We at iGotOffer.com take following the law very seriously, especially when hosting our online contests, sweepstakes, and giveaways. Our goal is to make sure our friends and customers have fun--not break the law--so we’re careful about crossing all our T’s and dotting all our I’s to fully comply with federal law.
Here are answers to some customer questions about our social media promotional events:
Giveaway laws in the U.S. cover sweepstakes, contests, and lotteries.
Prize: There’s always a prize--without it, a sweepstakes would be lame, and no one would enter!
Chance: This is simply pure luck.
Consideration: Something of value which an entrant must provide to enter a contest.
Sweepstakes are prize giveaways where the winners are chosen at random, based on chance or luck of the draw. In the U.S, sweepstakes promotions are regulated by numerous laws, and are overseen by various federal agencies. Agencies with such jurisdiction include the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the United States Postal Service (USPS), and the United States Department of Justice (DOJ).
Contests choose winners by judging or voting on criteria like effort or merit, such as best photo, most popular photo, and so forth.
Lotteries are prize drawings where people must pay money for a chance to win. While sweepstakes and contests are legal promotional campaigns, private lotteries are illegal under U.S. law. iGotOffer.com does not participate in lotteries!
Our contests and sweepstakes are open only to those 18 years of age or older.
Unfortunately, we currently cannot accept any entries from Canada. Why? The harsh reality is that Canadian law forbids winning by random selection; an element of skill must be involved. Quebec also requires additional rules. We hate to leave our Canadian visitors out in the cold, and we hope to expand our operations in that beautiful country in the future.
Absolutely! We only partake in networks and websites that comply with U.S. laws.
For example, we strictly follow Facebook's rules, which prohibit using personal profiles to collect entries, or paying people for reviews. Like Facebook, we’ll never ask people to share a post on their profile or a friend’s profile to enter a promotion; instead, they can enter by liking or commenting on a post on their page, publishing it to their page, and sending their page a message.
A winner most report a prize valued at $600 or more to the IRS. If we ever conduct a giveaway of this value, we will always provide the winner with a federal 1099 form the following January.
Like any business, our aim is to engage with customers and attract new ones. Perhaps other companies are willing to take chances and evade the law, but at iGotOffer.com, honesty is our trademark. Our reasoning: If you cannot afford to do it right, can you afford to do it wrong? We think not. We’ve decided to always do it right!
To participate in a contest, drop by our Facebook page: iGotOffer Facebook page.
Last updated: October 22, 2018.