First: If you are a frequent customer of American Airlines and have not flown for more than a year, your mileage may expire soon.You can solve this problem by “donating” 2,500 miles Here.
In the United States, private lotteries are illegal. Lottery is a random lottery, and you must pay to participate.
This is different from games of skill in which the best performance wins.
Or sweepstakes, you can enter without any fees (this is why the rules often say “no purchase”.)
The question is: Is it a random/lucky thing to be able to exchange miles for promised prizes? I think it is obvious that as the point economy has reached billions, the answer is yes. There are not as many “free” seats per mile as before. When airlines provide fewer and fewer seats, they will benefit, as a percentage of available points, because people will either ignore their mileage or be satisfied with something lower than they expected.
Some people regard playing points as a hobby. For the rest of us, their value is far below the surface. But mainly I want to remind you not to let yours expire. Thank you for staying at home and staying safe.
Update: After I queued up this article, AA and UA extended their deadlines. I am very happy! The rest of my rant is still there.