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An online raffle is a highly effective and low-cost way to raise money for a great cause. GalaBid's paper-free digital raffle software is easy to use and delivers exceptional fundraising results .

The GalaBid online raffle ticket platform is simple to set-up. Watch the video to see how it works:
  • Online raffle ticketing makes purchase simple and increases sale opportunities.
  • Secure and automated raffle ticket selection means a fair draw.
  • Participants receive immediate post-draw notification of winning raffle ticket details.
  • A cash prize (where a % of the online raffle ticket sales is up for grabs) is a super easy option for time poor fundraisers.
  • Raffle is a great fundraising ideas for schools, clubs, churches or any non-profits and charities.

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Pre-event ticket purchasing

Give your raffle ticket sales a head start with pre-event purchasing. Secure and fast, our digital ticketing solution allows invitees to buy their raffle ticket direct from their mobile device.

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Frequent Asked Questions about Online Raffles

What is an online raffle?


A raffle is a means of raising money by selling numbered tickets, one or some of which are subsequently drawn at random. The holder or holders of such tickets win(s) a prize. Traditional raffles issue paper tickets, online raffles use software to process all elements of the raffle - including ticket issue and the draw! Online raffles are a faster and more efficient way of running a raffle fundraiser.

How do I start an online raffle on GalaBid?


To get started and create your online raffle, click on any of the "Start Your Free Fundraiser" buttons on this website, sign up to create your organization, then you'll be ready to create your first campaign where you'll be able to add the Raffle items to it. There is no lock in contract.

Do you need a licence to run a raffle?


To run a raffle you will need to check the raffle laws applicable in your local area. In the United States, raffles and lotteries are controlled by a combination of state and federal law. Legal requirements vary depending on where you are located. Raffles are prohibited in Utah, Alabama, and Hawaii. Raffle laws in Canada are handled by three different groups: the Criminal Code of Canada, the Competition Bureau Canada, and local municipalities. If you are in the UK please refer to the Gambling Commission here. If your country is not listed above please contact your local governing authority to find out if you are required to obtain a licence.

Are raffles legal?


GalaBid uses a PRNG (Pseudo Random Number Generator) with suitable entropy and ensures that ticket selection is uniformly distributed, which means when we use a random number to select a ticket, no tickets are more likely to be picked than others. To follow the legal guidelines of your state or province please search online and contact the governing parties accordingly.

What countries can we run our raffle in?


Stripe is the payment processor integrated with GalaBid. GalaBid can be used in any country where Stripe is available and online raffles are permitted in line with local laws. See the list of countries where Stripe is available here:

Why choose an online raffle?


An online raffle is a very effective way to significantly increase raffle proceeds.  It allows you to extend the reach of your raffle as you can leverage the power of social media and email to sell raffle tickets to a much wider and dispersed audience. With an online raffle, ticket sales can take place online in addition to in person.  Running a raffle online is easier to administer than distributing and selling tickets and collecting funds manually. Online Raffle ticket purchasers can self-serve, pay with credit and debit cards or Apple and Google Pay. Tickets are automatically distributed and winners are automatically notified. A certified random number generator ensures a fair and transparent raffle draw.

How to raise money using an online raffle?


By collecting raffle prizes and adding details and images to your raffle item(s), you then sell tickets to the raffle at a price you determine. You can also set prices for raffle ticket packages. Set a date that the raffle will be drawn and on that day close the online raffle and draw your winners. All funds paid through the platform will be deposited in the bank account linked to your Stripe account. GalaBid is integrated with Stripe for payment processing and setting up a Stripe account from within GalaBid is a quick and straightforward process. 

Can you use GalaBid to run a 50/50 raffle?


Yes, the summary page and reporting will show you clearly how much has been raised. All of the raffle proceeds will be deposited in the bank account linked to your Stripe account, allowing you to distribute 50% of the proceeds to the winner. 

What is a 50/50 raffle?


A 50-50 raffle, sometimes called a 'split the pot' raffle, is where the total raffle contributions are tallied up and the winner of the raffle receives  50% of the total. In a true 50-50, the winner receives half and the charity receives half. Some split the pots offer different percentages.

How do participants receive their ticket numbers?


Once payment is complete GalaBid will automatically send an email with a link to the raffle item which will show the participant their raffle ticket numbers. Raffle ticket numbers are also visible to the participant in their GalaBid account. A Raffle Tickets report can be downloaded from the campaign’s dashboard to view participants’ ticket numbers and a breakdown of ticket sales.

How are online raffle winners notified?


Once the online raffle is drawn the winner will be notified instantly via email (or SMS if they have opted into SMS communication - on Fixed Fee Pricing campaigns). The message will state with item code (number) they have won and the winning ticket number. A link is included which directs the winner to the raffle item description.

How many online raffle prizes can I have?


There is no limit to the number of prizes you can make available to your participants. Make sure to set the number of prizes you have within the one raffle item when editing and creating the raffle item. For example, set Prizes Available to 3 and then in the same item description list Prize 1 xxx, Prize 2 xxx, Prize 3 xxx

Are online raffle tickets tax deductible?


No, raffle ticket purchases are not tax-deductible, only charitable donations are.

Does the purchaser receive a receipt or invoice?


Yes, once payment is made for their raffle ticket the purchaser will be emailed a payment receipt from Stripe. They also receive an invoice from the raffle campaign. Include details of the raffle organizer on the GalaBid Invoice template within the campaign dashboard. 

Can I also ask for donations in my campaign?


Yes, add a Donation item type to your campaign in Items. Participants can then make a tax-deductible donation of their choice directly into your Stripe account. You can add the donation item in Items > Add Item and select the Donation Item Type. You have the ability to set a minimum donation in the same section.

How is personal information stored?


Information is stored in order to facilitate the campaign on GalaBid only. Please see our privacy policy at this link.

How do I promote my online raffle?


How you promote your raffle is key to its success. We suggest sending an EDM to all of your followers and posting on social media. You create your unique URL when you create your campaign, sharing this URL to your supporters is an easy way to invite them to partake. We also provide a QR code for you to download and share.

What kind of items can I include in my raffle?


You can include anything as long as it is legal and follows our terms and conditions - including, but not limited to, firearms, illegal drugs and paraphernalia, adult content and sexual services; view the full T+C's here.

Do participants have to register to purchase tickets?


To purchase tickets the participant must register and verify their email address. They are prompted to register to the campaign as part of the ticket purchase process.  We recommend keeping the number of registration fields to a minimum however custom fields can be added as required by the campaign.

How long does it take to set-up an online raffle?


You can create a raffle within a couple of minutes, if you have an existing to connect to the raffle campaign. Setting up a Stripe account takes on average 10 additional minutes, and can be done from within the GalaBid dashboard if you have all required information on hand or if you are setting up a Stripe account as an individual. Large charities may need to supply additional information to Stripe as part of the set up process so we recommend that setting up a Stripe account takes place as soon as possible.

Can we offer different raffle ticket packages?


Yes, you can create as many packages as you wish for discounted or non-discounted amounts, this can be done when creating/editing the Raffle item in Advanced Options

How many images can I load for my raffle item?


You can load unlimited number of images for your item, the platform accepts PNG and JPEG files

Are there fees to run my raffle through Galabid?


There are two pricing options. Free software plus voluntary contributions + Stripe fees or Fixed Fee (7%) + Stripe Fees and no voluntary contributions.

Can I use PayPal to collect raffle ticket payments?


No, PayPal does not allow raffles. Also, GalaBid is exclusively integrated with Stripe. 

Can I sell/assign free raffle tickets?


No, the minimum amount per raffle ticket is $1.


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Pre-event Ticket Purchasing

Give your raffle ticket sales a head start with pre-event purchasing. Secure and fast, our digital ticketing solution allows invitees to buy their raffle ticket direct from their mobile device.

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Instant Payment

Make purchasing simple with our instant payment system. Winning bidders can pay and checkout directly from their mobile device as soon as the auction closes.

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Mobile Alerts

Real-time mobile alerts make sure participants stay in the loop. Automated notifications let ticket holders know if they’ve got the winning ticket.

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Secure Payment

Our secure payment gateway offers confidence and peace of mind.

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Custom Design

Make your raffle as unique as your event. Design flexibility means you can customise the raffle to showcase your prizes and your cause.

Please check the rules and regulations of your local state or country before conducting a fundraising raffle. GalaBid is not responsible or liable if you conduct a raffle and do not have the necessary local license or permit.

Why GalaBid?

With over a decade’s experience, we know fundraising. The GalaBid fundraising platform has helped tens of thousands of events and organisations around the world raise more. Our online fundraising technology is specifically designed for fundraisers and is packed with features that maximise results online and at events.

GalaBid is Free to use for Organizers

We are funded through the generosity of donors and winning bidders that make a voluntary contribution towards our costs. This enables us to continue to enhance the GalaBid platform. If you would like to contribute to GalaBid, you can do so here. Your support is much appreciated.