Fate is a Funny Thing
Michael Kosko, an employee of the New York Homes and Community Renewal agency in Albany, opted out of the office pool - one that he participates in on a regular basis. Apparently, he didn't have the two bucks to play. So his colleague headed to buy the lottery ticket that won his seven co-workers over $19M each (after taxes).
Now stop to consider this: if Kosko had asked for someone to spot him the Benjamins, or if he had gone to secure his contribution, the employee sent to buy the ticket would have been delayed. And considering it was a quick pick that won them the big money, somebody else would have played first. So Kosko should take comfort in knowing his refusal to play is what won his friends the money. Now hopefully they'll at least buy him a good dinner.