"Handed, on a Gold Plate," by Robert Mangeot, in Mystery Weekly Magazine, November 2020.
This is the fifth appearance here by my fellow SleuthSayer, the very funny Robert Mangeot.
Wade is an auditor and he is about to achieve his life's ambition by representing the accounting firm on a lottery draw.
It’s where a star auditor ride gets launched intro flash by intro flash if the auditor is poised enough, debonair enough, the public assured enough.
Perhaps he can work his way up to award shows!
But among the obstacles he faces are the lotto guy who doesn't want to hear a peep out of him. "I’ll know a peep is coming because your brains will smoke cranking into peep mode."
But the bigger problem is his suspicion that the lottery draw has somehow been fixed. If he doesn't speak up he is a failure as an auditor, but if he squeals and is wrong... hoo boy.