Raffle Prize Ideas
RAFFLE PRIZE IDEAS
Gathering quality raffle prize items is the most critical part of planning a raffle. Without items, you have nothing to raffle off. Without QUALITY items, you'll have low sales. A large First Prize draws attention to your raffle and draws in sales so you'll want to first seek this primary prize.
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Offer a First prize of a $5,000 tuition credit. Sell $25 raffle tickets. Distribute them to school families, relatives, friends, faculty, alumni, and businesses throughout the town. The key is to allow the credit to be used at ANY educational institution; this opens the door to an unlimited number of families with children in school. One school has an average profit of $8,000 which means they sell about 520 tickets.
Luxury cars, sports cars, SUVs, or even a restored classic. If you are raffling off a large item (i.e. car) it's a good idea to consult with an attorney.
Vacation packages to a resort or a weeks stay at a villa in Tuscany, Italy. A cruise, round-trip airfare, airline miles, hotel gift certficates for several nights stay. Larger prizes can be accompanied by smaller ones like gas and car rental certificates.
Large Screen TV's, surround-sound systems, stereo, DCD player, Ipod.
To a professional sporting event.
Purchase several lottery tickets and hang them together in the shape of a wreath, car, airplane, football, tree, or anything really! It makes the tickets a little more interesting and gives you a way to display them. These should only be sold to adults 18 years and older; but check your own state's laws.
Gift certificates to home improvement stores, restaurants, shopping malls, or just about anywhere. Consider putting several smaller dollar amount certificates together as a single package. Display them as a group on a wreath.
Just about any number of items can be put together to make up a single themed gift basket. A basket can hold items worth $25 or even $1,000 or more. Click here for a complete list of themed Gift Basket ideas.
Offer a luxury afternoon. First prize may be an expensive spa package, while 2nd, 3rd, and 4th prizes may be smaller treatments from the same or similar shop.
UNIQUE RAFFLE PRIZE IDEA
I recently heard about a unique fundraiser where a father was raising money for his disabled son. Dad was a contractor and offered as the raffle prize a $20,000 bathroom makeover.
Now I don't have all of the details, so I'm winging it, but you'll get the idea...
Two thousand raffle tickets were sold at $20 each which meant they took in $40,000. If the Dad donated his labor (which let's assume was about $10,000 worth), and purchased $10,000 in supplies and product for the makeover, then the fundraiser would have profited about $30,000.
This same idea can be used for just about any service work - landscaping, painting, installation of an outdoor fence, etc. However, it's a good idea to ensure that the contractor performing the work is fully licensed and insured.
For even more ideas, see our Auction Items Ideas. These also make great Raffle Prizes!
Also see our article titled,
Auction & Raffle Items That Sell to a Budget-Conscious Audience
For a information on how to plan a Raffle Fundraiser, including raffle laws & requirements, see our Raffles page.