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$150 to Rent or Own in Irvine Courtesy Another OC Raffle

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More homes in the OC for the low, low price of a raffle ticket and a prayer. The Irvine Public Schools Foundation is giving away a condo and free rent for a year in Irvine via their Irvine Dream Stakes Home Raffle. Grand prize is a two bedroom, two bathroom condo in 3000 The Plaza, a 15 story building with the county's only rooftop pool. A recent article in OC Metro indicates the building doesn't need the marketing, though--only 29 of the 105 units are unsold, and the first two phases of the three tower project are sold out. According to the raffle site, the condo up for grabs has a $700,000 value (the building's website says same-sized units start at $599,500), but the winner can take $500,000 in cash instead.

Another prize is a year's free rent on a two bedroom, two bathroom in The Park at Irvine Spectrum Center. Two bedrooms there start at $1,885 a month. Raffle tickets are $150, and the Irvine Public Schools Foundation supports programs that would otherwise be cut, keeps class sizes small, and provides "extra money for nurses, health clerks and health education."
· Irvine Public Schools Foundation Dream Stakes Raffle [Official Site]
· 3000 The Plaza [Official Site]
· The Park at Irvine Spectrum Center [Rental-Living.com]