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Lottery Winners Share Money with Co-Worker Who Didn’t Buy into Office Pool

By: Scott Olson
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This is such a great story, I had to share it with you in case you missed it this morning on The Free Beer and Hot Wings show.

I’m sure most of you are like me, no matter how little money I have in my wallet, if there’s an office lottery pool, I’m in.

Because the alternative should the office win is just too hard to swallow.

No problem for this one worker who didn’t participate.

Jennifer Maldonado’s colleagues at Keller Williams Partner Realty in Plantation, Florida are sharing their $1 million Powerball prize with her, even though she didn’t go in on any tickets.

AND the workers barely knew her, because she had only been working for the company for two weeks.

In fact, she opted out of contributing $20 because she hadn’t even gotten her first paycheck.

Realtor Laurie Finkelstein Reader, who bought the tickets, believes in karma, saying, “If we do the right thing and always care about other people, the right thing will happen to us.”


By the way, a survey was done at asking whether readers in similar circumstances would share lottery pool winnings with a co-worker.

The results were that 41 percent said “no, you have to be in it to win it,” and another 41 percent chose “it depends on the circumstances.”

Only 18 percent of respondents said “yes, it’s the right thing to do.”

“We are hoping that the 18 percent shifts more to about 80 percent when they see how good it feels to give and to include someone, and the small gift that you can do for another, it changes everything,’’ Reader said.

Would you share your winnings with a co-worker that didn’t buy into the lottery pool?


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