What're the odds THIS is the bank's biggest risk?

IT support staffers at this online bank decide it's time to try playing the lottery as a group, reports a pilot fish on the scene.

"The database admins, networking people, sysadmins, command center staff, storage and backup people all joined in on a pool for one of the large Powerball lotteries," fish says. "The lottery was large enough that, if we were the only winners, we wouldn't need to work again -- or at least not for a long time.

"When the IT director found out how much of his staff had joined in, how much they could win and what their likely response would be -- take this job and @#$%! it! -- he immediately realized that, if it happened, there would be no one to monitor the production runs, cleanse database logs, reboot Windows servers or fix any problems.

"No matter how many consultants they might hire the next day, the business would be dead in the water unless they could convince a large percentage of the pool members to stick around long enough to train their replacements -- probably requiring outrageous compensation packages.

"Once he learned that the pool didn't win the big prize, he issued an edict: No one was allowed to have a lottery pool.

"Officially, there were no more. Unofficially there were still some within smaller groups. One wag suggested a way to take revenge on the director: If a small group hit, giving enough to the others that they would quit too."

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