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Official Rules

These rules are for tbt*s Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest (“the Contest”), starting Friday, Dec. 4, 2009 at 12 a.m. EST and ending Jan. 4, 2010 at 5 p.m. EST. Entry into the contest constitutes the entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these rules, terms and conditionsOne valid entry per contestant.< ELIGIBILITY. NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. The Contest is open to legal residents of the United States and Florida who reside in one of the following Florida counties: Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Hernando, Polk, and Citrus. Eligible entrants will have reached their 18th birthdays on or before Dec, 4, 2009. One valid entry per contestant.

Purchase will not improve chances of winning. Voting in The Contest is open to legal United States residents who are 18 years of age. Employees of the Times Publishing Company, its affiliates and subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, contest prize suppliers, and participating advertisers and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter or win. “Immediate family members” means parents, siblings, spouses, children, grandparents and grandchildren, whether by current or past marriage, remarriage, adoption or cohabitation, and anyone living in the same household, whether related or not. Times Publishing Company’s determination as to eligibility is final and binding.

HOW TO ENTER. Entries may be made by following the Ugly Sweater Contest link at and voting for your favorite “ugly sweater.”

HOW TO VOTE FOR THE WINNER. Entries will be accepted beginning at 12 a.m. on Dec. 4 and ending on Dec. 20, 2009 at 11:59 p.m.. Round 1 votes will be accepted beginning at 12 a.m. on Dec. 21, 2009 and ending at 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 3, 2010. The top 3 vote-getters in Round 1 will advance to Round 2 where one (1) winner will be selected by a panel of judges on Jan. 4, 2010. Entry into and/or voting in the Contest constitutes the entrant’s and/or voter’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these rules, terms and conditions.

Every online voter must be the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at the time of voting. “Authorized account holder” means the person to whom the email address is assigned, Times Publishing Company’s determination as to voter eligibility is final and binding. Online voters may vote only one time each day. The use of any scheme, program or device to automate voting is prohibited. Any attempt by any voter to tamper with or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest or tally of votes will, in the Sponsor’s sole discretion, may result in the disqualification of the band entrant and any suspect votes. The Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entrant or vote, to modify, cancel, terminate or suspend voting or the Contest. Decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding.

The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received..

The Times Publishing Company is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, damaged, illegible, or any electronic malfunction. Sponsor is not responsible for any other problems or errors in modes of transmission of entries.

The deadline for receiving entries is Dec. 20, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

All entries become the property of the Times Publishing Company. Each Entrant acknowledges and agrees that Sponsors may use information submitted to contact Entrant and/or to offer Sponsors’ products or services.

PRIZES. The following Contest prizes will be awarded: A $100 VISA Gift Card. One (1) VIP table at Jackson’s Bistro in Tampa for up to six persons including free admission, bottle service, and mixers, valued at $450.00 .

The total prize package is valued at $550.00.

No alternative prize, cash or other substitution is permitted except in the event of prize unavailability. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize or prizes of equal or greater value. Prizes are not transferable or assignable by the Winners.

All federal, state and local taxes, fees, and surcharges, and any necessary or appropriate insurance, are the responsibility of the Winner. Winner agrees to pay all such taxes, fees, and surcharges and is responsible for furnishing proof of insurance if and as required by law. If requested, each Winner must complete a W-9 tax form provided by the Times Publishing Company prior to taking possession of the Prize. Any transportation required for a Winner to take possession of the Prize is the Winner’s responsibility and will not be furnished by the Sponsor. Winner must agree to hold the Sponsor harmless from any and all liability for damages or losses of any nature incurred in connection with use of the Prize, including transit to and from any destination in connection with the Prize .

NOTIFICATION OF WINNER. Winner will be selected on Jan. 4, 2010 by a panel of judges. Winner will be notified by email and/or phone. If a Winner does not respond to the notification within twenty-four hours, or Winner does not meet all eligibility requirements including signing the Affidavit and Release referred to below, an alternate winner will be selected by random drawing. Winner must produce adequate proof of identity, such as a driver license or photo I.D. card, in order to take possession of the Prize.

AFFIDAVIT AND RELEASE. Winner will be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and General Release, which includes an affirmation of eligibility, a release and waiver of legal claims, and a consent to publicity. Failure to complete and sign the Affidavit of Eligibility and General Release will result in forfeiture of the prize and its award to another winner chosen by random drawing.

WINNER’S LIST. For a list of prize winners, send a self-addressed stamped envelope before Feb. 1, 2010 to: Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest, tbt* Tampa Bay Times, P.O. Box 413, St. Petersburg, FL 33731-0413.

ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited by law. By entering the Contest, the entrant, for him/herself and for his/her heirs, executors, administrators, assigns and anyone else claiming by or through him/her, waives, covenants not to sue and fully releases and forever discharges any and all rights, claims or causes of action whatsoever that he/she may have against Sponsor arising directly or indirectly out of entrant’s participation in the Contest. For purposes of this waiver and release, “Sponsor” includes Times Publishing Company and its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, agents and employees. This waiver and release covers, without limitation, any damage, liability, cost, attorneys’ fees and expenses whatsoever, whether known or unknown and whether foreseeable or not.

Sponsor reserves the right to make changes in the rules of the contest, including the substitution of a prize of equivalent value, which will become effective upon announcement.

Sponsor is not responsible for typographical or other errors in printing, the offering, or the administration of the contest or in the announcement of the prize .

SPONSOR. The Sponsor of the Contest is Times Publishing Company, 490 First Avenue South, St. Petersburg FL 33701. Copies of the written contest rules are available online or will be sent by mail request if a self-addressed stamped envelope accompanies request.

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Automated voting of any kind is not allowed. Detection of said automated voting will lead to votes being voided.

tbt*/St Pete Times/ reserves the right to use any and all information related to the Contest, including information on contestants obtained through the contest, for marketing purposes or any other purpose, unless prohibited by law.

The Contest and all of the related pages, contents and code are copyright, UPICKEM, Inc., and/or tbt*/St Pete Times/ Copying or unauthorized use of any copyrighted materials, trademarks or any other intellectual property without the express written consent of its owner is strictly prohibited.

Each winner, by acceptance of the prize, agrees to release all Sponsors, and their parent and subsidiary companies, their officers, directors, employees, agents, shareholders, affiliates, suppliers, distributors, and advertising agencies from all liability, claims, or actions of any kind whatsoever for injuries, damages, or losses to persons and property which may be sustained in connection with the receipt, ownership, or use of the prize.

UPICKEM and tbt*/St Pete Times/ are not responsible for Internet crashes or slowdowns caused by network congestion, viruses, sabotage, satellite failures, phone line failures, electrical outages, natural disasters or acts of man or God.

This contest is not intended for gambling. If it is determined that a contestant is using the contest for gambling purposes they will be disqualified and reported to authorities.

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