Tips for buying lottery tickets with a group from Virginia State Lottery officials:
1. Agree upon the rules. Decide on a buy-in amount and how the winnings would be split (equally or proportional to amount of money played, annual payout vs. cash option, etc.). Oral agreements are okay, but putting it in writing is a safer bet, according to officials.
2. Designate a “pool manager” who is responsible for purchasing the tickets and keeping them safe.
3. Make photocopies of the purchased tickets for each member of the group.
4. Decide if the pool manager would claim the winning ticket or if the entire group wants to claim it. All winners do not need to be present.
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