Feb
04

House Raffle to Support Our Troops

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Hello all,

Check out this grand house raffle called House of  Dreams Charity Raffle. The proceeds help our troops and there are some great secondary prizes, like cars and more cars, trips and other great stuff. The early bird drawing is on March 20th, and the final grand prize drawing is May 30th. The grand prize is the house or one million cash–all good.

The price of the ticket is buried–I couldn’t find it until I logged in to buy. I suggest that the nonprofit make all the vital information clearly visible on page one of the website: price of the ticket, grand prize and cash option, where the house is located, how many tickets will be sold, and drawing date.

To your success!

Diane Giraudo McDermott

 

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Jan
30

House Raffle Tickets

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Hello All,

A few questions have come in regarding the mailing of raffle tickets. According to the information I received from the US Postal Service, postal regulations prohibit the mailing of raffle tickets. This is a federal law mandated by congress. However, I’ve seen that many house raffles across the country continue to mail the ticket. My understanding is that one may mail a ticket confirmation or a ticket receipt, but not actual raffle tickets. So I suggest that you print out a ticket confirmation and mail that. The ticket confirmation can have the ticket number on it, but it is not the actual ticket. In fact, you want to keep the official ticket to put in the bin at the drawing event.

For more information on this, check my website at www.isoldmyhouseinaraffle.com click on the Articles tab, then click on the article titled “Raffle Ticket Format”.

To your success!

Diane Giraudo McDermott

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Jan
20

House Raffle Success

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Hello All,

I’m back from a wonderful reprieve in Ashland  Oregon. If you want to, relax, take long walks, attend Yoga classes, browse art galleries, and eat organic food in a storybook little town–Ashland is it. I hope everyone had a peaceful and joyful holiday.

So what does it take to have a successful house raffle?  Here’s a short list for the nonprofit:

  1. Choose the right grand prize home.
  2. Create an in-depth marketing plan to get the tickets sold.
  3. Make sure your team is committed to success–make failure not an option.
  4. Start your raffle at the right time of year.
  5. Create a raffle formula that works; i.e. total number of tickets to sell and price of tickets.

To your success!

Diane Giraudo McDermott

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Dec
06

BIG HOUSE RAFFLE

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Hello all,

I hope you’re enjoying the “warm winter” we’re having. This weekend, I enjoyed the pool at the local high school.

On January 11th, the Silicon Valley Dream House Raffle will have their drawing for a 4.1 million dollar grand prize home. And there are a ton of other prizes. Tickets are $150 each, plus discounts for multiple buys. The proceeds will help Yerba Buena Center. All great stuff. But it took me awhile to find hidden at the bottom of the page that describes the home, that there is actually a cash prize alternative to the house. The winner can take the 4,900 square foot home or 2 million cash instead. Whew! I thought for a moment, the winner would be faced with taxes on their 4.1 million dollar prize, and be unable to redeem the prize.

I think the cash option should be right up front–on the first photo of the grand prize because, actually, the cash is the grand prize too. “Grand Prize: 4.1 million dollar home OR 2 million cash!” Most winners will not be able to come up with 25% to 28% of 4.1 million for the taxes, so they will take the cash.

Raffle tickets cost more than a lottery ticket, but the odds of winning are so much better. Help a good cause and get a ticket.

To your success!

Diane Giraudo McDermott

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Nov
27

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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Oct
25

Raffle Tickets

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Hello All,

I attended a house raffle drawing last week in California that used four color printed raffle tickets in the drum. Really, this is an unnecessary expense. They’re in the drum for a short time, few people hold that ticket in their hands to see the nice photo you might have printed on it. I suggest plain black on white, or if you’ve sold about two to three thousand tickets, just purchase consecutively numbered tickets like these.

Atlanta-area gives gun raffle tickets to voters, prompting complaint the game violates law

So I recommend that the nonprofit keep the maximum profiit for their cause by using inexpensive, cheap raffle tickets.

To your success!

Diane Giraudo McDermott

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Oct
21

Help a Charity

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Hello All,

Tourists flooding our streets for the annual international balloon festival have left, but our beautiful weather remains–sunshine and blue skies. I hope you’re enjoying good weather too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of  the reasons a homeowner might want to raffle their home is to help their favorite charity. And this is a wonderful way to do  that. The homeowner gets their home sold, and the charity raises a substantial amount of cash for their cause. One word of caution: make sure that the charity fits with your house raffle.  For example, if you have a million dollar home, you will need a very strong charity to successfully sell the number of tickets required.

To your success!

Diane Giraudo McDermott

 

 

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Sep
05

House Raffle Tip for a Nonprofit

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Hello all,

I hope you had a great 3 day weekend. I went for a long hike with friends – loved it.

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Today I want to share a tip that can greatly help get the word out about your house raffle fundraiser to people in your local area. Although my book emphasizes that it’s critical to spread the word beyond your local community, you really want to do both.

So here’s the tip: Contact local printers to make 6 foot vinyl banners announcing your house raffle, and ask that they donate the cost of making the banner to the nonprofit. This is a tax write-off for the printer–give them a donation slip. Then contact commercial business owners whose buildings or block walls have good visibility from the highway – ask them if they will allow you to hang the banner on the building. You can assure them that the installation will be done without making any holes in the building or wall. You can do this by tying the banner down with cords and stakes in the ground.

This will require that you drive around and look for numerous commercial sites that will work for this, and then begin calling them. This is more difficult that finding a printer, but it can be done. For the last house raffle I coordinated, we had 6 banners throughout the city, and 4 could be seen from the interstate. You can offer the commercial building owner these perks: Place the name of their business as a sponsor on the house raffle tickets and on the house raffle website.  Place their business brochures or coupons on the sponsor table in your grand prize home for visitors to pick-up on open house days. These perks will help promote the business of those that allowed you to place banners on their buildings.

Banner on commercial building.

So there you go, a simple way to get the word out at virtually no cost to the nonprofit.

To your success!

Diane Giraudo McDermott

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Aug
28

Raffle or Auction?

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Hello all,

I hope you had a great weekend, and stayed away from the political battles out there. I almost hate presidential races because it’s so difficult for us to really hear the truth about a candidate. And what power do they really have once they’re in office?  Can they really keep their promises?

More fun stuff: I gave my grand kids one of those big trampolines with a safety net, and they’re having a ball! Yeah, I got them off the couch and away from video games for awhile.

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I’m often asked, “Have you auctioned off any more houses?” Yet an auction is a completely different animal than a raffle. An auction starts with an opening bid amount, and when the bidding stops, the prize goes to the highest bidder. In a raffle, there is no bidding – tickets are sold and at the end, all the sold tickets are represented in a drum and one or more winning tickets are drawn. The purchasers of those winning ticket numbers are then awarded the prizes.

So no, I don’t auction properties, but I have personally raffled two houses, and I help nonprofits, homeowners, Realtors, and even lenders with their house raffles. People contact me from as far away as Russia with their questions about raffling their house, or their vacant lot, or their time-share. Sometimes, I just answer their questions, but sometimes they contract with me to perform one or more of the functions associated with their house raffle.

You can find out more about “help with a house raffle” by clicking on: http://isoldmyhouseinaraffle.com/help/

To your success!

Diane Giraudo McDermott

 

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Aug
20

Church Looking to Raffle a House

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Hello all,

Great weekend here in the land of enchantment. Our weather is cooling some and we’re getting late afternoon showers–yeah!!

Last week I got a question from a nonprofit in New Mexico looking to raise funds to build a new church. They wanted to know if they must be a charity in order to hold a house raffle. The answer is: Not in the state of New Mexico. The gaming control board lists qualified organizations that can hold a raffle as a church, a school, or a nonprofit. The staff at the gaming control board is very helpful, and if you’re unsure if your organization qualifies, a phone call to the gaming board will be very useful.

States that allow house raffles have different regulations in regards to house raffles. So it’s important for an organization looking to hold a house raffle to first check with the gaming board in the state where the nonprofit is incorporated. And if the grand prize home is in a different state, check the regulations in that state also.

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', www.blackbeltinmarketing.com

“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