Dream House Raffle Benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities® of San Diego

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13th Annual Dream House Raffle to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the Ronald McDonald House Dream House Raffle?

Ronald McDonald House Dream House Raffle is a large fundraiser. The raffle aims to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House in its continuing effort to provide a home away from home to thousands of deserving families with children in the hospital. In addition to supporting Ronald McDonald House, the raffle will be giving away over 1700 prizes, of which the grand prize is a San Diego dream home or $2.1 million in cash.

How do I purchase raffle tickets?

What are the prizes?

Do you accept applications by email or sell tickets on the internet?

No. Pursuant to California statutory regulations and to section 320.5 of the Penal Code, charitable raffle tickets may not be sold, redeemed or exchanged on the internet.

How long will it take to receive my ticket in the mail?

Typically two to three weeks. All tickets purchased before an entry deadline are included in a drawing even if the customer's portion of the ticket arrives after the drawing date.

Is this Dream House Raffle legal?

Yes it is. In the summer of 2001, the California Legislature amended the state constitution to allow eligible non-profit organizations to conduct raffles as a means of raising funds. Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego, Inc. is registered with the California Attorney General's Office to conduct this charitable raffle.

Will the drawing be audited?

Yes, an independent accounting agency will audit the raffle as well as supervise the early bird drawings, the Multi-Ticket drawing, and the Grand Prize drawing.

How much does a raffle ticket cost?

Tickets are $150 each, 3-packs for $400, or 5-packs for $550. Only one method of payment, one name, and one mailing address are permitted per ticket pack.

How many raffle tickets can I buy?

You may buy as many tickets as you like.

How many raffle tickets will be sold?

Only 74,500 tickets will be sold. The chances of winning are based on that number. If fewer tickets are sold, the chances of winning the Grand prize and other prizes improve. Purchasing more than one ticket increases the chances of winning.

What are the odds of winning?

The odds of winning the Dream House or $2,100,000 in cash are based on the number of tickets sold. If all tickets are sold the odds of winner the Grand Prize are 1 in 74,500. The odds of winning a prize is 1 in 44.

How many prizes are awarded?

In addition to the grand prize, there will be 1,700 other prizes awarded. The odds of winning a prize is 1 in 44.

What are the Early Bird Drawings?

There are three Early Bird Drawings. This is meant to encourage people to purchase tickets sooner rather than later. If you purchase a ticket before an early bird deadline you are included in the early bird drawing, any subsequent early bird drawing if applicable, AND included in the grand prize drawing. All tickets entered into the early bird drawings, as well as early bird drawing winners are included in the grand prize drawing.

When is the Early Bird Drawing 1?

All tickets purchased by February 10, 2017 will be entered into the Early Bird Drawing 1. The Early Bird Drawing will take place on February 22, 2017

What are the prizes for entering the Early Bird Drawing 1?

Prize: 2017 Tesla Model S or $50,000

When is the Early Bird Drawing 2?

All tickets purchased by March 10, 2017 will be entered into the Early Bird Drawing 2. The Early Bird Drawing 2 will take place on March 22, 2017.

What are the prizes for entering the Early Bird Drawing 2?

Prize: 2017 Fiat 124 Spider or $20,000

When is the Early Bird Drawing 3?

All tickets purchased by April 7, 2017 will be entered into the Early Bird Drawing 3. The Early Bird Drawing 3 will take place on April 19, 2017.

What are the prizes for entering the Early Bird Drawing 3?

Prize: Vacation to Australia (8 days/7 nights) or $15,000

What is the Multi-Ticket Drawing?

Any individual who buys three or more tickets will be entered into the Multi-Ticket Drawing, subject to the following; to be eligible entrants must purchase three or more tickets during the same purchase, using one method of payment, using the same name on each ticket, and the same mailing address for each eligible ticket. For each eligible ticket purchased, a corresponding eligible ticket will be added into the Multi-Ticket Drawing. Three tickets purchased will have three tickets entered into the Multi-Ticket Drawing. Four tickets purchased will have four tickets entered into the Multi-Ticket Drawing, etc. Multiple tickets purchased at the same time are eligible for discounts. 3-packs are available for $400 and 5-packs are available for $550.

  • Prize: 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio or $50,000 cash

What are the Add-On Weekly Drawings?

Add-On Weekly drawings are 12 additional drawings for purchasers of Add-On Tickets. Each drawing will award $10,000 cash to a lucky Add-On Drawing winner. Add-On Ticket prices are 1 for $20, 3-Pack for $50, or 6-Pack for $75. Add-On Tickets must be ordered in conjunction with a raffle ticket. Orders must be received by the Friday before the drawing date. All Add-On tickets purchased prior to each of the weekly drawings are eligible for that drawing as well as all subsequent weekly drawings, including past winners.

When are the Add-On Drawing and Deadline Dates?

Who benefits from this raffle?

The prize winners as well as Ronald McDonald House and all of the families that we serve.

When does the raffle start and when does it end?

The raffle begins on January 9, 2017 and ends on May 5, 2017. If all tickets are sold before the May 5th deadline, the raffle will end sooner.

When will the prize drawings be held?

Do I have to be present to win?

No.

How will the winners be notified?

Winners will be notified by phone based on the contact information provided at the time of ticket purchase.

Who can buy a raffle ticket?

Any person 18 years of age or older with a US address. Employees and members of the Board of Directors of Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego, Inc., employees of their agents, consultants, attorney, independent accountant firm, their spouses and children living in the same household are excluded from participating and are not eligible to win a prize. All federal, state, local laws and regulations apply. The raffle is void where prohibited or restricted by law. An affidavit of eligibility, provided by Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego, Inc., may be required from prize winners.

Are raffle tickets tax-deductible?

No. The IRS does not allow raffle tickets to be a tax-deductible contribution.

Are raffle prizes considered income?

Yes. In addition, RMHC-SD will withhold required federal taxes for all prizes above $5,000 in accordance with federal law and RMHCSD will remit the balance of the cash prizes to the winner. All prize winners of $1,500 or more may be required to submit an IRS Form 5750 and a W-2G in order to be awarded the prize.

Are there legal rules and regulations?

Yes. They may be viewed under the Rules and Regulations section of this web site.

How do I redeem my prize?

Prize winners will be contacted according to the contact information provided at the time of ticket purchase. In addition to a list of winners posted on the RMHCSD raffle web site, a list of winners may be obtained from Ronald McDonald House by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to RMHCSD Dream House Raffle, 2929 Children’s Ave, San Diego, CA 92123 within one week of the Grand Prize Drawing date.

How do I get more information on Ronald McDonald House?

Please visit www.rmhcsd.org or call 858-467-4750. .

How can I make a tax-deductible contribution to Ronald McDonald House?

Please visit www.rmhcsd.org or call the Development Department at 858-467-4750.

Still have questions about the raffle that aren't answered here?

Please visit the Rules and Regulations section of this web site or contact the raffle office: office@sdraffle.com.

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