For the last couple weeks, it’s been nearly impossible to get away from coverage of the major jackpot prizes of Mega Millions and Powerball. For the Tuesday Powerball drawing, the jackpot prize is expected to be $620 million. For Wednesday’s Mega Millions, the jackpot is estimated to be $1.6 billion.
That’s obviously a lot of money and these unprecedented prizes are spearheading tons of discussion on the internet, at the family dinner table and at the office. “What would you do the money if you won?” “Would you give me any money if you won the jackpot? “Would you quit your job?”
The buzz for these headline-inducing jackpots has increased the pooling of money to purchase lottery tickets among friends and co-workers. These pools are common at workplaces and other locations across the country, but especially now that the jackpot sits at such great heights.
Lottery pools are quite popular and can bring workplaces, friends and families together. But a big prize can potentially cause a lot of conflicts with disputes among winners somewhat common. There is solid advice available on the internet about how to handle these pools but how to organize them.
Pool play forms available through the PA Lottery
The Pennsylvania Lottery has capitalized on the increase in lottery pools by creating a “Pool Play” form that PA lottery players can use to organize their pools. The forms can be viewed and downloaded here.
On the forms, a pool “captain” can add the names of those participating as well as how much they have contributed. If you find it difficult to keep track of who is playing and contributing, this form might just be of use to you. Up to 26 names can be added to the pool sheets.
Powerball and Mega Millions tickets not yet available online
Despite offering pool play forms, Powerball and Mega Millions tickets can not currently be purchased online in Pennsylvania; however, The PA online lottery will likely offer the purchasing of draw tickets online in the near future.
For now, PA lottery players can download the PA Online Lottery app for lastest Powerball and Mega Millions numbers. Although the PA Online Lottery does not yet offer the option of purchasing tickets online, the purchase of real money instant games is available. PA players can choose from over 25 different “instant” games in the iLottery. New players can even receive a free $5 no deposit bonus to try out the games with no risk or obligation.