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The Lottery Ticket

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When Ivan Dmitritch's wife, Masha, invests her money in the lottery, he can help but feel it is a foolish waste of timing. However, having read through the rest of the paper, he agrees to check the numbers for his wife at her request. To his astonishment, the series number of Masha's lottery ticket matches the winning series number. Without checking the rest of the number ...more
Published (first published February 22nd 2001)
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Huda Aweys
Nov 28, 2014 Huda Aweys rated it it was ok
لما فسحه من الحلم يستدعيها شخص بسيط سيطرت على رؤاه قيم المجتمعات المادية ، و يفوق بعدها مصدوم على حقيقة وضعه .. طبيعي يكره نفسه و اهله و مجتمعه كمان ، و دى مشكله ماكانتش موجودة بالمناسبة في مجتمعاتنا الشرقيه الروحانيه المؤمنه قبل كده لكن ابتدت تتسرب الينا للأسف ، .. و بقى لمجرد ان حياة شخص ما موش كامله من وجهة نظره لأنها موش مزينة كفايه بالمنتجات الاستهلاكيه اياها اللى محاوطانا من كل اتجاه سبب كافى عشان ينتحر مثلا !! ، قصة قصيرة بعنوان (بطاقة الياناصيب) - لتشيكوف ، نقلتهالكم توفيرا للبحث و الجهد ...more
Very short. Very humorous. Very Chekhov. Well worth 15 minutes to listen on Librivox.
Ibrahim Saad
Sep 09, 2014 Ibrahim Saad rated it liked it
تذكرت قول الشافعي :
العبدُ حرٌّ إن قَنَعْ والحرُّ عبدٌ إن طمع
فاقنعْ ولا تطمعْ فلاَ شيءٌ يشينُ سوى الطمع

Apr 20, 2014 Tahera rated it it was amazing
I wonder how The Lottery Ticket didn't make it to my high school literature textbook. I remember ready another one of Chekhov's work in school and although I've sadly forgotten the title, I still remember Chekhov's name, a sign which compelled me to read The Lottery Ticket - and it is such a refreshing read! His understanding of the human mind is amazing. It's funny how Ivan and his wife turn against each in a matter of minutes without even uttering any words of hate! Years later, I'll be just a ...more
P.H. Wilson
May 15, 2016 P.H. Wilson rated it liked it
Real rating 6.3/10
A very short story musing on the nature of humanity. A telling piece in regards to humanity's greedy nature and one that many people could easily relate to as all human's drift off into the realm of deluded fantasies and the ego that grows exponentially with in them.
In terms of prose not his greatest work but still one that hits hard with what few lines are presented. A decent quick read that leaves one thinking for several minutes after completion.
Scott Harris
Jan 21, 2013 Scott Harris rated it it was amazing
This is another wonderful tale from Chekhov, whose insight into human character is amazing. He dissects the mental process of anticipating to win a comparable boatload of money, as excitement turns into resentment and back into something else. Anyone who has ever obsessed about similar possibilities can probably resonate to some degree with the emotions and thoughts of those involved.
Moataz Ibrahim
Mar 04, 2015 Moataz Ibrahim rated it really liked it
A short story by Chekhov follows the processing of the concept winning the Lottery by a married couple. It began with utter happiness and joy, building dreams and so on, but eventually it drifted to hatred, greed and jealousy just before they realize their card wasn't the winner one after all. It gives you the portrayal of building castles of sand on a stormy day where tide is high.
May 12, 2014 Melinda rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Chekhov scores with his haunting and mellifluous style in The Lottery Ticket. The message is loud and clear in this short story - money does not buy love and has, the potential to destroy it. A short story many will relate to in some way.
Jul 22, 2015 Jitendra rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
The day dreaming in the hope of winning a lottery is hilarious. But the end was very much predictable.
Moral - You do not respect the money if it is not hard earned.
Jan 28, 2016 Fa6amie rated it did not like it
I don't know what i just read ._. all i know is that it was very pointless!
Mayank Saboo
Sep 14, 2013 Mayank Saboo rated it liked it
I had this for my school syllabus. good.
قمر محمد
Mar 07, 2017 قمر محمد rated it really liked it
عندما تُسيطر عليك الأحلام لدرجة تجعلك تصدقها فإنك سوف تقع و تنهزم عندما تستيقظ مجدداً علي الواقع المر وسترفضه حتى وان كنت ترضى به قبل قليل
Pradnya K.
Dec 17, 2016 Pradnya K. rated it really liked it
Such a musing of an ordinary man, seen from a wise angle!
Keith Moser
Apr 27, 2016 Keith Moser rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, e-book
Had to try another story on and I figured this short one by Anton Chekhov could be interesting.

The story starts with a husband checking the newspaper to see if the lottery ticket his wife bought is a winner. The first half of the number matches the $75,000 winner. The two begin to imagine what they would do with the money. The story is fewer than 2000 words so I can't summarize it much more without spoiling the whole thing.

It's a fascinating look into the human mind. I enjoyed
Feb 23, 2016 Ahmed rated it liked it
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قال أبو فِراس الحمداني: إِنَّ الْغَـنِـيَّ هُـوَ الْغَنِـيُّ بِنَفْسِـهِ * وَلَـوْ أَنَّهُ عَارِي الْمَنَاكِبِ حَافِي
مَا كُـلُّ مَا فَـوْقَ الْبَسِيطَـةِ كَافِيًا * وَإِذَا قَنِعْتَ فَبَعْـضُ شَيءٍ كَافِ
في مثل شعبي قوي التعبير بيقول: أتلم تنتون على تنتن واحد نتن و التاني -مراته - أنتن.
الخلاصة: إن القناعة كنز لا ينفى، فيارب أرزقنا الرضى وغنى النفس.
Sneh Pradhan
Jul 03, 2013 Sneh Pradhan rated it really liked it
Chekhov's insight into humanity , its emotions, tendencies & all attendant idiosyncrasies make almost all his stories gems of the priceless kind . I have developed this fantasy of time-travelling to Chekhov's clinic ( or whatever it was called at the time ) and witness how he dealt with his patients !!! ( Being a doctor myself : D )
Jun 08, 2015 TarasProkopyuk rated it really liked it
Порадовались, помечтали, и приземлились... ))

Но самое примечательное то, что достаточно только одних таких мечтаний, чтобы проявилась подлинная сущность человека. А что было бы, если билет был выигрышным?...
Viji  (Bookish endeavors)
Old wine in an older bottle. It was so predictable that it took away the pleasure of reading. The only interesting thing was the way in which the emotions of the couple change,from excitement to hatred to despair. It's more or less of 'story with a moral' type.
May 11, 2014 Brittany rated it liked it
Interesting premise. It could have actually been shorter than it was. Much of the internal dialogue began to feel like a filler even though the story itself isn't long at all. That said, it still works narrative-wise and is an enjoyable read. I love the whole idea of this.
Jul 13, 2015 Keith rated it really liked it
"The Lottery Ticket" is a short 'what if' story. A married couple speculate on a possible big win with their lottery ticket. Their thoughts of money compromise their love for each other.
story also found at:
Abhishek Sharma
Jul 22, 2014 Abhishek Sharma rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story..
Chekhov's marvelous writing and the perfectly blended emotions in his writing are purely icing on the cake..
truly good...
Wen J
Oct 29, 2015 Wen J rated it it was amazing
Excellent short story that exposes the selfishness and jealousy, even among couples, after a sudden change in wealth.
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Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was born in the small seaport of Taganrog, southern Russia, the son of a grocer. Chekhov's grandfather was a serf, who had bought his own freedom and that of his three sons in 1841. He also taught himself to read and write. Yevgenia Morozova, Chekhov's mother, was the daughter of a cloth merchant.

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“To torment and tantalize oneself with hopes of possible fortune is so sweet, so thrilling!” 6 likes
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