Ronald McDonald House at Stanford (RMHS), a tax exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, is conducting the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford Car Raffle (Raffle) pursuant to California Penal Code Section 320.5, et seq, to raise funds for ongoing charitable purposes.  The Rules and Regulations of the Raffle are set forth below.  By purchasing a Raffle ticket the purchaser agrees to be bound by these rules and regulations.  RMHS’s interpretation and application of these rules and regulations shall be final.

The Grand Prize Drawing for the Raffle will be held on June 5, 2017. Tickets will not be sold after June 5, 2017.  Tickets may sell out before that time. The drawing may be open to the public, but the winner does not need to be present to win.

Only 3,500 tickets will be sold. The chances of winning are based on that number. If fewer tickets are sold, your chances of winning the Grand Prize improves. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has taken the position that amounts paid for chances in raffles, lotteries or similar drawings for valuable prizes are not gifts, and consequently do not qualify as deductible charitable contributions.

If the Grand Prize Car (Car) is chosen as the prize, the Grand Prize winner shall assume all fees, local, state and federal taxes, sales tax, financing costs which must be paid prior to the Car being transferred to the winner. Likewise, there are federal taxes and there may be state and/or local tax consequences if the winner selects the alternate cash prize. (See Prize section below.) These consequences may apply to other prizes as well. RMHS takes no responsibility for any tax liabilities or costs. Consult your tax advisor. This offer is void where prohibited by law, and all federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.

By entering this raffle, entrants accept and agree (1) to be bound by all the rules, limitations and restrictions set forth here and (2) that their names and/or likenesses may be disclosed to and used by the news media and may otherwise be used by RMHS for publicity purposes and in lists of prize winners to be published in area newspapers and announced on the RMHS raffle website. Other rules and regulations may apply. Please contact RMHS if you have questions.  RMHS’s interpretation and application of the rules and regulations shall be final.

By entering this raffle, each participant releases RMHS, its directors, officers, employees and agents from any and all liability for injuries, losses or damages of any kind caused by participating in the raffle or winning any prize or resulting from acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize, and each winner agrees to indemnify and hold RMHS harmless from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind rising in connection with or as a result of participating in the raffle or the winner’s acceptance or use of any prize.

Each participant hereby waives the provisions of CALIFORNIA civil code section 1542 which states the following:  “A general release does not extend to claims which the creditor does not know or suspect to exist in his or her favor at the time of executing the release, which if known by him or her must have materially affected his or her settlement with the debtor”.

Tickets:

Tickets are $100 each, or 6-packs for $500.  Only one method of payment, one name, and one mailing address are permitted per ticket pack.  Only one eligible person may be entered in the raffle per ticket sold. If the name of more than one person is submitted with a ticket purchase, and that ticket is selected as a winning ticket, then the person named first will be deemed the holder of record of that ticket and declared the winner. Division of prize by a group purchasing a ticket in common shall be to the sole responsibility of the person named as the holder of record of that ticket, should that ticket be selected as a winner.

RMHS reserves the right to reject any entry form that is submitted with payment that does not constitute “good funds”. All defective or physically altered entry forms will be immediately disqualified by RMHS. Prior to the Grand Prize drawing, RMHS will make a reasonable effort to notify the individual and/or entity that submits such an entry form or one which has been rejected because the credit card or check did not clear that the entry has been rejected by attempting to make contact through the information provided at the time of submitting the purchase request. All orders for tickets must be received and/or purchased by the indicated deadline. RMHS assumes no responsibility for lost, late, misdirected or non-delivered mail or fax messages, or any other failure to receive orders or deliver receipts prior to the drawing deadlines.

A raffle participant's sole and exclusive remedy for RMHS's breach shall be limited to the return of the purchase price paid for his or her raffle ticket(s). In no event shall RMHS, its directors, officers, employees, agents or representatives be liable to any party for any loss or injuries to earnings, profits or goodwill, or for any incidental, special, punitive or consequential damages of any person or entity whether arising in contract, tort or otherwise, even if advised of the possibility of such damages.

How to Purchase: 

An individual can purchase as many Raffle tickets as he or she may wish, subject to availability.

To purchase Raffle tickets: use the order form provided and fax the order form to (408-484-9014) or you may mail it to RMHS Raffle, 510 Sand Hill Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94304 or call 1-800-291-0449 providing your name, address, phone number along with your credit card number, credit card security code and expiration date. Tickets cannot be purchased on the raffle website or by email.  Any entry form submitted by email will be rejected.  All entries must include payment by check, money order or credit card. RMHS reserves the right to reject any entry form that is submitted with payment that does not constitute "good funds".  No refunds will be made except under the following circumstances: any ticket order with payment received after 3,500 tickets have been sold or after June 5, 2017, will be returned. No other refunds are available except in the exclusive discretion of RMHS. RMHS assumes no responsibility for lost, late, misdirected or non-delivered mail or fax messages, or any other failure to receive orders or deliver receipts prior to the drawing deadlines.

Selection of Winners: 

The Ronald McDonald House at Stanford Car Raffle drawing will be held on June 5, 2017, from all eligible Raffle tickets. Winners need not be present to win. The winner will be notified according to the contact information provided to RMHS at the time of ticket purchase. If the Grand Prize winner cannot be located by 5:00 p.m., June 11, 2017, after making a reasonable attempt to make contact through the information provided at the time of purchasing the Raffle ticket, such winner will be deemed to have elected the cash alternate prize and another winner will not be selected for such prize.  Should the Grand Prize winner not claim their prize within 180 days of the Grand Prize drawing date, the Grand Prize will be forfeited and another winner will not be selected.  In addition to the list of winners posted on the RMHS Raffle web site, a list of winners may be obtained from RMHS or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to RMHS Raffle, 510 Sand Hill Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94304 within one week of the drawing.

In order to collect his or her prize, a Raffle ticket winner may be required to sign and deliver to RMHS:  (a) a sworn affidavit of eligibility in accordance with these Rules and applicable law, including without limitation that he or she is at least 18 years old at the time he or she purchased the winning Raffle ticket; (b) such written information as is required by any applicable tax and/or real estate laws, including without limitation his or her Social Security Number; (c) proof of identity in forms satisfactory to the RMHS showing that the person claiming the prize is the same person who is named on the winning Raffle ticket.; and (d) the winning Raffle ticket stub.  The Grand Prize winner may be required to submit a W-2G, Form 5754 or similar tax form (provided by RMHS) for tax withholding purposes.  Prizes not collected by December 31, 2017 will be forfeited and another prize winner will not be selected.

Winning Odds: 

The odds of winning a prize will depend on the number of Raffle tickets sold. If all 3,500 tickets are sold, the odds of winning the Grand Prize is 1 in 3,500. If fewer tickets are sold, the chance of winning the Grand Prize improves.  If all 3,500 tickets are sold, the odds of winning a prize are 1 in 700.

Eligibility: 

Anyone 18 years of age or older at the time of the purchaser's Raffle ticket purchase may enter.  RMHS staff, members of the Board of Directors and immediate family members residing in the same household are excluded from participating and are not eligible to win a prize.  All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply.  The Raffle is void where prohibited or restricted by law.  An affidavit of eligibility may be required from prize winners.

Prizes: 

The Grand Prize is the winner's choice between a Tesla Model S or $50,000 (except as stated below). The Grand Prize Winner must make an election in writing between the car and the cash option no later than 5:00 p.m. June 12, 2017. A minimum of 2,030 tickets must be sold by June 5, 2017 for the Grand Prize Winner to have a choice between a Tesla Model S or $50,000. If fewer than 2,030 tickets are sold by June 5, 2017, the raffle will be held as scheduled, and the Grand Prize Winner will receive a sum equal to 50% of the Net Raffle Proceeds not to exceed $50,000. Net Raffle Proceeds will be calculated based on RMHS accounting, which shall be final and conclusive with respect to the Grand Prize Winner. For these purposes “Net Raffle Proceeds” are defined as the balance of funds left after paying all raffle expenses and all expenses for the Car.

The vehicle comes base model factory equipped and winner(s) are also solely responsible for any and all state or local license, title, registration, cost differential between the value of the car and the cash alternate prize, taxes, or fees associated with the vehicle, as well as insurance (proof of which must be shown prior to delivery) and pickup or delivery costs at the dealership as well as any non-standard options chosen by the winner and negotiated with the dealership. All winners of vehicles must make an election in writing between the vehicle and the alternative cash payment no later than 5:00 p.m. on the fifth business day after the drawing.  All vehicles are subject to availability at the automobile dealer selected by RMHS and may be substituted with a comparable vehicle by RMHS or with the cash alternate prize.

Vacation travel prizes are as described on the raffle website. Travel is transferrable. Travel must be used within one year of the RMHS purchase date. Unless otherwise noted, all gratuities, taxes and fees are the responsibility of the winner and each vacation prize has a maximum value of no more than two thousand five hundred dollars in total. Winners of travel related prizes must comply with all applicable requirements and restrictions related to said prizes including without limitation applicable travel dates, age restrictions, liability waivers, travel documentation and reservation and confirmation procedures. All vacations are subject to availability and may be substituted with a comparable vacation prize or $2,500 cash.

Grand Prize Drawing:

  • Grand Prize: Winner's choice between a Tesla Model S or $50,000*
  • 2nd prize:  Attend 2018 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
  • 3rd prize:  Dining & Wine Experience for 2 at French Laundry
  • 4th prize:  Wine Experience for 2 at Darioush Winery
  • 5th prize:  Oculus Virtual Reality Googles

* Except as stated above


General Terms and Conditions: 

The Car, if selected, will be transferred to the Grand Prize winner “as is, where is, and with all faults”. RMHS does not make or provide any representation, guarantee or warranty, expressed or implied, in connection with the Car and accepts no liability or responsibility regarding the construction or condition of the Car. RMHS does not warrant that the Car is of mercantile quality or that it can be used for any particular purpose.  No express warranties are given and no affirmation of RMHS by words and/or actions will constitute a warranty

At the time of closing, all federal and state income taxes and sales tax based on the value of the car, will be due from the winner.  If the winner selects the alternate award of cash instead of the car, all appropriate and required federal and state taxes will be withheld by RMHS in accordance with federal and state law and RMHS will remit the balance of the cash prize to the winner.  RMHS makes no guarantee that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will accept that value of the car for the purpose of determining any income tax that may be due from the winner.  RMHS takes no responsibility for any tax liabilities.  Consult your tax advisor.

ANY CONTROVERSY OR CLAIM ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE CONTRACT, OR THE BREACH THEREOF, SHALL BE SETTLED BY BINDING ARBITRATION ADMINISTERED BY THE AMERICAN ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION (PURSUANT TO ITS EXPEDITED PROCEDURES) UNDER ITS COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION RULES, AND JUDGMENT ON THE AWARD RENDERED BY THE ARBITRATOR MAY BE ENTERED IN ANY COURT HAVING JURISDICTION THEREOF.

By purchasing a raffle ticket and choosing to participate in the raffle, each raffle participant acknowledges and agrees that RMHS has the right, in its sole discretion, to elect not to proceed with the raffle for any reason whatsoever or for no reason, and in such event, a participant's sole and exclusive remedy shall be to receive a refund of the full price paid by such participant for each raffle ticket purchased, without interest.

Registration with the State of California:

By letter from the Attorney General’s office, Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern California has registered with the Department of Justice under Raffle Registration Number 448.  The official registration and financial information regarding Ronald McDonald House at Stanford can be obtained from the Attorney General's website [at www.ag.ca.gov/charities]. Registration does not imply endorsement.