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3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  6,738 Ratings  ·  1,289 Reviews
A funny, poignant, and wise novel about a very rich underdog who shows everyone just how little his IQ says about his smarts.
352 pages
Published (first published August 2nd 2007)
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Jul 19, 2007 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perry L. Crandall would like you to know that he is not retarded. Retarded would be 75 on an IQ test, and he is 76. Besides, Perry takes care not only of himself, but also of his Gran, a crusty, no-nonsense woman who loves him for who he is and lets him shine his light through his own accomplishments. (She tells him the L in his name stands for Lucky.)

Perry describes his life in simple and succinct sentences that manage to be full of wonder and surprise. As he speaks, we see all too clearly the
Dec 25, 2007 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone over about 14 due to explicit sex and LOTS of swearing
Throughout the first quarter or so of the book, I thought it was going to be just another lightweight, insipid story about the triumph of the underdog. Well, it is kind of about the triumph of the underdog. It is about the triumph of the human spirit. And it really is about what really constitutes intelligence. And how great a part does our intelligence play in making us the best humans we can be.
I was worried that it would just be another "don't judge a book by it's cover" parable. And in a se
Jason Pettus
Jul 13, 2008 Jason Pettus rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this review, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.)

So what do you think -- do you think it's okay for a book reviewer to occasionally recuse themselves from reviewing certain books for ethical reasons, kind of like how judges sometimes do it during certain trials? Because I have to admit, I originally wanted to pick up Patricia Wood's Lottery because
Aug 28, 2008 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is part review and part commentary about the other reviews here. Many readers compare Lottery to Forest Gump. Besides the main characters having a low IQ in common, the stories are not similar at all. Forest Gump was purposely absurd and mocked Forest’s disability, while Lottery, in my opinion, tells a genuine and believable story in a way that is respectful to Perry’s shortcomings.

At least one reader said “I freaking despise ‘Retard with a heart of gold’ stories” but read the book anyway a
May 18, 2013 Filipa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart disse: "Nem a inteligência superior nem a imaginação, nem ambas em conjunto, contribuem para a formação do génio. Amor, amor, amor, eis a alma do génio."

Esta é uma das frases que estão incutidas neste livro e digo incutidas porque para além de escritas, se sente isto ao longo de todo o desenrolar da história. É um dos livros mais ternurentos e cheios de vida que já li até hoje. Um livro que ensina ou relembra tudo o que a vida trás, tanto bom como mau e ensina/relembra pr
Feb 02, 2008 Gerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading LOTTERY! I was thinking of three writers as I was reading it: Charles Dickens and Annie Proulx and John Irving. I was thinking of Annie Proulx and John Irving, because the language of the characters is so real and honest, and yet there is something unreal about them as well--not in a bad way, of course! And that's where Dickens comes in, I think. Ms. Wood's characters seem to be completely evil or completely good as are Dicken's characters, for the most part. The only exc ...more
Feb 19, 2009 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was great, makes you happy and sad and angry. But mostly makes you think about the good people in your life.
Patrice Hoffman
Aug 29, 2013 Patrice Hoffman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had me hooked at the first page. I laughed, I cried, and I really enjoyed this book. The main character was loveable from the beginning and I never got the impression he was "slow".... He seemed so logical and I was really rooting for him the whole time. I can't think of a more inspiring book that I have read this year than this one.
Dec 30, 2015 Petra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perry L. Crandall is a warm, struggling character and, as a reader, you're drawn into his story. I really enjoyed this story of finding one's way through difficult circumstances. Throughout the book, I felt myself rooting for Perry, hoping that he wouldn't fall into his family's traps, rejoicing that his friends were true.
I really liked Gram. She was amazing. Perry truly was lucky to be raised by her and Gramps. What a difference that made to his life.
I found the ending unrealistic.....too swee
Trish Severns
Mar 18, 2016 Trish Severns rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perry L. Crandall will be the first to tell you that he is not "retarded" (just slow) because he has an IQ of 76, not 75. The grandmother who raised him instilled him with self-esteem and taught him honesty and survival skills that served him well after he won the Washington state lottery. It was gut wrenching to read about the many attempts to swindle him out of his lottery earnings. This is the story of man who not only survived, but triumped, with the support of his benevolent employer and tw ...more
Nov 08, 2008 Princess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perry is not retarded. Perry is slow. Perry buys lotto tickets with his Gram each week and after she dies, he wins. And then his family comes out of the woodwork. But Perry is not retarded. Perry wants to be a businessman. Perry makes good decisions. Perry knows that love is important and money is just money.

I read this book cover to cover in one sitting. I thought there was too much swearing and there are some explicit sex scenes. I loved the cast of characters.
I found Lottery and took it. On a table in the lobby, where you procrastinate books you don't want anymore. For free. And so it seemed.

Read during vacation trip in Bulgaria

The narrator is a young man Perry L. Crandall, which measured IQ 76, but according his own words IS NOT RETARDED, just slow. And that is the whole book.

Despite the fact that Perry IS NOT RETARDED, he's a man, and men are retarded. All of them. I apologize a few gentlemen here. And if not, what about drunkenness, abuse and ina
Ricki Treleaven
Jul 12, 2013 Ricki Treleaven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This week I read Lottery by Patricia Wood. I. Love. This. BOOK! But before I get to my review, here's a little blurb about the author:

Patricia Wood was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She has served in the US Army, worked as a Medical Technologist, been a horseback-riding instructor, and most recently taught marine science in a public high school working with high-risk students in Honolulu. Patricia is an avid SCUBA diver, has assisted with shark research, won the Hawaii State Jumper Cha
Jul 18, 2013 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautiful, heart-warming book about a guileless young man and the relationships between him and his family & friends. He was raised by his Gram, who instilled within him common sense, confidence and a healthy dose of questioning others. He was blessed to also have several close friends, who look after him. Perry is "slow" but he is quick to point out that he is not retarded because his IQ is 76. The author's writing puts the reader into the mind of Perry and makes him a very real p ...more
Guillaume Robidoux
For a first time author, Patricia Wood is pretty kick-ass. No joke. I won't sum the story up for you, since you are capable of looking that up for yourself, but I will tell you that I've never been as emotionally attached to a character as I have been with Perry. This book had be laugh-out-loud multiple times, and had me this close (--) to bawling just as much. Really, really, really fine work here. It would've gotten five stars if not for the sappy, hollywood ending that I really did not enjoy, ...more
The first word that comes to my mind after reading Lottery is "cute". Not that that's a bad thing. Although it's not a deep and introspective book, it is enjoyable, although more than a tad unrealistic. The story tells of a young, mentally challenged man, Perry, who wins the Washington State Lottery, and all that happens to him afterward. As expected, more bad things happen than good, but in the end, you finish reading with a smile on your face. Perry narrates, which adds to the cuteness factor. ...more
Kateri Ewing
Dec 31, 2012 Kateri Ewing rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Perry is about as likable a character as they make them. What a fun book. A range of emotions, and a vivid cast. Enjoyed this one very much. And hey, don't be smart. A triumph of the human spirit, and a reminder that good trumps all.
Jun 03, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book that makes you think about what is really important in life. Nicely done.
Melanie Moore
Lottery was a book I bought light years ago with my previously reviewed book, The Tenderness Of Wolves. Did I buy it for the reviews? Was it on sale? Could I have been hoping that the secrets of winning the lottery were deep within?
I’m not sure, but I did feel like I won with this book. Not the big jackpot, but a satisfying amount that allows you to brag a little.

This book will be like spending 340 pages with Forest Gump. Their IQ is about the same and both share that charming innocence that we
Apr 29, 2011 Kasha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book. There was a lot of profanity, and a lot of the profanity was diety and f-word, the main reason I give it a 3. Is it still worth reading, with all the profanity? That is a topic of discussion that is ongoing (as is evidenced by books like Catcher in the Rye) and I won't attempt to get into those issues here. Suffice it to say that I was amazed at the wisdom with which the main character Perry was able to approach life and how winning the lottery changed his lif ...more
This book has 61 short chapters, which didn’t really work well for me at first. Normally I’m not a fan of long chapters, but these chapters were definitely too short. At first it felt like it was taking me a long time to read this book. Sometimes when I’m reading I’ll give myself a goal to go to the end of the chapter and in this case, I was stopping really fast! I changed my mind on that one and would look ahead to find a good stopping point instead. Once I got really into the book I couldn’t p ...more
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Dec 29, 2014 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookclub
Not my typical read. I found this book pretty sad and got frustrated at parts with the main character. I think this is because the book was written from the perspective of a person with a developmental disability. I think the point was to put yourself in someone else's shoes and the author did a good job of portraying the character's point of view, but after a while the language irritated me(it was fairly simple and repetitive). The main character's disability makes him very honest and innocent ...more
Apr 05, 2014 Leona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding and heartwarming.
Jun 03, 2010 Kirsten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It's about a guy with a low IQ who wins the lottery and people's responses to him. It's written by a PHD student who specialises in education, disability and diversity, and whose father won the lottery. It's given me a new found respect for those with low IQ, and it's been a bit of a slap in the face to my attitude towards them. The friendships in the book are beautiful. 'Everyone has a place in this world'.
Nov 08, 2008 Lori rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just remembered I read this after one of my friends gave it a review. The only reason it's not getting higher marks is because I don't throw 4 or 5 stars away very easily, they're for books that stick with me for a long time. But this was a very enjoyable read, very sweet and easy - I spent a nice day on the couch with it, not putting it down except to go to the bathroom and eat. Oh, and probably walk the dog.
Selina Young
I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. 3.5 stars. It was sweet and I enjoyed the narration. This book made me think and while I wouldn't have made some of the same choices as the main character I see his reasoning.
Jun 25, 2014 Jake rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my dear god! I hated it. I couldn't stand how the main character talked. It got really annoying really quick. I REALLY WISH he didn't have to explain EVERYTHING!

Bottom line- SKIP!
Jul 06, 2016 Danielle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Nope. Didn't care for this. Don't buy into the whole "having heart is better than betting smart" underlying message.
Lisa Hunt
Nov 27, 2015 Lisa Hunt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute book...told from the perspective of Perry - a twenty something, who is slow, not retarded. Perry's middle initial is "L", which he says is for lucky. He is lucky, because he wins the lottery. The story follows him from a few months prior to about a year after. He goes through loss, heartbreak and victory with lots of persistence and a pretty sweet group of friends. His family leaves a bit to be desired. Not a complicated book, but a good story. I liked that it was set in Seattle and I loved ...more
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Patricia Wood was born and raised in Seattle, Washington She has served in the U.S. Army, has worked as a Medical Technologist, horseback-riding instructor, and most recently as a marine science teacher working with high risk students in Honolulu. Patricia is an avid SCUBA diver, has assisted with shark research, won the Hawaii State Jumper Championship with her horse Airborne, crewed in a 39-foot ...more
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