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Starting tonight, fans can win big bucks at weekend Phillies games

Club joins Flyers, Union in offering 50/50 raffles.

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Starting tonight, Phillies fans have a shot to win thousands of dollars at any Friday, Saturday or Sunday home game for the rest of the reason.

It's not a freebie, it's a 50/50 raffle, with half the money fans fork out going to Phillies Charities.

The other half goes to one lucky winner.

The jackpots can be huge.

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  • Such raffles became legal for most pro teams in the Pennsylvania at the end of last year, and the Flyers offered them at all home games starting Jan. 17.

    Sales at 25 games hauled in more than $1.3 million, over $53,000 per game.

    Winners collected half, more than $26,500 per game.

    One lucky fan even won over $42,000 at an April game against the Bruins, because that night's cause, benefiting Boston's One Fund in the wake of the marathon bombing, inspired fans to be extra-generous.

    The Philadelphia Union soccer team has also been holding 50/50s this season, collecting about $100,000 in nine games, half of that going to fans.

    Except for the guy with the ticket No. H-30804 from the June 29 game, who has yet to make a claim.

    Phillies fans will be able to buy tickets at 50/50 kiosks or from roving ticket sellers until the middle of the seventh inning. The cost is $5 for 3 chances, $10 for 7 and $20 for 15.

    The running total will be updated on the main scoreboard, which is likely to help fuel sales.

    At least that's how it worked at Flyers games.

    “Watching the pot grow on the scoreboard drives the whole program,” Peter Luukko, Comcast-Spectacor CEO, told SportsBusinessDaily.com.

    In May, the state's pro football teams were also given the right to hold 50/50s, but the Eagles didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

    The Sixers also had yet to announce plans, according to Comcast-Spectactor.

    Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or pmucha@phillynews.com.

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