Raffle Ticket Costs: whether you print your raffle tickets yourself
or have a company like TicketPrinting.com print the tickets for you, your raffle
tickets are going to cost money. Often times the look and feel of the raffle ticket
will help convey a sense of value to supporters allowing an organization to charge more for
them. I have talked to customers that wanted custom raffle tickets designed that
looked expensive so that it would be easier for them to sell the raffle tickets at
a higher price. This price should include all costs related to getting the raffle
tickets (shipping, sales tax, and other fees all add up to produce the total cost
of generating the tickets that you will use for your event).
Raffle Prize Costs: Most companies, that are would be sponsors, do not
have a pile of free stuff in their store that is free for the taking (at least
not something cool enough to make people want to win it). Most often, prizes are paid for
by the organization that is holding the event. Most Companies are
willing to give you a prize at a reduced price after they are convinced of the publicity
that they will be receiving as a sponsor to the event. Remember to look at things from
the point of view of a sponsor before selling them on the event.
Raffle Ticket Distribution Costs: The distribution costs of a
raffle include all of the related costs of marketing and selling raffle tickets.
This could be posters that will be printed or even television or radio commercials.
What ever the costs are; they will be a factor in how profitable the event is.
Total Expected Raffle Ticket Revenue
The total revenue that an organization will receive as a result of the sales of
raffle tickets is a factor of two things: the number of raffle tickets sold, and the
price at which the tickets are sold. These are most likely the two variables over which
an organization has the most control and the ones that are most important to match up
directly to a specific customer group.
Quantity of Raffle Tickets: The quantity of raffle tickets should be
decided upon while thinking about the number of people in the community who are likely
to buy raffle tickets. It is important to remember that people often buy more than one
raffle ticket and this can be encouraged by offering a discount for buying a larger
quantity of tickets ($5 each or 5 for $20 is an example of pricing with quantity discounts).
Price of Raffle Tickets: The price that can be charged for raffle tickets
will depend on the prizes that you are offering and the demographic of the target market.
Selling $100 raffle tickets to college students might be a long shot as would be selling $15
raffle tickets for a chance to win a $20 DVD. When deciding the price, it is important to
consider how much the prizes would be worth to most participants. It will also
help boost sales if the ticket price is a convenient dollar amount (most people do not want to pay
$3.76 for a raffle ticket, people also like numbers such as $1, $5, $10, $20, etc. because our
money comes that way eliminating change).
Finalizing Price and Quantity of Raffle Tickets
Once you have an idea of the price that people will pay for raffle tickets and how many tickets
can be sold, you can calculate how much money you will earn. First, add up all of the costs of
the event. As an example, $75 for Raffle Tickets, $500 for prizes and $50 for additional
marketing materials would give us a total cost of $625. The next step is to add the fundraising
goal to that value. If we wanted to raise $2000 we would add that to the $625 that we already
have spent to get $2625.
Calculate Price of Raffle Tickets: Once we have the total revenue to be raised
($2625) we can find out what the price of the tickets would need to be for a given quantity of
raffle ticket sales. To do this we divide the total revenue by the quantity of tickets. As an
example, if we thought that we could sell 1000 raffle tickets we would need to sell each one for
$3.63 to reach our goal (I would recommend that we round up to the nearest dollar or even to the
nearest bill increment, $5).
Calculate Quantity of Raffle Tickets: To calculate how many raffle tickets we
need to sell we can divide the total amount of revenue by the price of the tickets to find out
how many tickets we need to sell. In our example, if we wanted to sell each ticket for $5 we
would need to sell 2625/5= 525 tickets to meet our goal. Again I recommend always rounding up
as most organizations can deal with extra money easier than they can with too little money.
This simple calculation will make it easier to plan profitable raffle ticket events that do not
leave you guessing how much money you will make.