Lucky Number

A Donald Duck Cartoon

Release Date : July 20, 1951

Running Time : 6:39


Service Station owner Donald wins a car from a sweepstake ticket (a new Zoom V-8) and Huey, Dewey, and Louie decide to pick it up for him.


Donald Duck
Huey, Dewey and Louie


Jack Hannah
Volus Jones
Bill Justice
Bob Carlson
George Kreisl
Thelma Witmer
Effects Animation
Blaine Gibson
Yale Gracey
Bill Berg
Nick George
Paul J. Smith


United States
Kids is Kids starring Donald Duck
Tick, Trick und Tracks Größte Hits
Donald Ich bin der Grösste
Donald Duck in die Größte Show der Welt
Le Meilleur de Riri, Fifi, LouLou
Donald Superstar
I Capolavori di Qui Quo Qua


United States
Disney Cartoon Parade Volume 3


Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck Cartoon Collections Volume 2
Kids is Kids Starring Donald Duck
Donald's Golden Jubilee


United States
Disney Treasures : Wave 8 : The Chronological Donald Volume 4
Walt Disney's Funny Factory with Huey, Dewey and Louie
Walt Disney's Funny Factory with Huey, Dewey and Louie


The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 51: Triple Trouble
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 18
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 28

Technical Specification

Color Type: Technicolor
Animation Type: Standard animation
Sound Mix: Mono
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Negative Format: 35mm
Print Format: 35mm
Cinematographic Process: Spherical
Original Language: English


From Tom Wilkins : Call this the worst promotional nightmare for Donald Duck and his nephews. As Huey, Dewey, and Louie work on an older car, one of them gets accidentally nailed in the face with oil. As he complains, the radio announces a bulletin about a lottery number that would be announced. Whomever has the lucky number win a brand new Zoom V-8.

Donald, of course, holds one of the tickets. As he puts himself in front of the radio anticipating the announcement, he pulls his ticket out. The drawing takes place and the winning number is 3-4-2. Unfortunately, Donald has 3-4-1. As he removes his finger from the last number of the ticket, and finds that it does not match, Donald throws the ticket in disgust. The ticket somehow lands under a drawer. As Donald walks away, the radio announcer suddenly announces that there was a slight error, and that 3-4-2 was the winning number. The nephews quickly take notice and are elated that Uncle Donald won. Little does Donald know what was about to happen.

The nephews formulate a plan, wanting to pick up the car so that Donald would be surprised. Of course Donald sees the nephews pull up to his gas station so that they could get gas. However, Donald asks them for money to pay for it, and the nephews could only come up with a couple of coins combined. Thus, the plan has to go to round 2, and the nephews come up with a very sophisticated idea.

Huey, Dewey, and Louie combine to dress up as a tall lady. Obviously, for effect, they climb on top of one another and put a long dress on to hide their evidence. One of the nephews puts on makeup (for obvious reasons). To top it all off, they cut off a picture of the Zoom V-8 from a billboard and strap it on to the left side of the car (where the gas tank is).

With the plan all set to go, Donald notices the stylish car (at least he thinks it is) and sees this composition of a beautiful woman so he obliges to fill the gas tank. Mesmerized, the tank fills and Donald is left frozen with a wig on his head. Once he comes to and realizes that he had been tricked, Donald goes ballistic and sets up a practical joke which would eventually backfire on him severely. In the meantime, Donald gets a call from the radio station informing him that his nephews were coming back with the car. Donald suddenly got some devious look on his face, and that was not a good sign.

Huey, Dewey, and Louie pick up the car, chill out as they are driving back (with some cozy music on the radio), and drive it back to the station. Once Donald sees them return, the evil side shows up big-time. Donald puts a slue of oil over the car, then sends it to the garage where he would destroy the car. First, Donald blows the tires up to about 1500 pounds of air pressure each, then tries twice to smash the car against the top of the garage. On his second attempt, the tires separate from the car and the car gets smashed to the thinnest piece of metal imaginable.

As Donald laughs hysterically, the radio announcer states that Donald would be having a blast in his new Zoom V-8, and he makes a little advertisement about the car, stating that the car was streamlined, had super balloon tires (literally, after Donald put all that air into them), and 25 miles to the gallon. Not realizing he was the actual winner, Donald passes out, and the nephews could only look on and shrug.

Good luck, Mr. the nearest anger management center.

From Dino Cencia : It's too bad that Donald destroys his brand new car at the end.
From Greg : I beg to differ with Tom Wilkins, but only one of the nephews dresses up a sexy girl. The other two keep flipping the cardboard cutout of the Zoom V8 from one side of the nephews jalopy, to fool Donald as he moves around the car, servicing the car for the "gurl".
From Baruch Weiss : Too bad about Donald's car indeed. I watched this short today and then thought that maybe the Nephews should have just told their uncle rather then surprise him. Donald can be a jerk at times! This was an enjoyable cartoon with a few nice music scores and I enjoyed the part where one of the nephews dresses up as a girl.