Raffle & Skill Sites That Have Closed
With so many raffle sites emerging in this market it's perhaps not a surprise that not all of them will be successful. Below are sites that we know have either completely closed their doors or during our checks didn't seem to be running competitions. Unfortunately if a site suddenly closed, as Watchlotto did in October 2020, then you're most likely lost your money. Sites which still look like but are no longer running competitions tend to do so after completing a round.
6 Featured Raffle Sites - Closed
Win Cars, Cash
As of October 2020 Ourcomps seems to have closed down. It's website is reporting a 403 Forbidden error and all social media channels have been removed. We have no further details as to the situation with the company at this time.
Win Cars, Jewellery, Cash, Tech
Prize Online describe themselves as a UK based luxury competition website that gives you the chance to win cash, holidays and tax free cash. From as little as £1.99 you can enter their raffles but there is a no purchase necessary free to enter option too. The site hasn't added new competitions for sometime now.
Win Cars, Cash, Lifestyle Prizes
Balls Out was an online football competition that gives you the opportunity to play 'spot the ball' for a variety of exciting prizes, ranging from cars, watches, experiences and cash bundles. Play from just 25p a ticket. The site closed in 2020.
Win Luxury Watches
In October 2020 Watchlotto just closed their doors without any warning. Their website was taken down and all social media channels removed. We don't have any further details.
Win Cars, Cash, Lifestyle Prizes
Only the the best prizes make it on to Wishclix. Purchase tickets for the chance to win cars such as an Arbarh 595. Cash and lifestyle prizes can also be won. Ticket prices range from £1.50 to £25. Free entry routes are available. The site closed down in 2020.
Win Motorbikes, Cash
This site offered opportunities to win cars, motorbikes, helmets, tech, cash and much more. Ticket prices range from £4.99 to £9.99 (sometimes more). Answer a question to take part. Winners were announced via a live draw. The site is now offline!
Are Prize Competitions/Raffles Gambling?
In our view these kind of prize competitions or raffles as they're wrongly named fall into a grey area between gambling and free prize draws. To enter a pay to enter prize competition you usually have to complete some element of skill. This ranges from answering a multiple choice question through to spot the ball. If you're spending money on a raffle with a limited number of tickets then essentially you are gambling that cash on you winning at fixed odds. However skill competitions or pay to enter draws like those above, as well as win a house competitions, are not overseen by The UK Gambling Commission. However they all involved spending money and can be addictive. Therefore we have included a begambleaware.org notice on each listing. Our advice is that you play responsibly - treat the sites like you would any brand that offers bingo, slots or sportsbook gambling.
Are They A Con?
On the surface some of these competitions seem great. However it is important to look under the surface. Not every prize is brand new! Some sites offer second hand cars and watches as luxury prizes. Closing dates can also be misleading. For example you might purchase a ticket for a competition that ends this month. However the terms may state that the raffle will extend it's closing date for a number of times. Prizes are not always guaranteed either. If insufficient tickets are not sold then a cash prize is usually awarded. Our ratings above should give you an idea of the best sites to choose from. The best sites will guarantee prizes regardless of the number of tickets sold.
How Many Sites Are There?
We currently feature 8 pay to enter sites in this section. However there are 10s more of these kind of sites active. Zap Competitions for example power over 20 different brands with it's platform. If you drop in on Trust Pilot there are reviews for a large number of sites with new ones coming on board all the time. Visit one of these sites and you're guaranteed to see adverts for even more raffle sites the next time you drop in to Facebook or Instagram.
Can I Enter Raffles For Free?
In some cases you can get free entries. For the most part these will be postal entries. In fact from the list above only Omaze offer an online free entry option. What we do see is that a lot of the sites will run free prize draws, sometimes on social media, offering credit as a prize. Our advice is if you're not sure about these kind of competitions then leave them alone. If you are curious then select a well known and established brand rather than one of the many new sites that keep popping up.
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