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Powerball Pools Legal or not?

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Posted: February 13, 2006, 8:57 pm - IP Logged

Hi all,

My friends and I have pooled our powerball buying power for years. This week, I mentioned it on a yahoo group that has people from several states and one friend from Canada. and offered if anyone wanted to put 20 in with us, we could expand the pool some to include them.  All heck broke out with people saying that doing powerball pools was illegal and we were all going to jail for sure. (sigh) So, I mentioned how there are lots of places to get in a pool, we were not charging anything, just offering maybe four or five people to join us. Can you guys tell me if we are wrong. Can we not buy powerball tickets in one state and if it wins something, send it on to our friends out of state? Are we going to Hell?

lol,

Thanks for letting me ask

Hermit

 

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    Posted: February 13, 2006, 11:49 pm - IP Logged

    If you are breaking the law, you might go to jail, but I don't know about Hell.  The possibility of going to Hell doesn't stop most law breakers. 

     * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
       
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      Posted: February 14, 2006, 7:31 am - IP Logged

      They are not illegal, but they may be unwise.  There are many more legal problems with pools than with single winners.

       

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        Posted: February 14, 2006, 7:59 pm - IP Logged

        there are office pools everywhere!

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          Posted: February 14, 2006, 8:07 pm - IP Logged

          I think it is unlawful to send the actual ticket through the mail, across state lines, anyway.

          There will be plenty of residents that didn't buy a ticket in the "Hot Spot", too. Play on!

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            Posted: February 14, 2006, 10:07 pm - IP Logged

            where i worked in nj,we chipped into a pool,and the one purchasing the tickets gave us all a photocopy.

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              Posted: February 14, 2006, 10:57 pm - IP Logged

              where i worked in nj,we chipped into a pool,and the one purchasing the tickets gave us all a photocopy.

              That's definitely the safe way to go.  Also, you should each have a photocopied list of every member of the pool, along with a brief statement saying that if a person's name is not on the list, then they have not contributed, and are not part of the pool, even if they have contributed in the past.

               

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                Posted: February 15, 2006, 1:25 pm - IP Logged

                I think PB pools are legal, but only if you talk to a group based on my opinion. Photocopying is fine, but I should have a small group based on my opinion.

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                  Posted: February 15, 2006, 8:11 pm - IP Logged

                  Since a family member works for the post office I inquired if mailing a lottery ticket is illegal. His response.NO  (read up on mailing in claims - ya gotta enclose the ticket  & the form) So think about it. Why would it be illegal if the states even endorse the use of the postal system to file claims?

                  I asked if its illegal to buy a ticket from another state and take it across state lines. The answer from the attorney general. No

                  When I wrote to my state to ask about lottery pools. They did say they are not promoted or prohibited. So they leave it at the *adults* discretion. 

                  Contact your own state lottery to see what regulations they may have in place for lottery claims and or lottery pools who are claiming large prizes.

                  The concept of a Lottery pool isnt a negative idea. Its the negativity of some of its supposed claimants that make it a negative experience.  My group is  mature,positive, and carries a minimal amout of players. Thus allowing us a reasonable payback when we win :)

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