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ARLINGTON (1080 KRLD) – The concept of a 50/50 raffle, where half the money goes to the winner and the other half to a charitable foundation, is nothing new. Amateur and professional sports teams coast to coast have been holding those raffles at their games for decades. But they had been outlawed in Texas — until this year.

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“We were very lucky that the state passed it out of the state legislature and then the voters approved it last November, so this is the first year that 50-50 raffles are legal in the state of Texas.”

And Karen Morris, the executive director of the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation, says those 50/50 raffles have been a huge hit so far.

“To date, $800,000 has been raised across all of the 14 foundations in the state of Texas just in the past five months,” said Morris. “Which means $400,000 is going to back to communities that wouldn’t have otherwise gone back to communities if the 50-50 raffle didn’t exist.”

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So thanks to the new state law, the Texas Rangers have introduced their version of the 50/50 raffle. It is called the “Texas 2 Split.” Tickets are three for five dollars, ten for ten dollars and 40 tickets for 20 dollars — cash only.

“The more people that purchase tickets, the greater the jackpot, and the greater ability that we have to make a difference in our community, because that means that’s just more money we’ll give back to our community,” Morris says.

The winner is drawn at the end of the sixth inning, and Chuck Morgan announces the winner and the jackpot amount inside the ballpark in the middle of the eighth inning.

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