2024 Raffle PosterHow to Get Involved

Beginning Sunday, April 7, and every Sunday until we sell out, there will be a “Show Me the Money” 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 chance to win $5000 in cash. 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 “Show Me the Money” 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 the Raffle table so they can be redistributed for sale.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have questions; whom do I contact?
Bill Adams can be contacted anytime at raffle@firstparishportland.com or by text/phone at (207) 939-8766. Or contact one of the Raffle committee members: Bill Adams, Jackie Oliveri, Emily Brackett, Nancy Berges, Bob Fowler, Val Blais, Mary Morin, Sue Cook, Jason Shedlock, or Elissa Armstrong.

Where do we get tickets to sell?
During Coffee Hour any Sunday starting April 7, or from Bill Adams anytime, or from our office administrator (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 11:30 am to 4:30 pm).

Who can buy a ticket?
Anyone 18 and over.

What is the price of a ticket?
$20. No more than 2000 tickets will be sold, so the odds of winning are much higher than most raffles.

Can tickets be purchased online?
No, only direct sales are permitted.

What payment methods are accepted?
Cash or personal checks payable to First Parish with RAFFLE on the memo line; credit card; or Venmo (@Bill-Adams-34). Checks with insufficient funds make the purchaser ineligible for prizes.

Where do the proceeds go and how much money do we hope to make?
Proceeds go to support First Parish. If we sell all 2,000 tickets, First Parish will make $32,500!

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

When do the tickets have to be turned in?
Final deadline to turn in sold ticket packets is noon, Sunday, June 2, 2024, the day of the drawing.

When is the raffle drawing?
At the Coffee Hour following the service on Sunday, June 2, 2024. The drawing will be held at 12:00 pm in the Parish Hall. The winner does not need to be present to win.

I’m selling a ticket to someone who lives out of town/state. How do I do that?
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.

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

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

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.
  • Prizes must be redeemed by June 30, 2025.
  • Terms and conditions apply. see below.

2024 Raffle Terms and Conditions

The First Parish in Portland will conduct the 2024 “Show Me the Money” Raffle drawing at First Parish on Sunday, June 2, 2024, at noon. We will notify the people who purchased the selected raffle tickets (the “Winners”) by phone and/or email, as provided on the winning ticket stubs, by Sunday, June 9, 2024. The Winner is entitled to decide how to spend their winnings (based on the limits of the prize).

  • First Prize – $5000 cash
  • Second Prize – $1000 cash
  • Third Prize – We will draw 5 third place prizes for $100 each.

The Winner may expand the contents of their prize at his or her own cost and expense.

The Winner must claim the prize by June 30, 2025.

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 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 with the use of the prize money. By accepting cash, 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, personal check, credit card, or Venmo. Each ticket buyer must write the 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.