Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! 20th Anniversary Sweepstakes Rules


Eligibility: This sweepstakes is open to all legal residents of the United States 18 years of age or older, except: (a) residents of Rhode Island, New York and Florida (unless residents of these excluded states also have a valid Maine residential address); and (b) officers, directors, trustees and employees of (i) Maine Public, (ii) PBS, (iii) NPR, (iv) PBS and NPR member stations, and (v) corporate underwriters of Maine Public, and members of their respective households and immediate family members. Compliance with the eligibility requirements will be determined solely by Maine Public. All Federal, State and local laws and regulations apply. Void wherever prohibited or restricted by law.

Sweepstakes Period

This sweepstakes will begin at 12:00 am Eastern Time on September 10, 2018, and end at 11:59 pm Eastern Time on September 23, 2018.


All eligible persons who make a contribution to Maine Public through the Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me 20th anniversary sweepstakes donation page during the sweepstakes period described above will be automatically entered in the sweepstakes. Persons may also contribute via telephone by calling 1-800-866-1475. Entries are limited to one per person. Making a contribution to Maine Public will not improve an individual's chance of winning.

No Contribution or Purchase Necessary

There is no contribution or purchase required to enter this sweepstakes. To enter the sweepstakes without making a contribution to Maine Public, persons must provide contact information through the Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me 20th anniversary sweepstakes non-donation form or by calling 1-800-866-1475, specifying that they would like to enter the Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me 20th anniversary sweepstakes without making a donation and providing their contact information over the phone. By entering, entrant agrees to be bound by the sweepstakes rules.

Determination of Winner and Awarding of Prize

Winner will be chosen on September 25, 2018 via a random drawing. Winner need not be present at the drawing to win. Winner will be notified by letter, telephone and/or e-mail. Winner must present proper proof of age, identity and Social Security Number, and complete an affidavit of eligibility and release of liability, and receipt in order to claim the prize. If for any reason Maine Public is unable to contact a prize winner on September 25, a winner fails to claim the prize within 24 hours of notification, or the winner is determined by Maine Public to be ineligible, that prize will be deemed forfeited, an alternate winner will be drawn, and the prize will be awarded to the alternate winner.


The prize package will include the following items:

  • Two (2) complimentary tickets to a special 20th anniversary Wait Wait… Don’t Tell me show at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago, Illinois on Thursday, October 25, 2018
  • Round trip airfare for two (2) to Chicago, Illinois
  • Hotel accommodations for two (2) nights in downtown Chicago

Prize is not redeemable for cash, exchangeable, or transferable. No substitutions for prize will be made. If any taxes are associated with the prize, the winner is responsible for their payment.

Estimated Value of Prize


Odds of Winning

Odds of winning are determined by the total number of entries received and cannot be projected. Only one prize will be awarded to any one winner.


Maine Public may use each winner’s name, address, and likeness without compensation in advertising or otherwise, and is released from any and all liability arising out of anyone’s participation in this sweepstakes, including the preparation and release of any information relating to any person’s participation in the sweepstakes, and all matters relating to any person’s acceptance and use of any prize. By participating in the sweepstakes, each entrant agrees to release and hold Maine Public and its trustees, employees and agents, and all prize suppliers harmless from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims, and actions of any kind in connection with the sweepstakes, or resulting from acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the prize, including, without limitation, personal injuries, death, and property damage.

For Additional Information: This sweepstakes is sponsored by WBEZ Chicago and promoted by Maine Public. For further details, please contact Curtis Chadbourne at cchadbourne@mainepublic.org or send a mail inquiry to Curtis Chadbourne at 63 Texas Ave. Bangor ME 04401.