The 12th annual American Dream Raffle kicks off Tuesday, providing local ticket buyers a chance to win the top prize of $100,000 — as well exclusive past buyer drawings.
The raffle benefits more than 40 schools and nonprofit organizations, including Project Woman, Friends of the Clark County Park District, Springfield Civic Theatre and Master Gardeners of Clark County.
The collaboration allows raffle organizers to award large prizes annually. Nearly $2 million in cash and prizes have been awarded to more than 1,800 winners since the event began.
This year, the top prize is $100,000 with second- and third-place prizes of $15,000 and $2,500, respectively.
More than 150 other cash prizes — ranging from $250 to $1,000 — will also be awarded, as well as 20 Early Bird prizes of $500.
The first early bird drawing will be held on March 13, followed by the second early bird drawing on April 10. The grand prize drawing will be held on May 8. All drawings will be broadcast live on K99.1 FM.
As part of the fundraiser’s 12th anniversary, $12,000 in exclusive past buyer prizes will be awarded. Anyone who both purchased a ticket this year and in any previous year is eligible for the exclusive drawings. Five of the prizes will be awarded on March 13, five more on April 10 and the last two on May 8.
Gold tickets cost $129 (10 chances to win), silver tickets are $99 (five chances) and bronze tickets cost $49 (two chances). For a 10 percent discount code, log on to AmericanDreamRaffle.com. Each group involved has a special discount code to track sales, which determines their portion of the proceeds.
Odds are guaranteed at 1 in 19 to win a prize with a gold ticket. Group purchasing is permitted.
Local accounting firm Clark, Schaefer and Hackett handles all finances and drawings for the raffle.
Tickets may be purchased at any branch of the International Harvester Employee Credit Union during regular business hours, by calling 800-970-3121 or by going online at AmericanDreamRaffle.com.
For more information, e-mail AmericanDreamRaffle@gmail.com.