It’s a day like any other…A random Wednesday in September and you are probably sitting at your desk mid-week fantasizing about the weekend. But today, your fantasies are probably a bit larger than life knowing there is a $400 million prize in the running for the Powerball Lotto being drawn tonight at 10:59 PM EST (a.k.a 7:59 PST, with sales cutting off 59 minutes prior)
Time-crunch panic setting in? Will you be able to get to your local store and buy a ticket? Your solution: Lottogopher.
That’s right, this three year old business will go fetch your lotto tickets for your, literally! It is the only company through which California residents can legally order Powerball, MegaMillions and Super Lotto Plus tickets on the Web. A virtual concierge service, ‘lottery gophers’ travel to the store to purchase tickets, redeems winnings on users’ behalves and then credits their accounts. Lottogopher takes no portion of any winnings but instead operates on a membership model similar to Netflix. (But Netflix never deposits millions of dollars to your account, just saying!
It is no coincidence the fourth highest record drawings have all taken place within the last 5 months. People want to win, heck with this economy, some people need to win! Recent statistics show a whopping 21% of Americans actually list winning the lottery as their “retirement plan.” Don’t worry, we know that’s not you.
The best feature of Lottogopher is the opportunity to virtually pool up to 100 tickets with other members. If one member of the group wins, the entire group splits the winnings. No more driving to the store, standing in line, or intra-office lawsuits over redemption of office pooled winnings. You know that girl you forked over a dollar to yesterday totally put that bill toward her morning Starbucks! And forget about being the guy that called in sick the day of the office pool. The rest of your co-workers will be sipping martinis on a yacht in the Galapagos Islands and you will be taking a permanent siesta to unemployment when the whole company quits their day jobs (See #FML).
Don’t believe me? Their is even a new TV show called Lucky 7 debuting this week (Premieres Tuesday, September 24 at 10|9c on ABC) about what transpires when a group of coworkers win a lottery office pool. If it’s on TV, you know it must be legit!
We spoke with Lottogopher CEO James Morel to find out how this record jackpot is affecting ticket sales, “With the huge $400 million Powerball jackpot tonight, people who are stuck at work or trying to avoid long lines at the store have been ordering tickets from the LottoGopher website since early this morning. We’ve seen a big uptick in traffic today, and more people are using our online office pool feature to share tickets and increase their chances of winning. Everyone loves it when the jackpot hit a life-changing 400 million bucks!”
All kidding aside, if your bucket list includes an Aston Martin One, your own Cessna (scratch that, a private jet), an exotic Bengal cat, a Thoroughbred horse for your new dude ranch, the Penthouse at the Pierre Hotel in NYC, your vacation home in Martha’s Vineyard, or all of the above, don’t hesitate to sign up!
It was a day like any other, then you won $400 million.