At this point you've probably heard the story of the office pool that won the Mega Millions jackpot in Albany. It's always great to hear about office workers winning a big ol' pile of money, because you can relate to them, and heartily cheer them on as they quit their day jobs. Sure you wish it was you, and maybe their win makes you feel a little bit sorry for yourself as you keep dragging yourself to your 9 to 5.
But even if you didn't play last week's $319 million Mega Millions jackpot, you're still not as unlucky as this guy: Their office-mate who usually played the lotto with the group, but decided not to last week. D'oh.
According to some Albany people in-the-know, one IT guy in the group from the New York Home and Community Renewal Agency was feeling "unlucky" last week when the gang bought their Mega Millions tickets. So he decided it would be a good week to skip out on the ritual. And now he's $16 million poorer than his co-workers, who are planning on retiring early. As someone in my office said, wouldn't that just make you want to hit yourself in the head with a hammer?
Let's take a look at what this guy won't be able to buy, now that he made the worst decision of his life.
Log Cabin Paradise
This price is upon request (which means, fancy!), but it's $15 mil or under, based on the search terms. Right outside Albany, this six-bedroom, eight-bathroom, 15,000-square-foot home was designed to mimic the national park log cabins of Montana. A "ski in, ski out" Catskills home, it also offers entertainment galore with the shuffle board and pool table set up. Wow, sure would be nice if you'd just won the lottery.
Just be sure you don't spend it all in one place, as this Zantino yacht could be yours. The three staterooms sleep six, so you could invite your fellow Mega Millions winners on board! That is, if you had any fellow Mega Millions winners.
Stone Bridge Farms
Breed and train race horses and start a second career at the track with this $13.5 million property just north of Albany in Saratoga Springs! Oh, right, you DECIDED NOT TO PLAY. No horsies for you!
Vacation Home in Italy
And you'd have plenty left over to buy this vacation home in Italy for $1.9 million. That way you can escape those awful winters in upstate New York. Hooray! Oh, wait. NOT hooray.
How horrible would you feel if this were you?