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Nonprofit group pulls plug on Nampa house raffle fundraiser

After three days — and after 47 people bought tickets at $100 apiece — a house raffle to support the ailing Nampa School District has come to an abrupt halt.

The Middleton nonprofit group Enriching Endowments Inc. shut down its Internet site Saturday, after receiving a letter from the Idaho Lottery that said the fundraiser “may be in violation of several state and federal laws.”

The ticket proceeds will be refunded, said Philip Allaire, the Middleton retiree who proposed the house raffle. “I’m not going to be accused to taking anybody’s money,” Allaire said in a telephone interview Tuesday.

For more details, click on my story at Idaho Education News.

Kevin Richert is a reporter and blogger at Idaho Education News (idahoednews.org). Kevin is a former Statesman editorial page editor, with 27 year's experience in Idaho journalism.

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