A good sweepstake can keep your colleagues interested long after England depart on penalties – the key is to keep everyone involved for as long as possible
It’s the most marvellous of quadrennials – a summer that contains all of the annual sporting staples (Wimbledon, the Open, a couple of Test series) plus the European football championships and the Olympic Games. It probably won’t beat the sweaty glory of 2012 – but, still, I’m not planning on leaving the house once. And what better way to improve watching Hungary and Iceland grind out a 1-1 draw than by making it interesting with a convoluted, low-stakes office sweepstake?
Obviously, the first thing anyone who organises an office sweepstake needs to do is read the Gambling Commission’s five-page rulebook on running a “workplace lottery” – which says the organiser can’t make a profit, lest they come a cropper of the 2005 Gambling Act. But if you’re trying to make a profit from organising an office sweepstake on who will win this year’s Mercury prize, you are probably more in need of a five-page guide to not being an arsehole.