The tied users split the total value of the prizes awarded for all the tied places. For example, if 2nd place in a contest pays $500 and 3rd place pays $200, the total prizes are $700, so the two users who are tied for 2nd would each get $350.
For satellite contests, if more users tie for tickets than there are tickets available, then no tickets will be awarded for those tied places. Instead, the tied users will split the value of the tickets as a cash prize. For example, if a contest awards five $25 tickets and two users tie for the fifth ticket, both users would receive $12.50 in cash instead of the ticket.
Any user who accumulates winnings greater than the value of a ticket in a satellite contest, due to entering multiple winning lineups, will first accumulate said ticket(s), and then receive the remaining cash value (via a cash sum), credited within 24-48 hours of contest completion. For example, if a contest awards five $25 tickets and one of the user's entries earns 3rd place out right ($25 value), and then ties for 5th place ($12.50) with another user. This user would receive a ticket for their 3rd place entry and $12.50 in cash for their 5th place tie. The most important guideline with this is to look at overall value vs. the value of a single ticket. As satellites are created to provide tickets to larger entries this will be the primary source of crediting if available.
What if a contest has a non-cash prize, like a trip?
For contests with special non-cash prizes, the rules for ties will be specified in the contest’s terms and conditions. But we always do our best to split the prize evenly between the tied users, awarding the total value of the prizes.