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The Orphan Foundation announces the Karma Lottery, to give donors and volunteers a chance to win the lottery.

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Karma - What goes around comes around

The Orphan Foundation announced that it has now created a program to extend ‘karma’ to both its volunteers and donors through a new type of fundraising event called the Karma Lottery. The Karma Lottery gives donors a chance to win big because of their big hearts. The foundation does that by ‘gifting’ back Massachusetts Lottery tickets when they receive a donation through the new fundraiser.

Now volunteers who refer donors can participate as well. The foundation began sending out referral kits to its volunteers to help entice additional donors to contribute to the fundraiser. That program has now been extended to brand new volunteers who sign-up link through VolunteerMatch.org.

How does the Karma Lottery Work? In exchange for donations from $5 to $250, The Orphan Foundation ‘gifts’ the donor a lottery ticket that ranges from a scratch-off ticket to a range of “season tickets” for the Massachusetts Mega Millions Lottery. Those season tickets are for 26, 52, or 104 drawings. And now, if a volunteer refers a donor to the foundation using the foundation’s referral program, they will also receive a ‘gifted’ lottery ticket. At the two highest levels of donation, the referring volunteer will receive a “season ticket” with 26 draws. The foundation even sends a “Win $500/week” scratch card with the volunteer referral package, to help get the karma process working.

“Instead of creating a typical black-tie gala, with all of the volunteer effort that’s needed to support it, we wanted to give something back to our donors and volunteers besides an expensive dinner,” reports Joe DiDonato, Co-Founder and President of the foundation. We know that many people play the lottery with the current economy, but a win or a real change in karma may be hard to come by when a player simply buys a lottery ticket for themselves.

With that thought in mind, Mr. DiDonato added, “We really wanted to help our donors and volunteers change their karma in exchange for helping us with our mission.” Based on the mantra of good karma and “What goes around comes around,” the Karma Lottery is meant to inspire others to feel good about donating to a worthwhile cause, while improving their own karma in the process.

The Orphan Foundation reported that they have sold season tickets as far away as Hawaii, a state that does not have their own lottery, in addition to Massachusetts residents who have been inspired by the fundraiser and the unique karma principle that it’s based upon. At the highest donation level, the fundraiser sends co-founders Dr. Tatiana DiDonato and Joe DiDonato on a trek across the Commonwealth to Ted’s Stateline Mobil, where 3 big winners have emerged in the recent past: a $42M, a $35M and a $17M lottery winner. “The team at Ted’s Stateline Mobil is fantastic and very supportive,” reported Dr. Tatiana DiDonato. “They gave us t-shirts and other lottery paraphernalia to hand out when we went to buy our first two season tickets from them.”

The Orphan Foundation claims that the notion of a “season ticket” that is being used by the Massachusetts Lottery is really a strong draw and a great differentiator from other state lotteries. “We take care of registering the season ticket on behalf of the donors and volunteers, which means that they simply have to sit back and wait for the Mass Lottery to tell them they’ve won – or simply bask in their new-found karma,” Joe DiDonato added anecdotally.

For more information on The Orphan Foundation’s mission, please visit them online at http://www.TheOrphanFoundation.org/MAKarma.htm. To learn more about the Karma Lottery and how to donate to the cause, check out http://www.KarmaLottery.org. Please direct all media inquiries to Joe DiDonato at 413.821.6993.

About The Orphan Foundation:

The Orphan Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation, and is blessed with the wonderful mission of helping to rescue orphaned children - especially those children who are determined to have "special needs." The foundation helps lower and middle income US adopting families who are opening their hearts and homes to the world’s orphans. These wonderful families have a significantly increased financial burden due to the cost of the child's associated medical or psychological treatments. The foundation is a resource for the Dave Thomas Foundation’s adopting foster care families, and supports adoptions of all orphaned children around the world.

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