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lask
07-13-2000, 03:22 PM
Why is it that every time there is a sweepstakes or a contest of some sort, Quebec residents aren't allowed to enter?
Is it a language issue? Nobody wants to translate the rules into French? Tax issues? Does Loto-Quebec have some sort of monopoly in this domain?
I've always been a little miffed that I wasn't allowed to participate...

kellibelli
07-13-2000, 03:35 PM
They are too good for the prizes?

(ducks and runs)

Montfort
07-13-2000, 04:39 PM
Aren't there laws preventing games of chance? Quebeckers have to answer a complex question in addition to entering the contest so that it qualifies as a game of skill, instead of chance.

I don't know though, I'm just an American. :p

ookpik
07-13-2000, 04:45 PM
I've often wondered about this myself. It could have something to do with the fact that a winner must answer "skill-testing" questions in order to claim a prize.

On the other hand, it might just be that conforming with Bill 101 and translating all the rules, associated documentation and producing tickets in French is just too much of a pain in the ass.

AWB
07-13-2000, 04:50 PM
Originally posted by Montfort
Aren't there laws preventing games of chance? Quebeckers have to answer a complex question in addition to entering the contest so that it qualifies as a game of skill, instead of chance.

I don't know though, I'm just an American. :p

I don't think so. On my honeymoon in Montreal, I spent a night at a casino.

Arnold Winkelried
07-13-2000, 05:22 PM
This is a WAG.

Could it be that, for the sweepstakes to be valid, the information (and contest rules) would have to be translated into french, and some companies don't want to bother?

BobT
07-13-2000, 05:27 PM
I believe Montfort had the right answer. Quebec demands some sort of skill test. Some sweepstakes would get around this with questions like: "What is the capital of the United States?" or some easy math question.

I don't know if Quebec has cracked down on this or if the companies sponsoring the contests want to bother with this extra step.

Arnold Winkelried
07-13-2000, 05:45 PM
Doesn't the skill test apply to all Canadian residents?

Poysyn
07-13-2000, 06:47 PM
Sweepstakes in Canada always have to have a stupid skill-testing question. Dunno why.