- Start a syndicate
Start a syndicate
Pick your team
Creating a syndicate is your opportunity to build a winning team. Whether you play with workmates, friends or family, it's always more exciting playing in a group. The more lines your group buys, the more entries you have in each game - and the more chances you have of winning!
Easy to set up
Request a free syndicate kit online and find out everything you need to know to get your syndicate started.
It's important to draw up a group agreement in preparation of that big win. You can now download a free template of a syndicate agreement.
- How can I obtain a syndicate kit?
- What are the responsibilities of a Syndicate Manager?
- Do I need a syndicate agreement?
- Why is a syndicate agreement necessary?
- Is there a maximum number of people that can take part in a syndicate?
- Which games can I play as a syndicate?
- How do I collect money from the group?
- How do we buy tickets?
- How can we check our numbers?
- Q. How can I obtain a syndicate kit?
You can request a syndicate kit online. The kit contains everything you need to set up and manage your syndicate.
- Q.What are the responsibilities of a Syndicate Manager?
A Syndicate Manager will take responsibility for setting up the group, collecting money, checking results, keeping the team motivated and ensuring that the syndicate agreement is completed and up-to-date.
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- Q.Do I need a syndicate agreement?
Yes, we recommend you should draw up a syndicate agreement once you've decided who's going to be in your group and before you start to play. You can download a template of a syndicate agreement now; otherwise make sure your agreement covers the following:
The date the agreement was drawn up;
The appointed manager's name;
The names of the members of the group;
The games and numbers to be played;
Which draws will be entered i.e. Wednesday, Saturday or both;
How much each member will pay per draw;
How any winnings will be split;
What happens if a member fails to pay their contribution at any time;
If the group has a big win, whether the members will take publicity or not.
The agreement must be signed and dated by each group member and should be witnessed by, we suggest, a solicitor, doctor or someone of similar standing. Copies should be given to each member and the original kept in a safe place; please don't send your agreement to us. If the group changes, the agreement should be amended to reflect this.
- Q.Why is a syndicate agreement necessary?
National Lottery prizes are not normally chargeable gains for the purposes of UK Capital Gains Tax and will not be assessed for UK Income Tax. If a prize is won and shared by a syndicate who have entered into a written agreement before the win, then syndicate members should not be liable to pay UK inheritance tax.
In the event of a big win, HM Revenue and Customs may require to see the agreement as evidence of the group agreement. In the absence of a suitably drawn up syndicate agreement, any of the prize monies distributed to other syndicate winners may be subject to inheritance tax. It is important to note that HM Revenue and Customs law and practice may change. The comments are based on our understanding of HM Revenue and Customs law and practice as at September 2010. For detailed tax advice, please contact a solicitor or a suitably qualified tax professional.
Neither The National Lottery nor Camelot UK Lotteries Limited has any responsibility or liability for the organisation, management or operation of any syndicate.
- Q.Is there a maximum number of people that can take part in a syndicate?
No, you can include as many people as you like; however, we recommend that you keep the number at a manageable level. If you buy your tickets online, you are able to purchase up to 35 lines at a time by selecting 'Add more lines' at the bottom of the online play slip. Find out more about buying Multiple Tickets.
- Q.Which games can I play as a syndicate?
- Q.How do I collect money from the group?
Whether members pay their money for each draw or in advance, a record should be kept of who has paid what so that everybody knows where they stand.
Just in case the situation arises, it's a good idea to decide what you are going to do if one of the members of the group can't pay for a particular draw.
- Q.How do we buy tickets?
Why not open a National Lottery Account and play online? Not only can you play Lotto for up to eight weeks in advance, you can even play up to 35 lines of numbers at a time by selecting 'Add more lines' at the bottom of the online play slip. Find out more about buying Multiple Tickets.
If you're happy playing the same numbers every week, then a Direct Debit could be the answer.
- Q.How can we check our numbers?
If you bought your tickets online, we've already checked your numbers for you and will have sent you an email if you've won. You can also visit My Account to see how many numbers you matched for each ticket purchased. Otherwise, if you have your tickets to hand, check the numbers using our Results Checker.
Winnings should be shared out in accordance with your group agreement.
If you think you have what it takes to be run a syndicate, then request a free syndicate kit online today and get started!
- Lucky Winners
Syndicate players are enjoying winning!
Our syndicate players are proving that playing with friends, family and colleagues is altogether luckier, with a string of big wins.
The Magnificent Seven, a seven-strong syndicate, all based in Merseyside, scooped £45,570,835 in the EuroMillions draw on Friday 6th November, which had a whopping total jackpot of £90 million. Watch the Magnificent Seven video.
A syndicate of 13 engineers from Accrington scooped £3,938,641 after matching all six numbers on the Lotto Rollover draw in February 2009. Retired Winder, Arthur Whitaker, the syndicate leader, revealed the win to all syndicate members the following day. The syndicate has played Lotto since 1999 and always uses the same lines.
In November 2008, a 23-strong syndicate who work for a housing partnership in Haverhill celebrated after scooping a £2,630,225 Lotto jackpot win. The syndicate, called "Suffolk Lads and Lasses", have played Lotto online for 10 months. Syndicate leader Lucy Czilinsky received an email alert containing the good news that she should check the online account and in doing so discovered their jackpot win.
Remember, one in four Lotto jackpots are won by syndicates - miss out if you dare!
Reasons to set up a syndicate
- 1 in 4 Lotto jackpots are won by a syndicate. Increase your buying power and up your chances of winning big money
- Play up to 35 lines of Lotto at one time
- Buy your Lotto or Thunderball syndicate tickets online with a Direct Debit and you'll never have to worry about missing a draw.