What Prizes Can/Can't Be Given Away
Some things you may not be able to give as prizes:
- Smokes (MA, MI, VA)
- Gas (NJ, VA)
- Beer (many states)
- Milk (restricted in a number of states)
- iPad (formerly)
- Yankees tickets (because they may contain a no-transfer provision)
- Puppies (most states)
Some things you may be able to give as prizes:
I have not been able to confirm any sweepstakes giving away a "bump stock." But from recent published reports "bump stocks" are legal under current federal law, but not under a handful of state laws; so these can probably be given as prizes too.
Interestingly, there have been many calls to prohibit the giving away of goldfish as prizes: http://bit.ly/2yL3bBh; http://bit.ly/2hPj8n4; http://bit.ly/2wzEU0l; http://bit.ly/2yKMKVC; http://bit.ly/2xlttZL; http://bit.ly/2xYFxlY; http://bit.ly/2kqtZ7L; http://bit.ly/2gfHDGu.