Lock the office doors, hide your Melbourne Cup Sweep tickets, this is one of the 3 or 4 days in the year when Internal Affairs Inspectors get to do their righteous work.
No prizes over $500 and (how necessary is this!) you are not allowed to offer a firearm or vouchers for sexual services as an office sweepstake prize.
$1,000 fine if you’re caught. Spoilsports.
It’s the horse race that brings two nations to a standstill and sends novice punters into a frenzied flutter.
Armies of Kiwi office workers will this afternoon down pens for the annual Melbourne Cup race and obligatory office sweepstake.
Melbourne Cup frivolities attract many Kiwis usually averse to the sport and unaccustomed to placing a bet.
Cup day, celebrated as a public holiday in most of Victoria, is the single biggest betting day for the TAB in New Zealand. It also turns thousands of workers into makeshift bookies as workplaces join in the fun by offering an office sweepstake.
However, the Department of Internal Affairs warns that office sweepstake prize money cannot exceed $500 and those who breach the rules could face the long arm of the law.
This means tickets for the 24-horse race can cost no more than $20.83, according to a spokesman.
Any money raised must be returned as prizes and no one is allowed to profit from organising the sweepstake.
Violating these regulations could incur a fine of up to $1000.