Friday, July 10, 2009

Question Of The Day

If you were sent by your coworkers to purchase the pool of mega million/powerball tickets for your group and the clerk/cashier gave you one extra ticket for free because it was your birthday, would you be expected to share the winnings with the group if the free ticket was the winning ticket? Think about it.....the ticket was not purchased with the groups pool but you were given the ticket while on an errand for the group buying the tickets so what is the protocol?


20 People saying stuff:

The Ambiguous Blob said...

naw. That one would be all mine. It's a gift- not part of the pool!

Nonya Bidness said...

Um, hell no!

Karen said...

100% without a doubt that should be shared. First of all, it is the right thing to do. Secondly, it good karma. All you selfish folk are never going to win because you don't know how to share! ;-)

JSADTheKing said...

Ok maybe I would break them off a little somthing but like she siad above it was not apart of the pool ticket so its your choice.

imbeingheldhostage said...

wow, I hate it when you make me look inside at the ugly that lives there... I really want to keep it, but my biggest dilemma is hiding the win from all those people who would never believe me-- oh, then Karen has to throw the karma thing in...

I've got it! IF this situation ever arises, I'm sending someone else to buy them.

CarmenSinCity said...

I would keep it. Karen is right about the karma thing. But, I"m being honest - I'd keep that ticket. It's my birthday and they didn't put in any money for that ticket.

Noelle said...

I would probably give them something, but I don't think I would be obligated to split it equally with everyone. I mean, if you went to buy the tickets, and then you bought 5 more with your own money, and 1 of those 5 won, would you split it?

Tonya said...

I would say it all belongs to the person it was given to as a gift from the clerk! no one's money was used to buy it.

The Ambiguous Blob said...

It really has nothing to do with karma or selfishness if you keep something that was given to you.
While I believe that sharing is caring, it's not necessary to do so in this case.

dmarks said...

It's a gift..... but I'd share some. Not split it evenly, though.

lisaq said...

I'm thinking no. Not part of the pool=belongs to me! Maybe I'd buy everyone a beer. heehee...

Melissa said...

On my birthday!

Heck no!

Happy Birthday to me!

Liam said...

Morality and millions have never mixed well.

Sue said...

I would keep the ticket...and buy everyone else a 6 pack of pabst blue ribbon!

See? I can be generous!

Hit 40 said...

The person should have kept their mouth shut that they won with that one ticket. Hard to know if they really won with that ticket or one from the pool of tickets. If the win is too big to hide, then you better just share it because it will all just go to lawyers if you don't

Mizrepresent said...

Heck naw, that's my ticket...but i would give them something if i won.

Freckle Face Girl said...

I would say it depends. If the person came back and handed all of the tickets over (including the birthday one) before the winning numbers were announced then the answer is yes.

If it was a gift and the person didn't want to share, they should give all but that ticket up before the numbers are announced.

Now, if the person keeps all the tickets & doesn't give any of them back before the numbers are announced then that seems shady. The birthday person would have to share.

News Revolver said...

Sharing from the goodness of the heart has never been a bad thing in the eyes of the Almighty. That being said, share with those in the pool.

laughingattheslut said...

It is a birthday gift, and you keep your birthday gift, but you have to have some way of figuring out which one is the birthday gift. Like you make copies of all the other tickets that are in the pool and give the copies to everyone in the pool so that they can check the numbers when they are called.

You can't hide a winning ticket. You will get sued, it will go to the pool, and your share of the pool will go to pay for your lawyer and even their lawyer after you lose the case.

This should all be spelled out before hand, and everyone should agree to certain rules before you have a pool. And you need signatures from everyone in the pool so that you don't have someone who was in the pool last week suing you for part of the winnings of next week.

Someone at a place I used to work wanted an office lottery pool, but she wanted me to handle it because my actual job was better for handling that sort of thing. I agreed, and I sat down and wrote out all these rules and deadlines and such. Cause if you don't have rules and figure out all this stuff before you win some money, everyone will fight over the money and some of the money will go to a couple of lawyers and no one will be friends afterwards.

As we had several lawyers who worked there, I took a copy of the rules to one of them to read, thinking that he would add some legal jargon to what I had written to make it a little better. And he read it and said that it was well thought out and I had done a good job, but that I was right the first time when I said that this sort of thing ruins friendships and so we weren't going to have an office pool.

The girl who wanted to start the office pool in the first place said that we would just go on without the lawyer's help, and that he couldn't tell the rest of us not to have an office pool. But nothing ever came of it and she left soon after that.

Terri said...

I think I'd keep but I'd shell out a generous gift to my pool buddies.