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(AZCentral)   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   (azcentral.com) divider line 60
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2012-11-28 09:37:14 PM
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.
 
2012-11-28 09:40:32 PM
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.
 
2012-11-28 10:58:12 PM
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.
 
2012-11-28 11:09:00 PM
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.
 
2012-11-28 11:09:18 PM
You'd be pretty stupid NOT to buy a ticket this time around.
 
2012-11-28 11:09:36 PM
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.
 
2012-11-28 11:12:03 PM
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.
 
2012-11-28 11:13:57 PM
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?
 
2012-11-28 11:15:59 PM
My numbers are 29 5 22 16 23 PB 7
sucky
 
2012-11-28 11:16:31 PM
I hit the powerball only, so I doubled my investment!
 
2012-11-28 11:17:11 PM
Sigh, my office is just me and a bunch of boxes. Boxes that keep spreading. I think they're multiplying in my spare room.
 
2012-11-28 11:17:34 PM

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


so you are saying you won a million dollars?
 
2012-11-28 11:17:43 PM
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.
 
2012-11-28 11:18:07 PM
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.
 
2012-11-28 11:18:19 PM
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.
 
2012-11-28 11:19:17 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?


Don't they need to be in the same order as the drawing?
 
2012-11-28 11:19:18 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?


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.
 
2012-11-28 11:19:31 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?

 

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.
 
2012-11-28 11:19:45 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?


nope
 
2012-11-28 11:20:33 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


Hmmm...
Brb
 
2012-11-28 11:20:50 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


the numbers on the tickets are always printed lowest to highest, left to right.
 
2012-11-28 11:23:02 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


And now we all sit around, waiting to see if KungFuJunkie is just farking with us.
 
2012-11-28 11:23:06 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?


Depends, what's your address?
 
GBB
2012-11-28 11:25:25 PM
Here's hoping it rolls over again to over a B.
 
2012-11-28 11:27:23 PM

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


THIS^
 
2012-11-28 11:27:34 PM
Someone probably got this. Two of the Lost lottery numbers (16 and 23) came up.
 
2012-11-28 11:28:32 PM

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!
 
2012-11-28 11:28:52 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.


Really?
 
2012-11-28 11:29:34 PM

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.
 
2012-11-28 11:30:28 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.


True, but people that play numbers based on birthdays are in good shape. All numbers below 31.
 
2012-11-28 11:32:14 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?


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.
 
2012-11-28 11:32:26 PM
Having looked at my ticket (to great disappointment), I found that the Quick Play random number generator really likes the number 35.
 
2012-11-28 11:33:34 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.


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.
 
2012-11-28 11:33:39 PM
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...
 
2012-11-28 11:33:56 PM
FRANK!
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-11-28 11:34:55 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.


I am guessing he is giggling his ass off thinking of the people holding their breath for the reveal.
 
2012-11-28 11:35:38 PM
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.
 
2012-11-28 11:37:42 PM

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!
 
2012-11-28 11:37:52 PM
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??
 
2012-11-28 11:38:10 PM
I got the powerball

because I am a winner

:(
 
2012-11-28 11:38:15 PM
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
 
2012-11-28 11:38:17 PM

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.
 
2012-11-28 11:39:19 PM
I'm enjoying Conan's 3 for 5 sketch. Every 5 dollar ticket is a 3 dollar winner!
 
2012-11-28 11:42:11 PM
I have the winning ticket right here. Send me $500 and it's yours.
 
2012-11-28 11:42:37 PM
4 tickets and I only got one number right.

/not the powerball either
//oh well *shrug*
///can't win if you don't play
 
2012-11-28 11:43:49 PM
I got a rock
 
2012-11-28 11:44:24 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?


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.
 
2012-11-28 11:44:27 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.


That's totally what I'd do if I won. I'd buy a month of TF, then hoard the rest.
 
2012-11-28 11:47:05 PM
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.
 
2012-11-28 11:49:23 PM
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.
 
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