March 8, 2019

Rotary launches Ice-Out 50/50 raffle

The Sebago Lake Rotary Club, coming off its successful 2019 Ice Fishing Derby, is running a Derby complimentary event called the Sebago Lake Ice-Out 50/50 Raffle.  From now until March 21st, all residents, ages 18 and older of the greater Sebago communities are welcome to make a guess at the day “ice-out’ happens on Sebago Lake. 

For purposes of this raffle, the Rotary Club is using the State of Maine’s Department of Agriculture,
Conservation and Forestry (DACF) definition for “Ice-out”. DACF defines it as: “when you can navigate unimpeded from one end of the water body to the other”. For purposes of determining the winning entries, the actual date of Ice-Out on Sebago will be the date the DACF posts to its Ice-Out table, available on its official web site.   

Raffle chances are just $5 each. Chances submitted by members of the public will be limited to 1,000. If 1,000 paid chances are received, the Rotary will be issuing the winner a check for $2,500. Fewer paid chances will result in a smaller available raffle pool. Individuals may enter more than one guess, at $5 per guess.
Because the Ice-Out chance will be based only on the day ice-out occurs, it’s likely there will be multiple winning entries. The Rotary Club will place all winning entries received into a drum, from which a single winning chance will be randomly drawn.

Proceeds from the Raffle will go to the Rotary Club Charitable Fund, from which the Club makes annual donations to local individuals and non-profit organizations in need.  Over the past ten years, The Sebago Lake Rotary Club has contributed over $1 million to local charitable causes. Tony Plante, current Rotary Club President noted, “Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves. Fundraising is an important part of our activities, allowing us to support good works.”

Raffle chances can be found here, in this publication, as well as at local restaurants, lounges and local businesses.  Individuals wishing to participate should complete a chance form and mail it, along with $5 to Sebago Lake Rotary Club, PO Box 1941, Windham, ME 04062.

Rotary will stop accepting chances as of the close of business on March 21, 2019. The final drawing for the cash prize will take place right after the State posts the confirmed ice-out date for Sebago Lake.  The winner will be notified and asked to attend the very next Rotary weekly lunch meeting to receive their check.

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