Group Play is a popular and fun way to play the lottery! When you pool your money, playing as a group gives you more chances to win. So get your friends, family, co-workers, teammates or even your favourite baristas together and play as a group.

Of course every team needs a captain. Do you have what it takes? Get started with the NEW, easy to use, Online Captain’s tool.

Group Play Captain's tools

Tips on Playing Together as a Group

What you need to know

Group Play Captain's Tools

Whether you are a new or seasoned Captain, the Group Play Captain's Tools are designed to make the Captain's job easy. The Online tool is easy to use and will help keep you organized. Using the online tool will get your group mates to appreciate you more than they already do! Get Started now.

You can check out our NEW Online Captain’s Tool or print off and complete the paper forms.

NEW Online Captain's Tool:

Setting up a team online is easy! Visit and register your team.

The Online Tool lets you:

  • Manage your team profile and members
  • Set up your team's weekly draw
  • Track who has paid you
  • Upload pictures of your team's ticket(s)
  • Leave a message for your group
  • Set your team rules

Get started now with our NEW Online Captain's tool. signup now

Captain's Paper Tools:

If you prefer to put pen to paper, these tools are here for you.

  • Download the Lottery Group Play Form and print it out to manage your group purchases and play.
  • Get your team together and fill in the details including team members' names, payment details, contact info, etc. Be sure to also get team members' signatures.
  • Sign up to receive Jackpot alerts and winning numbers by e-mail.
  • Download Jackpot posters available on this page to announce big Jackpots.
  • Download winning numbers posters available on this page to announce draw results.
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Tips on Playing Together as Group

Choose one person to act as the Group Play Captain to coordinate group members, collect payments and validate tickets.

If you know someone who would make a great Captain, let them know about the Group Play Captain's Tools. And if you already know a Captain who could benefit from the Captain’s Tools, direct them to the Online Captain’s Tool section for more information.

How to be a great Captain:

  • Record group participation – You can use the online tool or the Lottery Group Play Paper Form.
  • Create a list of Group Play members for each draw.
  • Clearly state the Jackpot amount, draw date, cost per play and cut-off time for payment.
  • You can help with the prize claims process by keeping accurate and up-to-date records of your group play.
  • Download Jackpot posters available on this page to announce big Jackpots.
  • Download winning numbers posters available on this page to announce draw results.

After the purchase of the Group Play ticket:

  • The Group Play Captain should sign the ticket immediately after the purchase. Write “In Trust” by the signature line to show that this is a group play ticket.
    • If you are using the Online Tool, upload a picture of the ticket so everyone can see the lottery ticket and selected numbers
    • If you are using the Paper Tools, make copies so everyone can see the selected numbers (see photocopied ticket information below).
  • Save a copy, upload or send copies of any new tickets to each group member every time the group plays.
  • Check the ticket after the draw. If you believe you won the lottery, validate the ticket at an authorized Lottery Retailer or call the OLG Support Centre at 1-800-387-0098 for more information.

How to be a great group member:

  • Prior to the draw, make a group decision about how much of the prize winnings will be split among the group and how much will be returned into future lottery ticket purchases.
  • If you plan on being away or out of town before a draw, make sure you pay your Group Play Captain in advance and have those payments documented.
  • Agree on, and document, how member participation will work in the event of unexpected absences, such as illness or life events, that prevent a member from paying before a draw.

Now you’re ready to get started. Sign up now with our NEW Online Captain’s Tool!

What you need to know

All lottery tickets must be signed before a retailer can validate them. The person who redeems the ticket for a group should sign the ticket and show that it belongs to a group of people by adding a phrase such as “In Trust.” All names of members of a group should be recorded for each draw.

When photocopying Group Play lottery tickets for your group members, please make sure to fold the ticket just under the ENCORE number to display number selections only. Photocopied lottery tickets are not to be validated on OLG lottery terminals.

ATTENTION groups with retailers: Group lottery tickets are void if an OLG retailer or a person involved in the handling of lottery tickets at the retailer's store is a member of the group and the group's tickets are purchased, electronically checked or electronically validated in the retailer's store. For more information about Group Play, call the OLG Support Centre at 1-800-387-0098.

The Lottery Group Play Tips and Tools information contained on this website, including the Lottery Group Play Form, Jackpot Alert and Winning Numbers Posters, are made available by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) solely for the convenience of lottery group players in Ontario aged 18 or over. OLG assumes no responsibility whatsoever for the entitlement to any prize of any group or group member or for compliance with any laws which may prohibit or restrict groups playing lotteries or for the accuracy of any of the information at any time contained on the Lottery Group Play Form, Jackpot Alert or Winning Numbers Posters. The winning numbers that appear on this website do not constitute official winning numbers. Please contact your participating retailer for confirmation. OLG cannot warrant the accuracy of the information contained on this website. Unauthorized use of the information contained on this website, including the Lottery Group Play Form, Jackpot Alert and Winning Numbers Posters, is strictly prohibited. Any changes in whole or in part to the displayed information must be approved in writing by OLG. All group members must be 18 years of age or older. For more information about Group Play or for prize-claiming instructions, visit or call OLG's Support Centre at 1-800-387-0098.

OLG's goal is to ensure that the right prize is paid to the right person(s) every time. There are times when ownership of a lottery prize is disputed by the claimants and other parties. When an ownership dispute occurs, options are available,as follows. The parties involved may settle the matter privately, or by proceeding in the Ontario courts, or resolved through arbitration by an arbitrator appointed by the Chair of the Board of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO). All parties to a prize dispute must agree to the process for arbitration to proceed. For more information on the AGCO arbitration process visit the AGCO website. Any party to a prize dispute is advised to obtain independent legal advice.



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