How do i setup a meat raffle?

This is the most common question that is received.  People are becoming more aware of what a meat raffle is, but many don’t know where to start when it comes to setting one of these up.  As for getting things setup, there are a few things to make sure that you have a successful raffle.


First and foremost is a prize wheel.


A wheel cost anywhere from 250-600 dollars roughly.  This is a one time expense.  A good raffle cannot function without a good wheel.  The numbers range from 1 to 120, 180, or 240.


A large venue to hold the meat raffle at.


You would rather have empty seats than turning people away.  The whole goal is to generate as much money per round as possible.  More often than not a large rental hall, fire hall, VFW or Knights of Columbus are common places where a meat raffle is held.


 Getting enough meat is also essential.


 meat moutain knights of columbus south park 2013Above all, this is a is a raffle deal breaker. If there are not enough winners per round then the frustration builds.


The worst thing that can happen is that everyone does not get a ticket.


Local butchers and meat departments in the Buffalo area should be familiar with getting portioning for meat raffles, as they have supplied meat to many of these events.


As for how the meat raffle is run and what type of numbers are needed, please see the example raffle that is sent out when someone contacts us for advice.


This setup was for meat raffles a few years ago, when the rounds were $1.00 a ticket, and 3 spins per ticket.  The recent trend has been to do $2.00 and $3.00 per ticket rounds, which consist of more spins more more prizes per spin.  THIS WILL AFFECT YOUR MEAT COUNT


Here is an example of setting up a meat raffle:
  • There are 60 tickets per series – 3 series per round – 180 tickets sold per round w 3 winners per spin
  • There are 20 rounds which comes out to 3600 tickets

Meat – ****estimate***

  • There will be 9 winners per round – 3 winners for each of the 3 spins per round, before that set of tickets is used up.
  • 20 rounds  times 9 winners per round = 180 pieces of meat
  • For the Finale  ****  estimate*** – $5.00 per ticket or 5 tickets for $20.00 are sold and not discarded.  These tickets are good, with the same numbers  – 20 spins with 9 winners / spin –

Total – 360 pcs


This should give you a better handle on what setting up a meat raffle entails.  This is again an example, and not hard numbers from a prior raffle.  Of course this would be for a pretty decent sized raffle, but is generally the norm.


Run some 50/50 raffles or basket raffles on the side, along with a 5.00 entry and for a 1 night fundraiser, they are a pretty decent haul.  Each round that consists of 3 spins is usually designated.  Raffle 1 is sausage, hot dogs and ribs, Raffle 2 is chicken, pork chops and steaks.  and so on.  You can run a “choice of the table raffle here and there which usually generates more tickets per round.


If you still have questions, please use the form on the contact page and we will respond as soon as we get a chance.