BookMooch Lottery

June 1, 2009

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The third annual BookMooch lottery is now over!

As in previous years (2007, 2008) half the points bet in the lottery will go to charity.

There’s a slightly different spin on the charity this year, namely:

1) you can indicate which charity you want to nominate for points

2) instead of winners being randomly picked from everyone, this system is more like a horse race, where you pick one of the 75 author names as your “bet”. One of the author names will be picked as the winner, then everyone who “bet” on that author name will be a winner and share in the total pool of points (with half the pool going to charity, of course)

Read more about the BookMooch lottery.


The 3rd BookMooch Lottery is now over! Here is what Mark, the admin who ran the Lottery, posted about the outcome:

Jodi Picoult was randomly drawn from the list of Librarything’s most popular authors as listed on the 2009 Lottery page.

61 tickets were purchased with Jodi Picoult as the chosen author.

2704 points were donated from many hundreds of Bookmooch members, so each winning ticket had a value of 44 points, half of which will go to the Bookmooch charity each winning member chose.

Congratulations to all 15 winners!

Mary from Tipperary (IR) bet one point, so wins 22 points!
With 22 more points going to The BBStart Volunteer Library Project

Lizzie from Cambridge (UK) bet one point, so wins 22 points!
With 22 more points going to The Bookmooch Charitable Fund

Nicole from Pennsylvania (US) bet one point, so wins 22 points!
With 22 more points going to Books for Children and New Mothers

Sdb from from Monaco (MC) bet one point, so wins 22 points!
With 22 more points going to The Benjamin Andrew Footpath Library Melbourne

Betty from Rhode Island (US) bet two points, so wins 44 points!
With 44 more points going to Operation Paperback

Michelle from London (UK) bet two points, so wins 44 points!
With 44 more points going to The BBStart Volunteer Library Project

Courtney from Tennessee (US) bet two points, so wins 44 points!
With 44 more points going to Operation Paperback

Max from Massachusetts (US) bet three points, so wins 66 points!
With 66 more points going to The Prison Birth Project

Tia from Colorado (US) bet five points, so wins 110 points!
With 110 more points going to Books for Schools and Classrooms

Amber from Pennsylvania (US) bet five points, so wins 110 points!
With 110 more points going to Public Libraries

Louise from Berkshire (UK) bet five points, so wins 110 points!
With 110 more points going to the BBStart Volunteer Library Project

Suzanne from California (US) bet five points, so wins 110 points!
With 110 more points going to Books for Children and New Mothers

Toni from Florida (US) bet eight points, so wins 176 points!
With 176 more points going to The Quinlan Library

SR from Massachusetts (US) bet ten points, so wins 220 points!
With 220 more points going to The Prison Book Program

Sari from Illinois (US) bet ten points, so wins 220 points!
With 220 more points going to Books for Schools and Classrooms

Thanks to all who played!

Mark W
Bookmooch Team

17 Responses to “BookMooch Lottery”

  1. Wanda Tolbert said

    Help! I gave my points but didn’t pick an author or a charity. What did I do wrong?

  2. Mark Williams said

    Thanks for giving Wanda.

    If anyone needs to contact the lottery account for this or other reasons, just go to the lottery page linked above and click ‘e-mail’ from under the picture and you’ll get a quick reply.

    500 points already given, woo hoo!

    Mark W
    Bookmooch Team

  3. Eva Marie said

    I have a question if someone could possibly answer it. Sometimes when I’m wandering around the site I’ll see charities with thousands and thousands and sometimes some more thousands of points that have been inactive for months and in some cases years. Wouldn’t these points be better off somewhere else? Maybe the charities that have been active of the bank? Or just plain deleted? I mean, if someone hasn’t logged in for 987 days I’m thinking they won’t be back. And even if they were why keep their points for them?

  4. Jackie said

    If the points are not being used by the charity, they should be distributed where they are being used or put into the Unofficial Bank of BM. I want the points I donated to be used to promote reading and literacy.

  5. Mark Williams said

    Eva,

    Charity accounts are unlike standard accounts in that they will sometimes lapse into inactivity for quite a few months, but then eventually return to active status. This can be due to the difficulty of finding staff or volunteers to operate the account. But there are also some that will not return to active status. In such cases, their unspent points will be redistributed to active charities; no donated points will be deleted. There are always new charities coming on board and a few of the most active charities have mooched several thousand books, so the points will be put to good use eventually 🙂

  6. Tracey said

    The same thing happened to me as happened to Wanda, above – I donated 3 of the 4 credits I had, wasn’t asked to choose a charity (or an author), and very shortly got an email thanking me for my contribution… So I sent an email as directed above… and … er? Help?

    • Mark Williams said

      Tracey,

      If you did not enter your choice of author and charity group in the ‘option comments’ box at the time you gave points, then just send an e-mail to the lottery account with your choices.

      Over 1500 points now given — only 11 more days to play!

  7. Tracey said

    It’s not so much that I didn’t enter my choice of author and charity group as I *couldn’t* enter my choice of author and charity group… But thanks.

  8. Helen said

    Just like Wanda, I was not given an opportunity to choose an author or a charity. Where WAS it? Can I get back there to choose?

    • Mark Williams said

      Hi Helen,

      This is from the lottery page:

      Select how many points to give from the drop-down menu, and be sure and enter both your chosen author’s name and your charity group in the open box next to ‘Optional comments:’

      But no worries, you can click ‘e-mail’ from the lottery page to tell us your choices now.

      2250+ points donated so far and just 6 days left to play!

  9. Sonja said

    Same thing happened to me – point gone, no author or charity chosen.

  10. Mark Williams said

    Just 12 hours left to play.

    The drawing takes place at midnight US pacific time — 2600+ points at stake!

  11. Mark Williams said

    Jodi Picoult was randomly drawn from the list of Librarything’s most popular authors as listed on the 2009 Lottery page.

    61 tickets were purchased with Jodi Picoult as the chosen author.

    2704 points were donated from many hundreds of Bookmooch members, so each winning ticket had a value of 44 points, half of which will go to the Bookmooch charity each winning member chose.

    Congratulations to all 15 winners!

    Mary from Tipperary (IR) bet one point, so wins 22 points!
    With 22 more points going to The BBStart Volunteer Library Project: http://www.bookmooch.com/m/bio/bbstart

    Lizzie from Cambridge (UK) bet one point, so wins 22 points!
    With 22 more points going to The Bookmooch Charitable Fund: http://www.bookmooch.com/m/bio/charitable_fund

    Nicole from Pennsylvania (US) bet one point, so wins 22 points!
    With 22 more points going to Books for Children and New Mothers: http://www.bookmooch.com/m/bio/children_and_mothers

    Sdb from from Monaco (MC) bet one point, so wins 22 points!
    With 22 more points going to The Benjamin Andrew Footpath Library Melbourne: http://www.bookmooch.com/m/bio/footpathlibrarymelbourne

    Betty from Rhode Island (US) bet two points, so wins 44 points!
    With 44 more points going to Operation Paperback: http://www.bookmooch.com/m/bio/operationpaperback

    Michelle from London (UK) bet two points, so wins 44 points!
    With 44 more points going to The BBStart Volunteer Library Project: http://www.bookmooch.com/m/bio/bbstart

    Courtney from Tennessee (US) bet two points, so wins 44 points!
    With 44 more points going to Operation Paperback: http://www.bookmooch.com/m/bio/operationpaperback

    Max from Massachusetts (US) bet three points, so wins 66 points!
    With 66 more points going to The Prison Birth Project: http://www.bookmooch.com/m/bio/prisonbirthproject

    Tia from Colorado (US) bet five points, so wins 110 points!
    With 110 more points going to Books for Schools and Classrooms: http://www.bookmooch.com/m/bio/schools

    Amber from Pennsylvania (US) bet five points, so wins 110 points!
    With 110 more points going to Public Libraries: http://www.bookmooch.com/m/bio/public_libraries

    Louise from Berkshire (UK) bet five points, so wins 110 points!
    With 110 more points going to the BBStart Volunteer Library Project: http://www.bookmooch.com/m/bio/bbstart

    Suzanne from California (US) bet five points, so wins 110 points!
    With 110 more points going to Books for Children and New Mothers: http://www.bookmooch.com/m/bio/children_and_mothers

    Toni from Florida (US) bet eight points, so wins 176 points!
    With 176 more points going to The Quinlan Library: http://www.bookmooch.com/m/bio/lisacarol

    SR from Massachusetts (US) bet ten points, so wins 220 points!
    With 220 more points going to The Prison Book Program: http://www.bookmooch.com/m/bio/prisonbook

    Sari from Illinois (US) bet ten points, so wins 220 points!
    With 220 more points going to Books for Schools and Classrooms: http://www.bookmooch.com/m/bio/schools

    Thanks to all who played!

    Mark W
    Bookmooch Team

  12. Mark Williams said

    The chosen author is….

    Jodi Picoult!

    Winners listed here:

    http://www.bookmooch.com/m/bio/lottery

  13. Louise F said

    Woohoo – I won! 110 points

    I don’t often win lotteries!

  14. I want to thanks those who gave us points from their winning the BM lottery! We so need these points for the reference library that we have been putting together to share with the public!
    thanks again!
    Lety Jones
    Delta PAWS Animal Rescue
    http://www.deltapaws.com

  15. If anyone needs to contact the Lottery account for this or other reasons, just go to the lottery page linked above and click ‘e-mail’ from under the picture and you’ll get a quick reply.

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