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What is the Dream House Raffle to Benefit The Hope Institute for Children and Families?

The Hope Institute for Children and Families’ Dream Home Raffle is a large fundraiser. The raffle aims to raise funds for The Hope Institute for Children and Families in its continuing effort to empower individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society. In addition to supporting The Hope Institute for Children and Families, the raffle will be giving away over 700 prizes, of which the grand prize is a $1.75 million home or $1.5 million in cash.

How do I purchase raffle tickets?

  • Call toll free 1-800-697-7734, or
  • Download an entry form from www.chicagoraffle.com and:
    • Fax it to: 800-364-5154, or
    • Mail the entry form to:

      The Hope Institute for Children and Families
      Chicago Dream House Raffle
      15 East Hazel Dell Lane
      Springfield, IL 62712

What are the prizes?

Early Bird Drawing 1

Entry Deadline:
Friday, February 19, 2016
Drawing Date:
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Prize:
Winner’s choice between a 2016 Mini Cooper, 2016 Toyota Prius c, 2016 Ford Mustang, or $25,000 cash

Early Bird Drawing 2

Entry Deadline:
Friday, March 18, 2016
Drawing Date:
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Prize:
Winner’s choice between a trip to Maui, or $5,000 cash

Early Bird Drawing 3

Entry Deadline:
Friday, April 15, 2016
Drawing Date:
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
1st Prize:
Winner’s choice between a trip to Venice, Italy or $5,000 cash

All tickets entered into the Early Bird Drawings are re-entered into all subsequent drawings and the Grand Prize Drawing.

Bonus Drawings:

Multi-Ticket Drawing

Prize:
2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK 350 Roadster or $50,000 cash
Entry Deadline:
May 20, 2016

50/50 Add-On Drawing

Prize:
50% of the cash proceeds from the 50/50 Add-On Drawing
Entry Deadline:
May 20, 2016

Facebook Drawing

Prize:
$1,000 Cash
Entry Deadline:
May 20, 2016

First in to Win Drawing

Prize:
$5,000 Cash
Entry Deadline:
First 5,000 tickets

Loyalty Drawing

Prize:
Trip to Fiji or $15,000 cash
Entry Deadline:
May 20, 2016

Prize Burst Drawings

Prize:
Apple iPad Air2 or $500 cash
Entry Deadline:
TBD

Grand Prize Drawing:

Grand Prize:
$1,750,000 Chicago Dream House or $1,500,000
2nd Prize:
Winner’s choice between an Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz C 250 Coupe, BMW X3, or $45,000 cash

Prizes 3-702:

3rd Prize:
Samsung® 48"e; Curved 4K UHD Smart TV
4th Prize:
Apple® 13"e; Macbook Air 4GB Storage
5th - 6th Prize:
Cannon® 40" EOS REBEL SL1
7th - 9th Prize:
Samsung® 40&qu" LED TV
10th - 14th Prize:
Apple® iPad mini 2 with Retina Display 16GB with WiFi
15th - 17th Prize:
Sony® Splashproof POV Action Cam
18th - 32nd Prize:
Yamaha® Micro Component System
33rd - 42nd Prize:
Sony® 1000W 5.1 Channel Blu-Ray Home Theater
43rd - 57th Prize
TCL® 32" Ultra Slim LED HDTV
58th - 67th Prize:
Samsung® 7" Galaxy Tab 4 with Cover and 16GB Micro SD
68th - 79th Prize:
Samsung® 24" LED HDTV
80th - 104th Prize:
Apple® iPod Nano 16GB
105th - 129th Prize:
Canon® PIXMA MX532 Printer
130th - 149th Prize:
Samsung® 7.1 Ch Smart 3D Blu-Ray Player
150th - 152nd Prize:
Amazon® Fire TV
153rd - 187th Prize:
Magellan® 5" RoadMate GPS
188th - 212nd Prize:
Sony® Point and Shoot 20.1MP Digital Camera
213th - 247th Prize:
Naxa® 10" Swivel Screen Portable DVD Player
248th - 322nd Prize:
iHome® Dual Charging Clock Radio
323rd - 452nd Prize:
RCA® 100 Watt DVD Home Theater System
453rd - 702nd Prize:
Apple® iPod Shuffle 2GB
Entry Deadline:
May 20, 2016

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@chicagoraffle.com as a trusted name in your address book.

Is this Dream Home Raffle legal?

Yes it is. The Hope Institute is licensed by the Sangamon County Clerk to conduct this charitable raffle.

Will the drawing be audited?

Yes, an independent auditor will audit and supervise all of the drawings.

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 35,000 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 over 700 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 $1,750,000 Dream House or $1,500,000 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 35,000. There are over 700 other prizes also available making the odds of winning a prize 1 in 50.

How many prizes are awarded?

Over 700 prizes are awarded including vehicles, vacations, electronics and more.

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 19, 2016 will be entered into the Early Bird Drawing 1. The Early Bird Drawing will take place on Wednesday March 2, 2016.

Prize: 
Winner’s choice between a 2016 Mini Cooper, 2016 Toyota Prius c, 2016 Ford Mustang, or $25,000 cash

Can you tell me more about Early Bird Drawing 2?

All tickets purchased by March 18, 2016 will be entered into the Early Bird Drawing 2. The Early Bird Drawing 2 will take place on Wednesday March 30, 2016.

1st Prize: 
Winner’s choice between a trip to Maui or $5,000 cash

Can you tell me more about Early Bird Drawing 3?

All tickets purchased by April 15, 2016 will be entered into the Early Bird Drawing 3. The Early Bird Drawing 3 will take place on Wednesday April 27, 2016.

1st Prize: 
Prize is the winner’s choice between a trip to Venice, Italy or $5,000 cash

What is the Multi-Ticket Drawing?

Prize: 
2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK 350 Roadster or $50,000 cash

Any individual who buys two or more Tickets will also receive an entry into the Multi-Ticket Drawing for each Ticket purchased. For example, if an individual purchases two Tickets, that individual will receive two entries into the Multi-Ticket Drawing. If an individual purchases three Tickets, that individual will receive three entries into the Multi-Ticket Drawing and so on. To be eligible for this drawing, entrants must purchase two or more Tickets using the same name and mailing address on each ticket and the entry must be received by 11:59 p.m. CST on May 20, 2016. The Multi-Ticket Drawing will be held at the same time as the Grand Prize Drawing. Multiple tickets purchased at the same time are eligible for discounts. 3-packs are available for $400 and 5-packs are available for $550.


What is the 50/50 Add-On Drawing?

50/50 Add-On Drawing

Prize: 
50% of the 50/50 Add-On Drawing Jackpot

Any individual who purchases a Dream House Raffle ticket may also purchase 50/50 Add-On Drawing tickets to win a jackpot equal to 50% of the cash proceeds from the sale of 50/50 tickets. Be sure to check back often to see the jackpot amount that is updated daily. To be eligible for the 50/50 Raffle, at the same time as an entrant purchases a Ticket, the entrant must also purchase at least one (1) 50/50 Ticket. Each 50/50 Ticket is $10.00. The following discounts are provided for multiple 50/50 Tickets purchased at the same time: five (5) 50/50 Tickets for $25.00 or fifteen (15) 50/50 Tickets for $50.00. No 50/50 Ticket entry will be accepted at any time after the purchase of a Ticket. Both the entry for the Ticket and 50/50 Ticket must be received by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on May 20, 2016 in order to be eligible to participate in the 50/50 Raffle.

What is the Facebook Drawing?

Facebook Drawing

Prize: 
$1,000 Cash

Any individual who is otherwise eligible to participate in the Raffle, who posts a public link to the Chicago Dream House Raffle website (www.chicagoraffle.com) on his/her Facebook page will be entered to win $1,000 cash. To be eligible, (1) the post must include the hashtag #ChicagoDreamHouseRafflePromo and be made by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on May 20, 2016 and (2) a screenshot or photo of the post along with the entrant’s name, email, and phone number must be sent to facebookprize@chicagoraffle.com by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on May 20, 2016. Only one (1) entry is permitted per person.

What is the First in to Win Drawing?

First in to Win Drawing

Prize: 
$5,000 Cash

Any Ticketholder who purchases one of the first 5,000 Tickets sold will receive an entry into the First in to Win Drawing to win $5,000 cash! Tickets entered into the First in to Win Drawing, including any winning Ticket, also will be included in any Early Bird Drawing for which the Ticket is eligible and in the Grand Prize Drawing. The drawing will be conducted at the same time as the First Early Bird Drawing.

What is the Loyalty Drawing?

Prize:
Trip to Fiji or $15,000 cash

Any individual who purchases a Ticket and also purchased a ticket in any of the following raffles will receive an entry into the Loyalty Drawing: 2015 THI Dream House Raffle, 2014 Dream House Raffle, THI’s 2013 Dream House Raffle, or THI’s 2011 Dream House Raffle. To be eligible for this drawing, the entry must be received by 11:59 p.m. CST on May 20, 2016. The Loyalty Drawing will be held at the same time as the Grand Prize Drawing.

What are the Prize Burst Drawings?

Prize Burst Drawings

Prize:
Apple iPad Air2 or $500 Cash

Any Ticketholder who purchases a Ticket on a day that is designated as a Prize Burst Drawing Day will receive automatically an entry into that day’s Prize Burst Drawing to win an Apple iPad Air2 16GB WiFi or $500 cash. There will be three (3) Prize Burst Drawing Days held at random during the period beginning on January 18, 2016 and ending on May 20, 2016. Be on the lookout for notices on the website and sign up to be on our email list to be notified. The Prize Burst Drawings will be held seven (7) days after the announcement of a Prize Burst Drawing Day.

Who benefits from this raffle?

The prize winners as well as The Hope Institute for Children and Families.

When does the raffle start and when does it end?

The raffle begins on January 18, 2016 and ends on May 20, 2016. If all tickets are sold before the May 20th deadline, the raffle will end sooner.

When will the prize drawings be held?

  • The Early Bird Drawing 1 will be held on Wednesday, March 2, 2016.
  • The First in to win Drawing will be held March 2, 2016 during the First Early Bird Drawing.
  • The Early Bird Drawing 2 will be held on Wednesday, March 30, 2016.
  • The Early Bird Drawing 3 will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2016
  • The Grand Prize Drawing, Multi-Ticket Drawing, Facebook Drawing, 50/50 Add-On Drawing, and the Loyalty Drawing will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2016 at the The Hope Institute for Children and Families facility in Springfield, IL.
  • Prize Burst Drawing dates are to be determined and will occur seven (7) days after the announcement of a Prize Burst Drawing Day

The Hope Institute for Children and Families reserves the right to change the drawing dates to be held earlier if all tickets are sold before May 20, 2016.

Do I have to be present to win?

No.

How will the winners be notified?

Winners will be notified by phone or email 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 The Hope Institute for Children and Families, 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 The Hope Institute for Children and Families, 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, The Hope Institute for Children and Families 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 will be required to submit an IRS Form 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 Hope Institute for Children and Families raffle web site, a list of winners may be obtained from HOPE by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: THE HOPE INSTITUTE FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES Dream House Raffle, 15 East Hazel Dell Lane, Springfield, IL 62712, within one week of the Grand Prize Drawing date.

How do I get more information on The Hope Institute for Children and Families?

Please visit http://www.thehopeinstitute.us/ or call 217-585-KIDS.

How can I make a tax-deductible contribution to The Hope Institute for Children and Families?

Please visit http://www.thehopeinstitute.us/giving  or call 217-585-KIDS. 

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@chicagoraffle.com