Hare Krishna. Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
Devotees in my country are organizing a raffle of a painting of Radha and Krishna. If I deposit 8 dollars in their bank account, then maybe I will get the aforementioned painting, but only if I win the raffle.
All the collected money will be used to help in the construction of a new ISKCON temple.
When they asked me if I could help them, I immediately thought, "This is gambling", but I didn't want to directly confront them. Then I asked "Did your gurudeva authorize this?" and they answered "Yes, since the beginning". Then I silently stepped away.
Now I'm very confused. My question is, is this gambling or not? Are they breaking the regulative principles? What should be done, what should I do?
I'll be very grateful for your answer. Hare Krishna.