Second life for Nampa raffle fundraiser?

The house raffle designed to raise money for the beleaguered Nampa School District could be a go after all.

But that’s not a sure bet.

In a brief letter to an attorney for Philip Allaire — the Middleton developer pursuing the raffle — the Idaho Lottery said the plan could proceed under “prescribed charitable gaming regulations.”

Kevin Dinius, Allaire’s attorney, wasn’t impressed. In a story in Saturday’s Idaho Press-Tribune, Dinius accused the Lottery of “bureaucratic action.” He said his client is considering several options, including a lawsuit against the state.

Last month, Allaire unveiled a plan to raffle off up to 40 Nampa homes in hopes of helping the district defray $4.3 million in shortfalls. His plan was to purchase and refurbish homes — starting with a 965-square-foot house in Nampa — sell 2,500 tickets at $100 apiece, and raffle off the house and donate the proceeds to the school district.

The Lottery found myriad legal problems with the raffle — including the online sale of tickets; the idea of selling tickets without a fixed raffle date; and the plan to reimburse Allaire’s nonprofit for the house purchase and repairs. On May 28, Allaire pulled the plug on the raffle, after selling fewer than 50 tickets.