The Melbourne Cup Office Sweepstakes app allows you to run your office sweepstakes in SharePoint. You can create one or more Sweepstakes. People can then enter the sweeps and have horses randomly assigned. Once the race results are in, the app will calculate the winnings and display them on the home page.
The person running the Sweepstakes is called the “Steward”. This person can create sweepstakes for people (“punters”) to enter. They can also set up other people as Stewards. The Steward is responsible for tracking payments and downloading the race results.
When you first install the app, it will be set up in “demo” mode. This allows you to try out the features before rolling it out to others. Since the official list of horses for race are not announced until the Saturday before the race, we use horses from previous years in demo mode.
Once the final field has been announced, you can go to the Payment page and download them. This will switch you from Demo mode to Live mode. Any “bets” that have been placed in demo mode will be cleared so that you are ready to run your sweepstakes.
People can use the Enter button on the sweepstakes panel to place a bet. This will update their “Your Bets” panel. They can enter as many times as they want. Once all of the horses have been assigned in a sweepstake it will be marked as full.
NOTE: If you are experiencing issues with the button to add stakes, try using Internet Explorer
The Race Steward has access to a payment page where they can mark bets as paid.
Once the race has started, no more bets can be placed. Soon after the race has finished we will make the results available for the Race Steward to download. This will calculate the winnings and display the results on the home page.