Office Worker Jennifer Maldonado Wins Lotto Without Buying Ticket

All workers hope for supportive colleagues who treat them with respect. But Jennifer Maldonado, who began working earlier this month as an administrative assistant at Keller Williams Realty in southern Florida, seems to have lucked into a new job surrounded by co-workers who went above and beyond. Last week, the newly employed Maldonado decided to sit out a group-purchase of Powerball lottery tickets with a $338 million jackpot.

When her Keller Williams co-workers were notified Saturday that they had five matching numbers (17, 29, 31, 52 and 53), they knew that they had struck it rich. They would share a total of $1 million. (It would have been worth even more had they also matched the red Powerball number.) Divvying up the money, that meant $83,333.33 each after taxes. And they barely hesitated in including their new co-worker.

"As a team we put together a fat pile of money," Laura Finkelstein Reader, the head of the team, told The Miami Herald. "If we do the right thing and always care about other people, the right thing will happen to us."
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Although the workers didn't disclose to the media just how much they will be sharing with their new team member, Maldonado said that it will be much appreciated. As to why the 31-year-old didn't take part in the buy in the first place, Maldonado told the Herald: "I hadn't gotten a paycheck and I was watching my pennies."

When it comes to sharing lotto winnings, not every workplace is as collegial as Keller Williams. As AOL Jobs reported in February, seven Indiana hairstylists are in the middle of a fight over a $9.5 million lottery prize. After winning the Feb. 16 Hoosier Lotto, hairstylist Christina Shaw maintained that the winning ticket was one that she purchased for herself, not as part of a pool with her co-workers. The argument has made its way into the courts, and Shaw's co-workers at Lou's Creative Styles have testified that the group agreed that any purchased tickets would be part of the pool.

Indeed, not just group hugs -- but fights -- seem to be among the normal responses in workplaces after a shared lotto ticket wins out. AOL Jobs has rounded up 10 of the most memorable office lotto pool victories gone wrong. See below.


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Stacey Bush

I want to use this oppotunity to thank Dr Kumar for helping me to will the lottery.I have been playing the lottery for the past 2 years now and the only big money i have ever won was 1000$.Ever since then i have not been able to win again and i was so upset and i need help to win the lottery so i decided to go online and search for help,there i saw so many good talk about this man called Dr kumar of how he have cast spell for people to win the lottery.I contact him also and tell him i want to win a lottery he cast a spell for me which i use and i get my ticket and play and i won $50million.I am so greatful to this man just incase you also need him to help you win,you can contact him through his email: spellcasttemple@gmail.com

October 27 2013 at 7:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bluesboy03

She can sit out a lottery anytime in my book, and I'd still share with her. What a peach!

March 30 2013 at 8:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dealerswild

I'd say the person who initially wanted to include her was a man.

March 30 2013 at 8:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
barbiejan1

karma, what goes around comes around. They did a good thing and it will come back to them 10 fold. people forget about karma--but it is all around. !!!!

March 30 2013 at 7:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ronald1216

wow what a beautiful co worker i wish i had her

March 30 2013 at 7:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
secretsquirrel

New girl in office, you don't really now her yet. You may be sorry you gave away your winnings later...

March 30 2013 at 7:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mojo5654

No way! She didn't play. No pay.

March 30 2013 at 6:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
alfredschrader

It's gambling.

March 30 2013 at 6:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dick

Remember the lady in San Mateo, California who was beaten and abused by her misogynistic husband for DECADES. He would never have her work outside the home, basically to financially disadvantage her so that she could never leave. Well, she played the lottery and won but didn't tell the abusive SOB creepy husband. She had the money to divorce him. Somehow he found out that she won and sued her and a creepy misogynistic Redwood City, California judge awarded the wife beater 100% of the lottery winnings which left her penniless and beaten and having to beg him every month for alimony payments until she got on her feet again. That is, if she ever got on her feet again.

March 30 2013 at 2:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mike

good for you. great friends no doubt

March 30 2013 at 2:11 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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Dick

I agree. Then you hear of rich and famous people who dog their own family and friends after they have bled them for everything they are worth and think...what a bunch of filthy greedy pigs! Right?

March 30 2013 at 2:32 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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