Frequently Asked Questions
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The Tucson Medical Center (TMC) Mega Raffle is an opportunity for the public to participate in generating new funds for Tucson Medical Center by purchasing tickets that could win a prize. TMC Mega Raffle is not a philanthropic donation. Instead, it uses an entertainment and prize format to attract dollars in support of the hospital, as a gaming event would. Net proceeds from the Raffle go to Tucson Medical Center, a non-profit hospital organization, to be used for patient care, medical education and/or research – in keeping with Arizona legislation authorizing such a Raffle.
The Main Spring 2017 raffle begins its Appreciation Phase of the Raffle on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. For people who have purchased tickets by midnight, Wednesday, February 8, 2017, an Appreciation Draw will be held on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. The public launch begins Thursday, February 9, 2017. For people who have purchased a raffle ticket by midnight, Thursday, March 9, 2017, an Early Bird Draw will be held on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. The entry deadline for the Final Draw is midnight, Thursday, March 30, 2017, and the Final Draw for the remaining prizes will occur on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 or sooner in the event of early sell out. If all tickets are sold by the Early Bird deadline at midnight on Thursday, March 9, 2017, all remaining prizes will be drawn on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. If ticket sellout is not achieved by the Early Bird cutoff of Thursday, March 9, 2017 but occurs prior to the Final Draw entry deadline of Thursday, March 30, 2017, the Final Draw will be held six days after sellout or on the scheduled draw date, whichever comes first? If the sixth day falls on a weekend or legal holiday, the draw will be held the next business day.
All TMC Mega Raffle ticket purchasers must be at least 21 years old and be present in the state of Arizona at the time of purchase. Anyone 21 years old and in Arizona can purchase a ticket for someone else, an individual or business, whether that person or entity is in Arizona or not. The purchaser simply buys the ticket(s) and transfers the ticket(s) to whomever they wish as long as the transferee is also 21 years of age or older. Individuals buying on behalf of a business/legal entity must be legal representatives of the business and must, themselves, be 21 years or older at the time of ticket purchase.
Officers and executive management of Tucson Medical Center, executive management of TMC Foundation, partners and employees of Eide Bailly LLP and its subsidiaries, the Executive Director of the Raffle and family members living in the same household as all of the above are not eligible to win a prize.
Participants in the Main Raffle have the option of also participating in the 50/50 Raffle at the time of their purchase of the Main Raffle ticket(s). There will be one drawing immediately following the Main Raffle Final Draw. 50/50 Raffle tickets will be sold at three price points: single tickets for $10, 5-packs for $25 and 15-packs for $50 and can only be purchased in combination with the purchase of Main Raffle tickets. There is no limit to the number of 50/50 Raffle tickets that may be sold. The winner of the 50/50 Raffle will receive one half of the proceeds received from the sale of 50/50 Raffle tickets (the rest of the proceeds will be retained by TMC).
Requests for ticket cancellations and ticket reassignments must be made by noon of the third business day prior to the Final Draw date. Cancellation of the Main Raffle ticket that allowed the participant to purchase the 50/50 Raffle ticket will automatically result in the cancellation of all associated 50/50 Raffle tickets. All entries are non-refundable after the noon deadline.
You can purchase a ticket on the internet or by phone at:
24 Hour Telephone: Toll-Free at 1-800-395-8805
For the Main Raffle, single tickets are $100 and a three-pack of tickets can be purchased for $250. Individuals may enter as many times as they wish as long as tickets are available. 50/50 tickets, which can only be purchased in conjunction with at least one Main Raffle ticket, are $10 for single tickets, 5-packs for $25 and 15-packs for $50.
A total of 50,000 tickets will be available in the Spring 2017 Main Raffle, with a limited quantity of 3-packs. Ticket sales are monitored by the Administrator, Eide Bailly LLP, an independent public accounting firm, to ensure that the total tickets sold do not exceed 50,000 tickets. An unlimited number of 50/50 Raffle tickets will be available for sale until the Main Raffle tickets are sold out.
For security purposes, we use random number ticket sequencing and do not use a sequential numbering system.
The odds of a single ticket winning a prize vary depending on the number of tickets sold and the phase (Appreciation, Early Bird or Final) in which the ticket is purchased; however, the odds for the Main Raffle are never greater than 1-in-20, as calculated by the accounting firm Eide Bailly LLP. Holding multiple tickets gives a person more chances to win, each of their tickets having 1-in-20 odds of winning a prize. The odds for the 50/50 Raffle are solely dependent on the number of tickets purchased and, because there is no limit on the number of 50/50 Raffle tickets that can be purchased the odds for the 50/50 Raffle drawing cannot be estimated or guaranteed.
The draws are conducted electronically by Eide Bailly LLP. In each draw, the prizes with the lowest manufacturer’s suggested retail price will be drawn first, progressing in order of value to the Grand Prizes. The algorithm and random number generator used to conduct the draw, and their ability to generate truly random numbers have been tested against industry standards for confirming random number generation and found to comply with such standards. Yes, it is possible for any ticket number to win more than one prize. After each individual prize drawing, the winner’s raffle ticket number will be returned to the draw, and each ticket remains in the draw for all subsequent prize drawings.
No, the draws are not open to the public or televised.
No. Tickets are in electronic form; there are no hard copy tickets. You will receive a receipt indicating your ticket purchase either online, if we have your email address, or through the mail. Please refer to the raffle rules and regulations for details.
There are 2,578 individual prizes to be won in the raffle, with the Appreciation Draw offering 10 prizes and the Early Bird Draw offering 2 prize packages. The Final Draw consists of 2,565 prizes, including 2 grand prizes plus cars, trips, entertainment, electronics, jewelry and around-the-home prizes. There will also be 1 winner of the 50/50 Raffle Drawing.
Eide Bailly LLP will send official winner notification letters to all winners by courier, mail or email of what they have won, how to claim their prize and the time frame in which to do so. Certain winners may also be unofficially notified by telephone; however, winner letters from Eide Bailly LLP are the only official method of notification. To facilitate claiming your prize, prize suppliers may also contact winners via the telephone and/or email to verify the shipping address for prizes. A winners list will also be posted on the website at www.TMCmegaRaffle.org.
No. We invite everyone who is at least 21 years of age and physically present in Arizona to buy a ticket, regardless of citizenship.
We are required to withhold U.S. income taxes on prizes valued at or over $5,000 in all cases and the withholding will be deposited with the U.S. Treasury for your benefit. The value of all prizes is subject to federal and Arizona tax for most winners. Please consult your tax advisor for how tax law applies in your specific situation.
Most prizes are shipped directly to the winner’s address obtained when the ticket was purchased. Winners of prizes valued at $5,000 or more will be required to present their award letter and two forms of identification that verify their name, address and Social Security number or individual taxpayer identification number, if applicable. Examples of acceptable identification include, but are not limited to, Social Security Card, Voter Identification Card, valid Driver’s License, Passport or ID card issued by a federal, foreign, state or local government. Winners do not need their entry receipt or ticket to claim their prizes. Prizes may be transferred to another winner by providing proper documentation to the Administrator and prize supplier.
Neither a U.S. Social Security number nor an individual U.S. taxpayer identification number are required to claim a prize. If you win a prize valued at $5,000 or more and you do not have a valid U.S. Social Security number or an individual U.S. taxpayer identification number, in accordance with U. S. Tax Law, the tax withheld from your prize will be at a slightly higher rate.
As stated in the Rules & Regulations, the prize will be delivered to the first name on the entry. For tax purposes, the prize can be split among all verified prize winners.
When you initially purchase the name will be the same for all tickets within an order. However, you can call customer service at 1-855-476-8989 to process a ticket reassignment. When you call you will need to provide the name, address, and phone number of the new ticket holder(s). All name changes must be completed by the noon deadline (3) business days prior to the draw date. Once a ticket has been included in a drawing, the ticket cannot be reassigned.
With the exception of vehicles and real estate, prizes can be shipped out-of-state. Unless specified in your prize letter, there are no prize substitutions; and, as stated in the Rules & Regulations, only specified prizes may be exchanged for cash value.
The TMC Mega Raffle is sponsored and managed by the Tucson Medical Center. Further questions can be directed to the Administrator:
Eide Bailly LLP
All net proceeds go to the Tucson Medical Center. TMC Mega Raffle contributes to the community in three major ways: 1) providing new funds for programs and services at Tucson Medical Center, 2) generating a positive economic impact for the community thru prize and business service purchases, and 3) the enjoyment of the many Raffle winners, with no prize valued less than $100.00 MSRP.
Even though the proceeds benefit Tucson Medical Center, the cost of the entry does not qualify as a charitable deduction since it is deemed to be a form of gaming. An entry may qualify as a gambling deduction; however, please consult your tax advisor for specific applicable tax rules. The IRS requires income tax withholding on prize values of $5,000 or greater, which must be paid prior to prize distribution. Prizes must be accepted as awarded with no cash-in-lieu option, except where otherwise indicated in the brochure.
TICKET PURCHASE – 1.800.395.8805 (24 HOURS)
CUSTOMER SERVICE – 1.855.476.8989 (M-F 8am-5pm)
APPRECIATION CUT-OFF : MIDNIGHT, 2/8/2017 – DRAW: 2/15/2017
EARLY BIRD ENTRY CUT-OFF: MIDNIGHT, 3/9/2017 – DRAW: 3/15/2017
FINAL ENTRY CUT-OFF: MIDNIGHT, 3/30/2017 – DRAW: 4/5/2017