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03042013, 12:20  #1 
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Can anyone tell me how to work out percentages please as im getting stuck.
This is for a works lotto syndicate and there are 12 members, im fine with 10 members, a simple 10% each but now two more have joined and im stumped. Is there a simple way to work them out via a calculator which someone is willing to share ? Thanks. 
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100 divided by twelve.

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Can anyone tell me how to work out percentages please as im getting stuck.
This is for a works lotto syndicate and there are 12 members, im fine with 10 members, a simple 10% each but now two more have joined and im stumped. Is there a simple way to work them out via a calculator which someone is willing to share ? Thanks. 
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Just to add: what you are asking is not a percentages question, you are asking how do you divide someting into 12 equal parts, it's a division question and its answered by claritana above. The advice about dividing 100 by 12 although well intended is wrong (sorry to that poster)

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If you'll be buying the same number of tickets (or scratchcards, or whatever) then you should divide the total cost by twelve now instead of by ten.
On the other hand, you might decide that each person will contribute the same amount as before and with the extra money from the two new members you'll buy a few more tickets. Any winnings should now be divided by twelve instead of by ten. Sorry if I'm missing something but I don't think percentages are involved here really, except I suppose you could say that all sums of money per member should now 8.3333% of the total (100/12, as the previous poster said). 
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you could get a couple of members to drop out, so you are back to 10.

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Just to add: what you are asking is not a percentages question, you are asking how do you divide someting into 12 equal parts, it's a division question and its answered by claritana above. The advice about dividing 100 by 12 although well intended is wrong (sorry to that poster)

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Can anyone tell me how to work out percentages please as im getting stuck.
This is for a works lotto syndicate and there are 12 members, im fine with 10 members, a simple 10% each but now two more have joined and im stumped. Is there a simple way to work them out via a calculator which someone is willing to share ? Thanks. If you need one out of twelve as a percentage it is 8.33% Simply put 1/12 and multiply by 100. Don't they teach this in Primary school? If you want to work out how much of the winnings each person gets, it is the total multiplied by 0.0833. eg. If the prize was £1,000,000 then each person gets 1,000,000 x 0.0833 = £83,300 Alternatively you could just divide £1,000,000 by 12 to get the same answer. Seriously though, this is primary school maths. 
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Can anyone tell me how to work out percentages please as im getting stuck.
This is for a works lotto syndicate and there are 12 members, im fine with 10 members, a simple 10% each but now two more have joined and im stumped. Is there a simple way to work them out via a calculator which someone is willing to share ? Thanks. Bob's your uncle. 
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i took the question as the OP wanting to know how to work out a percentage so that's what I did.

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Erm, no, you didn't actually work out a percentage of anything.

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No, I told them how to, on a calculator , as requested.

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Crikey, I hope that the workplace where this syndicate runs doesn't require any basic 6 year olds maths...

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No, you didn't. Percentages always require a multiplication as well as a division.

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No, you didn't. Percentages always require a multiplication as well as a division.

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But there's no figure to multiply with as yet? I told them how to work out what percentage of any stake or winning each of the twelve would be accountable for.
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No, you didn't. Percentages always require a multiplication as well as a division.

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No, you didn't. Percentages always require a multiplication as well as a division.
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Never mind. Too late in the evening to explain.
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Can anyone tell me how to work out percentages please as im getting stuck.

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Never mind. Too late in the evening to explain.
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Crikey, I hope that the workplace where this syndicate runs doesn't require any basic 6 year olds maths...

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No, you didn't. Percentages always require a multiplication as well as a division.

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Easy to work out just by multiplying for example 60% of 90 is 6x9 = 54, 6% of 90 is 0.6x9 = 5.4. Its harder with odd numbers but the same applies.
Percentages are not difficult when you understand that a percent is just a hundredth of something. To use your examples and expand them a bit for clarity: 60% of 90 = 60/100 x 90 = 0.6 x 90 = 6 x 9 = 54 6% of 90 = 6/100 x 90 = 0.06 x 90 = 0.6 x 9 = 5.4 It isn't any harder with "odd" numbers (so long as you have a calculator) e.g. 19.38 % of 87.4 = 19.38/100 x 87.4 = 0.1938 x 87.4 Last edited by johnF1971 : 03042013 at 14:24. Reason: typo! 
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i took the question as the OP wanting to know how to work out a percentage so that's what I did.

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Yes. Unfortunately his question was misleading, in fact he asked two questions in one, mistakenly believing they were one and the same thing. He asked how do you wrok out percentages, then how do you share something across 12 people. Your answer told him what 12 is as a percentage of 100. It didn't solve his real problem , which was how to share something across 12 people.
Surely everyone knows how to divide something by twelve on a calculator? 

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