Video: The unluckiest man in the world

posted at 8:02 pm on April 1, 2011 by Allahpundit

This is as close to a real-life “Twilight Zone” episode as anyone will ever experience. Remember the one where Burgess Meredith was all set to hunker down for post-apocalyptic eternity with the reading list of his dreams — before cracking his coke-bottle glasses? This isn’t quite as cruelly ironic as that, but … dude. Dude.

If he had a couple of dollars, he’d be living the dream. Michael Kosko, a state worker who passed on the office pool that scored a $319 million Mega Millions jackpot, had the simplest reason for bowing out.

“I didn’t have two singles,” said Michael Kosko, a six-year employee of the Homes and Community Renewal agency in Albany.

“We had played over the past few months, we never hit anything. And I just decided that on that particular day, I wasn’t going to play.”…

“It wasn’t my day,” he said in the understatement of the millennium.

His girlfriend’s reportedly “a tad miffed.” He’s not the only loser either: Apparently four other officemates who usually chip in for tickets passed this time. The winners get $19.1 million after taxes, which should be good for roughly a million bucks a year in income if invested conservatively. Kosko and the rest get … insomnia for the rest of their lives, I guess.

The inevitable exit question: Would you cut them in on the winnings? Even partially? Even a tiny bit? C’mon.

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Nobody had change? Especially the person gathering the funds. Hard to believe.

Cindy Munford on April 1, 2011 at 8:06 PM

I’d be really tempted to at least give him $1 million, but it would be from my own share. I wouldn’t feel compelled to ask the other shared winners to kick in unless they also volunteered.

DrAllecon on April 1, 2011 at 8:07 PM

No. They didn’t have faith, so they deserve to suffer.

Seth Halpern on April 1, 2011 at 8:08 PM

We have a golden rule in our house: If we forget to do the Lotto, one particular week, don’t check the numbers!

OldEnglish on April 1, 2011 at 8:09 PM

If you don’t have money, you want money. If you have money, other people want it.

Paul-Cincy on April 1, 2011 at 8:09 PM

The inevitable exit question: Would you cut them in on the winnings? Even partially? Even a tiny bit? C’mon.

A tiny bit, sure. Say 20k. And he better thank me.

Go RBNY on April 1, 2011 at 8:10 PM

It’s pretty irresponsible to to encourage people to play the lottery.

JohnJ on April 1, 2011 at 8:10 PM

There are tragic winners stories all around. Lets talk to the winners and losers in 5-10 years and see how it has changed them.
I’ll bet he’ll be doing better in life than most of the winners.
And remember the definition of the lottery is a taxation on the stupid.

multiuseless on April 1, 2011 at 8:11 PM

I bought a ticket for that jackpot and didn’t win anything. I think they should cut me in! #justsaying

Ordinary1 on April 1, 2011 at 8:13 PM

Someone had to hold the camera to take the picture….

sailingdutchman on April 1, 2011 at 8:13 PM

Oh, that’s why elections have consequences.
The decision you make today, will be regrets tomorrow.

Kini on April 1, 2011 at 8:15 PM

Breaking:

Japanese earthquake specialists confirm “Godzilla Premise.”

Noncomittal on radiation effects.

hillbillyjim on April 1, 2011 at 8:16 PM

The inevitable exit question: Would you cut them in on the winnings? Even partially? Even a tiny bit? C’mon.

Nyet!

Probably an Obama voter anyway…makes the kinds of decisions he would make.

AUINSC on April 1, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Exit answer: I’d break them off a substantial sum-sum. That’s my only rule for playing the lottery: Give it ALL away.

Christien on April 1, 2011 at 8:17 PM

I remember places that sell lottery tickets would have a sticker on the register saying “Problem Gambling? Call 1-800-GAMBLE”

So I called the number and told the person on the phone that I have a gambling problem.

They asked, “You do?”
I said, “Yes, I never win”

Kini on April 1, 2011 at 8:18 PM

I’ll bet allot of lawyers are anxious to represent him….for a small percentage of course.

repvoter on April 1, 2011 at 8:18 PM

If you never play, you never care.

John the Libertarian on April 1, 2011 at 8:22 PM

Yeah, I’d cut him (and the others) in, for 50 or 100K each anyway. Think how much smaller your cut would be if they had played this time.

BuzzCrutcher on April 1, 2011 at 8:23 PM


Would you cut them in on the winnings? Even partially?

Yes, but how much depends on whether they are just co-workers, or are they GOOD FRIENDS.

Just think, all those winners will quite their jobs and those left behind will have to pick up their slack.

Tony737 on April 1, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Think how much smaller your cut would be if they had played this time. – Buzz

Good point Buzz!

Tony737 on April 1, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Would you cut them in on the winnings? Even partially?

I need a chauffeur

Kini on April 1, 2011 at 8:27 PM

If they are liberals they will sue for a portion of the winnings. They meant to participate!

slickwillie2001 on April 1, 2011 at 8:28 PM

I would give Shleprock a cut (maybe $100K) for not playing.

djaymick on April 1, 2011 at 8:28 PM

I’m the unluckiest girl in the world right now. I’m watching Capitalism: A Love Story. It was free.

txag92 on April 1, 2011 at 8:33 PM

Should Hell freeze over and I win there are friends and family that will be in the payoff. Of course I get the lion’s share!

marinetbryant on April 1, 2011 at 8:37 PM

More than once I’ve paid for a ticket, and had someone pay for me. Tough break. :(

itsspideyman on April 1, 2011 at 8:41 PM

It was free.

txag92 on April 1, 2011 at 8:33 PM

You could probably get something for pain and suffering.

Cindy Munford on April 1, 2011 at 8:42 PM

Gravity sucks….deal with it.

percysunshine on April 1, 2011 at 8:48 PM

You could probably get something for pain and suffering.

Cindy Munford on April 1, 2011 at 8:42 PM

LOL. I just can’t believe what a hypocrite that a$$ is. I made it 10 minutes.

txag92 on April 1, 2011 at 8:49 PM

I would give him a cut if he was part of the regular players. I have to give him credit. I would have went postal on the reporter for rubbing it in.

Southernblogger on April 1, 2011 at 8:56 PM

a state worker

An oxymoron…maybe SEIU will file a suit demanding he get ALL of it.

Dingbat63 on April 1, 2011 at 9:05 PM

Most seem to worship the wrong things. I’m sure the winner’s lives will be enhanced by such valuable things as flat screens, ipods, beautiful homes and cars. They will still be miserable. State run gambling is not a virtue producer but a vice enhancer. Well done.

Fuquay Steve on April 1, 2011 at 9:09 PM

Someone needs to make a documentary starting right now and see where he ends up in 10 years versus the lottery winners–assuming he doesn’t get a cut.

karlant on April 1, 2011 at 9:11 PM

If they had never contributed to the pool, then no – no need to share; however, they were regular contributors and who happened to miss a week for whatever reason. If the others don’t give them part of the winnings, they are major @ssholes.

Of course, they are state employees so I’m sure they will have no problem taking as much as they can for themselves, whether they deserve it or not, without giving a second thought to the people they are screwing with their selfish greed – be it co-workers with the pool, or taxpayers with their exorbitant salaries and benefits.

miConsevative on April 1, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Congrat’s to that crew…I’m highly envious!

Where do you draw the line? No way I’d cut them in. If they were a good friend, IE we’ve been to each other’s home for dinner/party/kids are friends etc then I’d look at throwing 10k a yr from investments. Then again I have a fully executable plan ready to go along from tax advisor, attorney, accountant and a 20 question questionaire of my personal data like nicknames, fav band etc. You need to score 13 out of 20 to get invited to the party. Perfect scores get a bonus. All others….eat it!!

We run a pool at work as well with the ground rules in writing. If you don’t ante you aren’t “active” in the group drawing. 14 of us throw in $20 each and and we play 5 Mega Millions & 5 Powerball picks per drawing which is $20 a week. This basically covers us for 3+ months for $20 (14 weeks @ $20 per =3.5 months). Any misc wins below $100 get thrown back into the kitty. By getting a $20 at a time I don’t have to chase people each week or deal with the “I don’t have $2″ comment.

and remember the definition of the lottery is a taxation on the stupid.

multiuseless on April 1, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Since I don’t have a coffee or candy vice I think I’ll take my chances. It’s a good thing that winning group didn’t listen to you. Someone will win so why not take a chance for some chump change.

My buddy Tommy, luckiest SOB ever!, won $100k from Powerball twice back in the day.

VikingGoneWild on April 1, 2011 at 9:19 PM

Wow, he’s like the Pete Best of the lottery.

vcferlita on April 1, 2011 at 9:26 PM

I did the very same thing. There was a big horse race on, and a co-worker said he was going to go to the betting agency to place a bet — did I want him to place one for me. I said “Sure, I’ll have 10 of what you’re having”. When I looked in my wallet, I changed my mind, because I didn’t have enough both for lunch and the tickets. I said “I never win anyway”.

True to my form…

He picked the trifecta, which paid about $8,000. That was the most expensive lunch I’ve ever had…

mr.blacksheep on April 1, 2011 at 9:30 PM

The inevitable exit question: Would you cut them in on the winnings? Even partially? Even a tiny bit? C’mon.

I’d take him out to dinner at a nice restaurant.

bitsy on April 1, 2011 at 9:33 PM

Hopefully they’re all smart enough to take the money up front.

Historically lottery winners are broke within a few years because they give away most of it, believing it would last forever.

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2011 at 9:47 PM

If he contributed all the time except for this once, I’d have to lobby the others to give him an equal share. If they refused, I’d figure out how much lower my share would have been if he’d played, and give him the difference.

I’d have to do that. I wouldn’t be able to live with myself otherwise.

Kensington on April 1, 2011 at 9:47 PM

I’m in a lottery pool and we prepay, sometimes for the whole year… at $10/week…

Don’t give him anything… If you do, you have to give an equal share to EVERYBODY who didn’t play that week… Because the group will get sued…

Sorry, but that’s tough love… and tough luck… My group had 4 of the 6 numbers and JUST MISSED the 5th number and the Powerball… we got $150…

Khun Joe on April 1, 2011 at 9:48 PM

Historically lottery winners are broke within a few years because they give away most of it, believing it would last forever.

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Really? I’ve heard that most of them tend to squander their winnings in a relatively short period of time, but I never heard that it was from being charitable.

Kensington on April 1, 2011 at 9:48 PM

Playing the lottery is fun for some, who view it the same as any other entertainment they would buy.

Would not be fun for me, though. The odds are too overwhelming. I’d rather just flush my money down the toliet.

(Course, I’ll never win anything, either.)

Alana on April 1, 2011 at 10:03 PM

I see where some people think the lawyers will get involved. Personally, I think they’ll get involved if people offer them SOMETHING which the lawyers perceive as not enough. Ironically, the way people are today, you’re better off not offering them anything.

We had a case, in Florida, which was different from this one in the respect that the ex-husband was going to buy his lottery tickets and the ex-wife asked him to pick some up for her. She hit it and offered him $10,000. Needless to say, the lawyers got involved and made a lot of money getting him a 3rd of it.

If you make an offer that can be perceived as not enough, the lawyers will sense the blood on the water and, even if you win, you lose because of the lawyers fees.

bflat879 on April 1, 2011 at 10:36 PM

They could each give $13K as a gift and neither they nor the recipients would have to pay taxes.

Best deal all around.

The Ugly American on April 1, 2011 at 11:43 PM

but I never heard that it was from being charitable.

Kensington on April 1, 2011 at 9:48 PM

Not so much “charitable” in the sense of giving it to good causes. They rather hold big parties, with oodles of family and other chaf, taking them all to Hawaii or some such. Then they buy huge homes and expensive cars, boats, etc.

Easy come, easy go, since most are not savvy with money.

Schadenfreude on April 1, 2011 at 11:45 PM

post-apocalyptic eternity

We’re gonna have so much fun in post-apocalyptic eternity, Allahpundit. Just get saved yourself saved, OK? Just repent and trust alone in Jesus because in the next world, in the next world, the world to come, there is no death anymore. The Bible tells us people will live forever. They will live FOREVER, and so in the next world you’ll have a situation where you won’t have the nightmare of this world knowing that in the end, it’s coming to an end. Even if I have some happiness or pleasure even temporarily in this world, in the end it’s all coming to an end. You won’t have that in the next world.

Not only that, living one second in the next world will bring you more pleasure, more satisfaction, more joy, more meaning; just one second in the next world will bring you more than your whole lifetime in this world. That’s how much happiness and how much light and how much greatness we’re gonna have in the next world. It’s beyond our comprehension because we live in this world. We don’t live in the next world. We can’t comprehend it. We’re living in our current existence, with our current reality, and we can’t comprehend that there’s a completely different situation that God is going to create for us in the next world.

Whatever pleasure in this world, whatever things bring you pleasure in this world; that you think bring you pleasure in this world. Some of them are ridiculous and wrong. Some of them are things that should bring you pleasure. You’ll have a thousand times more pleasure in the next world. The things of the next world will bring you a thousand times more pleasure. I use a thousand because people can better relate to what you’re saying if they can understand the numbers, but it’s even more than a thousand times! Things that we don’t even know and don’t even understand at this point. That we can’t comprehend because our mindset is in this world. We can’t comprehend it. We don’t even know what it’s like yet! But we know for sure that the next world they’ll be pleasure and tranquility, and peace of mind and satisfaction, and joy that goes way beyond anything in this world and to the point where the Bible says, “that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Peter 3:8). In otherwords, time doesn’t mean anything to God. First thing you’re gonna do when you get to heaven is take off your watch and fling it off the side. You won’t need it up there. There’s no time. Now I don’t understand all that, but that’s the way it’s gonna be. So it’s very important that you think about your salvation and get right with God as soon as possible, Allahpundit. Thanks so much, and I hope you have a great weekend.

apacalyps on April 2, 2011 at 12:00 AM

I’m sure Michael Kosko doesn’t want to hear this, but it could be that he had a narrow escape from misery. Over 90% of big lottery winners end up really messed up. I know my friend did.

1) winning a lot of money pulls the rug out from under normal hopes and dreams. Money is supposed to be the solution to so many of life’s problems, but it creates more than it solves – at least this kind of sudden unearned wealth.

2) no matter how much you help those friends and family members, they will resent your gifts and your situation (unless they are of sound character). They will resent your apparent happiness (if you are) or your unhappiness, since by definition you are no longer qualified to be unhappy (see #1).

3) every dollar you spend will give you much less satisfaction than when you had to plan large purchases, poring over options and really relishing the acquisition. The gifts you choose for others become pregnant with their resentments and greed.

All that notwithstanding, my husband and I are pretty sure we’d be able to handle it, so we occasionally buy a powerball ticket or the like. So far God has blessed us…with losing numbers.

disa on April 2, 2011 at 12:22 AM

Just think, all those winners will quite their jobs and those left behind will have to pick up their slack.

Tony737 on April 1, 2011 at 8:24 PM

My thoughts exactly. Two of my team members were out today and I thought I was gonna freak out.

disa on April 2, 2011 at 12:27 AM

I’d toss him 10 grand.

BadgerHawk on April 2, 2011 at 1:23 AM

As someone said, if you gift anyone more than $13K then you have to pay taxes on the difference, and I believe it is at your tax rate.

JeffersonFan on April 2, 2011 at 3:37 AM

I would share a meaningful bit of cash. Maybe get together with others and get the unfortunates new cars or something. Or something they wanted . . . .

Then again, the losers might still be resentful and I would have regretted sharing some cash.

I think this office would make a great reality tv show starting about now.

Sherman1864 on April 2, 2011 at 6:05 AM

The guys who missed the pool are lucky and they just don’t know it. Winning these megabucks lotteries just ruins people’s lives. Most are bankrupt within a few ears. They can never trust their friends or anyone else. Their health goes downhill. Best out of that.

Hal_10000 on April 2, 2011 at 8:10 AM

This guy will be forever kicking himself in the pants with the Fiddler on the Roof tune “If I Were A Rich Man!” playing in his head.

Hey, mark it down to learning.

pilamaye on April 2, 2011 at 8:11 AM

These people were government workers.

This is the 2nd time they’ve hit the lottery.

Notorious GOP on April 2, 2011 at 9:28 AM

ya can’t win if ya don’t play

roflmao

donabernathy on April 2, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Office pools really don’t make any sense. What’s the point? To increase the odds? If you’re thinking about the odds, there’s no way you should be playing at all.

besser tot als rot on April 2, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Office pools really don’t make any sense. What’s the point? To increase the odds? If you’re thinking about the odds, there’s no way you should be playing at all.

besser tot als rot on April 2, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Well, it is a way of buying a lottery chance fairly inexpensively and marginally raising your odds of winning without throwing money away due to the fact that individually buying extra tickets doesn’t increase your chances of winning by the value of each additional ticket, via expected value.

ebrown2 on April 2, 2011 at 2:28 PM

It’s pretty irresponsible to to encourage people to play the lottery. JohnJ on April 1, 2011 at 8:10 PM

My brother-in-law calls state-run lotteries “the stupid tax.” He’s right.

I pay the stupid tax occasionally.

Something magical about having that ticket in your pocket.

If I ever win I’ll buy Hot Air and rename it Akzed’s Breath.

Akzed on April 2, 2011 at 2:46 PM

My guess is they will follow the example of that liberal, compassionate, caring, selfish socialite Obama supporter Ariana Huffington.

wtng2fish on April 2, 2011 at 6:09 PM

The process of taking his money and counting it out differently and ordering tickets differently would have changed the time of the purchase a few seconds or more and caused the “random” number generator to begin with a different seed and none of them would have won the lottery.

elfman on April 2, 2011 at 8:36 PM

I would probably cut him in. It’s like having regular numbers that you play, which we do in my house. Been playing them for ten years now. Once you start doing that, you have to keep doing it until they hit or you die b/c if they did hit and you didn’t have a ticket, you’d have to shoot yourself. ;-) Kinda the same with office pools. If someone ever asks me to contribute, I scrounge up a dollar because I’m always thinking “what if?”

NoLeftTurn on April 3, 2011 at 4:32 AM

ya can’t win if ya don’t play

roflmao

donabernathy on April 2, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Wrong ! ! I win every week, at least twice.
It’s not much but its guaranteed every week : )

Texyank on April 4, 2011 at 1:23 AM