CROWN POINT | The 19th annual Northwest Indiana House Raffle's kickoff celebration is Saturday, offering a $25 discount on tickets for a shot to win $225,000 or a new home.
Tickets are on sale for $125 each, a savings of $25, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the YMCA locations in Griffith, Hammond, Hobart and Southlake in Crown Point. Free hot dogs will be served on-site to ticket buyers from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Crown Point location.
After Saturday, tickets are $150 and available through Aug. 5.
The raffle benefits the YMCA branches and St. Jude House in Crown Point. Each year, the fundraiser helps support each organization's services to provide assistance for hundreds of families.
The house raffle offers 75 cash prizes. The grand prize winner may choose either the raffle house — valued at up to $280,000 — or $225,000 cash. The raffle house will be unveiled on July 1.
Northwest Indiana House Raffle odds are 1 in 80 or better to win one of the cash prizes. The 1 in 80 odds are based on a ticket sales goal of 6,000.
“If less than 6,000 tickets are sold, the odds improve for ticket buyers. If more than 6,000 tickets are sold, which would be fantastic, we would simply add prizes, so that odds are always at least 1 in 80,” said Phil Mallers, CEO of Crossroads YMCA.
Those looking to save on gas may buy tickets by calling one of the following numbers: Griffith Family YMCA, (219) 750- 1082; Hammond Family YMCA, (219) 845-1507; Hobart Family YMCA, (219) 942-2183 or the Southlake Family YMCA, (219) 663-5810.
The Northwest Indiana House Raffle Hotline toll free number is (888) 663-5810.
Participants may also buy by mail. Mail-ins must be postmarked by Saturday to receive the $25 off.
The official drawing is at 10 a.m. Aug. 8 at the Marian Education Center at St. Anthony Medical Center in Crown Point.
The 75 winning tickets are drawn by a blindfolded nun. The drawing is open to ticket buyers and the public.
To receive reminders and updates on the NWI house raffle, the public is invited to join house raffle VIP texting by entering 36000 and typing HRAFFLE.
For more information, visit www.nwihouseraffle.org. or call (219) 663-5810 or toll free (888) 663-5810.