Sweepstakes are an easy and fun way of raising money within your workplace or friendship group. Basically, the fundraiser is a lottery and the prize money is generated from the entry fees paid by participants.
How does it work?
- Choose an event or competition to base your sweepstake on, for example, the Rugby World Cup or Football World Cup etc
- The number of participants can be as many as the competitiors available, ie if there are 32 teams in the World Cup, 32 people could enter. If you don't have a large group of willing participants, you could allow people to enter more than once.
- Participants pay a set amount to enter the sweepstake and put their money on one of the competitors (we would suggest $2-$10).
- Make a record of everyone's entry. Take down their name, assigned team and whether they have paid their entry fee.
- Once their money has been paid, participants should draw a name out of the hat at random, and this shall be their team.
- Once the results of the competition, event or league are announced, the participant who picked the winner receives half of the total money and the remaining funds come to Brake.
- If you manage to build up some friendly competition in your office, sweepstakes can become a regular fundraiser. You could even keep a league table of winners.
How to organise it
Use a Brake sweepstake pack. It includes: instructions of how to play; cut outs of all the competitors of the competition to put into a hat ready for selection; a form to write down who each of the participants drew out of the hat.
Click below to download our current sweepstake pack:
Rugby World Cup
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