I was in my local the grocery store and saw the above sign. I stood on my tiptoes read the fine print. Not wanting to purchase 4 products I didn’t need at the moment, I went to Customer Service. I asked for a copy of The Official Rules as outlined. I was handed the weekly flyer as they stated they didn’t get any rules.
This was all that was written on the flyer. The exact same text as on the display signage.
The Fine Print
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of Ontario who have reached the age of majority on the date they enter the contest. Enrollment in the Air Miles Reward Program is required. To enter the contest with a purchase, swipe your AIR MILES card at the checkout at the time of purchase of any 4 participating products at any of the participating Foodland, Sobey’s or Sobey’s Urban Fresh stores. The Contest runs from May 5, 2017 and ends on June 1, 2017. There is 1 grand prize to be won. The grand prize consists of 500,000 AIR MILES Reward Miles. There are 6 secondary prizes to be won. The secondary prizes consist of 6 individual prizes of 50,000 Air Miles Reward Miles each. These will be split evenly at 3 prizes per Sobey’s and 3 prizes per Foodland banner respectively. The prizes have no equivalent cash value, are non-transferable and no substitutions be made. The approximate retail value of AIR MILES Reward Miles depends on the chosen method of redemption and available reward options at the time of redemption. Selected entrants must correctly answer a skill testing question. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received during the contest period. List of participating products and full contest rules available at participating stores. Trademarks of AIR MILES International Trading B.V. Used under license by LoyaltyOne, Co. and Sobeys Capital Incorporated.
The Official Rules
I did a few Google searches and could not locate a set of rules online. My mistake was dropping the ball and not contacting the sponsor earlier to get a copy of The Official Rules sent to me. I did ask a colleague who is a Canadian promotional lawyer. His legal info, not legal advice, reply was, and I am paraphrasing … all rules generally need an alternative means of entry as listed in the Criminal Code … the whole AMOE discussion can be a little tricky depending on the facts, but yes, generally sponsors include one to be safe …
In the end I didn’t enter. Next time I will take immediate No Purchase action. The odds on a purchase contest with virtually no means of finding the official rules would be fantastic.
What do you do when you find you can’t legally enter?