Seems like in recent years, there have been quite a few Bay Area "dream house raffles," big-ticket raffles that benefit local charities, where the prize is nothing less than a mansion in one of the most expensive real estate markets in the country. Have you ever fallen in love with one of these raffle houses and thrown your own donation in?
Community Action Marin, an organization that provides support services to the needy in Marin County, is currently raffling off the above 3,000-square-foot home in Larkspur. Tickets cost $150, and if all the tickets are sold, the odds of winning the house are 1 in 37,000. The winner can either choose to keep the house or accept $1.6 million in cash. There are also other prizes available, and the odds of winning any prize (not necessarily the house) are 1 in 100.
Even if the home up for grabs isn't quite to your taste, a raffle ticket doesn't seem like a terrible investment, especially if the beneficiary is a charity you would otherwise like to support. What do you think? Have you participated in a dream house raffle before? Is it something you would consider?
To check out more photos of the Community Action Marin dream house or to buy a raffle ticket, visit the raffle website.
(Images: Community Action Marin)