Powerball Winners Give Cut to Colleague Who Didn't Play
Jennifer Maldonado had only been at the company 2 weeks
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 28, 2013 4:33 AM CDT
Powerball numbers are chosen in the drawing at the Florida Lottery on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, in Tallahassee, Fla.   (AP Photo/Phil Sears)

(Newser) – Jennifer Maldonado hadn't yet gotten her first paycheck from the realty company she had been at two weeks when her colleagues asked her to kick in to its Powerball pool ahead of Saturday's $338 million drawing. "I was watching my pennies" and declined, she tells the Miami Herald. She'll now have more pennies to watch: Her 12 colleagues had a winning ticket among the 120 tickets they purchased. It had five matching numbers but not the correct Powerball, making them one of 13 $1 million winners. And they're giving Maldonado a slice.

After taxes, the 12-way split comes to $83,333.33; they haven't said how much they'll kick Maldonado's way. "As a team, we put together a fat pile of money," says a coworker. "If we do the right thing and always care about other people, the right thing will happen to us." Indeed, the group has already had a fair bit of luck with that attitude: The woman buying for the group got the winning ticket after letting an antsy man cut in front of her in line at 7-Eleven.

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Mar 28, 2013 11:30 AM CDT
Very nice of them. Liberals would argue they owe it to her even though she didn't contribute and have no claim to these winnings.
Mar 28, 2013 9:14 AM CDT
Inclusive is better received than exclusive almost every time
Mar 28, 2013 8:03 AM CDT
Ok put yourself in their situation. What would you do? And let's force the point the choice is to divide the money 12 ways with the original people or 13 ways with the addition of the co-worker who was too broke to stick in the money. What would you really do?