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Oklahoma office pool misses jackpot by one digit

by Clytie Bunyan Published: April 8, 2012

Workers around the country contributed to office pools for the more than $1 billion spent to cash in on the recent $656 million mega lottery. I pitched in $5 in ours, thinking all along I was jinxing the pool since I never win anything, but didn't want to be left out of a big payday if the pool won.

Well, ours didn't. Not even $1. What a turnoff.

But a group of 17 workers at Urban Dealight in Oklahoma City almost hit it big. They missed the jackpot by one digit on the fourth number — instead of 38 theirs was 37. Still, the workers won $10,003 from their $250 pool. Individually, winnings amount to $80 to $840.

Everyone the day before the drawing was talking about what they would do if they won, but Chief Operating Officer Ryan Marlen said everyone promised they would come back to work (I promised, too). But Marlen also wanted to avoid any scenario where someone would claim they were cheated, so he built a spread sheet showing everyone's contribution.

But that wasn't enough.

“We created a contract and had dual signatures on every person,” he said. “I wanted to make sure everyone knows exactly what they had in it.”

Most employees get so caught up in mega lottery hype with dreams of improbabilities dancing in their head that they don't even consider how ugly things could get when that much money is involved.

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by Clytie Bunyan
Director of Business and Lifestyles
Clytie Bunyan joined The Oklahoman in 1989 as a Metro desk reporter. She later moved to the Business desk to cover real estate and presided over extensive coverage in the 1990s about the then-uncertain future of the Skirvin Hotel. She also has...
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