Some believe the very concept of luck, good or bad, comes from a worldview steeped in ignorance a€“ back when a home remedy for the common cold consisted of coating the sufferera€™s throat with honey and tying him to an anthill (in all fairness, that might have taught a sufferer a valuable lesson in keeping minor irritants to oneself).
Luck is a convenient way to explain the hard-to-swallow fact that lifea€™s miseries stymieing you with their frequency are as random as the music on a cab drivera€™s radio. Winning the lottery is the ultimate bit of a€?good lucka€? that some people hold out hope for their entire lives [for our list of people who should not be allowed to win, click here]. Even if you win a lottery though, misery will hide out in the bushes, get your routine down, and surprise you as youa€™re pulling into your just-bought mansion. Workplace lottery pools are aimed at lifting employee morale, a fantasy right up there with violent ones involving a bag of doorknobs, a just-promoted rival and a dark room with a door that locks from the inside a€“ and of course those of the sexual variety involving the most action the photocopier has seen since the toner was replaced.
Office dwellers, their souls slowly sucked out like cut-rate liposuction as they realize it would take 145 years of them eating cat food at their current salary to see a million bucks, find it hard to pass up the office lottery pool.
Being a regular lotto player means shouldering the derision of those who tell you that you are far likelier to be struck by lightning, hit by a bus, or adopted by Angelina Jolie than win the lottery. A 62-year-old Montreal man thought this was the case when he opened his newspaper, checked the lottery numbers against his picks and found that they matched a€“ the second largest jackpot in Canadian history.
While a demented handful would keep dead-end jobs if they won the lottery (or at least be quoted as saying so in the media before the rented limo arrived), the majority would let their bosses know a€?Youa€™re number onea€? with an upraised middle digit and, depending on the person, do something showy like taking a dump in the front lobby (an especially big windfall needed for the latter). A 69-year old Floridian, lost his winning $500,000 Gold Rush ticket en route to the lottery office. Whether ita€™s making sure the personal check clears before your kneecaps are used for batting practice by the local bookie, or keeping up with pacemaker maintenance, certain deadlines can have very serious consequences indeed. An English lottery player, perhaps the least motivated man who ever lived, missed a crucial deadline, considerably more important than the a€?get well soona€? card that arrives post-mortem, when he lost out on a A?3 million lottery jackpot by taking too long to claim his prize. After an investigation it was determined that the player had actually purchased the ticket, and as an extra boot to the teeth was also the sole winner.

Most people, unless theya€™re lucky enough to perform the Heimlich maneuver on a philanthropist will never get up close and personal with hundreds of millions of dollars.
All Draw game prizes must be claimed at a Florida Lottery retailer or Florida Lottery office on or before the 180th day after the winning drawing.
Please note that every effort has been made to ensure that the enclosed information is accurate; however, in the event of an error, the winning numbers and prize amounts in the official records of the Florida Lottery shall be controlling. Have you ever held a lottery pool at your work or office, but find it difficult to manage who paid, how many tickets to buy and how much everyone won?
This Microsoft Excel document will help you manage all of your MegaMillions Lottery tickets for your lottery pool.
Unfortunately this Lottery Pool Calculator will only work with the MegaMillions Lottery, which is featured in the follow states: California, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.
There is 3 sheets in the Excel document; MegaMillions Calculator, Lottery Ticket Numbers, and Group Members.
Once you’ve completed adding all of your purchased lottery ticket numbers, wait for the big night, the winning numbers. That’s it!  Collect your earnings, distribute them equally between the  group members, rinse and repeat! If you’ve revised the Lottery Pool Calculator for other lotteries and would like to share, please email me and I would love to share your version with the community! Despite the persistence of such learned spoilsports, the concept of luck has taken hold in the popular imagination and like a toilet-originating communicable disease (file that under bad luck as well) it is hard to shake.
Barflies will often talk about their shit luck in the interest of eliciting sympathy and its close cousin, a free beer. Even though your odds are better onA some moronic game show a€“even a cantaloupe with a buzzer can win on some of those a€“ the qualifying quiz on the telephone and arranging transportation to the show itself are more hassle than your average lottery player would go to give a close relation a decent burial.

As these next unlucky seven people prove, the odds are better than even that close encounters with the lottery are capable of more harm than good. Hell it seems better spent than paying shakedown money to the bossa€™ kid selling magazine subscriptions for the blind. Still, you continue to plunk down your lucky numbers derived from the birthdates of your pets (replacing that of a fish sent down the plumbing with something more auspicious) in the hopes that one day your ship will come in and youa€™ll have an Easy Street mailing address.
It is our assertion that lottery winners should be old enough not to squander the money on charitable causes but still young enough to still have many years during which they can piss away their earnings atA illegal poker tournaments. A team of legal advisors trying to get in on the action were unable to make a case after six weeks of legal wrangling. Neither will a 44-year old California woman, who lost an 85 million dollar lottery ticket, who said that since her admission in the media, people have been behaving oddly a€“ strangers approaching her, for example.
When the winning numbers are announced, click on the MegaMillions Calculator sheet and type in the winning numbers in the green cells.  Also type in the Jackpot (in millions) in the blue cell. How often have we heard things like a€?If it werena€™t for bad luck, Ia€™d have no luck at all,a€? trotted out by those hanging up the streamers at their own pity party, who believe, deep down, that cruel unseen powers have conspired against anything good ever happening to them. A Queensland Australia woman contributed to her officea€™s lottery pool faithfully every week a€“ until the one week she forgot, and, you guessed it, saw her colleagues scoop up a cool $11 million, part of which shoulda€™ve been hers. To make matters worse for the woman, the payout, in the high hundreds of thousands apiece, wasna€™t even enough for the most ardent a€?back to the landa€? type to retire on, meaning they all had to still work together.

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