Mecca Raffles Launch On Mecca Bingo

Published On 20th April 2021

Mecca Bingo are the latest company to dip their toe into the world of pay to enter competitions, more commonly known as raffles. Mecca Raffles launched during April 2021 with a series of competitions that give entrants the chance to win a variety of prizes. Ticket prices start at just 50p and include an iPhone 12, the ultimate home cinema bundle and a year of bingo. Free entries can also be made via post.

You can find Mecca Bingo Raffles by visiting the bingo site and clicking through to the 'Raffles' section. But are they really raffles? Well according to The UKGC "lotteries or raffles - cannot be run for any commercial gain or profit". As we think Rank are running this new section to make a profit we're pretty confident in declaring that they are in fact running pay to enter competitions. Unfortunately the word raffle has pretty much been adopted by any kind of pay to enter competition that involves limited numbers of tickets such as the many win a house competitions that have launched in recent times.

How To Enter Mecca Raffles

To enter a Mecca Raffle you simply need to be logged into the site and head to the Raffles section. Select the prize that you'd like to win and purchase tickets. As mentioned at the start ticket prices start at just 50p and at time of writing were no more expensive than 1. If you prefer not to purchase a ticket but still wish to enter a competition then a no purchase necessary postal route is available. To enter by post you need to send a postcard via first class. Given the cost of a first class stamp plus the cost of a postcard you may as well just enter online!

The Draws

Each draw has a closing date and a fixed number of tickets. As far as we can tell the draws will take place on the specified dates and no extensions will occur. The draw will only take place sooner if all the tickets available are sold before the closing date. When the draw takes place then the winner will receive the prize advertised plus there may be runners up prizes of free spins. Draws may either be conducted via an automated means or on occasions through live social media channels. Either way with a company like Mecca Bingo running things everything should be clear and transparent.

The Prizes

Mecca Bingo are launching their Mecca Raffles with a number of exciting prizes. These include a year of bingo, the ultimate home cinema bundle, hot tub, 1500 cash, Apple Watch, iPhone 12 and a 100 dining out voucher. We suspect that more prizes will be added as the section develops. The year of free bingo interestingly is the current most popular of all the competitions with over 1000 of 8000 possible tickets already sold. The least attractive is the voucher but that may be because entrants haven't seen that there are 25 prizes on offer for this draw.

Our Verdict

This is an interesting development by Mecca Bingo and one which we like for a number of reasons. The big one is that these are pay to enter competitions as part of a gambling site so entrants have access to responsible play tools. Few current pay to enter competitions do this and maybe this will start things moving in the right direction. Prices are also reasonable and at 50p and 1 players can factor in a flutter as part of their regular spend. Mecca have also limited the number of tickets anyone can purchase per competition which is something we raised in a recent blog post about PrizeJar. Hopefully the section is a success for Mecca and other brands look to add responsible pay to enter competitions to their services.

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