steep by BIGELOW CHICAGO TAKEOVER EVENT

OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

  1. PROMOTION DESCRIPTION: The steep by Bigelow Chicago Takeover Event (the “Promotion”) begins at 12:00:00 AM (ET) on 4/22/16 and ends at 11:59:59 PM (ET) on 4/25/16 (“Promotion Period”).  The Promotion consists of periodic scheduled events (collectively, the “Events”) to be held on specific dates and times (collectively, the “Event Periods”).  During the Event Periods, entrants who are in attendance at one (1) or more of the scheduled Events may play an online instant win game (the “Instant Win Game”) via Twitter.com and/or Instagram.com for a chance to win an opportunity to play a Bigelow Plinko-style game (“Bigelow Plinko Instant Win Game”) at the Event, as more fully described below.  Each Event will consist of an event entry period (“Event Entry Period”) to receive entries associated with each Event of the Promotion.  The Events portion of the Promotion provides eligible entrants with the (optional) opportunity to take a digital photo of you (the entrant) either enjoying a cup of steep by Bigelow tea at the Event.  Individuals will submit their entry and optional digital photo in order to play the Instant Win Game, as more fully described below (the “Event Entry”) for participation in the respective Event Instant Win Game where the below noted number of winners will be randomly determined for each Event Entry Period to win the opportunity to play the Bigelow Plinko Instant Win Game at the respective Event.  The details of the Event Entry Periods, the Event Instant Win Game and the Bigelow Plinko Instant Win Game are described in further detail below in these Official Rules.  By participating in the Promotion, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of R.C. Bigelow, Inc. (“Sponsor”), which shall be final and binding in all respects.  Entry in the Promotion does not constitute entry into any other promotion, contest or sweepstakes.  For purposes of this Promotion, a “Day” is defined as a consecutive twenty-four (24) hour period during the Promotion Period starting at 12:00:00 AM (CT) and ending at 11:59:59 PM (CT).  You may enter as often as you wish during the Promotion Period, but limit of one (1) Bigelow Plinko Instant Win Game prize per person in the Promotion.

  2. ELIGIBILITY: Open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older at time of entry.  Employees of R.C. Bigelow, Inc., its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies (collectively, the “Promotion Entities”) and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each are not eligible to participate.  Void where prohibited

  3. HOW TO PLAY THE INSTANT WIN GAME: To participate in the Instant Win Game, you must attend one (1) or more of the Events.  For a complete listing of Events, including Event dates, times and locations, go to http://www.steepbybigelow.com/events (“Events Website”).  To play the Instant Win Game at an Event, go to either of the two (2) social media channels noted below and enter as follows:

    A. TWITTER. To enter via Twitter.com, entrants must log into their Twitter account and tweet their Event Entry (and optional photo, if desired) using hashtag #steeplife and hashtag #Entry (collectively the “Hashtags”) in the caption of their tweet.  By using the Hashtags, you affirm that you have read, understand and agree to these Official Rules.  You must be a registered Twitter member and have a valid non-private Twitter account to enter via the Twitter method of entry.  Twitter registration and Promotion entry is free.

    B. INSTAGRAM. To enter via Instagram.com, entrants must log into their Instagram account and post their Event Entry (and optional photo, if desired) on Instagram using the Hashtags.  By using the Hashtags, you affirm that you have read, understand and agree to these Official Rules.  You must be a registered Instagram member and have a valid non-private Instagram account to enter via the Instagram method of entry.  Instagram registration and Promotion entry is free.

    Each Event Entry must meet the following “Entry Requirements” (any Event Entry that, in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion, violates the following criteria will be disqualified).

    ·       Entrant must have an applicable social media account (Twitter.com and/or Instagram.com), which can be obtained for free at the respective social media site or in the applicable app store;

    ·       Entrant must be the rightful owner of the social media account associated with the Event Entry;

    ·       Event Entry must comply with the social media site’s terms and conditions as posted on the respective social media site;

    ·       Event Entry must NOT contain any material that infringes or violates any right of a third party including copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret or other proprietary rights, other than those belonging to Sponsor; 

    ·       Event Entry must NOT contain subject matter which is, or could be considered, in the sole discretion of the Promotion Entities, obscene, pornographic, violent (e.g., relating to murder, the sales of weapons, cruelty, abuse, etc.), defamatory, libelous, discriminatory (based on race, sex, religion, natural origin, physical disability, sexual orientation or age), illegal (e.g., illegal gambling, underage drinking, substance abuse, computer hacking, etc.), offensive, threatening, profane, hateful, degrading, harassing, or otherwise unlawful, tortious or objectionable;

    ·       Event Entry must NOT contain any derogatory references to any of the Promotion Entities

    Any optional photo(s) must be uploaded based on size and format requirements for the selected social media channel method of entry.  Event Entries may not show any individual(s) in the Event Entry other than the entrant, and no names may be mentioned.  By entering the Promotion, the entrant gives the Sponsor and its partners, the right to use, edit, or publish the Event Entry in any form, manner, or media and for any commercial or non-commercial purpose, without further compensation and winner irrevocably assigns and transfers all rights, title and interest in the submission to the Sponsor, and, if required, will sign any documents necessary to transfer copyright and rights of publicity.  Winner may have to certify in writing that they completed the Event Entry and no other person or entity holds rights to Event Entry.  All Event Entry materials become the property of Sponsor.  Sponsor is not responsible for any change of email address, mailing address and/or phone number of entrants.  If a sufficient number of eligible Event Entries are not received during the Event Entry Period, Sponsor may not award the stated number of Instant Win Game prizes for an Event Entry period, as determined in its sole discretion.  If for any reason during an Event Entry period, an Event Entry is not compliant with these Official Rules as solely determined by Sponsor, the Event Entry will be disqualified from the Promotion.  Direct any questions, comments or concerns regarding the Promotion to Sponsor, not Twitter or Instagram

    No automated entry devices, bots and/or other programs and/or software are permitted for entry.  Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, illegible, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, misdirected, technically corrupted or garbled entries, which will be disqualified, or for problems of any kind, whether mechanical, human or electronic.  Only fully completed entries are eligible.  In the event a dispute regarding the individual who actually submitted an Event Entry, the Event Entry will be deemed submitted by the authorized account holder of the social media account at the time of entry.  The potential winner may be required to provide Sponsor with proof that he/she is the authorized account holder of the social media account associated with the winning entry.  If a dispute cannot be resolved to Sponsor’s satisfaction, the affected Event Entry will be deemed ineligible.  Proof of submission will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by Sponsor.  Only fully completed entries are eligible.  The Promotion Entities shall not be responsible for incorrect or inaccurate entry information whether caused by Internet users or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Promotion or by any technical or human error which may occur in the processing of the entries in the Promotion.  The Promotion Entities assume no responsibility or liability for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, theft or destruction, or unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries. 

  4. TO CLAIM AN INSTANT WIN GAME PRIZE: If you are a potential winner of an Instant Win Game prize (i.e. opportunity to play the Bigelow Plinko Instant Win Game), you will be notified via tweet or Instagram (or other applicable form of contact) via the social media channel used for entry within five (5) minutes of submission of your Event Entry with instructions on how to verify eligibility and claim the prize.  Sponsor shall have no liability for any winner notification that is lost, intercepted or not received by a potential winner for any reason.  If, despite reasonable efforts, a potential winner does not respond within fifteen (15) minutes of the first notification attempt, or if the prize or prize notification is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable to such potential winner, such potential winner will forfeit his or her prize.  Sponsor shall have no liability for any winner notification that is lost, intercepted or not received by a potential winner for any reason.  Promotion Entities are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, illegible or misdirected claims.  Prize claim is subject to verification by Sponsor, whose decisions are final.  If by reason of printing or other error, more prizes are claimed than number set forth in Official Rules, all persons making purportedly valid claims will be included in a random drawing to award the prize in that category.  No more than advertised number of prizes will be awarded.  Any potential winning entry is subject to verification by Sponsor, whose decisions are final and binding.  A “Screen Shot” is not proof or evidence of a winning entry and/or Promotion prize.  An entrant is not a winner of any prize, even if any messaging should so indicate, unless and until said participant’s eligibility has been verified and said participant has been notified that verification is complete.  Sponsor will not accept Screen Shots or other evidence of winning in lieu of its validation process.  Any entry that occurs after the system has failed for any reason is deemed a defective entry and is void and will not be honored.  The submission of a prize claim is solely the responsibility of the entrant.

  5. HOW TO PLAY THE BIGELOW PLINKO INSTANT WIN GAME: If you are a winner in the Instant Win Game at an Event, go to the steep by Bigelow booth at the Event and present your Instant Win Game winning message to a Bigelow representative for an opportunity to play the Bigelow Plinko Instant Win Game.  You will be provided with instructions on how to play the Bigelow Plinko Instant Win Game by a Bigelow representative at the Event.  Upon completion of your steep by Bigelow Plinko-style game play, you will win the prize indicated that the Plinko ball lands in – subject to verification.  If by reason of printing or other error, more prizes are claimed than number set forth in Official Rules, all persons making purportedly valid claims will be included in a random drawing to award the prize in that category.  No more than advertised number of prizes will be awarded.  Any potential winning game play is subject to verification by Sponsor, whose decisions are final and binding.  An entrant is not a winner of any prize, even if any messaging should so indicate, unless and until said participant’s eligibility has been verified and said participant has been notified that verification is complete.  Sponsor will not accept Screen Shots or other evidence of winning in lieu of its validation process.  Any entry that occurs after the system has failed for any reason is deemed a defective entry and is void and will not be honored.  The submission of a prize claim is solely the responsibility of the entrant.

  6. PRIZES/APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUES (ARV)/ODDS:  BIGELOW PLINKO INSTANT WIN GAME – Seven Hundred Ninety Three (793) PRIZES (prizes to be randomly awarded over the four (4) Events based on game plays at each Event): one hundred (100) - Mug ($4 ea.)/Odds 1:8; four hundred (400) - T-shirt ($10 ea.)/Odds 1:2; eighty (80) - Hat ($10 ea.)/Odds 1:10; one hundred (100) - Clean Canteen ($18 ea.)/Odds 1:8; fifty (50) - $25 Retailer Gift Card ($25 ea.)/Odds 1:16; forty (40) - Moleskin Notebook ($35 ea.)/Odds 1:20; twenty (20) - $50 Restaurant Gift Card ($50 ea.)/Odds 1:40; and three (3) - Pair of 2016 home game tickets to a Chicago-based professional baseball team (date of game associated with tickets are at Sponsor’s sole discretion) ($100 ea. winner)/Odds 1:265.  Odds noted are estimated and may vary depending on number of prizes available at time of game play and number of winners per Event.  INSTANT WIN GAME – Two Hundred (200) Prizes (for each Event – total per Event may vary based on attendance and Event game plays) – An opportunity to play the Bigelow Plinko Instant Win Game (there is no ARV associated with this prize).  Unclaimed prizes will not be awarded.  Odds of winning an Instant Win Game prize depend on total number of eligible entries received and the order in which they are received.  All applicable federal, state, and local taxes on prize are the sole responsibility of the prize winners.  Limit one (1) Bigelow Plinko Instant Win Game prize per person in the Promotion.

  7. GENERAL: If prize notification is returned as non-deliverable, prize may be forfeited; and in the case of an Event Instant Win Game prize - an alternate winner may be selected.  No correspondence will be acknowledged.  No cash equivalents, substitutions or transfer of prize permitted except that Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value.  By entering the Promotion, entrants agree to release and hold harmless, the Promotion Entities, their affiliates, directors, officers, employees, assigns, consultants, representatives, agents and their respective agents and agencies (“Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation or attempt to participate in the Promotion or receipt or use of any prize.  Entrants and winners (i.e. entrants that accept a prize) release and agree to indemnify and hold the Released Parties harmless against any and all claims and liability out of acceptance, possession, use or misuses of prize, or participation in this Promotion.  Released Parties will have no liability whatsoever for any injuries, losses or damages of any kind resulting from acceptance, possession, use and/or misuse of any prize or participation in the Promotion or any prize-related activities.  Acceptance of a prize shall be construed as and signify the winner's agreement and consent that Sponsor and the applicable Promotion Entities may use the winner's name, voice, likeness and/or prize information, without limitation, for promotional purposes without further consideration, review, approval or payment, unless prohibited by law.  By participating in this Promotion, entrants agree to be bound by the Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding in all respects.  Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer or in administration of the Promotion.  Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

    ALL POTENTIAL WINNERS ARE SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION BY SPONSOR, WHOSE DECISIONS ARE FINAL AND BINDING IN ALL MATTERS RELATED TO THIS PROMOTION.  AN ENTRANT IS NOT A WINNER OF ANY PRIZE UNLESS AND UNTIL ENTRANT’S ELIGIBILITY HAS BEEN VERIFIED AND ENTRANT HAS BEEN NOTIFIED THAT VERIFICATION IS COMPLETE.

  8. LIMITATIONS AND RELEASES: Any attempted form of entry into the Promotion, other than the entry methods stated, is prohibited.  The Released Parties are not responsible for lost, late, mutilated or illegible entries nor for electronic transmission errors resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware, software, electronic, network, telephone or other communications malfunctions, errors or failures of any kind, errors in transmission, lost or unavailable network connections, telephone connections, wireless phone connections, website, Internet, or ISP availability, unauthorized human intervention, traffic congestion, incomplete or inaccurate capture or entry information (regardless of cause) or failed, incomplete, garbled, jumbled or delayed transmissions which may limit or restrict an participant’s ability to enter the Promotion, including any injury or damage to participant’s or any other person’s phone, or other matter relating to or resulting from participating in this Promotion or uploading any materials in the Promotion.

    If for any reason the Promotion is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of the Sponsor which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Promotion, 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 Promotion.  Caution: Any attempt by any person to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Promotion is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent of the law.

    WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, EVERYTHING REGARDING THIS PROMOTION, INCLUDING ALL PRIZES, ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT.  SOME JURISIDICATIONS MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OF EXCLUSIONS OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUNETIAL DAMAGES OR EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY.  CHECK LOCAL LAWS FOR ANY RESTRICTIONS OR LIMITATIONS REGARDING THESE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS.

  9. PRIVACY: For information about how R.C. Bigelow, Inc. and Chirpify uses your personal information, please see their respective privacy policies, located at http://www.bigelowtea.com/privacy.cfm and http://www.chirpify.com/privacy/.

  10. GOVERNING LAW/JURISDICATION: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules or the rights and obligations of entrants or Sponsor in connection with the Promotion shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the state of Connecticut without giving effect to any choice of law of conflict or law rules or provisions that would cause the application of any other state’s laws

  11. WINNER’S LIST: For names of winners of prizes valued at $25 or more, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope by 6/15/16 to: steep by Bigelow Chicago Takeover Event, Attn: Winner’s List, P.O. Box 34177, Omaha, NE 68134.  Winner’s list to be available after 5/15/16.

  12. SPONSOR: R.C. Bigelow, Inc., 201 Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield, CT06825.

This Promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Twitter and Instagram.  You understand that you are providing your information to Sponsor and not to Twitter or Instagram.  The information you provide will be used as fully set forth in the Sponsor’s privacy policy found at http://www.bigelowtea.com/privacy.cfm and Chipify’s privacy policy found at http://www.chirpify.com/privacy/.

Plinko is a registered trademark of FremantleMedia Netherlands B.V.  FremantleMedia Netherlands B.V. is not a sponsor or co-sponsor of this promotion.  The “Plinko” name is used for purposes of promotion and/or game description only and such use is not intended to suggest or imply FremantleMedia’s participation, sponsorship, endorsement, or approval of this promotion.