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Frequently Asked Questions

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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 550 prizes, of which the grand prize is a $1.6 million home or $1.3 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: 888-418-6608, 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

Prize:
Winner’s choice between a 2014 Mini Cooper, 2014 Toyota Prius c, 2014 Ford Mustang, or $25,000 cash
Entry Deadline:
February 21, 2014

Early Bird Drawing 2

1st Prize:
Winner’s choice between a trip to Prague, Czech Republic, a trip to Vienna, Austria, or $5,000 cash
2nd Prize:
Winner’s choice between a trip to Maui, a trip to Jamaica, or $5,000 cash
Entry Deadline:
March 21, 2014

Early Bird Drawing 3

1st Prize:
Prize is the winner’s choice between a trip to Quebec City, Montreal and Toronto, a trip to Costa Rica, or $5,000 cash
Entry Deadline:
April 18, 2014

Bonus Drawings:

Multi-Ticket Drawing

Prize:
2014 Mercedes-Benz SLK 350 Roadster or $50,000 cash
Entry Deadline:
May 23, 2014

Refer-A-Friend Drawing

Prize:
Pair (2) of Vespa LX 150 IE or $10,000 cash
Entry Deadline:
May 23, 2014

Loyalty Drawing

Prize:
Trip to Fiji or $15,000 cash
Entry Deadline:
May 23, 2014

Grand Prize Drawing:

Grand Prize:
$1,600,000 Chicago Dream House or $1,300,000
2nd Prize:
Winner’s choice between an Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz C 250 Coupe, BMW X3, or $45,000 cash

Prizes 3-550:

1 50" Slim LED HDTV w/Smart TV, CMR 240, 1080p Resolution
1 13" MacBook Pro, 2.9GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7
2 32" LED HDTV, 1080p Resolution
2 EOS REBEL T5i EF-S 18-55 IS STM KIT
3 39" LED HDTV, 1080p Resolution
3 Bluetooth Desktop Audio System, Black
5 4.3" GPS Navigation System w/Lifetime Maps
6 Blu-Ray Disc Player w/WiFi
8 16GB White iPad Mini, WiFi Kit with Case
10 iPod nano - 16GB, Slate
10 22" LED HDTV, 1080p
10 Galaxy GT3 7" Tablet, White
10 5.1 Channel 500 Watt 3D Blu-Ray Home Theater System
12 PIXMA MG5420 Wireless Photo All-In-One Inkjet Printer
20 10" Swivel Screen Portable DVD Player w/USB/SD/MMC Inputs
25 3D Blu-Ray Player w/WiFi
25 Kindle Paperwhite
35 ST150 16.2 MP Digital Camera w/WiFi, Cobalt Black
40 DV150F 16.2 Dual View Digital Camera, Cobalt Black
90 iPod shuffle - 2GB, Silver
112 100 Watt DVD Home Theater System
120 Dual Charging Clock Radio w/Lightning Dock
Entry Deadline:
May 23, 2014

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 raffle auditor will audit the raffle as well as supervise the early bird drawings, the multi-ticket drawing, the refer-a-friend drawing, the loyalty drawing, and the grand prize drawing.

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 50,000 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 550 total prizes making the odds of winning a prize 1 in 90. Purchasing more than one ticket increases the chances of winning.

What are the odds of winning?

The odds of winning the $1,600,000 Dream House or $1,300,000 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 50,000. There are over 550 other prizes also available making the odds of winning a prize 1 in 90.

How many prizes are awarded?

Over 550 prizes are awarded including the grand prize dream house, vehicles, vacations, electronics and jewelry.

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 21, 2014 will be entered into the Early Bird Drawing 1. The Early Bird Drawing will take place on Wednesday March 5, 2014. 

Prize: 
Winner’s choice between a 2014 Mini Cooper, 2014 Toyota Prius c, 2014 Ford Mustang, or $25,000 cash

Can you tell me more about Early Bird Drawing 2?

All tickets purchased by March 21, 2014 will be entered into the Early Bird Drawing 2. The Early Bird Drawing 2 will take place on Wednesday April 2, 2014. 

1st Prize: 
Winner’s choice between a trip to Prague, Czech Republic, a trip to Vienna, Austria, or $5,000 cash
2nd Prize: 
Winner’s choice between a trip to Maui, a trip to Jamaica, or $5,000 cash

Can you tell me more about Early Bird Drawing 3?

All tickets purchased by April 18, 2014 will be entered into the Early Bird Drawing 3. The Early Bird Drawing 3 will take place on Wednesday April 30, 2014. 

1st Prize: 
Prize is the winner’s choice between a trip to Quebec City, Montreal and Toronto, a trip to Costa Rica, or $5,000 cash

What is the Multi-Ticket Drawing?

Prize: 
2014 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 23, 2014.  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 Refer-A-Friend Drawing?

Refer-A-Friend Drawing

Prize: 
Pair (2) of Vespa LX 150 IE or $10,000 cash

For every person who purchases a ticket and provides your name at the time of purchase, you will receive one ticket entry specifically for the Refer-A-Friend Drawing. If two people you refer each purchase a separate ticket, you will receive two entries, if three people you refer each purchase separate tickets, you will receive three entries, etc. Drawing will be held at the time of the Grand Prize 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 either of The Hope Institute’s 2013 Dream House Raffle or 2011 Dream House Raffle will receive an entry into the Loyalty Drawing.  To be eligible for this drawing, the entry must be received by 11:59 p.m. CST on May 23, 2014.  The Loyalty Drawing will be held at the same time as the Grand Prize Drawing.


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 20, 2014 and ends on May 23, 2014. If all tickets are sold before the May 23rd deadline, the raffle will end sooner. 

When will the prize drawings be held?

  • The Early Bird Drawing 1 will be held on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
  • The Early Bird Drawing 2 will be held on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.
  • The Early Bird Drawing 3 will be held on Wednesday, April 30, 2014
  • The Grand Prize Drawing, Multi-Ticket Drawing, the Refer-A-Friend Drawing, and the Loyalty Drawing will be held on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the The Hope Institute for Children and Families facility in Springfield, IL.
  • 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 23, 2014.

Do I have to be present to win?

No. 

How will the winners be notified?

Winners will be notified by phone 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/ways-to-give/donate  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