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Sweepstakes on Shabbat


Rabbi David Sperling

Iyyar 5, 5774
Hello, I sometimes complete online surveys to make a little extra money. After completing some surveys, I am sometimes entered into sweepstakes for free. My only problem with this is that sometimes I do not know when the drawing is going to be. My point is that the drawing could be on Shabbos. Is this permissible or is this a problem? And should I avoid those survey sites that have sweepstakes because the drawings could be on Shabbos or Yom Tov? And what if I find out that the drawing will be on Shabbos or Yom Tov what should I do? Thank you
Shalom, Thank you for your interesting question. I assume that you are referring to sites which are not particularly Jewish sites. If this is the case then there is no problem with being involved in their sweepstakes, even if they hold the raffle on Shabbat. The reason for this is that you are completing their survey questionnaire, on a weekday, and in order to encourage this, they offer to give a prize to some of those people who completed it. That they decide to hold the sweepstake on Shabbat, and even to send an e-mail to the winners on Shabbat, is purely their decision, and for their own convenience. Of course, you are not able to respond on break Shabbat in any way in order to collect the prize – but you may do so immediately after Shabbat is over. May you be successful in all your endeavors.
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