Create a Lottery Syndicate
Creating a lottery syndicate can improve your chances of snapping up lottery prizes, whether it is Lotto, EuroMillions or Thunderball. You can either enter an online syndicate for added convenience and security, or create your own offline group.
Linking up with work colleagues, neighbours or friends can be great fun and would allow you to enjoy any success you achieve together, but it is a good idea to have a few rules in place to make sure that everything runs smoothly.
National Lottery rules in the UK dictate that a winning ticket can only be claimed by one person, so one member of the syndicate should be designated as the manager. This should be a trustworthy individual who is ready to accept a few key responsibilities, such as:
- Making sure that each player pays for their tickets
- Buying tickets and keeping them safe (online tickets are automatically secure)
- Checking tickets to see if the syndicate is due a prize (numbers played online will be checked automatically)
- Collecting any winnings and sharing them out between players as agreed.
- Looking after the syndicate agreement, making sure it is up to date and that it has been signed by all members.
You might also want to appoint a second member of the syndicate to assist the manager; for example, they could double-check the tickets after each draw.
Syndicates can have any number of members, but it’s best to keep it manageable, and groups of between two and 20 are ideal. Even if your syndicate is made up of your most trusted friends, colleagues or family members, it is worth having a syndicate agreement which could include the following points:
- A list of all the players’ names, together with contact details.
- The date the syndicate began.
- Confirmation of which game you are playing (Lotto, EuroMillions, etc.), and which draws you will be entering (e.g. a Lotto syndicate may decide to play on Wednesday and Saturday, or on just one day).
- Confirmation of how many entries the syndicate will play in each draw.
- The numbers the syndicate will play in each draw.
- The cost of each player’s stake and when they are due to pay for their share of tickets.
- The share of any prize that each player will be entitled to.
- An agreement on what will happen if a player does not pay on time or leaves the syndicate.
- An agreement on how the syndicate would decide whether to go public or stay anonymous in the event of a big win.
- A signed agreement from the syndicate manager that they promise to distribute winnings to all syndicate members.
Every player should make sure they read the agreement carefully and then sign it. A syndicate agreement can help to avoid disputes and make the whole process much more straightforward.
This agreement is for informational purposes only. Anyone wishing to establish their own lottery syndicate should seek independent legal advice. The clauses in this agreement are suggestions only and National-Lottery.com accepts no responsibility for errors and omissions or for any loss or claim arising out of the use of this draft agreement whether in whole or in part.