Can You Raffle a Time-Share?


Hello All,

We finally got some rain yesterday, and it came down in buckets and within 7 minutes, it was over. However, we are grateful for every drop. I hope you are enjoying good weather.

This week I received an email with a question from the owner of a time-share in Palm Springs, California. The writer wanted to know if she could raffle a time-share as opposed to a single family home and what were the pros and cons. ANSWER: A time-share in a good location would make for a fabulous grand prize in a raffle. People are still purchasing time-shares, so why would they not like to win one? Now, everyone would not want to win a time-share because there are fees that go along with it, but there are fees that go along with owning a home. That’s why you always offer a cash prize option in all house raffles. Offer a cash alternative and the ticket buyers who aren’t interested in owning a time share will still buy tickets.

In my book, I SOLD MY HOUSE IN A RAFFLE, chapter 9 explains what happens to the prize home when the winner takes the cash. My raffles are set-up so that everyone comes out a winner–the winner, the charity, and the homeowner too.


To your success!

Diane Giraudo McDermott


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