Nicor Gas Giving Thanks OFFICIAL SWEEPSTAKES RULES
NO PURCHASE REQUIRED TO ENTER OR WIN.
Please read these Sweepstakes Rules of Nicor Gas (“Sweepstakes Sponsor”) Giving Thanks Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”).
ELIGIBILITY TO ENTER. This promotion is open to persons who satisfy the following requirements: you must be a legal resident of Illinois and eligible to receive residential gas delivery service from Sweepstakes Sponsor and you must be at least eighteen (18) years of age. No purchase necessary to enter or win. A purchase or payment of any kind will not increase your chances of winning. Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received.
Sweepstakes entries must meet eligibility requirements or the entry will not be counted. Incomplete entries will be disqualified. Only one prize per eligible entry is allowed. Duplicate entries will not be accepted.
SPONSOR. The Sweepstakes is sponsored by Southern Company Gas.
AGREEMENT TO OFFICIAL RULES. By participating in the Sweepstakes, entrant fully and unconditionally agrees to and accepts these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Sweepstakes.
ENTRY DEADLINE. The Sweepstakes runs from 12:01 a.m. Central Standard Time on November 1, 2018 through 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time on December 31, 2018 (“Sweepstakes Period”).
HOW TO ENTER. There are four ways to enter the Sweepstakes: (i) an online My Account Paperless election; (ii) elect to become an eBill customer (iii) a mail-in method; and (iiii) being an existing Paperless Billing Customer of Sweepstakes Sponsor on November 2, 2018 and remain enrolled through the end of the Sweepstakes Period. There is a limit of one (1) entry per entrant regardless of entry method. In the event more than one entry is received with respect to any participant, the first entry processed by the Sweepstakes Sponsor will be considered the only valid entry.
Online My Account Paperless Billing Method: To enter via the My Account Paperless election, click on the link below to learn more about Sweepstakes Sponsor’s My Account Paperless Billing Options and enroll during the Sweepstakes Period. https://youtu.be/NmpLglO9jys
eBill e-mail Paperless Billing Method: To enter via the eBill election, click to subscribe for the option through our solicitation email, if applicable.
Mail-In Method. Print your full name, age, complete street/mailing address (including zip code), phone number (including area code) on a 3½” x 5” card and mailing the completed card, with sufficient first-class postage affixed, to Giving Thanks Sweepstakes, Southern Company Gas, 10 Peachtree Pl NE, Atlanta, GA 30309. Such mail-in entries for the Sweepstakes must be legible, and submitted in original hand-printed form. A mail-in entry pursuant to this paragraph will be deemed valid and eligible for consideration only if such entry is received by the Sweepstakes Sponsor prior to the end of the Sweepstakes Period. All entry forms must be filled out completely and truthfully. Failure to complete the application and provide truthful and pertinent information may result in disqualification from the Sweepstakes. Disqualification is in the sole discretion of Sweepstakes Sponsor.
Existing My Account Paperless Billing Customers. You will be automatically entered into the Sweepstakes by being an existing Sweepstakes Sponsor customer with an active utility account who was enrolled in one of the Sweepstakes Sponsor’s My Account Paperless Billing Services on November 2, 2018 and remain enrolled through the end of the Sweepstakes Period. Please note: If you are currently enrolled in CheckFree e-Bill, you will need to cancel that option before you can enroll in My Account Paperless Billing. Visit the Checkfree website to submit your cancellation request online. CheckFree normally processes cancellations by the next day. You can check the status of your enrollment on the Account Summary screen on this site before signing up for My Account Paperless Billing.
Entries become the property of Sweepstakes Sponsor and will not be returned. Sweepstakes Sponsor may use any of the entries for any purpose whatsoever, without further compensation to the entrant. Sweepstakes Sponsor is not responsible for lost, incomplete, damaged, illegible, late, or misdirected entries, or for errors in mechanical transmission, technical or wireless difficulties or inability to transmit Internet or text entries.
Prizes. One (1) entry will be drawn randomly from the pool of all entries received as of Sunday, November 11, 2018, and one (1) entry will be drawn at the end of each subsequent week through the end of the Sweepstakes Period as follows: the entries will be drawn the first day after each eligible week (on Sunday). If the first entry drawn does not meet the Sweepstakes requirements, determined by Sweepstakes Sponsor in its sole discretion, entries will continue to be randomly drawn until an entry meeting the Sweepstakes requirements is selected and the prizes are awarded. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.
Notification. The potential winner(s) will be notified within 5 days of award, subject to eligibility verification. By entering the Sweepstakes, the entrant hereby grants permission to be contacted via telephone and email. If a potential winner does not come forward or cannot be found within 30 days of e-mail notification or notification via phone or is otherwise found to be ineligible, he/she will forfeit his/her prize and the prize may be awarded to an alternate winner from among all remaining eligible entries. Entrants agree that Sweepstakes Sponsor have the sole right to determine the potential winner of the Sweepstakes and all matters or disputes arising from the Sweepstakes and that its determination is final and binding.
PRIZES. Each winner will receive a $200 gift card from Visa®. A prize will be forfeited if the respective winner fails to claim prize by the deadline, fails to execute the prepared forms of release and waiver (if required by Sweepstakes Sponsor, in its sole discretion), or if the selected winner is not eligible in accordance with these rules. Prizes are not assignable or transferable. Federal, state and local taxes are solely the responsibility of the winner. If required by law, prize winners will receive a 1099 tax form reflecting the actual value of the prize. Winners agree to claim their prize as directed by Sweepstakes Sponsor. Prize redemption or collection may be made by turning in a release form & W9, prize mailed to winner, or other processes. In the event that a prize is mailed to the winner, pursuant to winner’s prior written consent, the winner assumes the risk of the prize’s safe arrival. Winners may be required to: (a) furnish photographic identification in the form of a government issued document; and (b) furnish a signed affidavit or such other documentation (i) acknowledging your acceptance and compliance with these Sweepstakes Rules, (ii) confirming your eligibility to participate in the Sweepstakes, and (iii) providing the Sweepstakes Sponsor any other reasonably requested information, including, without limitation, your social security number and any other information required for tax reporting purposes, in a form determined by the Sweepstakes Sponsor. Failure to furnish such information and signed affidavit within the time period stated in the Sweepstakes Sponsor’s request may cause disqualification, as determined in Sweepstakes Sponsor’ sole discretion.
Sweepstakes Sponsor is not responsible or liable for any incorrect or inaccurate entry information or other errors in the printing, offering, or administration of the Sweepstakes or in the announcement of the prize(s).
Any expenses incurred by the entrant during the application process, including, but not limited to, postage, mileage, internet access fees, etc., are the sole responsibility of each entrant and Sweepstakes Sponsor will not issue reimbursement for any expenses whatsoever.
Total ARV of each Prize: $200.00. No substitution, exchange or transfer of prize by any winner. Limit: 1 prize per person.
A. This Sweepstakes is void where prohibited or restricted by law and is subject to all federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
B. Employees of Southern Company Gas, and its subsidiaries and affiliates and their immediate families (i.e., parents, spouse, siblings, children, grandparents, step parents, step children and step siblings and their respective spouses, and those living in the same household, whether or not related) are not eligible to enter this Sweepstakes.
C. Entrants must be a US Citizen and a residential customer of Company Sponsor or be eligible to receive natural gas delivery service from Sweepstakes Sponsor and be 18 years and older at the time of entry.
D. By participating in the Sweepstakes, each participant agrees to be bound by and comply with these Sweepstakes Rules.
CONDITIONS OF ENTRY.
A. Use of winners’ names. By entering, each entrant grants permission, without further compensation or approval, to the Sweepstakes Sponsor, its agents and licensees, to use the entrant's name, voice, photograph, likeness and biographical material for promotional purposes in connection with the Sweepstakes.
B. Execution of Affidavit and Release. By entering, each entrant agrees that if selected as a prize winner, he/she will sign a release and waiver of liability, if required by Sweepstakes Sponsor, in its sole discretion. The prize will be forfeited and awarded to another entrant if the selected winner does not execute the prepared form of release and waiver within ten days of the request to sign such release and waiver, or if the selected winner is not eligible in accordance with these rules.
C. Release of Liability. By entering, entrants agree to release Sweepstakes Sponsor, its employees, officers, directors, parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates and partners from any claim, loss, liability, damage or injury of any kind arising from their participation in the Sweepstakes, or their receipt or use of the Sweepstakes prize(s), and any Sweepstakes-related activity.
D. Prize Substitutions. No substitute prizes are available; however, Sweepstakes Sponsor may, at its discretion, substitute prizes of equal or greater value. Prizes are non-transferable and may not be redeemed for cash. If the prize becomes unavailable for any reason, Sweepstakes Sponsor reserve the right to substitute a prize of comparable value.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL SWEEPSTAKES SPONSOR BE LIABLE FOR INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, ATTORNEYS’ FEES, OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES.
ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY CIRCUMVENT, DISRUPT, OR DAMAGE ORDINARY AND NORMAL OPERATION OF THIS SWEEPSTAKES, TELEPHONE SYSTEMS OR WEBSITE, OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAW. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SWEEPSTAKES SPONSOR RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW AND TO DISQUALIFY ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL FROM PARTICIPATION IN THE SWEEPSTAKES OR ANY OTHER SWEEPSTAKES.
FORCE MAJEURE. If for any reason, this Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, tampering, fraud, technical failure, or any other cause which corrupts or threatens the administration, security or integrity of the Sweepstakes, Sweepstakes Sponsor reserve the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate or suspend the Sweepstakes or any portion of the Sweepstakes for any reason. Any attempt to damage or undermine the fair and legitimate operation of this Sweepstakes will result in disqualification from the Sweepstakes. Information submitted in Internet entries, including entrant's name, address, e-mail address, etc., shall become the property of Sweepstakes Sponsor, but will not be transferred, sold, or otherwise used by Sweepstakes Sponsor for any purpose other than the administration of this Sweepstakes and the related behavioral-based programming.
CHOICE OF LAW AND VENUE. All entrants agree, by participation in the Sweepstakes, to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the courts of Georgia. Georgia law shall govern this Sweepstakes, without regard Georgia’s choice of law rules. The courts of Georgia shall be the exclusive forum for any dispute regarding any of these Rules or any activity associated with the Sweepstakes.
Sweepstakes Sponsor reserve the right in its sole discretion to supplement or make changes to these Sweepstakes Rules at any time without notice. Sweepstakes Sponsor reserve the right in its sole discretion to interpret the rules of this Sweepstakes, and such interpretation shall be binding upon all participants. Sweepstakes Sponsor shall not be responsible for any administrative errors involved in the execution of this Sweepstakes.
COPY OF RULES. Copies of the Official Rules for this Sweepstakes may also be obtained by sending an email to email@example.com.
WINNERS LIST. Can be obtained by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org after December 31, 2018 and before February 28, 2019.