Workers at the fast-food joint who pooled their cash for tickets are furious at a colleague who claims she won with a ticket she bought for herself and has no intention of sharing.
“We had a group plan, but I went and played by myself. [The ‘winning’ ticket] wasn’t on the group plan,” McDonald’s “winner’’ Mirlande Wilson 37, told The Post yesterday, insisting she alone bought one of the three tickets nationwide that will split a record $656 million payout.
OK. Assuming 15 people, my best guess is that the 105 million dollar payoff becomes seven million bucks apiece in a lump sum, and/or just under 373 thousand dollars a year for the next quarter century. …I’ve worked for the Scotsman; I know what it’s like. The difference in lifestyle that you’d get from going from $7.50 an hour to 7 million a year is not actually all that different from going from $7.50 to 373 thousand a year. More to the point… if you’re the bagman for the group lottery pool, you do not [expletive deleted] buy your own tickets on the side. That’s because [expletive deleted] like this might happen. You got a problem with that? Fine. Don’t be the bagman*.
This is a pretty tangled story, by the way: one that could very easily end up in court to determine who bought what and when and for whom. You think that this is going to eat up the lottery winnings real quick? – Because I think that it’s going to eat up the lottery winnings real quick. Just split it, and somehow suffer under an annual stipend that dwarfs my family’s annual income…
*Seriously, this is an actual taboo and everything. If you’ve never done a pool… figuring out who to trust to buy the tickets for the group isn’t a trivial exercise. If for no other reason that the temptation to turn $200 of lottery ticket money into $100 of lottery tickets and pocket the rest (because, realistically, you don’t expect to win anyway) is also not a trivial one.