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New Missouri law legalizes prize-based savings promotion programs

Greg Omer February 3, 2017
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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 specified amount of money into an account that is already open, customers will have a chance to win prizes. READ MORE

Department of Justice penalizes Ironman for illegal sweepstakes

June 2, 2015
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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. READ MORE

Now on deck: The law behind sports trading cards promotions

February 25, 2014
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Because sweepstakes and contests are such a popular marketing strategy, many industries develop promotions specifically tied to their products. For the world of sports trading cards, one popular promotion is the “box break.” READ MORE

Can a grab bag be a sweepstakes?

February 4, 2014
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When I hear the words “grab bag,” I think about stores that used to stock plain wrapped packages labeled as either for “boys” or “girls." For a dollar, you could choose one of these packages without knowing what it contained. READ MORE

Boot Camp #5: Customer-only sweepstakes

Justin Mulligan July 3, 2013
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If sweepstakes law had Ten Commandments, the first would be “thou shall not require anyone to make a purchase in order to enter a sweepstakes.” Doing so could violate the gambling laws in virtually every state in the country. READ MORE

Top 10 Sweepstakes Law Blog posts so far

March 29, 2013
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I thought I’d take a break from our Sweepstakes Boot Camp series to look back at the most popular Sweepstakes Law Blog posts over the last year. I ran the analytics on our site, and the results are illuminating. READ MORE

Consider this: How do states define 'Consideration'?

January 12, 2012
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Three elements must be present — chance, prize, and consideration — for a sweepstakes to be illegal. In most instances, sweepstakes sponsors can avoid concerns about illegal gambling by eliminating consideration. READ MORE

Shield your sweepstakes from gambling laws

December 21, 2011
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Virtually all state laws define illegal gambling as having three basic elements – prize, chance and consideration. The job of sweepstakes creators is to eliminate one or more of these elements from every sweepstakes they prepare. READ MORE