Why is The Lottery Ticket rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: The Lottery Ticket is rated PG-13 for for sexual content, language including a drug reference, some violence and brief underage drinking.
Violence: Frequent verbal threats, hand-to-hand altercations (including punches that knock the victim unconscious or cause bleeding), and threats with guns are portrayed throughout—often involving older teen characters. A man repeatedly threatens members of a neighborhood. A man, who appears to be involved in organized crime, threatens a young man.
Sexual Content: Older teen characters (recent high school graduates) are involved in sexual situations including a young man and woman who are about to have sex (we see her in only underwear) until he refuses. Another teen couple begins pre-sexual activity (we see bare backs and shoulders) but are interrupted when her mother comes home. The use of condoms is discussed. One young woman refuses to allow a young man to wear one and later admits she wants to have his baby. Women wear revealing outfits.
Language: A sexual expletive, another crude term for sex, crude anatomical slang, frequent scatological expletives, racial slurs, derogatory words directed at women and other mild profanities are included.
Alcohol/Drug Use: Underage characters are seen drinking. An adult woman drinks excessively to celebrate.
Other: The theme of this movie involves playing the lottery and gambling.