Pushy Customer Misses $319M Lottery Jackpot

He cuts in line, and next person gets winning Quick Pick
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2011 5:05 PM CDT
Pushy Customer Misses $319M Lottery Jackpot
Gabrielle Mahar, right, one of the winners, talks with the New York Lottery's Yolanda Vega.   (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

How’s this for karma: A man in Albany pushed ahead in line for a Mega Millions lottery ticket—and the guy he shoved aside got the winning Quick Pick. The man “actually cut in front of me to buy a ticket,” said Mike Barth. “I thought about saying something but let it slide.” His coworkers are thanking him: Six of them bought the ticket as a group, so they’re due $19.1 million each after taxes, the Times Union reports.

“There is pretty much no better comeback than, ‘Thanks for the $319 million, jerkoff,’” notes the Daily Intel blog. The winners, all state IT workers, range in age from 29 to 63. Click here to read about the poor soul who decided not to go in on the ticket with the lucky six, even though he normally did. (More Albany stories.)

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