Plan to raffle house is a go

January 21, 2008 4:41:48 AM PST
A Maryland couple is finally getting some luck in selling their house. No, they haven't found a buyer. But state officials have ruled the couple's plan to raffle off the house is legal. Dennis Kelly and Karen Crawford put their farmhouse on the market a year and a half ago. They didn't have any offers at their $425,000 asking price. Price cuts didn't help either. Now, the state says the couple can raffle off the house in conjunction with the San Mar Children's Home. The charity has agreed to buy the house for the $390,000 appraised value. But there's a catch. The raffle must bring in at least a half million dollars in $100 tickets. Officials of the charity hope to sell enough tickets by March 10th, so they can draw the winner at their annual dinner that night.