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How consumers ‘sweepstakes’ today: There’s an app for that

If you’re reading this, you probably know that many people consider entering sweepstakes and contests a hobby. These individuals are often referred to as “Sweepers” and what they do is called “sweepstaking.” Sweepers enter...more

7 things you should know about sweepstakes and contests in employee incentive programs

Four years ago, I wrote an article for this blog about creating in-house incentive contests. Since that time we have seen a considerable increase in the number of incentive programs that we have been asked to prepare for...more

Why a sweepstakes could seriously boost your customer surveys

“Excellent Shopping Trip? We Want to Hear From You” “Your Opinion Counts” “How Was Your Experience?” “We Listen to You” “Survey Sweepstakes” If you have visited a restaurant, hotel, department store, grocery store,...more

Be careful reselling a sweepstakes prize

Shortly after posting my article on sweepstakes winners who didn’t want the prize they had won, I noticed several articles about a sweepstakes winner who ran into trouble while trying to resell his prize....more

What to do when the winner of a sweepstakes or contest wants a different prize

What if you offer a sweepstakes and the winner wants to receive only a portion of the prize? Recently, a winner won a vacation for her and a travel companion. However, she did not want anyone to travel with her even though it...more

New Missouri law legalizes prize-based savings promotion programs

Late last year, a new Missouri law went into effect that allows banks and credit unions to sponsor certain savings promotion programs for their customers. Under these programs, by opening a new savings account or depositing a...more

What you need to know about the Approximate Retail Value ‘ARV’ in Sweepstakes and Contests

Virturally all official rules for sweepstakes or contests in the United States include the Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of each prize. In fact, many state laws and other regulations require that the ARV be included in the...more

Five things you should know before creating a contest

As most readers of this blog know, a contest is quite different than a sweepstakes. Sweepstakes are games of chance. The winners are selected at random and don’t have to have any particular knowledge or skill – just good...more

Is it a game of chance or a game of skill?

As most of the readers of this blog already know, a sweepstakes or contest that contains a prize, consideration, and chance may be found to be an illegal form of gambling in most states. For that reason, it is important to...more

FCC’s Change to its Contest Rules Not Effective for Four to Six Months

As a follow-up to our posting on September 17, 2015, and in response to questions we have received from several of our readers, I wanted to clarify that the Federal Communication Commission’s (“FCC”)_ revision to its contest...more

FCC modernizes broadcast contest rules to support online disclosure

As we anticipated in our most recent posting, the Federal Communication Commission this morning made a substantial change to its Contest Rules. In a press release today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)...more

FCC may be close to allowing broadcasters to disclose contest terms online

The Federal meeting on September 17, 2015, lists as one of the two subjects to be discussed: “Modernizing contest rules. The Commission will consider a report and order to provide broadcasters greater flexibilities in their...more

Big sweepstakes scam artists don’t cry

According to the Edmonton Sun newspaper, Nigerian-born Richard Mmah Chukwu, a resident of Edmonton, was recently convicted of implementing a multi-million dollar sweepstakes scam. Chukwu was found guilty in the Canadian...more

Department of Justice penalizes Ironman for illegal sweepstakes

I have never understood why otherwise sane people would want to enter an Ironman triathlon. An Ironman requires you to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and then run a 26.2 marathon, all within 17 hours. It’s hard to believe,...more

Five tips for ‘Mega Sponsors’ of sweepstakes and contests

Over the past 18 years, I have been very fortunate to represent several of what I call “Mega Sponsors” of sweepstakes and contests. My definition of a Mega Sponsor is a company that sponsors more than 50 sweepstakes or...more

Read this before you co-sponsor a sweepstakes or contest

Quite often a company will see an opportunity to team with another company to create a sweepstakes or contest that will benefit both of them individually. For example, a manufacturer of insect repellent and the owner of a...more

2/23/2015  /  Gaming , Marketing , Popular , Sweepstakes

FTC obtains $9.5 million judgment against fraudulent sweepstakes operators

On February 11, 2015 the Federal Trade Commission announced that it had accepted a $9.5 million settlement in a case brought against a sweepstakes operator for violating a previous FTC order. The settlement also permanently...more

Sweepstakes random drawings: Things a sponsor should know

I am often asked how random drawings should be conducted to select the winners of a sweepstakes. It sounds like a fairly simple request, but like most legal questions, “it depends.” For random drawings, it depends on the type...more

Social media sweepstakes: 10 things you should know

“How did we have sweepstakes before Facebook?” That question, which I heard during a call last week, summarizes the tremendous impact that social media has had on the use of sweepstakes and contests. These promotions are more...more

Sweepstakes bonds 101: An interview with a bond broker

One little-understood aspect of sweepstakes law are surety bonds, which are required to conduct sweepstakes in New York and Florida. For more insight on why sweepstakes sponsors need bonds and how the bonding process works, I...more

10/27/2014  /  Bonds , Performance Bonds , Sweepstakes

7 important lessons from past FCC contest cases

The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau has brought a number of cases against broadcasters who conduct or advertise a contest on air. These cases range from failure to accurately disclose the end date for a sweepstakes, to a station’s...more

The FCC’s contest regulations: A primer

Our recent post about the possibility that the Federal Communications Commission will no longer require broadcasters to disclose contest rules in their advertisements brought several questions from readers. Most of the...more

Poker runs are finally legal in Illinois

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn recently signed into law the Poker Run law, which ended a two-year crusade to make it easier to use poker runs to raise money for charities....more

7/11/2014  /  Gambling , Gaming , Poker

Will the FCC allow online disclosure of contest rules? Stay tuned

Anyone who watches television or listens to the radio has heard a fast-talking announcer race through the abbreviated rules for a sweepstakes or contest . Or perhaps you’ve seen a copy of the official rules for only a second...more

Fraudulent sweepstakes: What can we do?

Nearly every year, complaints about sweepstakes crop up among the top 10 complaints received by the Federal Trade Commission. Recently I received a call from a number which I did not recognize. The woman on the line...more

6/10/2014  /  Fraud , FTC , Robocalling , Sweepstakes
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