Missed Out?

February 8, 2016

Worst decision ever? Man sells stake in company for a bike - only for it to become worth £170 MILLION
A civil servant sold his stake in a tech firm for a bicycle - only to watch the company soar into a giant worth a whopping £170 million. Chris Hill-Scott is believed to have taken the bike as payment for his share of Swiftkey - a mobile phone app - after becoming annoyed with the long work hours and financial insecurity brought by being a director of the company.

According to The Times, he set up the firm in 2008 with university friends Jon Reynolds, 30 and Ben Medlock, 36, but left after a matter of weeks to embark on a career in photography, and eventually settled in a career building websites for the government. On Wednesday it emerged the Cambridge graduates had agreed a deal with Microsoft to sell the London-based firm for £174 million, one of the most lucrative acquisitions of a British technology company in recent years. Mr. Reynolds and Dr Medlock are said to have made £25 million each in the sale of the app, which is based on a predictive keyboard powered by artificial intelligence. Their creation has become so successful it is now used on 300 million devices every day.

Restaurant Staff Buys Winning $900 Million Powerball Ticket for the Wrong Day
Powerball is on the tip of everyone's tongue right now, with the current jackpot of the nationwide lottery currently standing at a staggering $1 billion. While the average person is actually 246 times more likely to be struck by lightning than actually win the jackpot, it's still fun to dream — unless, of course, you're one of the New Jersey restaurant employees who mistakenly thought they won over the weekend.
According to NBC New York, staff at Grissini, an Italian restaurant in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., purchased Powerball tickets for last Saturday's drawing for an office pool, when the jackpot was an only slightly less impressive sum of $900 million. The staff gathered around as one worker read off the winning numbers — 2, 11, 47, 62, 63, 17 — erupting into screams of joy when it was a perfect match for their ticket.
One even reportedly quit his job after realizing he was about to be a multimillionaire. But what the poor employees didn't realize was that they in fact were referencing the winning numbers from Wednesday's $528 million drawing, for which no winning tickets were sold.

Couple miss out on £35m Lotto jackpot after web blunder
A couple who thought they had won the £35million Lottery jackpot has been left empty handed after failing to top up their online Lotto account properly. Despite picking all six winning numbers, Edwina and David Nylan, from Leicester, have missed out on become millionaires overnight as the Lotto mobile app they use to play did not register their purchase. When they called to claim their jackpot prize, Lotto operator Camelot told them they had no record of the transaction.

Mrs Nylan, 55, said: “I am gutted, but what can we do? We have played for years, and had our online account for some time, so it is not as if we didn't know what we were doing. “I have just had to carry on with things and not get too down. Shocked isn't the word, but as a family we stick together and just have to be grateful for what we've got.” The error occurred when Mrs Nylan, a grandmother of seven, first tried to buy her £2 ticket online for the Lotto draw last Wednesday, on December 23, and her account showed she had insufficient funds.
“When the numbers came up, it looked like we had got all six and had won the jackpot but when I checked, there was nothing from Camelot. I rang customer services at Camelot and the person I spoke to said they could see from their records that we had intended to buy those numbers but they said the purchase did not go through because we only had 60p in our account. We had tried to top up the account, and hadn't realised that hadn't registered either.”

How John Elway missed out on a fortune
The document was dated Sept. 23, 1998, and it contained, at least in retrospect, John Elway's golden ticket to a lifetime fortune.

The deal: Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen would give Elway the right to buy 10 percent of the Broncos for $15 million. Bowlen would also give him the option to buy another 10 percent of the franchise by forgoing the deferred salary Bowlen owed him on the condition Elway would become a special assistant to Bowlen, which would eventually lead to a COO job. That total deferred salary? About $21 million.
Sixteen and a half years later, as the Broncos are back in the Super Bowl, Elway is a paid employee of the team with no stake in the franchise. The 20 percent stake he passed on, based on a Forbes 2015 valuation of the team at $1.94 billion, is now worth $388 million, which would have been a 646 percent return on the 1998 investment, adjusted for inflation, had he made it.

Slacker recalled a moment when he had a chance to tick off a bucket list item, the menaj, and didnt take the opportunity. He also mentioned the time he was offered an opportunity to invest in Glaceu water and didn't, and now its worth millions. He also could have sold his music catalog for a million but never did. Funny how he mentioned the menaj first, maybe its the bigger regret?

Steve said that Elway's investment was only a $380 million mistake, big deal!  Steve also mentioned that he had a chance to be a baseball player, but it didnt happen for him.

I had a chance to work at Grand Royal where I would have been hanging out with Mike D, MCA and Ad Rock. I felt like I had to turn it down because I had already accepted a job at another label across the country. Sometimes I wish I could turn back time on that one!

What have you missed out on that you regret?

Intern Scott