Here’s an opportunity to help students at St. Agnes School in Osakis and have a chance to turn $5 into a brand new car or $20,000 in cash.

The Catholic Schools Raffle is back.

On Jan. 17, St. Agnes School students joined students from 89 other schools across Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota in selling the $5 tickets.

Each ticket purchased gives ticket buyers the opportunity to win a 2020 Buick Encore (or $20,000 in cash), or other prizes totaling $40,000 in value.

Every penny of every ticket sold will stay at St. Agnes School, thanks to the raffle’s sole sponsor, Catholic United Financial. The St. Paul-based company provides all the prizes and promotion materials for the raffle at no cost to the participating schools.

“Catholic United’s mission since our founding 142 years ago has included supporting Catholic education, and we couldn’t be happier or prouder to support our schools with the Catholic Schools Raffle,” said Catholic United President Harald Borrmann. “Since the program started, we have invested nearly $1 million in the raffle because we understand how this unique fundraiser greatly benefits the students and their teachers.”

Now in its 11th year, the Catholic Schools Raffle has raised more than $8.5 million for Catholic schools in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

This year, Catholic United is challenging the 89 participating schools to collectively raise $1 million during the six-week selling period.

To help reach this goal, St. Agnes School hopes to sell enough tickets to raise $20,000.

The money raised allows schools like St. Agnes School to provide tuition assistance, update technology systems, or to cover the cost of special learning opportunities like guest speakers and field trips.

Ticket sales run through March 1. Tickets are only available at participating schools.

The grand prize drawing ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 12 at the Catholic United Financial Home Office in St. Paul.

Raffle updates and a full list of participating schools can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CatholicSchoolsRaffle.

About Catholic United Financial

Catholic United Financial is one of the largest fraternal life insurance associations in the Upper Midwest, serving more than 75,000 members in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Iowa. As a not-for-profit company, Catholic United transforms profits from the sale of life insurance, annuities and retirement products into programs that support and amplify the Catholic community’s ability to thrive and grow. Visit the website to learn more: www.catholicunitedfinancial.org.