Couple Raffles Off Michigan House

Couple Raffles Off Michigan House

There are 28 comments on the NBC 6 South Florida story from Nov 9, 2008, titled Couple Raffles Off Michigan House. In it, NBC 6 South Florida reports that:

How would you like to win a house? In Michigan, Penelope and Joe VanDevelder are raffling off their house in Waterford after it failed to sell despite more than two years on the market.

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Pick Me

Taylor, MI

#21 Feb 3, 2009
Peace wrote:
...the expression "win-win" is being repeatedly used in responses here, but, it's actually a case of "win-win lose, lose, lose, lose, lose, lose, lose,(and on and on)" ... all those losing tickets. And, who would regulate this chaotic nonsense? Oh that we all were ethically wired and mathematically gifted, but that is sadly not the case. Policing individual home "raffles" (and those of any other personal property) would require an infrastructure the financial support for which would create further loss for all taxpayers in order to benefit those holding the raffles. Take some time, think it through, and don't get yourselves in further financial trouble.
OMG. You are the guy who didn't get picked for dodge ball. Please be specific exactly how the infrastucture and financial support would create further loss for all taxpayers. Since you have thought this through.
Steven Murdy

United States

#22 Feb 7, 2009
Hey see if PAYPAL would handle the contest and since they have the money, they could give the money to the person that holds the contest after you present the winner the prize.
Pick Me wrote:
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OMG. You are the guy who didn't get picked for dodge ball. Please be specific exactly how the infrastucture and financial support would create further loss for all taxpayers. Since you have thought this through.

Murray, KY

#23 Feb 12, 2009
No work in michigan means no sell.

Ann Arbor, MI

#24 Feb 19, 2009
(For what it may be worth...:) A contest with an entry fee does not legalize this endeavor...Save yourself the hassle,...(Maybe this will help to grasp the issue: Does the phrase "NO PURCHASE NECESSARY" ring a bell? That's because charging folks, either by ticket or entry fee or purchase of items would leave open all the oportunities for graft and corruption noted by previous commentors and more. It would simply be a round-a-bout means to illegal gambling.

Ypsilanti, MI

#25 Feb 26, 2009
There's a couple ways around this.

1. Start your own charity and raffle off the house.

2. Sell something else with each purchase qualifying for an entry into the raffle. Whatever you sell though, has to be fair market value. Meaning you cant sell t-shirts that are worth 20 dollars for 100. You would have to prove the value if you did.

Michigan really needs to change their gambling laws. The banks could make a killing raffling off all these homes.
Too Tall Tom

Niles, MI

#26 Apr 5, 2009
Here ya go...home raffles! Perfect!! Of course Michigan is going to make it illegal...because it makes sense!!! It could save foreclosure, it could put people in a home for basically nothing, everyone would Michigan wants no part of it. Find a way for the state to get paid...give them 10% and see what happens!!! Till then...enjoy foreclosure, unemployment, all this state has to offer...good job Michigan!

United States

#27 Sep 8, 2009
1.can even a non-profit raffle off real estate in Michigan ? my guess is no.....

2.if it were made leqal, there would be so many tickets for sale, you'd never be able to sell enough to complete your raffle

3.state lottery and school revenue would drop, thus the state would add more other taxes

4.if the banks could raffle off foreclosed homes, it may help our home values from falling, it may be a good way for them to unload forecloused homes

Byrd is the word

Davison, MI

#28 Apr 19, 2011
Brian wrote:
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In this economy with the housing market as bad as it is, they should lift that law. I mean yes, alot of people would do it, and alot of people would get wealthly quick. but the fact of the matter is, if we are allowed to do this, it is a win win situation for everyone. think about it, if you rafled off your home and made a decent amount of money, you would pay off the mortgage, and in turn get a new mortgage on a new home that you wanted. so in turn the banks still make their money. then you have to pay taxes on all the money you make, so the Fed makes money, as do the state. Not to mention that once people start having money again, they wont be afraid to start spending money again, which in turn starts getting us out of the dump of a recession. just my personal thought. I am Brian, and i approve this message.
WOW. ok Brian you rock.. i lmao when i got to the end, hehe

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