Special Olympics Washington (SOWA), a tax exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, is conducting this raffle pursuant to SB 5723, Washington Administrative Code 230-03-152, to raise funds for ongoing charitable purposes. The Rules and Regulations of the SOWA raffle are set forth below. By purchasing a raffle ticket the purchaser agrees to be bound by these rules and regulations. SOWA’s interpretation and application of the rules and regulations shall be final.
The Grand Prize Drawing for Special Olympics Washington Dream House Raffle will be held on Friday, May 10, 2019 at the Seattle Center, Seattle WA. All early bird drawings will be held at 2815 2nd Ave, Suite 370, Seattle WA 98121. Tickets will not be sold after April 26, 2019. Tickets may sell out before that time. An independent raffle auditor will supervise the drawing. The drawing for prizes may be open to the public, but the winner does not need to be present to win. Only 65,000 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. The IRS has taken the position that amounts paid for chances in raffles, lotteries or similar drawings for valuable prizes are not gifts, and consequently do not qualify as deductible charitable contributions.
The Grand Prize Winner assumes all fees, local, state and federal taxes (including but not limited to income taxes based on the value of the prize). Likewise, there are federal taxes and there may be state and/or local tax consequences if the winner selects the alternate cash prize. (See Prizes section below) These consequences may apply to other prizes as well. SOWA takes no responsibility for any tax liabilities. Consult your tax advisor. This offer is void where prohibited by law, and all federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.
By entering this raffle, entrants accept and agree (1) to be bound by all the rules, limitations and restrictions set forth here and (2) that their names and/or likenesses may be disclosed to and used by the news media and may otherwise be used by SOWA for publicity purposes and in lists of prize winners to be published in area newspapers and announced on the SOWA raffle website. SOWA will provide purchasers all raffle information as required by WAC 230-11-015. Other rules and regulations may apply. Please contact SOWA if you have questions. SOWA’s interpretation and application of the rules and regulations shall be final.
By entering this raffle, each participant releases SOWA, its directors, officers, employees and agents from any and all liability for injuries, losses or damages of any kind caused by participating in the raffle or winning any prize or resulting from acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize, and each winner agrees to indemnify and hold SOWA harmless from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind rising in connection with or as a result of participating in the raffle or the winner’s acceptance or use of any prize.
Tickets are $150 each, 3-pack for $400, or 5-pack for $550. Only one method of payment, one name, and one mailing address are permitted per ticket pack. Only one eligible person may be entered in the raffle per ticket sold. If the name of more than one person is submitted with a ticket purchase, and that ticket is selected as a winning ticket, then the person named first will be deemed the holder of record of that ticket and declared the winner regardless of who paid for the ticket. Division of prize by a group purchasing a ticket in common shall be to the sole responsibility of the person named as the holder of record of that ticket, should that ticket be selected as a winner.
Early ticket purchases will be included in up to three drawings. Tickets purchased by February 22, 2019, will be eligible for the Early Bird Drawing 1 (drawing date: March 7, 2019). Tickets purchased by March 22, 2019, will be eligible for the Early Bird Drawing 2 (drawing date: April 11, 2019). All such tickets, including all winning tickets from Early Bird Drawings, will be included in applicable subsequent drawings as well as the Grand Prize Drawing. Tickets purchased by April 26, 2019, will be eligible for the Grand Prize Drawing (drawing date: May 10, 2019).
50/50 Add-On Tickets are one for $20, 3-pack for $50 or 6-pack for $75.
Rules for purchasing 50/50 Add-On tickets are as follows:
SOWA reserves the right to reject any entry form that is submitted with payment that does not constitute “good funds.” All defective or physically altered entry forms will be immediately disqualified by SOWA. Prior to the Grand Prize Drawing, SOWA will make a reasonable effort to notify the individual and/or entity that submits such an entry form or one which has been rejected because the credit card or check did not clear that the entry has been rejected by attempting to make contact through the information provided at the time of submitting the purchase request. All orders for tickets for the Early Bird Drawings must be received and/or purchased by the indicated deadline. Any orders received after these deadlines will be held for the subsequent drawings, if applicable and Grand Prize Drawing. SOWA assumes no responsibility for lost, late, misdirected or non-delivered mail or fax messages, or any other failure to receive orders or deliver receipts prior to the drawing deadlines.
A raffle participant's sole and exclusive remedy for SOWA's breach shall be limited to the return of the purchase price paid for his or her raffle ticket(s). In no event shall SOWA, its directors, officers, employees, agents or representatives be liable to any party for any loss or injuries to earnings, profits or goodwill, or for any incidental, special, punitive or consequential damages of any person or entity whether arising in contract, tort or otherwise, even if advised of the possibility of such damages.
To purchase tickets: use the order form provided and fax the order form to 206-775-8784, or you may mail it to SOWA Dream House Raffle, 2815 2nd Ave, Suite 370, Seattle WA 98121 or call 1-888-537-7518, providing your name, address, phone number along with your credit card number, credit card security code and expiration date. Tickets cannot be purchased on the raffle website or by email. Any entry form submitted by email will be rejected. All entries must include payment by cash, check, money order or credit card in US dollars. SOWA reserves the right to reject any entry form that is submitted with payment that does not constitute "good funds." No refunds will be made except under the following circumstances: any ticket order with payment received after 65,000 tickets have been sold or after April 26, 2019, will be returned. No other refunds are available except in the exclusive discretion of SOWA. SOWA assumes no responsibility for lost, late, misdirected or non-delivered mail or fax messages, or any other failure to receive orders or deliver receipts prior to the drawing deadlines.
The Special Olympics Washington Dream House Raffle Grand Prize Drawing will be held on May 10, 2019 from all eligible raffle tickets. Winners need not be present to win. SOWA will conduct the Early Bird drawings on March 7, 2019 (Early Bird Drawing 1) and April 11 (Early Bird Drawing 2). The Bonus Multi-Ticket Drawing and 50/50 Add-On Drawing (See Bonus Drawings) will be held on May 10, 2019. The Bonus Multi-Ticket Drawing, 50/50 Add-On Drawing, and Grand Prize Drawing will be held under the supervision of an independent raffle auditor. The Grand Prize Drawing, 50/50 Add-On Drawing, and Multi-Ticket Drawing, will be held on Friday, May 10, 2019 at the Seattle Center, Seattle WA. All early bird drawings will be held at 2815 2nd Ave, Suite 370, Seattle WA 98121. All drawings may be open to the public or available for viewing on television. Winners will be notified according to the contact information provided to SOWA at the time of ticket purchase. If the grand prize winner cannot be located by 5:00 p.m., May 24, 2019, after attempting to make contact through the information provided at the time of purchasing the ticket, such winner will be deemed to have elected the onetime cash alternate prize and another winner will not be selected for such prize. In addition to the list of winners posted on the SOWA raffle web site, a list of winners may be obtained from SOWA or by sending a self-address, stamped envelope to Special Olympics Washington Dream House Raffle, 2815 2nd Ave, Suite 370, Seattle WA 98121 within one week of the drawing.
In order to collect prizes valued greater than $4,999, a ticket winner must sign and deliver to SOWA: (a) a sworn affidavit of eligibility in accordance with these Rules and applicable law, including without limitation that he or she is at least 18 years old; (b) such written information as is required by any applicable tax and/or real estate laws, including without limitation his or her Social Security Number; (c) proof of identity in forms satisfactory to the SOWA showing that the person claiming the prize is the same person who is named on the winning raffle ticket.; and (d) the winning ticket stub. Winners of prizes of $5,000 or more may be required to submit a W-2G, Form 5754 or similar tax form (provided by SOWA) for tax withholding purposes.
The odds of winning a prize will depend on the number of tickets sold. If all 65,000 tickets are sold the odds of winning the Grand Prize is 1 in 65,000. If fewer tickets are sold, the chance of winning the Grand Prize, Early Bird Prizes and all secondary prizes improves. The odds to win a prize are no less than 1 in 20.
Anyone 18 years of age or older may enter. SOWA employees, members of the Board of Directors, authorized agents and employees thereof, consultants, attorneys, independent accountant firm, and their spouses and children living in the same household are excluded from participating and are not eligible to win a prize. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. The raffle is void where prohibited or restricted by law. An affidavit of eligibility may be required from prize winners.
The Grand Prize is the home located within the Puget Sound area of Washington, and a detailed description will be referred to in all raffle materials. Alternatively, the Grand Prize winner may elect to receive an annuity of $4,000,000 paid over 20 years or a onetime $2,800,000 cash payment (except as stated below) based on 65,000 tickets sold. The Grand Prize Winner must make an election in writing between the house, the annuity, or the onetime cash payment no later than 5:00 p.m. May 24, 2019. In the event of circumstances outside of the control of SOWA such as but not limited to: fire, earthquake, foreclosure and as determined by SOWA, the Grand Prize Winner will instead have no election as stated above and will instead have an election between an annuity of $4,000,000 paid over 20 years or a onetime $2,800,000 cash payment (except as stated below). A minimum of 62,000 tickets must be sold by April 26, 2019 for the Grand Prize Winner to have a choice of the House, the annuity of $4,000,000 paid over 20 years, or a onetime $2,800,000 cash payment alternate prize. If fewer than 62,000 tickets are sold by April 26, 2019, the raffle will be held as scheduled, and prizes will be awarded as advertised with the exception that the Grand Prize Winner will receive a choice between sum equal to 50% of the Net Raffle Proceeds paid as an annuity over 20 years, not to exceed $4,000,000 or a onetime cash payment of 70% of the annuity value, not to exceed $2,800,000. Net Raffle Proceeds will be calculated based on SOWA accounting, which shall be final and conclusive with respect to the Grand Prize Winner. For these purposes “Net Raffle Proceeds” are defined as the balance of funds left after paying all other prizes, all raffle expenses and all expenses for the House. SOWA will estimate the final prize (“Estimate Prize”) just prior to the Grand Prize drawing so as to award 90% of the estimated prize payment. No later than 120 days from the drawing date, SOWA will verify that all expenses have been accounted for and a final Net amount will be calculated (“Actual Prize”). SOWA will issue a final check to the Grand Prize winner based on the difference between the Actual Prize and the Estimated Prize payment along with an updated W-2G.
All vehicles come base model factory equipped and winner(s) are also solely responsible for any and all state or local license, title, registration, cost differential between the value of the car and the cash alternate prize, taxes, or fees associated with the vehicle, as well as insurance (proof of which must be shown prior to delivery) and pickup or delivery costs at the dealership as well as any non-standard options chosen by the winner and negotiated with the dealership. All winners of vehicles must make an election in writing between the vehicle and the alternative cash payment no later than 5:00 p.m. on the fifth business day after the drawing. All contracted vehicles are subject to availability at the automobile dealer selected by SOWA and may be substituted with a comparable vehicle by SOWA or with the cash alternate prize.
Vacation travel prizes are for two economy round trip tickets from any continental US airport to the destination city and for one double occupancy standard hotel room in the destination city unless otherwise noted on the raffle website. Please note that some vacation travel is for land only and does not include airfare. All vacation and travel prizes are subject to space and availability. All gratuities, taxes and fees are the responsibility of the winner and each vacation prize has a maximum value of five thousand dollars in total. Winners of travel related prizes must comply with all applicable requirements and restrictions related to said prizes including without limitation applicable travel dates, age restrictions, liability waivers, travel documentation and reservation and confirmation procedures. All contracted vacations are subject to availability and may be substituted with a comparable vacation prize or with a cash alternate prize.
All unclaimed prizes will be returned to Special Olympics Washington 60 days after the Grand prize drawing date.
*Except as stated above
No express warranties are given and no affirmation of SOWA by words and/or actions will constitute a warranty. The House, if selected, will be transferred to the Grand Prize Winner “as is, where is, and with all faults”. SOWA does not provide any guarantee or warranty, expressed or implied, in connection with the House and accepts no liability or responsibility regarding the construction or condition of the House. SOWA does not warrant that the house is of mercantile quality or that it can be used for any particular purpose. No express warranties are given and no affirmation of SOWA by words and/or actions will constitute a warranty.
At the time of closing, all federal and state income taxes based on the value of the House will be due from the Grand Prize Winner. If the Grand Prize Winner selects the annuity or the onetime cash payment as well as winners of Early Bird Prizes, Multi-Ticket Prize, 50/50 Add-On Prize, and Secondary Prizes of $5,000 or more, all appropriate and required federal and state taxes will be withheld by SOWA in accordance with federal and state law and SOWA will remit the balance of the cash prizes to the winners. SOWA makes no guarantee that the Grand Prize Winner will be able to sell the House for the value of $4,800,000 nor is there any guarantee that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will accept that value of the house for the purpose of determining any income tax that may be due from the winner. SOWA takes no responsibility for any tax liabilities. Consult your tax advisor.
Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to the contract, or the breach thereof, shall be settled by binding arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association (pursuant to its expedited procedures) under its Commercial Arbitration Rules, and judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof.