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Charity Dream House Raffles

Updated on May 27, 2013

About Charity House Raffles

This lens provides the public with general information for consumers, tips and a growing directory of reputable charity raffles nationwide.

In recent years, the popularity of long-time charity home raffles has created a "cottage-industry" of large, multimillion dollar charity raffles throughout the United States. For the nonprofit organization, large-scale raffles can offer the opportunity to raise large sums of money needed to provide necessary services. For the consumer, charity house raffles offer the opportunity to win multiple prizes including a home, cash, vacations, and more while knowing that proceeds are benefiting a charitable organization.

However, before you consider purchasing a ticket, be sure you understand the rules, the odds, have checked out the charity and made sure the raffle is properly registered. Below are some general tips to help you, as a consumer, protect yourself.

Below you will also find a listing of reputable, nationwide charity house raffles. In the coming months, I'll be adding additional raffles to the list.

San Diego/Ronald McDonald House Dream House Raffle
San Diego/Ronald McDonald House Dream House Raffle

Do your research

Before purchasing a ticket in a charity raffle, you should take certain steps to verify that the raffle is legal and that you understand the details of the prize system, costs and ramifications of home ownership.

  1. A good place to start is to verify that the raffle is properly licensed in the state or municipality where it is operating.

    Laws vary greatly from state-to-state, but each state has regulations in place to protect consumers. Start with your states Attorney General's office or housing authority, they will be able to direct you to the appropriate agency overseeing raffle licenses. Additionally, you should be able to find the raffle license number and regulating authority in the official prize rules.

  2. Read the prize rules, this is important if you want to avoid a surprise. Although the grand prize may be a "Dream Home", most raffles offer additional prize package, early bird prizes and other incentives. In addition, charity house raffles typically contain provisions that if they fail to sell a necessary number of tickets, the prizes are reduced.
  3. Check to make sure that the prized house is under contract for purchase. Whether the charity has agreed to purchase the home, it has been donated, or is under "Option", the administrator or charity has signed a contract. Ask to see the contract, if they refuse to provide proof that they have an option or guarantee on the home, you should consider a different raffle.
  4. Taxes, taxes, and more taxes! The IRS considered the winnings from these types of raffles as fully taxable as income. So if you do win, be sure to be prepared to pay applicable sales tax, income tax and other state and federal taxes or fees. This is the primary reason that many winners choose a cash option when available.

Coming Soon!

Kosair Children's Hospital House Raffle

Details coming soon!

St. Louis Dream House Raffle

to benefit the National Wheelchair Basketball Association

Running through May 2013, more than 1000 total prizes make the odds of winning a prize in the St. Louis Dream House Raffle 1 in 50. There are also cars, vacations and cash available. The grand prize is the $1.8 million St. Louis Dream House or choose $1.3 million in cash.

The St. Louis Dream House Raffle raises funds for the National Wheel Chair Basketball Association. Learn more at: www.stlouisraffle.com.

Ozzie Smith - Celebrity Spokesman - St. Louis Dream House Raffle

Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith is the celebrity Spokesman for the 2013 St. Louis Dream House Raffle.

House of Dreams Charity Raffle - Sponsored by Naperville Rotary Charities

House of Dreams Raffle
House of Dreams Raffle

The House of Dreams Charity Raffle is currently underway and running through May 2013 with a grand prize Dream Home or $1 million in cash. Unlike other charity fundraisers, this raffle, sponsored by Naperville Rotary Charities, benefits a new charitable organization each year.

In 2013, the raffle benefits Operation Support Our Troops. In past years, the raffle has provided funding to Comer Children's Hospital, Children's Memorial Hospital, American Red Cross and Polio Plus. Tickets are $100 with a 1 in 15 chance of winning a prize.

Visit http://www.houseofdreamsraffle.org/ to learn more.

Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle - To benefit the Ocean Institute

Laguna Beach Million Dollar House Raffle
Laguna Beach Million Dollar House Raffle

The Ocean Institute will soon kick-off its 2013 Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle. The raffle, entering its 9th year, is the only raffle in Southern California to award the grand-prize home or $1 million every year since 2005.

The raffle draws in a tremendous amount of community support and ticket purchasers are awarded "member benefits" with discount offers from sponsors and other companies.

To learn more visit http://www.ocean-institute.org/raffle/index.html.

Marin Dream House Raffle - To benefit Community Action Marin

Marin Dream House Raffle
Marin Dream House Raffle

In 2013, Community Action Marin will launch their 6th Annual Marin Dream House Raffle. Community Action Marin uses the raffle to strengthen the quality of its programs, build new alliances throughout the community to serve those most in need, and has distributed over 6 million dollars in prizes to raffle winners throughout the Bay Area.

Visit http://www.marinraffle.com to learn more.

Mile High Raffle - to benefit Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver

Mile High Dream House Raffle
Mile High Dream House Raffle

On January 21, 2013, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver will launch the 5th Annual Mile High Dream House Raffle.

With tickets starting at $150 ea., the raffle boasts more than 300 prizes including the grand prize Dream Home. Proceeds from the raffle benefit the clubs, which provide safe, positive places where more than 12,000 Denver youth come after school and during the summer to learn, do homework, develop social skills, express themselves creatively and participate in sports.

To learn more visit http://www.milehighraffle.com.

Ed McCaffrey - Celebrity Spokesman for Denver Dream House Raffle - Ed McCaffrey - Denver Broncos Super Bowl Champion

Sacramento Dream House Raffle - to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern California

Sacramento Dream House Raffle
Sacramento Dream House Raffle

On January 21, 2013, Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern California will kick off the Sacrament Dream House Raffle with tickets priced at $150ea. In 2012, the raffle offered more than 100 prizes with a grand prize $1.7 million dream home or $1.2 million in cash.

Sacramento Dream Home Raffle aims to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern California in its continuing effort to provide support to families whose children are fighting terminal illnesses.

You can learn more about the raffle by visiting http://www.sacramentoraffle.com/.

San Diego Dream House Raffle - To benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego

San Diego Dream House Raffle
San Diego Dream House Raffle

Now in its 9th year, the San Diego Dream House Raffle is running from January 7, 2013 - May 3, 2013.

A limited number of $150 tickets will be sold. The Grand Prize winner chooses either the $3.2 million house in San Diego or $1.6 million in cash. Over 100 total prizes will be given out. Individuals who purchase two or more tickets are automatically entered in the bonus Multi-Ticket Drawing for $45,000 in luxury prizes, including a 2013 Porsche Boxster.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit: www.sdraffle.com or call 888-824-9939.

Silicon Valley Dream House Raffle - To benefit the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Silicon Valley Dream House Raffle
Silicon Valley Dream House Raffle

The Silicon Valley Dream House Raffle benefits the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in its continuing effort to support the arts in the Bay Area.

The 2012 Raffle gave away more than 990 prizes, with a grand prize is a $4.1 million Silicon Valley dream home or $2 million in cash.

The odds of winning a prize were 1 in 51.

The Silicon Valley Dream House Raffle will enter its 3rd year later in 2013. You can learn more by visiting http://www.siliconvalleyraffle.com/

SoCal Dream House Raffle - To benefit Special Olympics of Southern California

SoCal Dream House Raffle
SoCal Dream House Raffle

Now in its 4th year, the Special Olympics Southern California's Dream Home Raffle benefits Special Olympics of Southern California in its continuing effort to empower individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society.

The 4th annual raffle with tickets costing $150, end on May 24, 2013. The Grand Prize is a $4 million home or $2 million in cash. For more information visit http://www.socalraffle.com.

Jered Weaver - Celebrity Spokesman Special Olympics Southern California Dream House Raffle - Jered Weaver - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Pitcher

St. Jude Dream Home Raffles - To benefit St. Jude Research Hospital

St. Jude Research Hospital Dream Home Raffle
St. Jude Research Hospital Dream Home Raffle

The St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway was created in 1991 by a physician in Louisiana. The success of the raffle has become one of St. Jude Research Hospitals largest single-event fundraisers, with raffles taking place in more than 30 communities nationwide. Although these raffles don't boast the multi-million dollar mansion offered in many raffles, the many of the homes in this raffle are built from scratch. Additionally, as a national organization, ticket purchasers are able to have a peace of mind that the raffle is legitimate.

For more information visit www.dreamhome.org to find a community near you.

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      fcinternetmarketing 4 years ago

      Wow !

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      CristianStan 4 years ago

      Wow, I had no idea they had things like these. I might enter one myself

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      BookLoverFrank 4 years ago

      Wow! This is amazing! I guess I've been living in the back of the cave because I had no idea these house raffles even existed. Really interesting. Thanks for the info.