Random distribution formula

is there a formula that will divide a number randomly between a given number.      
So lets say I have 10 clients and 35 widgets.      
I want to distribute the widgets across the 10 clients randomly.      
Client 1      gets 4
Client 2      gets 0
Client 3      gets 3
Client 4      gets 2
Client 5      gets 1
Client 6      gets 1
Client 7      gets 3
Client 8      gets 6
Client 9      gets 8
Client 10      gets 7

Thanks in advance
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Ryan ChongBusiness Systems Analyst , ex-Senior Application EngineerCommented:
try this..
JagwarmanAuthor Commented:
thanks Ryan only this is I was looking for formula rather than vba. The above was an example and so potentially the number of Clients will be a moving target. i.e. I put 10 in example but in live there could be 20 or 70 or 35 or 100 etc.

Ryan ChongBusiness Systems Analyst , ex-Senior Application EngineerCommented:
Ok, so you may customize this sample instead.

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Or you could use a UDF returning an array see example

Function RandomWidgets(nrWidgets) As Variant
Dim Res() As Integer
    With Application.Caller
        CallerRows = .Rows.Count
    End With
    ReDim Res(0 To CallerRows - 1)
    For i = 1 To nrWidgets
        rIdx = Rnd * Now() Mod CallerRows
        Res(rIdx) = Res(rIdx) + 1
    RandomWidgets = Application.Transpose(Res)

End Function

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JagwarmanAuthor Commented:
I like that and it's flexible
Rob HensonFinance AnalystCommented:
Fomula driven, for first client, in G4:

=RANDBETWEEN(0,B1)   where B1 has number of widgets

For remaining clients G5 down, against list created manually in column A:


Checks if last client and takes balancing figure other wise takes Random value between remainder and zero.

Rob H
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