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Are Office Lottery Buys a Good Idea? [POLL]

What would you do if you and your colleagues won the jackpot?

While the big winner in Friday's Mega Millions is not from Massachusetts, a Reading woman did win some of the jackpot as part of a group buy.

Victoria Flett won $250,000 in Friday's drawing. On Tuesday, Flett showed off her winnings at the Reading convenience store where she bought the lucky ticket, WHDH Boston Reported. 

Flett, and a combination of family and friends, each put in $10 and together purchased 220 tickets for last Friday's record Mega Millions lottery. She didn't check her stack of tickets until Saturday morning.

Split 22 ways, Flett and her family and friends will each get about $11,000 before taxes.

Meanwhile, controversy is brewing in Maryland where workers at a fast-food joint who pooled their cash for tickets are furious at a colleague who claims she won with a ticket she bought for herself and has no intention of sharing.

“We had a group plan, but I went and played by myself. [The ‘winning’ ticket] wasn’t on the group plan,” McDonald’s “winner’’ Mirlande Wilson 37, told the New York Post, insisting she alone bought one of the three tickets nationwide that will split a record $656 million payout.

Maryland Lottery spokeswoman Carole Everett said Monday, "... We really won't believe anybody till they walk in with a ticket and the ticket is valid — and they have identification."

In New Jersey in 2010, a group of asphalt workers who regularly played Mega Millions sued a co-worker who disappeared after a November 2009 drawing. The co-worker said he needed foot surgery, but crewmembers found his name on a list of Mega Millions winners: He had claimed $38.5 million. A jury last month ordered him to share the jackpot, reported USA TODAY.

In January 2010, an elementary school principal and her staff who had been playing the lottery as a group, decided to come up with a formal written agreement so there would be no hurt feeling; three weeks later the group hit the lottery for $12 million, reported USA TODAY.

Do you think it is a good idea to be part of a group buy for lottery tickets at work? Vote in our unscientific poll and tell us why in the comments.

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