(Closed) be cautious when entering contests

posted 9 years ago in Hawaii
Post # 3
2765 posts
Sugar bee

Ugh, that sounds awful.

Contests are heavily regulated, especially when the prize value exceeds a certain amount (the dollar value depends on the state).  Does the station have legal documentation governing the contest?  If so, that might be a good place to start in terms of legal recourse…

Good luck! 

Post # 4
390 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I won a contest for $1000 to be used with any vendors in attendance at that particular bridal show.  A man supposedly handling the PR and prize distribution contacted me about a week after the show to verify information, and I was so excited!  After many phone calls and excused from the man over period of about 6 months, I had given up on actually being able to claim/use my prize.  I happen to be explaining it to my Bridesmaid or Best Man during my dress fitting when my amazing alterations lady started asking questions.  She contacted the president of the group that hosted the show, and we found out the guy had actually been fired a while back for not doing his job. He had been lying to me from the beginning and slacking on all his duties.  The group was extremely apologetic and within a week of finding out about the issue, had taken care of all of it.  I was finally able to claim my prize and have put it to good use.  The president of the group has contacted me a few times since then to apologize and see if there is anything else they can do to assist me.  I don’t know if there was a particular group/company hosting the event, but if so, I recommend trying to contact them.  It may take a bit of time and effort, but if it can benefit you, it may be worth it!

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