'Ellen' Show's Scratchers Giveaway Incites California Lottery Probe

Scratcher were a part of DeGeneres’ “12 Days of Giveaways” holiday promotion in December

  • As the 2014 Oscar host, Ellen’s impromptu photo with Hollywood’s biggest stars became the most shared selfie ever, with more than 3 million retweets. It smashed the previous record held by President Obama following his 2012 reelection. 

    Also read: Ellen DeGeneres’ Epic Selfie With Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence And More Breaks Retweet Record (Photo)


  • Ellen made a star out of one lucky Target employee after a customer posted a picture of him on social media. Soon, #AlexFromTarget was a worldwide trending topic.

    Also read: Hollywood Hunts ‘Alex From Target’: The Perks and Pitfalls of Insta-Fame


  • It takes a lot of guts to challenge Ellen to dance, but first lady Michelle Obama did just that.

    FLOTUS was promoting her #GimmeFive campaign — an Let’s Move initiative that challenges people to lead a healthier life.

    Also read: Michelle Obama Challenges Ellen Degeneres to #GimmeFive Dance


  • Ellen successfully campaigned to get her gardener “Nick” (a.k.a Billy Reilich) a role in “Magic Mike XXL” after his shirtless appearances on her show had her audience members swooning. 

    Also read: Pecs and Petunias: Ellen, TheWrap Has Found Your Next Gardener 


  • After their cover of Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” hit YouTube, adorable British cousins Sophia Grace & Rosie dazzled Ellen’s audience, becoming instant celebrities in their own right. 


  • Ellen’s team expertly photoshopped “Today” host Matt Lauer’s head onto a body decked out in BDSM gear ahead of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” premiere. The prank had Lauer vowing revenge. 

    Also read: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Spoof Between Ellen Degeneres and Matt Lauer Over—Well, Not Really


  • After Ellen’s “Fifty Shades” prank, Lauer got her back by filling her car with ping pong balls. 


  • Ellen and Justin Bieber gave fans quite a shock when they hid in a women’s bathroom stall and recorded people’s  reactions as they scared the bejesus out of, as DeGeneres put it, “some either lucky or unfortunate women.”


  • Ellen proved once and for all that #TheDress is indeed blue and black (even though it is clearly white and gold), when she scored the first ever interview with the owner of said color-challenged dress. 


  • We learned a whole lot we never knew about Justin Bieber and Madonna when Ellen had them play popular party game “Never Have I Ever.” 

    Hint: All three copped to fooling around in a bathroom during a party, while Bieber was the only one to deny ever having phone sex.


  • Degeneres fired back when a Christian Post writer accused her of pushing a “gay agenda” on Hollywood. “I don’t have an agenda. I’m not here to brainwash anyone.” She then held up a spinning vortex, in an effort to brainwash her audience.

    Also read: Ellen DeGeneres Fires Back at Christian Post for Alleging Hollywood Gay Agenda


  • From her record-breaking selfie to her dance-off with the FLOTUS — the queen of daytime’s most viral moments

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