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Sliders: Luck Of The Draw

The Sliders arrive on a world where there's no pollution, crime, poverty, or overpopulation, and get a rare chance to kick back and relax. Their luck seems to be running solid, because Wade wins the lottery shortly after their arrival. However, Quinn soon discovers the sinister purpose behind this lottery.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x10
Production Number: 70409
Airdate: Wednesday May 17th, 1995

Director: Les Landau
Writer: Jon Povill

Alternate Airdates:

Ireland Nov 22, 1996
France Nov 22, 1996
United Kingdom Nov 22, 1996
NL (Sci-Fi) Jul 23, 2009

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Special Guest Stars
Geoff Edwards
As Himself

Guest Stars
Nicholas Lea
As Ryan Simms
Alex Datcher
As Julianne Murphy
Kevin Cooney
As Ken Neisser

Co-Guest Stars
Ted Cole
As Friendly Man
Tim Henry
As Agent Jones
Michael Kopsa
As Agent Wilson
Nathan Vanering
As Father Fergus
Walter Marsh
As Fatherly Man
Kristina Matisic
As News Anchor
David Glyn-Jones (1)
As Elderly Man

Charlie McGlade
As English Charlie
Cameron Labine
As Rollerblade Kid
David Adams (1)
As The Operator
Mike Levy (1)
As Himself
Main Cast
Jerry O'Connell
As Quinn Mallory
Cleavant Derricks
As Rembrandt "Crying Man" Brown
Sabrina Lloyd
As Wade Welles
John Rhys-Davies
As Professor Maximillian Arturo
Episode Notes
Apparently, every penny you pull out of the ATM is a chance at the Lottery. Therefore, Arturo's $5 withdraw put him in the running 500 times.

Episode Quotes
Rembrandt: You fish?
Professor Arturo: I'm English. We invented fishing.

Episode Goofs
When Henry the dog is jumping at Arturo and he tells him to "Get down you loathsome creature", Quinn replies, "At least he's not biting you," but his lips clearly say, "At least he's not humping you."

If the people of this planet are so fixated on making it to the afterlife, why don't they all just kill themselves and get it over with? It can't be they believe suicide is a sin. The exalted lottery is itself simply a ritual suicide.

If the Lottery is designed to control the population, then logically there would be a Lottery everywhere. So why does the guy standing near the Lottery machine ask if they're from out of state?

Quinn gets shot in the back on his way through the tunnel. But if you freeze frame when he pops out, you see there's no bullet wound in his back.

During the television announcement of the lottery winners, Wade's surname is misspelled "Wells".

Cultural References
Book: "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson

The plot line of this episode is similar to the plot of Shirley Jackson's story "The Lottery". In the story, the citizens of a small village perform an annual lottery, in which the winner gets stoned to death.

Episode References
From this point on, Wade keeps a journal of the group's adventures. Strangely enough, this journal does not make a physical appearance until the Season 2 episode "Greatfellas."

Warning: Sliders season 1 episode 10 guide may contain spoilers
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