Special Olympics Southern California's Dream Big Raffle is one of our largest fundraisers. The raffle aims to raise funds for Special Olympics Southern California in its continuing effort to empower individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive, and respected members of society. In addition to supporting Special Olympics Southern California, the raffle will give away over 2,800 prizes, of which the grand prize is an Encino dream home or $1 million annuity.
Grand Prize Drawing:
Entry Deadline: May 19, 2023
No. Pursuant to California statutory regulations and to section 320.5 of the Penal Code, charitable raffle tickets may not be sold or accepted on the internet.
At least three weeks. All tickets purchased before an entry deadline are included in a drawing even if the customer's portion of the ticket arrives after the drawing date.
Receipts are delivered within 5 minutes after an order is processed to the email address provided at the time of entry. If you did not receive your email receipt, check your SPAM folder, or add firstname.lastname@example.org as a trusted name in your address book.
Yes, it is. In the summer of 2001, the California Legislature amended the state constitution to allow eligible non-profit organizations to conduct raffles as a means of raising funds. Special Olympics Southern California is registered with the California Attorney General's Office to conduct this charitable raffle.
Yes, an independent auditor will audit the early bird drawings, the multi-ticket drawing, and the grand prize drawing.
Raffle Tickets are one for $150, 3-packs for $400, and 5-packs for $550
You may buy as many tickets as you like, subject to availability.
Only 70,000 tickets will be sold. The chances of winning are based on that number. If fewer tickets are sold, the chances of winning the Grand Prize and other prizes improve. There are over 2,800 total prizes making the odds of winning a prize 1 in 25. Purchasing more than one ticket increases the chances of winning.
The odds of winning the Dream House or the $1,000,000 annuity are based on the number of tickets sold. If all tickets are sold, the odds of winning the Grand Prize are 1 in 70,000. There are over 2,800 other prizes available, making the odds of winning a prize 1 in 25.
2,800 prizes are awarded, including the grand prize, vehicles, vacations, and electronics.
A minimum number of tickets sold threshold is set each year so that the raffle can be a sustainable fundraiser for Special Olympics Southern California. If the threshold is met, then the house becomes an option for the Grand Prize Winner. While we always hope we will be able to offer the house as the Grand Prize, as of the 2022 raffle the minimum number of tickets sold threshold has never been met. For the 2023 Dream Big Raffle, a minimum of 67,000 tickets must be sold in order for the house to be an option.
All prizes for the Dream Big Raffle are purchased, including the house. A minimum number of tickets sold is needed for the raffle to continue as a viable fundraiser and so that we can purchase the house if the Grand Prize Winner selects this option.
None of the prizes awarded are donated; all are purchased by Special Olympics Special Southern California.
There are two Early Bird Drawings. This is meant to encourage people to purchase tickets sooner rather than later. If you purchase a ticket before an early bird deadline you are included in the early bird drawing, the subsequent early bird drawings AND in the grand prize drawing. All tickets entered into the early bird drawings, as well as early bird drawing winners are included in the grand prize drawing.
All tickets purchased by March 17, 2023, will be entered into Early Bird Drawing 1. The drawing will take place on Friday, March 31, 2023.
Prize: Winner's choice between a 2023 Porsche 718 Boxter T plus $20,000, or $100,000 cash
All tickets purchased by April 21, 2023, will be entered into Early Bird Drawing 2. The drawing will take place on Wednesday, May 3, 2023.
Prize: Winner's choice between a 2023 BMW 330i or $50,000 cash
Any individual who buys three or more tickets will be automatically entered into the Multi-Ticket Drawing. To be eligible, entrants must purchase three or more tickets during the same purchase, using one method of payment, using the same name on each ticket, and using the same mailing address for each eligible ticket. For each eligible ticket purchased, a corresponding ticket will be added into the Multi-Ticket Drawing. Three tickets purchased will have three tickets entered into the Multi-Ticket Drawing. Four tickets purchased will have four tickets entered into the Multi-Ticket Drawing, etc. Multiple tickets purchased at the same time are eligible for discounts. 3-packs are available for $400, and 5-packs are available for $550.
The prize winners as well as Special Olympics Southern California.
The raffle begins on January 30, 2023 and ends on May 19, 2023. If all tickets are sold before the May 19 deadline, the raffle will end sooner.
Winners will be notified by the contact information provided at the time of ticket purchase. The winning names will also be posted on socalraffle.com shortly after the drawing.
Any person 18 years of age or older. Special Olympics Southern California employees, members of the Board of Directors, employees of their agents, consultants, attorney, our independent accounting firm, their spouses and children living in the same household are excluded from participating and are not eligible to win a prize. All federal, state, local laws and regulations apply. The raffle is void where prohibited or restricted by law. An affidavit of eligibility, provided by Special Olympics Southern California, may be required from prize winners.
No. The IRS does not consider raffle tickets to be a tax-deductible contribution.
Yes. In addition, Special Olympics Southern California will withhold required federal taxes for all prizes over $5,000 in accordance with federal law, and the organization will remit the balance of the cash prizes to the winner. All prize winners of prizes over $5,000 will be required to submit an IRS Form W-2G in order to be awarded the prize. Residents outside of California may be required to pay state withholding taxes for prizes over $1,500.
Yes. They may be viewed under the Rules and Regulations section of this website.
Prize winners will be contacted according to the contact information provided at the time of ticket purchase. In addition to a list of winners posted on the Special Olympics Southern California Raffle website, a list of winners may be obtained from SOSC by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: SOSC Dream Big Raffle, 1600 Forbes Way, Suite 200, Long Beach, CA 90810, within one week of the Grand Prize Drawing date.
Please visit sosc.org or call 562-502-1100.
Please visit sosc.org/donate or call 562-502-1100.