Updated: Dec 22, 2022
'The Buffalo Sabres and Bills Donate Signed Merchandise and Other Awesome Prizes to Benefit FCHS
The Buffalo Sabres Foundation and the Fluvanna Community Historical Society (FCHS) are excited to announce the "'Give 716' Holiday 50/50 Raffle!" This special holiday, 50/50 raffle will start on December 5th, 2022 and run through December 29, 2022 December 23rd, 2022 at the start of the 3rd intermission of the Sabres vs. Detroit game Sabres vs. Tampa Bay Lightning game.
[UPDATE (12/22/22): Due to forecasted severe weather conditions from "Winter Storm Elliot," the NHL canceled the Sabres vs. Tampa Bay Lighting game scheduled for this week. As such, the Sabres extended the "'Give 716' Holiday 50/50 Raffle!" until December 29, 2022. This gives an extra week to buy more tickets, increase the jackpot even further and help support FCHS and other great charities across Western New York (WNY). For more info., see the FAQs below.]
Prizes: $50,000 Guaranteed Jackpot and More!
This special 'Give 716' Holiday Raffle will consist of a guaranteed 50/50 jackpot of at least $50,000, as well as eleven (11) other additional prizes for a total of twelve (12) winners. Due to the enthusiastic response from WNYers so far, organizers informed us the jackport will easily reached well over $50,000. The prizes are as follows:
Prize 1 = $50,000+ Guaranteed Jackpot for the Sabres vs. Lightning 50/50 Raffle
Prize 2 = Sabres Prize Pack - Baseball Cap & Sweatshirt
Prize 3 = Bills Prize Pack - Winter Hat & Sweatshirt
Prize 4 = Rasmus Dahlin Autographed "Reverse Retro" Jersey
Prize 5 = Stefon Diggs Autographed Mini Helmet
Prize 6 = Sabres Team Signed Stick
Prize 7 = "Salute to Service" Football Autographed by Coach Sean McDermott & A "Salute to Service" Mini Helmet
Prize 8 = Tage Thompson Autographed Home Jersey
Prize 9 = Josh Allen Autographed Cleat
Prize 10 = Four (4) 100 Level Tickets to Sabres vs. Red Wings on December 29th
Prize 11 = Alex Tuch Autographed "Goat Head" Jersey
Prize 12 = Von Miller Autographed Football
This could help with some really cool last-minute gifts all while supporting Fluvanna and great charities in the Western New York area.
How to Play
It’s simple, buy your tickets for a chance to win one or more of the prizes listed above by simply clicking here:
Every ticket has the chance to win multiple times and winners will be selected at the start of the 3rd period during the Sabres vs. Lightning game on December 23rd. All winning ticket numbers will be posted on the website at the conclusion of the raffle.
Got Questions? Need Assistance?
If you have any questions or need assistance, just leave us a message in the Comments section below. Otherwise, you can chat with us live (by clicking the "Let's Chat" button) email or give us a call at +1 (716) 804-7163.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Our partners with 'Give 716' received a number of questions regarding the Holiday 50/50 Raffle! These include general questions about the fundraiser, the requirements to conduct raffles online. If you have any additional questions, you're welcome to contact the campaign administrators directly (see their contact info. below) or feel free to contact us (see our contact info. above).
What is a 50/50 Raffle?
A 50/50 raffle is a lottery in which 50% of the funds raised goes to one lucky winner and the other 50% goes to charity.
What is the 'Give 716' Holiday 50/50 Raffle?
Each year, the Buffalo Sabres Foundation supports local nonprofits in the Western New York area through 50/50 raffles that take place during Buffalo Sabres home games. With raffles now legal online in New York State (NYS), it has opened up the ability to help more nonprofits.
When does the raffle end?
Tickets will be available for sale up until the start of the 3rd period during the December 29th game between the Buffalo Sabres and Detroit Red Wings (NB: 'Give 716' originally scheduled the drawing to take place on Friday, 12/23/22, but rescheduled the drawing and extended the dates for purchasing raffle tickets due to the severe weather conditions forecasted as a part of 'Winter Storm Elliot.' See the FAQs below for more info. regarding the extension for the raffle).
Who is eligible to participate?
This opportunity is only open to the Fluvanna Community Historical Society (FCHS) and other past 'Give 716' nonprofit participants. The Sabres and Bills hope to create more year-round fundraising opportunities for our local nonprofit community.
How can I find the winning ticket numbers?
The winning ticket number(s) will be announced over the KeyBank Center public announcement system, displayed on the kiosk monitors and posted on the website sabres.5050raffle.org shortly after the drawing.
About the Raffle
How much do tickets cost?
1 for $2
5 for $5
15 for $10
50 for $20
Is my credit card secure?
Yes, all purchases of raffle tickets made as part of the 'Give 716' Holiday 50/50 Raffle! through the official website are secure transactions. Cause IQ uses Stripe for credit card processing. Stripe has been audited by a PCI-certified auditor, and is certified to PCI Service Provider Level 1. This is the most stringent level of certification available.
Do I need to be 18 years of age to purchase tickets?
Yes. You must be 18 years of age, or older, at the time of your entry whether you purchase tickets in-venue or online. If you purchase online, your age will be verified during the user account creation process. All winners will be required to provide identification with proof of age in order to claim any prizes.
Do I need to be located in New York State to buy a ticket?
Yes. You must be in-venue or the surrounding areas where ticket sales are offered, or physically located in the State of New York to purchase a raffle ticket online. For online purchases, our website will utilize geo-location procedures to determine whether you are located in the State of New York. If you are, then you will be required to create a user account and verify you are over the age of 18 in order to purchase tickets online.
Why do I need to create a user account in order to purchase raffle tickets?
According to the rules in New York for online raffle ticket purchases, you are required to create a user account in order to purchase raffle tickets. During that process, your age will be verified and you will receive a login and password to your account. Thereafter, you can return to your account to review your purchases, purchase raffle tickets for future raffle offerings, etc.
I’m not able to create a user account, why is that?
If your age verification has failed because you are not over the age of 18, you will not be allowed to create a user account or purchase tickets. It is also possible you have been excluded from creating a user account on the basis of the NYS Gaming Commission’s self-exclusion list maintained pursuant to 9 NYCRR Section 5403.2. If you believe it is a mistake that you are being excluded, please contact us as at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is my ticket purchase tax-deductible?
No. The IRS does not recognize raffle ticket purchases as a tax-deductible contribution at this time.
How will I receive my ticket numbers?
Once your order has been processed, you will receive a receipt containing your ticket numbers either in person, or via email if your purchase was online. If you have purchased tickets online, and do not see your email receipt right away, please be sure to check your spam or junk folders. If you still cannot locate your receipt, please email us at email@example.com.
Do I need to be present to win?
No. You do not need to be present to win.
What should I do if I believe I have a winning ticket?
All winners will be notified via email and/or phone shortly after the drawing. However, if you believe you have a winning ticket and you have not been contacted by us, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What if I need help with the raffle?
How do I enable my location on my browser?
Location Services must be enabled due to NYS Gaming Commission regulations. Participants must be located in NY to purchase. To enable location services based on the browser see below
Other 50/50 FAQs from the Sabres:
About the Raffle Extension/Drawing Delay
The National Weather Service issued severe weather storm warnings the week of 12/18/2022 forecasting extreme freezing temperatures, blizzard conditions and lake effect snow events throughout WNY at the end of the week and throughout the Christmas holiday weekend. Out of an abundance of caution, the National Hockey League (NHL) canceled the Sabres vs. Tampa game on 12/23/2022. As such, the Buffalo Sabres Foundation also delayed the 'Give 716' Holiday 50/50 Raffle! and extended the raffle for an additional week. The drawing will now take place at the Sabres vs. Detroit game scheduled for 12/29/2022.
How does the cancelation of the Sabres vs. Tampa game effect the 'Give 716' Holiday 50/50 Raffle?
Not much really! The only significant change is that the end date of the Give 716 50/50 raffle is now Thursday, December 29th at 7pm during the Sabres vs. Detroit game. The raffle will now end at the start of the third period on 12/29 instead of 12/23.
What is the upside of the game's cancelation?
This will allow an extra week of selling and with the actual jackpot total even larger. The Sabres Foundation already predicts that this 50/50 will be the largest size jackpot in Sabres' history. This is going to be big!
If we want to purchase more raffle tickets, do we need a new link to the FCHS 'Give 716' Holiday 50/50 Raffle! fundraising page?
Nope. The link in this post and available on the pop-up screens throughout the 'Virtual Meeting House,' (FCHS's official home on the internet) will connect anyone who wants to purchase raffle tickets through FCHS to the correct website. So keep doing what you're doing!
Any other changes?
The only other change is that one of the second chance prizes has been changed. Instead of winning tickets for the 12/29 game against Detroit, those tickets will now be for the Saturday, January 7th game against Minnesota. An updated graphic with the prize information has been provided in your resources section as well as images of ALL second chance prizes to be used as you please.
Still have questions or need help regarding the raffle?
The Fluvanna Community Historical Society is a registered 501(c)(3) organization, provisionally chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York, and dedicated to connecting our community with our past, with each other and with a brighter future.