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PolitiFact contest rules


Promotion runs from July 17, 2018, at 12:15 AM ET and ends on July 27, 2018 at 11:45 PM ET. Entry into the Contest constitutes the entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these rules, terms and conditions. 

ELIGIBILITY:  NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  Purchase will not improve chances of winning.  The Contest is open to legal residents of the United States. Eligible entrants will have reached their 18th birthdays on or before July 17, 2018. Employees of the Times Publishing Company, its affiliates and subsidiaries, including employees of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and Politifact, advertising and promotion agencies, contest prize suppliers, and participating advertisers and their immediate family members are not eligible to win. "Immediate family members" means parents, siblings, spouses, children, grandparents and grandchildren, whether by current or past marriage, remarriage, adoption or cohabitation, and anyone living in the same household, whether related or not. Times Publishing Company’s determination as to eligibility is final and binding.

HOW TO ENTER:  Entries may be made online at upon completion of a market research survey.  Each person who fills out a survey will be given a chance to enter the drawing upon completion of the survey.  Only one entry per person is allowed. No other method of entry will be accepted.

All information provided at the time of entry must be accurate and all required data fields in the entry form must be complete, including a valid email address of which the entrant is the authorized account holder at the time of entry. "Authorized Account Holder" means the person to whom the email address is assigned by an Internet access or on-line service provider, or other organization (such as a business or educational institution) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain name associated with the email address submitted. Incomplete entries are void and ineligible to compete or win. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. The Times Publishing Company is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, misdirected, garbled, jumbled, damaged or illegible entries or votes, for any computer, electronic, telephone, cable, or network hardware or software malfunction or failures of any kind, for any other problems or errors in modes of transmission, or for any other human or technical error. By entering the contest, Entrant gives Sponsor permission to use his or her contact information to contact him or her concerning the contest, or concerning goods or services offered by Sponsor.

NOTIFICATION OF WINNER: The Winner will be selected in a random drawing and notified by phone and/or email on or before August 3, 2018, or at a reasonable time thereafter.  A Times Publishing Company representative will notify winner by phone or email using the information on the entry form. If the Times Publishing Company representative is unable to speak directly to a winner by 5 p.m. two business days following the day contact is first attempted, the winner will be disqualified and forfeit all rights to the prize, and an alternate winner will be chosen by random drawing. If the Times Publishing Company representative is unable to speak directly to an alternate winner by 5 p.m. two business days following the day contact is first attempted, the alternate winner will be disqualified and will forfeit all rights to the prize and another winner will be chosen at random. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. The Winner must produce adequate proof of identity, such as a driver license or photo I.D. card, in order to take possession of the Prize.

PRIZE: One Grand Prize winner will receive a check for $250.

HOW TO CLAIM PRIZE:  To claim prize, the Winner will be required to sign legal documents or provide additional proof of eligibility. Winners must complete a notarized affidavit of eligibility, which releases sponsors, affiliates, and suppliers from any and all liability related to this promotion or use or acceptance of the prize. Winners must complete the affidavit of eligibility, without making changes, and return the properly completed affidavit and a W9 for receipt by Times Publishing Company within 10 days of the date the winner received prize notification. Failure of Times Publishing Company to receive a properly executed affidavit within 10 days of winner notification will result in disqualification and forfeiture of prize. Alternate winner is subject to all requirements and limitations in these Official Rules. By accepting a prize, a winner agrees to allow the use of his or her name, voice, photograph, likeness and any information provided on the entry form, in any media now known or hereafter invented and for any purpose, including advertising, promotional or other purposes by, Tampa Bay Times,,, tbt* and any and all affiliates, without further compensation.

PRIZE RESTRICTIONS: Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Winners are responsible for any charges not specifically listed as part of the Prize, including but not limited to: transportation, parking, tax, gratuities, and incidentals. Times Publishing Company may substitute a Prize or Prizes of equal or greater value when necessary, as determined in its sole discretion. Prize cannot be sold or bartered.  No alternative Prize, cash or other substitution is permitted except that in the event of Prize unavailability, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a Prize or Prizes of equal or greater value. All federal, state and location taxes and fees are the responsibility of the Winner. The Winner agrees to pay all such taxes and fees as required by law. Winner must complete a W-9 tax form provided by the Times Publishing Company prior to taking possession of the Prize. Any transportation required for the Winner to take possession of the Prize is the Winner’s responsibility and will not be furnished by the Sponsor.  Winner agrees to hold harmless the Sponsor, their parent, related, affiliated and subsidiary companies and their respective officers, directors, employees, agents and assigns (collectively, the "Released Entities") from any and all liability for damages or losses of any nature incurred in connection with the use or misuse of the Prize. Gift certificates cannot be applied to previous purchases and are regulated by individual business terms and conditions. The prize is furnished by Times Publishing Company.  

MISCELLANEOUS:  Contest rules shall be governed and enforced pursuant to Florida law, excluding choice of law provisions. Entrants agree to be bound by these rules. Void where prohibited. Sponsors are entitled to interpret these rules as needed and their decisions are final. Sponsors reserve the right to correct typographical, clerical or printing errors in any Contest materials. Sponsors may cancel or terminate this Contest if, for any reason beyond their control, the Contest is not capable of being run fairly or securely.

WINNERS’ LIST: For a list of Prize Winner send a self-addressed stamped envelope before September 30, 2018, to: Online Survey Drawing Winner, Times Publishing Company, 490 First Ave. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.

AFFIDAVIT AND RELEASE: Winner will be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, W9 and a General Release, which includes an affirmation of eligibility, a release and waiver of legal claims, and consent to publicity. Failure to complete and sign the Affidavit of Eligibility and General Release will result in forfeiture of the Prize and its award to another Winner chosen by random drawing. 

ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS: All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited by law. By entering the Contest, the entrant, for him/herself and for his/her heirs, executors, administrators, assigns and anyone else claiming by or through him/her, waives, covenants not to sue and fully releases and forever discharges any and all rights, claims or causes of action whatsoever that he/she may have against any of the Released Entities arising directly or indirectly out of entrant’s participation in the Contest. This waiver and release covers, without limitation, any damage, liability, cost, attorneys’ fees and expenses whatsoever, whether known or unknown and whether foreseeable or not. Sponsor reserves the right to make changes in the rules of the Contest, including the substitution of a Prize of equivalent value, which will become effective upon announcement. None of the Released Entities are responsible for typographical or other errors in printing, the offering, or the administration of the Contest or in the announcement of the Prize. 

SPONSOR: The Sponsor of the Contest is Times Publishing Company, 490 First Avenue South, St. Petersburg FL 33701.


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