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Rules for ABC 7’s “Costa Rica Vacation Giveaway” Contest

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Rules for ABC 7’s “Costa Rica Vacation Giveaway” Contest


1. These rules govern the WWSB-TV ABC 7 “Costa Rica Vacation Giveaway” Contest (the “Contest”) conducted by WWSB-TV (“The Station” or “Promoter”).  The Contest runs Thursday, February 2, 2017 through Wednesday, March 1, 2017.  The contest starts at 6:00AM on February 2, 2017 and your last opportunity to enter will be by midnight on March 1, 2017.

2. This Contest is governed exclusively by the laws of the United States. Void where prohibited. 


a:  All Entrants must reside in WWSB’s designated market area as defined by Nielsen.  Those counties include Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Manatee, Sarasota, Citrus, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, and Sumter.  All Entrants must be 18 years of age or older to be eligible.  To claim one of the daily prizes or the grand prize, winning Entrants must present a validly-issued government ID at the ABC 7 offices in Sarasota. If winning entrants fail to produce proper identification, the prize will be forfeited. Employees of WWSB-TV (ABC 7), Calkins Media, the ABC Television Network and its parent company, The Walt Disney Company, their subsidiaries and affiliated companies, advertising and promotion agencies, the contest sponsors, and anyone involved in this contest production, development or handling, and immediate families/household members of anyone so employed are not eligible.

b: Entrants are required to provide truthful information.  The Station will reject and delete any entry that it discovers to be false or fraudulent. The Station will disqualify any entry from individuals who do not meet the eligibility requirements.


a:  The contest runs on the twenty weekdays beginning Thursday, February 2, 2017 through Wednesday, March 1, 2017.  To enter the contest, the entrant must watch “ABC 7 Good Morning Suncoast” weekdays between 6:00AM and 7:00AM or “ABC 7 News at 6PM” weekdays between 6:00PM and 6:30PM on any of these days for the “Word of the Day”.  During each of these programs on each of these twenty days, ABC 7 will reveal the “Word of the Day”.  Entrants will have until midnight on each of these twenty days to register for the chance to win by entering that day’s correct “Word of the Day” at  Entrants must also include his/her first and last names, phone number and email address. Upon clicking "submit entry" the entry to the contest is recorded. 

b:  In order to have chances to win on a specific day, you must enter on that day by midnight 12:00AM EST.

c:  All entries submitted become the sole property of the Station and will not be acknowledged or returned.

d:  Use of any device to automate entry is prohibited. Proof of submission of an entry shall not be deemed proof of receipt by Promoter.

e:  The contest administrator’s computer is the official time keeping device for the Contest. For purpose of this Contest, a “Day” shall begin at 12:00:00 a.m. Eastern Time and shall end at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time.


a: All decisions are final and binding in matters relating to the Contest.

b: Each day of the contest, a daily winner will be selected in a random drawing from all correct/eligible entries received on the specified day as of midnight 12:00AM EST, unless otherwise specified on the entry page.  Drawings will take place after midnight 12:00AM daily. All correct entries received over the duration of the contest will also be eligible for the Grand Prize.

c: Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received daily. ENTRANTS MAY ONLY ENTER ONCE PER DAY. Drawing may be done through an electronic script which will randomly select the winner by using a computer script designed to select random entry or entries.

d: Potential winners of the ABC 7 “Costa Rica Vacation Giveaway” will be notified by phone or email within three (3) business days of the drawing date or as early as possible.

e: Each entrant selected as a potential prize winner must comply with all terms and conditions set forth in these Official Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all such requirements, including ability and eligibility to travel on designated vacation dates.

f: Winners must execute and return any required affidavit of eligibility and/or liability/publicity release within ten (10) days of notification attempt or winner will be disqualified and the prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner may be chosen. If a potential winner cannot be contacted, fails to complete, sign and return the required affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release within the required time period, or if a prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, potential winner will be disqualified and will forfeit the prize.


a: On each of these twenty (20) days, one Daily Winner will be randomly selected from all entrants with the correct word for that day. The Daily Winner will receive a $100 VISA Gift Card.  At the conclusion of the contest, one Grand Prize Winner will be randomly selected from all correct entries received during the duration of the contest, including Daily Prize Winners.  The Grand Prize package is an 8-day vacation for 2 to Costa Rica. Grand Prize Winner must be available and eligible to travel on designated travel dates.

b.)  WWSB-TV makes no warranties with regard to the prizes.

c: There is no substitution, transfer, or cash equivalent for prizes. The prizes are expressly limited to the item(s) listed above and do not include taxes, gratuities or any other expenses. Other restrictions may apply.

c: Each of the 20 daily prizes must be picked up at the office of the Promoter at the address below.  Each winner will forfeit any prize or prize certificate not claimed within thirty (30) days of winning. Prize or prize certificates will not be mailed to any winners. 


a. Payments of all federal, state and local taxes are solely the responsibility of the winners. Winners will be required to complete and submit an IRS Form W-9 or the equivalent including the winner’s full Social Security Number for receipt of any prize valued at $600 or more, or for any prizes awarded by Promoter in a calendar year with an aggregate value of $600 or more. Failure to submit a complete W-9 or equivalent will result in disqualification and forfeiture of the prize.

b. By participating in the Contest, each winner agrees to have his or her name, city, state, voice, or likeness used in any advertising or broadcasting material relating to this Contest without additional financial or other compensation, and, where legal, to sign a publicity release confirming such consent prior to acceptance of the prize.  Each entrant expressly recognizes and accepts that if they are chosen as the tentative grand prize winner, their tentative selection may be announced live, on-air by the Station.

c. Prior to awarding any prize or prize certificate, and depending on the nature of the prize and eligibility requirements of the contest, the Promoter in its sole discretion will require verification of Contest winner’s identification by a showing of valid government-issued photo identification. By participating in the Contest, each winner agrees to defend, release, and hold harmless Promoter, its sponsor(s) and promotional partner(s), and each of their parent, subsidiary and affiliated entities, and the officers, shareholders, directors, employees, agents and representatives of each of them (collectively, the “Released Parties”) against any and all claims or liability arising directly or indirectly from any prize or their participation in the Contest.  Further, entrants acknowledge and agree that Promoter is the party responsible for the contest.

d. Promoter, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person (and all of their entries) from this Contest if he or she tampers with the entry process, the operation of the Contest, or the operation of Promoter’s web channel or is otherwise in violation of the rules. Promoter further reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to modify, cancel, terminate or suspend the Contest, or any part of it, if it is not capable of completion as planned or if any fraud, technical failures or any factor beyond the Promoter’s control, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention or technical failures of any sort, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest as determined by Promoter in its sole discretion. Any attempt by an entrant or any person to deliberately damage any Promoter web channel or to undermine the legitimate operation of this Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such an attempt be made, Promoter reserves the right to seek full prosecution and/or damages from any such individual to the fullest extent permitted by law. Promoter’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of this provision. If due to circumstances beyond the control of Promoter, any competition or prize-related event or travel is delayed, rescheduled, postponed or cancelled, Promoter reserves the right, but not the obligation, to modify, suspend or cancel the Contest and shall not be required to award a substitute prize.

e. The Released Parties are not responsible for (i) typographical or other errors in the printing, the offering or the administration of the Contest, or in the announcement of a prize; (ii) entries not received due to difficulty accessing the internet, service outage or delays, computer difficulties, malfunctions, disconnections, other technological failures, telephone service outages, delays, dropped calls, or busy signals; or (iii) lost, stolen, mangled, misdelivered, postage due, illegible, incomplete, incorrect, or late entries.

f. To obtain a copy of the Official Rules or a list of winners following completion of the Contest (please specify which), send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:   ABC 7 “Costa Rica Vacation Giveaway” Contest Official Rules Request, WWSB-TV/ABC 7, 1477 Tenth Street, Sarasota, FL 34236.  All such requests must be received within thirty (30) days following completion of the Contest.

g. The participant is providing information to WWSB-TV (ABC 7). 


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