20 October 2008

Raffle etiquette?

| saraj
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After voting at the local primary school in Tuggeranong on Saturday, I left the hall to join my partner outside.

As I walked out of the hall, a woman asked me if I wanted to buy some tickets in a raffle with the money going to the school.

I was about to answer yes when I noticed my partner waving frantically and shaking his head.

I asked the lady to wait a moment and went to ask the boy what was wrong. He told me he’d just been talking to someone who had won the raffle!

So the raffle has been drawn but tickets are still being sold? What the…?

Has anyone else heard of this kind of activity?

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Gungahlin Al9:44 am 21 Oct 08

This one time – at band camp…

Jonathon Reynolds7:40 am 21 Oct 08

This one time on RiotACT… there was a story about someone was overcharged $5.00 for a pizza…

grunge_hippy10:09 pm 20 Oct 08

its a school fete ffs…

I like to think that nobody would do this on purpose – I’m guessing communication confusion (maybe there were two raffles, or maybe different prizes drawn at different times) – contact the school and see if there is a logical explanation.

Deano said :

Has anyone else heard of this kind of activity?

Yeah, the gambling companies (sanctioned by the state governments) do it all the time – its called scratch lotteries.

Deano, you’d find the “scratch” lotteries that you speak have clearly defined in their terms and conditions that you are entered into a draw, you just don’t necessarily know where or when the draw will take place. They also have a minimum prize, (usually of $500K). They also make sure that you know the specific draw of x number of millions may have already been won.

They can not collect tickets or money if you don’t have a chance of winning a prize.

You should have asked for the permit number. Running any sort of competition is heavily regulated, and unless the prize is of absolute nominal value (unless we follow NSW rules where it’s a prize of any value) you legally need to get the raffle registered and coupled with a permit number.

Selling tickets after all prizes has been drawn is a big no-no and can result in serious arse kicking from certain gov’t departments.

I recently had experience running a competition (Australia Wide) and you really have to be careful staying on the right side of the law. For me there was 5 prizes, and I had to make sure the words one or more of the prizes may have already been won where included in all competition rules, as each prize was been drawn at a different marketing events at 5 different times.

Has anyone else heard of this kind of activity?

Yeah, the gambling companies (sanctioned by the state governments) do it all the time – its called scratch lotteries.

Could have been an honest mistake on behalf of the seller. Was worthy of asking the question. You might have saved the next person (or the blushes of the ticket-seller.)

I’ve had similar but different things happen. E.g. drawing a raffle with tickets sold by myriad sellers, only to find one ticket-seller had left their tickets in a locked office drawer (despite multiple requests to return).

Ah, volunteers — we’re worth every cent.

Off with their heads.

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