The Ultimate Golden Ticket, a raffle with a grand prize of entry to every show at five downtown Lincoln music venues, was scratched Friday, deemed illegal by the Nebraska Department of Revenue.
The raffle, featured in a story in Friday's Journal Star, was determined to be a form of prohibited gambling, officials said.
In one week, the Ultimate Golden Ticket promotion has already taken in $1,500 — about a third of what organizers hoped would be raised.
Raffle tickets were $20.
The Venmo account for the raffle has been closed and all money will be returned, organizers said Friday.
The organizers plan to come up with a new method to raise funds for the music venues.
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