How Does a Raffle Work?

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Charity Fund-raiser

  • Raffles are often used as fund-raisers to raise money for charities or other organizations. They are important for some small private organizations that don't get much in grant money. A private day care or facility for special-needs kids may organize a raffle to raise the money needed to meet their budgets. Even individuals may organize a raffle to help pay for medical expenses from serious accidents or rare cancers.

The Raffle Itself

  • A raffles uses tickets. Each ticket sold is worth a designated amount of money, for example, $1 or $5. The ticket has a set of numbers on it. An identical ticket is also printed next to it. When someone buys a ticket, one is given to the customer and the other identical one is placed into a box or giant bowl. After all the raffle tickets have been purchased, the drawing is held. The person doing the drawing randomly pulls out a ticket. The person who has the matching ticket is the winner.

    The raffle prize is put together ahead of time. Usually it is donated by a local business or friend of the person holding the raffle. Whatever the prize, it should be worth something so that people will be willing to pay for a chance to win it.

Holding the Raffle

  • The organization conducting the raffle should create fliers that have the date and time that the winning ticket will be drawn so that those who participate can show up. In some raffles, the winner need not be present.
    Tickets are sold in the days leading up to the event. A team is put together to go out and sell the tickets. The team should be aware what the prize is and should tell all who purchase a ticket. They should also hand out the flier to remind the purchasers to show up to the drawing if necessary.

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  • If the winner is not required to be present, place the buyers' addresses on the back of each raffle ticket. When the winning ticket is drawn, the organization can send the prize to the winner. This is often done for individuals who are suffering from some medical conditions that make it hard for them to be around a crowd.

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