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Would you keep the gift bag?

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Deetee:
I think that there are two issues.

First, for appearences, it's best to have someone who cannot win doing the actual drawing. It just looks wrong when someone picks out their own name.

Second, it should be decided beforehand whether you can win two gift baskets. I feel that  you should as it encourages people to buy more tickets, but it is totally cool to have only one big winner. (Or you can have some lesser prices-I've seen that too-where if your name is drawn twice, you get a smaller price the second time. then once all the big prices are gone, you draw for the smaller)

NyaChan:
If I were that person, I would have put my second ticket back, ruffled up the mix to make it clear that the drawing was fair and then picked again.  I would not keep the second basket because I'm the organizer and want as many others to enjoy the drawing benefits as possible.  I agree with other posters that this was a planning problem as well - someone who can win shouldn't have been picking and they should have decided ahead of time whether more than one basket could be won.

Deetee:

--- Quote from: NyaChan on December 07, 2012, 11:20:02 AM ---If I were that person, I would have put my second ticket back, ruffled up the mix to make it clear that the drawing was fair and then picked again.  I would not keep the second basket because I'm the organizer and want as many others to enjoy the drawing benefits as possible.  I agree with other posters that this was a planning problem as well - someone who can win shouldn't have been picking and they should have decided ahead of time whether more than one basket could be won.

--- End quote ---

Yeah, there is something off about it being the organiser and she is drawing and she won more than once and she was vocal about it. It just looks wrong. It is also completely avoidable by having another drawer and rules in advance and not gloating.

Outdoor Girl:
I don't think one person should win more than one prize, more for optics, than anything else.  However, I disagree with just throwing the second ticket out and redrawing.  The second prize won may be the more desirable one for the winner.  The winner should have the choice of which one to keep and allow the other to be reraffled.  So make a policy not to throw out any of the tickets before all the draws are complete.

I don't know if she was rude for hooping and hollering but it certainly wasn't the best plan, considering she was doing the drawing.  It would be best to have someone impartial do the draws, if possible.  It sounnds like it is set up as a 'shoebox' raffle where you stuff the box of the prizes you want to win.  So at least some of the baskets should have people who didn't put their name in that particular box.  Ask for one of those people to come draw the ticket on a particular basket.  And if there isn't anyone?  Then someone from the crowd should come up to pull the ticket, not the person running the raffle.

AylaM:
The lady can take it, but I personally wouldn't.

I agree with getting someone who can't win to draw to avoid just this situation in the future. I think she can keep the baskets, but should acknowledge that it looks unfair, assure them that it wasn't, and then proceed to tell people how they'll avoid a repeat in the future.

While it may suck to watch someone walk away with 2 baskets, chance tells us that it shouldn't happen regularly unless the person buys many, many tickets.

And if a person does buy so many more tickets than anyone else that others don't have as much of a chance of winning?  That money goes towards the retreat.    If that person didn't buy all those tickets others would have a greater chance of winning, yes, but the fundraiser wouldn't make as much.  And isn't that the ultimate goal?

But I think it should all be looked at as a way to increase the raised funds.  If people grumble about others winning too often, they may stop buying tickets and the fundraiser loses money.  Then new rules should be enforced.

But I'd probably consider something like upping the prices of the tickets after someone bought the first few.  After determining that average number of tickets people buy.  If people, on average, buy 3 tickets, then everything after that can cost more.

Tickets 1-4 cost $2
Tickets 5-7 cost $5
Tickets 8-100 cost $10

Because, personally, if I was told I could only win one basket I'd only really enter for one basket.  And I'd spend less money.  Because if I won basket I didn't really want then the one I did?  Would I get to choose which one I want?  Or will people grumble about me picking and choosing?  So they'd make less money off me.



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