HR Strange But True!
June 23, 2011

Workplace lottery ticket pools seem to be a growing trend—or at least winning office lotto tickets seem to be!

This year, seven employees of the New York Homes and Community Renewal agency in Albany purchased a lottery ticket. They soon found out they had won the $319 million jackpot, which equals just over $19 million per employee after taxes.

However, the story takes a turn for a few unlucky employees who opted out of that week’s lotto pool.

Kosko, a fellow employee, explained how he skipped out on the winning week simply because he didn’t have two dollars$2 on him. He had been a regular contributor in the past.

"We had played over the past few months, we never hit anything. And I just decided that on that particular day, I wasn't going to play," Kosko explained to the New York Post.

Despite missing out on the pool, Kosko had only positive remarks for the press, saying that he was very happy for his colleagues who are all hard workers.

"I have a job with the state doing work I love," he said. "I'm not going to sit around and ask myself that question for the next 20 years. I'm moving on. It's all good."

However, the win is still present in the office—literally. A photocopy of the winning ticket is hanging on the office bulletin board.


New York Post

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