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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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