Be sure your contests adhere to local/state laws and that your customers have access to pertinent rules.
Please Note - When Prizes (total value) Are Over $5,000
You are required by law to register your contest and provide your winner list for the following states: New York, Rhode Island and Florida. Please note that each state has a basic mandate that you publish the list of winners publicly as well as require "No purchase necessary" rules when playing. Please ensure you follow through on all prizes, even if you have to contact people by multiple means.
When Adding to Packaging Add a Disclaimer
We recommend that you add the following text or similar wording to ensure you are complying with "game of chance" and "sweepstakes" regulations.
*No purchase necessary. See full contest rules online. Contest ends MM/DD/YYYY.
or if you can fit it:
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of [CITIES, STATES, OR COUNTRIES], who are [AGE] years of age or older as of date of registration. Starts 12:00:00 AM ET on [START DATE] and ends 11:59:59 PM ET on [END DATE]. For contest rules visit [CONTEST WEBSITE].
The more transparent and helpful you are to people engaging with the contest, the less you will have to deal with complaints or other challenges.
Contest rule templates:
This is our standard text if you don't use a custom rules page:
GENERAL CONDITIONS AND RELEASE: By participating, entrant (a) releases Facebook, Twitter, Google, Game Entities, <Company Name> and each of their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, franchisees, successors, assigns, agents, representatives, officers, directors, shareholders, and employees, from any and all liability for any claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages of any kind caused by participation in the Game, including the unauthorized or illegal access to personally identifiable or sensitive information or acceptance, possession, use, misuse, or nonuse of the prize that may be awarded; (b) acknowledges that said parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guarantee, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relative to a prize including, without limitation, the prize quality or availability; and (c) waives any rights to claim ambiguity with respect to these Official Rules. Neither Game Entities nor any service providers are responsible for incorrect or inaccurate transcription of entry information, or for any human or other error, technical malfunctions, lost/delayed data or voice transmission, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, line failures of any telephone network, computer equipment, software, inability to access any online service or Website or to complete a telephone call or any other error or malfunction, or late, lost or misdirected mail, or any injury or damage to participant's or any other person's equipment related to or resulting from participation in this Game.
ENTRY PROCESS, OR OTHERWISE UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE GAME MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, ADMINISTRATOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO COOPERATE IN THE PROSECUTION OF ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL(S) AND TO PURSUE ALL REMEDIES TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. Game Entities’ failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. If for any reason the Game is not capable of being executed as planned, or infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, action of entrants, technical failures or any other causes which in the opinion of and/or Game Entities, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Game, Game Entities reserve the right at their sole discretion to disqualify any suspect entry or entrant and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Game. In the event of any cancellation, termination or suspension, the determination of the winners will be made, from among all eligible, non-suspect Plays received as of the date of the termination, cancellation or suspension, as Game Entities determine in their sole discretion. Plays not complying with all rules are subject to disqualification.