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How to hold a treasure chest raffle

One of the fun things about raffles is the fact that there are so many types of drawings to choose from. It’s easy to try something new and possibly spark fresh interest in your organization’s cause.

One game you can offer is the Treasure Chest raffle. It’s a great way for treasure chest raffle ticketsplayers to take an active role in the game. Instead of waiting for their ticket number to be called (or for their phone to ring or a notification of winning in the mail), the players can be part of the action and know immediately whether they’ve won.

This style of raffle is great for repeating occasions, like club meetings, because the secondary prize grows bigger each time it is not won.

You’ll need:

  1. 2 different-colored series of 2-part, sequentially numbered raffle tickets
  2. A chest with a keyed lock (the “treasure chest”)
  3. A receptacle for prize-winning tickets
  4. A separate receptacle for key tickets
  5. A predetermined number of keys
  6. A game board with nails protruding from it (for hanging the keys). Be sure the number of nails matches the number of keys in play at the beginning of the game.

You can make as many keys as you like, but keep in mind that of all the keys made, only two will open the chest. One will be the master key. The other key will remain unmarked, along with the other (losing) keys.

Designate which ticket color will be sold to players. When a ticket is sold, the player retains one ticket stub for verification; the other is deposited into the key ticket receptacle.

When enough tickets have been sold (more than five), you’ll need a designated member-in-charge, or MIC, to divide the funds into three portions. One portion is your group’s profits (as appropriate), and another portion is evenly divided into smaller parts (for example, five) to serve as the prize pool. The third portion is set aside to serve as a secondary prize and is kept locked inside the treasure chest.

Hang one key from each nail on the game board and affix one-half of a ticket stub to each key, being sure to use a different color of ticket than what was sold. The other half is deposited into the key ticket receptacle.

The MIC draws five tickets from the prize-winning ticket receptacle. Each person holding the corresponding ticket stubs is awarded 1/5 of the prize pool.

After that, a key ticket is drawn from the key ticket receptacle for each of those five players, who are each presented with a key from the game board under the ticket stub that corresponds to his or her stub. Using his or her key, each player attempts to open the lock on the treasure chest.

If none of the keys opens the lock, the game is closed for that occasion. Those five keys’ tickets are destroyed, and the keys that did not open the locks are removed from play. Remove and safeguard the secondary prize – that is, the cash from the treasure chest – and secure the remaining keys with their key tickets inside the key ticket receptacle as well as the game board with its remaining keys and key tickets.

The remaining cash prize should be deposited into the raffle checking account (if applicable) and remain there until that amount is added to the treasure chest immediately prior to the start of your next Treasure Chest raffle.

If the secondary prize is not awared within 170 days, the final drawing will be repeated until the winning key is drawn.

For a full listing of rules and regulations, click here. Have fun with the Treasure Chest raffle!

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How to hold a “Find the Queen of Hearts” drawing

We are always on the lookout for tips and suggestions to help our customers maximize their fund raising success. After we read about Dick’s accomplishments, and his kind words about how our products have worked out for his organization, I decided to learn more about the“Search For The Queen Of Hearts” so I could share it with you.

The information provided here is taken from the New York State Racing & Wagering Board’s web site and it has been abridged for readability. Every state has its own rules and regulations, so make sure you are in compliance with all rules in the state you plan to hold your drawing before you get started. If you aren’t sure where to find this information, click here and use the pull-down menu to find your state.


Queen Of Hearts Raffle Tickets

What you need to get started:

·         A series of two-part, sequentially numbered raffle tickets

·         A raffle ticket drum or receptacle

·         A standard deck of fifty-two playing cards plus two Jokers

·         A game board into which fifty-four playing cards can be

placed facedown, side-by-side, and held securely by a locking, transparent cover

1) Determine a price for each ticket and print all the pertinent information – like cost of each ticket, drawing dates, prizes to be awarded, and whether or not the winner needs to be present at the drawing. Make sure the stubs have an area for name and telephone number of the purchaser (this part goes into the drum). The body of the ticket is kept by the purchaser. Print sequential numbers on both parts (our Raffle Ticket software does this for you automatically).

2) Have a certified member shuffle the deck and, without revealing any of the faces, place the cards facedown, side-by-side, onto the game board. Lock down a transparent game board cover to secure the cards in place.

3) One raffle ticket shall be drawn each week from among all of the tickets sold for each drawing, except for the first week and the twenty-sixth week (if necessary), when three drawings shall be held. If the Queen of Hearts is not revealed within twenty-six weeks of drawings, one ticket shall be drawn in week number twenty-seven and each subsequent week until the Queen of Hearts is revealed and the grand prize is awarded.

4) The participant(s) holding the winning ticket stub(s) shall be declared the winner(s) of each drawing and shall be entitled to “Search For The Queen of Hearts”.

5) All remaining tickets in the raffle drum or receptacle shall be defaced and discarded.

6) The transparent, locking cover securing the cards shall be opened by a licensed member in charge or assistant to the member in charge at the time of each drawing.

7) Each winner shall select one of the facedown playing cards, which shall be turned face up by a licensed member in charge or assistant to the member in charge. If that playing card is the Queen of Hearts, the holder of the winning raffle ticket selecting that card shall be awarded 60% of the Grand Prize Pool.

8) If the card selected is not the Queen of Hearts, that card shall be defaced by drawing a diagonal line across its face; the card shall be returned to the game board face-up; the transparent, locking cover securing the cards shall be locked; and that player shall be immediately awarded a cash prize valued according to the following schedule:

Card Drawn                             Payout Odds

Any 2, 3, 4, or 5                              At least 4 – 1

Any 6, 7, 8, or 9                              At least 6 – 1

Any 10, Jack, or King                   At least 8 – 1

Any Ace                                        At least 10 – 1

Any Joker                                     At least 15 – 1

Any Queen other than Hearts   At least 20 – 1

9) The weekly raffle drawings shall continue until a winner selects the Queen of Hearts.

10) When the Queen of Hearts is selected, the winning player shall be awarded the Grand Prize consisting of 60% of the Grand Prize Pool.

11) The licensee shall retain the remaining 40% of the Grand Prize Pool as raffle profit.

12) A sign shall be posted in all areas where the game is conducted and where tickets are sold stating that the total prize pool shall be comprised of sixty percent of sales; a listing of the payout odds specified above on cards valued Two through King (excluding the Queen of Hearts); and that forty percent of all ticket sales will be retained by the authorized organization as profit.

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Get the word out

Send information about your drawing to local news outlets – TV, newspapers, community calendars, local-info web sites,  chambers of commerce, even posters in store entryways – They’ll often mention your organization or event and sometimes they’ll even send a reporter or local dignitary to your event.

It’s free advertising that will help to draw more interest!