A Great Neck, N.J., couple on Tuesday was declared the winner of the top prize in the raffle campaign conducted jointly by dozens of mosdos and yeshivos across North America.
The couple, who asked not to be named, will receive $100,000, the largest of a dozen prizes offered by the initiative which pools efforts of many mosdos to enable greater cash awards for all of them. The couple purchased the ticket, which went for $100 each, through the Kollel Ohr Haemet of Great Neck.
The raffle, currently in its sixth year, was started by the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation, based in Monsey, and run by Leah Ozeri. A diverse listing of the mosdos who market the raffle to their constituents includes Friends of Diabetes, Kollel Jewish Learning Center of Pittsburg, Radio Hidabroot and Yeshivas Rabbeinu Chaim Berlin, as well as Chofetz Chaim.
Winners of some of the lesser prizes come from Monsey, Toronto, St. Louis, Mexico, Cincinnati and Brooklyn.
“We make everybody happy,” Mrs. Ozeri told Hamodia on Wednesday. “We make sure that every mosad comes out a winner because we raise hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
Raffle organizers promised to cap entries to 20,000 people. Even if a third of that number ended up buying tickets, a profit of close to half a million dollars was assured, to be divided among the participating groups.
Mrs. Ozeri did not say how much each mosad receives but one administrator told Hamodia that he got $25,000.
“For [my mosad], it is an amazing benefit,” the administrator said. “I receive $25,000 clean, and it doesn’t cost me a penny. I don’t have to have any prizes.”
The raffle advertised heavily online, and through email and text blasts by the individual mosdos. That enabled them to keep overhead to a minimum.
“It doesn’t cost me anything,” the administrator noted, “and the fact is that you are going into a good raffle.”
Mrs. Ozeri said that she is ready to welcome more mosdos into the venture for next year.