How to play the lottery and get paid as a group

For the second time in a month a very large jackpot has been delayed in getting paid due to problems with a group ticket.

While group tickets make a lot of sense (pooling of funds to purchase more tickets) there are guidelines that need to be followed to ensure that when you win you get paid in a timely manner.

Here is a list of procedures on how to play a group ticket.

  1. Choose one person to act as the Group Play Captain to coordinate the group members and collect payments.
  2. Create a list of all group play members. Clearly state the jackpot amount, draw date, cost per play and cut-off time for payment.
  3. All names of members of a group should be recorded for each draw.
  4. The Group Play Captain should sign the ticket immediately after the purchase. Write “In Trust” by the signature line to show that this is a group play ticket.
  5. Make photocopies or a computer scan of the ticket for each group member, so everyone has a copy of the selected numbers.
  6. Save a copy, update and resend any new tickets to each group member every time the group plays.
  7. If you plan to go on vacation before a draw, make sure you pay your group captain in advance, and have those payments documented.
  8. If you believe you have won the lottery, validate the ticket at an authorized lottery retailer.

Each provincial lottery corporation provides a template for group players.

You can get the appropriate form here.

Atlantic Canada

Quebec – Prints tickets for each member of the group. Please contact your local retailer for more details.


Western Canada

British Columbia

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