Prepaid Visa® RushCard “Essence Festival Durban” Sweepstakes
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS SWEEPSTAKES.
The RushCard “Essence Festival Durban” Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is intended only for legal United States residents in all states excluding Vermont and shall only be construed and evaluated according to U.S. law. Do not enter this Sweepstakes if you are not located in the U.S. at the time of entry or if you reside in the U. S. within the state of Vermont.
SPONSOR/ADMINISTRATOR: The Sweepstakes is sponsored by UniRush, LLC, P.O. Box 42482 Cincinnati, OH 45242 (the “Sponsor”) and administered by American Sweepstakes & Promotion Co., Inc., 300 State St. Suite 402 Rochester, NY 14614 (the “Administrator”).
ELIGIBILITY: The Sweepstakes is open and offered only to legal U.S. citizens not residing in Vermont, and who have reached the age of majority in his/her state of residence at the time of entry (the “Entrants”). In addition, an Entrant must have a valid U.S. passport at the time of entry in order to be eligible. Employees, officers and representatives of the Sponsor, the Administrator, MetaBank ®, Visa U.S.A. Inc., Visa International Service Association, and any of their respective parent companies, affiliates, franchisees, licensees, distributors, suppliers, subsidiaries, retailers, advertising/promotion agencies and members of the immediate family (mother, father, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters and spouse, regardless of where they reside) and household members of each such employee, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate. Void outside of the United States, in the state of Vermont, and where prohibited or restricted by law.
AGREEMENT TO OFFICIAL RULES: By participating, Entrants agree to abide by and be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding in all matters relating to the Sweepstakes. Winning the Grand Prize (as described below) is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.
HOW TO ENTER: The Sweepstakes begins at 12:00:01 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (“EDT”) on September 14, 2016 and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. EDT on October 4, 2016 (“Sweepstakes Period”). The Sponsor’s database is the official time-keeping device for the Sweepstakes.
There are two (2) ways to enter the Sweepstakes during the Sweepstakes Period:
- Card Usage – Entrants will automatically obtain one (1) Sweepstakes entry every time they make a signature or PIN transaction, in store or online, using their RushCard. Those Entrants that are not current RushCard cardholders must open a new RushCard account.
- By Mail – To enter via mail print your full name, complete mailing address, phone number, and email address on a 3”x5” card and mail with proper postage to: RushCard “Essence Festival Durban” Sweepstakes, 90 Rockwood Place, Rochester, NY 14610. Mail-in entries must be postmarked by October 4, 2016 and received by October 9, 2016. LIMIT ONE (1) MAIL ENTRY PER ENVELOPE.
To be valid, each entry must provide all requested information. Released Parties (as defined below) are not responsible for: lost, late, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, illegible, misdirected or postage-due mailed entries. All entries become the exclusive property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. By participating, you consent for Sponsor to obtain, use, and transfer your name, address and other information for the purpose of administering this Sweepstakes and for other purposes as set forth below.
GENERAL CONDITIONS: If for any reason the operation or administration of this Sweepstakes is impaired or incapable of running as planned for any reason, including but not limited to (i) infection by computer virus, bugs, (ii) tampering, unauthorized intervention, (iii) fraud, (iv) technical failures, or (v) any other causes beyond the control of the Sponsor which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Sweepstakes, the Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes in whole or in part, at any time, without notice and award the Grand Prize (defined below) using all non-suspect eligible entries received as of, or after (if applicable) this cancellation, termination, modification or suspension date, or in any manner that is fair and equitable and best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules. Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual deemed to be tampering or attempting to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes; or acting in violation of these Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner.
CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES OR OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON (S) RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATTEMPT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. Failure by the Sponsor to enforce any provision of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.
RELEASE AND LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: By participating in the Sweepstakes, Entrants agree to release and hold harmless the Sponsor, the Administrator, their respective parents, employees, officers, directors, subsidiaries, affiliates, distributors, sales representatives, advertising and promotional agencies (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Sweepstakes or receipt or use of any prize, including, but not limited to: (i) any technical errors that may prevent an Entrant from submitting an entry; (ii) unauthorized human intervention in the Sweepstakes; (iii) printing errors; (iv) errors in the administration of the Sweepstakes or the processing of entries; or (v) injury, death, or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from Entrant’s participation in the Sweepstakes or receipt of any prize. Entrant further agrees that in any cause of action, the Released Parties’ liability will be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the Sweepstakes, and in no event shall the Released Parties be liable for attorney’s fees. Entrant waives the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.
DRAWING AND NOTIFICATION: The potential Grand Prize Winner will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received by the Administrator, whose decisions are final and binding. The Prize drawing will be conducted on or about October 10, 2016. Odds of winning the Grand Prize will depend on the total number of eligible entries received throughout the Sweepstakes Period. The potential Winner will be contacted by the Administrator via phone, email, and/or USPS mail.
GRAND PRIZE: There will be one (1) Grand Prize awarded. The Grand Prize Winner, upon the Administrator’s confirmation of eligibility, will receive a 7 day / 6 night trip for two (2) people to the Essence Festival in Durban, South Africa (the “Location”). The Grand Prize package includes two (2) roundtrip standard economy airfare tickets from a major commercial airport in the United States, near the winner’s primary residence and the Location, as determined by Sponsor; and standard hotel accommodations for six (6) nights for two (2) people at Protea Hotel Edward (room and tax only). The Prize also includes the following:
- Two (2) Concert Tickets’ various levels (per night)
- Two (2) General Admission Passes to Convention Center
- Four (4) VIP Passes to Convention Center
- Two (2) Invitations to Festival Welcome Dinner
- Two (2) Passes to VIP ALL ACCESS Lounge
- Two (2) Gala Dinner Invites
The Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of the total prize package is $4,000, which will vary depending upon ticket prices, points of departure, and seasonal fluctuation of hotel rates and airfares. All other expenses not specifically mentioned herein, including but not limited to, airport taxes and fees, baggage fees, ground transportation not specifically delineated, food, beverages, additional hotel amenities or fees and gratuities, are the responsibility of the Winner and traveling companion. The Sponsor is not responsible for any cancellations, delays, diversions or substitutions or any act or omissions whatsoever by the air transportation carriers, hotels or other transportation companies or any other persons providing any of these services and accommodations necessitated by same. The Sponsor shall not be liable for any loss or damage to baggage and/or personal property. All travel dates are subject to change in Sponsors’ sole discretion. If actual value of prize is lower than the stated ARV when prize is procured and fulfilled, then the difference will not be awarded. Travel, hotel and other accommodations are subject to availability. Travel companion must be 18 years of age or older at the time of travel (or accompanied by parent/legal guardian). The Grand Prize Winner and traveling companion must travel on same itinerary. The trip must be fully executed between November 7, 2016 and November 14, 2016, or the Grand Prize will be forfeited. Certain blackout dates and material restrictions may apply. NOTE: No substitution, assignment or transfer of the Prize is not permitted, except by Sponsor, who reserves the right to substitute the Prize or any Prize component with another of comparable or greater value.
PRIZE CONDITIONS: By accepting the Grand Prize, the Winner agrees to release and hold harmless the Released Parties, each of their related companies, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, shareholders, and agents from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Sweepstakes or receipt or use of the Prize(s). The potential Grand Prize Winner will be notified by home-delivered mail, phone, or email, and must sign and return to the Sponsor (or Sponsor representative), within five (5) days of the date of notice or attempted notice is sent, an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability & Publicity Release in order to claim his/her Prize. The Winner’s traveling companion will also be required to complete a Travel Companion Waiver. Note: The Affidavit sent to a potential Winner will require that the Winner provide their Social Security Number to the Administrator, which will be used solely for tax reporting purposes. The Grand Prize Winner will be responsible for all local, state, and federal taxes associated with the receipt of the Prize. The Grand Prize Winner must note that the value of their accepted Prize is taxable as income and an IRS Form 1099 will be filed in the name of the Winner for the value of the Prize and the Winner is solely responsible for all matters relating to the Prize after it is awarded. If a Prize or prize notification is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable to a potential Winner, if a potential Winner cannot be reached within two (2) calendar days from the first notification attempt, or if a potential Winner fails to return requisite document(s) within the specified time period, or if a potential Winner is not in compliance with these Official Rules, then such person shall be disqualified and, at Sponsor’s sole discretion, an alternate Winner may be selected.
By accepting the Grand Prize, where permitted by law, the Winner grants to the Released Parties and those acting pursuant to the authority of Sponsor and the Released Parties (which grant will be confirmed in writing upon Sponsor’s request), the right to print, publish, broadcast and use worldwide IN ALL MEDIA without limitation at any time the Winner’s full name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness and/or biographical information for advertising, trade and promotional purposes without further payment or additional consideration, and without review, approval or notification. IN NO EVENT WILL RELEASED PARTIES BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES) ARISING OUT OF PARTICIPATION IN THIS SWEEPSTAKES OR THE ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, USE, OR MISUSE OF, OR ANY HARM RESULTING FROM THE ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, USE OR MISUSE OF THE PRIZES. By participating, Entrants release and agree to hold harmless the Released Parties from any and all liability for any injuries, death or losses or damages to persons or property AS WELL AS CLAIMS/ACTIONS BASED ON PUBLICITY RIGHTS, DEFAMATION, AND/OR INVASION OF PRIVACY that may arise from participating in this Sweepstakes or its related activities or the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of, or any harm resulting from the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the Prize(s). The Winner also acknowledges 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 the Prize(s).
DISPUTES: By entering the Sweepstakes, Entrants agree that i) Any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Sweepstakes, or any Prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; ii) Any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Sweepstakes but in no event attorney fees and iii) Under no circumstances will any Entrant be permitted to obtain any award for, and Entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the Entrants and Sponsor or the Released Parties in connection with the Sweepstakes, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with United States law. Any legal proceedings arising out of this Sweepstakes or relating to these Official Rules shall be instituted only in the federal or state courts of Ohio, and the parties consent to jurisdiction therein with respect to any legal proceedings or disputes of whatever nature arising under or relating to these Official Rules. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Official Rules shall otherwise remain in effect and be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.
WINNERS LIST REQUEST: To request confirmation of the name, city and state of residence of the Winner, please send a self-addressed, stamped business size envelope, by November 30, 2016 to: ASC/RushCard “Essence Festival Durban” Sweepstakes Winners List Request, 300 State St., Suite 402, Rochester, NY 14614.
The Prepaid Visa RushCard is issued by MetaBank, Member FDIC, pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. and is only available to residents of the United States (except Vermont) with a valid Social Security number. This card can be used everywhere Visa debit cards are accepted. MetaBank is not the sponsor of this Sweepstakes and has no responsibility for the administration thereof. Card may have fees that reduce winnings. Funds do not expire.