Eau Claire (WQOW) – The Mega Millions lottery has reached nearly $1 billion. Office lottery pools start to become popular during this time, but before you jump into a lottery with your co-workers, lawyers have some advice for you.
Attorney’s at Hertel Law S.C. said the first approach is legality: they recommend ticket owners should share prize money equally, and it should say so in a signed agreement between each person participating. It is also recommended if there are employees not present at work at the time of the lottery pool agreement, they should be notified by email there’s a work pool. The employer’s human resources department should be notified of an office lottery pool too.
“It’s not worth ruining a workplace or friendships by having a misunderstanding that turns out to become a court case,” said Harry Hertel, attorney and president of Hertel Law S.C. “As much as we lawyers I think are involved in litigation we have also have a role in trying to avoid if we can by giving good advice, and I think the good advice is to make sure you got an agreement that everybody understands.”
Hertel said those who participate in an office pool lottery should look at the lottery no differently than playing fantasy football, and greed should never be the motive.