“Rita” fanatics might be eligible for free money from Anheuser-Busch even without proof of purchase… but it’s not a huge payout.

WASHINGTON — Longtime fans of the fizzy alcoholic drink “Rita,” known for its margarita-like flavors, might be financially compensated thanks to a class action lawsuit.

Almost a decade ago, the “Rita” drinks came under Bud Light, ushering in the hard seltzer craze. Since then, the alcoholic beverage has remained popular despite losing the Bud Light name.

The brand suffered a legal setback when a class action lawsuit was filed in 2020 alleging that the company falsely advertised to consumers that its drinks contained alcohol other than beer.

“Nowhere on the packaging [the plaintiff] see a disclaimer or other statement indicating that the Margarita product does not contain tequila or that the product is only a flavored beer,” read the original complaint. according to that St. Louis Business Journal.

Last month, Anheuser-Busch agreed to settle the lawsuit after two years of litigation by providing monetary compensation to consumers who bought the sparkling alcoholic beverage. The company denied the allegations of wrongdoing.

“The parties have reached an agreement to resolve this matter,” an Anheuser-Busch spokesman said said TODAY. “We have no further details to share at this time.”

The company will change the branding language on these products accordingly Top Class Actions, a website that tracks news about class action lawsuits. According to the settlement’s website, the drink will be renamed “malt drink” and includes a disclaimer about not containing distilled spirits.

The website enables a “Reference Class Member”, a person who bought one of the 112 different “Rita” drinks for consumption to claim a refund. The catch? You had to have bought the drinks yourself from January 1, 2018 to July 19, 2022, The website says.

Consumers who can show proof of purchase can get up to $21.25 per household, according to the settlement. Without proof of purchase, consumers can still receive a refund of up to $9.75 per household.

The payout amount varies depending on the size of and package size of the drinks. For example, the company pays 60 cents for a single 8 ounce. Box of 24.

The Company will consider all receipts, copies of receipts and paid invoices as proof of purchase. Consumers have until December 16 to make a claim.

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