Official Rules for the “Holiday Essentials” Sweepstakes




Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and Washington DC (EXCLUDING RESIDENTS OF OVERSEAS MILITARY INSTALLATIONS, PUERTO RICO, AND OTHER U.S. TERRITORIES) who as of November 28, 2011 are 21 years of age or older.


Sponsor: Us Weekly LLC (“Us Weekly”)


1. How to Enter:


a. To enter the “Holiday Essentials” Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”), go to and follow the registration and entering directions provided therein. Limit one entry per person per week. Sweepstakes begins at 12:01 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on November 28, 2011 and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on December 9, 2011. The Sweepstakes consists of twelve (12) daily entry periods. The daily entry periods are as follows:

• Day One: begins at 10 am EST 11/28/2011 and ends at 11:59 pm EST on 11/28/2011

• Day Two: begins at 10 am EST 11/29/2011 and ends at 11:59 pm EST on 11/29/2011

• Day Three: begins at 10 am EST 11/30/2011 and ends at 11:59 pm EST on 11/30/2011

• Day Four: begins at 10 am EST 12/1/2011 and ends at 11:59 pm EST on 12/1/2011

• Day Five: begins at 10 am EST 12/2/2011 and ends at 11:59 pm EST on 12/2/2011

• Day Six: begins at 10 am EST 12/3/2011 and ends at 11:59 pm EST on 12/3/2011

• Day Seven: begins at 10 am EST 12/4/2011 and ends at 11:59 pm EST on 12/4/2011

• Day Eight: begins at 10 am EST 12/5/2011 and ends at 11:59 pm EST on 12/5/2011

• Day Nine: begins at 10 am EST 12/6/2011 and ends at 11:59 pm EST on 12/6/2011

• Day Ten: begins at 10 am EST 12/7/2011 and ends at 11:59 pm EST on 12/7/2011

• Day Eleven: begins at 10 am EST 12/8/2011 and ends at 11:59 pm EST on 12/8/2011

• Day Twelve: begins at 10 am EST 12/9/2011 and ends at 11:59 pm EST on 12/9/2011


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b. No mechanically reproduced or computer generated entries permitted. Not responsible for lost, late or misdirected entries, or entries containing incorrect or incomplete information. Not responsible for any problems or technical malfunctions of any telephone network or lines, computer, on-line, or Internet systems or services, servers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email or entry or confirmation or winners notice on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet, problems with website or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer resulting from downloading any materials in connection with the Sweepstakes. Entries become the property of Us Weekly and will not be acknowledged or returned.


2. Winner(s):


a. Selection of Winner. One (1) winner will be selected in each daily entry period, with twelve (12) total winners. The winners will be selected from a random drawing from among all eligible entries received by Sponsor. The winners will be notified via email or telephone. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received.


b. Decisions of Sponsor are final on all matters relating to the Sweepstakes.


3. Prize(s):

There will be 12 total winners, one (1) winner of each daily drawing. The prize (“Prize”) of each daily entry period and the approximate retail value of each Prize (“ARV”) are below:

• Day One Prize: Gift Card, $100;

• Day Two Prize: Macy’s Gift Card, $100;

• Day Three Prize: Zumba Exhilarate DVD Set, $89.95;

• Day Four Prize: Carla’s line of gourmet cookies $75;

• Day Five Prize: Dior Deluxe Holiday Palette, $77;

• Day Six Prize: Target Gift Card, $100;

• Day Seven Prize: Gift Card, $100;

• Day Eight Prize: Peace on Earth Holiday Bouquet, $59.99;

• Day Nine Prize: Batali Cookbook $16.95;

• Day Ten Prize: Nikon CoolPIX S9100 Camera, $329.95;

• Day Eleven Prize: Altec iPod Dock, $149.95; and

• Day Twelve Prize: Starbucks Gift Card, $100.


b. Actual retail value of the Prize may vary. The Winner must use the Prize within one year of the date of issue. If the Winner cannot use the Prize by such date, the Prize is no longer valid. In the event the restaurant closes prior to Winner’s use of Prize, Sponsor may, at its option, either select another to issue another gift certificate to a restaurant of Sponsor’s choosing in its place or be relieved of liability for fulfillment of the Prize. If the prize includes travel and winner cannot travel on the dates required, winner will forfeit the Prize in its entirety and Sponsor may, at its option, either select a second place winner in his or her place or be relieved of liability for fulfillment of the Prize. Winner is responsible for any expenses not expressly included in the Prize description, such as airfare, hotel stays, additional ground transportation expenses, incidentals, meals, beverages and any other expenses.


c. Certain restrictions and blackout dates may apply. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value.


4. General:


a. Employees, directors and officers of Sponsor, its parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising or promotional agencies, and their immediate family members and/or those living in same household are not eligible.


b. No substitution or transfer of prize permitted except as provided herein. Prizes are non-redeemable for cash. In the event of unavailability, Sponsor may substitute a prize of greater or equal value.


c. All federal, state, and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner, who will receive an IRS Form 1099 reflecting the final actual value of any prize valued at $600 or more. Consult with your tax professional regarding potential tax implications.


d. Potential finalists must execute Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability Form(s) within 10 days of notification. Noncompliance, or return of prize notification as undeliverable or inability to locate finalist within 5 days after notification will result in disqualification and selection of an alternate finalist. Winner’s travel companion must execute a Release of Liability Form.


e. By participating in the Sweepstakes and accepting any prize, entrants and winners agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor, its respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates and related companies, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees and agents (collectively, "Released Parties") from and against any and all liability whatsoever for any loss, harm, damage, injury, cause of action, claim, cost or expense (including without limitation any property damage, personal injury and/or death) arising out of or in connection with the Sweepstakes, including without limitation participation in any Sweepstakes-related activity and/or possession, acceptance, use or misuse of any prize.


Released Parties shall not be responsible for any cancellations, delays, diversions or substitutions or any act or omissions whatsoever by any performer(s)/event(s), air carrier(s), hotel(s), 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. The passenger contracts in use by the airlines or other transportation companies shall constitute the sole contracts with respect to the winner's and his/her travel companion’s transportation and such contracts shall be solely between the winner, his/her travel companion and such transportation companies. Released Parties shall not be parties to such contracts and shall assume no responsibility in this connection. Released Parties shall not be liable for any loss, theft or damage of cash, cameras, jewelry, securities, heirlooms, negotiable papers or other valuables.


Released Parties are not responsible if Sweepstakes cannot take place or if prize cannot be awarded due to travel cancellations, delays or interruptions due to acts of God, acts of war, natural disasters, weather or acts of terrorism.


Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. By participating in the Sweepstakes, you waive the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.


f. Participation in the Sweepstakes constitutes consent to use entrant’s name, biographical information, image and likeness for editorial, advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation, except where prohibited by law. Entrant releases and holds harmless the Released Parties for any liability, claims and causes of action based on defamation or violation of rights of publicity or privacy.


g. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process, the operation of or who is otherwise in violation of the Official Rules. Sponsor further reserves the right to cancel, terminate or modify the Sweepstakes in the event the Sweepstakes is not capable of completion as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, or technical failures of any kind. In the event of a dispute as to entries submitted by multiple users having the same email account, the authorized subscriber of the email account used to enter the Sweepstakes at the actual time of entry will be deemed to be the entrant and must comply with these Official Rules. Authorized account subscriber is deemed to be the natural person who is assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, on-line service provider or other organization which is responsible for assigning email addresses or the domain associated with the submitted email address. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY ANY PARTICIPANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEBSITE OR TAMPER WITH OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK REMEDIES AND DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH ENTRANT(S) TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.


h. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the judges, which shall be final and binding with regard to all matters relating to the Sweepstakes.

i. Any dispute arising from this Sweepstakes will be determined according to the laws of the State of New York, without reference to its conflict of laws principles, and the entrants consent to the personal jurisdiction of the State and Federal Court located in New York County and agree that such courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction over all such disputes.


5. The Sponsor of the Sweepstakes is Us Weekly LLC, 1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10104.


6. Winner’s List:


For names of prize winners, after December 19, 2011, send a separate, stamped, self-addressed, No.10 envelope to: “Holiday Essentials Sweepstakes” c/o Shaina Gerard, Us Weekly, 1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10104.