Today’s writing prompt is about chance and character development. Keep reading to see the full writing prompt and my completed version of it.

Today’s Writing Prompt: Lost Lottery Ticket

Today, write about two people who are looking for a lost lottery ticket that had winning numbers on it. Are they related? Friends? Coworkers? Are they being friendly or competitive toward each other?

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Completed Version of Today’s Writing Prompt

The Lost Lottery Ticket by K.E. Creighton

Pam and I decided we’d cover more ground if I looked for the lost lottery ticket in our cars and she looked for it inside our apartment. We were both a bundle of nerves and somewhat frantic because we knew the lost ticket had this week’s winning numbers on it. We even selected the numbers ourselves– each number representing a date that was important to only us, since childhood.

As I sifted through old fast-food wrappers and empty plastic water bottles on the floor in front of the passenger seat of Pam’s 2000 Toyota Corolla, wishing we were much tidier than we were, my mind wandered to our dream of owning our very own island. Since we were kids, we talked about running away to our own island where no boys were allowed, where we would eat fish all day and swim in a lagoon with crystal clear water. We were to call it Paradise Island. And now it could become our reality, which was perfect timing since we were on the brink of eviction and borderline starvation.

Once all the litter from the passenger side of the car was in the garbage bag I had brought out to the parking lot–with no lottery ticket in sight– I opened the glove box. And my jaw dropped. The glove box was completely empty, aside from the small pistol that’s barrel gleamed in the sunlight, blinding me.

[All Rights Reserved by K.E. Creighton and Creighton’s Compositions LLC. The above work is a piece of fiction. All names and locations referred to are the product of the author’s imagination and are used entirely for fictional purposes. Any similarities to real-life persons or places are purely coincidental.]

Notes on Completing this Writing Prompt

This writing prompt should prompt you to consider what winning lottery numbers might reveal about certain people. Where would you take the narrative that I started above? Do you think the characters will remain friends in the end?

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