Special Olympics Washington Puget Sound Dream House Raffle

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What is the Special Olympics Washington Dream House Raffle?

The Special Olympics Washington Dream House Raffle is a large fundraiser. The raffle aims to raise funds for Special Olympics Washington in its continuing effort to empower individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society. In addition to supporting Special Olympics Washington, the raffle will be giving away over 1700 prizes, of which the grand prize is a Puget Sound dream home or $4 million in cash, subject to 75,000 tickets being sold, or a cash amount equal to half of net proceeds not to exceed $4 million if less than 75,000 tickets are sold.

How do I purchase raffle tickets?

  • Call toll free 1-888-537-7518, or
  • Download an entry form from www.pugetsoundraffle.com and:
    • Fax it to: 206-388-4342, or
    • Mail the entry form to:
      Special Olympics Washington Raffle
      1809 7th Ave, Suite 1509
      Seattle, WA 98101

What are the prizes?

  • Early Bird Drawing 1:
    • Prize: Winner's choice between a Mini Cooper, Toyota Prius c, Ford Mustang, or $25,000 cash
    • Entry Deadline: February 28, 2014
  • Early Bird Drawing 2:
    • 1st Prize: Vacation to Paris - 7 days, 6 nights
    • 2nd Prize: Aquatic vacation to Maui - 7 days, 6 nights
    • Entry Deadline: March 28, 2014
  • Early Bird Drawing 3:
    • Prize: Vacation to Bermuda - 7 days, 6 nights
    • Entry Deadline: April 25, 2014
  • Multi-Ticket Drawing:
    • Prize: Mercedes-Benz SLK 350 Roadster or $50,000 cash
    • Entry Deadline: May 16, 2014
  • Refer-A-Friend Drawing:
    • Prize: Fiat 500 or $15,000 cash
    • Entry Deadline: May 16, 2014
  • Grand Prize Drawing:
    • Grand Prize: The Puget Sound Dream House or $4,000,000 annuity or $2,800,000 onetime cash option*
    • 2nd Prize: Winner's choice between an Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz C 250 Coupe, BMW X3, or $45,000 cash*
    • 3rd Prize: Stay at Any Participating Fairmont in the contiguous US or Canada - 7 days, 6 nights
    • 4th Prize: Royal Caribbean cruise to Alaska - 7 nights
    • 5th Prize: Vacation to London, Five days, Four Nights
    • 6th Prize: Sail the Southern Caribbean Seas, 7 nights
    • 7th Prize: Attend any regular season NFL, NHL, NBA, or MLB game in 50 markets - 3 days, 2 nights
    • 8th Prize: Golf Getaway to St Andrews, Scotland, Five Days, Four Nights
    • 9th Prize: Big Island Hawaiian Adventure - 7 days, 6 nights
    • 10th Prize: Vacation to Aruba - 7 days, 6 nights
    • Prizes 11-1700:
      • 150 Apple® TV w/ HDMI cord
      • 5 Samsung® Google® Chrome Notebook
      • 1 Apple ® 13" MacBook Air, 256GB
      • 700 Apple® iPod shuffle - 2GB
      • 50 Apple® iPod nano - 16GB
      • 25 Samsung® Galaxy Tablet in White
      • 40 Samsung® Blu-ray Disc® Player
      • 30 Samsung® Dual View Digital Camera
      • 25 Magellan Magellan 4.3" GPS Navigation System w/Lifetime Maps
      • 1 Canon® EOS REBEL T3i Camera
      • 25 iHome Triple Charging Clock Radio w/2 Lightning Docks & USB
      • 25 HP Full HD Waterproof Action Camera, 1080p
      • 1 Samsung® 46inch LED HDTV, 1080p
      • 1 Samsung® 51inch Slim Plasma HDTV
      • 10 Amazon® Kindle Kindle Fire HDX 7" 16GB w/offers
      • 75 Amazon® Kindle Kindle 6" WiFi E-Ink Display Reader
      • 50 RCA® 5.1 Channel DVD Home Theater System
      • 100 RCA® 7inch Dual Screen Portable DVD Player
      • 50 RCA® Bluetooth CD Micro Audio System
      • 10 Sony® Bluetooth Stereo Headphones
      • 25 Dyson® 10inch Air Multiplier
      • 50 Philips® EasyClean Sonicare Toothbrush
      • 10 Le Creuset® 16 Pc. Dinnerware Set, White
      • 5 Wine Enthusiast® Silent 18 Bottle Dual Zone Touchscreen Slimline Wine Fridge
      • 25 AT Ultimate Access 26" Wheeled Duffel
      • 200 Vivitar® 10 Mega Pixel Waterproof Digital Camera
      • 1 Tasco® LUMINOVA TELESCOPE-900X114MM
    • Entry Deadline: May 16, 2014

Do you accept applications by email or sell tickets on the internet?

No. Pursuant to Washington Administrative code, charitable raffle tickets may not be sold or accepted on the internet.

How long will it take to receive my ticket in the mail?

At least 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.

How long will it take to receive my receipt by email?

Receipts are delivered within 5 minutes after an order is processed to the email address provided at the time of entry. If you did not receive your email receipt, check your SPAM folder or add office@pugetsoundraffle.com as a trusted name in your address book.

Is this Dream House Raffle legal?

Yes it is. As noted in RCW 9.46.0323, qualified non-profit organization may conduct enhanced raffles with the approval and supervision of the Washington State Gambling Commission. Special Olympics Washington has been approved by the Washington State Gambling Commission to conduct this raffle pursuant to Washington State Enhanced Raffle Rules.

Will the drawing be audited?

Yes, an independent raffle auditor will audit the raffle as well as supervise the early bird drawings, the multi-ticket drawing, the refer-a-friend drawing, and the grand prize drawing.

How much does a raffle ticket cost?

Tickets are $150 each, 3-packs for $400, or 5-packs for $550.

How many raffle tickets can I buy?

You may buy as many tickets as you like.

How many raffle tickets will be sold?

Only 85,000 tickets will be sold. The chances of winning are based on that number. If fewer tickets are sold, the chances of winning the Grand prize and other prizes improve. There are 1700 total prizes making the odds of winning a prize 1 in 50. Purchasing more than one ticket increases the chances of winning.

What are the odds of winning?

The odds of winning the Dream House or $4,000,000 in cash are based on the number of tickets sold. If all tickets are sold the odds of winner the Grand Prize are 1 in 85,000. There are over 1700 other prizes also available making the odds of winning a prize 1 in 50.

How many prizes are awarded?

1700 prizes are awarded including the grand prize dream house, vehicles, vacations, and electronics.

What is the Grand Prize?

The Grand Prize will be a choice of the dream house described on the raffle website, $4 million paid over 20 years or a lump sum cash payment of $2.8 million if more than 75,000 tickets are sold. If fewer than 75,000 tickets are sold the Grand Prize will be a sum equal to 50% of the net proceeds paid as an annuity over 20 years not to exceed $4 million or a onetime lump sum cash payment of 70% of the annuity value.

What are the Early Bird Drawings?

There are three Early Bird Drawings. This is meant to encourage people to purchase tickets sooner rather than later. If you purchase a ticket before an early bird deadline you are included in the early bird drawing, the subsequent early bird drawings AND included in the grand prize drawing. All tickets entered into the early bird drawings, as well as early bird drawing winners are included in the grand prize drawing.

Can you tell me more about Early Bird Drawing 1?

All tickets purchased by February 28, 2014 will be entered into the Early Bird Drawing 1. The Early Bird Drawing will take place on Thursday March 13, 2014.

Prize: Winner's choice between a Mini Cooper, Toyota Prius c, Ford Mustang, or $25,000 cash

Can you tell me more about Early Bird Drawing 2?

All tickets purchased by March 28, 2014 will be entered into the Early Bird Drawing 2. The Early Bird Drawing 2 will take place on Thursday April 10, 2014.

1st Prize: Vacation to Paris - 7 days, 6 nights
2nd Prize: Aquatic vacation to Maui - 7 days, 6 nights

Can you tell me more about Early Bird Drawing 3?

All tickets purchased by April 25, 2014 will be entered into the Early Bird Drawing 3. The Early Bird Drawing 3 will take place on Thursday May 8, 2014.

Prize: Vacation to Bermuda - 7 days, 6 nights

What is the Multi-Ticket Drawing?

Any individual who buys three or more tickets will be entered into the Multi-Ticket Drawing, subject to the following; to be eligible entrants must purchase three or more tickets during the same purchase, using one method of payment, using the same name on each ticket, and the same mailing address for each eligible ticket. For each eligible ticket purchased, a corresponding eligible ticket will be added into the Multi-Ticket Drawing. Three tickets purchased will have three tickets entered into the Multi-Ticket Drawing. Four tickets purchased will have four tickets entered into the Multi-Ticket Drawing, etc. Multiple tickets purchased at the same time are eligible for discounts. 3-packs are available for $400 and 5-packs are available for $550.

  • Prize: Mercedes-Benz SLK 350 Roadster or $50,000 cash

What is the Refer-A-Friend Drawing?

For every person who purchases a ticket and provides your name at the time of purchase, you will receive one ticket entry specifically for the Refer-A-Friend Drawing. If two people you refer each purchase a separate ticket, you will receive two entries, if three people you refer each purchase separate tickets, you will receive three entries, etc. Drawing will be held at the time of the Grand Prize Drawing.

  • Prize: Fiat 500 or $15,000 cash

Who benefits from this raffle?

The prize winners as well as Special Olympics Washington.

When does the raffle start and when does it end?

The raffle begins on January 27, 2014 and ends on May 16, 2014.

When will the prize drawings be held?

  • The Early Bird Drawing 1 will be held on Thursday, March 13, 2014.
  • The Early Bird Drawing 2 will be held on Thursday, April 10, 2014.
  • The Early Bird Drawing 3 will be held on Thursday, May 8, 2014.
  • The Grand Prize Drawing, Multi-Ticket Drawing and Refer-A-Friend Drawing will be held on Saturday, May 31, 2014.

Do I have to be present to win?

No.

How will the winners be notified?

Winners will be notified by phone based on the contact information provided at the time of ticket purchase. The winning names will also be posted on this website shortly after the drawing.

Who can buy a raffle ticket?

Any person 18 years of age or older. Employees and members of the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Washington, 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 Special Olympics Washington, 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, Special Olympics Washington will withhold required federal taxes for all prizes over $5,000 in accordance with federal law and the organization will remit the balance of the cash prizes to the winner. All prize winners of prizes over $5,000 may be required to submit an IRS Form 5754 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 Special Olympics Washington raffle web site, a list of winners may be obtained from Special Olympics Washington by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Special Olympics Washington Raffle, 1809 7th Ave, Suite 1509 Seattle, WA 98101, within one week of the Grand Prize Drawing date.

How do I get more information on Special Olympics Washington?

Please visit www.specialolympicswashington.org or call (206)362-4949.

How can I make a tax-deductible contribution to Special Olympics Washington?

Please visit http://www.specialolympicswashington.org/donate or call 206-362-4949.

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@pugetsoundraffle.com.