Contest rules for Cardinals tickets giveaway

March 25, 2014 

The Belleville News-Democrat, Belleville News-Democrat+ Sweepstakes Official Rules

No Purchase Necessary. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning.

ELIGIBILITY. The Belleville News-Democrat, Belleville News-Democrat+ Sweepstakes ("Sweepstakes") is open to all current legal residents of the United States who are at least 18 years old at the start of the Sweepstakes ("Entrants"). Void in the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. Military installations in foreign countries, all other U.S. territories and possessions and wherever else restricted or prohibited by law. Sweepstakes is sponsored by The Belleville News-Democrat, 120 South Illinois Street, Belleville, IL 62220 ("Sponsor"). Void where prohibited by operation of law. Employees, officers, directors, agents, representatives of The Belleville News-Democrat, The McClatchy Company, prize providers and the promotion and advertising agencies of any aforementioned entity ("Sweepstakes Entities"), and their immediate family members (defined as spouse, mother, father, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, grandparents and in-laws, regardless of where they live) and those living in their household (whether or not related), and each person or entity connected with the production or administration of the Sweepstakes, and each parent company, affiliate, subsidiary, agent and representative of any aforementioned entity are not eligible.

SWEEPSTAKES PERIOD. The Sweepstakes begins on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 12:01 AM Central Daylight Time ("CDT"), and ends on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 11:59 PM CDT ("Sweepstakes period").

HOW TO ENTER. Only one entry per natural person, regardless of method of entry. You may enter online or by mail, using one of the following entry methods:

(i) Online. For New Belleville News-Democrat+ Subscribers. During the Sweepstakes Period, go to bnd.com/plus and purchase a Belleville News-Democrat+ subscription and register your account. New Belleville News-Democrat+ subscribers may also register their account by visiting bnd.com/plus and choosing "Existing Subscriber" and then "Digital Plus for Current Print subscribers and E-Edition subscribers" to register their account. By signing up and providing all required contact information, you will be automatically entered into the Drawing.

(ii) Online. For Existing Subscribers. During the Sweepstakes Period, existing subscribers (i.e., subscribers to the Belleville News-Democrat print edition or digital) may register their accounts by visiting bnd.com/plus and clicking on the "Existing Subscriber" button and following the steps prompting them to set up their account.

(iii) Existing Belleville News-Democrat+ Subscribers, who have already registered their accounts, will automatically be entered into the Weekly Drawing.

(iv) Alternate Method of Entry By Mail. To enter the Sweepstakes without becoming a subscriber or registering your account, write your full name, mailing address, date of birth, telephone number and email address on a 3x5 card and mail it in an envelope to: Belleville News-Democrat " Belleville News-Democrat+" Sweepstakes, 120 South Illinois Street, Belleville, IL 62220. All contact information provided must be valid, current and complete. Entries received by the Sweepstakes Deadline will be entered in the Drawing. Mail-in entries must be postmarked by March 28, 2014 and must be received no later than April 1, 2014 in order to be entered in the Drawing. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, damaged, delayed, destroyed, misdirected, incomplete, illegible, corrupted, mutilated, or postage due entries. All entries become the property of the Sponsor and will not be returned. Persons discovered entering under several names or email addresses will be disqualified. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify false entries or entries suspected of being false. Entries generated by a script, macro or other automated means will be disqualified. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of a Selected Sweepstakes Entrant, the Selected Entrant will be deemed to be the person in whose name the e-mail account governing the e-mail address in Entrant's Belleville News-Democrat+ account was opened. In the event a dispute regarding the identity of the individual who actually submitted an entry cannot be resolved to Sponsor's satisfaction, the affected entry will be deemed ineligible.

ODDS. Odds of winning depend on the total number of eligible entries received.

DRAWING AND NOTIFICATION. Each qualified entry will be entered into a random drawing for the prize to take place on or about the dates listed below. During the Sweepstakes Period, Sponsor will conduct one drawing of all qualified entries received during the Sweepstakes Period to determine the potential winner ("Selected Entrant").

Drawing (approximate dates) Prize April 2, 2014 4 Field Box Tickets to the St. Louis Cardinals game on April 7, 2014

The Selected Entrant will be notified by phone or email in Sponsor's discretion. The Selected Entrant will be required to respond (as directed) within 48 hours of attempted notification. The failure to respond timely to the notification may result in forfeiture of the prize and, in such case, Sponsor may randomly select an alternate chosen entrant from among the remaining eligible entries. Each selected entrant may also be sent an affidavit of eligibility / liability / publicity release ("Release"). Except where prohibited by law, Selected Entrant must allow Sponsor to use their name, picture, and winning story for marketing purposes. The Selected Entrant’s name may be published in Belleville News-Democrat, on Sponsor's websites and social media pages (including on Facebook) and in affiliated publications and/or websites in the form of a first/last name and hometown. Unless restricted by law, the Selected Entrant will be required to complete and return the Release within the time period specified therein. An alternate Selected Entrant may be randomly selected from among the remaining eligible entries if a Selected Entrant: (i) cannot be reached; (ii) fails to obtain all signatures on the Release and to return the documents in a timely manner as required pursuant to these Official Rules; or (iii) cannot accept or receive the prize for any reason. In the event of a dispute about the identity of an entrant, each entry will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at time of entry. Assumed notification by caller ID and any subsequent returned calls do not constitute a winner. Sponsor will not make multiple attempts to contact Selected Entrant.

PRIZES. If eligible under these Rules, One (1) Selected Entrant will receive Four (4) Field Box Tickets to the St. Louis Cardinals game on April 7, 2014. Approximate Retail Value ("ARV") of Prize: One Hundred Ninety ($190).

Any taxes and any other costs not specifically stated within these Official Rules, including Wi-Fi or data fees, are the sole responsibility of the Selected Entrant. Selected Entrant is not permitted to substitute the Prize. Prizes are non-transferable and non-redeemable for cash. Selected Entrant not entitled to any surplus between actual retail value of prize and stated ARV and any difference between stated ARV and actual value of the prize will not be awarded. No substitution, transfer, or cash redemption of prize, provided however that Sponsor or prize provider reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of equal or greater value should the advertised prize become unavailable for any reason. Selected Entrants are solely responsible for all federal, state, and local taxes on Prize and other unspecified expenses related to Prize. All activities related to the Prize are at the Selected Entrants' own risk and subject to whatever restrictions are imposed by the entities that govern activities. All Sweepstakes entries are subject to verification prior to awarding of any prize. All prizes will be redeemed at the Belleville News-Democrat, 120 South Illinois Street, Belleville, IL, 62220 or alternately may be delivered by U.S. Mail or overnight carrier (i.e., FEDEX, UPS), within Sponsor's sole discretion, to an address provided by the Entrant, within approximately thirty (30) days of the Drawing Date (exact timing subject to change based upon availability of Prize). Prizes shall only be mailed in the United States. Limit one prize per person per household.

CONDITIONS. All federal, state or other tax liabilities (including income taxes) arising from this Sweepstakes will be the sole responsibility of Selected Entrant. Selected Entrant may be issued an IRS Form 1099 for the ARV of any awarded prize. All warranties are hereby disclaimed, and the Selected Entrant will accept the prize "as is." CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION FROM PARTICIPATION IN THE SWEEPSTAKES. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK REMEDIES AND DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEY FEES) TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION. Except where prohibited by law, the Selected Entrant's entry and acceptance of the prize constitutes permission for Sponsor to use said winner's full name, photograph, likeness, statements, biographical information, voice, and city and state address for promotional or advertising purposes in connection with these Sweepstakes on a worldwide basis, and in all forms of media, now or hereafter known, in perpetuity, without review, permission or further compensation. This Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws of the United States. By participating, Selected Entrants agree to be fully and unconditionally bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor and waive any right to claim ambiguity in the Sweepstakes or these Official Rules. Selected Entrants also agree to release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless Sweepstakes Entities and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents ("Releasees") from and against any claims, damages, disability, attorneys' fees, and costs of litigation and settlement, as well as any liability due to any injuries, damages or losses to any person (including death) or property of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from redemption, acceptance, possession, ownership, misuse or use of any prize or participation in any Sweepstakes-related activity or participation in these Sweepstakes. Releasees shall not be liable to the Selected Entrants for failure to supply any Prize or any part thereof, by reason of any acts of God, any action(s), regulation(s), order(s) or request(s) by any governmental or quasi-governmental entity (whether or not the action(s), regulations(s), order(s) or request(s) prove(s) to be invalid), equipment failure, threatened terrorist acts, terrorist acts, air raid, blackout, act of public enemy, earthquake, war (declared or undeclared), fire, flood, epidemic, explosion, unusually severe weather, hurricane, embargo, labor dispute or strike (whether legal or illegal), labor or material shortage, transportation interruption of any kind, work slow-down, civil disturbance, insurrection, riot, or any other similar or dissimilar cause beyond any of the Releasees' control. The Releasees shall not be liable for: (i) late, lost, delayed, misdirected, incomplete unreadable, inaccurate, garbled or unintelligible entries, communications or affidavits, regardless of the method of transmission; (ii) telephone system, telephone or computer hardware, software or other technical or computer malfunctions, lost connections, disconnections, delays or transmission errors; (iii) data corruption, theft, destruction, unauthorized access to or alteration of entry or other materials; (iv) any injuries, losses or damages of any kind caused by the prize or resulting from acceptance, possession or use of a prize, or from participation in the Sweepstakes; or (v) any printing, typographical, administrative or technological errors in any materials associated with the Sweepstakes. Sponsor may prohibit an entrant from participating in the Sweepstakes or winning prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines such entrant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes in any way by cheating, hacking, deception, or any other unfair playing practices of intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other players or Sponsor representatives. Use of any automated system to participate is strictly prohibited and will result in disqualification. Sponsor may disqualify at its sole discretion any entries it believes are created by an automated system.

Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes should a virus, bug, computer problem, unauthorized intervention or other causes beyond Sponsor's control, corrupt the administration, security or proper play of the Sweepstakes. If the Sweepstakes are terminated, Sponsor reserves the right, at its discretion, to select the potential winner(s) in a random drawing from among all eligible, non-suspect entries received prior to action taken. Sponsor may prohibit an entrant from participating in the Sweepstakes or winning prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines such entrant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes in any way by cheating, hacking, deception, or any other unfair playing practices of intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other players or Sponsor representatives.

PUBLICITY. Except where prohibited by law, the Selected Entrant's acceptance of a Prize constitutes permission for The Sweepstakes Entities to use said Selected Entrant's name, photographs, likeness, statements, biographical information, voice, and city and state address for promotional or advertising purposes in connection with the Sweepstakes on a worldwide basis, and in all forms of media, now or hereafter known, in perpetuity, without review, permission or further compensation.

PRIVACY. All personal information collected by Sponsor will be used for administration of the Sweepstakes. In addition, entrants shall receive email correspondence from, or on behalf of the Sponsor, subject to the Sponsor's privacy policy. Sponsor uses reasonable commercial efforts to comply with federal CAN-SPAM guidelines, and entrants may subsequently opt-out of receiving further emails by following the opt-out instructions contained in the email. Any questions regarding privacy matters should be directed to the address set out below. Please refer to Sponsor's privacy policy located at www.bnd.com/privacy_policy/ for important information regarding the collection, use and disclosure of personal information by Sponsor.

WINNER'S LIST AND SWEEPSTAKES RULES. To obtain a copy of these official rules or a winner list within 90 days of the close of the Sweepstakes, send your request and a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Belleville News-Democrat "Belleville News-Democrat+" Sweepstakes, 120 South Illinois Street, Belleville, IL, 62220. Selected Entrants' lists will be sent once all Selected Entrants have been verified and prize(s) has/have been awarded. All requests must be received within 90 days of the end of the Sweepstakes Period.

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