Frequently Asked Questions - Giving Back Raffle Benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities® of San Diego

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What is the San Diego Giving Back Raffle?

The San Diego Giving Back Raffle is an annual charitable fundraiser benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego. For 17 years, community contributions through raffle fundraisers have supported our continuing effort to offer a “home away from home” to thousands of deserving families with a child in the hospital. In addition to benefiting our non-profit organization, the raffle awards thousands of prizes to raffle participants each year.

Why are you called the San Diego Giving Back Raffle?

This year we have an exciting opportunity to partner with the San Diego Giving Back Concert to award thousands of concert tickets to raffle participants. Learn more about this special opportunity at sdraffle.com/concert.

We look forward to the community "giving back" to our cause through the raffle, as this enhanced raffle prize and concert format enables our organization to ensure all of our generous supporters a greater share in our fundraising success.

How does the prize win guarantee work?

Each raffle transaction – defined as a ticket order of any ticket quantity – is guaranteed to win at least one item in the Grand Prize Drawing. After the first 1,050 prizes have been awarded, every remaining non-winning ticket transaction is then awarded the following prize option: Winner’s choice of: (1) Two Tickets to 2021 San Diego Giving Back Concert featuring Fitz and The Tantrums on or about August 28, 2021, (2) One Entry in $50,000 Cash Replay Drawing (1 winner), (3) One Entry in $5,000 Cash Replay Drawings (5 winners), (4) One Entry in $500 Cash Replay Drawings (50 winners), or (5) RMHC-SD branded backpack.

The prize guarantee does not apply to Add-On, Early Bird, or Multi-Ticket drawings.

How does the prize win guarantee work if I bought raffle tickets in multiple transactions?

You are guaranteed to win at least one prize in the Grand Prize Drawing for each transaction.

Am I guaranteed a prize for every ticket I purchase?

The prize guarantee is linked to the raffle ticket transaction and not any individual ticket.

What are the drawings and prizes?

It starts with a raffle ticket purchase. A raffle ticket enters you into the Grand Prize Drawing, where you are guaranteed to win at least one prize. Learn more about the Grand Prize Drawing and associated prizes at sdraffle.com/everybodywins.

If you purchase that same raffle ticket by one of our early bird deadlines, you receive bonus entries into Early Bird Drawing(s). Learn more about the Early Bird and associated prizes at sdraffle.com/earlybird.

If you purchase three or more raffle tickets in the same transaction, you receive bonus entries into the Multi-Ticket Drawing for a chance to win a limited-edition Porsche, Airstream motorhome, or $100,000. Learn more about the Multi-Ticket and associated prizes at sdraffle.com/multiticketdrawing.

With a raffle ticket purchase, you are eligible to purchase add-on tickets in the same transaction. An add-on ticket enters you into weekly $25,000 drawings exclusive to add-on ticketholders. Learn more about the Add-On Drawing(s) and associated prizes at sdraffle.com/weeklydrawings.

What is the Grand Prize?

The Grand Prize is guaranteed to be at least $1 million cash.

The Grand Prize becomes winner’s choice of house, $2.5 million annuity, or $1.3 million lump-sum cash option if more than 50,000 raffle tickets are sold. The raffle has sold more than 50,000 tickets in two of the past six years.

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 send physical tickets in the mail?

No. The tickets that you purchase will be placed in the drums used for the selection of winners. Each ticket will have its own number. That number will be listed on your receipt which you will receive by email.

How do I purchase raffle tickets?

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 60,000 raffle tickets will be sold. The chances of winning any given prize 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.

Is there a limit to the number of times I can win prizes?

No. You can win as many times equal to the number of your eligible drawing entries.

How many prizes are awarded?

Up to 60,000 prizes will be awarded in the Grand Prize Drawing.

Do you offer Spanish language assistance?

Yes, please contact 833-993-4330.

Who do I contact regarding the 2021 Giving Back Concert?

Please direct your messages to concert@rmhcsd.org. Our team members on the toll-free line are available to assist with raffle questions but not concert inquiries or requests.

What is the Early Bird Drawing?

The Early Bird drawing is a special incentive for participants who purchase raffle tickets earlier. If you purchase a ticket before an Early Bird deadline, you are included in that Early Bird drawing AND 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 are the Early Bird Drawings?

All raffle tickets purchased by May 14, 2021 will be entered into the Early Bird 1 drawing which is scheduled to take place on May 27, 2021.

All raffle tickets purchased by June 18, 2021 will be entered into the Early Bird 2 drawing which is scheduled to take place on July 1, 2021

What is the Multi-Ticket Drawing?

The Multi-Ticket Drawing is a special incentive for participants who purchase three or more raffle tickets in the same transaction. If you purchase three or more tickets, you are included in the Multi-Ticket Drawing AND the Grand Prize drawing.

Who benefits from this raffle?

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

When do raffle ticket sales end?

The final day to purchase raffle tickets is July 9, 2021 or whenever raffle tickets sell out, whichever is sooner.

Do I have to be present to win?

No, you do not have to be present to win or claim any prize.

How will the winners be notified?

A current list of prize winners can be found at sdraffle.com/prizewinners. Participants who provide a valid email address will receive courtesy notifications on drawing results. If you are not receiving notifications, please check your email status at sdraffle.com/email to verify.

A list of winners may be obtained from San Diego Ronald McDonald House by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to RMHC-SD Giving Back Raffle, 2929 Children’s Way, San Diego, CA 92123 within 30 days of the drawing date.

Winners will be directly contacted 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, and RMHC-SD authorized agents and vendors assisting RMHC in conducting the raffle are excluded from participating and are not eligible to win a prize as are members of the Board of Trustees and their spouses and children living in the same household. 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. Certain prizes may have specific age requirements for participation.

Are raffle tickets tax-deductible?

No. The IRS does not consider raffle tickets to be a tax-deductible contribution. Please consult your tax advisor.

Will the drawings be audited?

Yes, an independent accounting agency will audit tickets as well as supervise the Early Bird, Multi-Ticket, and Grand Prize drawings.

Are raffle prizes considered income?

Yes. RMHC-SD will withhold taxes for prizes with values that exceed state or federal mandates. All prize winners of $600 or more may be required to submit an IRS Form 1099-MISC and/or 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 claim or redeem my prize?

Prize winners will be contacted according to the contact information provided at the time of ticket purchase. Please allow up to 3 business days for RMHC-SD to reach out to you prior to contacting the organization about your prize win. Prize claim and/or redemption information will be provided at that time. All prize winners of $600 or more may be required to submit an IRS Form 1099-MISC and/or a W-2G in order to be awarded the prize.

Is this Giving Back 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. Registration does not imply endorsement.

How do I get more information on Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego, Inc?

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

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

Please visit 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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