Two days before the Mega Millions $1.537 billion jackpot numbers were drawn, I was servicing a bakery. The manager and I were discussing lottery pools. She told me her team of fifteen had their own lottery ticket reserve.
I know that bakeries have turnover, so I became curious.
I asked, “If y’all win, do you think everybody would quit the next day?”
The manager thought about it for a few seconds and replied, “Well, I guess nearly everybody would call off the next day, but they’d probably stick around until they got their money.”
“Does the owner have any stake in the lottery pool?”, I asked.
“Oh No!”, she replied. “He doesn’t get involved in that kind of thing”.
Bakeries share a similar challenge with pest control businesses. Both entities employ specialty skill workers and specialty skills take time to develop.
Let’s just say the bakery team overcomes the enormous odds and wins the lottery. The owner will need new bakers, cashiers, dishwasher, and cake decorators. Overnight, he could go from fifteen employees to zero. He could be out of business weeks, or possibly months.
A pest control business owner could have the exact same thing happen.
That being said, if I ever find myself again as a manager or owner of a medium-sized pest control branch, I’ll make sure I’m included in every lottery pool… Just to be sure I’m included in all the happiness.