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   Did you chip in a couple of bucks towards your office's lottery pool? Hope you first contacted a lawyer, drew up a contract, and photocopied each and every ticket purchased

28 Nov 2012 11:06 PM   |   5879 clicks   |   AZCentral
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Lsherm    [TotalFark]  
We've done the photocopy thing for years, primarily so people who really, REALLY give a shiat about it can check the numbers right after the drawing. We also keep a list of anyone who contributed and have them sign and initial the list before we purchase the tickets.

For a few months we tried factoring in percentages based on the amount people contributed, but it got to be a royal pain in the ass because one woman in our office always wanted to contribute $2 in change, so we shiatcanned that and made the buy-in $20. If you feel like contributing more towards the pool, we don't award you a higher percentage of the earnings. Still, people will contribute more because they think the pool expands their chances of winning (it might, but it's minuscule).

I think we're up to $720 across around 20 people this time around.

28 Nov 2012 09:37 PM
Mangoose     
The only time I ever put money into an office pool was a couple of super bowl pools. I don't really understand what I did or how I did it, but I won both times. We were a small crew of people. Cheating would have been a bad idea. Mainly because we were fairly tied to each other. Otherwise, why would you put money in with strangers? If you must plonk down a grand on lotto tickets, do so on your own.

Also, as an aside, the first time I ever went to Vegas, I played two hands of let it ride and won with flushes. Back to back heart flushes.

I think two should be my lucky number.

28 Nov 2012 09:40 PM
TheSpaceAdmiral     
At my previous job we signed a contract before participating. Tickets were scanned and emailed after purchase and we kept a list of who contributed when. It was actually kind of complicated since we often won small prizes (say $20) which we used to buy more lottery tickets, so if someone contributed in week 1 but not week 2 or week 3, they may still have had a share in carryover tickets for week 2 and maybe even week 3, so we had to track the different subsets of tickets separately.

The purpose of the contract was mostly so everyone agreed if they didn't pay buy the deadline, they were out. We didn't want anyone suing us because "I was on vacation that week, but since I play regularly you should have counted me in and charged me when I got back."

In completely unrelated news, a lot of my former coworkers were lawyers.

28 Nov 2012 10:58 PM
Random Anonymous Blackmail     
I know that if my 2 co-workers and I win the company will have an IT crisis since 85% of the experience will care a lot less about their positions.

28 Nov 2012 11:09 PM
AverageAmericanGuy    [TotalFark]  
You'd be pretty stupid NOT to buy a ticket this time around.

28 Nov 2012 11:09 PM
kimwim     
I've got 8 people in, bcc a pic of the numbers to the people involved. That should cover it. But it's 11.08pm, and no one's called me yet, so pretty sure it's a moot point now.

28 Nov 2012 11:09 PM
MrSeabass     
Photocopied, emailed, all with names listed of who donated to the fund and who clearly did not. Also, the sets of tickets are held by someone in the office that isn't foreign or holds dual citizenship.

Checking the numbers...and we won nothing, darn. Maybe a powerball match here and there.

28 Nov 2012 11:12 PM
Dr. Manhattan     
Probably the wrong lotto thread for this question, but if its so incredibly unlikely that you'll win the lottery, why is it very likely that if you do win you'll have to split it with other people even if you're not part of a pool?

28 Nov 2012 11:13 PM
KungFuJunkie     
My numbers are 29 5 22 16 23 PB 7
sucky

28 Nov 2012 11:15 PM
Zarquon's Flat Tire    [TotalFark]  
I hit the powerball only, so I doubled my investment!

28 Nov 2012 11:16 PM
wildcardjack     
Sigh, my office is just me and a bunch of boxes. Boxes that keep spreading. I think they're multiplying in my spare room.

28 Nov 2012 11:17 PM
What_Would_Jimi_Do     

KungFuJunkie: My numbers are 29 5 22 16 23 PB 7
sucky


so you are saying you won a million dollars?

28 Nov 2012 11:17 PM
TheTurtle     
Worked with people who did a pool in the pre-multistate days, and they hit it one time. Maybe $7m, split a dozen ways, so after the smoke cleared everybody got somewhere around $350,000 each. Some people were smart about it and already close to retirement, so they just went. Others were dumbasses and paid off they mama's bills and they sister's bills and they keedz' bills and bought a bunch of crap and then at the end of the year, "what do you mean, the IRS didn't withhold enough tax? I gotta work two more years to pay off the tax?"

Yes. Yes, you do.

28 Nov 2012 11:17 PM
No Such Agency     
TheSpaceAdmiral:
"I was on vacation that week, but since I play regularly you should have counted me in and charged me when I got back."

That is 100% of why there should be a standing agreement, with people paid up preferably a few weeks in advance.

28 Nov 2012 11:18 PM
Dingleberry Dickwad    [TotalFark]  
Hehe, must be a ton of people checking the powerball website causing it to crash or something. I keep getting service unavailable or unable to load page.

28 Nov 2012 11:18 PM
KungFuJunkie     

What_Would_Jimi_Do: KungFuJunkie: My numbers are 29 5 22 16 23 PB 7
sucky

so you are saying you won a million dollars?


Don't they need to be in the same order as the drawing?

28 Nov 2012 11:19 PM
TheTurtle     

Dr. Manhattan: Probably the wrong lotto thread for this question, but if its so incredibly unlikely that you'll win the lottery, why is it very likely that if you do win you'll have to split it with other people even if you're not part of a pool?


When the pot gets really, really large, it seems like multiple winners seem to occur more just because more individual humans are actually playing. The pot is split among all winners, and if one of those winners happens to be a group, you end up splitting a part of the jackpot.

28 Nov 2012 11:19 PM
MrSeabass     

Dr. Manhattan: Probably the wrong lotto thread for this question, but if its so incredibly unlikely that you'll win the lottery, why is it very likely that if you do win you'll have to split it with other people even if you're not part of a pool?

 

Nope, that was made very clear for all of our office pools. Not gonna happen. There's the poll ticekts that are clearly marked as such and copied to everyone a day before the lottery. Any other ticket purchased outside of the pool is your own ticket. If one of those win, well, sucks for everyone else.

That's why you photocopy the tickets beforehand. It eliminates the possibility for someone to pull a winning ticket out of the pool and claim it as their own.

28 Nov 2012 11:19 PM
What_Would_Jimi_Do     

KungFuJunkie: What_Would_Jimi_Do: KungFuJunkie: My numbers are 29 5 22 16 23 PB 7
sucky

so you are saying you won a million dollars?

Don't they need to be in the same order as the drawing?


nope

28 Nov 2012 11:19 PM
KungFuJunkie     

What_Would_Jimi_Do: KungFuJunkie: What_Would_Jimi_Do: KungFuJunkie: My numbers are 29 5 22 16 23 PB 7
sucky

so you are saying you won a million dollars?

Don't they need to be in the same order as the drawing?

nope


Hmmm...
Brb

28 Nov 2012 11:20 PM
What_Would_Jimi_Do     

What_Would_Jimi_Do: KungFuJunkie: What_Would_Jimi_Do: KungFuJunkie: My numbers are 29 5 22 16 23 PB 7
sucky

so you are saying you won a million dollars?

Don't they need to be in the same order as the drawing?

nope


the numbers on the tickets are always printed lowest to highest, left to right.

28 Nov 2012 11:20 PM
Mulchpuppy     

KungFuJunkie: What_Would_Jimi_Do: KungFuJunkie: What_Would_Jimi_Do: KungFuJunkie: My numbers are 29 5 22 16 23 PB 7
sucky

so you are saying you won a million dollars?

Don't they need to be in the same order as the drawing?

nope

Hmmm...
Brb


And now we all sit around, waiting to see if KungFuJunkie is just farking with us.

28 Nov 2012 11:23 PM
YouSirAreAMaroon     

KungFuJunkie: What_Would_Jimi_Do: KungFuJunkie: My numbers are 29 5 22 16 23 PB 7
sucky

so you are saying you won a million dollars?

Don't they need to be in the same order as the drawing?


Depends, what's your address?

28 Nov 2012 11:23 PM
GBB     
Here's hoping it rolls over again to over a B.

28 Nov 2012 11:25 PM
Linkster    [TotalFark]  

GBB: Here's hoping it rolls over again to over a B.


THIS^

28 Nov 2012 11:27 PM
had98c     
Someone probably got this. Two of the Lost lottery numbers (16 and 23) came up.

28 Nov 2012 11:27 PM
LaExpat     

Zarquon's Flat Tire: I hit the powerball only, so I doubled my investment!


This. We should get together and split a cup of coffee!

28 Nov 2012 11:28 PM
titwrench     

Mulchpuppy: KungFuJunkie: What_Would_Jimi_Do: KungFuJunkie: What_Would_Jimi_Do: KungFuJunkie: My numbers are 29 5 22 16 23 PB 7
sucky

so you are saying you won a million dollars?

Don't they need to be in the same order as the drawing?

nope

Hmmm...
Brb

And now we all sit around, waiting to see if KungFuJunkie is just farking with us.


Really?

28 Nov 2012 11:28 PM
12349876     

had98c: Someone probably got this. Two of the Lost lottery numbers (16 and 23) came up.


You're probably right, but remember 29 is pretty small for a high number.for a pool of 59.

28 Nov 2012 11:29 PM
had98c     

12349876: had98c: Someone probably got this. Two of the Lost lottery numbers (16 and 23) came up.

You're probably right, but remember 29 is pretty small for a high number.for a pool of 59.


True, but people that play numbers based on birthdays are in good shape. All numbers below 31.

28 Nov 2012 11:30 PM
Mulchpuppy     

titwrench: Mulchpuppy: KungFuJunkie: What_Would_Jimi_Do: KungFuJunkie: What_Would_Jimi_Do: KungFuJunkie: My numbers are 29 5 22 16 23 PB 7
sucky

so you are saying you won a million dollars?

Don't they need to be in the same order as the drawing?

nope

Hmmm...
Brb

And now we all sit around, waiting to see if KungFuJunkie is just farking with us.

Really?


Hey, I had a coworker who won a grand on a scratch off. She didn't know how to read it and was about to throw it away when someone stopped her and double checked it. She never played them but needed change for a twenty.

Just saying, some people really don't know how to play these things. It's entirely possible (albeit extremely unlikely) that KungFuJunkie could be such a person.

28 Nov 2012 11:32 PM
hawcian     
Having looked at my ticket (to great disappointment), I found that the Quick Play random number generator really likes the number 35.

28 Nov 2012 11:32 PM
Dingleberry Dickwad    [TotalFark]  

had98c: 12349876: had98c: Someone probably got this. Two of the Lost lottery numbers (16 and 23) came up.

You're probably right, but remember 29 is pretty small for a high number.for a pool of 59.

True, but people that play numbers based on birthdays are in good shape. All numbers below 31.


Yeah, I'm thinking one of the damned nutjobs that plays only birthday numbers likely got it. Still, hoping it rolls over since I didn't win shiat this time. At least most of my numbers were paid for by the $12 I won on the last drawing.

28 Nov 2012 11:33 PM
IsNoGood     
Im betting the odds are the same, regardless of pool or no pool, thinking your getting better odds is like noting down numbers on a roulette table and only bet on the ones not out yet...

28 Nov 2012 11:33 PM
Marcintosh     
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28 Nov 2012 11:33 PM
titwrench     

Mulchpuppy: titwrench: Mulchpuppy: KungFuJunkie: What_Would_Jimi_Do: KungFuJunkie: What_Would_Jimi_Do: KungFuJunkie: My numbers are 29 5 22 16 23 PB 7
sucky

so you are saying you won a million dollars?

Don't they need to be in the same order as the drawing?

nope

Hmmm...
Brb

And now we all sit around, waiting to see if KungFuJunkie is just farking with us.

Really?

Hey, I had a coworker who won a grand on a scratch off. She didn't know how to read it and was about to throw it away when someone stopped her and double checked it. She never played them but needed change for a twenty.

Just saying, some people really don't know how to play these things. It's entirely possible (albeit extremely unlikely) that KungFuJunkie could be such a person.


I am guessing he is giggling his ass off thinking of the people holding their breath for the reveal.

28 Nov 2012 11:34 PM
Prey4reign    [TotalFark]  
I can't understand why people who work at a McDonalds would try to screw the other pool members over a $36 million dollar win. Even if there were 10 or 12 people sharing the ticket a fair share of $3 to $4 million would probably be ten times more money than those people would ever earn over a lifetime. Plus, withered financial smarts people like that have they'd just figure out a way of blowing the entire thing within a year or so.

28 Nov 2012 11:35 PM
cyberspacedout     

AverageAmericanGuy: You'd be pretty stupid NOT to buy a ticket this time around.


I know, right? Some things are just obvious. It's like when my fortune teller told me for sure this time I'd quit my job and win the lottery. I just quit my job, so I'm halfway there!

28 Nov 2012 11:37 PM
Oznog     
My favorite was the guy who DIDN'T come into work the day they bought a lotto ticket pool because he called in sick, and argued he was nonetheless entitled to a share because he WOULD have bought them if he could have.

LOLwut??

28 Nov 2012 11:37 PM
Omahawg     
I got the powerball

because I am a winner

:(

28 Nov 2012 11:38 PM
Greta_VanHouten     
My office had a pool of 174 tickets split among 29 people. I didn't participate but I really really hope they win the jackpot so I can sit back and watch the crappy government contractor I work for implode after losing 75% of its staff and after I demand a raise :D

28 Nov 2012 11:38 PM
Mulchpuppy     

titwrench: I am guessing he is giggling his ass off thinking of the people holding their breath for the reveal.


I'm just waiting to see if a Total Fark logo shows up by his name.

28 Nov 2012 11:38 PM
12349876     
I'm enjoying Conan's 3 for 5 sketch. Every 5 dollar ticket is a 3 dollar winner!

28 Nov 2012 11:39 PM
Ebenator    [TotalFark]  
I have the winning ticket right here. Send me $500 and it's yours.

28 Nov 2012 11:42 PM
Indypendy     
4 tickets and I only got one number right.

/not the powerball either
//oh well *shrug*
///can't win if you don't play

28 Nov 2012 11:42 PM
Tawnos     
I got a rock

28 Nov 2012 11:43 PM
octopied     

Dr. Manhattan: Probably the wrong lotto thread for this question, but if its so incredibly unlikely that you'll win the lottery, why is it very likely that if you do win you'll have to split it with other people even if you're not part of a pool?


larger jackpots means lots of people buying lots more tickets. Of course office pools tend to buy a whole bunch of tickets, thereby increasing the odds of one of them hitting.

28 Nov 2012 11:44 PM
had98c     

Mulchpuppy: titwrench: I am guessing he is giggling his ass off thinking of the people holding their breath for the reveal.

I'm just waiting to see if a Total Fark logo shows up by his name.


That's totally what I'd do if I won. I'd buy a month of TF, then hoard the rest.

28 Nov 2012 11:44 PM
Hollie Maea     
Why do people turn into such dicks when the lottery rolls around? You suddenly have ten times more money than most people will earn in their whole lifetime, and you did absolutely nothing to get it. But hey, you'll slay your best friend to increase it and/or keep it from decreasing by 5 percent.

28 Nov 2012 11:47 PM
Igor Jakovsky     
meh, i lost of course but i did give it a go with a few tickets. I was surprised that the office didn't do a pool.

28 Nov 2012 11:49 PM
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