Dave is having a contest for a Playstation 3 he bought way back when they were crazy expensive on craigslist.

Basically you send him 1$ in paypal and you get 1 raffle ticket. When 750 are sold the script does a select random from the database and chooses the winner.

The funny thing is he left my house about and coded it while on the road from his EVDO Sprint conneciton on his laptop. What are the odds off all the tickets being sold before he reaches home in 5 hours?

Update: Dave made it home and its sold 402 tickets. Not a sellout but pretty impressive

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38 thoughts on “Win A PS3 From Dillsmack”
  1. Sounds like a great contest…would love a PS3. But is this “raffle” legal? Are you allowed to sell tickets to something like this?

  2. I think it is a pretty cool contest, and pretty generous to boot. If it does not reach $750 (it will) does that mean the contest will not commence?

  3. sounds simular to the guy that started the donate a dollar on his geocities years ago and ended up getting over like a million off dollar donations.

  4. Yeah, nice plan. I think I’m going to have to make me one of these…after I win the PS3 😀

  5. Awesome idea for a contest! Raffles are always fun! I think I might have a try, too. 🙂

  6. very nice idea. I just bought a couple of tickets. I think this won’t be the last contest held in that fashion. At least I hope so 🙂

  7. Selling crack isn’t legal either, but that doesn’t stop certain individuals from doing it…

  8. In my state you have to register a raffle for it to be legal. I do not know if there are any federal laws regarding them.

  9. I sure hope it gets up to $750 soon, I have my fingers crossed. I have not really mastered a game since One of the last Tony Hawk games, but I am kind of excited to get back into it…;)

  10. I guess anyone can do this and even make a profit if they bought it at regular price.

  11. Yeah. This is pretty much illegal. Unless you are registered with the State Attorney General. Here is an example from the California State Attorney General.


    Only a charitable trust organization i.e. non profit can hold a raffle. B/c it goes against the gaming laws. B/c if it’s not regulated by the state, then they don’t have to report it and the gaming commission of the state usually like to lay down the law. But yeah good luck to all. =)

  12. One thing that always amazes me is how much time people will put into debating on legalities of a issue while people make money… reminds me of when youtube started.

  13. The legality of such a contest is so minimal, especially on the interweb….what venue would prosecute such a thing? The state of Dillsmack or the winner etc?

    No one would go after after such a small raffle anyways…Congrats to the winner!

  14. Did someone think that the same thin could be done with the same prize every day. Just the winner will be the person organizing the contest:)
    I am not saying that someone is cheating but it is possible that there will be someone like this.

  15. Which state is he running the raffle from? The law does change state to state, but the internet is a pretty large gray area if I remember correctly so he should be fine.

  16. Actually that would never work. Reputation is kind of like a chicken and the egg thing.

    1) people only purchased tickets because they know or know of dillsmack.

    2) people know dillsmack would not risk his reputation for 750$

  17. One thing to point out – this kind of thing, especially if done on a regular basis, could cause legal problems in some juristictions. Its a lottery / gambling of sorts.

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