Pooling money at the office is the easiest and most convenient way to improve your chances of winning something without breaking the bank.
Powerball frenzy has taken over. Two dollars is little cost for the amount of hope.
If you've entered an office ticket pool chances are you've daydreamed about what you'd do with all that money.
When you're talking about millions of dollars, it's important to take the right steps, no matter what the cost. Unless you have a legal professional draft up a set of rules and guidelines, there are a few simple steps every office pool should be doing.
First, make sure everyone is aware of who has contributed to the pool. A written list of names and how much he or she contributed will avoid any coworkers saying "I gave you money!"
Second, and along the same lines, make sure the numbers add up. If the number of contributions and the number of tickets don't add up, you could have a huge problem should you win.
Finally, make a photo copy of those numbers and distribute it to everyone in the pool. Also make sure everyone knows those are the numbers eligible to win. Some employees may go off and buy their own tickets outside of the pool, but you should always specifically denote the numbers in the pool by photocopying the tickets.
When in doubt, write it out. The Powerball gives us all a chance to daydream and ask "what if?"
But even in the highly unlikely scenario that this story applies to you, don't say we didn't tell you so.