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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 will start selling Catholic Schools Raffle tickets Friday, Jan. 23.

Ticket buyers will have the opportunity to win $45,000 in prizes, including a 2015 Ford Escape or $25,000 cash, vacation packages and more.

St. Francis and the other 86 schools participating 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 16,500 students from 87 participating schools in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota will sell tickets from Friday’s kickoff through March 8. The official drawing will be at 11 a.m. March 19 at Catholic United Financial’s Home Office in St. Paul. Ticket holders can watch the drawing ceremony live online at

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 2015.

The money raised allows 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 $50,000 in ticket sale revenue it hopes to receive from the raffle, St. Francis 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 $100 Visa gift card and a pizza party to each top classroom.