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

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Guru101's avatar - rw6jhh
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Posted: April 1, 2011, 12:22 pm - IP Logged

We discussed the butterfly effect in the other thread. The guy who bought the ticket said someone cut in front of him. This is just one of the infinite number of variations that could have occured leading up to the numbers being drawn. Who knows what would have happened had he opted in. Everything would have changed. Lottery winners are not predestined to be lottery winners. They just are.

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    Posted: April 1, 2011, 12:27 pm - IP Logged

    Well there are a lot of variables at work here.   Maybe had he played their numbers wouldnt have been QPed, Maybe if the guy didnt cut in line their numbers wouldnt have been QPed.  Maybe number eight bought his own ticket and thought that had he joined the group and he had won on his ticket that he'd be expected to share with the group and that made him feel guilty (yes he said he felt unlucky so this scenario may not fit but still its a possible variable without knowing)

     

    Edit: I agree with Guru here.

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      Posted: April 1, 2011, 12:51 pm - IP Logged

      Some folks handle it differently.

      http://www.lotterypost.com/news/190102

      Yeah, I like the way that one worked out better.


                                                   
                           
                                               

       

       

       

       

                                                                                                         

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        Posted: April 1, 2011, 1:01 pm - IP Logged

        Yep and I am a Twilight Zone fan!I Agree! It would be entitled "The Man Who Felt Unlucky"Stooges     

        It sounds to me like the 'Law of Attraction' at work, he kept feeling unlucky and he manifested it by missing out on his chance at winning! Sad! No Nod

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          RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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          Posted: April 1, 2011, 3:02 pm - IP Logged

          We discussed the butterfly effect in the other thread. The guy who bought the ticket said someone cut in front of him. This is just one of the infinite number of variations that could have occured leading up to the numbers being drawn. Who knows what would have happened had he opted in. Everything would have changed. Lottery winners are not predestined to be lottery winners. They just are.

          He opted in many times before and didn't win so statistically he should have saved a couple of dollars.  Just goes to show you statistics aren't always right.

           * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
             
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            RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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            Posted: April 1, 2011, 3:06 pm - IP Logged

            Well there are a lot of variables at work here.   Maybe had he played their numbers wouldnt have been QPed, Maybe if the guy didnt cut in line their numbers wouldnt have been QPed.  Maybe number eight bought his own ticket and thought that had he joined the group and he had won on his ticket that he'd be expected to share with the group and that made him feel guilty (yes he said he felt unlucky so this scenario may not fit but still its a possible variable without knowing)

             

            Edit: I agree with Guru here.

            That's one of the pit falls of buying QPs, when you win you don't know why.  On the other hand I always pick my own numbers so when I lose I know it's because I didn't pick all the winning numbers on the same line.

             * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
               
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              Posted: April 1, 2011, 3:08 pm - IP Logged

              Some folks handle it differently.

              http://www.lotterypost.com/news/190102

              I like that one a lot time*treat. Thank you!

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                Posted: April 1, 2011, 3:58 pm - IP Logged

                That's one of the pit falls of buying QPs, when you win you don't know why.  On the other hand I always pick my own numbers so when I lose I know it's because I didn't pick all the winning numbers on the same line.

                yep, I Agree!

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                For a lead role in a cage?

                 

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                  Posted: April 1, 2011, 4:19 pm - IP Logged

                  Wow..I just found this on yahoo...

                   

                  Michael Kosko works in the same office in Albany, and was hit up for a $2 contribution to the pooled lottery funds his coworkers were pulling together. After all, he'd always agreed to join in the office ritual in the past.

                  This time, though, he balked. Checking his cash reserves, Kosko discovered that he didn't have any singles on him, and even though one of his co-workers offered to spot him a couple of bucks, he chose not to participate. Besides, as he told the New York Post, they never won anything anyway.

                  "I didn't have two singles," Kosko told the paper. "We had played over the past few months, we never hit anything. And I just decided that on that particular day, I wasn't going to play."

                  And the rest, as they say, is history. ABC News tracked Kosko down as he was walking to work and asked the "colossally unlucky guy" about his misfortunate decision. He insisted he's "not upset" and that he feels "very happy for the seven who won. I'm very happy for them."

                   

                  I didnt have two singles he said......well he just missed his change.....lol...

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                    Posted: April 1, 2011, 5:20 pm - IP Logged

                    Maybe the guy just didn't have the money to play that week..whether it was $2 or $10. Maybe he put

                    it as he's not feeling lucky to avoid having to say he was broke that week. Then in that case someone

                    might have said, Okay Ralph/Jim/Tom...I'll put you in for this week..pay me back next time. He would

                    have been sitting right there with the happy millionaires dreaming and beaming. I would have gladly

                    done it and never reminded him of how he got there. Obviously he played often and was a regular pool

                    player...just not that week. It's too bad that many of the opinions here reflect a tuff sh*t attitude. Money

                    and talk of having a lot of it usually brings out the worst in people.

                    while your post was somewhat on point 1) lottery post winners are the most compassionate out there 2) we would all say 'get a lawyer and fight' if he indeed had a case and 3) understand that THEY DID INDEED OFFER TO PUT IT UP FOR HIM [TWICE] AND HE SAID NO .. - remember, there was a case back when another group was collecting the win and one of the members didn't have the $5 and was spotted - and before telling the guy about the winning ticket, they insisted he pay back the $5 [which he did] and he then got a copy of their winning ticket .. it seems that he said no to a couple and then the no money excuse to yet others ... so ... don't think that we are being hard .. we are actually trying to find loop holes for him to jump and his attitude on that day was not a good one and remember, there were five others that sometimes played with them but we don't hear about their complaints ..

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                      Posted: April 1, 2011, 6:45 pm - IP Logged

                      If I decided not to pool in my money for lottery tickets and then found out that the ticket was a jackpot winner, I'd be disappointed too, probably very much so, but a lot of people who win mismanage their money, so it could turn out that that eighth worker could be better off not having played.

                      Today's winning 3-ball is going to be a number between 000 and 999.

                      In a lot of states, lotteries benefit education. That makes the REAL winners the only people who can't play!

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                        Posted: April 1, 2011, 6:58 pm - IP Logged

                        Wow..I just found this on yahoo...

                         

                        Michael Kosko works in the same office in Albany, and was hit up for a $2 contribution to the pooled lottery funds his coworkers were pulling together. After all, he'd always agreed to join in the office ritual in the past.

                        This time, though, he balked. Checking his cash reserves, Kosko discovered that he didn't have any singles on him, and even though one of his co-workers offered to spot him a couple of bucks, he chose not to participate. Besides, as he told the New York Post, they never won anything anyway.

                        "I didn't have two singles," Kosko told the paper. "We had played over the past few months, we never hit anything. And I just decided that on that particular day, I wasn't going to play."

                        And the rest, as they say, is history. ABC News tracked Kosko down as he was walking to work and asked the "colossally unlucky guy" about his misfortunate decision. He insisted he's "not upset" and that he feels "very happy for the seven who won. I'm very happy for them."

                         

                        I didnt have two singles he said......well he just missed his change.....lol...

                        I didnt have two singles he said......

                        Apparently, he didn't trust his buddies to make change for him or didn't want to lose a couple of dollars again.

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                          Posted: April 1, 2011, 7:29 pm - IP Logged

                          Wow..I just found this on yahoo...

                           

                          Michael Kosko works in the same office in Albany, and was hit up for a $2 contribution to the pooled lottery funds his coworkers were pulling together. After all, he'd always agreed to join in the office ritual in the past.

                          This time, though, he balked. Checking his cash reserves, Kosko discovered that he didn't have any singles on him, and even though one of his co-workers offered to spot him a couple of bucks, he chose not to participate. Besides, as he told the New York Post, they never won anything anyway.

                          "I didn't have two singles," Kosko told the paper. "We had played over the past few months, we never hit anything. And I just decided that on that particular day, I wasn't going to play."

                          And the rest, as they say, is history. ABC News tracked Kosko down as he was walking to work and asked the "colossally unlucky guy" about his misfortunate decision. He insisted he's "not upset" and that he feels "very happy for the seven who won. I'm very happy for them."

                           

                          I didnt have two singles he said......well he just missed his change.....lol...

                          He's an IT guy, right?  I am sure intelligent people like IT folks know how to do cost-benefit analysis.  Let's see here....we have a $312M (later increased to $319M) jackpot; more people are playing so it is likely to get hit that drawing; the cost (in his case) would have been $2; the benefit would have been a split of $319M(annuitized)/$200M(cash value).  WOW!!!  I think I would wager $2 any day even with the astronomical odds of winning...because now he knows how it feels to not benefit from such a low cost venture.  That is a lesson to all of you out there who get fixated on the odds of winning...just keep playing a dollar a draw....I am sure most people blow more than that any given day.

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                            Posted: April 1, 2011, 7:55 pm - IP Logged

                            Look at it this way regarding that potential 8th lottery player that decided not to play $Mega Millions game.He knew the $Mega millions was at least $312 million,when he opted out.And it's not too often the jackpot gets that high.He made his grave and now he must live with that. (DEAD BROKE).I'll give him a consolation prize, a two dollar $Mega Millions lottery ticket.Smash

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                              Posted: April 1, 2011, 8:23 pm - IP Logged

                              Maybe the guy just didn't have the money to play that week..whether it was $2 or $10. Maybe he put

                              it as he's not feeling lucky to avoid having to say he was broke that week. Then in that case someone

                              might have said, Okay Ralph/Jim/Tom...I'll put you in for this week..pay me back next time. He would

                              have been sitting right there with the happy millionaires dreaming and beaming. I would have gladly

                              done it and never reminded him of how he got there. Obviously he played often and was a regular pool

                              player...just not that week. It's too bad that many of the opinions here reflect a tuff sh*t attitude. Money

                              and talk of having a lot of it usually brings out the worst in people.

                              Yup, I had a relative buy me a MM ticket in CA two days before the draw to mail to me.  It was two lines with 5 advance plays incase it continued to roll.  It was postmarked 3 days after the draw.  They waited to see if it won.  Fvckers.  Unhappy