Mt. Zion – Gun raffles are growing in popularity as a way for non-profits to raise a lot of money fast.
“The items (guns) on these lists are so fantastic it's a win, win for everybody,” Jim Owens of the MTZ Armory in Mt. Zion told WAND News.“It's an easy way for these groups to raise a lot of money in a short period of time.”
The latest to try gun raffle fund raising is the Lake Volunteers Association, a volunteer group that puts together programs, many benefiting kids, at Lake Shelbyville and Carlyle Lake.52 guns are being raffled over 52 weeks.Each ticket sold has a 3 digit number.The winning number is selected using the Illinois Lotteries Pick Three game.A 53rd gun will be part of an early bird drawing in April.
“We do a children's deer hunt.We do summer programs for the kids.We do campground programs,” said Kathy Niksic of Shelbyville.“Everything we collect goes right back to the lake.”
Tickets cost $100 each.Only 1,000 tickets will be sold with the first drawing set for July 4th.Tickets can be purchased at the MTZ Armory and the Lake Shelbyville Visitors Center.