Why am I being charged $25 to enter the lottery?

In recent years, we have noticed more and more people entering our lottery that are more interested in saying they entered than actually doing the race. For example, in 2013, only 60% of those selected in the first round actually accepted their lottery win.  This means that upwards of 600 people were accepted in the first round of the lottery and decided not to accept. We know that special circumstances keep some from being able to accept the lottery win, but 40% is a high percentage.  No to mention it hurts those who really want in and are not accepted because 600 people entered for the sake of entering and not to actually participate.

 

So by charging a small fee we hope to deter those who do not have a serious interest in participating in the race. Not everyone is going to agree with this, but it has shown to be effective in increasing the acceptance ratio for the lottery.

Please note, we only allow ONE lottery entry per person. Any duplicate lottery entries will be deleted and we will NOT refund the lottery fee for duplicate entries.

If I am not selected in the lottery, does this fee apply to next year?
No, if you are not selected, you lose this money.

If I am selected but decide not to accept the lottery win, can I get my money back or apply it to next year?
No, if you are selected but do not accept the lottery win, you lose this money.

If I am selected but miss the race registration deadline, can I get my money back or apply it to next year?
No, if you are selected and do not register before the deadline, you lose this money.

If I am not selected but get into the race another way (qualify, Escape Academy, charity entry, etc), can I apply this to my registration fees?
No, if you are not selected in the lottery, you lose this money.