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I really wanted to win the Stephen Colbert contest (sit under his desk while show is recorded). I did pay the money to enter but I used to work for a company who offered sweepstakes once in a while and Legal always said it was against the law to require people to donate money when they are trying to win a prize.

I appreciate that he's doing it for charity but why do these stars agree to them keeping 20% of donations?

I've tried to find out if this is actually legal but can't find anything and Omaze didnt answer my question when I contacted them. I won't be participating in any more offers under these circumstances.

Product or Service Mentioned: Omaze Donation.

Reason of review: questioning legality.

Preferred solution: I just want to find out if this is legal or not.

I didn't like: 20 percent is a large cut to take and is this even legal.

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Anonymous
#1564574

They don't require a donation - they allow free entries.

Anonymous
#1541421

There is an "alternate method of entry" at the bottom of every contest to enter for free. Donations aren't required, but from the site alone you think they would be. Gotta read the fine print.

Anonymous
#1469987

1. They must provide a free alternative to win and they do so but it is almost a hidden option.They make the free alternative hard to find but easy to apply for.Other companies like them make it hard, they ask you to send a physical letter for them to get a free chance to win.

(and that letter may never gets to them...)2. They keep 20 % of the profits not the income.Omaze may just spend all the money on whatever so there is $0 profit so $0 goes to charity.

Anonymous
#1462068

You can scroll down to the bottom of any sweepstakes page to where they have all their legal jargon. From there you can get the link for one entry for free, as by law.

Anonymous
#1446490

If you bothered to actually ready any Omaze contest page.. they have an option to enter for free for every contest they offer.

People miss is because their too lazy to read the description of the rules apparently. It's not like it's even hidden in small print either..

Anonymous
#1434772

They actually do have an option to enter for free. A lot of other companies do the same thing, where you usually need to pay to enter but there's this complicated way to enter for free, usually involving mailing in a letter.

Omaze is actually a little better about this - while the alternative entry method isn't obvious unless you actually bother to read the rules of entering, it is online, so entering for free is a lot easier than most sweeps.

And since it's largely for charity, I kinda forgive them for not advertising the free alternative. If they did, nobody would donate.

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