As an art project destined for the playa this year, that is raffling off a ticket to Burning Man. Maybe i can share some of my experiences, and a bit of perspective from the other side of the coin.
First off, yes we did wind up with an extra ticket, that we got in the main lottery for this years burn. This was not a planned action, it just worked out that way, life takes strange paths sometimes, and some people who buy tickets can't go. We we're given the opportunity to raffle off this extra ticket to raise money to make some cool art. So we're doing it.
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That brings me to the first point, All
the money from our raffle is going to be spent on playa art. In fact our raffle is only going to cover about 25% of our entire budget, we have lots more work to do, to raise funds. We are not getting rich of this lottery. No trip to mexico for us!
Secondly, we would have much preferred to give the ticket to a well deserving friend, as our crew is compromised of well seasoned burners, we know LOTS of people who didn't get tickets to this years burn. We would have loved to give that gift, but then we wouldn't have the cash to build out sculpture.... So we decided to raffle off this ticket, giving it to who knows who, someone, anyone, it's totally out of our control, in fact someone could win our raffle and then list the ticket on Stub Hub, and make a killing. I hope that doesn't happen, but it's a possibility. Does that worry us? YES, but as the playa has taught us, you can't control everything, sometimes you have to throw caution to the wind and let it ride.
That leads me into the third point we'd like to make. We have spent many, many, many hours marketing our raffle. so much so that it would have been a lot easier to just list our ticket on Stub Hub and get an easy $1000 profit. Just a few clicks away to a decent amount of cash...
But, this would have inevitably landed the ticket into the hands of an awaiting sparkle pony, or worse, some slimy douche bag. Because we have marketed our raffle within the burnersphere of known camps, Facebook groups, and Twitter feeds, we have a pretty good chance of having someone who is connected, and probably an invested burner win our ticket.
I know it's easy to point and say, hey that's not fair, but the reality is that BMorg has encouraged ticket raffles for years. Sure the game has changed now that the event has sold out, but the reality is still there for playa art that needs cash. Now a days with Facebookk, and Twitter, people are so connected, throwing a super secret little party just doesn't cut it, there are five or six to choose from every weekend. Kickstarter, forget it, I've been asked for cash by at least a million Burning Man projects this year. Playa projects need to be more creative in how they bring in the money, raffling off a Burning Man ticket to raise that money is one of our strategeys. Money that will be spent in it's entirety on the playa isn't really that bad, just think of it as a reinvestment in the burn. The cash is going to be spent on the people that attend Burning Man, they will all see, and interact with our sculpture. We do feel bad for all these people who didn't get tickets this year, that could have been us, it was the luck of the draw....