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  • 2019 BRICKPICKER LEGO Raffle to Keep St. Paul School Strong!

    Ed Mack

    Hello BrickPickers and LEGO fans from around the world...


    Time flies...It’s a little later than usual, but it's that time of year again.  Time to raise money for my son Max's school, St. Paul School, in Burlington, NJ. After three very...VERY...successful LEGO Raffles...

    ...in which we raised over $150,000.00 for the school, another year has passed, and it’s time to raffle off some more dynamic LEGO gifts for charity. The money we raised the last three years literally kept the school open...which is a great thing.  It's a special school that once again was voted BEST or ONE of the BEST Private Schools (4 years in a row) in Burlington County, NJ, by The Burlington County Times.  Along with the whole school being voted either BEST or One of the Best, St. Paul School and its faculty also won numerous other awards, such as:

    • Best or One of the Best Private Schools

    • Best PreK-Nursery School

    • Best or One of the Best Teacher(s)

    • Best Fundraiser

    • Best or One of the Best Music Instruction

    • Best Tutor Service (Junior National Honor Society)

    • Best SAT/ACT Preparation Service


    As I stated, the last three years, St. Paul School (SPS) and its community are special.  My son loves the school, even though he won't admit it. Most days he actually runs into the school.  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)

    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 2019 BRICKPICKER LEGO RAFFLE. This year’s version of the LEGO raffle will start with TEN awesome prizes. These include:


    Keep St. Paul Strong 2019

    • $1000.00 Amazon Gift card

    • 75192 UCS Millennium Falcon

    Amusement Park Sets

    • 10196 Grand Carousel(Preowned by Ed Mack, Clean and Complete with Box/Instructions)

    • 10247 Creator Ferris Wheel

    STAR WARS Sidekicks

    • 10225 R2-D2

    • 75187 BB-8

    • 75230 Porg

    DC and Marvel Comics Super Sized Set Lot

    • 76042 The SHIELD Helicarrier


    • 76023 The Tumbler


    • 76052 Batman Classic TV Series Batcave

    Modular Madness

    • 10224 Town Hall (Box is in poor condition...Set is new in sealed bags)

    • 10281 Pet Shop (New with some shelf wear)

    • 10246 Detective’s Office (New)

    St. Paul School Mystery Lot (Dozens of sets...Thousands and thousands of pieces)

    Fast and the Furious

    • 42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS


    • 42083 Bugatti Chiron


    • 10265 Ford Mustang

    British Invasion!

    • 10253 Creator Big Ben

    • 10214 Creator Tower Bridge



    Spook Spectacular Lot

    • 10228 Haunted House

    • 30200 Zombie Chauffeur Coffin Car

    • 40260 Halloween Haunt

    • 9461 The Swamp Creature

    • 9464 The Vampyre Hearse

    • 850487 Minifigures Halloween Accessory Set

    • 40203 Vampyre and Bat


    Once again, this year’s total prize value equals or exceeds the previous three year's total prize value.  The last three years, we had 31 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 repeat winners!  The 2019 BRICKPICKER LEGO RAFFLE can be found here on the secure Rally.up.com site:


    Like the last three 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 three 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.  I know some people do not approve of donating to faith- based schools or charities.  I respect that, but also please respect my beliefs. This is not about religion. This is about helping a great school remain open and kids in their school and teachers in their jobs.  Please keep negative comments to yourself. Thank you...


    The structure is slightly different this year.  Unlike in the past three years when, for example, $10.00 would buy a single chance, this year $10.00 will buy 10 chances or raffle tickets in some of the raffles.  This is done for several reasons. For one, the Rallyup.com site has come up with a way to help put more money into the charity’s bank account. They will ask if a person who buys chances will “donate” money to support the raffle.  In years past, St. Paul School would have to pay a percentage back to the Rallyup.com site to run it. This year, people can donate a few dollars to help out, and they will GET MORE CHANCES FOR PRIZES if they do so. Donors will visit the campaign page and choose how many raffle entries they want to purchase. During checkout, they’ll be asked if they want to add a small "tip" to help fund the campaign costs. In exchange, they’ll receive a limited number of “bonus” entries into the drawing. Tipping is entirely optional.  This is a win-win for the school and for donors!  


    The contest will end on May 21, 2019, at 11:59 PM. Winners will be notified by Rallyup.com early on the 22nd of May.  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: May 21, 2019, at 11:59 PM EST (Cinco de Mayo)

    DRAWING DATE: May 22, 2019, at 12:00 AM EST


    Thanks again!

    Ed Mack


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    2 hours ago, BricksBrotha said:

    Is there a specific time in mind for drawing the prizes? Would be fun if there was somewhere the participants could follow live.

    Tomorrow night at 11:59 PM Eastern time is last time to buy tickets.  12:00 AM Eastern (Wednesday) is when raffle winners are drawn automatically by Rallyup.  People usually get involved in the last minute and follow along on this thread.  Take a look at the past raffle threads and you will see some great action and responses...

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    Threw in some money. Looks like you guys are over the $20,000 mark.

    Yes. Once again, Brickpickers and LEGO fans are showing their generosity. I will have a bonus offer tomorrow to stir the pot.
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    Odds on the Falcon appear to be the solid.  My wife might divorce me if another one of those shows up on my doorstep. 

    I'm willing to risk it, come on baby, pull my number!!! :) 

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    5 hours ago, LegoMan1212 said:

    Odds on the Falcon appear to be the solid.  My wife might divorce me if another one of those shows up on my doorstep. 

    I'm willing to risk it, come on baby, pull my number!!! :) 

    The Falcon is one of the least bought tickets.  

    6 hours ago, Dealinator said:

    Maybe I missed this, but are all of the sets new except for the "pre-owned" Grand Carousel?


    Right.  The Grand Carousel was my personal set.  

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    On 4/19/2019 at 9:02 PM, Pebble&Park said:

    Alright everyone, one month until the close of this thing. I'll break the ice on adding some sweeteners on top of these amazing prizes. I will offer up this - for each raffle winner that has donated at least $100 between ticket purchases and regular donations (in any combination), I will add their choice of any one of the following options to their prize (all are new sealed):

    - 10259 Winter Village Station

    - 40289 Mini Harry Potter Diagon Alley

    - 41624 AND 41625 Mickey and Minnie Brickheadz

    - 41317 Friends Catamaran

    - 40334 Mini Avengers Tower

    - 75227 Vader Bust

    If the total money raised tops last year's total (just over $40k), I'll give this bonus to all raffle winners, regardless of how much they donated.

    Get out there and get some tickets!

    Don't forget this wonderful BONUS to all people who donate at least $100.00 and win any of the raffles. I will improve this offer by offering a $100.00 Amazon Gift Card to each winner that donates at least $100.00 in total across all the raffles!!! 


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    My amazing class and I want to thank each of you for your support!  It means the world to us.  We are so blessed! ?

    Here's a photo of them participating in a world wide event with Dr. Jane Goodall! 


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    Gave what I could and I see that you're over $25K now; I am hopeful that additional last minute donations can help push this to 30K.

    Thanks to everything that Ed and Jeff do (and the community)


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    8 minutes ago, redghostx said:

    Gave what I could and I see that you're over $25K now; I am hopeful that additional last minute donations can help push this to 30K.

    Thanks to everything that Ed and Jeff do (and the community)


    Thank you!  I am very pleased with the response this year.  I know any sort of charity raffle or event loses its luster after a few years and it gets harder to reach past levels.  Every year so far I have been overwhelmed with the generosity of people from around the world.


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    Remember, if you donated $100.00 or more in total, you qualify for extra sets from Pebble & Park and a $100.00 Amazon gift card from me if you win any of the 10 prizes!


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