From the Ferdinand News and Spencer County Leader:
Q: We received inserts from a company that are a postcard-sized scratch off game (three hands of Blackjack) claiming over $100,000 in prizes. The fine print says, “You may be asked to view an indoor air quality system. No obligation required.”
Participants are guaranteed to win a prize, including digital cameras, MP3 players, GPS devices, Nintendo Wii and $1,000. Is this legal?
A: It appears to be OK. It would fall under IC 24-8-2 (promotional gifts and contests).
The following should be included on the insert:
• Name and address of promoter and sponsor of the promotion
• Retail value of prizes
• Statement of odds, total number of prizes and total number of notices
• If attending sales presentation is required, this must be stated on the first page of the promotion in at least 10-point type.
Contact Steve Key, HSPA executive director and general counsel, with media law questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or (317) 624-4427.