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Some people say the price of lottery tickets is a tax on stupidity. In a way, that’s true, but only if you play alone. Being in a lottery syndicate—where you and others pool your money together to buy multiple lottery tickets and share any winnings—markedly increases your chances of winning prizes. Not only this, but it is also a much more cost-effective way of playing the lottery, as you can spend what you normally would but with a much greater chance of winning.

If the idea of being in a syndicate sounds good, you’ll need to find both willing and trustworthy members—you don’t want to end up like poor old Louisa Whitby. The pregnant recruitment firm employee missed out on a whooping $3.7m EuroMillions syndicate share after her fellow members sold her down the river at the first opportunity. Her co-workers refused to reduce their personal $3.7m wins to $3.3m after Miss Whitby left work with morning sickness on the day the winning ticket was bought. Because what’s friendship when there’s an extra $400,000 at stake? She later sued her co-workers, but unfortunately for her, to no avail. Read on to find out who exactly you can form a syndicate with where you (hopefully) won’t have to later take them to court.


With Louisa Whitby’s betrayal in mind, you might wonder why anyone would ever start a lotto syndicate with their co-workers. Well, not only are they the most common type of lottery syndicate group, but they have provided some of the most notable syndicate lottery wins of all time. Take the wonderfully-named ‘Ocean’s 16’ syndicate of vehicle maintenance workers as an example. The 16-strong syndicate won one third of a $448 million jackpot in the US Powerball in 2013, with each member walking away with a cool $3.8 million after taxes.

Another famous example of a co-worker syndicate reaping the rewards of their collective lottery-playing efforts was 12 bus drivers from Northamptonshire in the UK. The group bagged just under $50 million between them on the EuroMillions jackpot. Their 2012 victory saw them each scoop a mammoth $4 million, one of the biggest British syndicate wins ever.

So, if you’re feeling inspired by the above syndicate success stories, it might be worth asking around your workplace to see if anyone else is willing to join you in the pursuit of lottery glory. If you’re still worried your co-workers could sell you out, make sure you write up an agreement before buying any tickets. 

Family members 

You may not get to choose your family, but you can choose to form a syndicate with them. Forming a syndicate with family members is another common way to collectively play the lottery, and this type of group has also seen its fair share of success stories. Take the EuroMillions jackpot winning family from Wales, who pocketed around $79.6 million between the five of them in 2016, making it one of the largest wins in UK history. Another notable family syndicate win came from Kent in England, where Ted and Marilyn Newton won roughly $10.5 million on the UK National Lottery in 2009.

It seems like playing in a family is a safer way to avoid betrayal, as there doesn’t appear to be many cases of family syndicate disputes. In the above case of Ted and Marilyn Newton, they even shared the money with their three children despite them not paying into the syndicate for years. If only Louisa Whitby had received such generosity.

Online syndicates

Finally, an increasingly popular option is to form or join an online syndicate. This also has precedence for success; for instance, a Facebook syndicate set up by Brit Gary Schei banked about $1.4 million between 38 members, despite the fact that some in the group had never met. However, the best thing about online syndicates is that there are many companies that can put you into groups with others online, saving you the time and effort of organising a lottery syndicate yourself. And they won’t stab you in the back, which is always good, with the winnings automatically shared between syndicate members. Okay, you sacrifice sharing this with those you know and love, but all you have to do is sign up, sit back, and wait for the money to hopefully pour in. Below, we have listed some of the most trusted online syndicate companies.

1. Lotto Social – Based in Britain, Lotto Social is a highly trusted online lottery syndicate company. As well as the opportunity to win either the UK National Lottery or the EuroMillions jackpot, members are also automatically entered into free prize draws. This gives players the chance to win prizes like spa days or holidays.

2. LottoGo – Also hailing from the UK, LottoGo offers lottery players the opportunity to enter online syndicate games from all over the world. This includes lotteries in countries like Australia, Finland, Italy and Poland.

3. Lottoland – Based in Gibraltar, Lottoland is one of most trusted and popular syndicate lottery companies in the world. It offers syndicate games in various countries, such as Spain and the US, as well as the EuroMillions jackpot.

Whether you enter a lottery syndicate with friends, family, colleagues or even complete strangers, you have a wide range of options when it comes to playing, and winning, the lottery.

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