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 14th 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 2,300 prizes, of which the grand prize is a dream house or $2.5 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 Add-On weekly drawings, the Multi-Ticket drawing, and the Grand Prize drawing.

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 71,500 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 dream house or $2,500,000 in cash are based on the number of raffle tickets sold. If all raffle tickets are sold the odds of winning the grand prize are 1 in 71,500. The odds of winning a prize are approximately 1 in 30.

How many prizes are awarded?

In addition to the grand prize, there will be 2,349 other prizes awarded in the grand prize drawing. The odds of winning a prize are 1 in 30.

What are the Early Bird Drawings?

There are two Early Bird drawings. If you purchase a raffle 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 raffle 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 raffle tickets purchased by February 16, 2018 will be entered into Early Bird drawing 1. The Early Bird drawing will take place on February 28, 2018.

What is prize for entering the Early Drawing 1?

Prize: 2018 Audi A7 Sportback, a National Geographic Guided Tour of Antarctica, or $50,000

When is the Early Bird Drawing 2?

All tickets purchased by March 23, 2018 will be entered into the Early Bird drawing 2. The Early Bird drawing 2 will take place on April 4, 2018.

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

Prize: 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE, a Trip for Four to a Private Island off Belize, or $25,000

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. For each eligible raffle ticket purchased, a corresponding eligible ticket will be added into the Multi-Ticket drawing. Three raffle tickets purchased will have three tickets entered into the Multi-Ticket drawing. Four raffle tickets purchased will have four tickets entered into the Multi-Ticket drawing, etc. Multiple raffle tickets purchased at the same time are eligible for discounts. 3-packs are available for $400 and 5-packs are available for $550.

  • Prize: 2018 Range Rover Sport PHEV or $50,000 cash

What are the Add-On Weekly Drawings?

Add-On Weekly drawings are 11 additional drawings for purchasers of Add-On Tickets. Each drawing will award $10,000 cash prizes to winner(s). Add-On Ticket prices are 1 for $20, 3-Pack for $50, or 10-Pack for $100. Add-On Tickets must be ordered in conjunction with a raffle ticket. Orders must be received by the deadline before each 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, San Diego’s 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 8, 2018 and ends on May 4, 2018. If all raffle tickets are sold before the May 4th 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 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?

Any person 18 years of age or older who is a legal US resident may purchase a raffle ticket. 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 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 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 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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