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Contest And Sweepstakes Laws Around The World Are Complicated

December 21, 2007

Several people have asked me why our 500 dollar contest/giveaway was only for US citizens. Well, here’s the deal…

Contest And Sweepstakes Laws Are Complicated

It’s hard enough to comply with US laws regarding contests but having to comply with the laws of every country in the world is pretty close to impossible. US laws are fairly difficult to comply with. If you don’t believe me, just read this article on US contest law.

Big US Companies Don’t Even Try It

You would think the lawyers for big companies would be able to draft up contest/sweepstakes rules that would comply with international laws, but you would be wrong…

Most US based companies restrict their contests to the United States. Here are some of the things that US companies have said about this.

The Discovery Channel says:

Different rules and regulations associated with games of chance in other countries make it difficult to administer sweepstakes and games outside the United States.

We certainly understand that Star Trek fandom is not limited by national boundaries. We know there are millions of fans around the world just in the United States and we regret not being able to allow everyone to participate in our giveaways.

In order for us to hold a giveaway or sweepstakes on our site we must comply with the legal requirements in every territory in which the contest is available (on the Web, this means virtually the entire planet). However, it is simply beyond the scope of our group to comply with contest laws around the world. Thus, our posted rules satisfy the requirements for U.S. participants only.

When Canada and other countries simplify their requirements for on-line contests, we will be able to allow our giveaways to cross international borders.

An Example Of The Difficulty Of Complying With Other Countries Laws

Read this story (and the comments). Essentially, in order to open a contest up to Canadian residents, Starbucks had to add the following clause to their contest rules:

If a resident of Canada is selected as a winner, they will be required to correctly answer, without assistance of any kind, whether mechanical or otherwise, a timed, mathematical skill-testing question, to be administered by Marden- Kane, Inc. either by mail, telephone, e-mail, or fax (at its sole discretion) before the awarding of the prize.

The reason for this is that according to some Canadian law you can’t run a sweepstakes/contest that just gives away money (like our contest). In order to comply with Canadian law I would need to give the “winner” a test of skill. If I wanted to open the contest to every country imagine how difficult it would be to comply with ALL the contest laws around the world?

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is that I don’t want to lose my business because of a sweepstakes or contest. I am very sorry for the inconvenience. I wish that international contest laws weren’t so complicated and I will try to find a way to reward all my readers in some other way.

Less Then Two Weeks Left To Win 500 Dollars

December 20, 2007

If you haven’t entered already, there are only two weeks left to win 500 dollars in our blog contest. We’ve received only a handful of entries so far, which means that, if nothing changes, you have a really good chance of winning. Click here for the details.

500 Dollar Barter Genius Contest For Bloggers

December 9, 2007

Earlier today, we officially launched Barter Genius, and you can win money by telling other people about it on your blog. We will be randomly selecting one lucky winner from the entries to win 500 dollars (US).

Here are the two easy steps you can take to enter the contest:

  1. Write a blog post with a link to this announcement (this is how I am tracking entries).
  2. In the post, talk about the launch of our new Barter Genius site and how we are holding a contest for bloggers. Include a link to the Barter Genius site (

Here is example text you could use, but use any text you like:

Can I Make Big Money Online is holding a contest for the owners’ new barter site called “Barter Genius“. They are giving away 500 dollars to one lucky winner. This is an entry into the contest. For more details about the contest click here.

That’s all there is to it. Use any text you feel like to link to this post with the details about the contest and a link to the Barter Genius site. The purpose of this contest is to get the word out about our new barter site and to give you a chance to earn some quick money online.

The contest is open from today until the end of the month. A winner will be chosen at random from the entries. The winner will receive USD $500. The winner will be announced by January 15th.

We will be tracking links to this post in order to keep track of entries. However, we recommend that you also email us at with the URL of your post, along with a valid email address to help us keep track of your entries.

Now for the legal stuff:

By participating in this random drawing, you agree to be bound by the Drawing Rules below.


Winners will be selected by the owners of The judges shall have the sole authority and discretion to determine a person’s eligibility. The winner will be selected based on a random selection from valid entries. The owners of will have the sole authority and discretion on the selection of a winner.

Drawing Rules

To participate in the Random Drawing, you must be at least 18 years old. The Drawing is open to individuals, but not to corporate entries. Owners, Employees and Contractors of and members of their immediate families are not eligible to enter. To be eligible for the Drawing you must be a legal resident of the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii) and at least 18 years of age on the date of entry. Void where prohibited.

You agree to abide by the Terms of Service of the website.

If you are selected as a winner, you agree that may publicize your name and likeness on our site. Apart from the prizes associated with being selected as a winner, and it’s owners shall not be obligated to compensate you in any way for such publicity.

A $500 cash prize will be awarded to the winning entry.

Each entrant shall indemnify, defend, and hold the owners of harmless from any third party claims arising from or related to that entrant’s participation in the Drawing. In no event shall the owners of be liable to an entrant for acts or omissions arising out of or related to the Drawing or that entrant’s participation in the Drawing. By participating all entrants release the owners of, affiliates, partners, officers, directors, agents, employees, George Manty, Jill Manty, and all entities associated with the development and execution of this Drawing from any and all liability with respect to and in any way arising from participating in this promotion, acceptance or use of prizes.

Odds of winning depend on the number of valid entries received. All taxes, including income taxes, are the sole responsibility of winners. No prize substitution is permitted. Winner(s) may be required to verify their entry.



On December 31, 2007, 11:59pm CT the Drawing will close it’s doors. No more entries will be accepted at that point. The winning entry will be announced on the site on or by January 15, 2008. Winners will be notified by e-mail. Winners have 30 days from notification to claim the prize. Prize may be claimed by return e-mail. Unclaimed prizes will not be awarded.

For further information contact us at george (at)

Kontera 1000 Dollars In Free Advertising Contest

November 27, 2007

I just wanted to let you know real quickly about a contest that Kontera recently announced.

Kontera is holding a contest with three prizes:

1. First prize: $1000 worth of free advertising for your site/ blog + Exposure for your site on Kontera website and on The Official Kontera Blog.

2. Second prize: $500 worth of free advertising for your site/blog

3. Third prize: $100 worth of free advertising for your site/blog

Winning the contest would be a great way to promote your site without money.

You can read more about the contest on the official Kontera blog by clicking here.

Ryan Ambrose Is Having A Free Give Away

November 15, 2007

My co-author, Ryan Ambrose, is running a free give-away contest on his blog to celebrate his 300th post. The giveaway is good through the end of 2007.

NOTE: Link is now broken.