Saturday afternoon I received the following email from paypal:
Paypal is considering the selling of "raffle tickets" to be a violation of their user agreement, which strongly enforces a "no gambling" policy. They have asked me to remove any and all instances of where I am using paypal. This would include all of the chipin widgets that are keeping a running total of how much has been donated for each raffle.
So what am I going to do?
The answer is simple. I am ending all chipin widgets as per paypal's request, and am adding a google checkout button. This does not change any other information about the raffles. All donations are accounted for, all information is accounted for... nothing has changed except that I am now using something other than paypal to allow people to continue to donate (via Google Checkout). I realize that not everyone might have a google checkout account as readily as they do a paypal account, and I would encourage you to register for one, it is quick, simple, and free, and behaves the same way as paypal would when it comes to secure transactions.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will respond immediately. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as I work through paypal's request to end the chipin widgets and switch each raffle over to google checkout.