Mega Millions Dilemma

Since I didn’t win the historic 600 million dollar jackpot, I thought about the bright side and looked at Mega Millions: What Do I Really Win. Although I work with a great team and camaraderie is at an all time high, I have a dilemma on my hands. The team has decided we would win a jackpot no matter what the cost. A weekly pool would be collected so we could all take part in the Mega Millions drawing every week. Before it was fun because I had a choice. Now I am stuck between a rock and a hard place. I feel like I am obligated to participate in the weekly donation. On the flip side, if I decide to not participate, I’m going to look like the bad team player and on the off chance my team does win the jackpot, I will have to live with the fact that I missed out.

What would you do if you were in my shoes?

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10 Responses

  1. I’d stop contributing to the office pool. Yeah, there’s an almost non-existent possibility your team will win the jackpot. But I think your teammates will be fine without your contribution. If they do win, you’re one less person they have to split the proceeds with. Sell it to them that way.

    Being a bad team player is slacking at your job and forcing your colleagues to pick up your slack.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Great advice Shawanda! All your points make sense. Feeling some peer pressure and greed. What if they all win without me? But I know, the odds are next to impossible.

  2. You might ask to put in a smaller amount–$1?–and take a proportionately smaller share of the winnings in case of a miracle. You spend a smaller amount, but you’re still supporting the team.

  3. krantcents says:

    Tough call! Although I was in a different role (CFO) in a company, I could stand on my values. No one ever questioned me. As a sales person, you are in a different situation. You can always blame a shortage of cash because of the new baby and back gracefully. How will you feel if they win? No regrets? Then do what is right for you.

  4. They would have to call me a bad team player if being a team player means I have stay in a lottery pool because I would want nothing to do with it. It wouldn’t be personal, and I wouldn’t be mad at the people participating. I would just expect for people to respect my decision to not be a part of it.

  5. Offer to be the one to go to the convenience store one week, then don’t, then use those dollars to chip in every week thereafter!

    It’s four dollars a month. That seems a small price to pay in order to not be “that guy”

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