When lottery pools go wrong
Americans from coast to coast are dreaming big. The jackpot for tomorrow's Mega Millions drawing is now the largest in U.S. history - an estimated $500 million.
The odds are 176,000,000 to one that a person will win the largest lottery payoff in history.
So many have joined groups, lowering the odds a bit, spreading around the payment - and hopefully the payoff.
Last year, one group from New York State shared the top prize and pocketed $19 million each.
But it doesn't always end well. In Connecticut, a woman is suing her sister for keeping all the lottery loot. And a man in New Jersey was found guilty of trying to cheat five co-workers out of $38.5 million.
(To help avoid issues with your group lottery pool, watch CBS News legal analyst Jack Ford's "CBS This Morning" discussion in video player below.)
In California, a woman can be seen on a convenience store surveillance tape passing out lottery tickets she bought last Friday only to demand them back when one turned out to be worth $260,000.
And still, people keep buying in groups or on their own.
Brian Thompson of Chicago had a good reason to buy his own ticket.
He said, joking, "I'm not doing an office pool because I need that whole $500 million for myself."
But when it comes to the lottery, hope springs eternal.
- Dean Reynolds
Dean Reynolds is a CBS News National Correspondent based in Chicago.
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