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What is a lottery pool?

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A lottery pool, also known as a lottery syndicate, is a group of players who buy lottery tickets together. Each lottery pool player owns a portion of these collective tickets and will receive a proportionate part of any winnings.

theLotter Texas creates pools for top lotteries and pre-purchases huge batches of lottery tickets for each draw. There are different kinds of lottery pools based on how the numbers were selected and how many lines the pool consists of. In other words, we have made it easy for you – everything has already been set up. All you need to do is select a lottery pool based on your preferences and choose how many shares you would like to purchase.

Here is an explanation of common lottery pool terminology -

  • Lines – The lines are the different number combinations that are purchased for a pool. For example, a 100-line pool would have 100 unique number combinations (also known as tickets or blocks), giving lottery pool players 100 chances of winning the jackpot. These lines are purchased by the pool for the upcoming draw.
  • Total Shares – Each lottery pool is divided into equal portions, which are available for purchase. These portions are also known as Shares, and they establish the percentage of the pool’s prizes that you stand to win. As an example, in a lottery pool with 50 total shares, each share is worth 2% of the pool’s winnings (calculated by dividing 100% into 50 equal pieces). The more shares you purchase, the bigger your percentage of the prize will be.

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Why should I play lottery pools?

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Joining a lottery pool will give you improved odds of winning lottery prizes while costing you less money. A pool allows you to play hundreds of different number combinations without having to buy multiple lottery tickets yourself. As part of a pool you have a chance to win multiple times in each draw and you will be able to share the excitement of winning with fellow lottery players.

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What happens if not all lottery pool shares are purchased?

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theLotter Texas guarantees that your portion of the lottery pool and your winning odds will not be affected, regardless of the amount of shares actually sold. In the case of a win, you will be paid out according to your share ownership. Even if not all pool shares are sold, all of the pool’s lines will still participate in the upcoming draw.

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What are the different types of lottery pools available?

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There are four types of lottery pools available at theLotter Texas -

  • Random Selection — Numbers are randomly selected for a fixed number of lines.
  • Systematic — a pool covering all possible unique combinations out of a set of 7-14 numbers, randomly selected.
  • Guaranteed Number Match — each of the pool’s lines contains a changing number, which covers the entire span of the lottery’s guess range. This guarantees the pool will match at least one of the numbers drawn. The other numbers are selected randomly.
  • Additional Numbers Match Guaranteed — the pool’s lines contain every possible combination of the lottery’s additional number(s). This ensures that the pool will match the additional number(s) at least once —guaranteed! Other numbers are selected randomly.

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How are the numbers of a lottery pool chosen?

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At theLotter Texas, lottery pool numbers are preselected at random when the pool is created. When joining a pool, it is not possible to change or choose the pool’s numbers. You can see the numbers in advance when choosing which lottery pool to join. When purchasing a multi-draw package for pools, each subsequent share will have different numbers as generated per pool and draw.

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How are lottery pool wins divided and paid out?

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When a lottery pool wins, the prizes are split evenly between the total shares. Your portion of the pool’s prizes will depend on the amount of shares you purchased in the pool. All non-jackpot or secondary wins will be paid out to winners shortly after receipt of the prize from the official lottery operator. If your pool wins a lottery jackpot, you will be contacted by a representative of our customer support team who will guide you through the process of receiving your share of the prize.

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Can I participate in a lottery pool with a subscription?

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Currently lottery pools are available for multi-draw packages and personal entries, however, pool subscriptions will possibly be available in the near future.

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Can I open my own lottery pool?

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At this time, you are not able to set up your own pools but you can choose to participate in any one of the existing pools available at theLotter Texas. We have a variety of lottery pools that users can choose from for different lotteries, and we are always open to suggestions. If there is a specific pool you would like to see offered, contact us and let us know!

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What is a multi-draw for lottery pools?

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Multi-Draw packages for lottery pools allow you to purchase pool shares for future draws in advance. When purchasing a Multi-Draw package for lottery pools you select your favorite lottery pool, decide how many shares you want to buy and how many draws you want to participate in. You will automatically join a pool of the same lottery for subsequent draws until your package runs out.

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With multi-draw for lottery pools, will I always play identical pools?

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We aim to open similar lottery pools for each draw, however, sometimes we open special pools for draws with higher than usual jackpots. If there's no identical pool at a future draw, we will aim to match you to the closest alternative. Note that this also applies to pools contained within bundles. There are two scenarios that can occur.

Scenario 1: at a subsequent draw there is no identical pool. We will allocate you to the closest matching pool, taking into account share price, number of lines and pool type. The price of the share may vary by up to 25% from the original cost (see below example).

Scenario 2: there is no matching pool at a subsequent draw (according to the parameters set out in scenario 1). In this case we'll cancel your package and refund you for the remaining draws.

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Can I purchase shares for more than one lottery pool in one multi-draw pool package?

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Yes, as long as the pools are for the same lottery, you may purchase various shares from all available pools.

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