Leslie Nielsen bought the winning ticket

29 Nov

Leslie Nielsen played a schtick longer than any comedian ever to come out of Canada.

He was also a legendary pitchman.

In the mid 90’s, he starred in several hilarious ads for the BC Lottery Corporation. You may remember them.

Before approaching a store clerk, he whispers to us that he has cracked the formula for winning the Lotto 649. He then walks up to the counter and requests that the clerk sell him the WINNING ticket. Back at the camera, a wink and a watch-and-learn smirk.

If you can find this one online, please share it in the comments section, as I’ve spent ages trying to track it down.

The spot had great writing of course, but Nielsen’s perfect comic timing made it the smashing success it was. Watch him in action in this Medicare spot.

Leslie Nielsen had something that made him one of the most in-demand endorsers on the planet: he was a lovable ham and didn’t take himself too seriously,

Witness him farting on a morning talk show.

A public and unapologetic adolescent to the end. That was the real winning formula.


10 Responses to “Leslie Nielsen bought the winning ticket”

  1. designingrenee November 29, 2010 at 9:40 am #

    Leslie Nielsen always struck me as classy, friendly, and uncontrived. Yup, he could even make farting on a morning talk show work.

    He will be missed.

  2. dougbrowncreative November 29, 2010 at 10:54 am #

    I quite liked his brother Erik too, for different reasons. You may know him better as Old Velcro Lips, the former Deputy PM of Mulroney’s government. He passed away 2 years ago, also at 84. Quite a family!

  3. Amy November 29, 2010 at 11:45 am #

    He was a master of deadpan humor that’s for sure. I was sad to hear this morning that he had passed away. Will have to pop in my Airplane! dvd in his honor tonight.

  4. dougbrowncreative November 29, 2010 at 12:29 pm #

    He also seemed to inherit the mantle of Master of Mugging and Pratfalling from Dick Van Dyke. I’ve always liked goofballs and think they are natural salespeople. Love the exotic way you spelled “honour”!

  5. Amy November 29, 2010 at 1:01 pm #

    Ha! Good one!

    Down here in Georgia, some consider any word that is spelled correctly to be exotic.

  6. dougbrowncreative November 29, 2010 at 1:12 pm #

    Touché madam. (That’s Canadian for “Good one!”)

  7. sweensryche November 30, 2010 at 6:51 am #

    A real man owns up to his flatulence. And beyond being a consummate actor and a comedy god, Leslie was just that.

  8. dougbrowncreative November 30, 2010 at 9:26 am #

    That comment was DEAD ON. And funny as hell. Thanks sweensryche!

  9. Michela December 1, 2010 at 2:29 am #

    I would have been under 10 years old when the Lotto spot came out, and I still remember it! Comedic gem.

  10. James March 21, 2013 at 11:05 pm #

    The little store where the commercial was done is located in Egmont, British Columbia. I went into the store at about that time and I recognized the clerk from the commercial. She is no longer there and they don`t sell lottery tickets anymore either.

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