Frequently Asked Questions
Why is this app called CliquePrize®? What does it mean?
Its honestly a play on words. Rather than Click Prize, we see our promotions as always being local and exclusive to a community - much like a Clique. Sometimes, our mobile app handles the hosting of Private Promotions on an invite-only basis. Those are even more selective as only Contestants that Sponsor invite can enter.
Regardless, it only takes 1 click to win a Sweepstakes (if you are picked) and the idea was to make entering promotions not only fun and easy but also local. Your odds of winning increase since the Promotions aren’t national and the prizes are also from local businesses in your area that you care about.
How much does CliquePrize® cost me?
Nothing. Contestants never pay for CliquePrize and its forever free for Contestants. In exchange for winning free prizes from Sponsors, you do however agree to receive marketing from Sponsors. You can, however, opt-out of Marketing emails or texts at any time.
As a Contestant, how do I use CliquePrize®? Is there any training provided?
Yes absolutely. Our brand new Contestant Training Video has all the step by step instructions on how to use the CliquePrize® iPhone mobile app as a Contestant. It’s approximately 17 minutes long.
What is the minimum age requirement to become a Contestant on CliquePrize® and can I enter from outside the USA?
- You must be at least 18 years old to create a CliquePrize® Contestant account and win a prize. This is because in most U.S. states that is the legal minimum age requirement to enter a sweepstakes. CliquePrize® is only available in the United States and thus only US citizens are eligible to create accounts on the app.
My zip code shows the wrong city? What gives?
CliquePrize® is designed for local giveaways and promotions. Your zip code is matched against the largest US city in your metro market. This is typically the largest city in your US county or nearest county. Think of the metro markets as groups. You belong to a group of zip codes in a particular metro market. Thus, you will see only giveaways and promotions that are targeted for your metro market. The label (the city listed next to the pindrop) that you see is the group you belong to.
Are there any tax implications for winning on CliquePrize®?
Not if the prize is valued under $600. Then, there's nothing to report to Uncle Sam. However, if the prize is over $600 in ARV (Approximate Retail Value) then US Federal Law requires a 1099 form issued to you from the Sponsor. All official rules on CliquePrize® are required to list the ARV based on market value at the time of the promotion. CliquePrize® does not offer any prizes from Sponsors with an ARV over $1000 as many US states require the Sponsor to post a public bond to secure the promotion in those instances.
Why is CliquePrize® only in 21 states plus Washington, DC?
We are still in our MVP phase. We plan to expand to all 50 US states by end of 2023. We started as a desktop website called HollywoodWin.com (2003) and eventually HollywoodPrize.com (2005) before evolving into the CliquePrize® (2019) mobile app. It took 19 years to launch and get to this point but we are very excited about the future. We started in Nashville, TN since this is where our new headquarters is located. CliquePrize® is live in TTN, TX, FL, CA, NY, NJ, PA, DE, NH, RI, VT, MA, CT, ME, DE, NC, SC, GA, HI, MD, VA and Washington DC.
What’s the difference between Sweepstakes (aka Giveaways) and Contests?
Giveaways or Sweepstakes are like lottos except lottos always give away cash prizes. CliquePrize never offers cash prizes from Sponsors. Regardless, Sweepstakes winners like lotto winners are selected at random. Your odds of winning are solely based on the number of Contestants.
Contests are based on merit or effort. A boxing match is an example of a contest. The winner is not selected randomly. On CliquePrize, our Most Popular or Highest Rated surveys, polls or video contests are what determines who is eligible to win. If there’s a tie, then and only then, will a random winner be selected of the contest winner.
I know how to trick CliquePrize® with alias emails and phone numbers to increase my odds of winning prizes. Won’t that work?
Doubtful. If you get caught, you’ll receive a lifetime ban from CliquePrize® unfortunately according to our User Terms. But CliquePrize® verifies the carrier of the mobile carrier attached to the mobile phone number prior to sending the text confirmation message. CliquePrize® only works with major US based mobile carriers. Virtual phone numbers, WhatsApp and various other digital VOIPs won’t work. Without that, your account will never be verified and you can’t win anything.
Can I Win More Than 1 (ONE) Prize?
Yes, but not from the same promotion. So if the Sponsor is offering more than 1 prize for a specific promotion, you can still only win a maximum of 1 (ONE) prize per promotion. However, you can win up to 1 (ONE) prize per promotion for as many promotions as you are entered into.
Why are some Promotions Private and some Public? What’s the difference?
Private promotions require a QR code or a 4 digit code to unlock. They are sent to you by the Sponsor on an invite-only basis. The reasons for these type of promotions vary but Events are commonly hosted on an invite-only basis for example. Public promotions are those promotions that anyone in the area (by Metro or zip code) can see and enter. There is nothing preventing all Contestants from entering a Public promotion.
Do you sell my information to other 3rd parties?
No. The only information we collect is the following 5 pieces of information: your First Name, Last Name, mobile number, email address and zip code except when you win a Physical prize. Then and only then do we store your home or shipping address temporarily to send you the prize. Once you receive the Physical prize, your shipping address on file gets deleted.
Nonetheless, the Sponsor can purchase (on an optional basis) those 5 pieces of your information after the Promotion is over. But only those Sponsors whose promotions you enter can purchase it and you have already opt-ed in to receive marketing information by virtue of entering that Sponsor’s promotion. You can always opt-out at any time and CliquePrize® never sell your information twice to the same Sponsor.
What are Publishers? Do I need to contact them?
Publishers are 3rd party webmasters or website owners who work only with Sponsors to send relevant traffic to their Promotions. Basically in the form of an affiliate link exchange. You, as the Contestant, will never have to deal directly with Publishers. So no, you will never need to contact them. However, you will see a Publisher’s website 90x90 banner image when you scroll down below the Promotion’s Prize Details page for a specific promotion. If you click on those banners, you will be taken to the Publisher’s website.
Who owns CliquePrize®?
CliquePrize® is a mobile app of the Cinnamon Entertainment Group LLC in Nashville, TN and founded by Rob Salerno, our President. While we own and operate 3 other websites in the recruitment, career & job industry (NJJobMarket.com, MobileWirelessJobs.com, BioTechPharmJobs.com) and one College Sports blog (DreamBackfield), this is our main Entertainment asset.
How secure is CliquePrize®?
CliquePrize® is hosted by Microsoft Azure cloud server technology. We are proud to say that Microsoft has a stellar reputation for web and app hosting. Nobody has successfully hacked Azure except for their database called Cosmos. Even Cosmos has seen the security flaw fixed and there is no evidence the flaw had been exploited by anyone.
What if other Contestants try to create false identities and alias accounts to increase their odds of winning prizes?
The likelihood of that happening is small. All Contestants have to verify a valid email address and mobile number on CliquePrize® in order to win. Since we only send SMS Text Messages to major US carriers (e.g. AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Spectrum Mobile, etc), it would be very difficult to verify a Contestant account using WhatsApp or any other virtual mobile phone service. Creating alias accounts will be discovered (if that happens) and the winner will be banned for life from CliquePrize® according to our Terms. It simply won’t be worth the effort since our prize values are always under $1000.
Why are the prize values always under $1000?
At $1000 or above, by US law in most states, Sponsors have to post a public bond to secure the prize. CliquePrize® does not offer bonded promotions so we know up front what the prize value is prior to launching every promotion. In fact, we vet the Sponsor and the prize prior to any Promotion going live on our platform.
Does CliquePrize® allow any Sponsor to run Promotions? What if the prize is a bait and switch?
Sponsors are vetted by the CliquePrize® staff prior to being accepted into our platform. Not just any Sponsor can get an account with us. We use a number of public sources to determine if the business is legitimate. If you spot any suspicious companies, tell us at contestants(at)cliqueprize.com The Sponsor is legally responsible to fulfill the original value of the prize. For example, the Sponsor can't advertise a FREE Dinner for TWO (2) in the promotion and then give the winner a pack of gum.