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#MyDCcool: August Summer Getaway Sweepstakes - Official Rules


  1. Eligibility: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A purchase will not improve chances of winning. Open to residents of all U.S. states, excluding Hawaii and Alaska, who are twenty-one (21) years of age or older.  Employees and immediate family and household members of employees of Destination DC (collectively, the “Sponsor”) and Sponsors’ affiliates are NOT eligible to enter. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.
  2. How to Enter: Follow all instructions in these Official Rules; otherwise entry may be disqualified. Enter by visiting, and submitting the required information, plus any additional information the individual wishes to gain more entries. There is no limit to the number of entries each person may receive. All entries must be received between 12:01 AM Eastern Standard Time (EST) on August 1, 2017 and 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) on August 31, 2017 (the “Promotion Period”). Entry will not be returned or acknowledged. Entries made through the internet are deemed to be made by the authorized account holder of the email address at the time of entry. Entrants must fully complete and submit all required data online to be eligible; incomplete entries are null and void. Sponsors’ administrator's server/computer is the official time keeping device for the Sweepstakes.
  3. Selection of Winners and Odds of Winning: A drawing will determine a winner throughout at the conclusion of this sweepstakes. One qualified Entrant (“Winner A”) will be selected and gifted Prize A by random drawing held on September 1, 2017. Odds of winning depend on total number of qualified entries received. Winner A will be notified by email on the day of the drawing. An alternate winner (“Winner B”) will be selected at random if Winner fails to respond to Sponsor’s notification with 7 days of first notification, if notification is returned as undeliverable, if Prize is unclaimed after the seventh (7th) day following the first (1st) attempted notification, or if Winner fails to submit an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release as required in Section 5.E. If Sponsors are unable to notify either Winner A or Winner B as set forth herein, Sponsors may, at their sole discretion, choose to end the Sweepstakes with no winner.
  4. Prizes:
    #MyDCcool August Summer Getaway: One qualified Winner will receive the following #MyDCcool August Summer Getaway Prize Package: (the “Prize”), the total estimated value of up to $2,081.90 (two thousand and eighty-one dollars and 90/100) and which will include the following:
  • Hotel Accommodations: Two (2) nights of hotel accommodations (one room/double occupancy) at Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel in Washington, DC, located at 415 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001. Hotel accommodations include room rate and tax and are based upon availability, blackout dates and at the sole discretion of the host hotel.  (estimated value $244);
  • Travel accommodations. Winner will receive one of the following for travel purposes:
    • ​Two (2) American Airlines roundtrip ticket vouchers to travel from winner’s selected city. Vouchers are subject to blackout dates and all American Airlines terms and restrictions (estimated prize value $1,500) or:
    • Two (2) Amtrak roundtrip ticket vouchers to travel from winner's selected city. Vouchers are subject to blackout dates and all Amtrak terms and restrictions (estimated prize value $400)
  • One (1) Ben’s Chili Bowl gift card pre-loaded with $50. Redeemable at all Ben’s Chili Locations in Washington, DC (value $50);
  • Two (2) Passes to the Newseum located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001 (valued $49.90);
  • Two (2) Passes to Madame Tussauds Washington D.C. located at 1001 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004 (estimated valued $60);
  • Two (2) Passes to a Big Bus Washington DC tour, valid for 24 hours, located at 50 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002 (estimated valued $78);
  • One (1) American Express gift card pre-loaded with $100. Gift card can be spent anywhere that accepts American Express, and does not necessarily have to be spent in Washington, DC (value $100);

Travel must take place on the valid dates and no later than August 31, 2018. If Winner A or B is unavailable for travel on the designated date(s), then Winner A and B will be disqualified and Sponsor reserve the right to select another winner in its sole discretion and if time permits. Travel Voucher and Hotel Certificate are required to book travel. Hotel Certificate must be surrendered upon check- in. Proper proof of identification is required. This certificate is non-refundable, non-transferable and non-negotiable and may not be used in conjunction with any other discount, promotion or offer or redeemed for cash. A traveling minor must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Minors must be accompanied at all times during trip (including, but not limited to hotel stay and all prize- related events) by minor’s parent or legal guardian. Winner and guest are responsible for all necessary travel authorizations and for any travel insurance.

Approximate Retail Value Prize package is $2,081.90 (two thousand and eighty-one dollars and 90/100). Final value of the Prize will be determined by winner’s selected travel dates and location.

Winner A or B will not receive the difference between actual and approximate retail value. Meals and beverages, incidentals, gratuities, phone calls, luggage fees, travel insurance, travel taxes, and any and all other expenses not specifically mentioned herein are the sole responsibility of the Winner. Sponsors may substitute any portion of these prizes, including travel date and destination, for a prize of equal or greater value. Sponsors will determine all elements of prizing in their sole discretion. Details of the prize may change, based on availability. Prize may not be assigned, transferred, exchanged, or redeemed for cash. Prize is awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee express or implied. Sponsors disclaim all and any liability for the actual provision, quality or nature of any third-party product or service accepted by the winners. Entrants understand that Sponsors are not liable for injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising from participation in this promotion and acceptance, possession and use of Prize. Prize may not be redeemed for cash. Any portion of the Prize not used will be forfeited.  Winner is responsible for all taxes and fees associated with Prize receipt and/or use.

Entrants agree to be bound by the Official Rules and agree that if Winner fails to provide proof of identity, refuses to provide required Affidavit, is found to have violated the Official Rules, or otherwise does not meet eligibility criteria, prize will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner. Entrants understand that Sponsors are not liable for injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising from participation in this promotion and acceptance, possession, and use of prize.

Sponsors are not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the Sweepstakes, or in the announcement of the prizes. Decisions of Sponsors are final and binding in all respects.

5.     Conditions of Entry:

  1. Entrants agree to abide by these Official Rules and the Sponsors’ decisions, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this Sweepstakes.
  2. Except where prohibited by law, entry constitutes permission to use Winner’s, name, hometown, voice, likeness, photograph, and any statements regarding the Sweepstakes for editorial, public relations, promotional, and advertising purposes, without compensation. Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to verify any element of any information submitted by Entrant and to disqualify any Entrant whose participation may subject the Sweepstakes, Sponsors, or Sponsors’ advertisers, clients, or customers to controversy, negative publicity, scorn, or ridicule.
  3. Sponsors and their parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and agents assume no responsibility for lost, misdirected, damaged, incomplete, incorrect, altered, or illegible entries. No duplicated entries will be accepted. Conduct that impedes the integrity of the Sweepstakes is prohibited. Entries and the information contained therein become the property of the Sponsors and will not be returned.
  4. Winner must agree to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release, which must be signed and returned to Sponsor so that these documents are received within fourteen (14) days of their delivery to the Winner. If such documents are not received in the allotted time-period, an alternate winner will be selected at random. Failure to comply will result in forfeiture of all rights to any prize.

6.     Privacy/Publicity/Eligibility Releases:

By entering and providing the required entry information, Entrants acknowledge that, unless they opt out, the Sponsors may send them information, samples, or special offers Sponsors thinks may be of interest to Entrant or other complementary goods offered by the Sponsors or other companies the Sponsors may carefully select.

Entrants agree that Sponsors have the right, at their discretion, to combine any of the materials they supply pursuant to the Sweepstakes with other material available to Sponsors.

Entrants further agree that they do not have any right of approval, claim to compensation, or benefits claim, including without limitation, claims based upon invasion of privacy, defamation, or right of publicity arising out of any use of names or biographical and/or corporate information.

7.  Release:

By entering this Sweepstakes, Entrants release Sponsors and their parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, agents, shareholders, officers, and employees from any liability arising from or relating to participation in this Sweepstakes, including but not limited to, any and all claims, expenses, demands, or liabilities arising out of or in connection with the participation of the Entrant in the Sweepstakes and/or the use or misuse of the Prize, or participation in any Sweepstakes-related activity.

8.  Dispute Resolution:

Except where prohibited, by participating in the Sweepstakes, Entrants agree to the following: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of participants and Sponsors and their agents will be governed by and construed exclusively in accordance with the laws of the District of Columbia without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law of any jurisdiction. Any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to this Sweepstakes, or awarding of the Prizes, will be filed only in the state or federal courts located in the District of Columbia and Entrant hereby consents and submits to the personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purposes of litigating any such action. Except where prohibited, by participating in this Sweepstakes, Entrant agrees that: (a) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Sweepstakes, or awarding of the prizes, will be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards will be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with participating in this Sweepstakes but in no event attorneys' fees; and (c) under no circumstances will any Entrant be permitted to obtain awards for (and hereby waives all rights to claim) punitive, incidental, and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased.

9.  Winner’s Name:

For the name of Winner A, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Destination DC, ATTN: #MyDCCool August Summer Getaway Sweepstakes, 901 7th Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20001. Request must be received no later than 60 days from the Winner selection date described in paragraph 3.