That's because his co-workers hit the $319 Mega Millions jackpot. Ouch.
From the New York Post:
A hapless state information-technology worker who usually joined his office lottery pool took a pass last week -- only to learn that seven positive-thinking pals nailed a whopping $319 million Mega Millions jackpot, said a deli owner who knows the winners.If this guy doesn't end up killing himself, or at least doesn't end up in a mental institution, I'm extremly impressed. 16 million freaking dollars. This will haunt him for the rest of his life.
"The word is that when they were going around the office asking who wanted in on the pool, one guy said no, that he wasn't feeling lucky," said Jill Cook, who with husband Tom owns Cook's Deli in Albany, where the winners are lunchtime regulars.
"They asked him twice. They said, 'Are you sure?' and he said yeah, he was going to pass this time. I feel horrible for him," Jill said.
The number of players in the pool varied from week to week, she said, and the identity of the mystery loser -- who could have won a $16 million after-tax share under the lottery's lump-sum option -- was as elusive as those of the big winners, who sources say worked in IT for the state Homes and Community Renewal agency.
Cook said the geek squad came in for lunch daily -- but haven't been seen since beating the one-in-176-million odds in Friday's drawing. Customers who know the winners told her they weren't planning to return to their jobs -- except to pass along unfinished business to colleagues.
And there's absolutely nothing anybody can say to make him feel better. I'd stay the hell away from him. Odds are he's just going to flip out any time somebody brings it up, and there's a good chance he's got a gun at his side 24/7 now, as he's likely contemplating shooting himself 24/7.
Part of you says, "The co-workers should at least give him SOMETHING." Maybe team up to toss him a nice vacation package to a tropical island for a couple weeks. Maybe send him a ton of booze, which he's going to need. Maybe let him hang by the pool on the reg at their soon-to-be mansions.
But then again, they asked him twice, so they don't "owe" him anything.
So anyway, if you're having a rough day, at least you're not this guy.
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