Pay To Enter Competitions, Raffles & Skill Competitions
In recent years we've seen an increase in the number of pay to enter prize competition sites. They usually refer to themselves as raffles although is actually a misnomer and can lead to confusion. There are also strict rules about running raffles. 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, pay to enter competitions will normally 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 offer 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 pay to enter sites. We'll be looking at the best 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? Are they responsible when it comes to paying and playing. 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 Cars, Motorbikes, Watches
Win This Competitions aim is to bring you the chance to win "some amazing prizes, for a low cost entry and great odds". To date they have given away a wide range of prizes including cash, motorbikes and cars. These draws are often guaranteed which means they go ahead regardless of ticket sales.
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. The platform has become more popular thanks to successful win a house raffles.
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 6 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.
Add Your Site To Loquax
If you've run a raffle/prize competition site and want to be featured in this section on Loquax then please get in touch. Affiliate partnership options are also available. We do allow some posts to our competition listings but only within specific guidelines and limitations. The reviews and information here is provided for reference only.