Tesla S selected as car for High School Raffle

The Parent Association at Garfield High School in Seattle chose the Tesla S sedan for the car to raffle to raise money for programs to improve academic achievement. Educating students is an expression of hope and optimism about the future and the Tesla represents that future. For information about raffle tickets for the March 1 drawing contact


I've seen a flyer on that auction, and passed it along to several friends. In fact, I'm thinking about signing up because I'm a fan of Garfield and because, well, who couldn't use another Model S?

The flyer made look like this is a pretty loaded car: 85 kWh, Tech package, Pano roof, etc. It also looks like a Performance model. Is that correct?

I hope they have their reservation in already??

Great idea and great cause! As @BYT noted - is this already something that is available that Tesla (donated or you purchased) or is this just a reservation raffle that you have to wait weeks/months to get it?

Wow! Pretty spendy item for a high school to purchase for it's auction. Since I'm local, may just buy a few tickets!

The car is apparently being built and will be ready by the March 1 raffle date. The expected value of the ticket purchase is pretty good for a raffle, as they are only selling a limited number of tickets (1650 I believe, but don't quote me).

They'd have to price the tickets at $100 to make anything on that.

Is it wrong to want to bid from 2,100 miles away? I feel like that would be unfair to them. Lol, my best chance of getting a tesla model s loaded 1/1650 is better than none.

Yes, the tickets are priced at $100.

I bought a ticket. Great way to support the school and possibly driving away with a Model S.

do we just email to buy a ticket? seems worth it

Just email phil and he'll send you the info you need (address, whom to make the check out to, specs on the car, and I think some info on the Garfield PTSA.

Garfield is a terrific public high school, BTW. Its marine biology courses send the kids to places like the Great Barrier Reef; its jazz program has had groups performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival (Jimi Hendrix, Quincy Jones, and Ernestine Anderson are all graduates); and it has a killer basketball team.

@cprenzi - if by "worth it", you mean "the expected value is more than $100", then I would say no it isn't. If you mean you are happy to donate the lost expected value for the cause, then that is subjective.

Make sure you check with your accountant. You might end up with a big tax bill if you win... (but I still plan to enter)


Correct. Plus, the IRS generally does not consider the purchase of a raffle ticket to be charitable contribution.

Canadian lottery and raffle winnings are tax-free. The government is satisfied with what it gets on the other end. Most big lotteries are gov't-run, so they're already "the house".

Car specs are at The car should be ready for delivery around the day of the Raffle.

Also from Phil's e-mail:

David, You make a check out to Garfield HS PTSA Rafffle and send to me at the address below. I will send a ticket receipt in return. Thanks Phil

Phil Sherburne, 2369 Fairview Ave E, Slip #1, Seattle, WA. 98102. Phone 206.355.0834

> Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2013 08:59:24 -0800
> Subject: Tesla Raffle
> From: xxxx
> To:
> I understand you are raffling a Tesla Model S to raise funds for your
> school on March 1 for $100 per ticket. My questions is "how do I purchase a ticket"?


I have been away from the site for a while. Thanks to others for answering questions. The answers are correct. The car will be available March 1. We encourage all buyers of tickets. Many people have purchased as a result of seeing the information on the forum. I think the odds are great for a raffle of something this expensive. Let your friends know of the opportunity. Phil Sherburne

Sorry, I did notice one thing that needs to be clarified. This is not a performance model. It is the standard 85 kwh model with the panorama roof option, the technology package, the air suspension, and leather interior. I incorrectly copied the performance specs and have since corrected those. Phil

Shouldn't the tickets be reduced then to $94.27?

How would the logistics of delivery work out? Would the winner need to travel to Seattle or the buyer meet the winner at a delivery point of winner's choosing? How would the transfer of title work? Is it a quick show stub, sign & drive or a long lineup at the DMV?

I am retired, I will volunteer to drive the car from Seattle to the winners choice of locations. (within the 48 states).

I will pay my own expenses, including air fare to Seattle and home from destination.

I own an RV so I am know how to find RV Parks.


I don't know George..... retired and within spitting distance of the Canadian border? Sounds like a high risk proposition for the winner ;)

Seriously, what a generous offer. The Tesla crowd really is a cut above.

Garfield's spec page for the car states:

Performance: Estimated Range for single charge—300 miles at 55 mph; 0-60 in 4.4 seconds; quarter mile-12.6 seconds; top speed-130 mph; peak motor power-416 hp, batter warranty-8 years; supercharging-included.

Sound like a performance MS.

Spec Page:


Wow - You'd be really foolish to take the $50K instead of the car...

Phil - Can the school set up online purchase of raffle tickets and accept PayPal? I think your home run would go to a grand slam if so. Could close that by 2/22 so all tickets could be mailed. Add for postage based on overnight, 2-day, or ground delivery.

Also, what happens if you sell fewer tickets than price of car? Is that a risk the school is accepting, or some generous donor?

Thanks - would actually like to buy an online ticket just to support the ingenuity of the raffle idea.

Are you OK if I post raffle info on my blog?

@ dtesla-

See above, Phil has apologized for the mistranscription and amended the specs on the car. The car for raffle is a production, not performance, MS.

I suspect they could sell all the tickets through these forums if they really wanted lol. George, if I manage to win, I might take you up on your delivery service all the way to Rochester, NY!

As mentioned, the car is not a Performance. It may be that Phil does not have access to correct that online spec sheet or has not gotten around to it, but he assured me that he had inadvertently copied the Performance specs.

As for not selling enough tickets: the tickets state that the PTSA reserves the right to cancel the raffle (and return the money) if they fail to sell 1000 tickets.

Still, it looks like your expected value from purchasing a $100 ticket is around $50, which is a lot better than most raffles. And it is a great cause!

How about a ticker sales thermometer, Phil? How many sold so far?

Sorry I didn't look at the signature before I fired off my response.

I hope Phil doesn't have a problem if somebody bought a ticket expecting a Performance MS and gets a standard performance instead.