Printing booklets of numbered raffle tickets

When running a raffle, you often sell tickets in booklets of 5 or 10 tickets. It is nice to have the numbers in these booklets running in consecutive order. So you have one booklet with ticket numbers 101-120, the next one 121-130 and so on.

If you print out your tickets in straight number order, though, you can't easily compile them into booklets. You'll have something like this:

This sketch shows four sheets of paper, each sheet having four tickets. If you stack the paper and cut off the top tickets to make a booklet, you'll end up with tickets 1,5,9 and 13 in that booklet. But you wanted tickets 1,2,3 and 4.

Here's how to organise your numbering so that you can easily stack and cut the paper into booklets. You basically want tickets 1,2,3 and 4 in the top slot on each sheet. Then tickets 5,6,7 and 8 in the next slot down, and so on, like this:

So your first sheet of paper has tickets 1,5,9,13, the next sheet has 2,6,10,14, and so on, which looks odd when you print it, but when you then stack the paper and cut the whole stack, you will have booklets of four tickets each with consecutive numbers.

The exact order you need will depend on how many tickets you want in each booklet. That sketch shows the numbering for four tickets per booklet. But if you wanted ten tickets per booklet, then you'd need the first page to have 1,11,21,31, then the second page to have 2,12,22,32, and so on until your tenth page has tickets 20,30,40,50.

If you are using my Raffle Ticket Creator app, this is all done for you. Just select the booklet option on the final screen and specify how many tickets you want in each booklet and the app will create your tickets in the correct order for you:

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