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      Do you want to win a 75192 Millennium Falcon? There are THOUSANDS in LEGO up for Raffle and it all goes to a good cause.  Read Ed's blog post about this year's event and look back at the previous two raffles!  Everyone is a winner!!

2018 BRICKPICKER LEGO RAFFLE FOR ST. PAUL SCHOOL!

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Hello LEGO fans...

It's that time of year again.  Time to raise money for my son Max's school, St. Paul School, in Burlington, NJ.  After two very...VERY...successful LEGO Raffles...

...in which we raised over $100,000.00 for the school, another year has passed, and it’s time to raffle off some dynamic LEGO gifts for charity. The money we raised the last two years literally kept the school open...which is a great thing.  It's a special school that once again was voted BEST Private School in Burlington County, NJ, by The Burlington County Times, along with numerous other awards, such as:

  • Best Private School
  • Best PreK-Nursery School
  • Best Teacher
  • Best Fundraiser
  • Best Music Instruction
  • Best Tutor Service (Junior National Honor Society)

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE 2018 BRICKPICKER LEGO RAFFLE FOR ST. PAUL SCHOOL!

As I stated the last two years, St. Paul School (SPS) and its community are special.  My son loves the school, even though he won't admit it.  People from all races and religions attend St. Paul School.  Besides excelling in educating the children, the school does a tremendous amount of charity for local people in need. From food drives to helping out at local retirement homes, the children of St.Paul School are required to perform “service hours” that are designed to teach generosity, altruism and instill a hard-working, disciplined attitude.  Excellence is expected and permeates through St. Paul School and the faculty and student body, so does a sense of goodness and frugalness.  We make a little money go a long way. For example:

  • All grade levels (Pre – K through 4) are scheduled for “Specials” each week...such as art, music, library, computers, and physical education
  • St.Paul School is nationally accredited by “AdvancED” (the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement – NCA – CASI.
  • SPS middle-school students have three periods of Spanish and are testing into Spanish II for High School.
  • SPS provides more periods of physical education each week than is required by the State.
  • SPS provides multiple extracurricular activities such as: LEGO Robotics Club, Science Club, Vocal Choir, Rosary Group, Tonal Chimes, Hand Bell Choir, Crafty Kids Club, Basketball (Boys/Girls), Indoor Soccer, Cheerleading, Yearbook Club, National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), Student Council, MATHCounts, STREAM (Science Technology Religion Engineering Art Math, Activity Tutorial Period (ATP for 5th-8th grades)
  • This year, we even added a LEGO club!

But all is not wonderful though.  As many of you know, many Catholic schools have a hard time making ends meet. Enrollments are down and many families do not have the extra money to spend on a private education.  Even superb schools like St. Paul School have a hard time keeping the doors open.  While our enrollment has stabilized, we will still be way short of breaking even; thus the need for the 2018 BRICKPICKER LEGO RAFFLE. This year’s version of the LEGO raffle will start with TEN awesome prizes. These include:

                          2018 LEGO RAFFLE PRIZES

$1000 Amazon Gift Card

75192 UCS Millennium Falcon  

The Lord of the Rings Two Towers Lot

  • 9474 LOTR Battle of Helms Deep

  • 10237 Tower of Orthanc

  • 9471 Uruk-Hai Army

STAR WARS Empire Strikes Back Hoth Lot

  • 75098 UCS Assault on Hoth

  • 7879 Hoth Echo Base

  • TWO 8083 Rebel Trooper Battle Packs

  • TWO 8084 Snowtrooper Battle Packs

  • 8129 AT-AT Walker

PICK ANY (ONE) RETIRED SET.  IF WINNER BUYS A COMBINED $100 OR MORE OF ANY RAFFLE TICKETS, PICK TWO!!!!

  • 10218 Pet Shop

  • 10211 Grand Emporium

  • 10197 Fire Brigade

  • 76023 The Tumbler

  • 10228 Haunted House

  • 10227 UCS B-Wing Starfighter

  • 10236 Ewok Village

  • 10240 Red Five X-Wing Starfighter

10221 UCS Super Star Destroyer

10188 Death Star with “Bonus Set”  

Pick a New Set (Taj Mahal OR Ghostbusters Headquarters OR Disney Castle)

BrickPicker Mystery Lot (Guaranteed to be AT LEAST 5000 pieces)

10030 UCS Imperial Star Destroyer (Used and complete)

 

Once again, this year’s total prize value exceeds the previous two year's total prize value.  The last two years, we had 21 raffle prizes and winners from around the world. From Vancouver, Canada to Reno, Nevada to Miami Beach, Florida to the Isle of Man, United Kingdom and everywhere in between, generous raffle participants were rewarded with awesome LEGO prizes. I wish we had some winners in New Jersey so I can hand deliver the sets...maybe this year!  We even had a repeat winner!  The 2018 BRICKPICKER LEGO RAFFLE can be found here on the secure Rally.up.com site:

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE 2018 BRICKPICKER LEGO RAFFLE FOR ST. PAUL SCHOOL!

Like the last two years, we will ship the prizes to anywhere across the globe.  If there is an issue with shipping or prizes, a comparable prize and/or shipping method will be arranged with the winner. The last two years, the LEGO BRICKPICKER RAFFLES worked very well.  The Rallyup.com site is a first class, secure site that made this all possible.  They also issued the school a big fat check(s).  All raffle proceeds and donations benefit the school directly by bridging the gap between what tuition covers and actual educational costs. It also raises money to upgrade the school’s technology, keeping St. Paul School ahead of the academic curve with a dynamic curriculum. The prizes have been donated by Jeff and I, the St.Paul School PTA and by some very generous BrickPicker members. I am hoping, like last year, that more people will donate sets after the raffle begins. It was fun adding to the prizes last year. You never know what can pop up as a prize!

On a personal note, once again, I would like to thank every person who donated sets/money and/or bought tickets to last two year’s LEGO BRICKPICKER RAFFLES. It helped save a wonderful school and kept dozens of people employed and 175 kids with their friends and teachers. I don’t like asking, but will anyway...please help out again this year.  Even buying one ticket can help and it gives you a chance to win some great prizes.  Watching the raffle ticket total rise every day was an intense rush and extremely gratifying experience.  It made me so proud to have started this site with my brother Jeff and made me realize there is still good in this world…

The contest will end on March 13, 2018 at 11:59 PM. Winners will be notified by Rallyup.com. If you are a winner, please contact me on the site so we can confirm the prizes and shipping addresses. The Rallyup.com site works very well and is secure, so please feel confident in donating to the school and purchasing raffle tickets. All the money goes to St. Paul School, which is a 501(c)(3), and to Rallyup.com for running the raffle.  I will make every effort to supply the winners with the appropriate prizes.  If there are shipping issues, inventory issues or potential problems beyond my control, I will make sure the winners are awarded LEGO sets/gift cards comparable to the original prizes.  Any questions, ideas or concerns, please reply below or PM Jeff or me...

TICKETS AVAILABLE UNTIL: March 13, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST (My 50th Birthday)

DRAWING DATE: March 14, 2018 at 12:00 AM EST

Thanks again!

Ed Mack


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As tempting as the thought of winning all those UCS sets for $216 is, you guys should start buying your tickets. It’s for the kids!!!! And you might get really cool sets in the process. 

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5 hours ago, TigerEyez said:

As tempting as the thought of winning all those UCS sets for $216 is, you guys should start buying your tickets. It’s for the kids!!!! And you might get really cool sets in the process. 

The one thing I have learned over the past two LEGO Raffles is that BrickPickers procrastinate and like to wait to the last moment to pull the trigger.  But you are right, it is for the kids and employees of the school.  

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6 hours ago, Ed Mack said:
The one thing I have learned over the past two LEGO Raffles is that BrickPickers procrastinate and like to wait to the last moment to pull the trigger.  But you are right, it is for the kids and employees of the school.  


Bought mine this morning. I was #3 in line. :pleasantry:

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Thanks so much for doing this! The kids and staff appreciate it!! And who doesn't love Legos ?? What better fundraiser could there be?? 

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I have my $100 in.  No need to wait everyone.  

Think about donating 1% of your December profits.  That shouldn't be too much to give.  This site has earned it.

Thanks to Jeff and Ed.

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1 hour ago, belljohn said:

I have my $100 in.  No need to wait everyone.  

Think about donating 1% of your December profits.  That shouldn't be too much to give.  This site has earned it.

Thanks to Jeff and Ed.

I'm trying to win your donated gift!

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4 hours ago, Ed Mack said:

I'm trying to win your donated gift!

No competition from me.  Funny that I am trying to win a B-Wing after selling all mine awhile back.

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10 hours ago, belljohn said:

No competition from me.  Funny that I am trying to win a B-Wing after selling all mine awhile back.

You are in luck!  I have lots of UCS B-Wings!!!

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Last year’s live broadcast from the school was pretty cool. Any prospects of something similar this year?

Either way, glad to see the raffle back!

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4 minutes ago, AirborneAFOL said:

Last year’s live broadcast from the school was pretty cool. Any prospects of something similar this year?

Either way, glad to see the raffle back!

Thanks...It was cool.  I'll have to talk to Jeff.  Maybe I'll get my son to do a video busting up LEGO sets and yelling about buying tickets.  :money: The last day to buy tickets will be my 50th Birthday, so maybe I will have a huge party and film it live.  (Hint: There will be no party.  I am not looking forward to turning 50...)

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As in past years, I will buy tickets for those people who want to use PayPal instead of a credit card.  If you send me money to my PayPal account, I will buy the tickets (and send you the ticket information) with my own credit card.  I have done this numerous times over the past two years.  

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On 2/2/2018 at 4:08 PM, Quacs said:

Bought my tickets - always enjoy helping a good cause

Ditto.  Just contributed. 

I'm hoping the 5,000 Piece BrickPicker Mystery Lot is really 185.1851  Chima Worriz Fire Bikes.  If it's not, I'm going to be upset.

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40 minutes ago, jaisonline said:

Ditto.  Just contributed. 

I'm hoping the 5,000 Piece BrickPicker Mystery Lot is really 185.1851  Chima Worriz Fire Bikes.  If it's not, I'm going to be upset.

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I will throw some in to the lucky winner.

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23 hours ago, Ed Mack said:

Nope.  Nothing to celebrate IMO.  I'm looking for sympathy. :crazy:

I got out the other side of 50 unscathed. 30 scared me the most.

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30 minutes ago, TabbyBoy said:

I got out the other side of 50 unscathed. 30 scared me the most.

I found turning 30 the most serious till now. It was like really leaving my childhood/youth behind, and joining the ranks of the grown ups. As a 20-something you're still connected to youths / young-adults. But that's finally gone when you're 30+.

I'm turning 47 next month, so I'm steadily moving towards 50 as well. But ... not yet! ;) 

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Agreed with hitting 30. That was a real eye opener and specially what I had done with my 20’s. Gave me a right kick up the backside. No real issues when I hit 40 last year, given that I made the most of my opportunities and good luck. Getting married and having a couple of kids definently puts life into perspective

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It's the health issues that bother me as I approach 50.  Nothing major...just it gets harder and harder to "feel good."  When you are 30, your health is not a major factor for most people.  Feeling good is taken for granted. I guess my biggest pet peeve is the $3.00 readers I need to see clearly.  :geek:

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1 hour ago, Ed Mack said:

It's the health issues that bother me as I approach 50.  Nothing major...just it gets harder and harder to "feel good."  When you are 30, your health is not a major factor for most people.  Feeling good is taken for granted. I guess my biggest pet peeve is the $3.00 readers I need to see clearly.  :geek:

I so agree, I still felt like a kid at 40 (not so anymore). Can't see well near or far, general aches for no good reason, short term memory not even close to what it used to be.

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