"the Tombola at her church fete"

A tombola is a type of raffle which is very popular especially in Britain. Raffles actually originated in Italy in the 1980s. A tombola is different to other raffles in that all the prizes are assigned winning tickets before the event begins – the players can therefore immediately ascertain if they have won a prize upon buying their ticket. Church fetes and coffee mornings are popular events for tombolas as the winners may not be present for the entire event.