Good Tuesday, friends and frienemies.
I have a moral dilemma for you today.
So office lottery pools are nothing new. Back in the day, when I was in college and working in my machine shop, the other guys and I used to throw a dollar in a couple times a month to try to win a big jackpot together. It was usually on a Friday, payday.
We never won anything. But let's say that we pool our money to buy lottery tickets week in and week out for at least two consecutive years. We do it as a team. After two years, I miss one Friday 'cause I wake up that morning with a fever and call in sick. Maybe it's a Friday in a long weekend I'm taking 'cause I'm on my honeymoon, or I'm back home visiting my folks 'cause one of them is sick. Maybe my sister's having a baby and I'm away from work that Friday 'cause I want to be there for its birth.
That Friday, my "team" buys a winning ticket.
I return to work on Monday and find out. They tell me, "Tough luck, JB! You should've been here."
I respond that we've always bought the tickets as a team and have always agreed that we win or lose as a team, and that I deserve a cut of the winnings. They blow me off and refuse to cut me in.
This scenario happened last month in Ohio with a $207 million jackpot. Four regular members of the office pool were out of the office the day the winning ticket was purchased. They're suing for a $41 million cut 'cause their co-workers told 'em they weren't at work that day so they get none of the money.
The jilted co-workers say there was a verbal agreement - a contract, essentially - that if a winning ticket was purchased they'd all share. Naturally there's no proof of that verbal agreement between co-workers.
Remember, I called this a moral dilemma, not a legal dilemma.
So I say the right thing to do morally is give the four absent workers a cut of the winnings.
What do you say?