Silicon Valley Dream House Raffle to Benefit Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Overview
Grand Prize Drawing December 14

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the Silicon Valley Dream House Raffle?

The Silicon Valley Dream House Raffle is a large fundraiser. The raffle aims to raise funds for Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in its continuing effort to support the arts in the Bay Area. In addition to supporting YBCA, the raffle will be giving away over 1700 prizes, of which the grand prize is a Silicon Valley dream house or $4 million in cash.

How do I purchase raffle tickets?

  • Call toll free 1-888-999-4540, or
  • Download an entry form from www.siliconvalleyraffle.com and:
    • Fax it to: 408-300-5771, or
    • Mail the entry form to:
      YBCA Dream House Raffle
      701 Mission St
      San Francisco, CA 94103

What are the prizes?

  • Early Bird Drawing 1:
    • Prize: Winner's choice between a VW Passat, a Toyota Prius, an Audi A4 or $30,000
    • Entry Deadline: September 27, 2013
  • Early Bird Drawing 2:
    • 1st Prize: Winner's choice between a vacation to Budapest, Hungary, Copenhagen, Denmark, or $5,000 cash
    • 2nd Prize: Winner's choice between a vacation to Costa Rica, Panama, or $5,000 cash
    • Entry Deadline: October 25, 2013
  • Multi-Ticket Drawing:
    • Prize: 2013 Infiniti G37 or $50,000 cash
    • Entry Deadline: November 22, 2013
  • Refer-A-Friend Drawing:
    • Prize: 2013 Fiat 500 or $15,000 cash
    • Entry Deadline: November 22, 2013
  • Grand Prize Drawing:
    • Grand Prize: The Silicon Valley Dream House or $4,000,000 annuity or $2,800,000 onetime cash option
    • 2nd Prize: Winner's choice between an Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz C 250 Coupe, BMW X3, or $45,000 cash
    • 3rd Prize: Vacation to Paris, France or $5,000 cash
    • 4th Prize: Vacation to Rome, Italy or $5,000 cash
    • 5th Prize: Vacation to London, England or $5,000 cash
    • 6th Prize: Vacation to South Africa or $5,000 cash
    • 7th Prize: Winner's choice between a vacation to Kona, a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, or $5,000 cash
    • 8th Prize: Winner's choice between a vacation to Brazil, a vacation to Argentina, or $5,000 cash
    • 9th Prize: Winner's choice between a vacation to the Spain, a vacation to Portugal, or $5,000 cash
    • 10th Prize: Winner's choice between a vacation to Kyoto, Japan, a vacation to Istanbul, Turkey, or $5,000 cash
    • Entry Deadline: November 22, 2013
    • Prizes 11-1700:
    • 150 Apple® TV w/ HDMI cord
    • 5 Samsung® Google Chrome Notebook
    • 1 Apple® 13inch MacBook Air
    • 300 Apple® iPod shuffle - 2GB
    • 50 Apple® iPod nano - 16GB
    • 25 Samsung® Galaxy Tablet in White
    • 40 Samsung® Blu-ray Disc® Player
    • 30 Samsung® Dual View Digital Camera
    • 25 Magellan GPS Navigation System
    • 1 Canon® EOS REBEL T3i Camera
    • 25 iHome® Dual Alarm Clock Radio
    • 25 Samsung® Rugged Full HD Pocket Camcorder
    • 1 Samsung® 46inch LED HDTV, 1080p
    • 1 Samsung® 51inch Slim Plasma HDTV
    • 10 RCA® 8 inch Google Android Tablet w/ Mobile TV
    • 75 Amazon® Kindle® with Case
    • 50 RCA® 5.1 Channel DVD Home Theater System
    • 100 RCA® 7inch Dual Screen Portable DVD Player
    • 50 RCA® Portable CD Player with Dock for iPhone
    • 10 Sony® Bluetooth Stereo Headphones
    • 25 Dyson® 10inch Air Multiplier
    • 50 Philips® EasyClean Sonicare Toothbrush
    • 50 Le Creuset® 12 inch by 9.5 inch Rectangular Casserole with Lid
    • 10 Le Creuset® 16 Pc. Dinnerware Set, White
    • 5 Wine Enthusiast® Silent 18 Bottle Dual Zone Touchscreen Slimline Wine Fridge
    • 25 PremiumBag 3 Piece Luggage Set
    • 400 Vivitar® 10 Mega Pixel Waterproof Digital Camera
    • 150 PremiumBag Yoga Kit
    • 1 Tasco® LUMINOVA TELESCOPE-900X114MM
  • Entry Deadline November 22, 2013

Do you accept applications by email or sell tickets on the internet?

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.

How long will it take to receive my ticket in the mail?

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.

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 office@siliconvalleyraffle.com as a trusted name in your address book.

Is this Dream House Raffle legal?

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. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is registered with the California Attorney General's Office to conduct this charitable raffle.

Will the drawing be audited?

Yes, an independent raffle auditor will audit the raffle as well as supervise the early bird drawings, the multi-ticket drawing, the refer-a-friend drawing, and the grand prize drawing.

How much does a raffle ticket cost?

Tickets are $150 each, 3-packs for $400, or 5-packs for $550.

How many raffle tickets can I buy?

You may buy as many tickets as you like.

How many raffle tickets will be sold?

Only 85,000 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 1700 total prizes making the odds of winning a prize 1 in 50. Purchasing more than one ticket increases the chances of winning.

What are the odds of winning?

The odds of winning the Dream House or $4,000,000 in cash are based on the number of tickets sold. If all tickets are sold the odds of winner the Grand Prize are 1 in 85,000. There are over 1700 other prizes also available making the odds of winning a prize 1 in 50.

How many prizes are awarded?

1700 prizes are awarded including the grand prize dream house, vehicles, vacations, and electronics.

What are the Early Bird Drawings?

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 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 Early Bird Drawing 1?

All tickets purchased by September 27, 2013 will be entered into the Early Bird Drawing 1. The Early Bird Drawing will take place on Wednesday October 9, 2013.

Prize: Winner's choice between a VW Passat, a Toyota Prius, an Audi A4 or $30,000 cash

Can you tell me more about Early Bird Drawing 2?

All tickets purchased by October 25, 2013 will be entered into the Early Bird Drawing 2. The Early Bird Drawing 2 will take place on Wednesday November 6, 2013.

1st Prize: Winner's choice between a vacation to Budapest, Hungary, Copenhagen, Denmark, or $5,000 cash
2nd Prize: Winner's choice between a vacation to Costa Rica, Panama, or $5,000 cash

What is the Multi-Ticket Drawing?

Any individual who buys three or more tickets will be entered into the Multi-Ticket Drawing, subject to the following; 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 the same mailing address for each eligible ticket. For each eligible ticket purchased, a corresponding eligible 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.

  • Prize: 2013 Infiniti G37 or $50,000 cash

What is the Refer-A-Friend Drawing?

For every person who purchases a ticket and provides your name at the time of purchase, you will receive one ticket entry specifically for the Refer-A-Friend Drawing. If two people you refer each purchase a separate ticket, you will receive two entries, if three people you refer each purchase separate tickets, you will receive three entries, etc. Drawing will be held at the time of the Grand Prize Drawing.

  • Prize: 2013 Fiat 500 or $15,000 cash

Who benefits from this raffle?

The prize winners as well as Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

When does the raffle start and when does it end?

The raffle begins on August 19, 2013 and ends on November 22, 2013. If all tickets are sold before the November 22nd deadline, the raffle will end sooner.

When will the prize drawings be held?

  • The Early Bird Drawing 1 will be held on Wednesday October 9, 2013.
  • The Early Bird Drawing 2 will be held on Wednesday November 6, 2013.
  • The Grand Prize Drawing, Multi-Ticket Drawing and Refer-A-Friend Drawing will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts reserves the right to change the drawing dates to be held earlier if all tickets are sold before November 22, 2013.

Do I have to be present to win?

No.

How will the winners be notified?

Winners will be notified by phone 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. Employees and members of the Board of Directors of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 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 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 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, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 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 a W-2G in order to be awarded the prize.

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 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts raffle web site, a list of winners may be obtained from YBCA by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: YBCA Dream House Raffle, 701 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103, within one week of the Grand Prize Drawing date.

How do I get more information on Yerba Buena Center for the Arts?

Please visit http://www.ybca.org/ or call 415-978-2700.

How can I make a tax-deductible contribution to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts?

Please visit http://www.ybca.org/support or call the YBCA Director of Development, Charles Ward at 415-321-1341.

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

Please visit the Rules and Regulations section of this web site or contact the raffle office: office@siliconvalleyraffle.com.