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Gamesville.com - Help - Questions About Prizes


How do prizes work on Gamesville?


Is Gamesville an online casino? (No) Is this gambling? (No) Is Gamesville free? (Yes!)

No, Gamesville is not an online casino. No, this is not gambling. Why? Because Gamesville web games are free to play. Since players never wager, bet, or risk their hard-earned money playing Gamesville web games -- they are not gambling.

Which begs the question...

How can Gamesville afford to pay out prizes, for free?

Gamesville.com went live on the Internet in 1996. Many people were delighted, others were a little skeptical. Some degree of skepticism about "free games for cash prizes" is to be expected: After all, many of us are taught that you never get something for nothing. Yet, Gamesville games such as Bingo Zone, Magic 21, Three-Eyed Bingo and Frantic Fish are totally free to play--you don't pay anything to register and you don't wager or risk anything to play and win real cash--so how does Gamesville make money?

Simple: We sell advertising and sponsorships on Gamesville. You, the players, play our games and as you play our games, you generate ad space that we sell to advertisers.

Can't understand how anyone can make money by giving money away? Ask that question of a game show like "Wheel of Fortune" or "The Price is Right". They'll tell you, it's all supported by advertising. In a very real way, our games are online -- and interactive -- game shows, operating on a similar kind of model to our TV counterparts. Except, instead of you watching a handful of contestants vie for a prize, you actually get to compete and win!

What kind of prizes does Gamesville give away?

At other games sites, which also offer prizes, a couple people may win water bottles and t-shirts or even four or five small cash prizes. Then, every so often, one person will win a gift certificate or a couple hundred dollars or even a few thousand dollars.

At Gamesville, it's never like that. Never, ever.

Gamesville has multiple games and sweepstakes that give away cash prizes every day of the week. Check our winners pages and you'll see we give away more cash prizes to more people than anyone else!

Do I have to pay taxes on my winnings?

All taxes, fees and surcharges on prizes are the sole responsibility of the game winners.
Gamesville, by law, may be required to withhold certain taxes or other assessments with respect to the prizes awarded on Gamesville and reserves the right to withhold any such applicable taxes with respect to such prizes.

Current IRS regulations require Gamesville to send 1099 Forms to all U.S. citizens who win more than $600 in any calendar year. Gamesville will send the forms within the first 45 days of the new year. The IRS also requires the reporting of any transaction involving more than $10,000.

To comply with these regulations, Gamesville may require winners to provide us with their social security numbers prior to the release of their winnings.

Non-U.S. residents are subject to United States tax withheld from winnings and are responsible for any local taxes. We must withhold the IRS foreign withholding tax for all non-U.S. winners, no matter the amount won, based on IRS regulations.

Can I play and win where I live?

Gamesville's free games are open to everyone 18 or older, with a computer and an Internet connection. Our free games with cash prizes, such as Bingo Zone or Magic 21, can be played by people worldwide but only residents of the 50 United States, Canada (excluding Quebec), and the United Kingdom who are 18 years of age (or the age of majority in their respective jurisdiction at the time of entry) are currently eligible to win cash prizes. (Be sure to check each game's official rules page to see if you're eligible.)

If some regions appear to have a higher concentration of cash winners, that is because they start off with a higher number of registered players. Statistically, the more players in a given area, the more winners you will find. However, on an individual basis, each player has as much of a chance to win as any other player.

Will clicking ads help me win?

No. Clicking ads will not increase your chances of winning any Gamesville game - ever.

What happens when I win?

When you win a prize at Gamesville, your member name will appear on the winners page for that game.

All winners are required to execute an affidavit confirming their mailing address and other information. For more information on this process, please see this FAQ: How Do I Claim My Prizes At Gamesville?

Are there limits on how much I can win?

There is no overall limit on how much you can win at Gamesville.com.

When I win, when will I receive my prize?

Winnings are paid as checks, in U.S. dollars within sixty (60) business days after Gamesville's receipt of the completed affidavit and release. It is probable that you will receive your money sooner, but please do allow this reasonable amount of time for it to be delivered to you. Please note that all checks are marked VOID after 90 days after issue date.

Note: Winnings checks are mailed via the U.S. postal service to the confirmed mailing address on file with Gamesville. If a potential winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim a prize, fails to register a proper and current mailing address with Gamesville, or fails to return a completed and executed affidavit and release, within sixty (60) days of the win event the prize will be forfeited.

Please be advised that any prize returned to us as undeliverable will be considered forfeited and will not be reissued -- so please make sure your address is correct! If you're not sure if your address is correct (or, "deliverable" as the U.S. Postal Service puts it) please confirm that the U.S. Postal Service understands your address by visiting their official site at zip4.usps.com. From that site (for free) you can enter your address and they will provide your ZIP + 4 in the results. Be sure to use that address format for your mailing address in our system. If you live in Canada, verify your address through canadapost.ca and if you're from the United Kingdom, verify your address through RoyalMail.com.

If more than 60 days have passed since you executed your affidavit of eligibility, please email prizes@gamesville.com and include real name, Gamesville member name, game you won on, and win date, and a member of our Prize Patrol will assist you in this matter.

Where can I see the lists of prize winners?

Each game on Gamesville that offers a prize or jackpot has a winners list associated with it. To view the winners for a particular game, go to that game's description or lobby page and click the "Winners" link in the area titled "Game Description", or click the link below: