hiaasen book ever, it does have the clever creations I've come to expect from his work: in this case, a town based entirely on sham religious shrines. Likewise, there are clearly drawn good guys and bad guys, who are so pathetic they're laughable as they set out to create their own militia. And, of course, the neutral character who just wants to belong somewhere and naturally hooks up with the first group of idiots he finds that will accept him. Unfortunately for the idiots ...more
Amy Malone
Hiaasen's witty irreverence kills me every time. It doesn't matter so much that he trots out certain stock characters - the staid, loyal black cop in white-man's-land, the romantic and athletically inclined beauty who might just kick butt, the evil Southern cracker, etc., all backed up by an assortment of crazies and shot through with environmental overtones (yes, somebody will righteously and eventually get eaten by an alligator, vultures, the ocean)

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Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
I think it was my mood was bad when I was reading this book because I usually love Hiaason's books. This one just kept getting nowhere for me.
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
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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 in southern Florida.
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