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Worker skips office Mega pool, loses share of $319M

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Posted: March 30, 2011, 7:38 pm - IP Logged

By PERRY CHIARAMONTE in Albany and BOB FREDERICKS in New York

Last Updated: 12:32 PM, March 30, 2011

Posted: 2:02 AM, March 30, 2011

He didn't think Lady Luck was on his side -- and now he's out millions.

A hapless state information-technology worker who usually joined his office lottery pool took a pass last week -- only to learn that seven positive-thinking pals nailed a whopping $319 million Mega Millions jackpot, said a deli owner who knows the winners.

"The word is that when they were going around the office asking who wanted in on the pool, one guy said no, that he wasn't feeling lucky," said Jill Cook, who with husband Tom owns Cook's Deli in Albany, where the winners are lunchtime regulars.

 "They asked him twice. They said, 'Are you sure?' and he said yeah, he was going to pass this time. I feel horrible for him," Jill said.

The number of players in the pool varied from week to week, she said, and the identity of the mystery loser -- who could have won a $16 million after-tax share under the lottery's lump-sum option -- was as elusive as those of the big winners, who sources say worked in IT for the state Homes and Community Renewal agency.

Cook said the geek squad came in for lunch daily -- but haven't been seen since beating the one-in-176-million odds in Friday's drawing. Customers who know the winners told her they weren't planning to return to their jobs -- except to pass along unfinished business to colleagues.

Jim Plastiras, an agency spokesman, confirmed the workers did not come to work Monday but he couldn't say if they showed up yesterday. They had not formally resigned their positions, he added.

The winning workers remained out of the public eye yesterday, but one surfaced long enough to stake a claim to the prize, state lottery officials said yesterday.

"The ticket has been claimed, and once we verify it we'll choose a date, place and time for a check presentation," lottery spokeswoman Carolyn Hapeman said. The claimant, whom she would not identify by name or gender, arranged to come to lottery headquarters Monday night after hours, Hapeman said.

Lottery officials said that once they verify the ticket and how many pool members are claiming a slice of the pie, a news conference will be scheduled, probably this week.

Most likely, Hapeman said, the winners are spending time huddling with legal and financial wizards to plan how to handle the bundles of cash headed their way.

"Ninety-nine percent of the people coming in winners do it that way these days, and $319 million is an unimaginable amount of money," Hapeman said.

"Most want a plan before the money enters their hands."

Meanwhile, at Coulson's News Center, where the winning ticket was sold, owner Steve Hutchins got a standard $10,000 bonus for selling the winning number combination: 22, 24, 31, 52 and 54, with 4 as the Mega Ball. "It's pretty amazing," he said.

    Litebets27's avatar - power
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    Posted: March 30, 2011, 7:46 pm - IP Logged

    Oh no...I smell a law suit.

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      Posted: March 30, 2011, 7:50 pm - IP Logged

      This is why me lottery pool has 1 player. Me!

      Guess Who's Back?


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        Posted: March 30, 2011, 7:56 pm - IP Logged

        Under normal circumstances i would say that If the same folks played the pool every week, then I would hope the other 7 would chip in and throw this guy a bone, not millions but at a couple hundred thousand, but according to the article, since the pool participants varied from week to week, and that he USUALLY played, and not all the time, would indictate that nothing is owed to him. If that was the case, then the 7 folks would have to help out all the other part time players in that company as well. You know that once they pay this guy, they're setting a precedence.

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          Posted: March 30, 2011, 8:00 pm - IP Logged

          S P E E C H L E S S! ! ! ! ! !

          The Struggle is real!

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            Posted: March 30, 2011, 8:05 pm - IP Logged

            Under normal circumstances i would say that If the same folks played the pool every week, then I would hope the other 7 would chip in and throw this guy a bone, not millions but at a couple hundred thousand, but according to the article, since the pool participants varied from week to week, and that he USUALLY played, and not all the time, would indictate that nothing is owed to him. If that was the case, then the 7 folks would have to help out all the other part time players in that company as well. You know that once they pay this guy, they're setting a precedence.

            Why shouldn't they respect his wishes not to be in the pool and not share its winning?  Do you think if he had played on his own and won all that money, he would have thrown all his former pool members a bone?

             * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
               
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              Posted: March 30, 2011, 8:11 pm - IP Logged

              well he was right he wasnt feeling lucky, and he lucked right on out of a 1/8th share

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                Posted: March 30, 2011, 8:13 pm - IP Logged

                Why shouldn't they respect his wishes not to be in the pool and not share its winning?  Do you think if he had played on his own and won all that money, he would have thrown all his former pool members a bone?

                I never said they shouldn't respect his wishes for not participating in the pool.

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                  Posted: March 30, 2011, 8:17 pm - IP Logged

                  I bet he gets some money.

                  How you do anything is how you do everything.

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                    Posted: March 30, 2011, 8:19 pm - IP Logged

                    I may be wrong here but the way I see it , if he wanted to share the wealth , he would have bought into it unless a prior arrangement was made to buy the ticket for that draw if he wasn't available when the collection from who was in was made.

                    Don't you just hate it when people win and say they never but a ticket until the jackpot is over 200 mil .  I usually buy a ticket or two no matter what the prize is . I also play in a pool of 25 people every draw . the only thing is, they choose to play the higher one between Mega and Powerball .

                    If the guy  wanted to split the winnings , he should have put his money in for the tickets.

                    Just my thoughts !!

                     

                     Good Luck,

                    Blackie.                           

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                      Posted: March 30, 2011, 8:22 pm - IP Logged

                      The player who passed up the opportunity to play said "I am not feeling lucky."  He was right.  He wasn't.

                      If you know your number is going to hit, have patience and then KILL IT!

                      You never know when you will get another hit.

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                        Posted: March 30, 2011, 8:44 pm - IP Logged

                        Wow.....he had a million to gain and just a few buks to loose and he decided not to be a winner.....

                        **************LOTTERY COMMISSION SAID IT U GOTTA BE IN IT TO WIN IT*********

                        *************ALWAYS FEEL A WINNER EVERYDAY***************

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                          Posted: March 30, 2011, 8:57 pm - IP Logged

                          Green laughfurther proof of when in doubt ....... play anyway !!!!! Green laugh

                           

                          I wish this putz many pleasent screams and dreamsGreen laugh

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                            Wow.....he had a million to gain and just a few buks to loose and he decided not to be a winner.....

                            **************LOTTERY COMMISSION SAID IT U GOTTA BE IN IT TO WIN IT*********

                            *************ALWAYS FEEL A WINNER EVERYDAY***************

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                            "*************ALWAYS FEEL A WINNER EVERYDAY*************** "

                             

                            I like that idea.

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                              Green laughfurther proof of when in doubt ....... play anyway !!!!! Green laugh

                               

                              I wish this putz many pleasent screams and dreamsGreen laugh

                              "Putz"...hahahaha..Reminds tiggs he should PM ridge soon..hahahaha...

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