2016 Hidden Brain Anniversary Sweepstakes – Official Rules

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE FIFTY (50) UNITED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, AGE THIRTEEN (13) OR OVER. VOID IN PUERTO RICO AND WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW.

  1. Sponsor. The 2016 Hidden Brain Anniversary Sweepstakes (the "Sweepstakes") is sponsored by National Public Radio, Inc., a District of Columbia nonprofit corporation with principal offices at 1111 North Capitol Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 ("Sponsor").
  1. Sweepstakes. The Sweepstakes offers individuals a chance to win both: (i) a Hidden Brain t-shirt; and (ii) a Hidden Brain tote bag. The Sweepstakes will consist of the following four (4) submission periods (each, a "Submission Period"):
  • 10:00 a.m. E.S.T. on September 29, 2016 through 9:59 a.m. E.S.T. on October 4, 2016;
  • 10:00 a.m. E.S.T. on October 4, 2016 through 9:59 a.m. E.S.T. on October 11, 2016;
  • 10:00 a.m. E.S.T. on October 11, 2016 through 9:59 a.m. E.S.T. on October 18, 2016; and
  • 10:00 a.m. E.S.T. on October 18, 2016 through 9:59 a.m. E.S.T. on October 25, 2016.

At the end of each Submission Period, one (1) Winner (as defined below) will be randomly selected from all eligible submissions made through Facebook, and one (1) Winner will be randomly selected from all eligible submissions made through Twitter. Sponsor will then attempt to contact each Winner (or an alternate, if necessary) in accordance with Section 6 of these Official Rules. By participating in this Sweepstakes, Participants (as defined below) agree to be bound by these official rules ("Official Rules") and by the decisions of Sponsor which will be final in all matters relating to the Sweepstakes.

  1. Eligibility. The Sweepstakes is open only to individuals thirteen (13) years of age or older who are legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia, excluding employees, officers, directors, agents, and representatives of Sponsor and each of the immediate family members of such excluded individuals (i.e., spouses, parents, children, siblings, and the "steps" of each) and all persons living in the same household of each. Void in Puerto Rico and outside of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, or where prohibited or restricted by law. Each eligible individual who enters this Sweepstakes in a "Participant." If a Participant is under the age of eighteen (18) or the age of majority in that Participant's jurisdiction of residence, that Participant must have the permission of his or her parent or legal guardian to enter the Sweepstakes.
  1. How to Enter. To enter the Sweepstakes, a Participant may use either Facebook or Twitter as follows:
  • Facebook. At the start of each Submission Period, Sponsor will create a Sweepstakes post on the Hidden Brain Facebook page (located at http://www.facebook.com/HiddenBrain). To enter, a Participant must log in to his or her personal Facebook account and comment on Sponsor's post before the end of that Submission Period providing a brief explanation as to why he or she enjoys Hidden Brain or identifying that Participant's favorite episode of Hidden Brain.
  • Twitter. To enter, during any Submission Period a Participant must log in to his or her personal and public Twitter account and create a tweet that includes the following: (i) a mention of the Hidden Brain Twitter account (@HiddenBrain); and (ii) a brief explanation as to why he or she enjoys Hidden Brain or identifying that Participant's favorite episode of Hidden Brain.
  1. Winning. At the end of each of the four (4) Submission Periods, Sponsor will randomly select one (1) eligible submission created on Facebook during that Submission Period and one (1) eligible submission created on Twitter during that Submission Period as winning entries (each, a "Winner"). Over the four (4) Submission Periods, a total of eight (8) Winners will be selected. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received via Facebook and Twitter during each Submission Period.
  1. Winner Notification. Each Winner will be notified via either Facebook or Twitter (via the Facebook or Twitter account that the Winner used to enter) shortly after the Submission Period ends. Each Winner will be asked to provide Sponsor with the Winner's name and mailing address, for Sponsor to ship the Winner's Prize. A Winner's refusal to provide Sponsor with a name and mailing address, or other failure to respond to Sponsor's notification within one (1) week of the notification, may result in that Winner's forfeiture of participation in the Sweepstakes and, in such case, Sponsor will randomly select an alternate Winner.
  1. Prizes. Each of the eight (8) Winners will receive both: (i) a Hidden Brain t-shirt; and (ii) a Hidden Brain tote bag (together, the "Prize"). The approximate retail value of each Prize is Fifty Dollars ($50.00). The total aggregate value of all Prizes in this Sweepstakes is approximately Four Hundred Dollars ($400.00). Each Winner will be solely responsible for any and all federal, state, and/or local taxes resulting from acceptance of any Prize associated with this Sweepstakes. A Prize cannot be transferred or assigned to another person. No Prize substitution or changes are allowed except at the discretion of Sponsor. Sponsor will not be obligated to award any Prize that relates to or arises out of improper or mistaken Prize notification, operation, or function of this Sweepstakes.
  1. General Terms.
  • Sponsor reserves the right to change any terms of these Official Rules, or to address any issue that arises, with updates or amendments to these Official Rules at any time up to the date that the final Winners are randomly selected.
  • This Sweepstakes is governed by the internal laws of the District of Columbia without regard to principles of conflict of laws. All cases and claims pertaining to this Sweepstakes must be brought in a court of competent jurisdiction in the District of Columbia.
  • This Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook or Twitter. Any questions regarding this Sweepstakes should be directed to Sponsor. By entering, Participants agree to release Sponsor, Facebook, Twitter, and their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, and representatives from all claims, liabilities, damages, losses, costs, and expenses arising from the Sweepstakes or the award or use of any Prize.
  • Any personal information supplied by a Participant to Sponsor (including any Winner's address) will be subject to Sponsor's privacy policy posted at http://www.npr.org/about/privacypolicy.html and the supplemental terms of these Official Rules.
  • Legal warning: any attempt by an individual, whether or not a Participant, to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of this Sweepstakes is a violation of criminal and civil laws, and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages and diligently pursue all remedies against any such individual to the fullest extent permitted by law.
  • If the Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned for any reason, including, without limitation, due to a force majeure event or infection by computer virus, bug, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failure, or any other cause which corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes, Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who is responsible or who tampers with the entry process or otherwise acts in violation of these Official Rules, and to cancel, modify, or terminate the Sweepstakes. In the event of cancellation, Sponsor reserves the right to randomly draw an alternate Winner from all eligible, non-suspect entries received prior to cancellation. In the event that an entry is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or destroyed, Participant's sole remedy will be another entry into the Sweepstakes.
  1. Winner's List. For a list of Winners, within sixty (60) days after October 25, 2016, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Winners List, "2016 Hidden Brain Anniversary Sweepstakes," ATTN: Hidden Brain, c/o National Public Radio, Inc., 1111 North Capitol Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002.
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