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My father served in the Utah National Guard for 28 years and every year there was a committee of wives of the soldiers in the National Guard who organized a Christmas raffle in order to sponsor a sub for Santa for one of the families with a soldier deployed overseas. Â They would sale the tickets to everyone who came to the Christmas party and all of the money they made from the sales, they would put towards a Christmas for a family in need.
They could maximize their sales of tickets by selling the tickets for a dollar each ticket, but every 20 raffle tickets you bought you would get 2 more raffle tickets for free increasing the likelihood of them winning one of the prizes. Â If they sold only 20 raffle tickets to each person and they had about 150-200 people show up they would make $3,000-$4,000, more than enough money to sponsor a couple families and buy really great prizes.
To really grab people’s attention and get them to the Christmas party and to participate in the raffle, the prizes really have to be really great. Â A lot of the times, little prizes were donated or put together by the wives on the committee before the party, and then they have a few grand prizes. Â The little prizes they would put together would be things like movie passes, gift cards to stores or restaurants, treats like popcorn or desserts. Things like snowboarding or ski passes to a resort, or a new Xbox game console were the grand prizes. Â The prizes have to be something that will captivate the attention of the people gathering and entice them to participate.
If the cause for the raffle is out there it will help motivate people to buy tickets, because especially at a military function it is a personal and relatable cause to a lot of the soldiers and if they were deployed they would want someone to take care of their families as well. Â Also, if they are able to tell people about the buy 20 tickets and get 2 free that would help get people to spend at least $20 on the raffle. Â Pictures of the prizes would attract people to buy tickets as well, so they know what they have a shot at winning. Â If they can see the grand prize, some people will get competitive and buy a lot of tickets to try and win the grand prize for cheaper than what they would pay anywhere else.
Raffles are a great idea so motivate people to donate towards a great cause and get something in return. Â Without the raffle at the military Christmas party every year, there would be families who wake up each year without any Christmas presents and without one of their parents there because they are serving our country honorably and courageously.
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