This is an ethics question......with legal ramifications. * We have started an office pool at work - when the prize gets really large. ( It was my suggestion. ) We have done it twice before - this is our third time. We let this nice woman handle the collection of money + the buying of the tickets -- she is a daily player on her won. I'm not gonna chase people down for money -- I learned that from a Super Bowl pool I used to run !...no more ! * First pool - we had about 10 people in it. Second pool - We had about 14 people in it. This pool ? I get our zerox copy of all the tickets - and there are 26 games played....that's 26 people buying one game apiece, at $2 per game. We don't even have that many people in the building !..? * So, I asked the woman....."Who are all these 26 people ?" She said, "Oh, I asked everybody....part timers, too....and then, I added my sister....and her friend....and then, I added Dave + Eddie, too." * Well ? These people didn't pay her.....she paid for them.....but none of these people even knew they were being added to an office pool. They do not work in the building. I don't have a problem w/ her sister being added......but.....everyone else ? ( How about adding my senile, Aunt Alice, in South Carolina ? ) In fact, I know "Eddie" scoffs at the lottery and laughs at people who play it ! He would NEVER buy a ticket, himself. There are other scenarios, as well. I did mention this to one other worker and they were not happy about this prctice, either. * Okay, One scenario... "She paid for them.....then, what's the problem ?" . Well....I could see some legal issues here. And what if the woman who bought these tickets for others - changes her mind ( with a winning jackpot ) and says - "I bought more tickets....I'm claiming more of the jackpot !" ( basically...I'm saying....she screws the people she bought tickets for ) * * So.... I'm going to mention the apprehension I have about this practice - if nobody wins this powerball - and the jackpot rises, again. I would certainly.....join the pool again......because of the horror story I heard about the one office worker who didn't and the office pool won a huge jackpot ! I wouldn't want to be THAT guy ! * * Just wondering ....What do you think ?