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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 winning a prize. Traditional raffles issued paper tickets, online raffles process everything via digital software - including ticket issue and draw! It's a faster and more efficient way of running a raffle fundraiser.

How does the online raffle feature work?


Here is a video explaining how the raffle feature works - GalaBid Raffle

How do I start an online raffle on GalaBid?


To get started and create your online raffle, click on any of the "Start Fundraising For Free" 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 feature to it. There is no lock in contract.

Do you need a licence to run a raffle?


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. To run a legal raffle you will need to check the raffle laws according to your State. 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 Commison here. If your country is not listed above please contact your local governing authority to see 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?


You can use GalaBid's online raffle feature in any country that allows a Stripe account -

Why choose an online raffle?


An online raffle is an excellent way to generate funds and make a bigger profit return on donated items. The times have changed significantly and it is become much harder to manage and administer traditional raffles where you manually sell tickets. By using an online raffle system you can now leverage the power of social media and online communications to increase the average donation size and total campaign contributions for your raffle significantly.

How to raise money using an online raffle?


By collecting donated prizes and adding their descriptions to your raffle item, you then sell tickets to the raffle at a price you determine. 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 go directly to you.

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 and all of those funds go directly to your Stripe account.

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 gets a percentage of the total. In a true 50-50, the winner gets half and the charity gets 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. They are also always visible in the participant's account and you can download the Raffle Tickets report in the Reports section to view participant's ticket numbers also.

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). The message will state with item code (number) they have one and the winning ticket number. There will also be a link included which takes them 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 they will be emailed a payment receipt from your Stripe account. If you would like to also issue an invoice from GalaBid please set this in Setup > Tax/Invoicing and you will need to 'Close the Auction' to issue them.

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?


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 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. All registration instructions and PDF are located within the platform for you to use. 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 as well as your Stripe account - 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, you can also ask for more registration fields ie phone number/company when setting up your 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 a Stripe account already. Setting up a Stripe account takes on average 10 additional minutes if you have all required information on hand. Some clients take a few days to have their Stripe account verified so this is the first recommended step to setting up a raffle.

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?


GalaBid does not charge a fee, you will incur fees through Stripe though (2.75% processing fee). Here is a video to how the GalaBid Voluntary Contribution works

Can I use PayPal to collect raffle ticket payments?


No, PayPal does not allow raffles, even with the paid version of the platform you will not be able to use PayPal to accept raffle ticket payments.

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 thousands of organisations around the world raise more. Our online fundraising technology is specifically designed for fundraisers and is packed with features that maximise results.

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, then you can also do here.