Posts Tagged ‘tickets’

Double Win for Police Association Raffle

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Loving this story today. The Centralia Police Officers Association recently raffled off a truck in hopes of raising a small amount of money. But guess what? The man who won the truck (a business owner from out of town) donated it right back! That’s right–not only did they get some money by selling their raffle tickets, but they got to keep the truck for their own use in the community. That’s some serious generosity on the part of the towing company owner who won the raffle.

I really love this idea. I like to buy raffle tickets from charities when I can afford it. They don’t usually cost any more than $20 at most, so I’m not really out much when I don’t win (and who ever expects to?). But say I did win a prize from an organization that I really cared about? It never would have occurred to me to donate the prize right back, but what a great thing it would be. Say the prize is worth something like $1000 (or even more like the truck in this story). That’s like being able to donate all of that money to a cause that I care about for only $20. It doesn’t hurt my budget, and could do so much for an NPO.

Designing Your Raffle Tickets

Monday, December 6th, 2010

If you buy pre-printed, standardized raffle tickets for your event, they do nothing more for you than to identify the ticket buyer with the ticket stub when it is drawn. Custom raffle tickets, on the other hand, allow you to get creative and communicate much more to your audience. Our standard tickets allow you nine lines of text. Think about how many things you could include in that space. And if you need more than nine lines, we’re happy to oblige–just fill out the “Optional Features” section of our order form. This section also allows you to request text on the backs of your tickets.

So what exactly should you put on your tickets? Well, of course you’ll want to start with the name of your organization or the specific event. We’d also suggest you include the date of the prize drawing, plus information as to whether or not the ticket buyer needs to be present at the drawing to win. This is simple courtesy and very helpful to your buyers. But adding other types of text can be even more beneficial to you. In order to get others who might see the tickets interested in the raffle, consider listing the top few prizes on the tickets, as well as the ticket prices (1 for $1, 6 for $5, etc.).

You can also get your logo or another image printed on your tickets. How better to brand your raffle event than to make sure that everyone who purchases your tickets sees your logo every time they look at the stub? We’ll even send you a proof of your tickets so that you can make sure that your artwork prints correctly before we ship your entire order.

Attracting Sponsors

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Unlike with some other forms of fundraising, in order to host a raffle you need to have some money budgeted to begin with. If you really want people to buy your raffle tickets, you need to be able to offer attractive prizes which means spending some cash long before you see any return on your efforts. However, if you put some careful thought into your raffle beforehand, you can often find ways to reduce this initial outlay.

One significant way to save money on your prizes is to find sponsors for your raffle. Individuals or organizations willing to donate their time, money or products to your cause. Of course, the more worthy they consider the cause, the easier this will be. If you’re a non-profit organization, it’ll probably be a lot easier to find sponsors. But you can also create incentive for sponsors by giving them something more in return for their generosity than just your sincere thanks. One very easy way to do this is to include your sponsors’ names on the raffle tickets themselves. This shouldn’t cost you any extra, and it gives your sponsors free advertising. Their name will reach as many people as your fundraising does.

Attention Sports Fans!

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Just in case there are any Lakers fans out there who haven’t heard yet (perhaps you were in a cave all weekend?), Ron Artest is raffling off his 2010 NBA Championship ring! Artest announced the raffle last Wednesday night on Larry King Live, and the raffle winner will be chosen on Christmas day, December 25. The announcement was followed by a record-breaking $120,000 of ticket sales in just 24 hours. You can buy tickets on Artest’s own site,, or an alternate site set up by CNN, (The alternate site was apparently set up because Artest’s site crashed with the heavy inflow of traffic!)

Tickets for the Win My Bling raffle cost only $2.00 and the proceeds will fund mental health services for youths who can’t afford the care. Artest has been a celebrity supporter of making mental health services more easily available ever since apologizing for a fan/player brawl he was involved in in 2005. In that apology, he publicly thanked his psychiatrist for the help he’d received. This raffle therefore appears to be part PR, part personal. In any case, don’t miss out on a once-in-a-lifetime chance for a Lakers’ fan.

Bulk Ticket Sales

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

One easy way to boost ticket sales for your organization’s raffle is to offer a discount on tickets when customers buy them in bulk. Offer 1 ticket for $1, 6 tickets for $5, 12 for $9, etc. The larger the number of tickets sold in a batch, the better the discount should be. You can afford not to make as much on each ticket, because you know you’re selling more tickets and your expenses for the raffle are already set. Printing more tickets costs you next to nothing. People will look at the larger batches of tickets as a better deal, and will also consider they have a better chance of winning the prize. If someone wants to buy an unexpectedly large batch of tickets, offer them a special price.

Another way to increase ticket sales is to offer customers a certain number of free tickets if they sell tickets to others. For instance, if someone sells 10 tickets to friends and family, give them a couple of free ones. This will get you a cheap distribution force as well as increase your sales. Just make sure to assess how many tickets you can afford to give away. An easy way to do this is to go by your bulk discount prices. If someone sells 5 tickets at $1 each, then give them one free ticket. To you, this is the equivalent of selling 6 tickets for $5, just as with the bulk sales.

Raffle Twists

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Over the years, people have come up with many creative twists on the traditional raffle. Using one of these variations can provide novelty for participants and hosts alike. After all, a traditional raffle is old hat to just about everybody on the planet. Here are a few of the variations that I’ve run across and that you might consider.

  • 50-50 Raffle: This one’s nothing more than the split-the-pot raffle often run at high school sporting events. Participants buy raffle tickets and all of the money collected is added together. The holder of the winning raffle ticket splits that money with the organization running the raffle.
  • Door Prize Raffle: I call this one a door prize raffle because every single participant who doesn’t “win” gets a sort of door prize gift anyway. Bags or other containers are filled, each with either a door prize (one suggestion is to use candy) or a number inside. They are all wrapped alike, and the contents are muffled with tissue paper or other material to disguise them. Participants purchase the containers, and at a given time they are all opened together. Those who have chosen numbers choose from the prizes in the order indicated by their numbers (1, 2, 3, 4…).
  • Reverse Raffle 1: There are a few types of raffle that are sometimes called reverse raffles. The first variation involves first choosing a prize that no one will want–a donkey, an hour of watching grass grow, having to stand on stage and wear a leotard while singing a song–whatever. Then everyone that comes to the event or is involved in the organization is given a raffle ticket, free. The only way to get out of the raffle is to sell your raffle ticket back to the host organization.
  • Reverse Raffle 2: Another common variation on the reverse raffle involves a real prize–one that people will actually want. The twist is that instead of giving the prize to the first number drawn, you give it to the last ticket remaining. To add to the drama, when you get down to the last few remaining candidates, you can give them the choice of splitting the prize between them or continuing to draw numbers.

Raffling Off Conan O’Brien

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

Conan O’Brien is a big celebrity name right now.  With all of the drama that has been going on with his career this past year, pretty much every person knows about him and the injustice that has been done to him by NBC.  I am personally a big fan of Conan O’Brien, and I recently found out that he is doing a stand up tour all around our nation right now.

This is a great opportunity for any of you out there that are thinking about hosting a raffle or are already in the midst of having one.  If you could raffle off two tickets to go see Conan O’Brien, it would be a huge money maker at this point.  Your main buyers would be 20-30 year olds who have grown up with his comedy.

My husband and I have tickets to see him in June in Chicago.  The tickets cost us around $250, but it’s well worth it to us.  If there is anyway for you to get the tickets donated, I would try your best to do that.  If you can’t, there are a lot people selling them on Ebay right now.  Be careful, because some people are out to make a huge profit.  Good luck!

Kids In Raffles

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Although I deal mostly with business, I deal with schools occasionally too.  With schools always come kids, and kids make for great raffle ticket sellers.  They are cute and friendly, which everyone loves.  Usually, if I’m working with business I’ll encourage them to get their kids to sell tickets.  They can sell tickets like nobody’s business.

However, sometimes it can be hard to get kids to be motivated.  One of the things that I have found helpful is making selling raffle tickets fun for the kids.  Tell the kids that they get one kid raffle ticket for every raffle ticket they sell.  Then they are entered into a raffle for a good kids gift.

This will get them so excited for the raffle and they will want to sell as many tickets as they possibly can.  Kids are pretty easy to please, so the prize you get for them doesn’t have to cost nearly as much as the actual raffle prize.  It can be anything from an i-Pod shuffle to a big stuffed animal.  It all depends on the age of the kids you are dealing with.  Kids are great.

Pre-Sale Raffle Tickets

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

When doing raffles, you can sometimes have a hard time selling tickets.  I have a great tip for helping with that process.  The ideas is to make pre-sale tickets.  Bands do it all the time for concerts.  It’s a great way to advertise for your event and to get your name out there.

The key is to sell your pre-sale tickets at a lower price than what you would normally sell it for.  It’s important for your customers to feel like they are getting a great deal.  Technically, you will be able to sell more tickets at this lower price.  It’s a great way to kick off your raffle.

The pre-sale tickets offer should not last long.  I would say no more than a couple days to week.  If people feel like its a one-time opportunity they are more likely to buy more tickets.  So as you can see, this can big help to selling tickets for your raffle.  Good luck with your raffle!

Raffle Tie-In

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

The are so many organizations out there looking to fund raise.  While it may be a trying time to try to ask for money from anyone with the economy being what it is.  But that doesn’t take away the need for fund raising.  Anyway, what I have discovered about raffles is that they are easily done along side of other fund raisers.  A raffle is a good addition to any fund raiser.

A raffle is easily done by itself, but it may help aid in your other fundraisers.  Raffles are easy to produce, considering that you’re only costs are buying the prize to raffle off and the tickets to raffle it off with.  A raffle is easily done along side of carnivals, black tie dinners, or a car wash.  Where someone might not feel comfortable donating money without getting something in return, the raffle is a nice option for that certain someone.

I think that its also important to advertise the raffle along with your main fundraiser.  Most people want to know about good deals, and a raffle is one of the best deals around.  Raffles draw in a wider crowd than most fundraisers, so you can expect that when you have a raffle along with your fund raiser that a lot of people will show up.