What is a Syndicate?
A lottery syndicate consists of a collection of people who come together to buy a number of tickets, with an agreement to split any prizes won between all participants. It may be a group of friends, family members, neighbours, work colleagues or online players who join forces to enjoy games such as Lotto, EuroMillions, Thunderball and Lotto HotPicks together.
1 in 5 top game prizes are won by syndicates!
How it Works
Participating in a syndicate increases your chances of winning a prize because you have a share of a greater number of tickets. When you purchase your own tickets, you have to pin your hopes on just one line or spend extra money to buy multiple entries, whereas entering lottery games as part of a syndicate allows you to save money as the costs of tickets are shared between all members.
Watch this short video which illustrates how syndicates work:
As with any syndicate, the winnings are split between syndicate members according to the number of shares paid for, so you won't get to keep a large prize or jackpot all to yourself. However, the odds of winning are greatly increased, which makes syndicates a more attractive option than playing on your own.
It is estimated that one in five top prizes on UK lottery games are won by syndicates, such as the group of seven office workers from Merseyside who pocketed £45.5 million on EuroMillions in 2009. Take a look at the page on syndicate winners to discover more stories of UK winners who have been hugely successful as a result of playing in a group.
You can play as a syndicate online to boost the likelihood of winning a prize without having to splash the cash on tickets. For example, you could join an online Thunderball syndicate from just £2.99 for a share of 35 entries, giving you a better shot at landing a slice of one or more great prizes.
If you would prefer to set up an offline syndicate, view what is needed to setup a syndicate agreement.