BBB May Harm Charity House Raffle


Hello All,

We’re dying for rain here in New Mexico as forest fires rage through the Sandia Mountains. I hope everyone is enjoying their summer weather.

I noticed an article titled:

Dream House May Not Be Awarded In Charity Raffle, BBB Warns

I think this is unnecessary harmful publicity for the charity, the “National Wheelchair Basketball Association”  in St. Louis, Missouri. Most charity raffles have a contingency rule that if not enough tickets are sold, the prize may not be awarded. Of course, if there is no drawing, then the ticket buyers would get their money back.

This particular raffle states:

  • The grand prize winner will have the opportunity to choose between the house and the $1.3 million cash prize only if the charity sells at least 45,000 tickets by May 24. If 45,000 tickets are not sold, the house will not be offered as an option, and the winner will be awarded 50 percent of the net proceeds of the raffle.

Okay, so if 45,000 tickets are not sold, the winner will be awarded 50% of the net proceeds. So why is the Better Business Bureau making a fuss over this particular raffle? I can’t understand the purpose for that, but this type of publicity will only hurt ticket sales. I haven’t seen raffle rules that do not contain a contingency plan if not enough tickets are sold.

A) Ticket buyers get their money back

B) Ticket buyers get a cash award

Actually, prefer A) because it makes the charity work harder to get all the tickets sold.

To your success!

Diane Giraudo McDermott


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