Just found out about this competition, you can play once a day and don't need to buy anything in order to enter. Just click the "Click Here To Play Now" button, enter your email address and then wait for them to email you some receipt details you require to enter the competition. They are giving 490 away so you might as well give it a go.
@ludist210 All US contests involve no necessary purchase! It's the LAW! (Almost everywhere, at least, as once you charge for a contest it's technically considered gambling, so it depends on how sleazy your town is.)
@ludist210 All US contests involve no necessary purchase! It's the LAW! (Almost everywhere, at least, as once you charge for a contest it's technically considered gambling, so it depends on how free your town is.)
@Shadowlink Because they're using the competition to lure you in to their store. i.e. They're using gambling to sell their product under the guise of "something extra."
Otherwise they could have slot machines that give you a slip of paper that says "FUN TIMES" on it with each pull of the lever. You're paying for the slip of paper, not the gambling! The gambling's a bonus!
You can run contests as promotion, but you cannot require a purchase. It can only be used to raise awareness, to advertise your product.
@Xbob42 I guess, but it couldn't be much worse than state run gambling. For instance, exploiting people's LOVE to emotionally manipulate them into forgetting how numbers work.
I hate state run gambling. When it finally got passed here in California, that was a sad day. The only reason it even DID get passed is because the Lotto promised that millions of dollars from each lottery would go to schools. What they didn't clarify is which part of the schools -- so all that extra money goes to the administration, which in most of California does NOT use it for things like school supplies of better facilities. Just goes straight into wallets. One of the biggest mistakes the state has made imo.
I think there was some controversy here about gambling money for schools too. Like some politician promised to use it for schools, and did... but removed other funding from schools, so that ultimately the school funding never actually went up. Smoke and mirrors.
Ug. But that one about love bothers me, to exploit what is (or at least should be, when not twisted) a wonderful yet powerful emotion just to get more people gambling. Hmm, and it seems to suggest that finding love has 1 in 7 billion odds, which I hope isn't true, because if so, only 1 person on the planet will find / has found love... that'd be a lonely love.