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How to run a sweepstake for the Grand National 2023

How to run a sweepstake for the Grand National 2023

The Grand National 2023 is right around the corner and there’s no better way to get people into the spirit of one of the most famous horse races and have some fun than through a sweepstake. Throw all 40 runners and riders into a hat and let fate run its course. Who knows - you could be the lucky winner this April!

So first things first - a sweepstake generator for you. Simply pop in the team names, then the names of the participants (it doesn't matter how many) and you're ready to go!

When and where is the Grand National 2023?

The Grand National is a National Hunt horse race held annually at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England. Run over a course of 4 miles, 2.5 furlongs in length, it features 16 individual and formidable fences, 14 of which are jumped over twice over the course of the race.

There are many well-known fences at Aintree including Becher's Brook, Canal Turn and Valentine's, all of which provide different tests for the runners and riders. Each fence varies in height, with the lowest measuring at 4ft 6” and the highest, The Chair, at 5ft 2” which also has a 5ft wide ditch on the take-off side.

This year the Grand National takes place on Saturday 15th April 2023, starting at 5.15pm as it has done since 2016 (it was previously at 4.15pm)

How do I set up a sweepstake?

Firstly, let’s take a look at what a sweepstake is. A sweepstake is a contest usually based on major sporting events - the Grand National being a perfect example - where entrants pay an equal stake before being given a horse at random. The name of every horse involved is placed in a hat before being pulled out blindly to ensure a random selection. The ‘hat’ can be very literally a physical hat, or we have provided you with a generator at the top of this blog for you to use to allocate

This creates a ‘pot’ with the final amount up for grabs and for the Grand National 2023 there are 40 runners and riders involved. That’s an opportunity for 40 entry fees to be contributed to the pot. Don’t worry if you don’t have exactly 40 people to get involved though - you could offer everyone 2 picks for their entry fee for example, or if you have more than 40 people, don’t be shy about running more than one sweepstake simultaneously.

Following the event, the entrant who has picked the winning horse takes home the winnings (sometimes, the 2nd and 3rd place teams may also win a lesser amount of the total pot - depending how generous you want to be!).


Here’s a full list of the 40 horses that will be involved this year that will need to be in your hat:

Minella Times
Any Second Now
Fiddlerontheroof
Snow Leopardess
Longhouse Poet
Eclair Surf
Delta Work
Run Wild Fred
Enjoy D’Allen
Escaria Ten
Commodore
Fortescue
School Boy Hours
Burrows Saint
Good Boy Bobby
Cloth Cap
Mighty Thunder
Discorama
Death Duty
Two for Gold
Top Ville Ben
Dingo Dollar
Lostintranslation
Santini
Freewheelin Dylan
Mount Ida
De Rasher Counter
Kildisart
Noble Yeats
Deise Aba
Blaklion
Samcro
Coko Beach
Anibale Fly
Poker Party
Agusta Gold
Brahma Bull
Domaine de L’Isle
Romain de Senam
Class Conti

How do I collect the money for a sweepstake?

So you’ve got commitment from everyone, the teams are all ready to be selected from your physical/virtual hat, but before you go any further you need people to chip in their entry fee. None of this works without the prize money, right?

This is the part where you may be scratching your head or preparing yourself for the dread that comes with chasing people up every single day for the entirety of the lead up to the race to pay the entry fee you were promised days/weeks ago. It’s a surefire way to take the enjoyment out of something so fun. No matter how many reminders you send by WhatsApp, Slack, Teams, carrier pigeon, people still aren’t paying up. Especially if they get a horse that is highly unlikely to win! Suddenly it becomes like getting blood out of a stone.

The next problem comes in the slightly unusual form of actually receiving the money (yes, receiving money can actually cause a problem), as you receive 40 different payments to your personal bank account on different days and at different times. All of a sudden you’re losing track of who has and hasn’t paid and the admin to keep up with has become a full-time job. You may also have a hybrid way of working which means a number of people want to give you cash in the office instead.
Now you’ve got a mixture of random coins/notes in your hand that need to be cashed into your bank, payments in your bank account hidden amongst your personal transactions and the ongoing problem of some people who haven’t got around to paying you because setting up someone new to pay on their online banking and actually paying you has become a job for later, and then for tomorrow, and then for the day after…… (you get the point).

The easy way to collect money from a group of people

We’ve made it easy for you as an organiser to collect money and we’ve also made it super simple for contributors to pay into your pot. Setting up a Collctiv pot can be done in less than a minute and sharing the payment link or QR code with your group is even easier, no matter the channel you use to communicate.

People use the link/QR code to access the payment screen and then tap to pay into your pot using their desired payment method, including ApplePay and GooglePay. They don’t need to download an app, sign up to anything or do any banking. Within a couple of taps and 10 seconds later you’ve got your money. It really is that simple.

The money sits in the pot you’ve created for the specific event and can then be withdrawn to your bank account in a lump sum so it all remains ring fenced until you have the final amount in advance. Say goodbye to the time and effort that comes with scrolling through pages of lunch meal deals and morning coffees to find out if Paul from IT has actually paid the money he owes. Instead, you can track the total amount you’ve received along with the names of the people who have paid you.

Take back control of your time. Take away the friction of payment. Take away the excuses. Get paid what you’re owed.

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