Everyone dreams of winning the lottery, kissing their coworkers goodbye, and leaving their day job for a permanent spot on a beach or mountain top. But with one, tiny ticket in a sea of thousands, the odds of winning seem stacked against every individual trying to win big on their own.
That’s why so many lottery dreamers gather their co-workers for an office lottery pool. By maximizing your chances at winning, the group can have better shot at winning big and making the job jail-break a group activity. Read our article on how to successfully run a lottery pool. Here are some stories about successful and not so successful lottery pools from co-workers.
Co-workers Who Should Have Followed the Rules
Lies and the Baltimore Mega Millions
In Maryland, a McDonald’s worker claimed to have won on of the winning tickets from the $656 million jackpot. While she admitted she was a part of an office pool, the alleged winner said that the winning ticket was actually bought by her personally – not with the pooled money. Unfortunately, her co-workers didn’t have to worry about losing their big prize. The woman was lying the whole time, and didn’t even have a winning ticket.
Co-workers Sue to Collect their Millions
It pays to clearly document the participants in an office pool. With the winning ticket in hand, it’s easy for one person from the pool to claim the prize on their own. Clear documentation is the only sure way to keep your claim on the prize.
Co-workers of a November 2009 winning jackpot pool sued their co-worker when he suddenly disappeared from the office claiming to need an emergency foot surgery. He wasn’t really in the hospital; he was out collecting their $38.5 million winnings on his own. A jury later ruled in favor of the coworkers, ordering the man to share the winnings – $4 million to each co-worker.
Co-workers Who Got It Right and Collected the Cash
Elementary School Jackpot Winners
In 2010, a California school principal had the foresight to have an agreement drawn up for the participating pool co-workers prior to the drawing. Clear documents were kept of all players’ names and how much they contributed to the pool. Finally, copies of tickets were given to each player, in advance of the winning drawing. They won $12 million.
The Three Amigos Smile In Secret
Three school employees from a different Maryland schools pooled their money and won a whopping $35 million each in the big $656 Mega Millions prize. They remained anonymous, while continuing to work at their respective jobs.
Lottery Winners Keep Their Day Jobs…Say What??
Interestingly, roughly two-thirds of adult Americans say they would continue to work even if they won enough money to live comfortably for the rest of their lives. Now perhaps this is easier said than done, but it’s a fascinating figure all the same. This number has continued to decline since the 1980s, where a staggering three-quarters of American adults said they would keep their day jobs.
Some people may say that the money is only enough to keep them happy right off the bat, and within three months of winning, begin looking around for work. Many people said they would start their own businesses, either online or in a brick-and-mortar shop. I suggest you follow some of our tips on what to do if you win a big sweepstakes or lottery prize.
Play It Smart: The Name Of The Game
Of course it’s always wise to use your best judgment when playing any kind of lottery, so spend wisely. Never go over your budget, but allocate what you can afford to spend each week.
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