Raffle Ticket Tumbler

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Project by Don Johnson posted 12-02-2017 10:49 AM 1052 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Each year, at our village Christmas Market that my wife Avril organises, we have a raffle – with lot of prizes donated by the stallholders, and usually, a hand-made quilt at the major attraction. As the winning visitors may not be present when the draw is made at the end of the day, we get them to put their name and ‘phone number on a numbered sheet, but we still use raffle tickets to make the actual random selection. Whilst doing this with the tickets in a shoe box this year, I thought that it would be more sophisticated to use a proper drum – but we do not have one at our village hall. I then remembered seeing something that might be suitable here on LJs, but also found another on YouTube – presented by Steve Ramsey:

I like the ‘windows’ on Steve’s version which enable the tumbling tickets to be seen getting randomly mixed, so that was the one I picked to make. However, just as I was about ready to insert the plastic panels, I read a comment attached to Steve’s video that someone had found that tickets stuck to the windows because of static build-up. I did a quick test with the windows temporarily in place, and was relieved to find that static was NOT a problem with the plastic I would use. If it had been, I suppose a puff of boozy breath into the small chamber might have provided enough dampness to unstick the tickets.

I think Steve’s design is very good, and although a couple of dimensions are missing on his FREE plans, they are easily deduced. It is compact – 12 inches long and about 10 inches high – but with room for hundreds of tickets. Other comments on the video suggested including a winding handle, but I think this is NOT necessary. Winding fast would just throw the tickets outwards by centrifugal force and they would stay stuck to the windows. – just giving the drum a few little pushed gives a very satisfactory tumbling action.

The drum will be kept in our village hall – available for any of the groups that use it.

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#1 posted 12-02-2017 06:46 PM

I’m sure the village will appreciate such a proper tumbler. Leaps and bounds better than the box, looks great.

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#2 posted 12-03-2017 10:30 AM

Don, I like the look. What holds it closed…Magnets?

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 12-03-2017 11:25 AM

Don, I like the look. What holds it closed…Magnets?

- Boxguy

Just one small magnet – as shown in the third picture I’ve added. It ‘grips’ the large head of a machine screw in the second picture that was in my scrap box and probably taken from something that had been part of a computer. As Steve found, just one small magnet is needed rather than three which he initially tried but found to be very strong and made the lid too difficult to open. Even so, the brass knob could be just a bit larger to ease lid opening.

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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