One person winning a competition is different to x amount of fans paying x amount of money to see him.Think he did do something similar.
Didn’t the fan shown in the (BBC?) Morrissey documentary
win a meet and greet with him?
One issue surrounding the meet n greets I just remembered is how with some bands it helps finance the tour, especially for UK bands coming over to the States and playing smaller venues.
It may have been The Alarm but not 100% sure. I read an interview where they defended having 25 people x $250 each for a meet n greet with a total (if all sold) of $6,250 per gig. They said without that they probably wouldn't have been able to do the tour financially and it made it sustainable as there were 4 band members, 2 roadies, a merchandiser and the bus driver on the tour.