"Over the years, we’ve seen a lot of groups claim big-money prizes, and we find that most of these groups are led by one or two members," said Julie Beck, managing Web editor for the Missouri Lottery. "They’re the ones collecting the money, buying the tickets and reporting on winnings. We like to refer to these group-play leaders as ’Lottery Captains.’"
To access the "Lottery Captain" tools at Molottery.com, players simply need to click on this link in the "My Preferences" section and create or sign in to their existing My Lottery account. From there, they will be able to take advantage of new printable jackpot alert signs, winning number forms and forms to help keep track of who played for how much on which date. And if the group likes to play every week or only after the jackpot reaches a certain amount, Lottery Captains can choose the amount at which they’d like to begin receiving jackpot alert messages via e-mail. Lottery Captains also can share a little information about their team, how much they’ve won, how often they like to play, etc.
"We realize that group play is very popular among our players—especially when jackpots are climbing," said Beck. "It’s always exciting to see a large group of players win the lottery, and their excitement can often be contagious."
Since the Missouri Lottery began in 1986, a large number of groups have claimed big-money prizes, and many have celebrated their win during press conferences in front of media cameras and microphones. The largest group to ever claim a Missouri Lottery jackpot prize was a group of 44-coworkers at Independence Power & Light. In May 1998, this Kansas City-area group grabbed up $10 million playing Powerball. More recently, all seven employees at Speed-e-Way Printing Services in Fenton pooled their money to buy what turned out to be a Lotto ticket worth an estimated jackpot of $1.3 million in May 2002. This group also included one employee who was absent the day they collected money to buy the group’s tickets; members of the group contributed her share for her. And who can forget the self-named "Lucky 24?" Twenty-four employees of the Blue Springs R-IV Transportation Department who had been pooling their money for Powerball and Lotto tickets for three years and won $1.5 million playing Lotto on May 24, 2003.