Fortune laughed along with him—he won at all sorts of things, not only cards but raffles and games of chance.
As little as these raffles cost for campaigns to put on, they cost even less money for people to enter.
These raffles are an attempt to pump up the lagging numbers of small donors at low cost.
Thus, he has amped up the number of raffles and added celebrities to the mix.
raffles himself succinctly states in a letter to Marsden the basis upon which this rested.
The principal hotel is the "raffles," which I should imagine is also the worst.
Mr. Kane was not less remarkable for his phenomenal success in the matter of whist-drives—and raffles.
From the very first raffles fully realized the value of the acquisition.
The whole of raffles' public acts as a servant of the company were reviewed by the Court of Directors in 1826.
raffles returned to Singapore on the 10th of October, 1822, on his way to England.
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.