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2. ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible to enter the Contest, you must be: (1) above the age of majority in the country, state, province or jurisdiction of residence (or at least twenty years old in Taiwan) at the time of entry; (2) not a resident of Italy, Brazil, Quebec, Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea, or Sudan; (3) not a person or entity under U.S. export controls or sanctions; and (4) have access to the Internet as of July 22, 2014

I wonder why Italy, Brazil, and Quebec are included. The other countries are under special sanctions regimes already but I can't think of a good reason to exclude these three or why the contest would be considered illegal there.

These jurisdictions likely have special laws regarding contests with prizes. For example: http://business.financialpost.com/2011/09/08/why-many-contes...

"These handcuffs and regulations are for your protection."

Brazil has some laws quite similar to that. And certainly another entire set of problems our governemnt would put over the winner if he lived here.

Even contests in Canada are either in Quebec or outside it, for the most part. I don't know the specifics, but there is an extra regulatory hurdle of some sort in Quebec that isn't always worth it.

All contests in Quebec have to go through Loto-Quebec. They are a public organisation overlooking all that is related to lottery like casinos, raffles, scratch cards, bingo and all that. They must check every contest and that is a lot of work. They ask for 5% of the main prize in a contest, even if it is an international event in which quebecers have a slim chance to win. This policy was not a problem before the internet.

What's the consequence if a Quebecer participates in/wins a non-approved overseas contest? Clearly Loto-Quebec can't actually do anything to the contest runner; would they bring charges against the contestant, confiscate the prize money, what?

They wouldn't win. When going to claim the prize money, the contest runner would see where they are from and likely invalidate the win.

That doesn't answer my question. A non-Canadian contest runner how no legal reason to ban Quebecers, correct? Obviously it's not good practice to let people into your contest if their government forbids it, but some contest runners might lack integrity and others might lack the legal knowledge/experience to even be aware of the problem, so it's certainly possible for someone to at least attempt payout to a Quebecer. What happens then?

I believe Italy has a 30% tax due from the competition promoter.

Thanks for the detailed replies folks.

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