What is the difference between sweepstakes, games, and contests?
Sweepstakes: the winner is selected randomly from various entry form methods. Eg. Facebook entry forms, microsite entry forms, kiosk entry forms, website entry forms, mail-in entry forms.
Games: prizes are usually randomly seeded within a finite number of game pieces, which are then distributed to consumers
Contests: the winner is determined primarily on a basis of skill
When is it necessary to register a promotion in New York and Florida?
When you are conducting a game of chance, to be conducted in NY and FL, where the total approximate retail value of all prizes exceeds $5,000. The deadline for registration in NY and FL is 30 day and 7 days, respectively, prior to the start of the promotion.
What is a surety bond?
A surety bond is basically an insurance policy that New York and Florida hold to guarantee that the Sponsor will award all prizes.
How do I obtain a bond “waiver“ in Florida?
If you conduct and register promotions in Florida for five successive years without incident (i.e. late filings, fines, etc.), you may qualify for a bond waiver. It is still necessary to register your promotion, but you can do so without a bond.
What about Rhode Island? Don’t I have to register there?
Yes, but only if you are conducting a retail sweepstakes with a total prize value of $500.
What is COPPA? Should I be concerned?