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Lottery's biggest loser: Albany man passed on office pool that won $319M jackpot

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ameriken's avatar - 33ojew2
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Posted: March 31, 2011, 10:37 am - IP Logged

If you read the article, it said they asked him several times if he wanted to get in for the draw that night, he kept saying No he didn't feel lucky. So I don't Say no to any part of the Pot.

We had a pool in our Maintenance Dept. on 3rd shift I would go to Illinois at the time for tickets, it was made clear money had to be paid before I went for the tickets, everyone put in the same amount, we made up copies for everyone with the tickets front and backs after everyone signed the tickets that bought into the pot. Not one person signed the tickets. If you missed and the tickets would win it was your bad luck, any winnings we would decide what to do with the money depending on how much we won, which was never a lot. But when you have a group playing you have to make it clear the rules, stick by them. Now I don't work, so I play on my own, it's easier that way, don't have to worry about someone saying you screwed them out of some money.

I agree with your points...however no matter how much one tries to dot the i's and cross the t's, there will always be that someone who gets greedy enough to go find an attorney who is also greedy enough to push the issue and hope for, at the very least, a quick and easy settlement.

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    Posted: March 31, 2011, 10:50 am - IP Logged

    Anyone else getting sick of hearing Jack Whittaker's story in regards to the downside of winning money?  He's the one who screwed himself over not some curse and people need to get over that.


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      Posted: March 31, 2011, 10:52 am - IP Logged

      I don't think he deserve any of that money because I wouldn't feel sorry for people like that. what's the worst that can happen if you put 5 dollar in a lottery pool? either you win or you lose, I bet he feel stupid now that he still have to wake up everyday and go to work, while his buddies are in the bahamas or tahiti enjoying the nice warm 80 degrees weather. He said it himself "I dont feel lucky you guys go ahead I just want to keep working for the rest of my life".

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        Posted: March 31, 2011, 11:13 am - IP Logged

        Ding Cuckoo, Ding Cuckoo, Ding Cuckoo, Ding Cuckoo ..............................

        Crazy

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          Posted: March 31, 2011, 11:37 am - IP Logged

          I don't think he deserve any of that money because I wouldn't feel sorry for people like that. what's the worst that can happen if you put 5 dollar in a lottery pool? either you win or you lose, I bet he feel stupid now that he still have to wake up everyday and go to work, while his buddies are in the bahamas or tahiti enjoying the nice warm 80 degrees weather. He said it himself "I dont feel lucky you guys go ahead I just want to keep working for the rest of my life".

          The unlucky 8th non player legally would not win a lawsuit and any lawyer who convice him other wise is a shark. His own statements prior to purchasing the tickets and not paying his share of monies is hard evidence. But, if I was amoung the lucky 7 I would offer to pay for his kids college tuitions on contract of course, that's it.

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            Posted: March 31, 2011, 12:40 pm - IP Logged

            Th unlucky 8th player sealed his own fate, by his words and deeds.  I feel for the guy.  I wouldnt want to live with that cloud over my head.  "Life and death is in the power of the tongue."

            He has no legal footing to anything; however, if he has been a good guy, and signs a legal binding document not to harass the lucky 7, I would personally give him something.  Maybe his years salary, because he is going to have a tough time mentally at work.  (No pun intended)

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              Posted: March 31, 2011, 2:22 pm - IP Logged

              This would be a perfect plot twist for a Twilight Zone episode, one that Rod Serling might have written.

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                Posted: March 31, 2011, 2:30 pm - IP Logged

                Oh, and the 7 lucky winners did the right thing in quitting.  Now I think their next move after setting up their affairs to receive the mega dough would be to move the hell out of NY...preferably somewhere south.  That way, they would not have to worry about unlucky NUMBER 8 coming by unanounced to cause problems and get away from that deli where they might have to worry about what was done to their food.  NY sucks...it is only good for being lucky in winning the jackpot but otherwise NY sucks.

                "NY sucks...it is only good for being lucky in winning the jackpot but otherwise NY sucks."

                 

                I don't think that's entirely true.

                I've heard they have excellent corned beef sandwiches there.

                You can't get that in Tennessee.

                It's soup beans and cornbread here.

                And biscuits. We eat a lot of biscuits.

                How'd ya like to eat that kinda crap everyday?


                                                             
                                     
                                                         

                 

                 

                 

                 

                                                                                                                   

                "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

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                  Posted: March 31, 2011, 2:49 pm - IP Logged

                  Wonder how hard it was for him to come into the office Monday....No way I coulda got out of bed!!!!!!!!

                  I Agree!

                  Also, I wonder how hard it is for him to get up each day!  I hope he loves his job and that he isn't a part of the layoffs....now that would really be a double whammy.....out of work but could have been a multi-millionaire!!!  Ouch!!!  Why?  All because he wanted to save two bucks?!!!Bang Head

                  Some people will never learn...I mean I don't participate in lottery pools because our company culture doesn't advocate that, but if I were at a company that had a pool, I would throw whatever the joiner/participant fee per week is just because you never know.  I would also have my own numbers on the side and I would clearly communicate what I was doing (firstly I would not be the one designated to buy the group tickets and if I were, I would purchase the group tickets at a store and do my own playing via the subscription service....that way if my numbers hit, NO ONE could say I stole the winning ticket.

                  Get MONEY!!! Winning a JACKPOT lottery is all the HOPE and CHANGE I desire!!!  NOW give me MONEY!US Flag

                  The guy who won the presidency in 2008 really won the lottery...he is now millions richer, travels in first class style, and even has a staff that would be the envy of the richest Powerball winner (she has a staff of 2). Every night he goes to sleep, he probably plays the close of Dave Chappelle's Show: I'm rich beyatch!

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                    Posted: March 31, 2011, 2:52 pm - IP Logged

                    "NY sucks...it is only good for being lucky in winning the jackpot but otherwise NY sucks."

                     

                    I don't think that's entirely true.

                    I've heard they have excellent corned beef sandwiches there.

                    You can't get that in Tennessee.

                    It's soup beans and cornbread here.

                    And biscuits. We eat a lot of biscuits.

                    How'd ya like to eat that kinda crap everyday?

                    I don't like corned beef sandwiches or NY style pizza....so yeah, NY sucks IMHO.  Perhaps voicing my displeasure with NY, the lottery fairies might see fit to curse me with mondo Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot win.  And no one need congratulate me on the win....

                    Get MONEY!!! Winning a JACKPOT lottery is all the HOPE and CHANGE I desire!!!  NOW give me MONEY!US Flag

                    The guy who won the presidency in 2008 really won the lottery...he is now millions richer, travels in first class style, and even has a staff that would be the envy of the richest Powerball winner (she has a staff of 2). Every night he goes to sleep, he probably plays the close of Dave Chappelle's Show: I'm rich beyatch!

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                      Posted: March 31, 2011, 3:36 pm - IP Logged

                      Anyone else getting sick of hearing Jack Whittaker's story in regards to the downside of winning money?  He's the one who screwed himself over not some curse and people need to get over that.

                      I've never heard the Jack Whittaker's story but I've read it and other stories about jackpot winners several times by choice when I've googled "lottery jackpot winners".

                       * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                         
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                        ameriken's avatar - 33ojew2
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                        Posted: March 31, 2011, 3:36 pm - IP Logged

                        "NY sucks...it is only good for being lucky in winning the jackpot but otherwise NY sucks."

                         

                        I don't think that's entirely true.

                        I've heard they have excellent corned beef sandwiches there.

                        You can't get that in Tennessee.

                        It's soup beans and cornbread here.

                        And biscuits. We eat a lot of biscuits.

                        How'd ya like to eat that kinda crap everyday?

                        OFFTOPIC: Having grown up there, I think the food in NY is by far the best. The pizza, pastrami, corned beef, heroes, dirty water dogs, knishes, deli's, etc and on and on.

                        Outside of the food, the upstate mountains and country is gorgeious, but NYC itself is the definition of 'sucks'.

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                          Posted: March 31, 2011, 3:45 pm - IP Logged

                          I don't think he deserve any of that money because I wouldn't feel sorry for people like that. what's the worst that can happen if you put 5 dollar in a lottery pool? either you win or you lose, I bet he feel stupid now that he still have to wake up everyday and go to work, while his buddies are in the bahamas or tahiti enjoying the nice warm 80 degrees weather. He said it himself "I dont feel lucky you guys go ahead I just want to keep working for the rest of my life".

                          He lived this long without winning a share of a lottery jackpot and there's no reason his life shouldn't go on as usual.  Besides, New York sells MegaMillions, PowerBall and their own lottery so there's always a big jackpot to be won if he's willing to buy a ticket.

                           * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                             
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                            Posted: March 31, 2011, 4:21 pm - IP Logged

                            Wonder how hard it was for him to come into the office Monday....No way I coulda got out of bed!!!!!!!!

                            Maybe he will start up an Office Pool for the Lottery and we will see if Lightning Strikes a second time in that Office.....he may also

                            get a raise too......he can use the extra money from the raise for Lottery Tickets......and form a second group called the "Second

                            Chance Gang" and say "Well it happened for them....maybe it will happen to me (again)"....beaudad

                            " I don't have a gambling problem,  I have a problem winning!"

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                              If you read the article, it said they asked him several times if he wanted to get in for the draw that night, he kept saying No he didn't feel lucky. So I don't Say no to any part of the Pot.

                              We had a pool in our Maintenance Dept. on 3rd shift I would go to Illinois at the time for tickets, it was made clear money had to be paid before I went for the tickets, everyone put in the same amount, we made up copies for everyone with the tickets front and backs after everyone signed the tickets that bought into the pot. Not one person signed the tickets. If you missed and the tickets would win it was your bad luck, any winnings we would decide what to do with the money depending on how much we won, which was never a lot. But when you have a group playing you have to make it clear the rules, stick by them. Now I don't work, so I play on my own, it's easier that way, don't have to worry about someone saying you screwed them out of some money.

                              LottoLin, not asked "several times."  The article reads: ""They asked him a COUPLE of times, and he didn't feel lucky," said Jill Cook, owner of Cook's Deli, where the group often comes for lunch."

                              Regardless, fellow LotteryPost members, I noticed that NOBODY writing believed that this '8th' jackpot team member player's hunch was CORRECT.  Perhaps he was correct in saying that he wasn't feeling lucky enough to join the team's lottery line #s gathering that day -- perhaps, had he joined, they wouldn't have won.  Maybe the 8th player had a TRULY STRONG feeling/emotion about that. 

                              Anyhow, I hope that the 7, double-digit multi-million lottery jackpot winners (and spouses) will think back to those two moments of asking him and then EACH decide what to do (in a couple of months, once each of the 7 jackpot recipients receives their multi-millions net share, that each could "gift" him ($13K if single tax filer; $26K if married jointly filer).  It's possible that several of those 7 jackpot winners are married ... "gift" without even having to make note or declare it on their taxes (the 8th doesn't declare the monies received EITHER of $92K+. 

                              Yet, if he's angry and seeks out a lawyer or news employee, then that wouldn't be an appropriate choice of behavior either before receiving 1 or more "gifts" or having received no gifts.  Either way, it's tough and lonely for the '8th' now, both knowing that all or most of your colleagues aren't returning to the department, AND knowing that they are retired from a daily working for life and you aren't.

                              I hope that the press doesn't write any more news articles about this '8th' person on their own ... it's probably painful enough at present.  Don't want the person to fall into a deep depression and possibly take it further, that wouldn't be responsible news reporting, that would be hitting a person, repeatedly, when they're already down!  Compassion via silence is the best approach from here on out.

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