The Untouchables Season 1 Episode 11
Chicago, October 1932. The depths of the Great Depression, marked by unemployment and poverty. The only chance some people felt they had to rise out of poverty, if only for a short time, was to win the lottery or at the punch-boards. The mob saw this as an opportunity, by coming up with a numbers game. People picked a number from 0-999; their odds of winning were 1-in-a-1,000– the payoff was 600-to-1. The thousands of losers, pouring money into the mob, were never mentioned.
Serie: The Untouchables
Episode Title: You Can't Pick the Number
Air Date: 1959-12-24