Lottery Pools: Next time someone leaves, be nice to them

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The London Guardian newspaper reported the story of a U.K. Lotto winner (of $5.3 million in U.S. dollars) who, after winning, told his former office lottery pool members, “You won’t get a penny of this.” This is no Mr. Nice Guy.

Mark Weir hit a one pound Quick Pick ticket on his own after failing to win anything for years as a member of a lottery pool.

Our Mister Nice Guy is a plastics factory machine operator. After winning, he told lottery officials, “The lads at work won’t be getting a share. I paid into a [lottery pool] at the factory for years and never won anything to shout about. But the [Quick Pick] has got me the jackpot.”

“My advice is to not go out of your way to start a pool. If there’s an office pool kicking around then sure, it makes perfect sense to chip in. But don’t make it your primary way to play.”

I don’t know about you, but if were to win as Mr. Weir won, I’d share a little of the wealth with my former mates.

What would you do?

Meanwhile, back in the states, The Better Business Bureau is circulating news of a new lottery scam I want you all to be aware of.

In this scam, “winners” are notified that they’ve won money. The con artist tells them they need a couple of thousand back to cover taxes.

So some people are depositing the check and sending out the tax money before the bank realizes the check is no good.

The person who deposited the check and sent off the return payment is out the money.

Here is the key. Even if you see your name on a check don’t fall for the scam. Once again, the target seems to be senior citizens.

In the Money:

Tomorrow night’s Mega Millions jackpot is $23 million.

Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot is $25 million.

Good luck.

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