2019 Raffle Terms and Conditions

First Parish in Portland – A Unitarian Universalist Congregation 425 Congress Street, Portland, Maine

The First Parish in Portland or its designated representative will conduct the 2019 “Dinner for Two Anywhere in the World” Raffle drawing at First Parish on Sunday, December 22, 2019, at noon.
We will notify the person who purchased the selected raffle ticket (the “Winner”) by phone and/or email, as provided on the winning ticket stub, by Monday, January 7, 2020.

The Winner is entitled to two round-trip airline flights to and from any major airport, dinner for two at the restaurant of choice, and a two-night stay at a hotel for two, up to a total package reimbursement value not to exceed Five-Thousand Dollars ($5,000), (the “Prize”). The destination and restaurant will be selected by the Winner.

The Winner may extend travel dates at his or her own cost and expense. The Prize does not include bush flights or ground transportation, alcoholic beverages, or any other entertainment or services beyond those explicitly stated in these conditions. The total travel Prize reimbursement is not to exceed FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($5,000). The Winner must use the Prize by July 1, 2020. All travel arrangements must be booked through First Parish or its designated representative. Blackout dates may apply.

  • The Winner must be at least 18 years of age and may be required to provide proof of age to First Parish.
  • The Winner will receive a W-2G form from First Parish, and the value of the Prize will be treated as ordinary income to the Winner for federal and state income tax purposes. The Winner may be required to pre-pay a portion of the tax liability prior to receiving the Prize.
  • Prior to accepting the Prize, the Winner may be required to provide to First Parish an IRS W-9 Form, a clear and readable photocopy of identification (such as a driver’s license or passport), social security number, and any other required forms. The Winner represents and warrants to First Parish that all information submitted with respect to receipt of the Prize is complete and accurate.
  • First Parish is not liable for any loss, injury, death, accident, theft, illness, or other misfortune of any nature whatsoever incurred during this trip or resulting from it. By accepting airline tickets or any other portion of the Prize, the Winner releases First Parish, its employees, directors, agents, and attorneys from any and all obligations to the Winner and any and all claims or causes of action that may exist against First Parish, known or unknown, as well as any such obligations, claims, or causes of action arising from the Winner’s acceptance of the Prize. First Parish makes no warranty whatsoever, express or implied, with respect to the Prize.
  • The IRS takes the position that no portion of the ticket price will qualify as a charitable contribution for federal income tax purposes.
  • First Parish will apply net raffle proceeds to servicing the public benefit of the community by working toward the fulfilment of its mission.
  • Tickets cost TWENTY DOLLARS ($20.00) each and may be purchased by cash or personal check or credit card. Each ticket buyer must write purchaser’s name, telephone number or email address on each ticket.
  • Raffle tickets may not be deposited in the federal postal service; doing so is a violation of federal law and may lead to penalties.

Ticket Seller Information

How to Get Involved
Beginning October 6th and every Sunday until we sell out, there will be a Dinner for Two Anywhere in the World Raffle table in the Parish Hall after the service where you can pick up new and turn in sold raffle tickets. We hope each First Parish member/family/friend will sell at least 10 tickets on the church’s behalf. Proceeds go directly to support First Parish. You will be amazed how easily these tickets will sell. For just $20/ticket, your co-workers, friends, and family members have a shot at winning a fantastic vacation anywhere in the world. And the odds are excellent: it’s a 1 in 2000 (or better) chance of winning.

Do’s and Don’ts

Please DO:
• be careful with your tickets and moneys collected.
• keep each payment clipped with its corresponding ticket stub (this is very important!).
• make sure written info (on ticket stub and check) is complete and legible.

Please Do NOT:
• lose your tickets.
• give people stubs to be filled out later.
• directly sell raffle tickets online or mail tickets. It’s illegal!

Completed Ticket Sales
Each ticket’s payment must be attached to the corresponding ticket stub (paper clips provided). Return stubs and payments weekly to the Dinner for Two Anywhere in the World Raffle table after the service.

If you’ve sold as many as you think you can sell and still have tickets left, return the unsold tickets to theDinner for two Anywhere in the World Raffle table so they can be redistributed for sale.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. I have questions; whom do I contact?
A. Bill Adams can be contacted anytime: raffle@firstparishportland.com or text/cell phone: (207) 939-8766 or one of our Dinner Anywhere in the World Raffle committee members: Bill Adams, Jackie Oliveri, Betsy Garnett, Jennifer Bell-Taylor, Dan Hughes.

Q. Where do we get tickets?
A. During Coffee Hour any Sunday starting October 6th or from Bill Adams anytime or from Sheila Sullivan from 10:00am to 4:00pm Tuesday through Friday.

Q. Can tickets be purchased online?
A. No. Maine state law prohibits selling raffle tickets via the Internet. However, you can ADVERTISE the sale online – on Facebook, via email, etc.

Q. What payment methods are accepted?
A. Cash or personal checks, payable to First Parish with RAFFLE on the memo line or credit card. Checks with insufficient funds make the purchaser ineligible for Prizes.

Q. Where do the proceeds go and how much money do we hope to make?
A. Proceeds go to support First Parish. If we sell all 2000 tickets, First Parish will make $33,000!!!

Q. I’ve sold all my tickets and I need more. What do I do?
A. First, pat yourself on the back for a job well done!!! Then pick up more tickets after church or call/text Bill Adams (see above) to turn in your sold ticket stubs and monies. Someone will then issue you another packet of 10 tickets.

Q. When do the tickets have to be turned in?
A. Final deadline to turn in sold ticket packets is noon, Sunday, December 22, 2019, the day of the drawing.

Q. When is the raffle drawing?
A. At the Coffee Hour following the church service on December 22, 2019. The drawing will be held at 12:00pm in the Parish Hall. The winner does not need to be present to win.

Q. I’m selling a ticket to someone who lives out of town/state. How do I do that?
A. Please fill out the ticket for them. Do not send tickets through the U.S. Mail as it is illegal to do so. We recommend emailing or texting them a photo of their filled-out ticket.

Q. Is the prize transferable?
A. Yes, and all terms and conditions apply to new recipient. First Parish must be notified of this transfer.

Q. Will the information provided on the ticket be used for mailing lists or any other purpose?
A. No, we will only contact the person named on the winning ticket. We will not use anyone’s contact information for any other purpose.

Q. Anything else I should know?
• Fill in the tickets stubs completely and legibly. Name and phone number are the most important! We want to be able to call the winner right away if he or she is not present at the drawing.
• Read the First Parish Announcements and e-blasts for more info and updates about the raffle.
• Terms and Conditions apply: see firstparishportland.org/raffle/ for details