You’re here because you are trying to do something good for someone in need. The world could use a few more people like you. Yet fundraising, even on a small scale, still takes a lot of work. If you’ve decided a raffle is the way to go, we’re here to help.
In this article, you’ll learn how to make raffle tickets using Microsoft Word templates.
How to Make Raffle Tickets on Microsoft Word
Word templates are wonderful things. Microsoft and hundreds of other companies have created free templates for almost everything.
Before we get started, there are a few things that you should know about raffles.
Tips for a Successful Raffle
Your raffle might be subject to gaming commission or tax laws. Check with your municipality, state or province, and federal governments to make sure your raffle is legal.
These government departments aren’t just enforcers. They are often great resources on how to run a successful fundraising raffle. Raffles are fun! Getting in trouble with the law or tax man is not.
As soon as your legal bases are covered, you’ll want to make sure your raffle tickets make running the show easy and successful. Printing your own tickets can help. It could save you money and give you complete control over how your tickets look.
Note that if you’re running a 50/50 draw at an event, it’s probably the easiest and cheapest to buy pre-made tickets. You can usually get them cheap at a dollar store.
To design your raffle tickets effectively, here are some things to consider:
To make sure people get their prizes, give them lots of room to write their name, address, and phone number. Some people are cautious about giving out their address, but do make sure you get a printed name and phone number.
You can also put a space to get their e-mail address. With more than one way to get in touch with the winner, it’ll be easier to make sure they get their prize.
That’s enough tips for now. You’ll meet your fundraising goal in no time. Let’s learn to create raffle ticket templates in Word.
1. Using Microsoft Word Template
That’s right. There’s a free raffle ticket template in Word already. It’s included with Microsoft Word 2010 and all the way up to Office 365. From the Home menu in Word, select more templates. Then type “raffle tickets” in the search box. You’ll see a thumbnail image of the raffle ticket template.
Click on that, and a new window will open. This window tells you a bit about the template. To use it, just click on the Create button. You’ll have to be connected to the Internet to download it.
Most changes you make to the top ticket are automatically made on all the other tickets, too. No tiring copying and pasting is needed. The template shows just five tickets, but once you have them looking the way you want, just multiply them using copy and paste.
Note, however, that the sequential ticket numbering is not automatic in these templates. We’ll address how to add that later.
Word Templates Bundle has six different raffle templates available for free. Two of them are basic tickets that would be great for things like an office or classroom draw. The other four are the most helpful, as they do the automatic serial numbering.
The four templates with automatic serial numbering are quite nice. One of them will most likely be suitable for your needs. You can edit them as well.
If you’re going to do that, save the original template separately. Doing so will give you a fresh template, in case you need one. Save it as a normal .docx file.
You can find more templates at Raffle Ticket Templates. The tickets there are standard fare. They have different sizes, layouts, and downloads for both Microsoft Word and CorelDRAW.
Editing the tickets in Word is the same as editing anything, so you can really customize these as you see fit. You can print them off and cut them with a paper cutter or scissors. You can also order perforated sheets that you can tear apart.
Have your volunteers assemble them into booklets, and you’re ready to go.
Although the pronunciation of Hloom is up for debate, they do have some great ticket templates. With 14 completely different templates, you should be able to find something you can use.
You’ll find templates for dream home lotteries, cash prizes, and even one perfect for cancer charity fundraising.
This handy web app allows you to customize your ticket right in your browser. It takes care of the sizing and numbering for you. It allows you to customize the colors, borders, image, and even font type.
If you don’t need them to look fancy, this is a great time saver.
Using the SEQ Function in Word for Automatic Numbering of Raffle Tickets
The SEQ, or Sequential Numbering Function, in Microsoft Word is the best and quickest way to number your tickets. SEQ automatically serializes the number on each ticket. This makes sure you have no double numbers.
To see if a template uses the SEQ function, you need to download the template first. Then, open it in Word, click in the middle of a serial number, and then right-click.
When the context menu opens, look for the choice Edit Field… If it doesn’t appear, then your template doesn’t use the SEQ function. If it does exist, click on it.
When the next window opens, you should see SEQ in the Advance field properties box. That template definitely uses SEQ.
An SEQ-enabled template is very easy and fast for creating lots of serialized tickets.
You can add automatic SEQ numbering to a raffle ticket easily. Just follow this video tutorial from RaffleTicketCreator.
Now you don’t have to change each number or manually update each field. That’s far too tedious. The lottery might be over before you’re done.
Simply copy the template by pressing CTRL + A. If you copied a whole page, create a new blank page by pressing CTRL + Enter.
Then paste the copied ticket, page, or pages using CTRL + V. Create a new blank page, and paste again. Keep doing this until you have the desired number of pages that you will need.
To update all those SEQ fields at once, select everything again with CTRL + A. Now press the Alt + Shift + U keys. All your tickets will now update and be sequentially numbered. The whole process takes seconds.
You’ve got some tips to help make your raffle more successful. You’ve got several free Word ticket templates to choose from. You know how to sequentially number tickets in two different ways.
All that is left for you to do is go sell those tickets, have the draw, and then feel good about helping someone out. And for saving so much money while still getting custom tickets!
With 20+ years of experience in IT, training, and technical trades, it is my desire to share what I’ve learned with anyone else willing to learn. I strive to do the best job possible in the best manner possible, and with a little humour.
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