Think your friendship can survive any hardship? Try winning a million dollars. I’m Amy E. Feldman.

An Ontario pizza delivery man just filed a lawsuit against his sixteen now-ex friends who won a million dollar lottery prize, claiming he should be the seventeenth winner. The group always pooled their money and bought tickets together, but the plaintiff didn’t throw in for the ticket that of course hit a million dollar jackpot. 

Lawsuits are filed all the time when a group hits the lottery on a day that one of them didn’t pay. The problem is most group pools are based on oral agreements which, as they say, aren’t as good as the paper they aren’t printed on. So, before the next time you buy as a group, take a minute to set ground rules—and write them down: What if one member forgets to put in money on a particular day? Who buys the tickets and must he photocopy them a day in advance? 

Winning is great but only if you still have a friend to share a slice of pizza with at the end of the day.

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