| Posted on 2/9/2012 at 7:03 AM|
What we did on our Thursday league was to distribute the money among the teams that did participate in buying the 50/50.
| Posted on 2/9/2012 at 8:06 AM|
We just added it to the prize fund. Not aware of any USBC rule against it.
| Posted on 2/9/2012 at 12:16 PM|
For our league, we got a "sponsorship" from the pro-shop where we're paying them $250 from our 50/50 and they will give us $500 worth of gift cards, in whatever denomination we like. Then we take the non-winning tickets from each bowler that bought tickets, have them put their name or team # on the back of the ticket and then collect them each night. At the end of the season we'll have ONLY those that participated eligible to win either the pro shop gift cards or an envelope with a specific amount from the left-over 50/50 money...then the more you participate, the better your chances of winning in the end.
| Posted on 2/10/2012 at 6:36 AM|
In our Men's League we sell tickets (5 for $2) to the league only. All tickets, that were sold, are put into a sack, even the winners, and at the end of the year banquet the 50/50 tickets are put in to a raffle barrel and drawn one at a time. The winner receives a sum of $10 to $20 for each draw. No limit on how many times you can win.
| Posted on 2/10/2012 at 1:17 PM|
I use to devide the money between the teams equally. There are very few persons in the league who do not participate. We stopped doing that because the teams in the league can each have up t eight members on the team. What I nowdo is divide the money between all the bowlers who have bowled at least 51% of the league and give each bowler an equal amount. Last year this amonut was $38.00 per person. I have no complaints do it this way.
| Posted on 2/10/2012 at 2:00 PM|
First let me introduce myself. My name is Jimmy Hanks, I just got back into bowling. My normal job is a Paralegal at a law firm in the Dallas Fort Worth area I am also a Mason. Our lodge was looking at ways to raise money for our Scholorship Foundation and the topic of a 50/50 came up. Our rules governing our lodge state we must follow all state laws. With that being said I was asked to do some research. What we discovered is that 50/50 raffles are considered gambling in the State of Texas and therefore are illegal, no matter if they are for a non-profit charity or not. We also learned you can only hold 2 raffles a year and the prizes cannot be money or checks. Any prize being given must be purchased before the Raffle or a bond must be purchased for the amount of the prize and filled with the county in which the raffle is going to take place. We also learned that during a motor-cycle ride where poker runs used to be allowed is now also against the law and is also considered gambling. So we ending up having a rally serving food and had a silent auction where several items were donated to us and we was still able to raise about $3000 doing this.
I just want you all to be aware of the laws and do not want anyone to get in trouble. Have fun bowling.
| Posted on 2/10/2012 at 3:45 PM|
Hi Retired 1998, My name is Ms. Spiffy. In one of my leagues we have a 50/50 ball raffle. The leagues portion of the 50/50 is used to buy bowling balls at the end of the season( Recently released balls, No balls are more than 6 months old). Since we bowl 35 weeks, you need 35 tickets to participate. Each week the bowlers put their name on the tickets they purchase and we have a weekly drawing, the weekly winners tickets are put back in the bag so that they can be counted towards the season end drawing. Some one has to keep a record of the weekly tickets to know who is able to qualify for the end of season raffle. Good luck! Have a good day!
| Posted on 2/13/2012 at 7:35 PM|
We sell each week 3 tickets for $1.00 or 20 for $5.00 with winner getting 1/2 of take in and the other half going to provide a "pay off/barbecue dinner" for everyone in the league to atten. What is left goes back to each of the teams in the league - divided by 5. (5 man teams) Team captain is responsible for determining who gets this portion. Has worked wonders for several years.
Keep Bowling Fun!
| Posted on 4/19/2012 at 3:17 PM|
50/50 raffles have been a polarizing topic in many of my leagues. Imho, the raffle is a voluntary tax levied upon the league. Those that participate have purchased the right to enjoy the excitement of perhaps winning the jackpot. The proceeds of the raffle can be distributed according to the directions of the league's board of directors. I think it is paramount that the decision be made very early in the season. Votes about money distribution held later in the season will often be skewed by the relative success or failure of each team.
I preside over a 32 team league with a raffle and we apply the proceeds to the trophy and banquet expenses. All bowlers in the league can enjoy the banquet if they wish, just as they can choose to buy tickets.
I pay little heed to those who complain about others who do not buy tickets for two reasons.
A: If you are truly upset at those who chose to not pay a voluntary tax then join them.
B: I hear little protest from people when non league members participate in the raffle and fail to win. Those proceeds are accepted by the league with no guilt....
Is there a perfect resolution? No, but I have found money squeezed too tightly evaporates and little is gained.
| Posted on 6/20/2012 at 12:45 PM|
I participate in several leagues (some as a regular bowler and some as a sub); in every case when they do a 50/50, half of the money raised goes into the league prize fund and is distributed along with the regular prize fund money. The other half, of course, goes to the winning ticket holder.
On one league, if at least $200 total is the amoun raised in the 50/50 ticket sales for the day so at least $100 goes to the winning ticket(s), they draw 2 winning tickets and the first one gets 70% of the winnings. The holder of the 2nd ticket drawn gets the remaining 30%. Just another variation on the theme.
I did a quick search in USBC rules and didn't come up with anything that would prohibit a league from supplementing their prize fund in this manner.
| Posted on 6/25/2012 at 6:44 PM|
It may not be against USBC rules to have a 50/50 go into the prize fund, but it may be against state law. Several 50/50's here were shut down by the state gambling commission due to rules like that - Washington state considers 50/50 pots gambling. That being said, they DO allow it to go to a common interest - paying for a season end banquet for instance.
| Posted on 9/20/2012 at 1:51 PM|
What we do at our league is the money is used for an open bar at our banquet
so far we have not had any one complain about that
| Posted on 9/24/2012 at 3:09 PM|
Back a couple years ago the way we did it was each person put their name on the back of each ticket, then at the middle and end of the year we split the 50% into $5, $10, $20, and $50 packets and drew winners out of a big sack with all of the signed tickets. After the first year we also limited each person to a single prize per payout. Kept people from complaining about "even distribution" with uneven participation.
| Posted on 9/25/2012 at 8:31 AM|
As with most leagues, we encountered members who did not buy tickets at all and members who did not want to have to sell tickets, but never turned down a share of the "rewards' ( with the exception of 1 team in the 2011-2012 season). This year in the organizational meeting the the same topic came up for discussion.
After a number of recommendations, including using league half for point money, the overwhelming majority of members voted to still sell the tickets, with sales being done by a different team each week ( promotes team friendship, as puts members in contact with other members without being in competition with them) and the 50/50 pot would go to 2 winners (split equally). Teams do have an option to NOT sell, or buy tickets... but only those who DO participate reap the rewards. Sales of tickets have more than doubled since we began the league season
(3 weeks ago). this is a positive solution that is working for us. Hope the answer may help some of you to have a more friendly league,with a closer-knit membership.