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Official Rules for Merriam-Webster's Intermediate Visual Dictionary Giveaway

Updated July 23, 2020

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NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE THE CHANCES OF WINNING.

  1. Sponsor: The Sponsor of the Campaign is Merriam-Webster, Inc., 47 Federal Street, Springfield, MA 01105 USA.

  2. Eligibility: This Campaign is open only to those who sign up at the https://1.shortstack.com/dBVttx and who are eighteen (18) years of age or older as of the date of entry. The Campaign is only open to legal residents of the United States of America, and is void where prohibited by law. Employees of Merriam-Webster, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and suppliers (collectively the “Employees”), and immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of Employees are not eligible to participate in the Campaign. The Campaign is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.
  3. Agreement to Rules: By participating, the Contestant (“You”) agree to be fully and unconditionally bound by the contest rules set forth herein (the “Rules”), and You represent and warrant that You meet the eligibility requirements stated above. In addition, You agree to accept the decisions of Merriam-Webster as final and binding as they relate to the content of this Campaign and the Rules.

  4. Campaign Period: Entries will be accepted online only starting on Monday, July 27 at 9 AM ET and ending Monday, August 10 at 9 AM ET. All online entries must be received by Monday, August 10 at 9 AM ET.

  5. How to Enter: The Campaign must be entered by submitting an entry using the online form provided at https://1.shortstack.com/dBVttx. The entry must fulfill all Campaign requirements, as specified in these Rules or elsewhere to be eligible to win a prize. Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the Rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of Merriam-Webster. You may enter only once. You must provide the information requested. You may not enter more times than indicated by using multiple email addresses, identities, or devices in an attempt to circumvent the rules. If You use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules, your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of Merriam-Webster.

  6. Prizes: The Winner(s) of the Campaign (each a “Winner”) will receive Merriam-Webster's Intermediate Visual Dictionary with a retail value of $19.95. Actual/appraised value may differ at the time of the prize award. The specifics of the prize shall be solely determined by Merriam-Webster. No cash or other prize substitution shall be permitted except in Merriam-Webster’s sole discretion. Acceptance of the prize must be made by the Winner – prize acceptance is nontransferable. Any and all prize-related expenses, including without limitation any and all federal, state, and/or local taxes, shall be the sole responsibility of the Winner.

  7. PUBLICITY RELEASE: By participating in the Campaign, in addition to any other grants which may be granted in any other agreement entered into between Merriam-Webster and any entrant in and/or winner of the Campaign, each entrant irrevocably grants the Merriam-Webster and its respective successors, assigns and licensees, the right to use such entrant’s name, photograph, likeness, statements, biographical information, and any other personal characteristics, in any and all media in connection with the Campaign and the advertising and promotion thereof and each entrant and/or prize Winner hereby releases Merriam-Webster from any liability with respect thereto. 

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

  9. Winner Selection and Notification: Winners will be selected by a random drawing under the supervision of Merriam-Webster. Each Winner will be notified by email within seven (7) business days following their selection by Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster shall have no liability for a Winner’s failure to receive notices due to spam, junk e-mail or other security settings or for a Winner’s provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information. If a Winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim the prize within seven (7) business days from the time award notification was sent, or fails to timely return a completed and executed declaration and release as required, the prize may be forfeited and an alternate Winner selected. Receipt by a Winner of the prize offered in this Campaign is conditioned upon compliance with any and all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. ANY VIOLATION OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES BY A WINNER (IN MERRIAM-WEBSTER’S SOLE OPINION) WILL RESULT IN THE WINNER’S DISQUALIFICATION AS A WINNER OF THE CAMPAIGN, AND ALL PRIVILEGES AS A WINNER WILL BE IMMEDIATELY TERMINATED.

  10. Terms & Conditions: Merriam-Webster reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Campaign should virus, bug, non-authorized human intervention, fraud, or other cause beyond Merriam-Webster's control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, or proper conduct of the Campaign. In such case, Merriam-Webster may select the Winner from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Campaign or website or violates these Terms & Conditions or the Rules. Merriam-Webster has the right, in its sole discretion, to maintain the integrity of the Campaign, to void votes for any reason, including, but not limited to: multiple entries from the same user from different IP addresses; multiple entries from the same computer in excess of that allowed by Campaign rules; or the use of bots, macros, scripts, or other technical means for entering. Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Campaign may be a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such attempt be made, Merriam-Webster reserves the right to seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law. In the event an insufficient number of eligible entries are received and/or Merriam-Webster is prevented from awarding prizes or continuing with the Campaign as contemplated herein by any event beyond its control, including but not limited to fire, flood, natural or man-made epidemic of health of other means, earthquake, explosion, labor dispute or strike, act of God or public enemy, satellite or equipment failure, riot or civil disturbance, terrorist threat or activity, war (declared or undeclared) or any federal state or local government law, order, or regulation, public health crisis, order of any court or jurisdiction, or other cause not reasonably within Sponsor’s control (each a “Force Majeure” event or occurrence), then subject to any governmental approval which may be required, Merriam-Webster shall have the right to modify, suspend, extend or terminate the Campaign.

  11. Further Documentation: If Merriam-Webster shall desire to secure additional assignments, certificates of engagement for Your entry or other documents as Merriam-Webster may reasonably require in order to evidence or effectuate the rights granted in these Rules, then each entrant agrees to sign, authenticate and deliver the same upon Merriam-Webster’s request therefor.

  12. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: By entering, You agree to release and hold harmless Merriam-Webster and its subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers, and directors from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, claim, or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from: (i) such entrant’s participation in the Campaign and/or his/her acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of any prize or any portion thereof; (ii) technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to the malfunction of any computer, cable, network, hardware, or software, or other mechanical equipment; (iii) the unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions, telephone, or Internet service; (iv) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Promotion; (v) electronic or human error in the administration of the Campaign or the processing of entries.

  13. DISPUTES: THIS CAMPAIGN IS GOVERNED BY THE LAWS OF UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND MASSACHUSETTS, WITHOUT RESPECT TO CONFLICT OF LAW DOCTRINES. AS A CONDITION OF PARTICIPATING IN THIS CAMPAIGN, PARTICIPANT AGREES THAT ANY AND ALL DISPUTES THAT CANNOT BE RESOLVED BETWEEN THE PARTIES, AND CAUSES OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR CONNECTED WITH THIS CAMPAIGN, SHALL BE RESOLVED INDIVIDUALLY, WITHOUT RESORT TO ANY FORM OF CLASS ACTION, EXCLUSIVELY BEFORE A COURT LOCATED IN MASSACHUSETTS HAVING JURISDICTION. FURTHER, IN ANY SUCH DISPUTE, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL PARTICIPANT BE PERMITTED TO OBTAIN AWARDS FOR, AND HEREBY WAIVES ALL RIGHTS TO, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING REASONABLE ATTORNEY’S FEES, OTHER THAN PARTICIPANT’S ACTUAL OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES (I.E. COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH ENTERING THIS CAMPAIGN). PARTICIPANT FURTHER WAIVES ALL RIGHTS TO HAVE DAMAGES MULTIPLIED OR INCREASED.

  14. Data Privacy: Merriam-Webster may engage third party application providers and other vendors to administer certain aspects of the Campaign, including without limitation, the online collection of entry information and submissions. Such third parties will provide your personally identifiable information to Merriam-Webster, who except as set forth herein will use such information in accordance with its online privacy policy, located at https://www.merriam-webster.com/privacy-policy and such third parties may also use your information for their own independent purposes in accordance with their own independent privacy practices. Merriam-Webster is not responsible for the storage or any use of your entry information by such third parties.
  15. Winners’ List: To obtain a copy of the Winners’ names or a copy of these Official Rules, mail your request along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Merriam-Webster, Inc., 47 Federal Street, Springfield, MA 01105 USA. Requests must be received no later than August 31, 5:00 PM ET.

  16. Facebook: The Campaign is hosted and sponsored by Merriam-Webster and is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook.

  17. Twitter: The Campaign is hosted and sponsored by Merriam-Webster is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Twitter.

 

 

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