So there’s this multi-state, multi-grocery store chain Monopoly contest running. I looked at the rules, and one of them stated that with the largest prizes, there was one set of “rare” stamps to collect in the set, and one “semi-rare.” I assume this means that, to give out three grand prizes, there are three rare stamps in circulation and, say, 30000 semi-rares or whatever, in comparison to, say, 3 million commons.
Now, I understand that companies deliberately “seed” the big winners in certain areas hoping for more business and publicity in those areas. This makes me wonder: is there anything legally stopping the company from deliberately “seeding” the rares and the semi-rares for the grand prize in completely different states, to reduce the chance of someone claiming it to almost zero? After all, nothing is stopping customers from shopping in different states, or collaborating with family members in different states, so it’s still possible to win, and even if distribution were completely random, it would still be vanishingly unlikely to be able to win shopping at just one store to begin with, never mind just one chain. But could they do that on purpose? Are they any under obligation to have a minimum threshold of winning likelihood?
(I do note that this assumes they don’t want to give the big prizes away, and are thus willing to lose out on publicity and generate suspicions like the one above, but I think it’s an okay one to make in this case.)