The winners will be drawn on January 8, which makes the raffle tickets the perfect Christmas gift.
With a set of these you will find yourself winner at all dice games, and carry off the prize at every raffle you attend.
We got five pounds thirteen and fivepence by the bazaar and the raffle.
The men lighted a tar-barrel, and began to raffle off a mule.
Had it been a raffle, it would have been the other way about.
By means of this hawser the lifeboatmen hauled their craft under our quarter, clear of the raffle.
When they entered Fazani's, the raffle was only waiting for the arrival of the Viscountess.
raffle has a vein of sentiment in his nature and, I suppose, the romance of the thing appealed to him.
Presently, a paper was handed about, to collect half guineas for a raffle.
After spending the morning at Messrs. Run and raffle's, she returned home with a hackney-coach full of bargains.
late 14c., "dice game," from Old French rafle "dice game," also "plundering," perhaps from a Germanic source (cf. Middle Dutch raffel "dice game," Old Frisian hreppa "to move," Old Norse hreppa "to reach, get," Swedish rafs "rubbish," Old High German raspon "to scrape together, snatch up in haste," German raffen "to snatch away, sweep off"), from Proto-Germanic *khrap- "to pluck out, snatch off." The notion would be "to sweep up (the stakes), to snatch (the winnings)." Dietz connects the French word with the Germanic root, but OED is against this. Meaning "sale of chances" first recorded 1766.
"dispose of by raffle," 1851, from raffle (n.). Related: Raffled; raffling.