Iowa Suspends Promotion Of Free Tuition Drawing

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Legal concerns have forced the University of Iowa to suspend a promotion offering free tuition to five randomly selected students who purchased 2014 football season tickets.

Athletic Director Gary Barta decided to temporarily shutter the offer after questions were raised about whether it complies with state raffle laws.

Iowa says the free tuition package is worth roughly $8,000. The prize could also be used to cover fees, books and related supplies for the upcoming fall and spring semesters.

The Hawkeyes were also planning prizes such as $500 in school supplies and $1,000 gift cards to a local grocery store chain in an effort to boost lagging student ticket sales. Iowa has seen those numbers drop from 10,000 to roughly 7,000 in less than two years.

The Hawkeyes, who rank among the favorites to win the new Big Ten West, open the season August 30th against Northern Iowa.

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