The Lottery

Hulk lottery 8

17 of season 3
John McPherson
Allan Cole, Chris Bunch, Daniel B. Ullman (story)
Original airdate
February 15, 1980
David Becker
Houston, Texas
Preceded by
Followed by

The Lottery is episode seventeen in season three of the live-action TV series The Incredible Hulk. It originally aired on February 15, 1980 on CBS.


David is befriended by a newsstand owner, Harry Henderson, who also happens to be a retired con artist. David is ecstatic when Harry gives him a lottery ticket that ends up winning a $250,000 prize. The new influx of cash can buy some sophisticated science equipment to help him perform the research needed to find a cure for his transformations. Unfortunately, he can't collect the money because doing so would reveal his identity. To get around this problem, he asks Harry to collect the money on his behalf. However, he has other ideas that lead to a great deal of trouble for David.


  • Bill Bixby ... David Banner
  • Jack Colvin ... Jack McGee
  • Lou Ferrigno ... The Hulk
  • Robert Hogan ... Harry Henderson
  • Luis Avalos ... First Official
  • Peter Breck ... Hull
  • Russell Arms ... Announcer
  • Jimmy Hayes ... Guard
  • Adam Thomas ... Steve Simpson
  • David McKnight ... Officer Clark
  • Jack Denbo ... Man
  • Christi Corso ... Mugger
  • Peter Bruni ... Lover
  • Charles A. Tamburro ... Helicopter Pilot


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Ending sequence (same as in "Alice in Disco Land", "Earthquakes Happen", "Like a Brother", "Captive Night", "The Disciple", and "Patterns")

  • Some amusing Hulk scenes (example:). While David eludes hotel security, he transforms into the Hulk in a ventilation shaft. The Hulk unwittingly crashes into a room where an attractive woman is stepping out of her shower. He pauses for a moment and gives a smirk, before continuing with his rampage.
  • Hulk out 1: Wandering around in the service ducts of a hotel (akin to Bruce Willis) only to accidentally yank several of the steam pipes loose and get a full blast of hot steam.
  • Hulk out 2: Beaten up and thrown in a closet, and while thrashing around and trying to get out, sticking his hand in a box of broken glassware.