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.

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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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Dan Fastenberg

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Dan Fastenberg was most recently a reporter with TIME Magazine. Previously, he was a writer for the Thomson Reuters news service's Latin America desk. He was also a reporter and associate editor for the Buenos Aires Herald while living in South America.

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