MIAMI, March 28 A dozen Florida real estate
agents who pooled their money and won $1 million in the
Powerball lottery plan to share the earnings with a new
co-worker who decided not to join the office pool.
"I don't think of any of us would be enjoying this one-tenth
if we did it any other way," said Laurie Finkelstein Reader, who
leads a team of realtors at Keller Williams Partner Realty in
The 12 realtors each contributed $20 for the March 23
But Jennifer Maldonado, who had only been in her job for two
weeks, declined an offer to join them because she hadn't
received her first paycheck.
"I was trying to be frugal," Maldonado said. "I had other
things I needed to spend my $20 on. I said, you know what guys,
I'll just skip this one."
The group ended up with a winning ticket and a prize of
$83,300 each after taxes.
After celebrating the news, Finkelstein Reader sent a text
message to the other 11 co-workers asking if they would be
willing to share a part of their winnings with Maldonado, and
they all agreed.
Maldonado said she didn't know how much money she'll get,
but she plans to use it to take her 4-year-old son to Disney
"How can you win and just leave one of your co-workers out?"
said Finkelstein Reader. "It seemed to us the natural thing to
(Reporting by Kevin Gray; Editing by Leslie Gevirtz)