$5,000 Gift Card Giveaway

- Official Rules –


The Orlando Sentinel $5,000 Gift Card Giveaway (the “Sweepstakes”) is sponsored by Orlando Sentinel Communications Company d/b/a The Orlando Sentinel (“Orlando Sentinel” or “Sponsor”), 633 North Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32801. The geographic scope of this Sweepstakes is the following Florida counties: Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Volusia, Polk, Marion & Sumter.

Void where prohibited by law and outside the above-listed counties. By entering, entrants agree to these Official Rules. Limit one prize per household. “Household” includes all persons residing together in a single residence, whether or not related.

Sweepstakes begins on August 22, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. ET and ends on October 1, 2012 at 8:59 p.m. ET (the “Sweepstakes Period”). Orlando Sentinel’s computer is the official time-keeping device for this Sweepstakes.

ELIGIBILITY: All entrants must be eighteen years old and older, and legal U.S. residents residing in one of the following Florida counties at the time of entry: Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Volusia, Polk, Marion or Sumter.

Employees of Sponsor, the Tribune Company, Apple and members of those employees’ immediate families (defined as spouse, parents, siblings or children) and households (whether or not related), are not eligible to enter or win.

TO ENTER: Call 1-877-629-1941 and complete a Telephone Entry Form by providing the following required information: (i) name, (ii) home address, (iii) telephone number, (iv) e-mail address, and (v) date of birth. Limit one entry per person. Additional entries received from any such person thereafter will be void. Uses of automated devices are not valid for entry. Entrants who fail to provide the required information will not be eligible to win and will not be notified by Orlando Sentinel. All Telephone Entry Forms become the property of Orlando Sentinel and will not be returned or acknowledged. Telephone Entry Forms are accepted Monday through Friday, 8am-9pm EST and Saturday, 9am-12pm EST.

PRIZE DRAWING: On October 5, 2012 or within a reasonable time thereafter, Orlando Sentinel or its designee will randomly choose four names from all eligible entries. Subject to verification of eligibility, the persons whose names are so drawn will be declared the winners.

WINNER NOTIFICATION: Orlando Sentinel will attempt to contact all potential winners in accordance with the information supplied to Orlando Sentinel on their Telephone Entry Forms. Winners may be verified over the telephone at the time and may be asked to provide Orlando Sentinel with valid identification and execute an affidavit of eligibility and a release and certain tax documents. Acceptable identification includes a valid driver’s license or other valid picture ID showing name and address. Faxes will not be accepted. Upon verification of eligibility, the names of winners may be posted on the Orlando Sentinel’s website at www.orlandosentinel.com/sweepstakes. In the event winners are required to sign affidavit of eligibility, tax forms and releases, such documents must be signed and returned to Sponsor within seven days of the date they are sent to prize winner and prior to receipt of prize.

If any potential winner (a) cannot be contacted directly by Orlando Sentinel within two days from initial attempted notification, (b) fails to satisfy any eligibility or verification requirement herein, (c) declines to accept the prize, or (d) is otherwise determined to be ineligible, Orlando Sentinel in its discretion may disqualify that individual and an alternate winner will be chosen by random drawing to be held as soon as reasonably practicable after initial winner is determined to be ineligible. Alternate winners are subject to all eligibility requirements and restrictions of these Official Rules. Orlando Sentinel will conduct up to three alternate drawings. If Orlando Sentinel is unable to confirm an eligible winner for a particular prize after three alternate drawings, no further drawings will be conducted for that prize and that prize will not be awarded.


- One Grand Prize: $2,500.00 in Apple Gift Cards. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): $2,500.

- Two Second Prizes: $1,000.00 in Apple Gift Cards. ARV: $1,000.

- One Third Prize: $500.00 in Apple Gift Cards. ARV: $500.

Total ARV of all prizes: $5.000.00. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries.

PRIZE RESTRICTIONS: Apple Gift Cards are subject to any additional terms and restrictions imposed by Apple. Winners assume sole responsibility for all costs associated with the prizes not explicitly outlined above, including without limitation, all federal, state and local taxes (if any). Prizes are not redeemable for cash and may not be sold, bartered or auctioned. Prizes may not be transferred or substituted except that Orlando Sentinel in its discretion may substitute a prize, or portion thereof, with a prize or portion of equal or greater value if it deems necessary. Any such changes will be announced. Any portion of any prize not used by any winner is forfeit and no cash substitute will be offered or permitted. All prizes being offered are provided “as is” with no warranty or guarantee either express or implied by Sponsor.

PUBLICITY RELEASE: By accepting a prize, winners grants Orlando Sentinel the right to publicize their names, photographs (including the use and appearance of winner's photograph on Orlando Sentinel’s web page), likenesses, biographical information, email address, voices and details of winning for purposes of this and future promotions without further compensation.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY/DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY: Entrants agree that Sponsor, the Tribune Company, and their subsidiaries, directors, agents, agencies, affiliates, promoters, officers, directors, employees and related persons (a) are not responsible for lost, interrupted, or unavailable network, server, telephone line, or other connections, or for any failed telephone or telecommunications service, or computer hardware or software, or for any lost, misdirected, illegible, unintelligible, mutilated or damaged entry forms, or for any failed, delayed, misdirected, corrupted, or garbled transmissions or errors of any kind, whether human, mechanical, or electronic, or for entries that for any reason are not received by Orlando Sentinel by the deadlines stated above; (b) are not responsible for any injury or damage to any computer, modem or other electrical device as a result of participation in this Sweepstakes or; (c) are released from any and all liability related to this Sweepstakes and the receipt and use of any prize; and (d) will not be responsible for the inability to select winners because of equipment failure or data storage failure.

MISCELLANEOUS: Orlando Sentinel shall be entitled to interpret these Official Rules — including but not limited to rules regarding entries, selection of winners, deadlines, restrictions on prizes, and eligibility — and all of its decisions are final. By entering, entrants agree to these Official Rules.

Orlando Sentinel reserves the right to prohibit any entrant from participating in the Sweepstakes if, at its sole discretion, Orlando Sentinel finds such entrant to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes, or if such entrant shows a disregard for, or attempts to circumvent, these Official Rules, or acts: (a) in a manner Orlando Sentinel determines to be not fair or equitable; (b) with an intent to annoy, threaten or harass any other entrant or Sponsor; or (c) in any other disruptive manner. Any person attempting to defraud or tamper with this Sweepstakes in any way will be ineligible for prizes.  Tampering includes attempting to enter more than the number of entries permitted by these rules including by using an automated device or by using more than one telephone number. Any failure by the Orlando Sentinel to enforce any of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of such Official Rules.

Orlando Sentinel reserves the right to correct typographical or clerical errors in any Sweepstakes-related materials. All properly claimed prizes will be awarded to, but no more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded.

DISPUTES: By entering the Sweepstakes, entrants agree that (a) 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; (b) 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 attorneys' fees; and (c) under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain any award for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses.

All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrants, or Sponsor in connection with the Sweepstakes, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Florida, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Florida. Any legal proceedings arising out of this Sweepstakes or relating to these Official Rules shall be instituted only in the federal or state courts located in the State of Florida, County of Orange and the parties consent to jurisdiction therein with respect to any legal proceedings or disputes of whatever nature arising under or relating to these rules. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Official Rules shall otherwise remain in effect and be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.

WINNERS LIST: For a copy of the final Winners List, stop by Orlando Sentinel’s offices during normal business hours at 633 N. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32802-2833 or mail a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Orlando Sentinel $5000 Gift Card Giveaway c/o Orlando Sentinel, 633 N. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32802-2833, specifying “Winners’ List Request.” Winners’ List will be available after November 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012.

Apple is not a participant in or sponsor of this promotion.