If you decide to take part in a raffle or fundraising event with a prize and win, you expect that you'll receive the prize within the amount of time that is listed in the prize's terms and conditions. This is typically how these kind of purchases work; many people buy in, but only one person is granted a prize in the end.
In Louisiana, a man bought a winning raffle ticket to a fundraiser for a New Orleans police officer, but now he's saying that he hasn't been given the prize. Because he hasn't received the prize, he has filed a breach of contract lawsuit against the foundation Shield His Heart.
The May 2 raffle was meant to help cover the costs of a heart transplant and related medical expenses accrued by a veteran officer of the New Orleans Police Department. The prize was a 2015 Toyota Camry, and each ticket cost $100.
When the man was told that he had won the prize and sent him a photo of the ticket with his name on it, he went to Toyota of New Orleans to pick up the prize. There, he was told by an employee that because he didn't have the raffle ticket stub, he couldn't pick up the vehicle. To receive the stub, the man requested it from Shield His Heart, but the man has never received it in the mail.
In this situation, there have been some allegations that the $100 was never received or that two people were claiming the vehicle, which could be why it's been hard to prove who should receive it. Any of these issues should be easy to sort out in court, since there should be evidence of payments or winner status.
Source: The Times-Picayune, "Fundraiser for NOPD officer ends in breach of contract lawsuit," Jonathan Bullington, May. 19, 2015