There are lots of great prizes that you can choose for a raffle. Here’s a page with all kinds of great prizes for less than $100.
Here are two examples of groups making a raffle prize into an experience worth buying a ticket for:
A YMCA is raffling not just baseball tickets, but a whole experience! (source: Patch.com)
Malden Y Red Sox “Pavilion Experience” Drawing from 8:00am–9:00pm on Monday at 99 Dartmouth St. – you could win Four “Pavilion Level” Seats to Boston Red Sox vs. Yankees game on August 30. Prize includes limousine transportation, dinner at Fenway Park, and a pre-game “on the field” experience.
Raffle Tickets are only $20 each or $50 for three. Proceeds go to help fund YMCA Summer Camp Scholarships.
Here’s another experience raffle prize idea. A plane ride!
North Texans have a once in a lifetime opportunity to win a flight in a Curtiss JN4 World War I Aircraft, known to millions of Americans as the “Jenny.”
Four Wichita Falls organizations are holding a raffle for a ride in an authentic Jenny biplane, housed at the Call Aviation Field Memorial Exhibit. Raffle tickets are $10 each and will be sold up to the moment of the drawing, Saturday, Sept. 21, for the winning ticket at the Call Aviation Field Memorial Exhibit (time to be announced). There is no limit to the number of tickets an individual can purchase.
(source: Graham Leader)
Today’s list is all about gift basket ideas for raffles and auction. Gift baskets can make a great prize, but they are even better when you have a great theme!
Here are some ideas:
1. Letter of the alphabet theme – Everything in the basket starts with the same letter. Include something that displays the letter prominently, such as a notepad or monogramed item.
2. Holidays – a basket devoted to one particular holiday
3. Movie theme – DVDs, popcorn, sodas
4. Chocolate – all fine chocolates
5. Wine and cheese – 2 bottles of wine, cheese, crackers, nuts
6. Kid’s coloring and art supplies
7. Electronics – iPod with iTunes gift cards, case, or portable DVD player, with movies
8. Travel – travel books, travel magazines, airmile certificate, VISA giftcard, hotel stay, gift card for online travel site
9. Sports – everything related to one particular team: t-shirt, hat, coffee mug, throw (or snuggie), bumper stickers, books, tickets to a game
10. Candles – several varieties of candles, gift card to Bed Bath and Beyond, Yankee Candle or other store where more candles can be purchased
In this video Sherry from Red Apple Auctions shows how to get great prize donations from those “doing it anyway.” These are folks that have a hobby they are passionate about and would love to share it with your prize winners.
Having raffle prizes that are enticing to potential buyers is very important. So how do you get raffle prizes?
1. Donations from people you know
The best way to start is to survey the members of your organization. Every member could possibly have something of value to contribute to the prize pool. And if not, they may know somebody who can. Go for your biggest prize first, though. You need to secure that “hook” in order to have a viable raffle.
Use some creativity and any connections or opportunities that you have. One year I planned a raffle that raised over $1000. In case you are wondering, our prize was a big screen TV. The company I worked for at the time had a point system incentive program. I pooled my points with some of my co-workers to get the big prize.
I also sent out an email asking my friends and the other ticket sellers for donations. I quickly got several more donations including some nice watches. Lastly, I went to several local restaurants and they were more than happy to donate gift certificates. And BINGO, we had the makings of a great raffle!
2. Donations from the business community
The business community should be the second place that you go looking for prize donations. It’s even better if someone who knows the owner or manager can do the asking. Write a letter of request (typed) on letterhead and signed by the person in charge at your organization. Bring this letter with you when you visit the business. If the manager does not have time to talk with you, then leave the letter and take a business card so that you can follow up later.
Another way of getting prizes, especially higher value items, is to take them on consignment. The business gives you the prize to display at your event or office. Then people can see the prize and buy tickets. The prize will only be given away if a certain number of tickets are sold (this is in the official rules that you create.) Then when the raffle is finished your organization must pay the business for the item. Most of the time though you will only pay a fraction of the retail value.
When planning a raffle the prizes that will be offered are one of the most important considerations. When people are asked if they would like to buy a raffle ticket they will want to know what the prize is. It should be something that they would like to win. Prizes should appeal to a broad audience not just a select few people. Offer the best raffle prizes and your raffle has a better chance of being successful.
Here are some prizes that attract many people’s attention:
1. Cars – Sports cars, Luxury cars, SUV’s in this years model are some of the best raffle prizes, as far as being attractive to the ticket buyer. However, you may or may not be able to get one donated. If not, consider other types of prizes, since your profit will be higher if all items are donated.
2. Travel – Round trip airfare, a package vacation, cruise, hotel stays, even airline miles all make great prizes. Most people love to travel and the biggest obstacle is usually cost. Now if they win this raffle, they’ll just have to take some vacation time and go.
3. Electronic Equipment & Gadgets- Flat screen TVs, DVDs, stereos, MP3 players and other gadgets are other good prizes.
4. Special interest items – Offering prizes that are of special interest to your audience will likely get some excited ticket buyers. For example, if you are hosting a golf tournament a round of golf with cart or a set of clubs would make good prizes.
5. Gift certificates and gift baskets – Gift certificates or gift cards are some of the best prizes to give away as secondary or runner-up prizes. They can also be some of the easiest to get donated to your group. Just be sure to have a nice grand prize in addition to these.