I just read Joy's email, and it's definitely some shady stuff going on w/ that raffle. Someone mentioned that it could just be some one off employee determining this, but it's still a problem if that's the case.
Just go back to last year's system of badge scans, names on a board/website, and I think that will help out a lot. Even if they kept the same numbers of around 200-400 of a minifig, that's still a ton better than 3,500 -4k figs like they did last year. Actually, that's more than a ton better.
Eliminate the possibility of collusion and this topic would have never existed.
I hope that this doesn't deter Lego from doing exclusives like this in the future, but at least change it up. Even if it's strictly for kids like the Azog, at least I and a bunch of con-goers would know not to waste their time in line for something that's not for adults.