Above all, my daughter wants to keep the raffle as fair as possible. This brings up some other questions. If the ticket containers are transparent (e.g., a fishbowl) then everyone can see which items are most popular by examining the number of tickets in the container. Does this give the last person distributing his/her tickets a greater advantage than the first person? The first person will see 26 empty fishbowls and the last person may see 100 tickets in the diamond earrings fishbowl but only a few tickets in the one belonging to the "slap chop" food processor. Would this knowledge afford the last person some information that could be used to determine a way to maximize their chances of winning that (or any other) prize? If so, then it would seem that each successive "bidder" could have an unfair advantage over the preceding bidder (assuming they would know how to apply this knowledge). If using fishbowls does provide the possibility of maximizing latter bidder's chances then we could use some sort of opaque container to keep the tickets hidden. But keeping them visible is preferred as it not only makes the raffle more exciting (by offering at least a perceived ability to affect the chances of winning), but also reduces any sense of impropriety in the process.