Last May, Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation opened a contest to help support the parks. It read in part, “Make a $25 donation to support 100 years of Texas State Parks and you could take home a Toyota Tundra TRD Pro plus extras from YETI, Solo Stove, PAKMULE, Tecovas, SWAROVSKI OPTIK, Turtlebox, PECOS Outdoor and more.” Sounds like a raffle, huh? Well, NO, you don’t need to “donate” anything and still have an equal chance to be the winner. But you’ve got to act no later than this Sunday, October 22, and there’s a catch even there. But still, you could win.
You could win more than a truck
What’s the prize package? In addition to a NEW Toyota Tundra pickup truck, you could win these other goodies: A YETI cooler, cargo carriers, luggage and drinkware (valued at $1,625); PECOS Outdoors Table (valued at $689); Swarovski Optik Binoculars (valued at $1,500); TurtleBox Audio Speaker (valued at $399); SoloStove Fire Pit Bundle (valued at $900); Tecovas Boots Package (valued at $600); and finally, a PakMule Cargo Carrier (valued at $695).
Really, no donation required
So what’s the tricky bit about the $25 donation? Well, as you might expect, it’s a bit of a come-on. Those who send the foundation a $25 (or larger) donation are “automatically entered” in the drawing for all this swag. However, those who don’t want to cough up $25, or any amount for that matter, can still enter the drawing, and you could win. How’s that work? Here’s the quote from the official rules:
“You may also enter the Sweepstakes without making a contribution by mailing a postcard with your name, address, and valid email (winner will be notified by email) to:
“Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation
Attn: Sweepstakes Entry
2914 Swiss Avenue
Dallas, TX 75204”
Here’s the tricky part
Now, here’s where it gets tricky. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on October 22, 2023. Since the deadline is Sunday, you’ll need to have your postcard delivered before that date, which probably means by this Friday. So, really, if you want to do the “no donation” route, you’ll need to hustle into the post office now.
If you don’t mind making the donation, then you can log on to the website, make your donation, and be automatically entered. You’ll have into Sunday to do that.
In either event, BE SURE to log into the website and read the official rules. You’ll be opening yourself up to various things, including putting yourself on a mailing system for future informational campaigns. You could win – but only if you follow the rules.