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St. Francis School kicks off sales for Catholic Schools Raffle

Students at St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School in Brainerd are selling raffle tickets as part of the Catholic Schools Raffle. Raffle tickets are $5 each, and give buyers the opportunity to win $40,000 in prizes, including a 2016 Jeep Compass or $20,000 cash, vacation packages and more.

St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School and the other 89 participating schools will keep 100 percent of every $5 ticket sold thanks to raffle sponsor Catholic United Financial. The St. Paul-based company covers the entire cost of the prizes and promotional materials.

More than 15,500 students from 90 participating schools in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota will sell tickets through Feb. 28. The official drawing will be at 11. a.m. March 10 at Catholic United Financial's Home Office in St. Paul. Ticket holders can watch the drawing ceremony live online at wwwcatholicunited.org/raffle.

Last year, participating schools raised a combined total of more than $1 million in just six weeks, an amount Catholic United Financial would like to repeat in 2016.

Money raised in the past six years of the raffle has allowed these schools to provide tuition assistance, improve technology and pay for special learning opportunities, such as field trips and special guest speakers.

Along with the $60,000 in ticket sale revenue it hopes to receive from the raffle, St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School has a shot at winning a $3,000 grant from Catholic United if it is one of the top-three performing schools (based on the number of tickets sold per student). The company also awards the top-selling student at each school a Kindle Fire HD and a pizza party to each top classroom.

Raffle updates can be followed on twitter @raffle4schools and on Facebook at facebook.com/catholicschoolsraffle.

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