Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the Special Olympics Illinois Land of Lincoln Raffle?

The Special Olympics Illinois Land of Lincoln Raffle is a large fundraiser. The raffle aims to raise funds for Special Olympics Illinois 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 Illinois, the raffle will be giving away over 150 prizes, of which the grand prize is a Winner’s choice of a Chevy Equinox, Chevy Silverado, Chevy Tahoe, or $50,000.

How do I purchase raffle tickets?

What are the prizes?

How long will it take to receive my receipt by email?

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 as a trusted name in your address book.

How much does a raffle ticket cost?

Tickets are 1 for $30, 3 for $60, or 8 for $120.

How many raffle tickets can I buy?

You may buy as many as you’d like.

How many raffle tickets will be sold?

Only 75,000 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 150 total prizes. Purchasing more than one ticket increases the chances of winning.

How many prizes are awarded?

150 prizes are awarded including the grand prize, vehicles, vacations, and electronics.

What is the Early Bird Drawing?

There is one Early Bird Prize. 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, AND included 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.

Can you tell me more about Appreciation Drawing?

Can you tell me more about Early Bird Drawing?

What is the Weekly Add-On Drawing?

Who benefits from this raffle?

Individuals with intellectual disabilities served by Special Olympics Illinois, as well as the winners of the raffle drawings.

When does the raffle start and when does it end?

The raffle begins on August 23, 2021 and ends on November 5, 2021.

When will the prize drawings be held?

Do I have to be present to win?


How will the winners be notified?

Winners will be notified by phone or email based on the contact information provided at the time of ticket purchase. The winning names will also be posted on this website shortly after the drawing.

Who can buy a raffle ticket?

Any person 18 years of age or older may purchase a ticket. Employees and members of the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Illinois, employees of their agents, consultants, attorney, independent accountant 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 Illinois, may be required from prize winners.

Are raffle tickets tax-deductible?

No. The IRS does not allow raffle tickets to be a tax-deductible contribution.

Are raffle prizes considered income?

Yes. In addition, Special Olympics Illinois 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.

Are there legal rules and regulations?

Yes. They may be viewed under the Rules and Regulations section of this web site.

How do I redeem my prize?

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 Illinois raffle web site, a list of winners may be obtained from Special Olympics Illinois by an email to, within one week of the Grand Prize Drawing date.

How do I get more information on Special Olympics Illinois?

Please visit or call 309-888-2551

How can I make a tax-deductible contribution to Special Olympics Illinois?

Please visit

Still have questions about the raffle that aren’t answered here?

Please visit the Rules and Regulations section of this web site or contact email: