Tesla S selected as car for High School Raffle

Tesla S selected as car for High School Raffle

The Parent Association at Garfield High School in Seattle chose the Tesla S sedan for the car to raffle to raise money for programs to improve academic achievement. Educating students is an expression of hope and optimism about the future and the Tesla represents that future. For information about raffle tickets for the March 1 drawing contact

DouglasR | February 26, 2013

I think that the tickets will sell out in the next day or two (the raffle is Friday). I want to thank everybody on this forum who participated, and particularly those of you who volunteered to show your car at one of the sales events. I believe that this group contributed a great deal to the fundraising effort.

Brian H | February 26, 2013

Glad you get to max out on the net proceeds, though I suppose you'd be better off if the winner took a $50K check? How would you work that out with TM?

Will be very interested in the winner, and how the car gets its new home.

RacerX | February 26, 2013

Wish I lived in WA. Good luck to all ticket holders!

DouglasR | February 26, 2013


I don't know what happens if the winner elects to take the $50k. However, the PTSA would have plenty of cash to pay the prize, and I suspect TM would not insist that the PTSA purchase the car (or would perhaps take $5k as a reservation deposit). Regarding how the car gets delivered, the winner probably picks it up in Seattle.

As mentioned before, I have no connection to the raffle. I first met Phil when he delivered my tickets (my wife knew him, but I did not), and when he learned I had a Model S, he asked me to help out. I'm telling you this because, when I win, I don't want anybody thinking the raffle was rigged. :)

Brian H | February 27, 2013

Ah, yes; write off the $5K as part of the "prize expense", still leaves more "profit" than paying for the car. Doh. Me dumb, not thinka that.

lph | February 27, 2013

I am in the Raffle.
However, does this have the twin chargers? 19" wheels?

olanmills | February 27, 2013

Haha nice license plate. BZZZZZZZZZZZT


DouglasR | February 27, 2013

@lph, it has only the options listed, so single charger and 19" wheels.

As of this evening, the tickets are sold out.

Brian H | February 28, 2013

So, your winner has bought a ticket. He/she just doesn't know it yet.

lph | February 28, 2013

I already have a ticket. Just wondering.


JoeFee | February 28, 2013

Will someone post the lucky number here?

DouglasR | February 28, 2013

They will probably announce a name, not a number, but I'll post whatever I learn.

Brian H | February 28, 2013

Curious; how many ticket buyers did you "proxy-friend" for? And will you get a cut if one wins? ;)

DouglasR | March 1, 2013


Well, a girl's gotta keep some secrets, don't you think?

GeekEV | March 1, 2013

@DouglasR - With a name like DouglasR, no, I wouldn't expect a girl to keep some secrets... :-o

Captain_Zap | March 1, 2013

Are there tickets left?

I had planned to drive to Seattle to buy a couple tickets at one of your public sales but I was ill for the past several weeks and ended up not visiting the forums or driving much.

DouglasR | March 1, 2013

Sorry Captain. They sold out a couple of days ago.

Captain_Zap | March 1, 2013

Thanks for the update. Maybe next time!

Captain_Zap | March 1, 2013

I wonder if Tesla reservation rates in Washington State will rise abruptly after the raffle is over.

I bet there are lots of future Model S owners out there holding their breath.

Brian H | March 1, 2013

Good point! Not only the ticket buyers, but everyone who even considered it.

DouglasR | March 1, 2013

You'd be amazed at how many owners are also ticket buyers. Can't get enough of a good thing!

Brian H | March 1, 2013

Or maybe they were 40 and 60 owners who now wish they had 85s?

clr4option | March 1, 2013

Anything yet?

DigitalSavant | March 1, 2013

...and the winner is....?

DouglasR | March 1, 2013

Dan Atkinson from Seattle, #513.

Tesla provided a white Performance to show off at the auction (very much like mine), and people were crawling all over it. There was food, entertainment, and lots of auction items, but the Model S was clearly the highlight. One of the Model S owners who had participated in several ticket sales events was also in attendance, as well as Mattie from the Bellevue store. I generally can't stand charity auctions, but this one was kind of fun. The kids, many of whom performed or served food and drink, were really appreciative of the support. Too bad I didn't win, or even know the winner.

JoeFee | March 2, 2013

May next time....

JoeFee | March 2, 2013

That's "Maybe" next time

tmwright | March 2, 2013

I bet we'll see more of this. I'll definitely be playing again if so.

kenliles | March 2, 2013

congratulations Dan- let us know how you like the MS
If anyone knows him, maybe we can get the story
(ticket #900 would have been good to draw ;) )

DouglasR | March 2, 2013

I didn't win, nor did any of the many people I sold tickets to, but the fundraiser was a smashing success. Phil's wife told me that they had at least 50 ticket requests that they had to turn away; that doesn't include the several people I tried to buy tickets for, too late.

I'm guessing that they will indeed try this again next year. Last year they offered a Leaf, but next spring will probably be too early for a Model X. How successful will a Model S raffle be in one year? I suppose it depends on whether reservations continue at a rapid pace, and whether TM is thriving by then. It may also depend on whether the bloom has come off the rose, or whether existing owners are still grinning.

Phil's wife asked me whether I thought they could get away with selling more tickets next year -- i.e., whether they should set a maximum limit above the 1650 that they used this year. I think the formula they used -- total revenues at twice the value of the car -- was a good one. Given that the retail price of the raffled car, as equipped, was $90,000, I think they could have limited ticket sales to 1800 this year, and more next year if the price of the car goes up. What do you think?

kenliles | March 2, 2013

probably right yes- but the price will be going down not up ;)
glad it was a success- sounds like everybody had a good time and what a great cause ! Thanks for helping them out Doug-
all the best to the kids who will benefit - study hard!- we need more EV technology!

Brian H | March 2, 2013

Yes, at $100 a ticket people expect reasonably good odds. But perhaps triple would be OK? ;) :)

Captain_Zap | March 2, 2013

I'd buy a few tickets. It is a good cause for a school that works to overcome barriers.

Besides, my spouse keeps stealing my car. No one wants to go to the gas station any more.

Captain_Zap | March 2, 2013

I'd like to add that I think that the total number of tickets sold was appropriate. Too many tickets means their desirability and value is diminished.

nickjhowe | March 2, 2013

Not sure if they still do, but when I was going in and out of the Middle East back in the early 90's Dubai airport used to run a raffle just like this one. I think they sold 1000 tickets for each car (911, Ferrari, etc.). The price as I recall was c. $100 a ticket back then (20 years ago).

For this raffle, as long as you don't limit purchases to only one per person, 3000 $50 tickets might be better than 1000 $150 tickets. A $50 ticket gets more people into the game for whom $150 is too expensive, but if you want 1:1000 odds you can just buy 3.

But - if the raffle is oversubscribed anyway why mess with it.

DouglasR | March 2, 2013

There is also the issue of the time and effort it takes to sell the tickets. There was a lot of public enthusiasm when the car was on display, and a number of owners and reservation holders were actually eager to participate and show their cars or, if they were just reservation holders, answer questions. I wonder whether this will be true when the novelty has worn off.

It would be lots easier if tickets could be sold online, but that is not allowed (I found several states where this was being done: In Washington, you cannot sell tickets over the internet, but you can use the internet to advertise the raffle. Technically, you cannot use the U.S. mail to send checks (this is a postal regulation that is not always enforced), but you can use UPS or just get credit card information over the telephone. Finally, the raffle tickets sold to out of state purchasers should be held, rather than sent out to the purchasers. The tickets don't matter anyway, since it is actually the name that is drawn. If these practices had been more clearly understood from the beginning, I think the PTSA could have sold the tickets to a wider market.

I have to say that the most rewarding part about this whole effort was watching those kids last night. They had a jazz ensemble that knocked my socks off. They had a string quartet playing Beethoven as beautifully as I've heard it anywhere. They had several kids give speeches about how the PTSA programs had helped them -- incredible poise and delivery. And much more. Those kids were the real winners.

Captain_Zap | March 2, 2013

I go to the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band fundraising dinner/auction very year in Seattle. It is fabulous event for a great program. Some talented youth have benefited and moved on to become great musicians.

Without these fundraising campaigns they may not have even discovered their passion and talents. Instruments are not cheap and music programs take the cuts first.

Maybe they should look into a Model S raffle...

DouglasR | March 5, 2013

Just a follow-up: I just heard that the auction raised over $130,000 before expenses, and the raffle netted at least an additional $75,000. That puts the PTSA in an excellent position to fund their programs.