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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • You'd be pretty stupid NOT to buy a ticket this time around.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • My numbers are 29 5 22 16 23 PB 7
    sucky
  • I hit the powerball only, so I doubled my investment!
  • Sigh, my office is just me and a bunch of boxes. Boxes that keep spreading. I think they're multiplying in my spare room.
  • KungFuJunkie: My numbers are 29 5 22 16 23 PB 7
    sucky


    so you are saying you won a million dollars?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • Here's hoping it rolls over again to over a B.
  • GBB: Here's hoping it rolls over again to over a B.


    THIS^
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