By Kathy Day
Each year when the staff at Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego sets their fundraising goals, the annual San Diego Dream House Raffle plays a big part.
And this year, they’ve upped the ante with the largest home and the one with the highest value in the 10-year history of the campaign, said CEO and President Chuck Day.
The grand prize is a $4 million Rancho Santa Fe home with golf course and lake views, and 7,685 square feet of luxury living, including five bedrooms, a detached guest house, a nine-seat home theater, and backyard with pool, spa and personal putting green. The grand prize winner also has the option to take up to $2.1 million cash.
For the past two years, that’s what the winner has done, Day said.
And in addition to the three early bird drawings with chances to win cars and vacations to Paris, Maui and Costa Rica, there will be 1,360 prizes — giving ticket buyers 1 in 50 odds of winning something. Additional prizes at the grand prize drawing include additional vacations, cars and an array of electronics items from Apple TVs to GoPro cameras.
“The proceeds absolutely are a key to helping us provide for families with children in medical crisis,” Day said. Ronald McDonald house enables families to stay in one of the center’s 47 rooms while their children are being cared for at Rady Children’s Hospital across the street or just to take advantage it as a daytime respite.
During 2013, the facility was occupied 96 percent of the time and served more than 20,000 families, Day added. “We served 150,000 meals and had more than 16,000 room nights last year.”
Since this year’s raffle was announced, he said interest has been high. “We are very grateful.”
The grand prize home is identified by Ronald McDonald house executives, who contact homeowners with property on the market. In exchange for taking their home off the market during the raffle, the homeowners get extensive marketing through the charity’s efforts.
The cost for one raffle ticket is $150, but participants can save by purchasing tickets in bulk. A pack of three tickets costs $400 and a pack of five tickets costs $550.
The first early bird drawing will be held Feb. 9, and more prizes are also available through a multi-ticket drawing and refer-a-friend drawing. The full list of raffle prizes and official rules are available at
- Buy a ticket at 888-824-9939 or submit a raffle ticket form at