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Fundraising Idea of the Month:
Animal Lotto

by Doug Nash


At first read you may consider this a fund-raiser for those in the country areas only but maybe on reflection this is a fun event for almost anywhere. This is a simple and low cost fund-raiser with heaps of fun and suspense.

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1 A1 B1 C1
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Mark out an area into fifty or 100 squares by tape, chalk lines or whatever is cheapest for you. Mark the squares to match the tickets either by using numbers or letters and numbers i.e. 1-1, 2-2, 3-3, or A1, A2, A3, etc. The table shows you how the marking works.

The size will depend on the animal you use and the area you have available. Animals can be as small as chickens or as large as cows. (Try to get an animal that poops fairly regularly).

You then sell tickets to the squares for a dollar or several dollars. The winner is determined by which square the animal poops in. Make sure the markings are wide enough that the animal cannot poop in two squares in the one go. A ruling on "poops on the line" situations should be made and displayed before the animal is placed on the squares to save arguments later.

Place the animal on the squares watch the suspense build in the ticket holders waiting for the winner to be chosen. Once you clean up you can then do it all again if you so desire.

The prize can be donated goods or be a percentage of money raised from sold tickets.

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About the Author:

Doug Nash lives in Logan City in Queensland, Australia. He has graciously consented to share a fundraising idea with us every month. Although many of the ideas aren't new, each of them has a unique flair that comes from being developed and refined half a world away from ours. Visit his web site at http://www.home.gil.com.au/~dnash/ for more fundraising ideas.



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