The Quincy Catholic Elementary Schools and Quincy Notre Dame foundations will start the third annual "Everybody Wins" Mega Raffle with a kickoff event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Quincy Mall Fountain Court.
There will be only 4,000 tickets sold for $100 each. Ticket sales begin Saturday and are being sold through families and offices of the four Catholic elementary schools and Quincy Notre Dame. Tickets can be purchased online at www.quincymegaraffle.com. All sales are final and non-refundable. Ticketholders don't need to be present to win.
There will be 111 prizes awarded. Each Wednesday in May will be "Winning Wednesday" with drawings that will award $100 to five winners. There will also be five "Fantastic Friday" drawings in May with one $500 winner selected. All drawings will be broadcast live on Y101 KRRY-FM between 7:40 a.m. and 8:20 a.m.
This year's event features a Super-Early Bird drawing for $1,000. To be eligible for that drawing, tickets must be purchased and returned to the QND Foundation office by 4 p.m. April 5. The drawing will be held at 7:50 a.m. on April 15 on Y101.
The top 80 prizes will be awarded at the "Everybody Wins" Mega Raffle Mega Event on at 5 p.m. June 1 at the St. Anthony Parish Grounds. Included in the top 80 prized are the third-place prize of $10,000, second-place prize of either a Toyota RAV 4 or a 2013 Toyota Camry, and the grand prize winner will receive $100,000.
"Thanks to all the support from the Quincy community, especially our more than 900 Catholic schools families, we've had two very successful raffles, and we hope this year's raffle will be equally successful," said Paul Rittof, executive director of the QCES Foundation.
"In addition to wanting to support our five Catholic schools, people love the idea that they have a 1 in 4,000 chance of winning the top three prizes, and a 1 in 36 chance of winning at least $100. It's hard to beat those odds."
There will be $40,000 available to the five Catholic schools through the $10 "Ticket Give Back" program. On the Mega Raffle ticket, the purchaser of the ticket can choose if he or she wants $10 of his or her ticket to be given to one school or divided equally among two or more schools.
"We have been so blessed by the Catholic school families and the hard work they have put forth to make this fundraiser a success," said QND Foundation Executive Director Kurt Stuckman. "The ‘Everybody Wins' Mega Raffle has had a deep impact on financial assistance for families and technology for pre-K through 12th grades."
For more information, contact Rittof at (217) 779-3157 or Stuckman at (217) 224-2598.