The Catholic Schools Raffle returns this winter to St. Agnes in Osakis, giving residents the opportunity to turn $5 into a brand new car or $20,000 in cash while supporting their local Catholic school.

Starting Jan. 15, students from St. Agnes will join students from 82 other schools across Minnesota, North Dakot, and South Dakota in selling the $5 tickets. Each ticket purchased gives ticket buyers the opportunity to win a 2021 Ford EcoSport (or $20,000 in cash), or other prizes totaling $40,000 in value.

All the money from every ticket sold stays at St. Agnes because the raffle’s sole sponsor is Catholic United Financial. The St. Paul-based company provides all the prizes and promotion materials for the raffle at no cost to the participating schools.

“Catholic United’s mission since our founding 143 years ago has included supporting Catholic education, and we couldn’t be happier or prouder to support our schools with the Catholic Schools Raffle,” said Catholic United President Mike Ahles. “Since the program started, we have invested over $1 million in the raffle because we understand how this unique fundraiser greatly benefits the students and their teachers.”

Now in its 12th year, the Catholic Schools Raffle has raised over $9.5 million for Catholic schools in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. This year, Catholic United is challenging the 82 participating schools to collectively raise $1 million during the six-week selling period.

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To help reach this goal, St. Agnes hopes to sell enough tickets to raise $20,000. The money raised allows schools like St. Agnes to provide tuition assistance, update technology systems, or to cover the cost of special learning opportunities like guest speakers and field trips.

Ticket sales run through Feb. 28. Tickets are only available at participating schools. The grand prize drawing ceremony takes place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 11 at the Catholic United Financial Home Office in St. Paul. Raffle updates and a full list of participating schools can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CatholicSchoolsRaffle.