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What is a lottery syndicate?

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A lottery syndicate is a group of players who bet collectively, giving them improved odds of winning a lottery jackpot, while costing less money. A syndicate allows you to bet hundreds of different number combinations without having to make multiple lottery bets yourself. You will also be able to share the excitement of a big win with fellow lottery players.

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Why should I play lottery syndicates?

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Lottery syndicates give players improved odds when betting on the lottery while costing less money. Being part of a syndicate allows you to bet hundreds of different number combinations without having to bet all those lines yourself. You will also be able to share the excitement of a big win with fellow lottery players.

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How are syndicate wins divided and paid out?

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When the syndicate wins, the prizes are split evenly between the total shares. Your portion of the syndicate’s winnings will depend on the number of shares you purchased in the syndicate.

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What happens if not all syndicate shares are purchased?

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Lotto Simple guarantees that your portion of the syndicate 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 syndicate shares are sold, all of the syndicate’s lines will still participate in the upcoming draw.

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What are the different types of syndicates available?

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There are four types of syndicates available at Lotto Simple -

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

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

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Can I participate in a lottery syndicate with a subscription?

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

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Can I open my own syndicate?

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

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What is a multi-draw for syndicates?

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Multi-Draw packages for syndicates allow you to purchase syndicate shares for future draws in advance and thus save up to 25% off the regular cost of participation. When purchasing a Multi-Draw package for syndicates you select your favourite lottery syndicate, decide how many shares you want to buy and how many draws you want to participate in. You will automatically join a syndicate of the same lottery for subsequent draws until your package runs out.

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

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

Scenario 1: at a subsequent draw there is no identical syndicate. We will allocate you to the closest matching syndicate, taking into account share price, number of lines and syndicate 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 syndicate 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.

Example:

You purchase a multi-draw package for a 200-line Random Selection syndicate for US Powerball:  

Syndicate Type Lines Shares purchased Share price
Powerball Random Selection 200 1 $14

In a subsequent draw, this syndicate has been replaced with the following:

Syndicate Type Lines Share price
1. Systematic 10 Systematic 252 $18
2. Match all PB 55 Match all PBs 55 $16
3. Random 50 Random 50 $12
  1. First we look at which syndicates fall within the price range of 25% ($11.50-$17.50). This leaves out syndicate number 1.
  2. Secondly we look at the number of lines. Number 2 is closer than number 3.
  3. Therefore, you would be allocated a share for the second syndicate (Match all PB 55).

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

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

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