FAQs

Here's a compiled list of questions that lotteries across the US have asked about PoolingPLUS

Why do we need PoolingPLUS? Because online play is eroding and player interest (especially from infrequent players) is diminishing – except at ever-increasingly high jackpot levels. Lotteries need a way to get players in all categories excited about online play again, playing earlier and more frequently. Our extensive experience, trial and research clearly indicates players would be excited about pooling and would readily spend an extra $1 to receive 10 more chances to win. That extra dollar could increase your online ticket sales by 20 to 30%.

What is PoolingPLUS? It is a combination transaction that combines pooled plays with 100% owned plays resulting in a combination ticket. It gives ALL players who first purchase the required 100% owned plays access to pooling.

How would PoolingPLUS be used to construct a promotion? The lottery has five parameters to work with to create each promotional offer. These are: 1) The required purchase; 2) The size of the pool; 3) The number of pools; 4) Any Jackpot Level triggers; and 5) Any special day, date, or Holiday triggers. Each parameter can be adjusted to create dozens of offers. Click on the "Sample Promos" link in the MENU below.

Are any game changes required? No changes are required nationally. Locally, where the option would be offered, the only change would be that prize shares under $1 be paid in RollOver Pools (see below).

Will it work with any Jackpot game? Yes. PoolingPLUS works best with any jackpot driven game, even the ones with jackpots as small as $50,000. However, it would probably not work as effectively with smaller prize games such as the Daily 3 or 4 games.

Will it work with Advance Draws? Yes. Players could receive pools for Advance Draws.

How can we do this without the need of an RFP? PoolingPLUS is a patented, one-of-a-kind program, making RMS a sole source provider.

What is required 'technically' to get the program implemented? We'll work with your online vendor to help define the software specifications.

What are the security risks? None. You and your online vendor control everything, and we have NO ACCESS to anything.

Where do the pooling tickets come from? Using the example of a pool size of ten plays, the lottery's software would internally generate and store one or more pools of ten plays each, and each pool would be assigned a unique pool number.

Does the Lottery receive full-price for the plays in each pool? Yes, because 10 players are contributing to the same pool.

How does the system keep track of the pool? The lottery's software would assign the same transaction serial number that is assigned to the ticket, to the lottery pool. With each purchase, the software would increment the ownership percent of the pool by 10%. Once the pool reaches 100%, it would be flagged as closed.

What happens if the last pool is partially filled?
In the case of a jackpot win, we recommend the full prize amount be distributed among the players who make up the pool in the same manner that pools do today. We have received input from various lottery directors who have looked at this solution and they believe it is a positive solution. The lottery is all about getting lucky, and about once every 30 years some group will be extra lucky. The 30 years is a calculation based on 1% of the pools being partially filled, pools representing 25% of total tickets sold, 12 jackpot wins per year, and all lottery jurisdictions offering the pooling option.

What does RMS recommend for wins less than $1.00?

There is a simple method for handling wins of less than $1.00 which eliminates any handling of cash, and that is the RollOver Pool as discussed below.

The Lottery can turn these 'small wins' into exciting winning experiences for players through a win-win incentive promotion called "RollOver Pools™."

View a Sample RollOver Pool Ticket

Using RollOver Pools as a perceived 'valuable' incentive will further bolster the positive impressions players will experience from how fast and how often they will have 'winners' with PoolingPLUS™, and of how close they came (1 number away) to a much bigger win.

For Example: Round-up all small wins to a FREE 3-play RollOver Pool, 5-Play RollOver Pool, or 10-Play RollOver Pool depending on the game prize amount. As always, each player owns 10% of any pool winnings.

The winning ticket would be scanned and a new pool of plays would be automatically printed making the process for the retailer seamless and simple. Importantly, this would put players back at the point of purchase where they could also purchase other store merchandise and lottery products.

Independent research shows "tremendous appeal" for RollOver Pools: For example, 5 and 10-play pools will be exciting prizes for the players. Where else can a player get 5 or 10 plays without spending $5 or $10? They can't. Players would probably not make a stop at the store to collect a 50¢ or $1 prize, but they would make a stop to pick up a ticket giving them 5 or 10 chances to make them a multi-millionaire! This method of paying small change winners in the form of a new pool of plays will turn small wins into exciting wins.

In the research study of nearly 1,400 players by Crestwood Associates, players valued the "free" poolplays almost on parity with whole plays!

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U.S. Patent No. 7,527,556.
Trademarks: PoolingPLUS™, PoolPLAYS®, Pooling Plays™, Pooling Option™, PowerPools™, Group Plays™, Group Pools™, MegaPlays™, MegaPools™ RollOver Plays™, RollOver Pools™, Buddy-Pools™, Sharing the Luck™, America's Game of Winners™ and Game of Winners™.

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