RECRUITMENT SYNDICATE LOTTERY WINNERS REFUSE TO PAY ONE OF THEIR MEMBERS – A syndicate working at a Liverpool recruitment company, AE4, scooped the mid-week lottery jackpot, netting them a cool £28,847,237, making the ticket-holder the 16th biggest National Lottery winner.
Unfortunately one of the syndicate members, Louisa Whitby, 31, was off sick the day her weekly payment was meant to be paid, due to morning sickness as she is pregnant with her first child.
The syndicate group, all of whom have elected to remain anonymous, have refused to pay out her share as she didn’t pay her weekly contribution of £2.
Each of the winners has scooped approximately £2.8 million, however if they did provide Louisa with her share this would have been reduced to just over £2.5 million each.
According to Louisa she had been paying into the lottery syndicate for 2 years and only missed the payment due to her illness but did tell the other members she wanted to pay on her return to work.
The syndicate members have refused her request to be eligible to share in the jackpot which has now forced Louisa to engage the services of a solicitor in order to resolve the issue.
Louisa pointed out that these people were all close friends and work colleagues and yet their selfish actions have destroyed their friendship and she is now unable to talk to any of them.
When this news broke I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. From the spread of the news and the reader comments it is obvious that the public have a mixed reaction to Louisa’s claim for a share.
What is interesting is the number of comments saying that the actions of the syndicate members is not unexpected due to the widely accepted view that money is the root of all evil.
If this is the case then why do millions of British punters bother playing? Is it that they all want to indulge themselves in the evils that money brings?
I can tell you from experience that money has a real strange affect on people and none more so between those who have money and those who do not.
Several years ago I was comfortably well off and through a series of unfortunate events I pretty much became penniless. In order to save my home I asked a few close friends for help. Each of the individuals was wealthy enough to drop the cash and actually forget about it. However instead of helping each turned their backs and refused to acknowledge even my existence.
I am not convinced that money is evil but it certainly can change a person in that the more they have the more they want and will therefore hoard their money and rarely considering sharing it with anyone.
Wealthy people are often admonished by others but that’s generally from those who don’t have money and feel that the wealth should be spread a little more evenly. It is an admirable idea, however as I learned those with money will rarely part with it and will even, as with Louisa’s case, quickly turn their backs in order to fuel their own greed.
I wish Louisa luck with her case but I wonder, if she is successful in getting her share, what sort of person she will become in the process.
There are lots of ways we can sell ourselves out but invariably when we set aside our moral fortitude this is often done so for the sake of acquiring wealth.
Do you think the syndicate members should pay Louisa her share? If you won the lottery what would be the first thing you would do? Leave your comments below.