The Ethics Of Selling Sweepstakes Prizes

One of the most contentious aspects of the sweepstakes and contest hobby is the controversy of selling prize wins. Those who’ve been playing the games for a while know already that winning stuff you don’t need, like or want is normal. Sponsors often run giveaways with many levels and types of...

Tips On Taxes And Sweepstakes Wins

Tax season is upon us, making this a good time to pass along relevant information about sweepstakes prize wins and taxes. Most of this information is targeted to US residents. Canadian sweepstakers abide by different laws, and I’ll give a few details on that as well. All sweepstakes wins are considered...

5 Secrets To Winning Recipe Contests

Entering contests is one of the best ways to increase your odds of winning a prize. For the uninitiated, a contest is very different from a sweepstakes because you are compelled to perform a task in order to enter. It may be a random draw, but you must enter a photo, essay, recipe or whatever the sponsor...

It’s Illegal To Charge To Enter A Sweepstakes

No matter how big or small a company may be, it’s still illegal for for-profit companies to demand a purchase to enter a sweepstakes. Over the years, I have seen companies of all sizes violating this law, which falls under federal consumer trade law as administered by the FTC (Federal Trade...
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