Is there anything I can do about a company not following through in a giveaway?

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Is there anything I can do about a company not following through in a giveaway?

I entered and won a giveaway hosted by a
company in August. I have been in
correspondence since then with the Vice
President of the company. He has been
assuring me that I will be receiving my prize
once the funding for the giveaway went
through. He even offered a much better prize
for me having to wait so long. Finally, now Ive
received another email stating that the funding
didnt come through and that I would be
receiving nothing. Is this legal? Is there
anything I can do? Seems unfair that I did what
I was supposed to do to enter and they dont
have to keep up their end. Thanks for your
time.

Asked on December 10, 2018 under Business Law, North Carolina

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

No, if you participated and won according to the rules of the giveaway, and those rules did not themselves contain some provision that if "funding didn't come through," you would not be paid, they have to pay you (I am using "paid" to mean getting the prize)--they are contractually (by the terms of the rules, which form a contract if you accepted them and entered according to them) obligated to pay you. You could sue them (e.g. in small claims court) for the prize.


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