@hollygirl, If a contest is not “Guaranteed”, the contest holder has the option to cancel the contest if they do not like any entries. Guaranteed option is available in case of Gold Package, and about 10-15% of our contests are non guaranteed. Some of them eventually get cancelled. As per our Terms, a CH can not use any names from the contest if they do not pick a winner. However, there is certainly a possibility that a CH might use a name and knowingly violate our policy. If we come across such cases, we take appropriate action. Some contestants do not participate in non-guaranteed contests due to the risk that the contest might get cancelled, - so you might want to consider that as an option if you feel that the risk of cancellation is not worth the effort.