You just now it is going to be “one of those days” when you show up for work and everyone is hugging and laughing because the office won the lottery- the same lottery you opted not to participate in.
That is exactly what happened to Jennifer Maldonado when she showed up to work one Sunday. The staff at the real estate agency she works for in Florida had all pitched in $20 a piece to buy lottery tickets, an opportunity Jennifer passed on.
She had only been working for the company for two weeks and had not yet received her first paycheck. Trying to be cautious with her money, she saw the $20 as an expense she couldn’t afford just then. Imagine her shock when she walked in that morning to find her coworkers celebrating their lottery win.
At first, Jennifer thought they were teasing her because she was the only one who hadn’t gone into the lottery pool. It was her boss who sat her down and explained the win was for real.
The group did not win the big jackpot. Instead they matched 5 numbers and won a $1million prize. That comes to about $83,000 each before taxes.
The group at Keller Williams Partner Realty in Plantation decided to let Jennifer in on their good fortune however. The 12 coworkers agreed to pitch in and give Maldonado, who works as an administrative assistant, a share of the winnings.
Though the amount they are giving her is a secret, they felt it important to do the right thing. Laurie Finkelstein Reader who runs the office believes when you do the right thing in life, the right thing will also happen to you.
Surprisingly, the group almost didn’t win at all thanks to a language problem at the convenience store where Finkelstein reader bought the tickets. The Spanish speaking clerk thought she wanted 60 $2 tickets. While she struggled to make him understand, the line grew longer and impatient behind her. Some people switched lines to speed things up.
She finally got the second batch of tickets and the winning ticket was among those in the second batch.
The group will be able to collect their winnings on Wednesday. As for Maldonado, she says she didn’t realize how lucky her coworkers were and she won’t be passing up any more office pools.