Greg Brophy, a candidate for governor in Colorado is raffling off guns in exchange for website signups.
But raffling off gifts in exchange for website signups is, somehow, perfectly legal.
The “raffling,” combined with the “rum”—which was now also meted out—produced for some time a noisy excitement.
I've often taken as much as a pound's worth of tickets for a five-pound note that some priest was raffling in aid of a new chapel.
But even though he marked it down to a dime, none would buy, so he announced his intention of raffling it off.
This game was devised to take the place of raffling, which was voted out of date.
A game similar to raffling, arrowheads being used as counters.
Fairs for the founding of hospitals, schools and churches, conducted on the raffling system, come under the same denomination.
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.