Liberty Tax Million Dollar Madness
Contest Name: Liberty Tax Service Bracket Challenge (the “Contest”).
Contest Dates: Contest registration begins at 12:00 am EST on 2/19/2014 and ends at 12:00 pm EST on 3/20/2014 (the “Registration Period”). The Contest winners will be determined after the Designated Tournament on 4/7/2014. Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.
Who May Enter: Contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia, excluding residents of New York, Rhode Island and Florida, who are the age of majority in their place of residence as of date of entry, and have a valid U.S. driver’s license or government issued ID, except the following persons who are not eligible to enter or win:
(a) Employees, officers, and directors of JTH Tax, Inc. d/b/a Liberty Tax Service (“Sponsor”), Million Dollar Media, LLC (the “Administrator”), each of their respective franchisees, parents, affiliated companies, subsidiaries, distributors, retailers, printers, advertising and promotion agencies, and any and all other person or entity associated with the design or execution of this promotion (collectively, “Released Parties”), and any of their immediate family members or members of their households, whether or not related, of any of the above. “Immediate family members” includes, for purposes of this promotion, parents (including in-laws), grandparents, siblings (including step-siblings), children (including step-children), grand children (including step grand children) and each of their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside.
(b) Individuals who do not have access to an internet connection in order to visit the Contest website or a valid email address to register.
How to Enter – On-Line Registration: Visit the Contest website at www.libertymadness.com during the “Registration Period” to connect to the Contest registration page. Fully complete the on-line registration with all required information, including your name, complete address (including city, state and zip), valid email address, birth date, and phone number (including area code). Each registrant will designate their own ‘Screen Name’, and must enter their username (email address) and password. The designated ‘Screen Name’ will be displayed on the ‘Standings Page’ during the Contest. Each registrant’s username (email address) & password will allow contestants to return to the Contest site to Log-in and view their entries, points and standings.
After having read and agreed to these Official Rules, click the submit button to submit your on-line registration. All entries must be complete and include all required registration information. Any entry that is incomplete or submitted with an invalid email address will be disqualified. Limit one entry per person and email address during the Registration Period. If any contestant submits more than one entry, all entries submitted by that contestant will be void, and the contestant will be disqualified.
Eligible Entries – Open to eligible entries received by 12:00 pm EST on 3/20/2014: No entries received after 12:00 pm EST on 3/20/2014 will be considered, regardless of the accuracy of their submitted bracket.
Bracket Entry – Must be completed and submitted by 12:00 pm ET on 3/20/2014:
Bracket entries must be completed and submitted between:
NOTE – Play-in game byes: The play-in games on 3/18/2014 and 3/19/2014 are byes, and not part of the prediction challenge.
Bracket: Once the Designated Tournament team selections have been announced on 3/16/2014 – all registered or newly registering contestants must fully complete the provided Bracket form on the Edit/Update Picks page of the Contest website.
Tie-Breaker: Each contestant will also be required to submit their entry of the Total Cumulative Points to be scored in the Championship Game on 4/7/2014. Any contestant who failed to complete the Total Cumulative Points ‘tie-break’ will be assigned a point total of 0 cumulative points for the Championship Game.
Save Picks: Contestants are required to click the ‘Save Picks’ button on the contest website to save their bracket selections, cumulative score or updates. Any changes or entries made without clicking the ‘Save Picks’ will not be saved or recognized for this Contest.
Completed bracket entries must be received by 12:00 pm ET on 3/20/2014 in order to be eligible to participate or win any prize. Any registered contestant who fails to fully or correctly complete the on-line registration form, or fully and correctly complete the required Bracket for all (63) games in the Designated Tournament (and Save their picks) will be disqualified from the contest and will be ineligible to win any prize. Any bracket not received by the required deadline for any reason including, but not limited to transmission error, internet problems, equipment or website malfunction, internet traffic or errors caused by viruses or hackers will be disqualified. Sponsor is not responsible for any delays or difficulty in receipt an eligible contestant’s Bracket that prevents participation.
Any incomplete or illegible entries will be disqualified. Released Parties are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, illegible, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, damaged, or for entries submitted in a manner that is not expressly allowed under these rules, or for any entry not submitted or received due to any technical error or failure, unauthorized human intervention, inaccurate capture or mis-entry of any required information, or the failure to capture any such information or effects of hackers or failure of any electronic equipment, computer or cellular transmissions and/or network connections; all of which will be disqualified.
Each contestant must submit an entry on his/her own behalf. Any entry submitted on behalf of another individual or using commercial subscription notification and/or entering services, or any entry using another person’s email address or name will be disqualified and ineligible to participate or win any prize. No mechanically reproduced or automated entries permitted. Use of any automated system to participate is prohibited and will result in disqualification and all such entries will be deemed void.
In the event of a dispute as to any on-line registration, the authorized account holder of the e-mail address used to register will be deemed to be the registrant and he/she must be eligible according to these Official Rules. The “authorized email account holder” is the natural person assigned an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. All entries received become the property of the Sponsor and will not be returned.
Scoring – Bracket Points: Each eligible contestant who has successfully completed the on-line registration and bracket as required by these Official Rules will receive the following points for each of the (63) games for which they have correctly determined the winning team:
1 point for each correct pick in Round 1
2 points for each correct pick in Round 2
4 points for each correct pick in Round 3
8 points for each correct pick in Round 4
16 points for each correct pick in Round 5
32 points for the correct Champion
Any incorrect entries will receive 0 points. The maximum point total for correctly determining the winning team in every game played during the Designated Tournament is 192 points. At the completion of the designated tournament, each eligible contestant bracket entry received will be compared to the actual bracket outcome.
Prize Awards: The following prize awards will be available to eligible contestants participating in the Contest:
Grand Prize – Determine all (63) Games Correctly (“Perfect Bracket”): If any eligible contestant correctly determines the winners of all sixty-three (63) games in the Designated Tournament, they will win the Grand Prize subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules. The Grand Prize is: $1,000,000 paid out as a 20 year annuity with equal payments of $50,000. The first $50,000 will be paid within fourteen (14) days to the verified winner, with each subsequent payment paid on the yearly anniversary of the first payment date.
A maximum of one (1) Grand Prize will be awarded. In order for the Grand Prize to be awarded, an eligible contestant must correctly determine the winners of all sixty-three (63) games in the Designated Tournament. If no eligible contestant correctly determines all 63 games, then the Grand Prize will not be awarded.
Bonus Prize – Determine (60) or more Games Correctly: If any eligible contestant (other than the Grand Prize winner) correctly determines the winners of sixty (60) or more games in the Designated Tournament, the contestant who correctly determines the most winners will win the Bonus Prize subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules. The Bonus Prize is: $25,000 Cash, payable in lump sum to the winner. The Grand Prize winner, if any, is not eligible to receive the Bonus Prize.
A maximum of one (1) Bonus Prize will be awarded. In order for the Bonus Prize to be awarded, an eligible contestant must correctly determine the winners of sixty (60) or more games in the Designated Tournament. If no eligible contestant correctly determines 60 or more games, then the Bonus Prize will not be awarded.
Runner-Up Prizes – Most Points (“Bracket Winner & 9 Runner Ups”): The (10) eligible contestants (other than the Grand Prize winner or Bonus Prize winner, if any) who score the most points in the bracket challenge will win the Runner-Up Prizes subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules. The Runner-Up Prizes are:
· First Place: $5,000 Cash
· Second Place: $2,500 Cash
· Third Place: $1,500 Cash
· Fourth Place: an iMac 21.5in with a maximum retail value of $1,299.00
· Fifth Place: 60” TV with a maximum retail value of $950.00
· Sixth Place: Surface Pro 2 with a maximum retail value of $899.99
· Seventh Place: xBox One with a maximum retail value of $499.99
· Eighth Place: Rebel Camera with a maximum retail value of $449.99
· Ninth Place: PlayStation 4 with a maximum retail value of $399.99
· Tenth Place: WiiU with a maximum retail value of $299.99
A maximum of ten (10) Runner-Up Prizes will be awarded.
Registration Bonus Prize: Eligible contestants who fully complete the registration process for the contest will be eligible to win the Registration Bonus Prize. On or about 3/20/14, a total of (1) entrant will be randomly selected from all eligible entries received to be awarded the Registration Bonus Prize. The selected Registration Bonus Prize winner will be notified initially by phone and/or email of their selection. Any selected registration bonus prize winner that cannot be reached or contacted to confirm their selection after (2) calls within a 48 hour period to the phone number or email address listed on their entry may be disqualified and an alternate registration bonus prize winner may be selected and notified, time permitting. During the winner notification phone call, potential Registration Bonus Prize winner must confirm their eligibility, and indicate their willingness to accept the prize.
Any selected Registration Bonus Prize winner who does not meet the eligibility requirements or is unable or unwilling to accept the prize will be disqualified. An alternate Registration Bonus Prize winner will then be randomly selected from all remaining eligible entries received, and notified per the procedures outlined above, time permitting. Only the Registration Bonus Prize winner selected and notified by sponsor will be eligible to claim the prize. All other entrants are ineligible. Registration Bonus Prize is non-transferable. No other individual may accept the prize on behalf of a selected prize winner. Decisions of judges in the selection of the Registration Bonus Prize winner, and all matters related to this contest are final. The odds of winning the registration bonus prize depend on the number of eligible entries received.
The Registration Bonus Prize is: a trip for (2) to Dallas, TX for the Final Men’s College Championship Basketball Game. The Registration Bonus Prize has a maximum value of $4,200.00 and includes:
· Three (3)-nights standard hotel accommodations, double occupancy at Sponsor designated hotel in Dallas, TX Metro area.
· (2) Tickets to the Men’s College Basketball Championship Game on 4/7/2014
Sponsor reserves the option, in its sole discretion, to award the registration prize winner, if any, a $4,200.00 cash prize award in lieu of entire prize award outlined above.
Winner and guest are solely responsible for having all required travel documentation, if required. Sponsor is not responsible for any travel delays or difficulty. If travel delays or difficulty prevent arrival in time for any and all elements of trip, sponsor is not responsible for awarding any compensation in lieu thereof. Each winner and his/her guests must travel together on the same itinerary. Any changes to completed travel arrangements, once booked, are the sole responsibility of the winner, and are solely at the winner’s expense. Actual value of the trip will depend on destination and any airfare fluctuations.
Unless child of winner, Grand Prize winner’s guest must be of legal age of majority in his/her state of residence (and at least 18) and will be required to execute and return a liability/publicity release prior to prize award. Each winner and his/her guest must travel together on the same itinerary. All transportation, meals, gratuities, income taxes and any other expenses not specified herein as being included in the grand prize package are the sole responsibility of the winners. Winner and guest are solely responsible for having all required travel documentation for their requested destination including valid passports, if required. Any changes to completed travel arrangements, once booked, are the sole responsibility of the winner, and are solely at the winner’s expense. Actual value of trip will depend on travel dates. Sponsor is not responsible for any travel delays or difficulty. If travel delays or difficulty prevent arrival in time for any and all elements of trip, sponsor is not responsible for awarding any compensation in lieu thereof. Sponsor not responsible for late, lost, damaged or stolen luggage.
Tie Breaking Procedures: In the event of a tie among any entrants in any prize category (i.e., Grand Prize, Bonus Prize, and Runner-Up Prize), the one winner for that category will be determined as follows:
· Contestant who has determined closest to the actual Total Cumulative Points in the Championship game on 4/7/2014, regardless if the determination is higher or lower than the maximum point total.
· In the event of a remaining tie among any eligible contestants, the tie-breaker shall be the contestant with the Total Cumulative Points in the proceeding semi-final round, regardless if the determination is higher or lower than the maximum point total.
Potential winners will be notified by telephone or email on or about 4/8/2014. Each winner must accept delivery of prize as specified by Sponsor. Prize does not include any other costs or associated expenses not identified in these Official Rules.
Maximum of one prize award per participating contestant, excluding the Registration Bonus Prize. All applicable federal, state and local taxes are the winner’s sole responsibility. All prize awards are non-transferable and no cash redemption or prize substitution allowed, except at Sponsor’s sole discretion or as provided herein. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of comparable or greater value, at its sole discretion.
All of the following will apply for each prize winner: 1) Winners (or parent/legal guardian if winner is a minor in state of residence) will be required to complete and return, within 5 days of date of receipt, a W-9 form (if prize value exceeds $600), an affidavit of eligibility, and a liability/publicity release (where permitted); 2) Winners will be required to present a copy of a valid social security card and a valid driver’s license as a condition of receiving any prize; 3) Winners will be issued an IRS Form 1099 reflecting the actual value of all prizes won, if prize value exceeds $600; and 4) Failure to accept or properly claim any prize in accordance with these rules will result in forfeiture of the prize. If forfeited for any reason, finalist will not receive any other prize substitution or compensation, and the prize will remain the property of Sponsor and will not be awarded, except as provided herein. If any entrant does not comply with the time frame for returning affidavits and releases, if a prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, or if Sponsor is unable to contact a potential winner for any reason within a reasonable time frame, the entrant will be disqualified and the prize awarded to a potential alternate winner.
Odds of Winning the Grand Prize, Bonus Prize or Runner-up Prize: The odds of winning depend on the skill of each eligible entrant.
Additional Rules & Restrictions: By participating in this Contest, entrants agree to abide by and be bound by the Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor and Administrator, which shall be final in all matters relating to this Contest. In the event an entrant wins a prize, and is later found to be in violation of these rules he/she will be required to forfeit the prize or to reimburse Sponsor for the stated value of the prize if such violation is discovered after winner has used the prize. Participation in Contest constitutes permission for the Sponsor and its designees to use contestant’s names, cities and states of residence, images, and/or likenesses for any commercial or non-commercial purposes, including advertising, in any and all media now or hereafter known worldwide on perpetuity without limitation or further compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law. False, fraudulent or deceptive entries or acts shall render entrants ineligible for any prize.
TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, By participating, entrants agree to release and hold all Released Parties harmless from any claims, losses, actions, injury (including but not limited to death) judgments, demands, costs, expenses, or damages of any kind, whether direct, incidental or consequential, arising out of or relating to entrant’s participation in this Contest, or the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize, or participation in prize-related activities (including but not limited to travel or activity related thereto), and to assume all liability thereof.
Released Parties shall not be liable to winner or any other person for any action or inaction, including the failure to supply the prize or any part thereof, caused by reason of any acts of God, any actions, regulations, orders, or requests by any governmental entity, equipment failure, terrorist acts, war, fire, unusually severe weather, embargo, labor dispute or strike, labor or material shortage, transportation interruption of any kind, or any other cause beyond Released Parties’ sole control.
Contestants are restricted to use of ordinary and typical computer equipment, mobile phone equipment, Internet access and cellular networks. Sponsor disclaims all liability for the inability of a contestant to complete or continue an entry due to equipment malfunction, busy lines, inadvertent disconnections, acts beyond the Sponsor’s control, or otherwise. The Sponsor disclaims any liability for received entries due to technical difficulties or transmission errors. The Sponsor disclaims all liability for any delays, mis-delivery, loss, or failure in the delivery of any item sent by mail, courier, express, electronic transmission, or other delivery method. Released Parties are not responsible for mechanical, technical, electronic, communications, telephone, computer, hardware or software errors, malfunctions or failures of any kind, including: failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed transmission of online entries, traffic congestion on telephone lines, the Internet or at any website or lost or unavailable network connections which may limit an online entrant's ability to participate in the Contest, and any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer or mobile phone related to or resulting from participating in or downloading any information necessary to participate in the Contest. Released Parties are not responsible for any other errors of any kind, whether computer, technical, typographical, printing, human or otherwise, relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitations, errors which may occur in connection with the printing or advertising of this Contest, administration or execution of the Contest, the cancellation of the game, the processing of entries or in the announcement of the prizes or prize winners. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest website. ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEY’S FEES) FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.
Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, modify or terminate the Contest and not award any prizes if fraud, misconduct or technical failures destroy or threaten the integrity of this portion of the Contest, in the opinion of the Sponsor/Administrator, if a computer virus, bug, or other technical problem corrupts the administration, security, or proper conduct of the Contest, or if the Contest is otherwise not able to be conducted as planned, as determined by Sponsor/Administrator, in their sole discretion.
In addition, if the Designated Tournament is delayed, rescheduled, postponed or cancelled, Sponsor reserves the right, but assumes no obligation, to cancel or modify the Contest and shall not be required to award any prizes.
IN CASE OF DISPUTES: By participating, each entrant agrees that (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with this Contest, its promotion, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and any judicial proceeding shall take place in a federal or state court within the Commonwealth of Virginia; (2) any and all claims, judgments, and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Contest, and in no event will entrant be entitled to received attorneys' fees or other legal costs; and (3) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental, and consequential damages, and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrant and Sponsor in connection with this Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions (whether of the Commonwealth of Virginia or any other jurisdiction), that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Official Rules & Winners List: For a copy of these Official Rules or the names of prize winners, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to be received by 6/7/2014 to: Liberty Tax Service Bracket Challenge, c/o Million Dollar Media, P.O. Box 278, Woodbridge, NJ 07095. PLEASE SPECIFY which you are requesting: Official Rules or Winners List.
Sponsor: This Contest is sponsored by Liberty Tax Service, 1716 Corporate Landing Parkway, Virginia Beach, VA 23454.
Administrator: This Contest is administered by Million Dollar Media, LLC, P.O. Box 278, Woodbridge, NJ 07095.