Heads or Tails? Live Auction Raffle Ideas

Raffles at Live Auctions: Heads or Tails is a great Twist for 50/50 

There are many types of raffles at events.  Raffles present an additional funding for your organization to raise money during your silent and live auction.

The game of Heads or Tails can add a new twist to the  50-50 raffle for fundraising.  In this case, the last person standing wins 50% of the pot. Here’s how it works.

imagesPrior to your auction:

  • Purchase tickets to give to your guests
  • Charge anywhere from $5 to $25 per person.
  • Advertise in advance that the winner will win 50% of the proceeds collected from the participation fees. You won’t be able to determine the exact amount until after you’ve collected all the fees.
  • Goal:  100% participation

As people check-in to your event:

  • Clearly post instructions for playing the game near the entrances to your event.
  • Have a table at the entrance where guests can buy a ticket to participate. Also have raffle volunteers walking around selling to those who did not buy when they walked in.


Playing the Game
  • Early during your Live Auction, the auctioneer should explain the rules and conduct a practice round. This will encourage those who haven’t bought a ticket to do so.
  • To start the game, the Auctioneer asks all the participants to stand up.
  • The the auctioneer then announces: “Place your hand on your head (heads) or on your bottom (tails).” Every participant chooses by placing his stamped hand on his head or his tail.
  • The auctioneer flips a coin. If it lands on heads, then all those with their hands on their heads remain standing. Those with their hands on their bums sit down. Or visa versa if the coin lands on tails.
  • The auctioneer announces again, “Choose heads or tails,” and the remaining participants again choose.
  • The Auctioneer flips the coin again. Those who chose incorrectly sit down.
  • This continues until one person remains standing. That person is the winner!

Making the raffle interesting will increase your fundraising goal’s bottom line.  Good Luck at your next live auction event that includes the 50/50 raffle.

Written by Debbie Hitzel of Impact Auctions

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