Frequently Asked Questions
- 01. Who is conducting this raffle?
- 02. How much does a raffle ticket cost?
- 03. How many tickets can I buy?
- 04. When will I get my ticket(s)?
- 05. How many raffle tickets will be sold?
- 06. What are my odds of winning?
- 07. Is my raffle ticket tax-deductible?
- 08. When are the ticket purchase deadlines and drawings?
- 09. When is the drawing held?
- 10. How will winners be notified?
- 11. Do I need to be present to win?
- 12. What if I am unable to accept the prize I win? Is there a cash alternative?
- 13. How do I claim my prize?
- 14. What is the taxable value of the prize?
- 15. How are the proceeds generated by the raffle used?
- 16. I still have a question about the raffle. Who do I contact and how?
01. Who is conducting this raffle?
The Safe Horse Project (SHP), a project of Mississippi Horses, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is conducting this raffle under authorization from the State of Mississippi.
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02. How much does a raffle ticket cost?
Raffle tickets are $10 each, 3 for $20, 12 for $75, or 20 for $100.
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03. How many tickets can I buy?
You may purchase as many tickets as you wish.
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04. When will I get my ticket(s)?
As soon as your ticket(s) are purchased, you will receive an email confirming your purchase. You will receive your ticket(s) number on the confirmation page and email receipt. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail, please be sure to check your SPAM/JUNK Folders
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05. How many raffle tickets will be sold?
There is no limit on the number of tickets for sale.
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06. What are my odds of winning?
The odds of winning a raffle prize depends on the number of tickets you purchase, and the total number of tickets sold.
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07. Is my raffle ticket tax-deductible?
No. The IRS’s position is that amounts paid for chances to win in raffles, lotteries, or similar drawings for valuable prizes are wagers, and consequently do not qualify as deductible charitable contributions.
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08. When are the ticket purchase deadlines and drawings?
Ticket Purchase Deadline: Thursday May 18, 2023 at 11:59PM (CST).
Drawing: Saturday, May 20, 2023.
Winner will be announced live at the Safe Horse Project’s Heart Of the Horse Trainers Challenge Awards Ceremony with a link to the live video feed on our website and Facebook. Winner will be contacted with a phone call.
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09. When is the drawing held?
The drawing will be held live on Saturday, May 20, 2023.
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10. How will winners be notified?
The winner will be notified by phone and/or email using the contact info provided when purchasing the tickets.
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11. Do I need to be present to win?
No. You do not need to be present to win.
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12. What if I am unable to accept the prize I win? Is there a cash alternative?
No. There are no cash alternatives to the prize won. If the winner does not accept the prize, another winner will be drawn from the remaining tickets.
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13. How do I claim my prize?
Once the winner has been drawn, SHP staff will contact the winner. Please be sure to call us back ASAP if we reach your voicemail.
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14. What is the taxable value of the prize?
The 2022 Polaris Ranger 570 is valued at $12,259.
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15. How are the proceeds generated by the raffle used?
Proceeds from the Safe Horse Project Raffle benefits the presentation of the 2023 Heart of the Horse Expo & Trainers Challenge and other SHP/MH events designed to promote, support and encourage participation in equine pursuits in the state of Mississippi.
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16. I still have a question about the raffle. Who do I contact and how?
If you still have questions after the FAQ, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and leave a message with your questions and your contact information. Our staff will contact you within 2 business days.
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OFFICIAL RAFFLE RULES
BY PURCHASING A TICKET AND ENTERING INTO THIS SAFE HORSE PROJECT RAFFLE (THIS “RAFFLE“), YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THESE OFFICIAL RAFFLE RULES (THE “OFFICIAL RULES“), WHICH ARE A BINDING CONTRACT, SO READ THEM CAREFULLY BEFORE ENTERING. WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE OFFICIAL RULES INCLUDE CERTAIN RELEASES FROM YOU AND A LIMITATION OF YOUR RIGHTS AND REMEDIES, INCLUDING A WAIVER OF YOUR RIGHT TO A TRIAL BY JURY. THIS RAFFLE IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW OR REGULATIONS.
REGISTRATION WITH THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI
The Safe Horse Project (“SHP”) is a collaborative partnership of equine organizations, individuals and professionals spearheaded by Mississippi Horses (“MH”). Established in 2016, this 501(c)(3) non-profit project sponsors special events designed to promote and grow horse ownership, equine related businesses and equine activities with a unique approach to helping provide secure futures for equines. SHP/MH made application to the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office, and was subsequently authorized by the Mississippi General Assembly, to conduct this Raffle.
This Raffle is only open to individuals who satisfy each of the following requirements (each an “Eligible Individual“): (i) must be an individual who is a legal resident of the United States and who is a legal resident of a state where this Raffle is not void or prohibited; (ii) must be at least the age of majority in his or her State of residence at the time of entering this Raffle; (iii) must not be a SHP (Safe Horse Project) or MH (Mississippi Horses) employee, officer, or director, nor an immediate family member of any of the foregoing; and (iv) must not be a person restricted from participating in the Raffle pursuant to Mississippi Code Ann. § 97-33-51(1). For the purposes of this section, “immediate family” means a spouse, child, step-child, brother, sister, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, parent or grandparent.
RAFFLE ENTRY START AND END DATES / HOW TO ENTER:
The entry period (the “Entry Period“) for entering this Raffle starts on August 2, 2022, and continues through 11:59 pm Central Time on May 18, 2023. Tickets will not be sold after 11:59 pm Central, May 18, 2023.
Eligible Individuals may enter this Raffle by purchasing tickets online at raffle internet address during the Entry Period (each an “Entry” and collectively the “Eligible Entries“). Tickets are $10.00 each, 3 for $20, 12 for $75, or 20 for $100. Ticket purchases can be made by Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. Venmo, PayPal or Cash? Mail in orders are not accepted. Eligible Individuals may buy as many tickets as they wish. All sales transactions are final. No payments will be refunded unless this Raffle is canceled. Every Eligible Entry will be assigned a unique identification number, and an electronic raffle ticket representing such Eligible Entry will be emailed to such Eligible Individual confirming the Entry, at the email address submitted with the Entry. You will receive your ticket number(s) at the completion of checkout and in your confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please be sure to check your SPAM/JUNK MAIL FOLDERS.
Only one Eligible Individual may be entered into the Raffle for each Entry (i.e., for each ticket) sold. In other words, only one name, one method of payment, and one e-mail address are permitted per Entry. If the name of more than one person is submitted with an Entry, and that ticket is selected as a winning ticket, then the person named first will be deemed the holder of record of that ticket. Division of any Prize by a group purchasing a ticket in common shall be the sole responsibility of the person named as or deemed the holder of record of that ticket, should that ticket be selected as a winner.
By submitting an Entry into this Raffle, each Eligible Individual fully and unconditionally agrees to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of SHP and its appointed agents, which will be final and binding in all matters relating to this Raffle. SHP is not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate capture of Entry information, technical malfunctions, lost or delayed data, any interrupted or unavailable network server or other connections or communications, any failed computer transmissions, software or hardware malfunctions, interruptions, defects, or failures, or any errors, omissions, interruptions or deletions of any kind due to electronic, human, mechanical, printing, production or technical errors or other causes, or for any damage to a person’s computer. Any late, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, or illegible entries will be disqualified.
Each Entry submitted in violation of these Official Rules will be void. SHP reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with this Raffle process or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in a disruptive manner.
The IRS has taken the position that amounts paid for chances in raffles, lotteries or similar drawings for valuable prizes are not gifts, and consequently, do not qualify as deductible charitable contributions.
RANDOM DRAWING / NOTIFICATION
One winner from the Eligible Entries received during the Entry Period will be randomly selected in a drawing conducted live during the SHP’s Heart of the Horse Expo Trainers Challenge Awards Ceremony on May 20, 2023. Odds of winning depend on the total number of Eligible Entries received during the Entry Period.
Within five (5) days following the Drawing, SHP will attempt to contact the Winner selected in the Drawing by phone or email using the contact information listed in such Winner’s Entry form (the “Notification“).
Within seven (7) days of the Notification, the Winner will be required to provide SHP with each of the following (collectively the “Paperwork“):
(i) a copy of a valid driver’s license or other valid identification issued to the Winner, evidencing that the Winner is at least the age of majority as of the date of entry into this Raffle;
(ii) an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release, in such form as is provided by SHP, fully signed by the Winner, attesting to such Potential Winner’s eligibility and compliance with the Official Rules; and
(iii) a fully completed and signed W-9 tax form.
If the Winner:
(i) fails to respond to the Notification, or is unable to be contacted by SHP using the information provided in his or her Entry (or the Notification is returned undeliverable), within seven (7) days after SHP attempts such Notification; or (ii) declines to accept his or her Prize; or
(iii) fails to return the properly completed Paperwork within the time designated by SHP; or
(iv) is found to be ineligible pursuant to, or fails to meet the requirements of, these Official Rules; or
(v) does not comply with these Official Rules; or
(vi) is ineligible to receive the Prize; or (vii) fails to pick up his or her Prize within the allotted time set forth by SHP, such Winner and his or her Entry will be disqualified and another Winner will be randomly selected from the remaining Eligible Entries received.
Subject to these Official Rules, only the prize set forth below will be awarded in connection with this Raffle:
One (1) 2022 Polaris Ranger model 570 UTV valued at $12,260. Any costs and fees associated with sales taxes, title, registration, delivery of the vehicle, or transportation to or from the storage location (in Canton, MS) of the vehicle is not included and shall be at the sole cost and responsibility of the applicable Winner.
Upon SHP’s verification of: (i) the Winner’s eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules; and (ii) verification of receipt of the properly completed Paperwork by the Winner within the allocated time frame, SHP will coordinate to make available the Prize; provided, however, that SHP, in its sole discretion, shall make the final determination of the pickup date of the Prize.
SHP will issue a 1099-Misc for Prizes, to the extent required by applicable law. The Potential Winner is responsible for any payment of all local, state and federal taxes resulting from the income attributable to the receipt of the Prize, and should consult his or her professional legal and accounting advisors regarding the tax effects of his or her respective Prize. It is the responsibility of each Potential Winner to determine, to his or her satisfaction, the value of his or her respective Prize, and the tax effect and liabilities associated with it, in light of his or her personal financial circumstances.
These Official Rules shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Mississippi, without regard to conflicts of law principles. Any legal suit, action or proceeding arising out of or related to the Raffle, any Prize awarded or used in connection with this Raffle, or these Official Rules, shall be brought in and each participant in this Raffle, including each Potential Winner, irrevocably submits himself or herself to the exclusive jurisdiction of the state and federal courts of the State of Mississippi sitting in Madison County, Mississippi, and irrevocably agrees that all claims in respect of such action or proceeding shall be heard and determined only in and by either of the state or federal courts sitting within Madison County, Mississippi. Furthermore, by participating in this Raffle, each such individual participating in this Raffle, including the Potential Winner, hereby irrevocably waives and agrees not to assert by way of motion, as a defense or otherwise in any such action or proceeding, any claim that such party is not personally subject to the jurisdiction of the state or federal court sitting in Madison County, Mississippi, that such action or proceeding is brought in an inconvenient forum, that the venue of such action or proceeding is improper or that these Official Rules may not be enforced in or by such state or federal court sitting in Madison County, Mississippi. EACH INDIVIDUAL PARTICIPATING IN THIS RAFFLE, INCLUDING THE POTENTIAL WINNER, HEREBY WAIVES ANY RIGHT HE OR SHE MAY HAVE TO A JURY TRIAL ARISING FROM ANY DISPUTES RELATED IN ANY WAY TO THESE OFFICIAL RULES, THIS RAFFLE, OR THE PRIZE.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY; INDEMNIFICATION AND WAIVER; CLASS-ACTION WAIVER
By participating in this Raffle, to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, each individual participating in this Raffle, including the Potential Winner, hereby releases, discharges, and agrees to indemnify and hold harmless SHP, MH, and each of their respective officers, directors, members, managers, employees, representatives, and agents from and against any and all actions, claims, losses, damages, expenses, injuries, and loss of life to any persons or property that are caused by, arise from, or are related to, directly or indirectly, the operation of or participation in this Raffle or the receipt, acceptance, possession, misuse, or use of the Prize.
By participating in this Raffle, to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, each individual participating in this Raffle, including the Potential Winner, agrees that any and all claims, actions, demands, and causes of action (collectively “Claims“) arising out of or in any way relating to this Raffle, these Official Rules, or any Prize shall be made individually, and not as a member of a class or otherwise in any form of class action.
By participating in this Raffle, to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, each individual participating in this Raffle, including the Potential Winner, on behalf of himself or herself, and his or her heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns, hereby agrees that any and all Claims, judgments, and awards arising out of or in any way relating to this Raffle, these Official Rules, or the use or misuse of the Prize shall be limited to only the actual out-of-pocket costs incurred with entering this Raffle, and in no event may any attorneys’ fees be claimed, included, or awarded.
SHP/MH SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THIS RAFFLE OR THE PRIZE. SHP/MH’S AGGREGATE LIABILITY ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THIS RAFFLE SHALL NOT EXCEED THE FUNDS RECEIVED FROM TICKET SALES IN CONNECTION WITH THIS RAFFLE.
THE PRIZE PROVIDED IN CONNECTION WITH THIS RAFFLE IS PROVIDED “AS IS WHERE IS” AND SHP/MH MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY WARRANTY AS TO MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, WHETHER ARISING BY LAW, COURSE OF DEALING, COURSE OF PERFORMANCE, USAGE OF TRADE, OR OTHERWISE, EACH OF WHICH ARE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMED.
By entering this Raffle, each Eligible Individual, including the Potential Winner, agrees that their names, resident city, and/or their likenesses may be disclosed to and used by the news media listing Prize Winner ( by name and city only) to be published on the SHP and MH websites and social media, and may otherwise be used by SHP or MH for publicity purposes, without further compensation, unless prohibited by applicable law.
SHP reserves the right to cancel this Raffle at any time, at its discretion, as provided by MS Code Ann. § 97-33-51(1). If for any reason the Raffle is cancelled, SHP must reimburse the purchaser of each Raffle ticket, in the amount of the Raffle ticket purchased, within ninety (90) days of the Raffle cancellation date.
EMAIL & SMS MARKETING
By purchasing a raffle ticket, you are opting in to receive email and SMS marketing from us. You can opt out anytime by clicking the Opt Out link in the email footer or via SMS with the word STOP. You can also email us directly at email@example.com to request removal from our marketing campaigns.
If any provision or part of these Official Rules is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be totally or partially invalid, illegal or unenforceable, then the provision will: (i) be deemed to be modified or restricted to the extent and in the manner necessary to make it valid, legal or enforceable, or; (ii) if unable to be so modified or restricted, it will be excised from these Official Rules without affecting any other provision of these Official Rules, which will be enforced to the maximum extent provided by law as if the modified or restricted provision was originally included or as if the excised provision was originally excluded.
These Official Rules and the Paperwork constitutes the entire agreement, and supersedes all prior agreements and understandings, oral and written, between each individual participating in this Raffle, including the Potential Winner, and SHP with respect to this Raffle.
SHP’s interpretation and application of these Official Rules shall be final. Please contact SHP if you have questions. You can contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org.