In a “progressive raffle,” a winner is drawn and one prize is given away on the last day of each month. Anyone buying a ticket has 12 potential chances to win in the course of a year.
In 1998, The Log A Load For Kids Wiregrass District (Alabama) asked 12 vendors, customers, and local businesses for a $500 donation or a $500 gift certificate to use as monthly prizes for its first progressive raffle. When a $500 donation was made, prizes were purchased (rifles, fishing rods, etc.) Many of the purchased items cost less than $500, so the difference was added into the proceeds. One month the prize was $500 in cash.
Loggers and forestry friends were asked to sell raffle tickets for $15. The raffle tickets were easy to sell, with many people making a $150 contribution and buying 10 tickets; the idea of having 12 chances to win 12 great prizes is a very attractive inducement.
A donor paid for the cost of printing the 2,000 tickets, so there were no expenses.
This raffle raised over $15,000 for Log A Load For Kids its first year and is now an annual fundraiser in Alabama. (Please review your state and local laws before conducting any raffle.)