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House Raffle Drawing

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Hello All,

I hope your Thanksgiving was delicious and filled with great family and friends. I had turkey dinner at a friend’s house and then we watched an old favorite Christmas movie, THE REF with Denis Leary, Judy Davis, and Kevin Spacey. It’s hilarious.

So I’m often asked about the drawing event for the house raffle. One important thing to remember is that you want a public figure or a celebrity to pull the winning tickets. There are several reasons for this: First, throughout the time tickets are being sold, you can add credibility to your raffle by announcing that so and so, will be drawing the tickets for us. When potential ticket buyers hear the name of a well known and well respected public figure that is involved, this makes them think: “Oh, this must be legit.”  Your raffle is legit and you want people to know that.

Secondly, at the drawing, people will trust and feel comfortable with a well known public person or celebrity pulling the tickets. If you have a stranger pull the tickets, you can have attendees wonder whether this stranger is related to the winners. You don’t want that.

 For the Desert Academy House Raffle, we used Tom Joles co-anchor of ABC News, and that worked out very well. Be sure  your person pulling the tickets has not purchased a ticket.

To your success!

Diane Giraudo McDermott

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What Others Are Saying:

“The book really does take you through the entire process. I feel like Diane holds your hand from beginning to end from qualifying the grand prize home to what happens after the drawing. I’m a homeowner and I’ve had difficulty selling my beautiful home. Now I know what it takes to sell my home in a raffle. I know exactly what type of nonprofit I need to partner with on my house raffle and what to expect. I’m excited to get started.”

-Karen L. Furguson, Homeowner in Tucson, Arizona

"Consulting with Diane by phone has been invaluable. Her knowledge on the subject of house raffles is enormous, and she has really given us a better understanding of the process as we move forward with our house raffle. She has been more than willing to take the time needed in answering all of our questions. After consulting with Diane, we feel we have a much better chance of putting together a successful house raffle and are excited about making it happen."

Chip Thompson, homeowner in Rehoboth, Delaware

"'I Sold My House in a Raffle' is an excellent example of creative marketing. The best marketers think "out of the box" and Diane shows that you can really sell your house in a raffle!"

-Ali Pervex, International Best Selling Author, 'Get Your Black Belt in Marketing',

“What a great marketing tool! This is a hot new method to get a property sold. My clients love this idea—I already have my first raffle house lined up. I’ll use Diane’s process to get and sell more listings.”

Jack C. Rosemary – California Real Estate Broker, 26 years experience

“I attended Diane’s workshop on February 27th, and she’s got it all together. Not only does she know how to pull off a house raffle but you can tell that she was a teacher because she knows how to convey the information. She broke the process into bite-size pieces and gave us exercises to complete so we were involved. Before anyone attempts a house raffle, they should attend Diane’s workshop–there’s more to it than one could imagine.”

-Ron Thomas, Real Estate Investor for 20 years, Albuquerque, New Mexico