Feb 5 2013
For the last couple of weeks I ran a Super Bowl pool as a Fundraiser for my walking in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure. I got the idea from another team that was running a pool and I decided to try it. All in all I think it was a good fundraiser even though I didn’t sell all 100 of my squares. There are those who would say that you can’t run a pool unless the grid is filled. I was not sure I could fill the grid so I handled that in the rules that I published when I asked people to participate. I was splitting the prize pool five ways. 1st Quarter, 2nd Quarter, 3rd Quarter, Final Score, and First Downs. In the event that any of these prizes was not awarded because it was for a square that had not been purchased, the money was reallocated to make the remaining prizes larger. Well I ended up only selling 40 of 100 squares so we had lots of extra space and the scores during the game were not hitting on the squares that had been purchased. The entire prize pool ended up going to a single winner that had the numbers for first downs. I think this works fine as long as the expectations are set. The Feedback that I received was that people liked it and would like to do it again so maybe I will start a little earlier next year and give it another try.