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Elton John ticket giveaway: Contest rules

Tickets to A Concert Sweepstakes
Official Rules
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A purchase or payment of any kind will not increase your chances of winning.


Sponsor: The Boston Globe, 135 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125.
1. Eligibility. Tickets To A Concert Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) is only open to legal residents of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry (“Entrant”). Employees of Sponsor and any of their parents and affiliate companies as well as the immediate family members (spouse, parents, siblings and children), regardless where they reside, and household members of each such employees are not eligible to enter. The Sweepstakes is subject to applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited. Participation in the Sweepstakes constitutes your full and unconditional agreement to be bound by these Official Rules and Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Sweepstakes. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

2. Timing. The Sweepstakes begins at 12:00 am Eastern Time (“ET”) on October 10, 2013 and ends at 11:59 pm ET on November 1, 2013 (the "Entry Period"). For the purposes of this Sweepstakes a day ("Day") is defined as a calendar day beginning at 12:00:01 a.m. ET and ending at 11:59:59 p.m. ET. Sponsor's computer is the official time-keeping device for the Sweepstakes.

3. How to Enter. During the Entry Period visit https://www.boston.com (the “Sweepstakes Site”) and follow the online instructions and complete an entry form (the “Entry”). Limit one (1) Entry person/household/email address. All Entries must be received no later than 11:59 pm ET on November 1, 2013.

Use of any automated system to participate is prohibited and will result in disqualification. Released Parties (as defined in Section 8, below) are not responsible for lost, late, stolen, damaged, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, garbled, delayed or misdirected Entries. Once submitted, all Entries become the exclusive property of Sponsor, and will not be acknowledged or returned. In the event of a dispute as to who submitted an Entry, the authorized account holder of the email address used to submit the Entry will be deemed to be the entrant. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. Potential winners may be required to show proof that he/she is authorized account holder.

4. Potential Winners Selection. Sponsor will conduct a random drawing on or about November 1, 2013 to select one (1) potential winner (“Potential Winner”) from all eligible Entries received during the Entry Period. By entering, you grant permission to be contacted by Sponsor via email, mail or telephone in connection with the Sweepstakes. You must comply with all terms and conditions of these Official Rules. A Potential Winner is not an official winner (“Official Winner”) until the Potential Winner’s eligibility has been verified and Potential Winner has been notified that verification is complete. Sponsor’s decisions are final and binding in all matters related to the Sweepstakes. Sponsor will not accept screen shots or other evidence of winning in lieu of its validation process.

5. Verification of Potential Winners. Potential Winner may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability & Publicity Release (unless prohibited) (collectively an "Affidavit"), which must be received by Sponsor within five (5) days of the date on the notice. If a Potential Winner cannot be contacted, fails to execute and return the Affidavit within the required time period, or prize is returned as undeliverable, or he/she refuses his/her prize for any reason, Potential Winner forfeits the prize and Sponsor will select an alternate winner by random drawing.

6. Prize (1)/Odds. Official Winner will receive a Sponsor selected iPod, preloaded with Elton John music (Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): $100.00) and two (2) tickets the Elton John on November 12, 2013 concert at the TD Garden; (ARV $165.00). Tickets are subject to certain terms and conditions as specified thereon. Seat locations will be determined by Sponsor. Winner and guest must comply with all venue rules and regulations. Failure to do so may result in forfeiture of the prize. In the event Sponsor is unable to provide tickets, no compensation or substitution will be provided in lieu thereof.

Prize’s approximate retail value (“ARV”) is $265.00. Odds of winning are based on the number of eligible entries received. No cash or other substitution, assignment or transfer of any prizes permitted, except by Sponsor, who reserves the right to substitute a prize or prize component with cash or another prize of comparable or greater value.

Prize is awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied by Sponsor. You may not substitute, assign or transfer prize or redeem prize for cash, but Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to substitute prize (or portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value. All prize details are at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Actual value of prize may vary. Any difference between stated value and actual value will not be awarded. Tickets must be used on the date specified by Prize Provider or prize will be forfeited and Sponsor will have no further obligation to such winner. All federal, state and local taxes and all other costs associated with prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being provided are solely the responsibility of the winner.

7. Publicity. Except where prohibited, your acceptance of a prize in the Sweepstakes constitutes your consent for Sponsor to use your name, likeness, hometown and state and other biographical information for promotional purposes in any media, without further payment or consideration.

8. Release. By receipt of any prize, you agree to indemnify Sponsor, Live Nation and their subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, distributors, advertising, agencies, and prize suppliers, and each of their respective parents and affiliate companies and each such company’s officers, directors, employees and agents (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any losses, damages, rights, claims or causes of action of any kind, that Released Parties may incur in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, out of your participation in the Sweepstakes or from your acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of any prize awarded in connection with the Sweepstakes.

9. General Conditions. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Sweepstakes, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond Sponsor’s reasonable control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Sweepstakes, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. In such event, Sponsor reserves the right to award the prizes at random from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment. No more than the stated number of prizes in these official rules will be awarded. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or who acts in violation of these Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner.

10. WARNING: Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

11. Limited Liability. The Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrant, by printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Sweepstakes; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited, to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any aspect of the Sweepstakes; (4) printing, typographical, technical, computer, network or human error which may occur in the announcement of the prizes or in any Sweepstakes-related matter or materials; or (5) any injury or damage to you or to other persons or property which may be caused from your participation in the Sweepstakes and/or your downloading of any materials related to this Sweepstakes. If for any reason your Entry is confirmed to have been erroneously lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, your sole remedy is another Entry in the Sweepstakes.

12. APPLICABLE LAWS AND JURISDICTION. This Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Issues concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules shall be governed by the laws of the State of Massachusetts, without regard to any principles of conflict of laws. All disputes arising out of or connected with this Sweepstakes will be resolved individually, and without resort to class action, exclusively by a state or federal court located in Boston, Massachusetts. Should there be a conflict between the laws of the State of Massachusetts and any other laws, the conflict will be resolved in favor of the laws of the State of Massachusetts. To the extent permitted by applicable law, all judgments or awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket damages (excluding attorneys’ fees) associated with participation in this Sweepstakes and shall not include any indirect, punitive, incidental and/or consequential damages.

13. Entrant's Personally Identifiable Information. Information collected from entrants is subject to Sponsor’s Privacy Policy as posted on [www.Boston.com].

14. Winner List. For a copy of these Official Rules or a winner list, send a self addressed stamped envelope with proper postage affixed to “Boston.com Tickets To A Concert Sweepstakes” c/o The Boston Globe, 135 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125. Official Rules will be made available for 30 days following the end of the Sweepstakes. Sponsor: The Boston Globe, 135 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125.

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Subject to Official Rules. Open to legal residents of CT, ME, MA, NH, RI and VT who are at least 18 year of age at time of entry. Sweepstakes ends 10/1/13. To enter visit www.boston.com and complete an official entry form. Limit 1 entry per person/email address. Entries must be received no later than 11:59 pm ET on 11/1/2013. See www.boston.com for Official Rules. For winner’s name, send a self addressed stamped envelope with proper postage affixed to “Boston.com Tickets To A Concert Sweepstakes” c/o The Boston Globe, 135 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125. Sponsor: The Boston Globe, 135 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125.

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