Tonight’s Mega Millions jackpot is $241 million. So naturally, I couldn’t resist buying into the office pool with my colleagues. To be honest, I don’t play the lotto much, but I always buy into the office pools out of fear that the group will win without me (kind of like this poor fellow from Albany).
So I’ve been thinking — what happens when a large group of colleagues wins the lottery? Is there a mass exodus of people quitting their jobs? If so, what happens to the employer? (Check out this entry on The Business Ethics Blog by Chris MacDonald, Ph.D, which raises several interesting ethical questions surrounding the ramifications of workplace lottery pools ).
More interestingly, what happens when the employer is a group of professionals? I’m sure people don’t want or expect their doctors and lawyers to quit suddenly and leaving them high and dry. Imagine the chaos that would ensue if the local hospital’s ER staff won the lotto and quit their jobs en masse. For attorneys, that’s where Rule 1.3(b) of New York’s Rules of Professional Conduct comes into play — attorneys simply cannot neglect matters entrusted to them.
Thus, rest assured, that my colleagues and I will be at work bright and early tomorrow morning, even if…I mean when…we win tonight’s Mega Millions jackpot!
(P.S. I’m Jake Lamme. I’ll post a bio soon so that you can get to know me a bit. Thanks to Tom for inviting me to think ethically on Think Ethically!)