Vermont recently amended its laws pertaining to contests and sweepstakes. Under the amended laws, requiring the payment of an entry fee or other consideration to participate in a skill contest or other promotion that is not based on chance is no longer prohibited in Vermont. Specifically, the amendment expressly provides that nothing in the relevant law "shall be construed to prohibit a person from requiring or paying any kind of entry fee, service charge, purchase, or similar consideration in order to enter, or continue to remain eligible for, a game of skill or other promotion that is not based on chance." The new law went into effect immediately upon the Vermont Governor's signature on April 26, 2013.
TIP: While Vermont recently amended its law, several states still prohibit requiring payment of an entry fee or other consideration (such as the purchase of a product) as a condition of participation in a skill contest.