How does the 50-50 Charity Raffle work?

The 50-50 Charity Raffle is a fundraising raffle held at a particular event over one or multiple days (depending on event duration). Tickets are sold to patrons by staff equipped with handheld electronic mobile devices. Every ticket transaction is electronically recorded and updated via the devices, on the 50-50 website and if possible, on the various screens at the venue so participants can monitor the draw and the funds raised in real time.

What is the price of tickets?

As at October 2017 the cost of tickets is:

  • 3 chances for $5;
  • 7 chances for $10;
  • 16 chances for $20;
  • 45 chances for $50; and
  • 100 chances for $100.

How do I receive my tickets?

Depending on the state and event you have purchased your 50-50 Charity Raffle ticket at, you will either receive a printed ticket and/or a digital ticket, at the point of sale.

Digital tickets will be emailed and/or sent via text message to your phone.

Why do you ask for my details?

In some jurisdictions, we are legally required to collect your contact details. When we collect your details your ticket will be emailed and/or sent via text message to your phone. Most importantly, if you are the lucky winner, we will be able to contact you via phone immediately after the draw.

I did not receive my ticket(s) via email and/or SMS?

Please contact one of the friendly sales staff immediately at the event or contact us via email:

I am not able to view my digital ticket?

Some email providers like Yahoo and Gmail automatically block images and/or emails. If this is happening to you click the prompt at/near the top of the opened email which reads similar to: “Images are not displayed.” There will be two options – “Display images below” or “Always display images from 50-50 Charity Raffle.” Select either of these options to view the ticket image in the email.

Alternatively, click “view this email in your browser” at the top of the email to open the email in your browser.

What are the odds of winning?

Your odds of winning the prize money is directly related to the number of chances sold in each draw. If 45,000 tickets are sold and you have spent $5 and received 3 chances, the odds of winning are 1:15,000. As the draw increases in value throughout the event, your chances of winning decrease although the prize value increases.

What if I lose my ticket?

You are required to present your ticket (either your hard copy ticket receipt or your digital ticket via email/sms) to collect the prize so it is important you keep it in a safe place. Please check your ticket as soon as you purchase it and ask one of our friendly volunteers if you have any questions.

Is the purchasing of tickets tax deductible?

Under current Australian Government taxation legislation, the purchase of 50-50 Foundation tickets are classed as Art Union tickets and therefore not tax deductible.

Would it be better for the charity if I donated money directly?

The 50-50 Charity Raffle is a fun way to raise funds and awareness for a charitable cause or community project, at the same time providing a fun and engaging experience for the public. 50% of the funds raised will go to the winning ticket holder. If you want to give money to the charitable cause as a tax deductible donation, we encourage you to contact the charity directly as they will receive a greater amount from this form of donation.

What are the prize values?


The winner will receive 50% of the gross proceeds in cash (to a maximum value of $100,000 cash)


The winner will receive 50% of the gross proceeds in cash (to a maximum value of $30,000 cash)

South Australia

The winners will receive 50% of the gross proceeds in cash (to a maximum value of $5,000 cash)

What if the prize is not claimed?


The period for claiming the prize is three years from the day the prize winner is declared. If the prize is not claimed within one year we may apply the proceeds to the Foundation’s purposes.


The period for claiming the prize is 90 days from the day the prize winner is declared.  If the prize is not claimed within 90 days we may apply the proceeds to the Foundation’s purposes.

South Australia

The period for claiming the prize is 90 days from the day the prize winner is declared.  If the prize is not claimed within 90 days we may apply to have the proceeds returned to the Foundation’s purposes as per the Office of Business Services, SA.

How are the winners notified?

The winning ticket number will be displayed on our website and on various forms of social media following the draw.  If possible the winning ticket number will be announced by loudspeaker and displayed on the events screen/s.

Who do I contact if I win?

If you are the lucky winner please email the 50-50 Charity Raffle team via

How and when will I receive my prize money?

Once your winning ticket has been verified and we have confirmed your bank account details, the prize money will be transferred to your nominated account within two weeks from the date of the draw.

How is the draw conducted?

Draws are conducted under the relevant State and Territory based licensing regulations by way of a random electronic draw.

A 50-50 official who is not a ticket holder is responsible for the conduct and supervision of the draw. 50-50 Foundation has been granted approval of the Random Number Generator (RNG) and associated program under the Charitable and Non-Profit Gaming Act 1999 (Qld).

Software Approval Number: 112202
Software Version Number: 1.0
RNG Version Number: 2.3.2

What if the draw fails?

If the draw is not able to be completed by the end of the particular event 50-50 will do everything it can to make sure the draw is done as soon as practical following the event. Under our regulatory licence conditions strict redraw protocols apply in the event of a draw failure. The appropriate regulatory protocols will be followed and if a redraw is possible 50-50 will then announce and publish the winning ticket number via its normal means. If a failure does occur please hold onto your ticket, be sure to check our website, follow us on social media or contact us via the details provided on this website.

If for any reason any aspect of the competition is not capable of running as planned, including by reason of computer virus, telephone network failure, bugs, tampering, unauthorised intervention, fraud, technical failures or any cause beyond the control of 50-50, 50-50 may in its sole discretion cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the competition, or invalidate any affected entries, subject to the approval of the relevant authorities in each relevant State, if required.

Do the raffle sellers receive a commission?

No commissions are paid. Our friendly raffle sellers are giving their time on a voluntary basis. We may occasionally offer small non-cash prizes to create an experience and encourage some friendly competition amongst our volunteers. We operate with a small number of regular paid staff working (including game day coordinators) to ensure the day runs smoothly. Our partner organisations may also choose to pay some sales staff.

How can I volunteer to assist with the 50-50 Charity Raffle?

Offers to volunteer are most welcome. 50-50 volunteers must possess excellent social and managerial skills and perform the role efficiently, responsibly and with integrity. They are committed to social causes and community involvement and potentially keen sports followers. Our volunteer program is competitive but we encourage anyone interested to apply by contacting our participating beneficiary charities directly. Details can be found on our website You can also contact the sporting club or event managers directly.

Who is the 50-50 Foundation?

The 50-50 Foundation (ABN 92 944 713 763) is a registered charity that aims to transform the Australian fundraising landscape by providing cost efficient fundraising solutions to enable charities to focus on delivering better outcomes for their causes.

We do this by leveraging technology platforms and corporate partnerships to operate raffles and charitable lotteries that raise funds for charitable causes.

Since it’s establishment in 2012 the 50-50 Foundation has operated almost 150 charity raffles and raised significant funds for over 100 Australian charities. We are governed by a pro-bono board and do not profit from fundraising.

For more information, please visit

Who are you regulated by?

Each State or Territory have their own licence regulations.


The legislation governing the conduct of the 50-50 draw is the Charitable and Non-Profit Gaming Act 1999, the Charitable and Non-Profit Gaming Regulation 1999 and the Charitable and Non-Profit Gaming Rule 2010. Licence number 158466 as issued by the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation.


50-50 Foundation must comply with the Lotteries and Art Unions Act 1901 (NSW) and Art Unions Regulation 2014.

50-50 has an authority to fundraise under the Charitable Fundraising Act 1991. Charitable Fundraising Number: CFN/24414

South Australia

50-50 Foundation must comply with the minor lottery regulations as per the Charity Act of 1936 (South Australia) and the Office of Business Services, SA.

How does 50-50 fund their administration costs?

The 50-50 Foundation receives generous support from both individuals and corporate organisations. It does not profit from fundraising and uses donations to ensure our brands operate efficiently.

Support via donations and pro-bono services has been provided by Macquarie Group, Premium Funding, PwC, McCullough Robertson, Tatts Group, Bank of Queensland, Follow, Evoke Communications, Creative Intersection, Trident Property Group, Apollo Property Group and Preston Accounting.

The Foundation operates like a social enterprise and our aim is to be self-sustaining.  To do this we might charge the eligible beneficiary, the sporting organisation, or one of their sponsors, a small administration fee. E.g If we raise $5,000 and our admin fee is 9.99% the winner receives $2,500 and the charity receives $2,500.  The 9.99% admin fee is either paid by the club or a club sponsor or deducted from the charitable component.

Our efficiencies cannot be matched and this is why we are the ultimate partner across all sporting codes. To quote the CFO of a leading AFL team in March 2017 “This is music to my ears, I just can’t see any downside to this”.

Are you raising money for Sporting Organisations?

No, whilst sporting purposes in their own right are not charitable there are a number of categories in the context of sport that are understood to define a charitable purpose as they have a public benefit. They could involve the following activities; Junior Sport, Indigenous Activities, Rural and Remote regions, Infrastructure and Arts & Culture. As a registered charity the 50-50 Foundation will ensure that the proceeds will go towards a charitable purpose and have strict procedures to ensure the transparency of where the funds are directed.

How do I contact 50-50 Charity Raffle?

In order to keep our costs as low as possible we engage in an online environment where possible.

Please contact us via

Twitter – @5050draw
Facebook –
Instagram – @5050charityraffle