100.16(2) (2)This section does not apply to an in-pack chance promotion if all of the following are met:
100.16(2)(a) (a) Participation is available, free and without purchase of the package, from the retailer or by mail or toll-free telephone request to the sponsor for entry or for a game piece.
100.16(2)(b) (b) The label of the promotional package and any related advertising clearly states any method of participation and the scheduled termination date of the promotion.
100.16(2)(c) (c) The sponsor on request provides a retailer with a supply of entry forms or game pieces adequate to permit free participation in the promotion by the retailer's customers.
100.16(2)(d) (d) The sponsor does not misrepresent a participant's chances of winning any prize.
100.16(2)(e) (e) The sponsor randomly distributes all game pieces and maintains records of random distribution for at least one year after the termination date of the promotion.
100.16(2)(f) (f) All prizes are randomly awarded if game pieces are not used in the promotion.
100.16(2)(g) (g) The sponsor provides on request of a state agency a record of the names and addresses of all winners of prizes valued at $100 or more, if the request is made within one year after the termination date of the promotion.
100.16 History History: 1981 c. 351; 1997 a. 253.
100.16 Annotation A plan whereby a soft drink company would include with specified purchases a coupon for a Wisconsin lottery ticket that the customer could redeem at a retail lottery outlet would violate this section. 77 Atty. Gen. 303.
100.17 100.17 Guessing contests. No person or persons or corporations in their own name or under any assumed trade name, with intent to defraud, shall advertise or represent in printing or writing of any nature, any enigma, guessing or puzzle contest, offering to the participants therein any premium, prize or certificate entitling the recipient to a credit upon the purchase of merchandise in any form whatsoever; nor shall any person or corporation in the printing or writing, advertising or setting forth any such contests, fail to state definitely the nature of the prizes so offered; nor shall any person or corporation fail to state clearly upon all evidences of value issued as a result of such contest in the form of credit certificates, credit bonds, coupons, or other evidences of credit in any form whatsoever, whether the same are redeemable in money or are of value only as a credit upon the purchase of merchandise; nor shall any person or corporation issue to any person as a result of any such contest, any instrument in the form of a bank check or bank draft or promissory note or any colorable imitation of any of the foregoing; nor shall any person or corporation refuse or fail to award and grant the specific prizes offered to the persons determined to be entitled thereto under the terms of such contest, or fail to redeem any credit certificate, credit bonds, coupons or other evidences of credit issued as a result of any such contest, according to the terms thereof.
100.171 100.171 Prize notices.
100.171(1)(1)Definitions. In this section:
100.171(1)(a) (a) “Prize" means a gift, award or other item or service of value.
100.171(1)(b)1.1. “Prize notice" means a notice given to an individual in this state that satisfies all of the following:
100.171(1)(b)1.a. a. Is or contains a representation that the individual has been selected or may be eligible to receive a prize.
100.171(1)(b)1.b. b. Conditions receipt of a prize on a payment from the individual or requires or invites the individual to make a contact to learn how to receive the prize or to obtain other information related to the notice.
100.171(1)(b)2. 2. “Prize notice" does not include any of the following:
100.171(1)(b)2.a. a. A notice given at the request of the individual.
100.171(1)(b)2.b. b. A notice informing the individual that he or she has been awarded a prize as a result of his or her actual prior entry in a game, drawing, sweepstakes or other contest, if the individual is awarded the prize stated in the notice.
100.171(1)(b)2.c. c. A notice given in the form of an in-pack chance promotion if it meets the requirements of s. 100.16 (2).
100.171(1)(c) (c) “Solicitor" means a person who represents to an individual that the individual has been selected or may be eligible to receive a prize.
100.171(1)(d) (d) “Sponsor" means a person on whose behalf a solicitor gives a prize notice.
100.171(1)(e) (e) “Verifiable retail value" of a prize means:
100.171(1)(e)1. 1. A price at which the solicitor or sponsor can demonstrate that a substantial number of the prizes have been sold by a person other than the solicitor or sponsor in the trade area in which the prize notice is given.
100.171(1)(e)2. 2. If the solicitor or sponsor is unable to satisfy subd. 1., no more than 1.5 times the amount the solicitor or sponsor paid for the prize.
100.171(2) (2)Written prize notice required. If a solicitor represents to an individual that the individual has been selected or may be eligible to receive a prize, the solicitor may not request, and the solicitor or sponsor may not accept, a payment from the individual in any form before the individual receives a written prize notice that contains all of the information required under sub. (3) (a) presented in the manner required under sub. (3) (b) to (f).
100.171(3) (3)Delivery and contents of written prize notices.
100.171(3)(a)(a) A written prize notice shall contain all of the following information presented in the manner required under pars. (b) to (f):
100.171(3)(a)1. 1. The name and address of the solicitor and sponsor.
100.171(3)(a)2. 2. The verifiable retail value of each prize the individual has been selected or may be eligible to receive.
100.171(3)(a)3. 3. If the notice lists more than one prize that the individual has been selected or may be eligible to receive, a statement of the odds the individual has of receiving each prize.
100.171(3)(a)4. 4. Any requirement or invitation for the individual to view, hear or attend a sales presentation in order to claim a prize, the approximate length of the sales presentation and a description of the property or service that is the subject of the sales presentation.
100.171(3)(a)5. 5. Any requirement that the individual pay shipping or handling fees or any other charges to obtain or use a prize.
100.171(3)(a)6. 6. If receipt of the prize is subject to a restriction, a statement that a restriction applies, a description of the restriction and a statement containing the location in the notice where the restriction is described.
100.171(3)(a)7. 7. Any limitations on eligibility.
100.171(3)(b)1.1. The verifiable retail value and the statement of odds required in a written prize notice under par. (a) 2. and 3. shall be stated in immediate proximity to each listing of the prize in each place the prize appears on the written prize notice and shall be in the same size and boldness of type as the prize.
100.171(3)(b)2. 2. The statement of odds shall include, for each prize, the total number of prizes to be given away and the total number of written prize notices to be delivered. The number of prizes and written prize notices shall be stated in Arabic numerals. The statement of odds shall be in the following form: “.... (number of prizes) out of.... written prize notices".
100.171(3)(b)3. 3. The verifiable retail value shall be in the following form: “verifiable retail value: $....".
100.171(3)(c) (c) If an individual is required to pay shipping or handling fees or any other charges to obtain or use a prize, the following statement shall appear in immediate proximity to each listing of the prize in each place the prize appears in the written prize notice and shall be in not less than 10-point boldface type: “YOU MUST PAY $.... IN ORDER TO RECEIVE OR USE THIS ITEM."
100.171(3)(d) (d) The information required in a written prize notice under par. (a) 4. shall be on the first page of the written prize notice in not less than 10-point boldface type. The information required under par. (a) 6. and 7. shall be in not less than 10-point boldface type.
100.171(3)(e) (e) If a written prize notice is given by a solicitor on behalf of a sponsor, the name of the sponsor shall be more prominently and conspicuously displayed than the name of the promoter.
100.171(3)(f) (f) A solicitor or sponsor may not do any of the following:
100.171(3)(f)1. 1. Place on an envelope containing a written prize notice any representation that the person to whom the envelope is addressed has been selected or may be eligible to receive a prize.
100.171(3)(f)2. 2. Deliver a written prize notice that contains language, or is designed in a manner, that would lead a reasonable person to believe that it originates from a government agency, public utility, insurance company, consumer reporting agency, debt collector or law firm unless the written prize notice originates from that source.
100.171(3)(f)3. 3. Represent directly or by implication that the number of individuals eligible for the prize is limited or that an individual has been selected to receive a particular prize unless the representation is true.
100.171(4) (4)Sales presentations. If a prize notice requires or invites an individual to view, hear or attend a sales presentation in order to claim a prize, the sales presentation may not begin until the solicitor does all of the following:
100.171(4)(a) (a) Informs the individual of the prize, if any, that has been awarded to the individual.
100.171(4)(b) (b) If the individual has been awarded a prize, delivers to the individual the prize or the item selected by the individual under sub. (5) if the prize is not available.
100.171(5) (5)Prize award required; options if prize not available.
100.171(5)(a)(a) A solicitor who represents to an individual in a written prize notice that the individual has been awarded a prize shall provide the prize to the individual unless the prize is not available. If the prize is not available, the solicitor shall provide the individual with any one of the following items selected by the individual:
100.171(5)(a)1. 1. Any other prize listed in the written prize notice that is available and that is of equal or greater value.
100.171(5)(a)2. 2. The verifiable retail value of the prize in the form of cash, a money order or a certified check.
100.171(5)(a)3. 3. A voucher, certificate or other evidence of obligation stating that the prize will be shipped to the individual within 30 days at no cost to the individual.
100.171(5)(b) (b) If a voucher, certificate or other evidence of obligation delivered under par. (a) 3. is not honored within 30 days, the solicitor shall deliver to the individual the verifiable retail value of the prize in the form of cash, a money order or a certified check. The sponsor shall make the payment to the individual if the solicitor fails to do so.
100.171(6) (6)Compliance with other laws. Nothing in this section shall be construed to permit an activity prohibited by s. 945.02 (3).
100.171(7) (7)Penalties.
100.171(7)(a) (a) Whoever violates this section may be required to forfeit not less than $100 nor more than $5,000 for each violation.
100.171(7)(b) (b) Whoever intentionally violates this section is guilty of a Class I felony. A person intentionally violates this section if the violation occurs after the department or a district attorney has notified the person by certified mail that the person is in violation of this section.
100.171(8) (8)Enforcement. The department shall investigate violations of this section. The department or any district attorney may on behalf of the state:
100.171(8)(a) (a) Bring an action for temporary or permanent injunctive or other relief in any court of competent jurisdiction for any violation of this section. The court may, upon entry of final judgment, award restitution when appropriate to any person suffering loss because of a violation of this section if proof of such loss is submitted to the satisfaction of the court.
100.171(8)(b) (b) Bring an action in any court of competent jurisdiction for the penalties authorized under sub. (7).
100.171(9) (9)Private action. In addition to any other remedies, a person suffering pecuniary loss because of a violation by another person of this section may bring an action in any court of competent jurisdiction and shall recover all of the following:
100.171(9)(a) (a) The greater of $500 or twice the amount of the pecuniary loss.
100.171(9)(b) (b) Costs and reasonable attorney fees, notwithstanding s. 814.04.
100.171 History History: 1991 a. 269, 315; 1995 a. 27; 1997 a. 111 s. 28; Stats. 1997 s. 100.171; 1997 a. 283; 2001 a. 109.
100.171 Annotation The purpose of this section is to regulate certain conduct targeted at individuals. Thus, the only reasonable interpretation of the term “violation," as used in sub. (7) (a), is that each failure to provide an individual with the information required by sub. (3) (a) constitutes a separate violation of the statute. In this case, the defendant sent over 460,000 postcards to Wisconsin consumers that did not contain the required disclosures. On these facts, each postcard constituted a separate violation of this section. State v. Going Places Travel Corporation, 2015 WI App 42, 362 Wis. 2d 414, 864 N.W.2d 885, 14-1859.
100.173 100.173 Ticket refunds.
100.173(1)(1)In this section:
100.173(1)(a) (a) “Originally scheduled date" means the date on which an entertainment or sporting event is scheduled to be held when a ticket for the event is purchased from the promoter of the event or the promoter's agent.
100.173(1)(b) (b) “Promoter" means a person who arranges, publicly promotes and causes the public offering for sale of tickets to an entertainment or sporting event. “Promoter" does not include a person whose only financial interest in an entertainment or sporting event is as a ticket seller or as the recipient of rental income for the site of the event.
100.173(1)(c) (c) “Sporting event" does not include a competitive sports activity between school teams or between teams that belong to an established sports league.
100.173(2) (2)
100.173(2)(a)(a) Except as provided in pars. (b), (c) and (d), every promoter of an entertainment or sporting event that is not held on the originally scheduled date shall refund to any person who purchased a ticket for the event from the promoter or the promoter's agent for that date the amount paid for the ticket, minus handling and service charges not exceeding $5 or 20 percent of the amount paid for the ticket, whichever is less, if any of the following applies:
100.173(2)(a)1. 1. The purchaser presents the ticket for an event that is canceled to the promoter or the promoter's agent no later than 90 days after the event is canceled.
100.173(2)(a)2. 2. The purchaser presents the ticket for an event that is rescheduled, or that the promoter represents to the public is being rescheduled, to the promoter or the promoter's agent no later than 30 days after the originally scheduled date.
100.173(2)(b) (b) Notwithstanding par. (a), and except as provided in par. (c), if the promoter of an entertainment or sporting event that is not held on the originally scheduled date is an organization described in section 501 (c) (3) of the internal revenue code that is exempt from federal income tax under section 501 (a) of the internal revenue code, the promoter shall be required to refund only that portion of the ticket price that the promoter attributes to the admission price of the event, minus handling and service charges not exceeding $5 or 20 percent of that portion of the ticket price, whichever is less, if all of the following apply:
100.173(2)(b)1. 1. The ticket states the portion of the ticket price that the promoter attributes to the admission price of the event and the portion of the ticket price that the promoter attributes to a donation.
100.173(2)(b)2. 2. The ticket states that the law applicable to ticket refunds applies only to the portion of the ticket price that the promoter attributes to the admission price of the event.
100.173(2)(c) (c) No promoter of an entertainment or sporting event who is required to give a ticket refund under this section may deduct service and handling charges from the amount paid for that ticket unless the ticket states, or the promoter informs the purchaser at the time of the ticket sale of, the amount that the promoter may deduct under par. (a) or (b) for handling and service charges.
100.173(2)(cm) (cm) Nothing in this subsection requires a promoter or promoter's agent to refund any amount paid by a purchaser for a service provided by the promoter or promoter's agent that is not included in the price of a ticket for an entertainment or sporting event, if the promoter or promoter's agent informs the purchaser when the service is purchased that the amount paid for the service is nonrefundable.
100.173(2)(d) (d) This subsection does not apply to any promoter of an entertainment or sporting event that is not held on the originally scheduled date because of inclement weather.
100.173(3) (3)Every promoter who is required to furnish a refund under sub. (2) shall furnish the refund to the purchaser no later than 60 days after presentation of the ticket by the purchaser to the promoter.
100.173(4) (4)The department shall investigate violations of this section. The department, or any district attorney upon informing the department, may, on behalf of the state, do any of the following:
100.173(4)(a) (a) Bring an action for temporary or permanent injunctive relief in any court of competent jurisdiction for any violation of this section. The relief sought by the department or district attorney may include the payment by a promoter into an escrow account of an amount estimated to be sufficient to pay for ticket refunds. The court may, upon entry of final judgment, award restitution when appropriate to any person suffering loss because of violations of this section if proof of such loss is submitted to the satisfaction of the court.
100.173(4)(b) (b) Bring an action in any court of competent jurisdiction for the recovery of a civil forfeiture against any person who violates this section in an amount not less than $50 nor more than $200 for each violation.
100.173 History History: 1991 a. 121; 1995 a. 27; 1997 a. 111 s. 8; Stats. 1997 s. 100.173.
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2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 20 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on November 11, 2019. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after November 11, 2019, are designated by NOTES. (Published 11-11-19)