The good news is that Fortuna Jane just won $58,000,000 in the Wisconsin Mega-Wins lottery. The bad news? At seventeen, she’s a minor, and therefore it's not exactly legal for her to buy lottery tickets. But everyone in Lakesboro knows their small-town convenience store sold the ticket, and soon there’s nonstop speculation about who might have won and why they’re keeping it a secret. Between an ex-boyfriend who’s willing to kiss his principles (if he ever had any) goodbye by resorting to blackmail and a mom with a junk-collecting obsession who can’t be trusted with fifty-eight cents, much less fifty-eight million dollars, Fortuna doesn’t know who she can count on. I loved how Pacton wove in stories of past lottery winners and their not-so-great-fortunes, giving Fortuna lots to think about as she figures out what to do about her jackpot. Altogether a wonderfully funny novel, with a clever plot and a cast full of quirky characters, Lucky Girl is a delight to read.— Jenny Chou
A hilarious and poignant reflection on what money can and cannot fix
58,642,129. That’s how many dollars seventeen-year-old Fortuna Jane Belleweather just won in the lotto jackpot. It’s also about how many reasons she has for not coming forward to claim her prize.
Problem #1: Jane is still a minor, and if anyone discovers she bought the ticket underage, she’ll either have to forfeit the ticket, or worse . . .
Problem #2: Let her hoarder mother cash it. The last thing Jane’s mom needs is millions of dollars to buy more junk. Then . . .
Problem #3: Jane’s best friend, aspiring journalist Brandon Kim, declares on the news that he’s going to find the lucky winner. It’s one thing to keep her secret from the town — it’s another thing entirely to lie to her best friend. Especially when . . .
Problem #4: Jane’s ex-boyfriend, Holden, is suddenly back in her life, and he has big ideas about what he’d do with the prize money. As suspicion and jealousy turn neighbor against neighbor, and no good options for cashing the ticket come forward, Jane begins to wonder: Could this much money actually be a bad thing
About the Author
Jamie Pacton is the author of The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly (Page Street). She grew up minutes away from the National Storytelling Center in the mountains of East Tennessee. She adores architecture, gardens, art museums, beaches, cake, and whiskey. She even kind of likes getting stuck in airports if she has a good book. Currently, she lives in rural Wisconsin with her husband, their two kids, and a dog named Lego. Find her on Twitter @JamiePacton.
“Lucky Girl is for every person who has ever felt unable to help those they love, stuck and yearning for a better life, and unwilling to give up on themself - or others.”
-Noelle Salazar, USA Today bestselling author of The Flight Girls
“With heart, humor, and honesty, Lucky Girl explores what it truly means to have enough. Jamie Pacton has written another smart, relatable heroine readers will rootfor to the last page (and beyond!).”
—Joy McCullough, author of Blood Water Paint
“With a fresh take on the many forms of love and grief, Pacton brings readers a unique dramedy about a girl and her lotto ticket.”
—Jennifer Dugan, author of Hot Dog Girl and Verona Comics