The online edition of the Chicago Sun-Times tells us that a church in the area is trying to boost attendance through the use of a raffle system that awards cash prizes among those who show up to church.
According to the story
For the last three weeks ... Lighthouse Church of All Nations in Alsip has raffled a combined $1,000 to attendees at the three Sunday services.
Attendance has increased dramatically and the pastor, Rev. Dan Willis, is okay with how he'd done it.
Again, from the story:
"It is gimmicky. It is totally gimmicky. I make no bones about that," Willis said. "But if I could get someone who would not normally come to church, why not?"