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Sweepstakes winners are NOT required to pay any money before receiving their prize. If you have been called or have been mailed notification that you have won a sweepstakes or other type of promotion and need to send money before receiving your prize you are most likely being scammed.

Over the past few years, NSC has advised consumers not to fall prey to these frauds. Unfortunately, these individuals are now using our name and logo in order to appear legitimate.  These sweepstakes are NOT legitimate and are in no way associated with NSC.

If you have been notified that you have won a sweepstakes or other type of promotion and are asked for money please contact your State Attorney General, or you can file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

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Do Small Giveaways Need Official Rules?

Aug 29, 2017
Promotion Tips

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Yes!  They absolutely do. 

It’s a common misconception that a small giveaway run at an event or a simple online sweepstakes with smaller prizes doesn’t need Official Rules.  But, the truth of the matter is that the law doesn’t discriminate based upon size. And, one of the requirements for running a game of chance are posting the material terms (aka, the Official Rules).

Here are a few other things you need to consider for your giveaway regardless of size:

BONDING & REGISTRATION

If you’re game of chance has a total prize pool over $5,000 and it’s opened and advertised to residents of NY, FL & RI residents you may need to bond & register.  Yes, even if your promotion only runs for an hour.

YOUR ADVERTISING

If you are running a small, in-event sweepstakes (like at a trade show), make sure you are aware of the costs to enter the trade show and access your giveaway.  If the entrant had to purchase a ticket to enter the trade show (and your giveaway is completely separate) you should be good to go as long as your only advertising inside the event.  However, if you advertise the giveaway on social media or outside the venue, you’re gonna need a free method of entry

If it sounds tricky, it’s because it is.  We’ll walk you through it.

DON'T FORGET YOUR LEGAL DISCLAIMERS!

When we draft your official rules, we also provide legal disclaimers and the rules for posting them.  Don’t forget to post them!  Legal disclaimers are the minimum material terms required to share with consumers before they take action (i.e. enter your giveaway). 

Ask us about our custom pricing solutions for official rules!  We’re here to help with the legal stuff and your budget.

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