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What a Lottery! Colin Campbell Worksheet Answer Key Starter Level Summary Rick Drummond is a

What a Lottery!

Colin Campbell

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a Lottery! Colin Campbell Worksheet Answer Key Starter Level Summary Rick Drummond is a guitarist and

Summary

Rick Drummond is a guitarist and songwriter who

lives in Wallingford, a town west of London. He is not

a successful rock star, but he wants to be one. Each

week he buys a lottery ticket in the hope of winning a lot of money.

The story starts with Rick being so wrapped up in his music, listening and singing, that he walks into an ice- cream shop instead of the shop next door to buy his weekly lottery ticket. When he gets home, he finds that his wife Mary is leaving him and going to stay with her sister in Glasgow. She thinks Rick is wasting his time, and tells him he’s done nothing except write ‘stupid songs’ for ten years.

Next evening Rick is sitting sadly alone at home, as the lottery numbers are being picked on the television. His numbers come up and he realises he has won £8 million. He’s so excited he sits down on his guitar and breaks it, but then thinks it doesn’t matter because he can buy lots of new ones now. He also thinks the money will help get Mary back, so he decides to write her a song and go to Glasgow and sing it to her.

Outside we meet Barry Green, a criminal on the run from the police. He needs to get away quickly, and when a taxi driver leaves his taxi with the keys in at the petrol pump while he goes inside to pay, Barry seizes the opportunity and steals the car.

Rick is desperate to get to Glasgow, but there are no trains or planes from Wallingford where he lives, and so he goes out into the street and, by chance, flags

down Barry in the stolen taxi. At first Barry doesn’t want to take him, but then he realises he can make

a lot of money, so he asks Rick for £500 to go to

Glasgow. Rick says it doesn’t matter, as he’s just won

the lottery. He shows Barry the ticket, and Barry finds out that there is no name on the ticket, so anyone

could claim the money

!

They stop for tea at a café, and Barry purposely spills tea over Rick’s hands, and then tries to grab the lottery ticket he is holding. But the ticket is wet, the numbers are illegible, and it tears in half. Just then a police car appears outside the café, so Barry runs out. Rick jumps up to follow him, but slips on the tea on the floor, falls down and hits his head on the table.

A girl called Sarah helps him, but Rick has lost his memory. In searching through some documents to find his name, he comes across a picture of him playing the guitar. The girl is delighted and gives him her guitar, which Rick starts playing. It turns out that Sarah is a singer who has just lost her guitarist, so she asks Rick to play with her at a concert in Glasgow the next night. Barry Green is caught by the police and taken away.

The concert is a great success, and the story closes with Sarah and Rick on stage, while Sarah asks who a woman waving from the audience is (it’s Mary). Rick says he doesn’t know her.

Before reading

1. It is a game of chance where you buy a ticket and hope it will be chosen, or write numbers on a ticket and hope they are the ones which are selected, so that you win a lot of money.

2. a T, b F, c T, d F

3. a Scotland, b London, c Glasgow, d Wallingford

4. Possible answers: it is about a young man who plays the guitar; he probably plays rock music and he might be in a band.

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What a Lottery! Colin Campbell Worksheet Answer Key Starter Level Check your reading ChapterChapter 11

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a Lottery! Colin Campbell Worksheet Answer Key Starter Level Check your reading ChapterChapter 11 1. a

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ChapterChapter 11 1. a b 2. 3. 4. ChapterChapter 22 He’s walking down the street

ChapterChapter 11

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ChapterChapter 22

He’s walking down the street listening to loud music and singing.

Because Rick is singing so loudly.

He goes into an ice-cream shop to buy a lottery ticket.

He says that he’s going to be a famous rock star.

He thinks Rick can’t sing, he writes stupid songs and he isn’t going to be a rock star.

1.

a

F, b F, c T, d T, e F

2.

Because she thinks his songs are stupid and he’s going nowhere. She wants him to do something with his life.

ChapterChapter 33

 

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c, e, a, d, b

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Because he can buy lots of guitars with the lottery money.

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Because he is a criminal.

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He puts petrol into his taxi, then he goes into the shop.

3.

Because the taxi driver is in the shop and the keys are in the taxi, so he can drive the taxi away.

4.

Because there is no train station in Wallingford where he lives.

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ChapterChapter 77

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ChapterChapter 88

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ChapterChapter 99

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1. Rick, b Rick, c Barry, d Barry, e Rick, f Barry,

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Barry

2. He wants to take it.

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8. a

At a café to drink some tea.

Rick pays and Barry gets it.

He puts the tea down fast and it goes on to Rick and the lottery ticket.

gets wet so you can’t read the numbers. Barry

tries to take it, but he only gets half.

Because he hears a police car.

The floor is wet with tea, so he falls over and hits his head on the table.

Yes, he is. b It’s Sarah. c No, he doesn’t. d Yes,

he is. e Yes, he can. f No, she isn’t. g Yes, she is.

Yes, he is. i No, she isn’t.

Because he hit his head on the table when he fell down.

Because her guitarist leaves her and she finds another in a café.

Barry Green

Because meeting Sarah in the café was a chance, like winning the lottery.

They love it.

It’s Rick’s wife, Mary.

No, he doesn’t.

After reading

Mary thinks Rick isn’t a good musician, but when she sees him playing with Sarah in

Glasgow, she thinks he’s good. Maybe she made

mistake in leaving him.

He takes the taxi and he tries to take Rick’s

lottery ticket. 3–7. Student’s own answers.

assistant, b lottery, c ticket, d stupid, e suitcase, f computer, g money, h police, i guitar, j singer

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