While trying to think of some fun new ideas for the site and a way to thin the herd of action figures holed up in my office, my wife walked in and suggested a raffle. A raffle? Isn’t that something you do at a grade school carnival, right after the cakewalk? Something senior citizens do between games of bingo? She just might be onto something. Sounds like it could be fun.
Fun. That was the word to describe the idea of a raffle, but boy does it lose it’s entertainment value once you start organizing it.
What are the prizes? How much are tickets? How many prizes should there be? Can you win more than one? Am I going to get sued because someone thinks it’s rigged? How can I prove it’s not rigged? The questions just go on and on.
So here it is, The Fighting 118th’s first official raffle. This is a totally new experiment and I’m sure there will be a bump or two along the way, but I promise to do everything I can to make it end well. Everyone that wins will get their prizes, guaranteed. The money generated by the raffle will be used to buy even more prizes for future contests and help with continuous upgrades to the site.
1.) Open to all registered members of the Fighting118th.com’s forums (not the same as the front page you are reading this on) living in the lower 48 states of the US. You must be able to send a Private Message (PM) from the forums to buy a ticket. All new members welcome.
2.) Tickets are $5 each with no limit on how many you can buy. To purchase a ticket, send a PM to pcsguy88 (me) thru the forums and I will send you a reply with instructions.
3.) Prizes will be drawn in order starting with the Grand Prize and ending with the consolation prize. No limit to how many prizes you can win, so purchasing multiple tickets might just earn you multiple prizes.
4.) Tickets are individually numbered (exactly the same as those from the school carnival). Once purchased, the number will be PM’d to you and your name will be written on the back of it before adding it into the jar.
5.) To avoid accusations of wrongdoing, my 5yr old daughter will be filmed drawing the tickets and video will be posted. If you have a problem with this method, do not buy a ticket.
6.) Ability to pay thru Paypal is required. Legal name, forum user ID and email address must be provided with payment so I can match the payments to the PM’s requesting tickets and have a secondary way to contact you.
7.) I work all night and sleep all day, so response to PM’s will most likely come in the wee hours of the morning. Please give me 24hrs to respond before complaining. I have no idea how many PM’s I will be getting since this is the first time I have done anything like this, so please have some patience. I will do the best I can to keep up.
8.) All prizes are loose and from my personal collection. Nothing is New In Box this time around.
9.) By purchasing a ticket, you are agreeing to these rules whether you read them or not. If you didn’t read them, how did you know how to buy a ticket? Please do not buy a ticket if you feel we are going to cheat, this is for fun and I have no preference on who the winners are. If you win, you win and if you lose, you lose just like the lottery.
Deadline for ticket purchases is Sunday, May 22nd at 9pm CDT and the Drawing will take place the evening of Wednesday, May 25th.
Now that we have the Rules out of the way, let’s move onto the fun stuff.
Grand Prize: A complete ARAH era W.H.A.L.E. (This thing is over 20yrs old!) Figures pictured are not included, but it will come with original Cutter figure and his filecard.
1st Prize: PTE Chinese Type 92 Infantry Fighting Vehicle with 6 POC Cobra Alley Vipers
2nd Prize: PTE Chinese Fast Attack Vehicle with 4 POC Cobra Shocktroopers
3rd Prize: PTE US Fast Attack Vehicle with 4 OurWar US figures
4th Prize: Body Bag #1 – 1 gallon bag full of misc figures/parts with sandwich bag full of misc weapons/gear. Some complete, some fodder, you never know what you might find.
5th Prize: Body Bag #2 – 1 gallon bag full of misc figures/parts with sandwich bag full of misc weapons/gear. Some complete, some fodder, you never know what you might find.