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Win 2 Million Dollar “Dream House” in Marin County, California!

September 3rd, 2008 · 28 Comments

  For a second year Community Action Marin, a San Rafael-based nonprofit, is offering a raffle to help fund its programs for the poor by offering raffle ticket buyers the chance to win a San Rafael “dream home” priced at $2 million.  Last year’s winner chose the cash over the house that was priced at $2.1 million.  At the bottom of this post is all the information you’ll need to participate in this event.
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   Community Action Marin – which operates 15 programs that focus on mental health services, early childhood development, HIV/AIDS, food programs, the homeless and more. ”The fact that the local anti-poverty agency is raffling off a $2.1 million house is a little ironic,” said Gail Theller, the agency’s exective director.  But cuts in funding by the Marin Community Foundation, the federal government and the state government left Community Action Marin with little choice, Theller said. 
   The nonprofit lost about $200,000 a year in funding from the Marin Community Foundation recently when the foundation’s trustees decided to take money away from ongoing programs so they could finance new initiatives. In addition, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger eliminated funding for a homeless program that served the mentally ill when he sliced $703 million in health spending from the budget. That move cut $500,000 a year from Community Action Marin’s budget, Theller said. 
   Stacy Swor, a Mill Valley lawyer who has been on the agency’s board for 18 years, said, “The truth of the matter is we’re being bled to death. Believe me, we’ve tried everything. Bake sales and car washes just don’t do it these days.    ”People are willing to support a charity if they can see something for their money,” Swor said. “What we’re faced with is ongoing operational expenses, and those are expenses that are just about to get contributions for.”
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   Although last year was the first time that a nonprofit in Northern California has used such a raffle to generate revenue, the practice has gained popularity in Southern California, where it has been used by St. Jude Medical Center, school districts and cultural organizations, Theller said. A law passed by the California Legislature in 2001 made it legal for nonprofits to conduct such raffles. 
   Still, the agency took no chances, Theller said. It checked with the state attorney general’s office and the Marin County district attorney before proceeding with the raffle. 
   Last year Community Action Marin hired Neal Martin, a former high school school teacher who oversaw a similar raffle for a college prepatory school in Watsonville, to manage the raffle. Mount Madonna School sold 19,000 raffle tickets costing $150 each and raised about $1 million for the school while paying out a grand prize of about $1 million, Martin said. Community Action Marin expects to do better than that. Kitchen and Stairs
   ”We are convinced we are going to net $2.2 million,” Theller said last year.  This year, the same house, is offered in the raffle. (Last year the winner chose the cash option)

   Because Community Action Marin is also charging $150 per raffle ticket, it needs to sell 35,000 tickets to meet their goals. The prizes will be paid for with proceeds from ticket sales. If fewer tickets are sold than expected, Community Action Marin has reserved the right to reduce the size of the grand prize – to an even split of the raffle’s total profits. The grand prize winner also has the option of a $1.6 million cash prize in lieu of the “dream house.” 
Dining and Living Room
   Theller said she found the house at 204 Southern Heights Blvd. in San Rafael by mailing letters to 100 people who were trying to sell homes in Marin. If the grand prize winner does opt for the cash, the owner of the house will be paid for holding the house out of the market for six months, Theller said. She declined to say how much. 
   Theller said she thought it would be difficult finding a homeowner willing to take their house off the market for so long, but half of the people contacted expressed interest. The owner of the San Rafael house had priced the home at $2 million, and will be paid that amount if the prize winner chooses the house. 
Front View at Dusk
   People who buy the raffle tickets will know that they’re giving to a worthy cause, Martin said.    ”It’s not a mystery – unlike the state lottery where the funds from the state lottery are going to end up being budgeted in the next fiscal year,” Martin said. 
   Nevertheless, raffle winners will get no special treatment from the Internal Revenue Service. Like any raffle or lottery, prizes over $5,000 are subject to a 25 percent government tax, Martin said.
(Some of the information for this post was written by Richard Halstead and was posted on the Marin Independent Journals web site: 9/6/2007)COMMUNITY ACTION MARIN’S ‘DREAM HOME’ RAFFLE ADDRESS: 204 Southern Heights Blvd., San Rafael
SIZE: 4,400 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms; quarter-acre lot
DESCRIPTION: Bay views, chef’s kitchen, lush landscaping, library suite, all-new appliances, infinity pool, gated entry
HOW TO ENTER: By phone, 800-431-5166; by mail, CAM Dream House Raffle, 29 Mary St., San Rafael, CA 91949; or by fax at 415-738-7664.  For More information click:    Marin County Dream House Raffle

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28 responses so far ↓

  • 1 sheila thomas // Sep 15, 2008 at 5:38 am

    when does this end?

  • 2 Jessica // Oct 3, 2008 at 12:05 am

    I would love to win this 2 million dollar house. Please send me more information.

  • 3 shashindra // Oct 7, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    what a beautiful house !

  • 4 Anna Solak // Oct 21, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    Well, a house owe quality!
    An idea behind both : hearth touching and the most “Down to the earth” . I am going to help nevertheless I do not work. Will I win ? Surely, no. Do I dream about a house of ultimate dreams? Surely, yes.

  • 5 John // Oct 23, 2008 at 5:35 am

    when does it end?

  • 6 Jamie // Jan 14, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Does this raffle only for people in CA? When does this end? Love the home, it’s gorgeous!!!

  • 7 Anne // Jan 18, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Is this raffle still going on?

  • 8 cris fernandez // Jan 19, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    if the winner chooses the house instead of the cash option, how much taxes will the winner pay? thanks.

  • 9 Chris // Jan 31, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    I oooked the tax up and as far as I can see to cover the taxes you need to figure about 35-40 percent of the winnings…based on a 2.5 million dollar prize home I found the taexes were told to be around 875,000….don’t know about you but I know I could NEVER afford their “prize” and not many people can so it is such a scam really!

  • 10 Chris // Jan 31, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    TAKE THE CASH!!!!!!! and you’re still paying taxes on that too…and it is 1million dollars less than the house is valued at…tax…tax…tax!

  • 11 Lissa Barstow // Feb 4, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    How do you enter? (Thanks for your comment, call the number in the post, or click on the link) February 6th, 2009 is the deadline.

  • 12 chris kromeich // Mar 24, 2009 at 5:02 am

    im not sure what id do with it but that would be sweet to win

  • 13 Myra Bordoy // Aug 17, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    I also would like to win a dream house to. one day because i do not own a house i live with my in laws.

  • 14 Judy Weddle // Aug 24, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Dear Whom ever;
    I would love to win that home sounds to good to be true,but I am a Sr.I am on disability I am 60 years of age. Can that apply to people in Or,
    Grants Pass,Or. Please reply.
    Judy Weddle

  • 15 joe romo // Dec 20, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    @ Chris, not a scam really. They’re not hiding anything or trying to trick people. I personally would opt for the cash, pay taxes on it, and still end up with close to a million dollars. Given the odds of the raffle, it seems like a good bet to me.

  • 16 arshad // Jan 5, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Dear sir,i can apply for home,I also would like to win a dream house to.One day because i do not own a house i live with my in laws.
    Arshad /Pakistan

  • 17 sailesh // Jan 29, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I got tickets in mail, cool. They give money in installment or all money at same time, if I win

  • 18 William F. Schulz // Mar 7, 2011 at 4:34 am

    Iwould love to win a house in the area that was jut shown, please put my name in to win this, since i also love boats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :o )

  • 19 Sandra O'Connor // May 3, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Please send information;I am VERY interested!
    The photos did not show on my computer (okay for popups- still no pictures.

  • 20 Gunta // Jun 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    It is my house!

  • 21 sandy d thieleke // Jun 8, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    I would love that beautiful home, it would be a dream come true for me an my children. please put my name in,so i can take a chance to win this! thank you.

  • 22 Raji // Jun 10, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    I want it so shal I have

  • 23 bertha williams // Jun 13, 2011 at 10:45 am

    wow! 2 million dollars would change my life!

  • 24 J Curtis // Jun 16, 2011 at 6:35 pm


  • 25 r0pundzoanderson // Jun 24, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    i would love to win i never won anything in my life its so hard now for me im unemployed my luck is bad i have kids all girls and i love them i want the best for them so bad thats why i need the money

  • 26 Angel // Oct 27, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Wait for next year raffle 2012. They do it once a year. You can choose cash if you can’t afford to pay tax for the house. Good luck and God bless!

  • 27 Jamie // Mar 13, 2012 at 12:34 am

    I played 2012. I bought 2 tickets. I won $1000.00 in the final drawing. I entered 12 days before it ended. I took the money and bought clothes and groceries for people who were in need. I took $300.00 again and bought 2 more tickets to the Yerba Buena Raffle!! Think positive thought for me and the Yerba Buena Raffle. That I win the Grand Prize of the house so that I can help more people. <3 I will be the winner in June/July of the Grand Prize, I am the winner of the Grand Prize Yerba Buena House 2012 that was picked in June. I am going to help so many people.

  • 28 lucia flynn // Mar 18, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Love the area.

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