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Lotto: What to know before getting into an office pool

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The Iowa Lottery says there are some things you should do before you get into an office pool or buy lotto tickets with friends and family:

Know the rules of your pool and put them in writing.
Group play details should be discussed, written and distributed to all members as the group's official rules. Some issues you may want to cover include: If a regular playing member is not present on lottery collection day will they be included or excluded? What if a regular player has someone else put in money toward their game share, do both players receive an equal share? Can players come in and out of the group?

Provide everyone in your pool with copies of the group's tickets before the drawing.
This should include the identifying numbers on the back of the tickets. You may also want to tell people the name and address of the retail location where the tickets were purchased and the approximate time of the purchase. If the person buying the tickets for your pool also wants to buy tickets on their own, the two purchases should be kept separate. You may even want to consider buying the two sets of tickets at different stores so it is clear which tickets are for the group and which are for you. Put together a list of the names and telephone numbers of everyone in your pool. In particular, you should have that information for the people who are in charge of buying the tickets and the person who will hold the tickets.

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