10 Office Lottery Pools Gone Terribly Wrong
Office lottery pools. They're an innocent way for coworkers to bond. A collective dream to lift you out of the daily grind. But they're also potential scenes of Greek tragedy-style betrayal, greed, envy, loss and devastation.
McDonald's employee Mirlande Wilson reportedly claimed she was one of the three winners of the record-breaking $640 million Mega Millions lottery on Monday. Although Maryland Lottery officials say no one has claimed the ticket yet, a drama is already brewing at McDonald's, where employees claim Wilson's dream ticket was purchased as part of an office pool. Wilson insists that she bought it separately, and doesn't plan to share the winnings.
If true, the Maryland McDonald's dispute would be just the latest in a long series of office-lottery-pool traumas. There are the co-workers who sue each other over broken promises, the co-workers who turn on each other over lies. The co-workers who stop being co-workers, because one sails away on a five-star tour of the world, while the other wallows in misery.
After all, people change a little when they have a check for nine figures in their hands. That's been a fact of human nature for a long time, since King Midas turned his daughter into gold or M.C. Hammer filed for bankruptcy and became a pastor.
Here are 10 of the worst office lotto pool disputes:
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Claire Gordon has contributed to Slate's DoubleX, the Huffington Post, and the book Prisons: Current Controversies. While an undergraduate at Yale University and a research fellow at Yale graduate school, she spoke on panels at Yale and Cornell, and reported from Cairo, Tokyo, and Berlin.
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