Think YOU’RE Having a Bad Day? What if YOU Were the Player Who Decided Not to Join Your Regular Pool on the Day it Won $319 Million? How Would You React?


Here is a story that is emblematic of MY worst nightmare.

Confession….you all know that I gamble. I play the lottery (in moderation), poker, blackjack, the horses… (all in moderation)… but I am also part of a lottery pool.

The nightmare is that I decide not to play on a day when the pool actually wins a big jackpot.

This is what happened to man in Albany New York. He was part of a pool. He decided not to play (a conscious decision) on the day his pool won $319,000,000.

Michael Kosko lost out because he didn’t have the $2 to join the office pool.

On Friday, Kosko, who works in the IT department of the Homes and Community Renewal agency in Albany, talked to the press about losing the lottery.

He’s determined not to let it ruin his life!

Of course, I’d like to know what he REALLY thinks.

“Everything happens for a reason,” Kosko told the NY Post newspaper.

“[The winners] deserve it, they are the hardest working people I’ve ever met.” And though his buddies don’t seem inclined to ever let him live this one down (one told him, “I could’ve let you borrow the $2 if you really needed it.”), Kosko is walking on the sunny side of the street.

“I have a job with the state doing work I love,” he said, with no sign of choking on a bilious self-loathing that might consume a lesser man for the rest of his life.

“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.”

Yeah, right.

And at least Kosko’s not alone; there are four other coworkers who usually join the pool but decided against it.

Together they call themselves “The Five Survivors.”

Winner Kristin Baldwin told the newspaper, “We really haven’t had a chance to think about them””you know, what with all the thinking about how she never has to work another day in her life with those people. A

And winner Tracy Sussman told reporters, “I think the other five are happy for us,” and left without saying whether she’d share with her co-workers.

Man o man.

How would YOU react?

Be honest.

Post me what you would do….

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Married to a beautiful (and extremely intelligent--- smarter than I am) South African woman. One child (brilliant). I've written three books, only one now available. Editor in chief of magazines...former managing editor .... news reporter, magazine writer, joker, sometimes a fool, lottery expert, lover of old, classic movies, music fanatic, Science Fiction fan (Warhammer 40,000, Game of Thrones). Goal for next year: Walk the Camino de Santiago. Into metaphysics, Esther Hicks (Abraham), Louise Hay


  1. I would hope that the winners who have been blessed would at least part with 100 or 2 hundred thousand each and split it with the 5 who were left out, it would be the noble thing to do and compared t their almost 20 million each it’s penauts< come on people don't be greedy and share with your co workers< cause really you could have won all of this money and tomorrow lose it all< God has blessed you now bless others< I hope you guys do the right thing!


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