I wouldn’t have believed it but I saw it with my own two eyes. I was checking the ad proofs for my theater in BYU’s Daily Universe and there it was, a quarter page ad promoting a lottery at the BYU Bookstore.
The ad reads "We make buying gas BEARable", win $100 Gas Card, Polar Bears, 20 oz. Coke. Have your coke Card stamped…receive a free 20oz drink and enter your card to win! Drawings held every Monday, starting November 7, and ending December 13.
If I understand a lottery, it requires me to purchase something for the chance of getting something more valuable in return. This is a plain and clear lottery to me. It requires me to purchase 9 Coke products, I then get a free 20 oz. drink (not a lottery, just a nice freebie) but then after I’ve made these 9 purchases I enter my card to a chance to win a Polar Bear or a $100 gas card.
Ok, I understand Coke is behind this, putting up prized, but still is it right for BYU to promote it? It seems to me, considering the church’s POLICY against us participating in lotteries, or any type of gambling that this is a bit hypocritical.
Plus I just like being picky about these kinds of things!