13 March 2015

What? You've never heard of a meat raffle?

They are very popular in Minnesota, as the StarTribune explains:
The meat raffle: a quintessential Minnesotan bar tradition that plays out every night of the week in one working-class neighborhood’s watering hole or another. Though its origins are unknown, its existence is as homegrown as tater tot hot dish. Buy a ticket for a dollar — the proceeds go to charity — and get a chance to win a shrink-wrapped packet of raw, pink flesh from a table at the back of the bar.

Once only found in rural areas, they are now happening all over the metro area, from dive bars to hipster haunts. Even high-end establishments have gotten in on the action...

Meat from Thielen’s family’s butcher shop (Thielen Meats) in the small Minnesota town of Pierz has been on offer at meat raffles for as long as she can remember. She’ll still go to raffles in Nevis, Minn., with her aunt, who gets dressed up for the occasion. “I’m like, ‘Why are you putting curlers in your hair?’ and she’s like, ‘Amy, we’re going to the meat raffle!’ ”...

Grumpy’s Northeast has spun the meat raffle on its head by merging it with another popular bar game. Instead of cash or gift cards, at T-Bone Bingo winners get — you guessed it — T-bone steaks.
More details and stories at the link.

Photo credit: Carlos Gonzalez


  1. Quite common here in the UK

  2. first time heard of here, in the state with the longest name.


  3. Never heard of it, but reminds me of when they used to give out prizes to movie theater patrons...

    And, I understand, some pubs in the UK have trivia contests for prizes....

  4. Very common in the pubs/clubs here in Australia too


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