Nine rejects allegations Today’s Block of Cash giveaway is a scam

Nine has rejected allegations put forward in an online petition which suggest its Today Show Block of Cash giveaway is a scam.

Yesterday’s winner of the $130,000 cash prize Josh Huxley, of Halekulani, just north of Wyong on New South Wales’ Central Coast appeared on camera shortly after he answered his phone with the ‘I wake up with Today’ catchphrase.

For one viewer, Coralie Allan from Gilston in Queensland, this proves the competition is a “scam”.

In a petition, Allan states: “This call is supposed to be random. A television crew in presence, in his house belies this claim.

“20 minutes before the supposed ‘random’ call, the hosts of the show were encouraging people to call in and enter as there was supposedly still time to be in the draw. The terms and conditions on their website, state that “Competition days close 16:30 AEDT each Sun-Thurs up until 18/05/17. Draws at 17:00 AEDT/AEST on each competition day. Cash calls made following day Mon-Fri up until 19/05/17. Yet on the morning of 10/05/2017, the hosts were encouraging people to ring in and enter at a cost of $0.55 cents per call or sms, knowing that the competition for that draw had closed.”

Allan argues yesterday’s segment breaches Australian Competition and Consumer Commission rules which state “you must not engage in conduct that is likely to mislead or deceive” and “you must not make false or misleading claims or statements”.

“Clearly, there has been a breach of both in this case,” Allan argues on the petition.

“1. The competition was closed – yet Channel 9 was still making money from people calling in up until the actual segment.

“2. The winner was chosen in advance – so entrants were disadvantaged from the beginning and there entries were null and void, in spite of having paid for them, as evidenced by the ‘planted’ TV crew in attendance.”

Allan is demanding Channel Nine “refund all monies to entrants for the Block of Cash Giveaway considering the false claims made regarding the fairness of the competition at entrants expense”.

Nine has rejected Allan’s claims, with a spokesperson stating: “The competition is run in accordance with clearly stated terms and conditions to protect all entrants and ensure fairness in the operations”.

 “As a live television show, when it is possible to have a crew in the vicinity of the call recipient, and if they answer the call correctly, we are able to capture the reaction as soon as possible,” the TV network’s statement reads.

 “Often, the public is unaware of the presence of a crew because the call is not answered in time. When there is a moment of joy to be shared, we endeavour to do so with our viewers.”

The statement does not address Allan’s concerns over the Today Show hosts urging audience members to call in to enter the draw despite the winners having already been drawn from the entry pool.


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