A raffle is a competition in which people buy numbered tickets.
A raffle is often be held in order to raise funds for a specific event, charity or occasion.
The raffle either involves many people buying tickets for the chance to win a certain prize. At a set date the winners are drawn from a bucket containing copy of every number or a tombola. The bought ticket is then checked against a collection of prizes with numbers attached to them.
In the United Kingdom, raffles are occasionally used to circumvent licensing laws. While only licensed premises are permitted to sell alcohol, there is no restriction on the offering of alcohol as prizes in contests. As such, at certain events, attendees are able to enter a raffle, for which they purchase a ticket and then retrieve their prize, which is invariably an alcoholic drink.