Last week, when LIME (formerly know as Cable and Wireless) announced on the radio that they will be giving one lucky winner US$1 Million. Like everyone else I was eager and was ready to enter my chance, but not before I read the terms of service/ competitions rules. I like to know what I an agreeing to.
Here are a few things that stood out to me.
Non Residents make sure you’re eligible before entering
This competition is open only to Cable and Wireless Dominica Limited fixed line, mobile and Internet customers classified as residential, who are legal residents of Dominica and aged eighteen (18) years or older. In the event that a selected prize winner is under eighteen years, then the prize will be handed over to the winnersâ€™ parents or legal guardian.
By entering this competition participants warrant and represent that they are legal residents of Dominica. In the event that this warranty and representation proves to be false any prize(s) will be forfeited.
You will be charged $2.50 everytime you text.
Participants who enter the competition via text messaging will be charged $2.50 (VAT inclusive).
Cable and Wireless holds the rights to disqualified anyone if?
One potential Grand Prize winner will be selected from among all eligible entries on January 9th, 2009, and will be notified by phone no later than January 12th. If a potential winner cannot be contacted by the stated date, or if the potential winner does not claim the prize by January 23rd 2009, or if he/she is found to be ineligible or cannot or does not comply with these Official Rules, that potential winner will be disqualified and an alternate potential winner may be selected at Cable and Wirelessâ€™ sole discretion.
Your account must be active and good standing to be eligible.
To be eligible to win, participantsâ€™ accounts must be active and in good standing at the time of the prize draws.
Something also worth mentioning is that by entering this competition, youâ€™re agreeing to allow Cable and Wireless to use their name, likeness and/or voice in any media whatsoever including press, print, radio and television, for the purpose of advertising, trade or promotion without further compensation.
The terms of the lottery are not unusual, really, when compared to most other lotteries. It’s not suprising that the offer is both a promotion and source of revenue for the company. I guess the only thing is that other lotteries may typically give more time to claim the prize.
On another note C&W (now LIME) “sponsored” the Creole in the Park. I was happy to pay my way at the door and patronize their super cowded bar every day. But it was kind of strange that the sponsor was the one collecting at the door. There were many thousands there for those days, so I am sure revenues generated were significant. Dominicans appreciated the sponsorship, but we know it was also a bonus for the company too.
There is no free lunch.