Creative Raffle Ideas

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Think outside the box when you plan a raffle.
Think outside the box when you plan a raffle. (Image: Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Raffles have long been common ways that organizations raise money. If you are having a fundraising event or organizing a raffle, consider choosing a more creative way to go about it than simply selling tickets and having a drawing for a prize. Coming up with a more original way to perform your raffle can help get more people interested and raise more money.

Lollipop Tickets

Instead of selling regular raffle tickets, sell lollipops instead. Have the lollipop sticks printed with raffle numbers or write the raffle numbers on the sticks. Be sure to record the numbers on separate slips of paper so that you have something to draw after selling the lollipops. Even if your participants don't win the raffle, they still get a treat.

Cow Patty Raffle

Consider choosing this raffle if you are having a laid-back, outdoor fundraising party. Fence off an area and spray paint squares with coordinating numbers on them. Rather than raffle tickets, you will sell people the numbers in the squares. Then, place a real, live cow inside the fenced-off area. The person who bought the first square that a cow patty lands on wins the prize.

Reverse Raffle

Choose this type of raffle if you are hosting a fundraising party that will be quirky with fun-loving guests. Rather than selling the raffle tickets, give one to each person who arrives. The winner will get an undesirable gag gift, or even a job, such as helping clean up after the party. However, your guests can pay to have their raffle tickets taken back before the drawing. You can set the price, or they can simply give a donation.

50/50 Raffle

Encourage people to participate in the raffle by planning a 50/50 raffle. In this raffle, the person who wins will get 50 percent of the proceeds. The larger the number of people who purchase tickets, the larger the potential prize. Most people like to win cash rather than prizes, so that can also raise the amount of people who will participate.

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