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

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14th 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?

The San Diego Dream House Raffle is an annual charitable fundraiser, now in its 15th year. The raffle aims to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego, Inc. 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 San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House, the raffle will be giving away more than 1,000 prizes, of which the grand prize is winner’s choice between a house, $2.1 million 20-year annuity, or $1.3 million lump sum cash option.

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.

Do you still send physical tickets in the mail?

In most cases, no – participants will receive confirmation of their ticket purchase at the email address provided at time of ticket purchase. Participants who do not provide an email address will receive receipt of their ticket purchase and ticket stubs via FedEX or comparable. Please note that the ticket stub(s) will be delivered via non-USPS mail (FedEX, UPS, etc.) and must be sent to a home or business address (P.O. Boxes not accepted) in California.

The official ticket stub is not required to claim a prize and is not a substitute for proof of identification. If you wish to have your ticket stub(s) mailed to you, please submit your request to office@sdraffle.com or pick up the official stub(s) in person at Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego, 2929 Children’s Way, San Diego CA 92123, no earlier than two weeks after your purchase. Please note that the ticket stub(s) will be delivered via non-USPS mail (FedEX, UPS, etc.) and must be sent to a home or business address (P.O. Boxes not accepted) in California.

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, Multi-Ticket, and Grand Prize drawings.

How much does a raffle ticket cost?

Raffle 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 raffle ticket pack.

How many raffle tickets can I buy?

You may buy as many raffle tickets as you like, subject to availability.

How many raffle tickets will be sold?

Only 50,000 raffle tickets will be sold. The chances of winning are based on that number. If fewer raffle tickets are sold, the chances of winning the grand prize and other prizes improve. Purchasing more than one raffle ticket increases the chances of winning.

What are the odds of winning?

The odds of winning the grand prize are based on the number of raffle tickets sold. If all raffle tickets are sold the odds of winner the grand prize are 1 in 50,000. The odds of winning a prize are approximately 1 in 50.

How many prizes are awarded?

In addition to the grand prize, there will be 999 other prizes awarded in the grand prize drawing. The odds of winning a prize is 1 in 50.

What is the Early Bird Drawing?

The Early Bird drawing is a special incentive for participants who purchase raffle tickets early. If you purchase a ticket before an Early Bird deadline you are included in the Early Bird drawing AND included in the Grand Prize drawing. All tickets entered into the Early Bird drawing, including the winning Early Bird drawing ticket, remain eligible for the Grand Prize drawing.

When is the Early Bird Drawing?

All raffle tickets purchased by February 22, 2019 will be entered into the Early Bird drawing. The Early Bird drawing is scheduled to take place on March 7, 2019.

What is the Multi-Ticket Drawing?

Any individual who buys three or more raffle tickets will be entered into the Multi-Ticket Drawing, subject to the following: to be eligible entrants must purchase three or more raffle tickets during the same purchase, using one method of payment, using the same name on each raffle ticket, and the same mailing address for each eligible raffle ticket. The Multi-Ticket Drawing consists of a drawing bin and corresponding tickets separate from the main Grand Prize Drawing bin and tickets. For each eligible raffle ticket purchased, one raffle ticket will be added to the Grand Prize Drawing bin and a corresponding entry ticket will be added to the dedicated Multi-Ticket Drawing bin. For example, if three raffle tickets are purchased, three tickets will be entered into the Multi-Ticket Drawing and three tickets will be entered into the Grand Prize Drawing. If four raffle tickets are purchased, four tickets will be entered into the Multi-Ticket Drawing and four tickets will be entered into the Grand Prize Drawing and so forth. Multiple raffle tickets purchased at the same time are eligible for discounts. 3-packs consisting of three (3) raffle tickets are available for $400 and 5-packs consisting of five (5) raffle tickets are available for $550.

Who benefits from this raffle?

The prize winners, as well as, San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House and all of the families that we serve.

When does the raffle start and when does it end?

Prize: Ticket sales commence on January 14, 2019 and ends on April 12, 2019. If all raffle tickets are sold before the April 12th deadline, the raffle will end sooner.

When will the prize drawings be held?

  • The Early Bird drawing will be held on Thursday, March 7, 2019.
  • The Grand Prize drawing and Multi-Ticket drawing will be held on Monday, April 29 2019.

The Grand Prize & Multi-Ticket Drawing winners will be announced on Monday, April 29th. Watch the drawings for the top prizes live on "News 8 This Morning" on CBS8 local television in San Diego. Check your TV provider for station information. Or, watch the live stream at https://www.cbs8.com/live-video. The drawing is expected to occur at approximately 6:40 a.m. PDT. Please note programming is subject to change. Check back at noon PDT on Monday, April 29th for a full, updated list of prize winners at https://sdraffle.com/prizewinners.

Do I have to be present to win?

No.

How will the winners be notified?

Winners will be notified by email, phone or mail (in that order) based on the contact information provided at the time of ticket purchase.

Who can buy a raffle ticket?

The raffle is open to any individual who is 18 years of age or older and in the state of California at the time of ticket purchase. RMHC-SD employees, members of the Board of Trustees, authorized agents and employees thereof, consultants, attorneys, independent accountant firm, and their spouses and children living in the same household are excluded from participating and are not eligible to win a prize. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. The raffle is void where prohibited or restricted by law. An affidavit of eligibility may be required of 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 RMHC-SD 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 website.

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 RMHC-SD raffle website, 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 Way, San Diego, CA 92123 within 30 days 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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