Q. What is the TMC Mega Raffle?
A. 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.
Q. When does the TMC Mega Raffle take place?
A. The Spring 2015 raffle begins its Appreciation Phase of the Raffle on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. For people who have purchased tickets by midnight, Thursday, February 5, 2015, an Appreciation Draw will be held on Wednesday, February 11, 2015. The public launch begins Friday, February 6, 2015. For people who have purchased a raffle ticket by midnight, Thursday, March 5, 2015, an Early Bird Draw will be held on Wednesday, March 11, 2015. The entry deadline for the Final Draw is midnight, Thursday, March 26, 2015, and the Final Draw for the remaining prizes will occur on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 or sooner in the event of early sell out. If all tickets are sold by the Early Bird deadline at midnight on Thursday, March 5, 2015, all remaining prizes will be drawn on Wednesday, March 11, 2015. If ticket sellout is not achieved by the Early Bird cutoff of Thursday, March 5, 2015 but occurs prior to the Final Draw entry deadline of Thursday, March 26, 2015, the Final Draw will be held ten days after sellout or on the scheduled draw date, whichever comes first. If the tenth day falls on a weekend or legal holiday, the draw will be held the next business day.
Q. Who is eligible to purchase raffle tickets?
A. All TMC Mega Raffle participants 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.
Q. How does someone enter the raffle?
A. You can purchase a ticket by;
24 Hour Telephone: Toll-Free at 1-800-395-8805
Q. How much does it cost to participate?
A. 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.
Q. How many tickets are available?
A. A total of 47,000 tickets will be available in the Spring 2015 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 47,000 tickets.
Q. How are the ticket numbers generated?
A. For security purposes, we use random number ticket sequencing and do not use a sequential numbering system.
Q. What are the odds of winning a prize?
A. The odds of winning a prize are at least 1-in-20 with the purchase of one ticket, 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.
Q. How are prizes drawn and can you win more than one prize?
A. 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.
Q. Are the drawings open to the public or televised?
A. No, the draws are not open to the public or televised.
Q. Will I receive a ticket?
A. No. Tickets are in electronic form; there are no hard copy tickets. You will receive a receipt that indicates your ticket numbers either online, if we have your email address, or through the mail. Please refer to the raffle rules and regulations for details.
Q. How many prizes are there?
A. There are 2,425 individual prizes to be won in the raffle, with the Appreciation Draw offering 11 prize packages and the Early Bird Draw offering two (2) Early Bird prize packages. The Final Draw consists of 2,412 prizes, including two (2) grand prizes plus cars, trips, entertainment, electronics, jewelry and around-the-home prizes.
Q. How will the winners be notified?
A. Eide Bailly LLP will notify 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. Winners may also be notified by telephone. 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.
Q. Do I have to be a U.S. Citizen to play?
A. No. We invite everyone who is at least 21 years of age and physically present in Arizona to buy a ticket, regardless of citizenship.
Q. How does the withholding and income taxes work if I am not a U. S. Citizen?
A. We are required to withhold U.S. income taxes on prizes valued at or over $5,000 in all cases. 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.
Q. What does a prize winner need to claim his/her prize?
A. 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. 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 verification 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.
Q. What if I do not have a U. S. Social Security number or individual U.S. taxpayer identification number?
A. 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.
Q. What happens if a winning ticket has more than one name listed?
A. 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.
Q. Can I have my prize shipped out-of-state, and can I get a substitution or cash instead of the prize I’ve won?
A. 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.
Q. Who runs the TMC Mega Raffle?
A. The TMC Mega Raffle is sponsored and managed by the Tucson Medical Center. Further questions can be directed to the Administrator: Eide Bailly LLP 1-855-476-8989, [email protected].
Q. Where does the money go?
A. 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 prize values between $100 – $621,000.
Q. What else do players need to know?
A. 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.