Co-Workers Argue Over Lottery Prize

A group of co-workers at Bell Canada won $50-million in the lottery on New Year’s Day. However, they’re fighting about who chipped in for the Lotto Max ticket—and therefore who is entitled to a share of the winnings.

One woman in the office organized the lottery pool. Each month about 19 people put in $20 for lottery tickets. She says she has a list of who paid and who didn’t.

But some people who regularly go in on the pool are upset that they won’t get any of the money.

While everyone is arguing, almost no work is getting done in the office. Lotto Max has put the payout on hold until everyone can come to an agreement.

It’s not uncommon for people to have fights about who should get a share of an office lottery payout. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation said they will do an investigation to get to the bottom of the mess, before they pay up.


Writing/Discussion Prompt
Some of the employees at Bell Canada are upset because they usually chip in for lottery tickets, but they didn’t the time that the group actually won the lottery.  If you were one of the winners, would you want to give these people some of the money?  Why or why not?

Reading Prompt
In every text, there are many ideas.  It is our job, as readers, to figure out which information is the most important, and which information is less important.  In one sentence, summarize the main idea of the article.  Explain why you think it is the main idea.

demonstrate understanding of a variety of texts by identifying important ideas and some supporting details (OME, Reading: 1.4)

demonstrate understanding of increasingly complex texts by summarizing and explaining important ideas and citing relevant supporting details (OME, Reading: 1.4)

Grammar Feature: Pronoun
A noun is a person place or thing, and a pronoun is a word that stands in the place of a noun.  For example, instead of saying ‘Adam,’ you could say ‘he,’ and instead of saying ‘ball,’ you could say ‘it.’  Find and underline all of the pronouns in the article.