Raffle Sites & Skill Competitions
In recent years we've seen an increase in the number of raffle sites. Although they call themselves raffles this is actually a misnomer as they are actually pay to enter competitions. Entrants have to purchase tickets for the chance to win cars, holidays and other lifestyle items. Unlike a free prize draw, which can attract unlimited entries, raffles restrict the number of entries. Additionally, to avoid falling foul of The UK Gambling Commission, these competitions either must have an element of skill such as spot the ball or have a free entry option.
But are these competitions safe and should you consider entering them? Can you enter them for free? Following on from our win a house listings we've decided to apply the same approach to raffle sites. We'll be looking at the sites that are available, the prizes you can win, the entry process and most importantly whether you can trust them. Do they have winners? How long have they be running? Are there any issues we feel need to be raised? We also welcome your comments on any of the sites featured below.
5 Featured Raffle Sites - Skill Competitions
Win Dream Cars, Cash, Holidays, Watches
The most well known site offers entrants the chance to win dream cars and other prizes every week. Car competition ticket prices start at 85p and rise to £4.80. Alternative cash prizes can be awarded.
Win Cars, Lifestyle Prizes, Cash, Holidays
The Draw describe themselves as "a different type of competition operator" that aims to run with the "best, most honest & completely transparent standards". They offer visitors the chance to win a variety of prizes such as hot tubs, tech gear, holidays, cars and campervans. Ticket prices start at just £1.
Win Cash, Lifestyle Prizes
Open to UK and Ireland, Emerald Competitions want to give you the chance to win fantastic prizes with low entry fees. To date they have created over 50 winners and paid out €60,000 in prizes. Current competitions include cash and a supercar experience.
Win Variety Of Prizes
Raffall is a platform of user generated competitions. Users including brands and individuals can offer prizes ranging from homes to vouchers in pay to enter prize competitions. There are numerous competitions running and most ticket prices start at £1.
Win Lifestyle Prizes
Win luxury items like watches and iPhones in regular giveaways. Purchase tickets and play a skill-based game to enter the limited number of raffles that are available. Tickets cost from £6 (depending on prize) and packages can also be bought.
Are These Competitions Gambling?
In our view these kind of competitions fall in a grey area between gambling and competitions. To enter a raffle 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 raffles like those above, as well as win a house competitions, are not overseen by The UK Gambling Commission. Note that we have included a begambleaware.org notice on each listing as these competitions can become addictive and expensive. Please play responsibly.
Are They A Con?
On the surface some raffle 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.
Can I Enter For Free?
In some cases you can get free entries. What we do see is that a lot of the sites will run competitions, 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 interested then select a well known and established brand.
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If you've run a raffle/prize competition site and want to be featured on Loquax then please get in touch. Advertising and affiliate partnership options are also available. Please note raffle sites should not be posted to our forum. The reviews and information here is provided for reference only.