October 1932. The depths of the Great Depression. People were looking for any slight ray of hope. Organized crime, seeking to line its own pockets, capitalized on this sense of hopelessness by inventing the numbers racket. People picked a number between 0 and 999. Odds of winning: 1,000 to 1. The payoff: 600 to 1. The local numbers captains called it a lottery. Others called it a swindle. ..Read the full recap
Phil: Suppose I get rough?
Rico: Don't. I'll get rougher.
Flaherty: (to Phil) Why don't you just steal the money? Take it right out of their pockets like an honest crook.
Ness: (to Phil) Give 'em one chance in a thousand to collect that money. That's not a lottery, that's a swindle.
Flaherty: Send somebody else. I can't put that kind of pressure on a friend.
Ness: I can, Marty. That's why I'm sending you.
Ness: (to the police captain) If I've offended you, captain, please be assured that I meant to.