I have tried to find a RCW or WAC regarding expiration dates for golf tournament prizes but I have not been able to find anything. The prize is to be used only in the golf club's pro shop.
I would appreciate any assistance with this question.
Your question hinges on the terms of the prize. Did you receive written rules/terms related to the prize you won? I assume the prize is a gift certificate, since you said it can only be used in the pro shop. If you pay money for a gift certificate, then it cannot expire. However, certain prizes contain terms that require the winner to comply with requirements in order to redeem the prize. Failure to comply with the requirements of the rules may mean the prize isn't awarded or cannot be used.
Review the terms of the prize. Discuss the terms with the golf tournament director(s) to see if you can sort this out. If you have any additional questions related to your rights under those terms, contact an attorney to discuss.
The answer to your question will depend upon the terms of the contract--which may consist of rules and regulations relating to the tournament. If there is a substantial amount at stake, you should consult with an attorney right away to determine your rights. If it a nominal amount, you may be able to handle it by speaking with the promoter or sponsor. Good luck.
In other states, it could potentially expire, assuming you did not pay-in to the tournament. I couldn't answer as to Washington specific law, however. You probably will want a gaming attorney to review this, because I'd expect the answer to a scenario like this would be found in case law, rather than statute.
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