official rules

WALKERS SHORTBREAD DOWNTON ABBEY SWEEPSTAKES

Official Rules

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND NECESSARY TO ENTER OR RECEIVE A PRIZE.

A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

  1. ELIGIBILITY: The Walkers Shortbread Downton Abbey Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least 18 years of age and the age of majority in their state of residence or older at time of entry. Employees, officers, directors and agents of Walkers Shortbread, Inc. (“Sponsor”), its distributors, wholesalers and retailers, Focus Features LLC (“Focus”), Universal Pictures Marketing, a division of Universal Film Exchanges LLC (“Universal”), Centra Marketing & Communications LLC d/b/a Centra360 (“Sweepstakes Administrator”), The British Tourist Authority (“BTA” or “Visit Britain”) (“Prize Provider”), and each of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, divisions, advertising, production and promotion agencies (collectively, the “Related Entities”), and the immediate family members (spouses, parents, children, siblings and their spouses) and persons living in the same households of each of the above (whether related or not) are not eligible to enter or win a prize. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

  1. SPONSOR: Walkers Shortbread, Inc., 170 Commerce Drive, Hauppauge, NY 11788.

  1. SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY PERIOD: The Sweepstakes begins at 12:00:00 AM Eastern Day light Savings Time (“EDT”) on August 1, 2019 and ends at 11:59:59 PM EDT on October 31, 2019 (hereinafter, the “Sweepstakes Entry Period”). Sponsor’s computer shall be the official timekeeper for all matters relating to this Sweepstakes.

  1. TWO (2) WAYS TO ENTER:

1) VIA THE INTERNET: During the Sweepstakes Entry Period, go to https://downtonabbey.walkersshortbread.com/ and follow on the onscreen instructions to complete the official entry form as directed by providing your first name, last name, address including zip code, phone number including area code, and a valid email address. (hereinafter, an INTERNET Entry”). Opting-in to receive more information by email from Sponsor or Prize Provider will not increase your chances of winning. If you enter this Sweepstakes via your wireless phone/smartphone, if you choose to submit an INTERNET Entry via your web-enabled mobile device, data rates may apply and you will be solely responsible for any and all applicable charges. Please consult your wireless-service provider regarding its pricing plans. Use of automated devices is strictly prohibited. Any INTERNET Entry that is submitted with the use of a script, macro or other mechanical or automated device or means will be void; or

2) VIA U.S. MAIL : Hand print your first and last name, address including zip code, and a valid email address on a 3” x 5” piece of paper and mail your entry in an envelope with sufficient postage to: Walkers Shortbread Downton Abbey Sweepstakes 170 Commerce Drive, Hauppauge, NY 11788 (hereinafter, “U.S. Mail Entry”). All U.S. Mail Entries must be postmarked by October 31, 2019 and received by November 7, 2019. No photocopies or mechanically reproduced U.S. Mail Entries permitted.

HEREINAFTER, INTERNET ENTRIES AND U.S. MAIL ENTRIES COLLECTIVELY AN “ENTRY” OR “ENTRIES”. LIMIT ONE (1) ENTRY PER PERSON OR EMAIL ADDRESS DURING THE SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY PERIOD, REGARDLESS OF ENTRY METHOD. Multiple or duplicate Entries will be disqualified. All Entries become the property of the Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned and the Sponsor has the right to dispose of the Entries at Sponsor’s discretion. Sponsor is not responsible for and shall not be liable for: (i) late, lost, stolen, delayed, postage-due, misdirected, incomplete, unreadable, or inaccurate Entries; (ii) errors of any kind whether mechanical, human or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Sweepstakes, including, without limitation, errors which may occur in connection with the administration of the Sweepstakes or the processing of Entries; (iii) data corruption, theft, destruction, unauthorized access to or alteration of Entry or other materials; or (iv) any printing, typographical, human, administrative or technological errors in any materials associated with the Sweepstakes. By submitting an Entry, each entrant consents to receive from Sponsor promotional emails such as new offers and an email notifying such entrant if he/she is a potential prize winner. Entrant agrees to abide by the terms of the Sponsor's Privacy Policy available at http://us.walkersshortbread.com/privacy . ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY 11:59:59 PM EDT ON OCTOBER 31, 2019.

  1. RANDOM DRAWING/NOTIFICATION OF WINNERS: One (1) potential Grand Prize winner (hereinafter, the “Grand Prize Winner”), three (3) potential First Prize winners (hereinafter, each a “First Prize Winner”) and ten (10) potential Second Prize winners (hereinafter, each a “Second Prize Winner” will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible Entries received during the Sweepstakes Entry Period. The random drawing will be conducted on or about November 8, 2019 by Sweepstakes Administrator, an independent judging organization whose decisions on all matters relating to this Sweepstakes are final. Odds of winning a prize will depend upon the number of eligible Entries received. Potential prize winners will be notified by Administrator via email; notification will be electronically sent to the email account submitted on the official entry form. It is the sole responsibility of the entrant to check his/her email account. Potential Grand Prize Winner will be required to execute, notarize and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Prize Acceptance, Liability, and, unless prohibited by law, a Publicity Release within ten (10) business days from date of notification to claim prize. Potential First and Second Prize Winners will each be required to complete and return a Prize Verification, Liability, and, unless prohibited by law, a Publicity Release within ten (10) business days from date of notification to claim prize. A potential prize winner may be disqualified if (i) required execution of prize notification materials are not received by Sweepstakes Administrator in a timely manner, (ii) a potential prize winner is ineligible or (iii) a potential prize winner declines his/her prize. If a prize winning notification letter is returned as undeliverable, the prize will be forfeited and may be awarded to an alternate prize winner in a random drawing from among all remaining eligible Entries received during the Sweepstakes Entry Period. In the event more prize winner notifications are issued, or more winning claims are received than the number of prizes set forth in these Official Rules due to computer, printing, seeding, human or other error or problem, a random drawing will take place from among all eligible prize claims to award the prize, as set forth in these Official Rules. Inclusion in such drawing shall be each entrant’s sole and exclusive remedy under such circumstances. No more than the number of prizes stated in these Official Rules will be awarded. A selected potential prize winner will not be an official prize winner until all required documentation has been returned and eligibility has been formally verified. Sponsor is not responsible for fraudulent calls or emails made to entrants or prize winners not by Sponsor, Sweepstakes Administrator or Prize Provider. Grand Prize Winner will be required to provide Sponsor with his/her Social Security number for tax purposes. The Internal Revenue Service requires Form 1099-MISC to be issued and filed for any recipient who receives a prize if the annual aggregate value of the prize received is $600 or more. Sweepstakes Administrator will issue a Form 1099-MISC on behalf of the Sponsor to Grand Prize Winner for the total fair market value of Grand Prize received. LIMIT ONE (1) PRIZE PER PERSON, PER HOUSEHOLD.

  1. PRIZES AND THEIR APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUE (“ARV”): ONE (1) GRAND PRIZE: Grand Prize consists of a trip to London, England for Grand Prize Winner and one (1) guest including: (i) round-trip economy air transportation (airline/flight times to be selected by Sponsor at its sole discretion) for Grand Prize Winner and guest between the major commercial airport nearest the Grand Prize Winner’s residence and London Heathrow Airport; (ii) four (4) consecutive nights hotel accommodations (standard double occupancy room inclusive of all applicable taxes) at the K+K Hotel George Kensington or similar hotel designated by Sponsor including continental breakfast daily for Grand Prize Winner and guest; (iii) round-trip airport transfers between London Heathrow Airport and the sponsor-designated hotel; and (iv) two (2) days of touring for Grand Prize Winner and guest to Downton Abbey filming locations, Village of Bampton and Oxford including admission to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Roman Baths with a professional tour director/guide to be designated by Sponsor (i, ii, iii and iv, collectively, the “Grand Prize Trip”). The ARV of the Grand Prize is $4,499 (the actual value of the Grand Prize may vary depending on itinerary and applicable market fares); THREE (3) FIRST PRIZES: Each First Prize consists of one (1) Downton Abbey Prize Pack to be designated by Sponsor. The ARV of each First Prize is $50; and TEN (10) SECOND PRIZES: Each Second Prize consists of one (1) Walkers Shortbread Prize Pack to be designated by Sponsor. The ARV of each Second Prize is $30. THE TOTAL COMBINED ARV OF ALL PRIZES IS NOT TO EXCEED $4,949. Prize winners will be solely responsible for any and all expenses associated with the acceptance and use of prizes including, but not limited to, any and all federal, state and local taxes on prizes. Grand Prize Winner will be solely responsible for any and all ground transportation not specified as part of the prize, meals and beverages not specified as part of the prize (alcoholic beverages are not included as part of the prize), in-room charges (e.g., mini-bar, room service, laundry service, telephone, INTERNET, and movies), gratuities, travel upgrades, travel insurance, baggage fees, airport fees, resort fees, personal incidentals, souvenirs, and any other expenses not specified as part of the Grand Prize. Grand Prize Winner and his/her guest must travel on the same itinerary and are responsible for any fees or additional charges resulting from change(s) to itinerary or accommodations made by the Grand Prize Winner and/or his/her guest. Guest must be at least 18 years of age, unless guest is the child or legal ward of the Grand Prize Winner. Travel and all elements of the Grand Prize Trip are subject to terms and conditions set forth in these Official Rules and those set forth by selected travel providers; availability and certain blackout dates and other material restrictions apply and are subject to change. Blackout dates are: June 1, 2019 – July 31, 2019, December 15, 2019 – January 4, 2020, April 6, 2020 – April 12, 2020, and June 1, 2020 – July 31, 2020. ALL TRAVEL MUST BE COMPLETED BY DECEMBER 1, 2020 OR PRIZE WILL BE FORFEITED AND SPONSOR WILL HAVE NO FURTHER OBLIGATION TO THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER . Grand Prize Winner and his/her guest must possess valid travel documents (i.e., a valid U.S. Passport) and any other requirements in order to travel to London, England. Grand Prize Winner will be required to provide a valid major credit card or some other acceptable form of payment, as determined in the hotel’s sole discretion upon hotel check and all in-room charges, meals, beverages, hotel upgrades, amenities, personal incidentals and any other expenses charged to the Grand Prize Winner’s hotel room will be charged to that major valid credit card or deducted from the deposit provided. Sponsor not responsible for lost or stolen baggage. Exact seating is to be determined by Sponsor. Mileage Plan Miles cannot be earned or credited. Tickets are subject to terms and conditions as stated on such tickets and various additional material restrictions may apply. Lost, stolen or misplaced tickets will not be replaced. Sponsor shall not be responsible for any cancellations, delays, diversions or substitutions or any act or omissions whatsoever by hotels or other transportation companies or any other persons providing any of these services and accommodations to passengers including any results thereof such as changes in services or accommodations necessitated by same. If either the Grand Prize Winner or his/her guest becomes disabled or cannot otherwise fully enjoy the prize due to illness, Sponsor shall have the option at its sole discretion of being relieved of liability for fulfillment of the prize award or any part thereof. Grand Prize Winner and his/her guest are each solely responsible for obtaining his/her own travel, medical, and life insurance and the associated costs. Grand Prize Winner and his/her guest must obey all local laws and regulations while on the Grand Prize Trip and act in a manner that is safe and respectful of the Sponsor. Should the Grand Prize Winner or his/her guest while on the Grand Prize Trip become involved in any situation or occurrence that could reflect unfavorably upon the Sponsor, or that creates the potential for death, disability, injury and/or property damage to any party, Sponsor shall have the right, in its reasonable discretion, to modify, cancel or suspend the Grand Prize Trip or any portion thereof without notice and without any compensation being paid to the Grand Prize Winner. In the event, for whatever reason, the touring for Grand Prize Winner and guest to Downton Abbey filming locations, Village of Bampton and Oxford including admission to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Roman Baths are cancelled or postponed, these elements of the Grand Prize Trip will not be awarded and no additional compensation will be provided to the Grand Prize Winner. Sponsor accepts no responsibility for any additional expenses, omissions, delays, re-routing or acts of any government or authority. Sponsor is not responsible for any fees or additional charges resulting from any changes to itinerary or accommodations made by the Grand Prize Winner and/or his/her guest. All travel is subject to any and all restrictions instituted by the Department of Defense and/or Department of Homeland Security, as required. The ARV of the advertised prizes set forth above represents Sponsor’s good faith determination of the actual fair market value and, as ultimately determined by Sponsor, is final and binding and cannot be challenged or appealed. In the event the stated ARV of a prize is more than the actual fair market value of such prize, the difference will not be awarded in cash or otherwise.

  1. GENERAL: VOID OUTSIDE THE FIFTY (50) UNITED STATES, THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, AND WHERE PROHIBITED . SUBJECT TO ALL FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS. Prizes are non-transferable; no substitutions, exchanges, or cash redemptions except by Sponsor due to unavailability in which case a prize of equal or greater value will be awarded. Prizes may not be transferred by any other means, including but not limited to sale, barter or trade on auction websites. By participating in the Sweepstakes, entrants agree to release and hold the Sponsor, its distributors, wholesalers and retailers, Focus, Universal, Sweepstakes Administrator, Prize Provider, and the Related Entities harmless from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims, and actions of any kind in connection with the Sweepstakes. By participating in this Sweepstakes, entrants agree to abide by and be bound by these Official Rules and understand that the Sweepstakes results are final in all respects. By accepting a prize, each prize winner grants to Sponsor the right to use his/her name, photograph, likeness, video, voice, statements, city and state of residence and biographical information in any medium (whether now or hereafter known) throughout the world in perpetuity for any lawful purpose without further permission, consideration or payment (except where prohibited by law) and agrees to participate in any and all publicity and promotional activities as designated by Sponsor during the Grand Prize Trip (except where prohibited by law) in connection with this Sweepstakes. By participating in the Sweepstakes, entrants release Sponsor, its distributors, wholesalers and retailers, Focus, Universal, Sweepstakes Administrator, Prize Provider, and the Related Entities from any and all liability for any loss, harm, damages, costs or expenses, including without limitation property damages, personal injury and/or death, arising out of participating in this Sweepstakes, or the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize and claims based on publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy and merchandise delivery. Prizes are awarded “as-is” and Sponsor has neither made nor is responsible or liable for any warranty, representation, or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to any prize, including but not limited to its quality, mechanical condition or fitness. By entering the Sweepstakes, each entrant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Sweepstakes, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out‑of‑pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Sweepstakes, but in no event will attorneys’ fees be awarded or recoverable; and (3) under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain any award for, and each entrant hereby knowingly and expressly waives all rights to seek, punitive, incidental or consequential damages and/or any other damages, other than actual out‑of‑pocket expenses, and/or any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. In the event the Sponsor is prevented from continuing with this Sweepstakes, or the integrity and/or feasibility of the Sweepstakes is undermined by any event including but not limited to fire, flood, epidemic, earthquake, explosion, labor dispute or strike, act of God or public enemy, satellite or equipment failure, riot or civil disturbance, war (declared or undeclared), terrorist threat or activity, or any federal, state, or local government law, order of regulation, order of any court or jurisdiction, or other cause not reasonably within the Sponsor’s control (each a “Force Majeure” event) the Sponsor shall have the right, in its sole discretion, to abbreviate, modify, suspend, cancel or terminate the Sweepstakes without notice or further obligation. If the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, elects to abbreviate, cancel or terminate the Sweepstakes as a result of a Force Majeure event, the Sponsor reserves the right, but shall have no obligation, to award the prizes from among all valid and eligible Entries received up to the time of such Force Majeure event. The interpretation of these Official Rules shall be governed by the laws of the United States and the State of New York exclusively and solely by and within the courts of that state without regard to choice of law principles.

  1. INTERNET: If for any reason this Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned due to an infection by a 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 Sweepstakes, the Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the Entry process, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, Entries. The Sponsor is responsible for any problems or technical malfunctions of any telephone network or telephone lines, computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email or Entry to be received by the Sponsor due to technical problems, human error or traffic congestion on the INTERNET or at any Web site, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to participant's or any other person's computer relating to or resulting from participating in this Sweepstakes or downloading any materials in this Sweepstakes. SPONSOR IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR INCOMPATIBILITY OF ENTRANT'S HARDWARE, SOFTWARE OR BROWSER TECHNOLOGY WITH SPONSOR'S HARDWARE, SOFTWARE OR BROWSER TECHNOLOGY. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES OR OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON(S) RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATTEMPT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. In the event of a dispute as to the identity or eligibility of a prize winner based on an email address, the winning Entry will be declared made by the "Authorized Account Holder" of the email address at time of Entry. An "Authorized Account Holder" is defined as the natural person 18 years of age or older who is assigned to an email address by an INTERNET access provider, on-line service provider, or other organization(e.g., business, education institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address. Sponsor may ask any entrant or potential prize winners to provide Sponsor with proof that such party is the authorized account holder of the email account associated with the Entry.

  1. USE OF INFORMATION: The information that you provide in connection with the Sweepstakes may be used for Sponsor’s internal purposes and to send you information about Sponsor's products and offers, but will not be provided to third parties, except as necessary for the administration of Sweepstakes or as required by law or legal process. Entry constitutes permission to post prize winner’s name on the Sponsor’s website and social media platforms and to use prize winner’s name, city and state of residence, and/or likeness for purposes of advertising and promotion without further compensation unless prohibited by law. For more information about Sponsor’s use of personal information, see Sponsor’s privacy policy at http://us.walkersshortbread.com/privacy. If you do not wish to receive information from VisitBritain in the future, please make sure to leave the appropriate box on the official entry form unchecked. For more information about Visit Britain’s privacy policy, go to https://www.visitbritain.com/us/en/privacy-policy .

  1. WINNERS LIST/OFFICIAL RULES: To obtain a list of prize winners (available after December 1, 2019) or a copy of these Official Rules, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to be received by December 31, 2019 to: Walkers Shortbread Downton Abbey Sweepstakes, c/o Centra360, 1400 Old Country Road #306, Westbury, NY 11590. Please specify “Official Rules” or “Winners List” on outer envelope. VT residents need not include return postage for Official Rules requests.

  1. MISCELLANEOUS : The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules will not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision of the Official Rules is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, the other provisions will remain in effect and will be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules will not constitute a waiver of that provision. Entrants agree to waive any rights to claim ambiguity of these Official Rules. Headings are solely for convenience of reference and will not be deemed to affect in any manner the meaning or intent of the documents or any provision hereof. In the event there is a discrepancy or inconsistency between disclosures or other statements contained in any Sweepstakes-related materials, privacy policy or terms of use on any website and/or the terms and conditions of the Official Rules, these Official Rules shall prevail, govern and control and the discrepancy will be resolved in the Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion.

Universal Pictures Marketing, a division of Universal Film Exchanges LLC, Focus Features LLC and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates and divisions are not Sponsors of this Sweepstakes, nor do they take part in the administration of this Sweepstakes.