Well, as some of you know, I won a JEEP WRANGLER last year, ARV $35,000, well I traded that for a lesser JEEP and some cash. Now it's tax time and I find out that, even though I traded for a lesser car and cash, I still have to pay the tax on the original ARV, because the IRS does not care what you do with your prize, or who you sell it to, even if you take a loss, they want the whole shebang. Well, I got a new car and enough cash to pay the taxes (state and fed) plus $3000 left in cash. Disappointing, but at least I got a car and some cash. So, if you are trying to win a car, or house, or anything big, please think about the tax that you will have to pay, and make sure that you can pay it, either out of pocket or by sale of the prize with some profit for you. And, also get some proof of the real ARV of the prize by looking on the net and recording it in case the sponsor hits you with a high 1099 value.