Finally won a gun raffle

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  • Calpoke

    Junior Member
    Dec 12, 2009
    Harford County
    Glad to see someone win these raffles. I had two chances on a drawing last weekend in Cecil County. Over thirty of us bought tickets from work and no one won.
    When I worked out of the Carpenter Union in Baltimore someone was always selling a raffle ticket and being part of the Brotherhood I would purchase a ticket until one day I over heard this man telling how tickets sold at the job site were thrown down a sewer hole so that someone connected with the cause, say like some church, or lodge, would be the winner. That is when I stopped buying outside of something I belonged to. Some tickets back then, 1970s, stated "Members Only" were allowed to claim the prize.


    Junior Member
    Aug 22, 2022
    Broken Arrow
    I’ve purchased many raffle tickets over the years for gun raffles, mostly to support those organizations but also hoping to get lucky and take home a prize. Well, I finally actually won a prize, 2 weekends ago. My MD CCW permit was in my mailbox that Friday night, and Saturday morning a PA Fish and Game organization called me to tell me I won Friday’s raffle drawing for a Henry Single shot rifle in 450 Bushmaster. They told me I’d get a postcard from a local gun shop with instructions to claim my prize. Pretty cool weekend, especially since Monday morning the York County Sheriff approved my PA CCW.

    I finally received the post card yesterday and it instructed me to call the LGS to verify I still wanted the rifle. I spoke with them this afternoon, and to my surprise the lady told me they didn’t have the rifle and it wasn’t in stock anywhere, and she’d have to backorder it for me. WTF?

    Has this ever happened to anyone here? Is this how gun raffles typically work? I’ve never won a gun raffle before, I’ve only ever won small things at bull roasts and such, where the prizes were on a table at the front of the room. How does an organization raffle a firearm they don’t actually have? Is that even legal? At the minimum I believe it’s dishonest as hell.

    If I was really counting on or depending on taking possession of that rifle I think I’d be really pissed. At this point I’m not mad, yet. I’m just wondering how long I should wait before I pursue this to another level, or is this typical procedure in a raffle of this kind?
    I also have recently won a prize package from a well-known organization. So far, I have only received half of the items, and it was like pulling teeth to get those even though it has been a couple of months since I was chosen. I would tell more but I'm afraid to do so until I collect the rest of the prize package. Hang in there, I feel your pain.


    Self-Exiled Member
    MDS Supporter
    Mar 30, 2017
    Finally was able to pick up the raffle prize Henry rifle. Fan-fvcking-tastic Pennsylvania State Police “Instant” background check took 2-1/2 hours. After the 11 hour delay last Christmas as Cabelas in Hamburg, I swore I’d never get another firearm in Pennsylvania, yet here I was.

    Ironically, I just bought another raffle chance from my work friend, a calendar with one Henry rifle every single day of 2023, or $700 cash prize, based on daily PA Pick 4 lottery number. If I win anything at all I’m taking the $700 no matter what. Fvck the State of Pennsylvania and their State Police “PICS” system. If I want a Henry I’ll buy the damn thing when and where I want, IN MARYLAND.


    Grumpy Old Man
    Jun 22, 2012
    A month wait doesn't seem to bad, I waited a year and a half for my 1911 from the CMP.

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