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Raffle Ticket 3.0 (available as a free upgrade for older version users) is a powerful,
easy-to-use program you can use to create and print your own raffle tickets. It is
quick to master, and gives you the power to customize your raffle tickets at your home
or office, without having to go through a vendor. You can edit text, add photos or
artwork, customize the stubs, and add numbers to both the stub and the ticket - all in
just minutes. This program allows you to preview your tickets easily before you send
them off to your home printer, ensuring that they come out perfectly!
This program is compatible with Windows XP/Vista/and Windows 7. We're sorry, but this program does not work on a MAC.
How to use the ticket design tab (4)
- Changing the font Raffle Ticket gives you the freedom to change and customize your font to your liking. Just type your raffle ticket information in the large, white text box, and make changes as you please. You control the style, size, alignment, and color.
- Change the position of the text To position the text to your liking, you can choose one of the three buttons under Align to either align the text to the left, center, or right. You can also use the "Enter" key and "Spacebar" on your keyboard to position the text manually.
The legal wording text box
Editing the bottom text:
You can edit the text that is in the smaller text box where by default, it says "WINNER NEED NOT BE PRESENT TO WIN." Be aware that if your text becomes too long, it will intersect with the ticket number (see sample image below). To prevent this from happening, press your "Enter" key on your keyboard to move down to the second line of text.
Insert a picture (4)
Picture file extensions
Saving your document: When you save your Raffle Ticket document, you save it
as a Raffle File (.RTF).
Inserting an image: You can insert images that are either .JPEG, .TIF, .BMP, .GIF or .PNG formats. By default, the software is set to import images that are BMPs. To change the filetype, click on the drop-down menu and select what type of file you wish to import.
Once you insert your image onto your raffle ticket template, you may want to make changes.
To resize the image, use the magnifying glasses (+ and -), and it will resize
uniformly with each click.
To place the image where you want it, left-click and drag the image around within the text box. Make sure you also look at the actual raffle ticket template to see what the final product will be.
- Inserting multiple pictures Raffle Ticket also allows you to insert multiple images onto a single raffle ticket, and move each around individually as desired, resize as needed, lock the image in place, place text around or over the top of the photo, and delete images you no longer want.
In order for your raffle tickets to look their best, inserted images should be between
100x100 and 200x200 pixels. If your image is not the right size, you can use the plus
and minus magnifying glasses to make it fit.
Note: minimizing your images too many times directly in the Ticket Design window may cause pixelation issues, and a blurry image.
Their are dozens of free and low cost image editing softwares available, such as Windows' Paint, that you can use to resize your image. Remember to save your image as a .Jpeg, .Tiff, .Gif, .Png, or .Bmp. Other file formats are not recognized and cannot be imported into Raffle Ticket.
- Picture file extensions Saving your document: When you save your Raffle Ticket document, you save it as a Raffle File (.RTF).
- Stub design tab In the Stub Design tab you can control the information requested from those who enter the raffle, and as well as customize the underscores. You can enable and disable each section by checking and unchecking each box, and can also change the font color, which is applied to the complete stub area.
Numbering style (2)
- Single sheet order Single sheet order means that your tickets will be printed one after the other, in normal numerical order (e.g. 1, 2, 3, 4, etc.) in column form.
- Stack order style Stack order is used if you want to secure your tickets in a booklet. The program automatically does the math, calculates the placement of the numbers, and prints the pages so that you can staple the booklet pages together, cut them apart into 8 separate books, and each booklet will have consecutive numbers rather than Single Sheet Order, where numbers 1-8 print and the first page, 9-16 on the second page, and so on, stack order prints the first number on page 1, the second number on page 2, and so on. In the sample below, the Numbering Style is set to Stack Order. Numbering Order is set to Ascending. The Starting Number is 1 and the Total Ticket Quantity is 800. As you can see, the upper left number is No. 00001 and the next lower number is No. 00101.
Numbering order (2)
- Ascending order This option prints your tickets from the starting number to the ending number.
Descending order (1)
The Descending Order option prints your tickets in reverse order (from the
last ticket number to the first). The roles of the starting and ending numbers
reverse when you choose descending order. In this case, your starting number
will NOT be the actual first ticket number, but refers to the ticket number
that will be printed first.
For example, if you wanted to print 1 - 1000 tickets, starting with No. 0001, and ending with No. 01000, the latter will be the ticket to be printed first. Therefore, your starting number will have to be 1000 instead of 1, and your ending number will be 1 instead of 1000.
- Descending order error You may receive a pop-up error if you keep your starting number at 1, with a total ticket quantity of, let's say, 1000. In order to fix this, the starting number needs to be equal to or greater than the total ticket quantity.
Starting and ending numbers (2)
The starting and ending numbers are determined by your Numbering Order.
The starting number is the number of the ticket you wish to start with. This value can be the actual first ticket number, OR can be the ticket number that will be printed first, depending on whether or not your numbering order is Ascending or Descending.
The ending number is in the same situation as the starting number. It can either be the actual ticket number you wish to end at, OR it can refer to the last ticket that will be printed.
Relation to ascending and descending order
If your numbering style is single sheet order, and your numbering order is
ascending, then your starting number can be the actual first ticket number
(e.g. No. 0001).
If your numbering style is single sheet order, and your numbering order is descending, then your starting number needs to be larger than or equal to that of the total ticket quantity.
For example, as seen in the same image below, if you want to print 1000 tickets in descending order from 1 to 1000, your starting number and total ticket quantity will need to be 1000. Your ending number is automatically set to 1, and you will print a total of 125 pages.
Total ticket quantity Total Ticket Quantity is the total number of tickets you wish to create. This also controls the ending number.
Total pages Total pages is pretty straightforward, and is the number of pages that will be printed. Raffle Ticket does the calculating for you, so you don't have to worry about how many sheets of paper you need.
Number of digits Number of Digits controls the number of digits your ticket numbers have (maximum amount allowed is 10 digits).
For example, 4 digits looks like "No. 0001," and 2 digits looks like "No. 01."
Number color The Number Color option gives you control of the color of the ticket number. You can choose from the default colors, or define custom colors and add them to the palette.
Printer adjustment (4)
What kind of printer can I use with this program?
You may use any printer or copier that is connected to your system and capable of printing
standard letter size paper.
You cannot save your raffle tickets and take the file to another location for printing. The .RFT files can only be opened by our Raffle Ticket software so any other location would have to have a copy of Raffle Ticket installed on their system to make it work.
- Will your program work with A4 size paper? Absolutely, you need to adjust the image slightly to make the fit. From the pull down menu at the top of the screen click on "Ticket" and select "Print Adjustment".
- The printing of the tickets is getting cut off on the edge of the sheet Some printers are limited on how close to the edge of the paper they can print. We have provided an adjustment in the software where you can reduce the image to avoid this problem. From the pull down menu at the top of the screen click on "Ticket" and select "Print Adjustment".
Printer adjustment panel
To make sure that your tickets are printed correctly, the Printer Adjustment Panel helps
you customize and avoid printing issues, saving you time, money, and grief.
There are two main tabs within this panel - Print Nudge and Print Size.
Print Nudge does exactly what it sounds like. It nudges your raffle ticket content up and down, and/or left to right. This way, you can make sure that your ticket doesn't get cut off when printed and doesn't intersect with the perforated parts of the paper. And if you find that you adjusted the content too much, you can always reset to the Defaults and try again!
Print Size adjusts your ticket's content to fit with the size of the paper you plan on using. Like the Print Nudge tab, this allows you to make sure that nothing gets cut off.
When you make an adjustment, it shows up within the main page, so you know exactly what the outcome will be.
Print preview (1)
- How do I preview my tickets before printing? It's important to make one final check before sending your tickets to the printer. To preview the print job, go to "Ticket" > "Print Preview..." Here, you can catch mistakes such as ticket cutoff. You can zoom in and out and view each individual page with the "Next" and "Previous" buttons.
- What kind of printer can I use with this program? You may use any printer or copier that is connected to your system and capable of printing standard letter size paper.
Your tickets should have:
- The name of the event (e.g. Class of 2015 50/50 fundraiser)
- Important dates (e.g. the drawing date)
- The location (e.g. the drawing place: spring dance)
- What the ticket is for (e.g. raising money for a class trip)
- Whether or not the winner has to be present to claim their prize(s)
- The ticket number
Tips and ideas (2)
How to hold a treasure chest raffle
One of the fun things about raffles is the fact that there are so many types of drawings
to choose from. It's easy to try something new and possibly spark fresh interest in your
One game you can offer is the Treasure Chest raffle. It's a great way for players to take an active role in the game. Instead of waiting for their ticket number to be called (or for their phone to ring or a notification of winning in the mail), the players can be part of the action and know immediately whether they've won.
This style of raffle is great for repeating occasions, like club meetings, because the secondary prize grows bigger each time it is not won.
You'll need, follow the link below.
For more information on how to hold a treasure chest raffle
What are some tips for organizing my next drawing? (5)
Gather your materials in advance
It's a good idea to be over prepared for your next raffle or event. You can get a lot
of your materials together well in advance - even before you've ironed out all the
- Buy extra ink for your printer. There are a lot of great buys online, but you'll need to allow time for shipping.
- Make sure your computer is running at its best. Take care of any known issues like viruses or full hard drives before it's crunch time and it decides to conk out on you.
- Make sure you still have Raffle Ticket installed on your machine. Call our office at 1-800-944-9526 or e-mail email@example.com if you need your registration information resent to you.
- Check to make sure you have staples, paperclips, envelopes, or whatever you plan to use to hold the tickets together in booklets.
How to organize your volunteers
Help those who are helping you. If you make a sales plan and spend extra time up-front to
organize your volunteer sales force, you will reap the rewards later on.
Read great ideas for organizing your ticket sales team.
Thank your donors and sponsors
Many businesses can be enticed to donate prizes for your drawing if you promise to promote
their business in return.
Click here for tips on thanking your donors and sponsors.
Get the word out
Send information about your drawing to local news outlets.
Click here for ideas on how to get the word out.
What other types of tickets can I make with this software?
Raffle ticket software can be used to make other tickets besides raffle tickets. You
can make everything from event tickets to parking passes.
Click here for more ticket-making ideas.
- Gather your materials in advance It's a good idea to be over prepared for your next raffle or event. You can get a lot of your materials together well in advance - even before you've ironed out all the details.
- How to hold a treasure chest raffle One of the fun things about raffles is the fact that there are so many types of drawings to choose from. It's easy to try something new and possibly spark fresh interest in your organization's cause.
Raffle Tickets are commonly referred to as a "Game of Chance" and are a form of
gambling. Each state has different regulations regarding gambling and you should
check with your local authorities.