Rules and Regulations

The Southern Illinois Ducky Derby Dash (“Derby”) is a random drawing raffle; it is sponsored by and all net proceeds benefit Special Olympics Illinois (“Sponsor”), 605 E. Willow, Normal, IL 61761. Sponsor is a registered 501(c)(3).

The Derby is open to persons age 18 and over, unless noted otherwise. Employees of Sponsor are not eligible to win. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are binding and final on matters relating to this sweepstakes. All federal, state and local laws apply. Void where prohibited. Raffle purchases are not tax deductible.

To enter, eligible entrants must purchase a raffle chance (adopt a duck) online at, at race site, via mail by form available from Sponsor, in person through Sponsor or affiliate, or through promotional partners. Online entries must be received by September 3, 2023. Adoptions may be suspended at any time by Sponsor. Completed form and payment may be mailed to Special Olympics Illinois, 2300 W. Main St. Suite C, Carbondale, IL 62959 and must be received by August 26, 2023 to be considered eligible. Entries received after the deadline will be processed as a donation to Special Olympics Illinois.

Odds of winning depend on total number of qualified entries. A minimum of 5,000 rubber ducks will be launched into the Lake at approximately 3pm on Sunday, September 23, 2023 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in Du Quoin, Illinois. Date and location are subject to change without notice. No attempt to free or interfere with any duck will be permitted, unless deemed necessary by Sponsor. Sponsor reserves the right to manually maneuver rubber ducks along the course and terminate the race and determine the winners by random selection. Only rubber ducks provided by Sponsor will be entered, and all ducks remain the property of Sponsor.

Prizes will be awarded in order to eligible entrants, as name appears on adoption form or online entry, whose entry number corresponds with number of the first three (3) rubber ducks in order of finish, a middle duck, and the last duck to cross the finish line.

Winner need not be present to win. Winners will be notified by telephone, email or U.S. mail at the phone, email or address indicated on entry form or provided online. Winners will be announced on Special Olympics website at as soon as all the winners have been verified. In the case of insufficient contact information and/or if Sponsor is unable to contact winner and if winner does not contact Sponsor to claim prize within 15 days (September 18, 2023) of race date at 2300 W. Main St. Suite C, Marion, IL , or if winner is deemed ineligible to win, Sponsor may select alternate winner through random drawing of entries.

By entering, winners consent to use of name, address and likeness for advertising, promotion and publicity purposes without additional compensation. No substitutions, cash equivalent prizes, transfer or exchange of prizes will be provided in lieu of prizes. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute if advertised prizes become unavailable.

Sponsor reserves the right to cancel the Derby or change any element thereof, with or without notice, at any time, for any reason. Should the Derby be cancelled at any time for any reason, Sponsor reserves the right to select winners in a random drawing from among entries received.

Entrants agree to be bound by these Rules and all decisions of Sponsor are final and binding. Each entrant agrees to release, indemnify and hold harmless Special Olympics Illinois, Sponsors, their respective parents, subsidiaries and affiliates and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents from and against any liability, action, loss, damage or claim arising in any way from participation in or administration of this Raffle or with respect to the awarding, receipt, possession, use and/or misuse of any prize.

Except as specified below, all logos are registered trademarks of Sponsor and use is prohibited without Sponsor’s express written consent.