Bleak house? Raffle organizer files claim

The Middleton man who proposed a house raffle to help the Nampa School District is now positioning to sue the state.

Philip Allaire, left, and former Nampa school Superintendent Thomas Michaelson.

Philip J. Allaire has filed a tort claim against the Idaho Lottery Commission, which opposes Allaire’s plans to sell the $100 raffle tickets online. The lottery contends the online ticket sales violate state law.

According to the tort claim against the Lottery, obtained by the Idaho Press-Tribune, Allaire “has suffered and will continue to suffer damages in excess of $500,000 as a result of these entities’ negligent, reckless and/or intentional acts or omissions.”

A tort claim is a precursor to a possible lawsuit against a public agency.

The lottery isn’t talking about the tort claim.

Allaire announced his plans for the raffle in May, pledging to sponsor a series of raffles to help Nampa schools offset $4 million in shortfalls. He abruptly ended the raffle on the first house, after only a few days and selling only 47 tickets, after the lottery commission said his plan violated several state and federal laws.


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