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Playing as a group?

Whether you play with family, friends or co-workers, playing as a group lets you pool your money together for more chances to win!

The way you choose to manage your lottery purchases and potential winnings is up to the group members involved. Here are some tips to keep in mind when playing as a group and some steps that may help avoid any misunderstandings.

Group Play Tips

Appoint someone as your group's captain.

A group captain can coordinate collecting participants' money, buying the group's ticket(s), tracking group winnings and posting results.

When purchasing a ticket at retail, the group captain should print his or her name on the front or back, along with the words "In Trust". This indicates the ticket belongs to a group.

Keep a record of who is participating in each draw

When purchasing as a group, it's always a good idea to have a record of which group members have contributed to the ticket purchases. Make it easier to manage your group play by downloading the Group Play Agreement Form. It's a good idea to provide each group member with a copy of the completed Group Play Agreement Form.

The Group Prize Agreement form is a form that is required when a group lottery ticket wins a prize of $2,000.01 or greater and must be completed by all group members entitled to a share of the prize won. Download the Group Prize Agreement Form here.


All group members must be at least 19 years old

Only persons 19 years of age or older may purchase lottery tickets in BC.

Understand what happens if a group member does not contribute for a draw

Be sure there is a clear understanding amongst the group members of what happens when a group member is away and does not contribute into a draw. Be sure this understanding is communicated to all group members.

Ask for a group copy ticket

When the group captain purchases the ticket(s), ask for a group copy ticket that can be distributed to each group member so each player can check numbers if they wish.

Only an original lottery ticket can be used to claim a prize.

Don't write your company name on your ticket

If the group is organized at your workplace, don't write your company name on the ticket, as this could imply your company may have a stake in the prize.

Use legal names

To claim large prizes, the group captain's identification must be presented and must match the name on the ticket. Putting nicknames or group names on the ticket could create delays in a prize claim.


The Group Play Tips information contained on this website are made available by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) solely for the convenience of lottery group players in British Columbia. BCLC assumes no responsibility whatsoever for the entitlement to any prize of any group or group member. For more information about Group Play or for prize-claiming instructions, call BCLC's Customer Support Centre at 1-866-815-0222.