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This Contest Not Open to Residents of QC (explanation)

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I never knew why, or even really cared- but this makes sense.......

*This is from about.com but it is an accurate reason.

The reason why residents of Quebec are not eligible to enter many Canada sweepstakes is not because the sponsors don't want to advertise in Quebec, and it's nothing personal against any of the residents of that fine province. Rather, many sweepstakes are void in Quebec because the sponsors must follow a stringent set of rules set out by the Quebec government.

For example, in order for sponsor to skip the "void in Quebec" restriction, Quebec sweepstakes law requires that the sponsors must do some or all of the following things:

* Register the sweepstakes rules and all advertisements used to promote the contest with the Quebec government at least 30 days ahead of the sweepstake's launch.

* Pay a fee of up to 10% of the sweepstake's value.

* Agree to allow the government of Quebec to mediate any lawsuits arising from the contest.

* Follow strict guidelines about the contents of the sweepstakes rules.

* Allow the Quebec government to determine if the sweepstake may be changed or canceled once it has started.

* File a written report after the contest has concluded, attesting that the prizes have been delivered or attempted to be delivered.

* Agree to follow a number of other rules and guidelines. See the Quebec Sweepstakes Laws.

While these laws are intended to protect the citizens of Quebec, they are also a significant burden of money and resources to sweepstakes sponsors, and the consequences for a mistake are severe. Rather than run the risk of facing legal action if these long and complicated rules are not followed to the letter, many sponsors take the easy route of making their contests void in Quebec.

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Believe it or not, there are many people who make decent side money from winning sweepstakes and contests. Some people who devote enough time entering contests can actually make this their primary source of income! Whether the prizes are cash or products, your winnings can help you pay off bills or build up savings. Here's how to get started.

Difficulty: Moderately Easy


Things You'll Need:

free yahoo or gmail email account

PO Box

ebay account

spare time

Step 1

Set up a free email account to keep your sweepstakes correspondence separate from your other business and personal accounts. Receiving more spam is a side effect of entering contests. You may also want to consider renting a separate PO box to contain all the junk mail you're about to get!

Step 2

Use internet search engines to find contests online. Google key words and phrases such as "sweepstakes," "enter to win," "no purchase necessary," "promotional giveaway," and "contest" to find sources of prizes. The more you enter, the higher your chances of winning, so make sure to enter many many contests!

Step 3

Don't forget to enter contests whose prizes are not cash. If you win a product, you can sell it on ebay or amazon for good money, especially if it is a new item.

Step 4

You have a better chance of winning a more obscure contest than a well known one, say Publisher's Clearing House for example. Also read the fine print to make sure no purchase or other obligation is required. You want to make money, not spend it.

Step 5

Look for promotional giveaways that offer products or free samples without a contest. If you collect 10-15 free samples of a similar product, cosmetics for example, you can sell the bundle of samples on ebay for $$.

Step 6

Besides finding sweepstakes and contests online, you can often find offers and prize drawings in grocery stores, malls, and fairs. Fill out all the cards you see, especially the ones for big ticket items. Think of what you could do if you won a new car or dream vacation. Remember, if you don't have a use for the items you win, you can sell them.

Step 7

Another source of prizes is radio contests. If you have a radio station in your area that does a lot of drawings, give them a call between filling out forms.

Step 8

Remember that many contests are just an attempt to collect names and addresses, that's why it's important to have a separate email and PO box. Don't give out any personal info besides your first and last name, email, and PO box address. Avoid giving your phone number if you can, or use your work phone. When you win, you will most likely be contacted by email or mail.

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I seeked out the answers to this when I moved to quebec. Pretty much any contest in canada includes quebec. It's the US contests where we get burned. Most US contests are only available to citizens of the US but when they include canadians, they exclude the quebecers.

speaking of them US contests, they usually exclude Hawaii. I wonder why that is?

edit: got the answer using internets

Commonly seen in the eligibility section of sweepstakes rules, "Continental US" refers to all of the United States on the North American continent. The Continental United States includes 49 states, all of them except Hawaii.

Hawaii is often excluded from sweepstakes because of the high price of shipping and/or airfare.

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