Some studies have shown that members of lottery pools win 40% of all lotteries. Camelot, operators of the UK National Lottery, say 1 in 4 jackpots are won by pools, also known as “syndicates”. Office pools do win- just take a look at the “winners stories” at your local lottery website.

LottoGopher provides a simple way to create and manage your office lottery pool. Here are just a few reasons why our users made the switch.

Create A LottoGopher Group To Avoid These Office Pool Hassles:

Having To Hide It

• Workplace policies prohibiting office pools on company time because of loss of productivity for employers
• Difficulty being able to play in a pool with co-workers from another office or town
• Human Resource departments frown on this activity- many companies do not like to be seen to support gambling on their premises

Keeping Accurate Records For Every Drawing

• Creating spreadsheets with lottery drawing dates and payment schedules, formulating calculation for winning shares, shares of those who leave, remainders etc.
• Constantly updating the spreadsheet immediately after payment is received, again a day before the drawing
• Negotiating a concise formal agreement, including drawing dates, money due dates, and a payout schedule.
• Making copies and keeping a record of the number and the dates played of the tickets purchased for the “group” and distribute them to all pool members so that if the numbers hit, there is no confusion, permanent anger or lawsuits.
• Having everyone in the group sign and date a paper indicating the amount they contributed and the date of the drawing they are playing. Making sure all members check the spreadsheet for accuracy and sign off the day before the drawing.

Figuring Out Who Can Run It Properly

• Haggling over who is responsible for checking numbers, collecting money, distributing winnings, buying tickets and the one who signs the back of the ticket if it wins. If the buyer is going to buy “personal” tickets, document how to keep the tickets separate.
• Finding and relying totally on a keen, ideally obsessive, individual to keep them running despite lots of administration and not much thanks- and someone you’d trust to hand out jackpot millions
• Allowing time during the workday to buy and copy tickets for every drawing
• Making sure all members understand what is expected of the organizer, and what they can expect from them- is anyone nominated as a back-up in case they are ill or on holiday?
• Sending out the office pool email or flyer on the notice board before and after every drawing
• Always having to make sure you go through this process every time, if you can, because you don’t want to miss the week that “hits.”

Fighting Over The Rules

• Recruiting members to join the lottery pool and add their names to the spreadsheet.
• Determining how to pick numbers or having to take turns with pool members selecting numbers.
• Trying to get agree every week whether to split all winnings equally or to contribute some winnings to future ticket purchases.
• Deciding which games to play and how often, since lottery states have several different drawings.
• Getting everyone to agree to choose the lump sum or cash-value option. Life will take you in different directions and you don’t want to have to check in every year for your share of the winnings.
• Trying to time things for pay day or specifying from the start that everyone pays a month in advance for example to minimize leg work and chasing non-payers.
• If someone fails to meet that date are they not included in the draw, or is there a grace period?

Constantly Needing To Manage Your Co-Workers

• Ensuring everyone contributes an equal amount of money for each lottery game you choose to play.
• People always seem to be out of the office and unavailable to contribute to the office pool for the drawing
• Managing all the participants to be responsible for getting their entry to the organizer and by what time- what happens if a member has not paid – are their numbers entered, do they receive a share etc.
• People claiming they deserve more because “their” numbers won.
• Having to figure out how to distribute a $10 win to 15 people and making small change every week
• If there are any new people who want to join, getting them to follow along with the schedule, sign the agreement etc.-the tricky part comes when a new member joins or an old one leaves. And having to amend and reprint the contract every time.
• Logging staff holidays so you know to get money before they disappear for 4 weeks

Exhausted yet? Remember that playing the lottery with people in your office is akin to going into business with them, with all the interpersonal drama, politics and legalities that go along with it. Also avoid buying a ticket and publicly promising to share your prize with others. Verbal contracts sworn before witnesses can be legally binding, so don’t promise to buy all the guys at the office new cars if you win.


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