Watched this about a week ago, and I must say, despite a few very funny moments, this is an incredibly dark and depressing episode. The lottery fever at the beginning was pretty funny, as was Kent Brockman. However, the dog plot just seemed to have little merit. He gets an operation which makes the family have to lose a lot of money, which causes him to run away and become Mr. Burns attack dog, and then in the end he comes back and everything is back to normal. Watching it just is kind of gloomy. I did love Homer's fantasy about turning into gold, Homer saying that Brockman couldn't buy a.....dinosaur, and the Clockwork Orange parody. But overall, meh.