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What section of the Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) permits

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What section of the Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) permits companies such as Publishers Clearing House to operate what is in effect a lottery, and make sales to Nevada residents. Would it be the same section of NRS or another that allows them and others to "not" be classified as a lottery?
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Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Business Law
Expert:  Thelawman2 replied 7 months ago.

Hello, my name is ***** ***** I will be helping you today. "Lottery" is defined in N.R.S. 462.105:

1. Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2, “lottery” means any scheme for the disposal or distribution of property, by chance, among persons who have paid or promised to pay any valuable consideration for the chance of obtaining that property, or a portion of it, or for any share or interest in that property upon any agreement, understanding or expectation that it is to be distributed or disposed of by lot or chance, whether called a lottery, raffle or gift enterprise, or by whatever name it may be known.

2. “Lottery” does not include a promotional scheme conducted by a licensed gaming establishment in direct association with a licensed gaming activity, contest or tournament.

3. For the purpose of this section, a person has not “paid or promised to pay any valuable consideration” by virtue of having:

(a) Engaged in or promised to engage in a transaction in which the person receives fair value for the payment;

(b) Accepted or promised to accept any products or services on a trial basis; or

(c) Been or promised to have been present at a particular time and place,

as the sole basis for having received a chance to obtain property pursuant to an occasional and ancillary promotion conducted by an organization whose primary purpose is not the operation of such a promotion.

Expert:  Thelawman2 replied 7 months ago.

If there is no payment by a person or promise to pay for the chance of obtaining property, then the organization could make the argument that the "sweepstakes" is not a lottery. For instance, if you just enter to win without having to pay anything, you would not fit the definition of "lottery".

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