Luck of the Lakes raffle 2024 with freighter

National Museum of the Great Lakes Kicks Off Luck of the Lakes Raffle

The National Museum of the Great Lakes is excited to announce the 2024 Luck of the Lakes Raffle. 

Complete Prize Packages:

Grand Prize: Trip of a Lifetime for 2 Aboard an Interlake Freighter

☘️ Enjoy a multi-day trip for 2 on a classic Interlake freighter (such as the M/V Lee A. Tregurtha or the M/V Kaye E. Barker). You’ll experience the Great Lakes like never before, witnessing incredible sunrises and sunsets, enjoying legendary freighter fare, and watching real-time commerce in action aboard a working bulk carrier.

☘️ During the adventure, witness professional mariners navigate the lakes and river systems while skillfully loading and delivering the building blocks of America.

☘️ Passenger quarters include well-appointed private rooms with attached bathrooms and comfortable lounge areas that overlook the expansive decks that are more than two football fields in length.

☘️ Enjoy an immersive and highly exclusive experience. Freighter trips are not available to the public, so it truly is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

☘️ Trips will be scheduled in collaboration with the Interlake Steamship Company team.

All attempts will be made to schedule your journey to begin and end at the same port.

Second Prize: Ultimate Put-in-Bay Experience

☘️ Enjoy convenient and scenic round-trip transportation to Put-in-Bay on the Jet Express.

☘️ $100 in food vouchers to savor delicious meals at the Boardwalk family of restaurants.

☘️ Island Fun Pack includes ticket vouchers for four for various island attractions:

       ☘️ Put-in-Bay Tour Train

       ☘️ Perry’s Cave

       ☘️ Putt-Putt Course at the War of 18 Holes

       ☘️ Butterfly House

       ☘️ Heineman’s Winery and Crystal Cave Tours

       ☘️ Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center

☘️ Exclusive Accommodations on the Benson Ford Shiphouse: Stay on the legendary shiphouse, offering a unique blend of old-world charm and modern amenities. Enjoy the beauty and convenience of this renowned island home.

THIRD PRIZE: Win ten (10) tickets for next year’s (2025) Luck of the Lakes Raffle drawing.

Every raffle ticket purchase supports the Great Lakes Historical Society and its National Museum of the Great Lakes, whose mission is to preserve and share the history of our Great Lakes.

Raffle Details: Luck of the Lakes raffle tickets can be purchased online until noon on Friday, September 27, 2024. Winners will be notified via email and phone.

Take advantage of our early bird special! Now through the end of July, you can buy 4 tickets for $250, a $150 savings. Plus, early bird ticket purchasers in July and August will have a chance to win bonus raffle baskets filled with fun experiences, dining, and more.

“Our biggest fundraiser of the year, the Luck of the Lakes Raffle, offers a unique opportunity for the public to experience Great Lakes maritime history in an unprecedented way,” said Kate Fineske, Executive Director of the National Museum of the Great Lakes.

Join us in supporting Great Lakes history by purchasing your raffle tickets today. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit our website at or by calling 419-214-5000.