Archive for July, 2009

Chick-Fil-A Raffle Luck

Friday, July 31st, 2009

I had the opportunity to attend another Chick-Fil-A Grand Opening on Wednesday and walked away with 52 combo meal coupons!  I love this restaurant.  They are marketing geniuses because they have effectively created hundreds and thousands of Chick-Fil-A fanatics.  I am one of them.

Dan Cathy - CEO of Chick-Fil-A, Son of Founder Truett Cathy

Dan Cathy - CEO of Chick-Fil-A, Son of Founder Truett Cathy

I went to my first opening almost 3 years ago now.  It was in Anderson Township, where I live.  Back then, people didn’t know much about the promotion, but the first 100 people in line get free chicken for a year.  At that opening, I think the final spot was filled up at around 7pm the night before.  I got in, camped out for the night, and walked away with my first batch of coupons.  Since then, I’ve attended over 10 openings all within a 4 hour driving radius.  As time has gone on, awareness has sharply increased.  Chick-Fil-A always open their restaurants on a Thursday morning.  It got to the point where we would camp out on both Tuesday and Wednesday nights in order to get the chicken we so deeply love.

Now, however, a new rule is in place.  If more than 100 people are in line 24 hours before the opening, the powers in charge hold a raffle for all who are present.  So, now, you don’t control your own destiny.  You show up to get a raffle ticket and hope that you get picked.  My group of friends still go in bunches.  We figure we’ll get as many as we can and split among ourselves.  Still a decent deal.

So, this last opening was in Richmond, KY, where Eastern Kentucky University is.  We got up and left at 3:30am on Wednesday morning in order to be there for the raffle.  This is apparently the strategy of many now.  There were about 75 in line when we drove up at 5:45 am.  There were about 180 at 6:10 when the raffle began.

Mama Sue, a famous Chick-Fil-A worker, funneled us all into the restaurant where we were given tickets to write our names on.  They all got dropped in a bucket, and we waited anxiously.  If you’ve ever sat through a raffle, you know that your mind goes through all kinds of thoughts.  I always try to have low expectations, but you can’t help but hope!  After 30 names were called we were 0-30.  With ten of us there, we figured we should get 6-7 statistically.  Then, we started popping.  Statistics caught up with us, and we had 7 called with just a few left.  I was one of three not called until Glory Be, I was selected at #98!  My friend Josh got called at #99, and we were up to 9-10.  Turns out, they gave away 110 instead of 100 and our final friend got called at #107, a perfect 10-10!

Us Playing Ninja at the Chick Fil A Grand Opening

Us Playing Ninja at the Chick Fil A Grand Opening

We enjoyed the day after that, and were amazed by our luck.  On Thursday morning at 6:30 am, we all set off for home with 52 coupons in hand.  Another great Chick-Fil-A success!


The Golden Ticket

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

You remember the movie Willie Wonka, the original?  Gene Wilder did a phenomenal job in that movie as Mr. Wonka.  He had just the right amount craziness.  No offense to Mr. Depp in the newer vision, but I give the nod to the original.  Well, one of the best parts about that move was the excitement of the Golden Tickets.  If you remember right, there were 5 golden tickets placed in Wonka bars, and there were 5 lucky winners.  Fortunately, our hero Charlie was one of them.

Well, the beat goes on for the Wonka company today.  They have a promo going on right now with prizes given away every hour of every day for their summer sweepstakes.  You can check it out here.

Why do I bring this up?  Wonka has stumbled across something that we’ve known for years.  Raffles are powerful!  Why? People love to win prizes.  Shoot, people love just the chance to win a prize.  So, if you are racking your brains on how to raise money for your company, use a raffle.  By the way, you can find cheap raffle tickets from us, and you can customize them to your event.

The Mule Raffle

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

The City Slicker goes to see the Farmer about his newspaper ad: “Mule for Sale – $100”. When he arrives the Farmer says he’s sorry but the mule died and he was just about to bury him. The City Slicker offers to dispose of the mule for no charge and of course the Farmer, being nobody’s fool, agrees.

A few weeks later when the Farmer is in town he happens to see the City Slicker and asks what he did with the mule. The City Slicker says he raffled the mule off and sold 1000 raffle tickets for $5.00 each. The confused Farmer asked: “What about the winner – wasn’t he upset that he won a dead mule?” The City Slicker responded: “Why yes he was, so I gave him back his $5”.
We won’t help you hold a raffle for a “Dead Mule” but we will be glad to help you with virtually any other raffle you had in mind. Just give us a call: 1-888-4RafTix (888-472- 3849) Toll Free (9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. EST, Mon.- Fri). Or place your order for raffle tickets online.