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50/50 Raffles

50/50 Raffles are our bread and butter.  We love 50/50 raffles and charities do too. Charities love 50/50 raffles because there is little to no risk to them.  That's only a little bit true.  There is risk that the charity is wasting their time.  If you don't do a 50/50 raffle right there is risk that the charity doesn't get good results.  We do a lot of 50/50 raffles and we know what works and what doesn't work and we share that with our clients.  

50/50's FAQ

  • What is an electronic 50/50?
    A 50/50 raffle in which the prize is half the value of all the tickets sold during the event or a defined period of time. Traditionally these were paper tickets, now they can be paper tickets issued by our terminals or an eticket with an online purchase. The purchaser receives a ticket containing a number. Ticket stubs are printed with corresponding numbers and are placed in a drum (or a virtual drum with etickets) for a draw to determine the winner! Signage showing jackpot totals in the venue or online greatly increases jackpots.
  • Do we have to be a charity/non-profit?
    Well yes and no. In Canada you have to be a charitable organization. Each jurisdiction works within federal criminal code, but may vary somewhat on their definition of charitable organization. In the US, you have to be a 501(3)(c). We can sell our platform/equipment to non-charitable organizations, such as an or professional team, but a charitable organization has to run the raffle.
  • Who supplies the labour to sell tickets?
    The charitable organization has to supply the volunteers to sell tickets. Tap50:50 is a supplier of technology to the charitable gaming sector. We cannot hold the raffle or supply the volunteers.
  • Do we need a raffle license?
    In Canada, unequivocally yes. In the US, it's a maybe. Many states require licenses. Many don't.
  • What kind of terminals does Tap50:50 use?
    Our terminals are PCI compliant workhorses designed for state lotteries. They look very much like a debit machine. We have utilized a device with a built in printer to save teams/charities from purchasing a device and a hip printer along with only having to power the batteries of one device.
  • How is the draw done?
    We have two ways to do the draw. The best way is to press a button on our raffle platform and a gaming lab certified random number generator (RNG) will choose the winner(s) for you. The second way is to network small bank printers to a laptop and print out each individual ticket stub. This is the old school method used by teams when RNG draws weren't allowed in Canada. It still works, it' just a little clunkier, but some jurisdictions still require this method.
  • What does Tap50:50 charge?
    We like helping charity and believe in philanthropy so we charge a modest percentage of the jackpot depending on whether you buy or lease our equipment in jurisdictions where this is allowed. To speak in generalities, we charge 6% on terminal based sales if you purchase our equipment. Online may differ and festivals and one-off events that lease our equipment will be more.
  • When does Tap 50:50 get paid?
    TAP 50:50 does not run the raffle and therefore never actually is in possession of the raffle proceeds. You as a charity run the raffle with our equipment. When the raffle is over, the money is yours and you can pay us at a later date (soon would be nice).
  • We have no Wi-Fi. Can we still run a raffle?
    We are used to these kind of limitations and have ways to make them work despite the environment. We like to take a consultative approach on how to make your environment as productive as it can be. In 2019 we also added cellular raffle terminal capability.
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