Mega Millions 'Winner' Is Already Looking Like Another Lotto Tragedy

Office pools for big lottery jackpots like last Friday's Mega Millions are pretty much the norm in most parts of the country. Everyone puts in 10 dollars to have their name attached to 100 tickets. It's a pretty good deal and can net a nice profit, assuming a win. And, as we all know, that's a big assumption. The other thing we all assume is that we can trust our office friends.

Well, one work group is learning a trust lesson the hard way. Mirlande Wilson, 37, who claims she had one of the winning tickets for last Friday's Mega Millions jackpot, bought the tickets with co-workers, but says the one that won was one she bought on her own. Hmmmm ... do I smell a lie?

If this woman, in fact, won and she DID buy the ticket on her own, she never should have entered the lottery pool at her office. And if she won and she won't share, then she is going to be yet another lottery tragedy. Why is this such a trend?

If you were anywhere near a newsstand last Friday, the papers were full of stories of lottery woe, most notably the tale of Jack Whittacker. He struck it rich with the lotto and destroyed his life, losing his entire family and, famously, a suitcase full of cash at a strip club, by becoming so rich.

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The fact is, if money will change who you are and who your family is, then it isn't worth having. But, in theory, it shouldn't change much of anything.

As the story goes, people get their mega bucks, start spending wildly, give money away to long lost relatives, and eventually die penniless and miserable. Does anyone remember Hugo from television's Lost?

Well, here's an idea: How about if you win, you don't act like an idiot? How about if you share with your office pool as promised, visit a financial planner, don't quit your day job, and behave just as before? Greed never pays. You still have to be a human even if you win some money.

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Personally, I am fairly confident if I won, I would have invested my winnings, used my good financial planner to make wise investments, and basically made little to no other changes. I wouldn't give money away to anyone who asked and I wouldn't brag about my millions in the bank. It's just poor form to do so.

It really does seem like going from being poor to rich so suddenly isn't a good thing for everyone. If Wilson DOES have a winning ticket, the mother of seven and Haitian immigrant will go from earning $7.50 an hour as a fast food employee to being a millionaire several hundred times over.

If she is already being greedy with the money, how do you think this story will end?

Money can really hurt people and warp minds, especially fast money like this. It's one thing to work your whole life and earn it, it's another to get a windfall. For Wilson's sake, I hope she is lying. I hope she is looking for attention and some fame because if she did win and she refuses to share, she is going down a dark, dangerous, and maybe even tragic path.

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Buck up, lottery winners. Learn how to manage money and you won't be on the cover of magazines whining about how winning was the worst thing that ever happened to you. Oh and also: Be careful what you wish for.

Do you think this woman is a real winner?


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nonmember avatar Anon

Why shouldn't she be able to do buy her own ticket and do a pool as well? People do it all the time. If this whole story is true, the company pool should have been a signed ticket, dated and locked in a safe at the store. It sounds more like to me that her co-workers are the greedy ones trying to take her money.

the4m... the4mutts

Umm if she did win on a ticket that she bought herself, she doesn't have to share. And just because ur in an office pool for something, doesn't mean you can't also go solo.

Assuming the best, that its her solo ticket, her office is the one being jealous and greedy, not her. I'm assuming that she has proof of it being her solo ticket, because if not, the other participants could sue her, and she'd lose their shares, plus lawyer fees.

You said yourself, that if you won, you'd invest, not give away tons of cash like a moron, and not brag about it. Why should she do any different by giving away tons of cash to those in her office? She should keep it, invest, or do whatever the hell she wants. Its hers.

If its not hers, she's a selfish bitch who doesn't deserve a dime

Miche... Michelephant

So she can't buy her own ticket in addition to partipating in an office lottery pool?  She can buy as many freaking tickets as she wants!  And honestly people in office lottery pools should really get organized and, after the tickets are bought, have everyone who paid up initial the ticket in pen.  then there wouldn't be issues like this.

Rachel Schiller

The office people would have to prove they are entitled to a chunk of her money.

nonmember avatar JenInNC

I've never been in one of these pools, but I thought the group photocopied the purchased tickets so everyone knew the numbers. That way they could buy their own as well w/o dispute.

kelli... kelli0585

Nope.  She won it, fair and square. 

Everyone at an office knows that when you go in on an office pool, you purchase the ticket, make a photocopy for each employee to take home and watch, and keep the original at the office.  

Don't blame her. 

Mama2... Mama2MonkeyBoys

Is there a law somewhere that states you aren't allowed to enter as many damned ways as you please? Oh good, I didn't think so.
If she was in charge of the office pool, the others who were involved should have asked for some kind of receipt or verification of their claim to that ticket. If she's scamming them, she's a shitty person, but they don't have a leg to stand on.

nonmember avatar Emme

My husband told me a story similar to this one shortly before the drawing. A man had bought tickets on behalf of his office pool and tickets for himself. A ticket won. He said it was a ticket he bought for himself, not the office. His co-workers sued him and they won. My husband heard about the story because they have a pool at his company and the woman who manages it also bought tickets for herself (well, her husband did). To avoid any conflict, she typed up the numbers of all the lottery numbers and e-mailed them to those in the pool. Smart. :)

Melis... Melissa042807

Eesh. This lottery stuff always ends in such a mess. Which is why Husband and I stay far away from it. Is it really just her ticket? Is she trying to scam her way out of sharing with her coworkers as previously agreed? Who knows. Who cares. Just one more person scrapping for their fifteen minutes of fame. 

I have a philosophy: If you're bad at handling a little money, you'll be bad at handling a lot of money. That's why so many lottery winners end up so broke. Ain't nobody's fault but their own. 

nonmember avatar Katie

At my last job, we had special numbers for our office pool. There would be no way of getting out of that!

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