How to Win a Basket Raffle Without Cheating


Ever fork out ten bucks for a raffle and have some old lady beat you after only investing a quarter? I have and it was ridiculously annoying. Imagine seeing a bucket filled almost entirely with your name deliver the only ticket not yours. Unlikely, right? After all, percentages and randomness determine a raffle, right? WRONG! Certain factors skew the randomness, making the conventional raffle more of a strategy game than a game of chance. Here are some tricks on how to win that basket raffle and why they should work for you.


Patience Is the Key to Success

Sometimes when the tickets are being drawn, a person merely spins the tickets around and picks one off the top. This inefficient mixing method doesn’t actually mix the tickets at all. It just rotates the tickets in the bucket a few times, which makes whichever one on top more likely to be drawn. So if you’re only going to buy a ticket or two, you might want to wait towards the end of the selling period. You'll be that much more likely to win the raffle if this is the case.

Disperse Your Resources

Just like in the above method, inefficient mixing methods can very easily skew randomness. So what if the person drawing the tickets doesn’t thoroughly mix and simply moves clumps around? In that case, your huge stack of tickets might all be on the very bottom. In order to avoid this, try buying periodically throughout the buying window. That way, you know you’ll always have a chance in every raffle regardless of how the tickets are mixed.

Bad Basket Raffles

Sometimes, despite the basket of crap being full of things you’ll never use, it might actually contain something valuable to someone else. For instance, everyone for some reason attempts to win the basket raffle with chocolates and other sweets. Looking at the monetary value of the contents, it’s usually barely worth putting a single ticket into these baskets. Some crappy hair product basket, on the other hand, might have some reasonably expensive formulas. Hair product is expensive! Also if you ever see a ticket basket for the most part empty, try to win that one, regardless of whether you want it or not. At least you’ll win one of the raffles.


Pick Your Battles

Obviously, a bucket filled to the brim with tickets is going to provide little opportunity for success. If the tickets sold strongly outweigh the cost of the basket, then the raffle was a success for those hosting it, making it a lost cause for you. It’s just like playing the lottery. You’re more likely to spend the total jackpot before you win it, so the practicality in playing is greatly diminished. On the other hand, the cause might make buying a ticket worth it, or maybe just the thrill of gambling. If you want to be a good person or have a good time with it, just try dispersing.


Crumple the Sucker

Your ticket will take up more surface area and stand out amongst the crowd if you crumple it a bit before putting it in the basket. The person pulling the raffle might glide their hand against all of the smooth surfaces and catch yours. I’ve tested this one and I’ve got to say, I felt a little bit ashamed for it. It almost always works. Don’t make it too obvious you’re doing it though. It’ll look suspicious and someone might realize it. Just be inconspicuous and don’t crumple it too much.

Don't Leave!

I've been around for many raffles in which someone just isn't there to claim the prize. Don't expect the drawing to occur before you go. In reality, those tickets aren't being drawn until the very last minute in most cases. If you're going to put out the money, at least give yourself a chance to win the raffle.

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stephaniekawula 4 years ago from Missouri

Have you tested all of these tips or was it common sense?

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colpolbear 4 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

I have unofficially tested them. I didn't go and make a statistical analysis or anything, but through observation and comparison, I've found that these all at least enhance the chance of winning. They all work relatively well but that doesn't mean they'll always work for you. I highlighted the crumpling method because, well....that one works ridiculously wonders.

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Rain Defence 4 years ago from UK

Nice one, I had never really thought of crumpling the ticket before, but yes it makes sense that it would stand out to the picker. I can just see you with a load of blue rinsed old ladies standing around the bucket, you in your suit with slicked back hair, shades and a menacing look on your face walking away with the hemorrhoid cream every time while the grannies sigh..

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colpolbear 4 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

lol! Thank you rain.

Kellie 3 years ago

Wow, These sounods like really good tricks especially the crumpled noe. I should try this tomorrow.

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marion langley 3 years ago from The Study

I am so trying this. I've heard of the crumple tip but the waiting for the last minute to play is genius! Thanks for writing.

Prici3x0.44 2 years ago

What are the chances of winning the raffle with all of the tricks ?

Darlene 2 years ago

I have always used the crumple method. It gives the ticket some texture and almost always wins. Let me give you an example of what I have won, no lie: 2009 Harley Davidson, 2013 ticket to the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, a miniature go cart, and other random liquor and gift baskets

24 months ago

Just used the crumple. I won 1 of 2 iPads out of a group of about 180 people ! Nice strategy

almost cheating 19 months ago

The last few raffles ive gone too have been crazy...i started crumpling...more or less just folding the ticket to put a bend in it. Ive never won so much stuff. People are amazed...and so am I.

Jessica 13 months ago

Okay, this is amazing. I won $1,000 out of at least 1,000 THS IS A LIFE SAVER

I am so glad I looked this up, because heck, I JUST WON IT

Thank you so much and please keep posting more.

3 months ago

Use the "patience is the key" and "crumple the sucker" methods together. It works great!

Tim 2 months ago

Isn't crumpling your ticket manipulating the draw and basically cheating?

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