Special Olympics Northern California and Nevada
To buy tickets please call us at 925-944-8801 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Operated as a raffle or sweepstakes, the Pigskinz fundraiser is a game of chance. Tickets have 4 randomly selected professional football teams for each of the 17 weeks of regular season play. At the end of every week all 4 scores are added together, and several tickets with the highest (and optionally lowest) total scores win prizes. An optional grand prize can be awarded for the ticket with the highest combined weekly score.
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Pigskinz / Pigskin Madness is a raffle which last year brought in over $100,000 to 5 organizations, with the top organization (Special Olympics South Dakota) earning close to $40,000 in after-expense profit.
The concept is simple – raffle tickets have 4 randomly selected professional football teams for each of the 17 weeks of regular season play. At the end of every week all 4 scores are added together, and several tickets with the highest and lowest total scores win cash prizes. An optional grand prize winner is also often paid. Tickets can be either physical or digital.
There are more than 100 winners for most organizations so the odds of winning are pretty good, about 1 in 20 depending on sales volume, so it seems like everybody knows somebody who has won.
Most of the expense of Pigskin Madness is paid out in prizes, although that expense is typically significantly less than running a traditional 50/50 raffle, and with a whole lot more winners! Administrative fees are a very low 5%.
To run this raffle all you have to do as an organization is sell tickets, enter the buyers’ info into an online database, and pay the winners. We take care of everything else - all the score entry, report generation, website design, and data management. As an added bonus, you get a contact list of all the people who bought tickets, an invaluable resource when it comes to promoting your other fundraisers.
This year we’re excited about a brand new Ticket Manager App available for both iPhone and Android for ticket buyers to more easily check their scores. Also this year we are rolling out sponsorship ad spaces available in the mobile app, website, and results reports. You get to keep all of the money you raise by selling those ad spaces.
Pigskin Madness began on a Friday night with a phone call; “Hey Dave, do you know any programmers?” Todd from Special Olympics South Dakota then explained a fundraising concept that he wanted developed. After they hung up Dave started to put together a mock-up to show to his developer friends but soon realized that he was building the actual program himself. He spent all night working and the next morning Todd had an email in his inbox which asked “Is this what you’re looking for?” After Todd’s excited confirmation Dave spent a few weeks cleaning up the program and then he donated it to Special Olympics. For the first year Todd operated the program mostly on his own, running the numbers every week and preparing reports and such, but in the second year he asked Dave if he would consider operating the program instead. That freed Todd up to concentrate on sales and relationship building, and in the second year of operations SOSD sold over 2,500 tickets, with a net profit of over $40,000, making it one of their better fundraisers. Since that time SOSD has maintained a similar volume of sales consistently year over year, and this year they’re hoping will be their best year ever with the introduction of a new phone app to check scores for both Androids and iPhones.
Rules vary state by state on the legality of raffles and sweepstakes. Please check with your local officials, likely your local Secretary of State’s office, to determine any requirements before conducting any raffles. It is your organization’s responsibility to follow the law when conducting a raffle. Ultimately it is your own program that you are running, we are simply your contracted database administrators, web developers, and graphic designers.
The database program is capable of excluding bye weeks but because bye weeks aren’t announced until after organizations want their tickets to be printed then all so far have chosen to adopt a rule that states that if a team does not play in a given week, its score from the previous week will be used.
Because there are a limited number of possible point values, ties invariably happen. If there is a tie, prizes are typically combined and split equally between the winners.
Prize payouts are completely at your discretion. Some organizations choose to pay a grand prize winner, some do not. Each organization’s prize payouts are different. Most organizations choose to pay out between $9,000 and $10,000 in prizes. We have also had some success with smaller organizations paying out smaller prize payouts but with a statistically greater chance for participants to win due to lower volume of tickets sold.
SOSD 2018 payouts:
Grand Prize $500
HIGHEST Team Total $200
Second Highest $100
Third Highest $80
Fourth Highest $60
Fifth Highest $50
Sixth Highest $40
Seventh Highest $30
Eighth Highest $20
LOWEST Team Total $20
Ticket prices are completely at your discretion but all organization so far have chosen to price their tickets at $20.
To be eligible for each week’s prizes, tickets must be sold prior to the start of Thursday night’s football game. Data entry for each week must be completed prior to the end of the last game on Monday night. The Database Administrator will pull sales results from the online database only on weeks 1-3, after that organizations may request to have results pulled again from the online database but the Database Administrator may at their discretion add a small convenience fee to the final invoice.