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Sweepstakes Rules

Home Service Plus “2014 Minnesota Swarm VIP Sweepstakes”
Official Rules


DATES OF PROMOTION: The Home Service Plus “2014 Minnesota Swarm VIP Sweepstakes” (the “Sweepstakes”) begins at 12:00 p.m. Central Time (“CT”) on January 16, 2014 and ends at 11:59 p.m. CT on April 21, 2014(the “Sweepstakes Period”). Sweepstakes Period is subject to the entry periods and drawing dates outlined in the “ENTRY PERIODS” section below. 
ELIGIBILITY: The Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin who are eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of entry (the “Entrant”). Potential prize winners (each, a “Prize Winner”) will be notified by telephone immediately following each drawing (as outlined in the “WINNING/NOTIFICATION” section below). Entrants must supply a telephone number (including area code) at time of entry in order to be eligible to receive his/her Prize (defined below).  Officers, directors, managers and employees of Minnesota Swarm, (the “Sponsor”), CenterPoint Energy/Home Service Plus., and each of their respective parents subsidiaries, affiliates and related companies, dealers, advertising and promotion agencies, consultants and agents, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and household members of each such person  and any others engaged in the development, production, execution or distribution of this Sweepstakes, including National Sweepstakes Company, LLC (the “Independent Administrator”), are not eligible to participate. Sweepstakes is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations. Sweepstakes is void outside the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin and wherever else restricted or prohibited by law. Persons who have previously won a contest, sweepstakes or promotion of any kind sponsored or otherwise associated with Sponsor or CenterPoint Energy/Home Service Plus within the thirty (30) calendar days immediately preceding the start of this Sweepstakes are ineligible to participate or win a prize. 
ENTRY PERIODS: There will be eight (8) entry periods (each an “Entry Period”) held during the Sweepstakes Period, each associated with a drawing date. The Prize Winners selected for each drawing will win a “Home Service Plus VIP Package” including four (4) tickets to the Minnesota Swarm Lacrosse home game on the prize game date (the “Prize”) outlined below and as further defined in the “PRIZES” section of these official rules. The eight (8) Entry Periods and drawing dates are:

Game 1:  1/13 to 1/17
Game 2:  1/17 to 2/3
Game 3:  2/3 to 2/10
Game 4:  2/10 to 3/10
Game 5:  3/10 to 3/17
Game 6:  3/17 to 3/31
Game 7:  3/31 to 4/7
Game 8:  4/7 to 4/14
Game 9:  4/14 to 4/21

Limit of one (1) entry per person per Entry Period. Non-Winning eligible entries from previous drawings will not carry over to the next Entry Period and will not be considered eligible for subsequent drawings. In order to be eligible for any or all of the eight (8) Entry Periods, Entrants must enter each Entry Period separately.
TO ENTER: There is one (1) ways to enter the Sweepstakes. Regardless of the method of entry used to enter an Entry Period, there is a limit of one (1) entry per person per Entry Period.
1.   Online: Visit www.mnswarm.com (the “Website”) during any of the Entry Periods held in the Sweepstakes and click on the “2014 Home Service Plus VIP” link. Then, click on the Prize Game Date link in order to be automatically directed to the official online entry form (the “Entry Form”).  Then, complete the Entry Form in its entirety, including your first name, last name, address, city, state, zip code, telephone number (including area code), email address and date of birth and press the “Submit” button in order to receive one (1) entry into the drawing associated with the Entry Period in which you have pressed “Submit”. Limit of one (1) entry per person per Entry Period. The total maximum number of entries that may be received during the Sweepstakes per person is eight (8). 
Any attempt by an Entrant to obtain more than the stated number of entries by using multiple/different identities, registrations, logins, and/or any other methods will void that Entrant’s entry and that Entrant may be disqualified from the Sweepstakes. In the event of a dispute about the identity of an Entrant, the entry will be assigned to the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet Access Provider, online service provider, or other organization (e.g. business, educational institution, etc) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address. Sponsor will not verify receipt of entries for Entrants. All entries submitted become the sole property of Sponsor and will not be returned. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, illegible or damaged entries.
WINNING/NOTIFICATION: There will be eight (8) random drawings held after the close of each entry period.  For each drawing, one (1) Prize Winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries received during the respective Entry Period. A total of eight (8) Prize Winners will be selected for the Sweepstakes and each will receive a Prize as outlined under the “PRIZES” section below.   Odds of winning a Prize in any Entry Period will depend upon the total number of eligible Entries received for the respective Entry Period. Each of the random drawings will be conducted under the supervision of the Sponsor whose decisions are based upon their sole discretion and interpretation of these Official Rules and are final and binding in all respects.  
Potential Prize Winners will be notified by telephone immediately following each drawing. PLEASE NOTE:  Potential prize winning notifications will not be left on answering machines. If a potential Prize Winner cannot be reached after three (3) attempts or otherwise does not claim the Prize, the selected potential Prize Winner forfeits his/her right to the Prize and an alternate Prize Winner will be selected at random from amongst all remaining non-winning eligible entries received in the respective Entry Period. Prize Winners will receive his/her Prize in two (2) phases on the prize game date associated with the Entry Period in which the Prize Winner has won; (a) the Minnesota Swarm tickets will be provided to Prize Winners via the will-call ticket office located at Gate 1 in the Xcel Energy Center; and (b) all other portions of the prize will be received upon entry through Gate 1 in the Xcel Energy Center.     
PRIZES/ PRIZE CONDITIONS: One (1) Prize of a “Home Service Plus VIP Package” will be awarded for each of the eight (8) drawings, inclusive of; (a) four (4) tickets for admission to a Minnesota Swarm Lacrosse home game at Xcel Energy Center (the, “Arena”, located at 199 West Kellogg Blvd, Saint Paul, MN 55102); and (b) four (4) access passes to the Treasure Island Ice Lodge. The Approximate Retail Value (the “ARV”) of each Prize is $400. The total ARV of all Prizes to be awarded in the Sweepstakes is $400 Prize Winners must be available to attend the Game held on the Prize Game Date associated with the Prize in which he/she has won or Prize will be forfeited (as outlined in the “ENTRY PERIODS” section above. In the event a potential Prize winner cannot attend the game on the date indicated, such potential Prize Winner forfeits their right to the Prize, no substitute prize will be awarded to such individual, and an alternate Prize winner will be selected at random from amongst all remaining non-winning eligible entries received in the associated Entry Period.  No responsibility is assumed by the Sponsor for any game cancellation or rescheduling in whole or in part. In the event of cancellation or rescheduling no alternate or substitute prize for such cancellation or rescheduling will be awarded. Prizes are not transferable and may not be resold. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value if any element of the Prize becomes unavailable due to reasons beyond the control of the Sponsor. Throughout the Sweepstakes Period Prizes shall be limited to one (1) per person. Each Prize Winner is solely responsible for all federal, state and local taxes and all other expenses not specifically mentioned herein, including but not limited to, transportation costs, parking, accommodations, meals and beverages, incidental expenses and gratuities. No substitution or cash redemption of Prizes is permitted   No more than the number of Prizes set forth in these Official Rules will be awarded. All Prizes will be awarded, time permitting. Except where prohibited, Prize Winners, consent to the use of his/her name, likeness, voice, photograph, testimonials, statements, opinions, biographical information, hometown and state in advertising worldwide for promotional and publicity purposes in any media without further notice, payment, consideration or limitation.
GENERAL CONDITIONS:  Should any portion of the Sweepstakes be, in Sponsor’s  sole discretion, compromised by virus, worms, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes which, in the sole discretion of the Sponsor, corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play, or submission of entries, Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes and conduct the Sweepstakes in a manner which in its sole discretion is fair, appropriate and consistent with these official rules. Notice of such action by Sponsor will be posted on the Website. 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. Sponsor reserves the right in their sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or to be acting in violation of these official rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify or reject any incomplete, inaccurate or false entry. ANY ATTEMPT BY ANY PERSON TO DELIBERATELY UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAW, AND, SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSORS RESERVE 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 THESE PROVISIONS.
RELEASE: By participating in this Sweepstakes, Entrants agree to release and hold harmless Minnesota Swarm, (the “Sponsor”), CenterPoint Energy/Home Service Plus., and each of their respective officers, directors, managers, employees, parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, agents, members, shareholders, insurers, servants, divisions, predecessors, successors, representatives, dealers, distributors, advertising, promotion, and fulfillment agencies, including the Independent Administrator, consultants and legal advisors (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Sweepstakes or receipt, redemption or use of a prize.
LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY:  The Released Parties are not responsible for: (a); unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Sweepstakes; (b) electronic or human error which may occur in the administration of the Sweepstakes or the processing of entries; (c)  any injury or damage to persons or property, which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from Entrant's participation in the Sweepstakes; (d) any printing or typographical errors in any Sweepstakes-related materials; (e) stolen, lost, late, misdirected, corrupted, incomplete, or indecipherable entries or the unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions, telephone, wireless device carrier networks or Internet Service (as applicable); (f) technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to the malfunctioning of any computer, mobile device, cable, network (including Entrant’s particular wireless device carrier network), hardware or software; (g) Entrant’s inability to connect to his/her particular mobile device carrier network for any reason, including due to poor carrier reception and/or signal strength at any particular location; (h) the unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions, telephone, wireless device carrier networks or Internet service; and (i) any text messaging fees Entrant may be charged by a wireless carrier for sending and/or receiving text messages over its network. Entrants should consult their wireless device carrier for the applicable rates and fees charged for such text messaging/data plan wireless services. Proof of text messaging the Short Code is not considered proof of delivery to or receipt by Sponsors of such entry. All federal, state and local regulations apply. 
ENTRANTS PERSONAL INFORMATION: Information collected from Entrants is subject to Sponsor’s privacy policies, located at www.mnswarm.com.
WINNER’S LIST: For a list of Prize Winners, please submit a self-addressed, stamped envelope by May 30, 2014 to “2014 Home Servie Plus Sweepstakes”, 317 Washington Street, St. Paul, MN  55102.
RULES: A copy of these official rules may be obtained at the Website during the Sweepstakes Period.
SPONSOR: Minnesota Swarm, 317 Washington Street, St. Paul, MN 55102.
This offer shall not be published without the written permission of the Sponsors