The Ellen Show Giveaway Rules

Official Rules for The Ellen Show Giveaway

NBC Connecticut “The Ellen Show” Giveaway
Official Rules
May 8, 2012 –May 25, 2012

PRELIMINARY INFORMATION: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Void outside the WVIT terrestrial geographic viewing area and where prohibited. The NBC Connecticut “The Ellen Show” Giveaway (“Sweepstakes”) will begin on May 8, 2012 at 5:00 PM ET and end on May 25, 2012 at 5:25 PM ET (“Sweepstakes Period”). All times in the Sweepstakes refer to Eastern Time (“ET”). Odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible Entries (defined below) received. Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws.

ELIGIBILITY: Open only to permanent, legal United States (“U.S.”) residents who are physically located in the WVIT terrestrial geographic viewing area in the counties of New London, Litchfield, New Haven, Fairfield, Tolland, Hartford, Windham and Middlesex in the state of Connecticut, and who are eighteen (18) years of age or older as of the start of the Sweepstakes Period. Officers, directors, and employees of Sweepstakes Entities (as defined below), members of these persons’ immediate families (spouses and/or parents, children, and siblings, and their spouses, regardless of where they reside), and/or persons living in the same households as these persons (whether or not related thereto) are not eligible to enter or win the Sweepstakes. Sweepstakes Entities, as referenced herein, shall include WVIT, 1422 New Britain Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06110, and NBCUniversal Media, LLC, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112, (collectively, “Sponsors”), and their respective parent, subsidiary, and affiliate companies, their administrative, advertising, and promotion agencies, and any other entity involved in the development, administration, promotion, or implementation of the Sweepstakes.

TO ENTER: To enter the Sweepstakes, watch the NBC Connecticut’s 5:00 PM ET Newscast, airing from 5:00 PM ET to 5:30 PM ET every weekday during the Sweepstakes Period (“Show”). From around 5:15 PM ET till 5:25 PM ET during each Show, viewers will be asked to call in using the number provided. The tenth (10th) viewer to call in during each Show will receive an entry into the Sweepstakes (“Entry”).

All Entries become the property of Sponsors and will not be acknowledged. Entries must be received before May 23, 2012 at 5:25 PM ET to be eligible for the Sweepstakes. Sponsors’ computer shall be the official timekeeper for all matters related to this Sweepstakes. You may attempt to enter once during each Show during the Sweepstakes Period. Multiple entries received from any person or email address beyond this limit will void all such additional entries. Entries generated by a script, macro, or other automated means will be disqualified. In case of a dispute over the identity of an entrant who made a potentially winning entry, Sponsors reserve the right to deem that the entry was made by the registered subscriber of the email address submitted at the time of entry. Entry constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) to use entrant’s name, city, state, likeness, image, and/or voice for purposes of advertising, promotion, and publicity in any and all media now or hereafter known, throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification, permission, or approval.

WINNER SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION: Each entrant that receives and Entry will be deemed a potential first prize winner (“First Prize Winner”). There will be a total of fourteen (14) potential First Prize Winners selected during the Sweepstakes. Representatives of Sponsors will then select one (1) potential grand prize winner (“Grand Prize Winner”) in a randome drawing from among all fourteen (14) potential First Prize Winners. Sponsors will make two (2) attempts to notify potential Grand Prize Winner at the phone number and/or email address submitted at the time of entry. Potential First Prize Winners and Grand Prize Winners (collectively, “Winners”) may be required to execute and return an affidavit of eligibility, release of liability, and, except where prohibited, publicity release (collectively, “Sweepstakes Documents”) within one (1) days of such notification. Noncompliance within this time period may result in disqualification, and, at Sponsor’s sole discretion an alternate potential Winner may be selected from the remaining eligible entries. If a potential Winner cannot be reached, if he/she is found to be ineligible, if he/she cannot or does not comply with these Official Rules, or if his/her prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, such potential Winner will be disqualified and time permitting, at Sponsor’s sole discretion, an alternate potential Winner may be selected. Limit one (1) First Prize (defined below) per family or household.

PRIZE: There will be fifteen (15) prizes awarded (“Prizes”): fourteen (14) first prizes (“First Prizes”), with one (1) First Prize awarded to each First Prize Winner; and one (1) grand prize (“Grand Prize”) awarded to Grand Prize Winner.

First Prizes: Each First Prize will consist of: one (1) “The Ellen Show” prize pack, which includes one (1) tote bag, one (1) hat, one (1) travel mug, and one (1) T-shirt. The Estimated Retail Value (“ERV”) for each First Prize is eighty five dollars and seventy five cents ($85.75).

Grand Prize: the one (1) Grand Prize will consist of a trip for Grand Prize Winner and up to one (1) guest (“Guest”) to Los Angeles, CA to attend a taping of The Ellen Show (“Trip”). Trip includes: roundtrip, commercial coach-class airfare for Grand Prize Winner and Guest from an airport in or near Grand Prize Winner’s location to an airport in or near Los Angeles, California (“Destination Airport”); accommodations (single room, double occupancy) for Grand Prize Winner and Guest for two (2) nights at the Coast Anabelle Hotel, 2011 West Olive Avenue, Burbank, CA 91560 (“Hotel”); tickets for Grand Prize Winner and Guest to attend a taping of The Ellen Show on September, 17, 2012 at [TIME] at [ADDRESS] (“Event”); and roundtrip ground transportation for Grand Prize Winner and Guest between Destination Airport and Hotel, and Hotel and Event. Guest must be fourteen (14) years of age or older. The ERV of Grand Prize is two thousand and five hundred dollars ($2500).

Total ERV of all Prizes is three thousand seven hundred dollars and fifty cents ($3700.50). Actual Retail Value (“ARV”) of Prizes may vary. Any difference between ARV and ERV will not be awarded. All details of Prizes will be determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion. Prizes will be awarded as, with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied, by Sponsors. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a similar Prize (or Prize element) of comparable or greater value. All taxes and other expenses, costs, or fees associated with the acceptance and/or use of Prize are the sole responsibility of Winners. Grand Prize Winner will receive an Internal Revenue Service Form 1099 for the ARV of Grand Prize in the tax year it was awarded. Prizes cannot be transferred by Winners or redeemed for cash and are valid only for the items detailed above, with no substitution of a Prize by a Winner. If Prize is unclaimed within a reasonable time after notification from Sponsors, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion, it will be forfeited, and time permitting, an alternate Winner may be selected from the remaining eligible entries at Sponsors’ sole discretion.

No other travel elements (including, without limitation, insurance, gasoline, meals, gratuities, souvenirs, etc.) are included in Grand Prize. Grand Prize Winner and Guest must travel on the itinerary. All travel will be at the risk of Grand Prize Winner and Guest. Airline and hotel reservations are subject to availability. Airline tickets are non-refundable and are not valid for business-related or group travel. Airline tickets are valid only for travel on airline chosen by Sponsors in their sole discretion. Trip must be completed by the date specified by Sponsors or Prize will be forfeited. Airline tickets will be issued only to Grand Prize Winner. Airline tickets are void if sold for cash or other consideration. Grand Prize Winner is responsible for any tax liability, including applicable departure taxes or fees, all taxes and fees assessed at the time of ticketing, inspection charges, and security charges. Once issued, airline tickets are non-transferable and may not be reissued once travel has commenced. Open tickets may not be issued and stopovers are not permitted. If an unscheduled stopover occurs, full fare will be charged from stopover point for the remaining segments, including return, of the Trip. Sponsors are not liable for any expenses incurred as a consequence of flight cancellation/delay. Winner must have valid travel documents (e.g., valid government-issued photo identification and/or passport) prior to departure. Prize consists only of the elements set forth above. Travel arrangements must be made through Sponsors. Sponsors shall have no responsibility or liability for cancellations, delays, or any other change by any company or person providing any element of Prize, and are not responsible or liable for any expenses incurred as a consequence thereof. Date and/or time of Event is subject to change. Event is subject to cancellation. Location of seating at Event will be determined by Sponsors subject to their sole discretion. Event tickets are subject to certain terms and condition as specified thereupon and by issuer. If Grand Prize Winner chooses to attend take Trip or attend the Event with fewer one (1), or no Guest, the remaining elements of Grand Prize shall constitute full satisfaction of Sponsors’ Prize obligation to Grand Prize Winner and no additional compensation will be awarded. Guest, if any, may be required to execute and return releases of liability and, except where prohibited, publicity releases (collectively, “Guest Documents”), which must be returned with the Sweepstakes Documents, or Guest portion of the Prize will be forfeited. Guest must be fourteen (14) years of age or older. If Guest is a minor, Grand Prize Winner must be such Guest’s parent or legal guardian and must complete Guest Documents on the behalf of such minor Guest.

CONDITIONS: By entering the Sweepstakes, each entrant agrees for entrant and for entrant’s heirs, executors, and administrators (a) to release and hold harmless Sweepstakes Entities and their respective officers, directors, and employees (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from such entrant’s participation in the Sweepstakes and/or his/her acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of Prize or any portion thereof (including any travel related thereto); (b) to indemnify Released Parties from any and all liability resulting or arising from the Sweepstakes and to hereby acknowledge that Released Parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation, or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to Prize, including express warranties provided exclusively by Prize supplier that are sent along with Prize; (c) if selected as a Winner, to the posting of such entrant’s name on and the use by Released Parties of such name, voice, image, and/or likeness for publicity, promotional, and advertising purposes in any and all media now or hereafter known, throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification, permission, or approval, and, upon request, to the giving of consent, in writing, to such use; and (d) to be bound by these Official Rules and to waive any right to claim any ambiguity or error therein or in the Sweepstakes itself, and to be bound by all decisions of the Sponsors, which are binding and final. Failure to comply with these conditions may result in disqualification from the Sweepstakes at Sponsors’ sole discretion.

ADDITIONAL TERMS: Sponsors reserve the right to permanently disqualify from any promotion any person they believe has intentionally violated these Official Rules. Any attempt to deliberately damage the Sweepstakes or the operation thereof is unlawful and subject to legal action by Sponsors, who may seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law. The failure of Sponsors to comply with any provision of these Official Rules due to an act of God, hurricane, war, fire, riot, earthquake, terrorism, act of public enemies, actions of governmental authorities outside of the control of Sponsors (excepting compliance with applicable codes and regulations), or other “force majeure” event will not be considered a breach of these Official Rules. Released Parties assume no responsibility for any injury or damage to entrants’ or to any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from entering or downloading materials or software in connection with the Sweepstakes. Released Parties are not responsible for telecommunications, network, electronic, technical, or computer failures of any kind; for inaccurate transcription of entry information; for errors in any promotional or marketing materials or in these Official Rules; for any human or electronic error; or for entries that are stolen, misdirected, garbled, delayed, lost, late, damaged, or returned. Sponsors reserve the right to cancel, modify, or suspend the Sweepstakes or any element thereof (including, without limitation, these Official Rules) without notice in any manner and for any reason (including, without limitation, in the event of any unanticipated occurrence that is not fully addressed in these Official Rules). In the event of cancellation, modification, or suspension, Sponsors reserve the right to select Winner(s) in a random drawing from among all eligible, non-suspect entries received prior to the time of the event warranting such cancellation, modification, or suspension. Notice of such cancellation, modification, or suspension will be posted at Sponsors may prohibit any entrant or potential entrant from participating in the Sweepstakes, if such entrant or potential entrant shows a disregard for these Official Rules; acts with an intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other entrant, Sponsors, or Sponsors’ agents or representatives; or behaves in any other disruptive manner (as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion).

DISPUTES: The Sweepstakes is governed by, and will be construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York, and the forum and venue for any dispute shall be in New York, New York. If THE controversy or claim is not otherwise resolved through direct discussions or mediation, it shall THEN be resolved by FINAL AND binding arbitration administered by JUDICIAL ARBITRATION AND MEDIATION SERVICES, INC., in accordance with its Streamlined Arbitration Rules and Procedures or subsequent versions thereof (“JAMS Rules”). The JAMS Rules for selection of an arbitrator shall be followed, except that the arbitrator shall be experienced and licensed to practice law in new york. All proceedings brought pursuant to this paragraph will be conducted in the County of new york. THE REMEDY FOR ANY CLAIM SHALL BE LIMITED TO ACTUAL DAMAGES, AND IN NO EVENT SHALL ANY PARTY BE ENTITLED TO RECOVER PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING ATTORNEY’S FEES OR OTHER SUCH RELATED COSTS OF BRINGING A CLAIM, OR TO RESCIND THIS AGREEMENT OR SEEK INJUNCTIVE OR ANY OTHER EQUITABLE RELIEF.

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT: For the names of the Winners, available after May 27, 2012, visit, or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to be received by September 30, 2012 to: The Ellen Show Give Away, 1422 New Britain Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06110.

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