If Your Office Pool Won The Lottery, And One Person Didn’t Put Money In For A Ticket, Would You Share Winnings With Them?

March 28, 2013  |  

Folks take their office lottery pools seriously, man. When I asked my co-workers if they would share the money they won in a lottery pool (a great amount that is) with me if I originally passed on buying a ticket, a resounding “Hell no!” was the answer. But this is New York, so I didn’t expect much from them.

But in Plantation, Florida (that’s a fail for a city name by the way), people just might be a little more giving. Jennifer Maldonado, an administrative assistant at Keller Williams Partner Realty has a big family and a lot of responsibility, so as the new employee at the company, when she heard about the office pool they were putting together for the $338 million dollar jackpot going on (which we reported that Pedro Quezada of Passaic, New Jersey won), she felt that she needed to use her dollars for other things. She hadn’t been paid yet at her new place of employment, so she declined joining in. Another co-worker allegedly said they could cover her if she wanted to be a part of the pool, but she didn’t want to owe anybody anything at her new job. Before you give her the side eye, according to The Daily Mail, her co-workers were asking for $20 from each person to buy more than 100 tickets, a far cry from the usual couple of dollars most folks are asked to pitch in.

According to the Huffington Post, Maldonado got the shock of her life when she came to work and found her co-workers celebrating, only to find that they had WON, with each pool member estimated to take home more than $83,000. “I knew I was the only one who hadn’t put in the money, so I thought they were pranking me and going out of their way to make me feel something.” Sadly, they were not. While most of us would be kicking ourselves, Maldonado ended up being blessed, because her coworkers decided that they would share some of the winnings with her anyway. They haven’t made it clear how much they plan to hand off to her, but I’m betting she won’t get a full piece of the pie. Either way though, the fact that they’re willing to share any of that money at all is admirable. As Maldonado’s co-worker, Laurie Finklestein Reader put it, “If we do the right thing and always care about other people, the right thing will happen to us.” And something very right has already happened to them, so it’s good to see them sharing the wealth.

Now, what would you do? If your office came upon a huge amount of money after doing an office pool, and one person opted out of participating, would you want to share your winnings with them? I will say for my own co-workers, they did say they maybe would chip in a few dollars each for the person depending on their circumstances (Maldonado was a working mom who could use the money), so that made me feel better. But there are still many who said that when you snooze, you lose! So what do you think?

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