Did Gary cheat his workmates out of lotto riches?

I’VE always been wary of workplace lotto syndicates. Always. No good can come from it.

Well, obviously millions of dollars in lotto winnings is one potential upshot, but even that can plunge someone’s world into a pit of chaos.

Think about your workplace for a moment: what would happen if you and your colleagues played a lotto syndicate together and then, God forbid, you won?!


Would everyone up sticks and quit on the spot?

Would your boss be left devastated – because usually the boss isn’t invited to join on these types of social, extra-curricular activities – when his entire workforce ditches him for cocktails in the Greek Islands?

And what about poor Jude in accounts, who usually chipped in for the syndicate, but who had to pay her rego that week and so didn’t participate?

These are the thoughts that swirl around in my head and have me convinced that lotto syndicates are a bad idea.

This developing story about new lotto millionaire Gary in Geelong has done little to change my opinion.

Gary was in charge of his workplace’s lotto syndicate. But Gary was also buying his own personal tickets on the side. And his personal ticket won – big time. He cashed in $16 million and change.

Understandably, his workmates are upset.

They’re wondering if Gary has ripped them off. He didn’t do much to help his cause; he mysteriously quit shortly after his windfall, and then purchased a new house. When a case of champers was delivered to his workplace to congratulate him on his lotto win, his co-workers became suspicious.

They’ve since taken him to court, so Gaz has gone to great lengths (and fortunately for him, he has a convincing paper trail to back him up) to explain how his personal lotto purchases were separate to his syndicate.

It seems like his win was legit; he is in fact a millionaire, and his former colleagues are entitled to zip. But surely he could have swung his former colleagues a cheeky cash sweetener? They were all in it together and the way he handled his win was sneaky. There’s not a big difference between banking $15m and $16m, so he could have sliced off a million bucks for his former cohorts to share.

Instead, he’s got a butt-load of negativity coming his way – and more than a few mounting legal bills.

As I said, no good can come from workplace lotto syndicates. Not even a little.

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