"How do I ... ?"

"How do I ..."
 ... create (Host) a Pot?
 ... choose a pot's Rules?
 ... choose a pot's Terms?
 ... set up Host's Share?
 ... limit player's squares?
 ... open a pot for play?
 ... create a players list?
 ... invite players?
 ... invite more players?
 ... clear player's squares?
 ... close a pot?
 ... reopen a pot?
 ... lock a Pot?
 ... collect pledges?
 ... unlock squares?
 ... post event results?
 ... notify winners?
 ... email players?
 ... distribute winnings?
 ... set up a basketball pot?
 ... set up a NASCAR pot?
 ... set up a market pot?
 ... set up a charity raffle?
 ... set up a baby pot?
 ... set up a bowling pot?

... choose a pot's Terms?

The Host determines a pot's Terms, and should make sure players understand the Terms before claiming and locking squares.
Because Terms (especially points) could be anything (or nothing), does not handle Terms.
Terms include:
  • Point value (if any)

  • Point settlement (pledge collection)

  • Winnings distribution
NOTE: Each pot's Host and players are responsible to satisfy themselves that the pot's Terms comply with local law.
Some tips on Terms:
  1. Point value (if any). - Points usually represent whatever the Host expects players to pledge and win. However, points may have no value except to measure how many chances a player has to win.
    Example 1: If you and your friends are sharing a cash lottery (check local laws) points and winnings are probably cash.
    Example 2: If you are using your pot for a charity raffle, your points probably represent currency, while the winnings are probably a donated object.
    Example 3: If you are using a pot to decide who gets an object (like a family heirloom) and players do not pledge cash or anything else of value, points have no value. However, players may be restricted to a certain number of squares (chances to win) that everyone considers fair.
  2. Point settlement (pledge collection). - Make sure your settlement plan includes not only a method for players to submit pledges, but also track who has contributed and how much.
    For example, if you are playing for marbles, you need a reliable plan for collecting all the marbles and keeping track of who has submitted what.
    One good method is to print the pot and check off each player's screen name as they satisfy their pledge.
    Other settlement options include:
    Pre-settlement - players submit pledges to the Host before claiming squares.
    Post-settlement - players give pledges directly to the winner after the event.
    Tip: If you are inviting remote (long-distance) players - and settling after claiming squares but before drawing numbers - remember to complete settlement with plenty of time to draw numbers before the event.

  4. Winnings distribution. - Hosts should have a plan in place to make sure that winners receive their winnings promptly.
    Tip: Slow Hosts don't inspire future players!