How to set up a lottery syndicate

Published: 23rd May 2009
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How to set up a lottery syndicate

Setting up a lottery syndicate is not as easy as you might first think. There are many considerations to take into account and details to consider.

The first question is to consider why you would want to do this, it's probably obvious, but, people play in syndicates mainly because they wish to increase their chances of a decent win or jackpot. The purpose of the syndicate is to pool members entries and effectively get more 'lines' for less money.
This is great, however, we must bear in mind that although the syndicate is likely to win more often the winnings will have to be split among the syndicate members thus reducing the amount that actually ends up in your pocket.

Playing in a syndicate also increases the excitement level of playing in Lotteries. Often syndicates are made up of family, friends and often co-workers and colleagues. Setting up a lottery syndicate can be fun if a few simple guidelines are followed.

So, here's a few guidelines to help you set up a lottery syndicate:

1. Appoint a manager! this is the person that will run the syndicate organise the purchasing of tickets as well as manage the distribution of winnings. Fairly obviously, the manager should be very trustworthy.

2. The UK National Lottery point out in their leaflet that it's a good idea to have a written agreement. This is to cover such situations as the attraction of Inheritance Tax, that is to say that if the members of the syndicate can prove that there was a syndicate agreement then there will be no liability for inheritance tax. Take advice from your Tax Advisor on this!

3. Your syndicate agreement should include:

The date it was drawn up
The names of the syndicate members
The syndicate manager's name
The syndicates strategy (number system etc)
The amount each syndicate member will contribute to each draw
The action taken if a member fails to pay or breaks the agreement
The decision on whether publicity is allowed or not should the group land a big win

Rememeber to get each member to sign and date the agreement
Bear in mind that if the membership changes, then the agreement should be re-drawn up
Copies should be distributed and the origional document lodged in a sexcure place

Once you have set up your lottery syndicate here's a few pointers on how to run it:

1. Remember to collect the contributions according to the agreement and keep clear and concise records
2. Remember to buy your tickets! This should be obvious but with life's ups and downs can easily be forgotten. The responsibility for this should lie with the syndicate manager. Keep copies of tickets and keep the originals safe and secure. Again, keep clear and concise records
3. Check all lines against the draw. A bit of a chore, but remember to check for lottery winning numbers against every draw.
4. Remember to distribute winnings according to the agreement!

Once you have successfully set up a lottery syndicate, good luck! Enjoy it and have fun!

Ian Taylor Enjoys has set up online lottery syndicates which takes all of the hassle out of setting up lottery syndicates, visit The EuroMillions Syndicate Website For more details

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