Which one of these things has been given away as a raffle prize?
C. 20 cows
F. All of the above!
Okay, so those top two are probably pretty obvious, but the answer is F: all of the above!
- Dubbed the “Miracle House” back in 1954, this modern Chicago home was the grand prize of a 2015 raffle benefitting nearby St. William parish. The raffle ended up raising so much money that the parish was able to build a church, rectory, convent, and school!
- HALO Air Ambulance of Calgary’s first annual raffle in March of 2021, and their partner was Highline Angus. The grand prize? The winner’s choice of $50,000 or 20 bred heifers!
- In 2009, a candidate for the leader of South Carolina’s National Guard held a fundraiser at a firing range. In addition to a barbecue fundraiser, he held a raffle for which a semiautomatic AK-47 was the prize! The raffle not only served to raise campaign money but also brought a great deal of attention.
- Few things can compare to the Minnesota tradition of the meat raffle. Every weekend, in bars across the Land of Lakes, patrons at select local watering holes can hand over a dollar for a chance at winning a select cut of meat. This unusual ritual great for driving business to the bars, plus, the meat is from local butchers. Consequently, the meat raffle is a win/win for the Minnesota economy.
The more unusual the prize, the more creative you can make your raffle tickets, and the more attention you can bring to your event. A charity in England once raffled off a hot air balloon ride – proving that the sky is the limit when it comes to raffles!
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