CNN Politics Debate Sweepstakes Rules and Regulations


Eligibility: The CNN Politics Debate Sweepstakes ("Promotion") is open to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia, age 21 years or older at the time of entry and a registered user of the CNN Political Prediction Market (the "Prediction Market"). Employees, officers, and directors (and their immediate family and household members (whether or not related) of Cable News Network, Inc. (the "Sponsor"), Binary Event Network, Inc. ("Pivit"), and their respective parents, subsidiaries, divisions, trustees, franchisees, participating vendors, distributors, advertising and promotion agencies and affiliated entities (collectively, with the Sponsor, the "Promotion Entities") are not eligible to enter or win. This Promotion is governed by U.S. law and subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. The Prediction Market is free to use and can be found at,, the Pivit iOS mobile application, and any other URL as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. By entering the Promotion, you are an entrant and you agree to accept and be bound by all terms of these Official Rules and Regulations ("Official Rules").
When to Enter: From 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time ("ET") on December 1, 2015 through 11:59:59 p.m. ET on January 1, 2016 ("Promotion Period"), Sponsor will conduct this national Promotion encouraging participants to enter for a chance to win the prize described below. Eastern Time shall control for all purposes of this Promotion. Sponsor's computer shall be the official clock for purposes of this Promotion.
How to Enter: During the Promotion Period, the Prediction Market will include questions clearly indicated as questions which will enter you into the Promotion ("Promotion Question"). If you answer at least one Promotion Question via the Prediction Market (each a "Prediction"), you will be entered into the Promotion automatically. Promotion Questions can be found at and any other URL as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.
How it Works/Odds: Your Prediction in response to a Promotion Question generates points that will determine your rank placement in the Promotion Leaderboard ("Leaderboard") by calculating the frequency with which you correctly predict which way the probability (or odds) of the question's outcome will move. Each time the probability (or odds) of a question moves a percentage point in favor of your Prediction, ten (10) points are added to your total. Conversely, each time the probability (or odds) of a question moves a percentage point against your Prediction, ten (10) points are subtracted from your total. You may change or cancel your predictions at any time. Points gained and lost across all Promotion Questions during the Promotion Period will be aggregated to compute your total score. The ten (10) highest ranking entrants' usernames will be published on the Leaderboard found at, and any other URL determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. The Leaderboard will be updated at least once a day during the Promotion Period. The Prediction Market does not require skill to use and is for entertainment purposes only.
To be eligible, Predictions must be received no later than 11:59:59 p.m. ET on January 1, 2016. You may submit a Prediction as often as you like throughout the Promotion Period, including submitting multiple Predictions to one or more Promotion Questions. All Predictions are subject to verification. All Predictions must comply with the Terms of Use of the Prediction Market platform and applicable guidelines (available at and in addition to these Official Rules. Sponsor is not responsible for Predictions or notifications not received due to entrant's account settings. Predictions may only be submitted by a single registered user; group submissions are not permissible. Multiple entrants are not permitted to share the same email address or username. All Predictions must be submitted in the name of an individual person and prizes can only be awarded to the eligible individual whose name is associated with the registered username on the Leaderboard. Predictions are the views/opinions of the individual entrants and do not reflect the views of Sponsor or the Promotion Entities in any way.
The Promotion Entities are not responsible for misdirected, incomplete, lost, late, illegible, undelivered, inaccurate or delayed Predictions or entries, or for technical, hardware, or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions or other errors or problems which may limit or affect a person's ability to participate in the Promotion, whether human, mechanical, typographical, printing, electronic, network or otherwise, relating to or in connection with the Promotion, including, without limitation, errors which may occur in connection with the administration of the Promotion, the processing of Predictions or entries, the announcement of the prize or in any Promotion-related materials. In the event of sabotage, acts of God, terrorism or threats thereof, computer virus or other events or causes beyond the Sponsor's control, which corrupt the integrity, administration, security or proper operation of the Promotion, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify entrants and/or modify, cancel or suspend the Promotion. In the event of cancellation, Sponsor reserves the right to award prizes from among all eligible, non-suspect entries received prior to the event requiring such cancellation. Predictions or entries generated by script, macro or other automated means will be void. False or deceptive Predictions, entries or acts will render the entrant ineligible. CAUTION AND WARNING: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE PROMOTION IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES OR OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON(S) RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATTEMPT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify and/or exclude any individual, Prediction or entry from the Promotion for any reason or no reason at all.
How To Win: The prize will be awarded to one (1) winner ("Winner"). The eligible entrant in the first place position on the Leaderboard on January 1, 2016 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET will be the potential prize winner (the "Potential Winner") until such Potential Winner has met the requirements herein to be named the Winner. The odds of winning will increase with the number of correctly made Predictions. Therefore, the frequency with which you submit a Prediction could change your placement on the Leaderboard but it is not the sole determining factor of the rankings. In the event of a tie score, the entrant with the most Predictions made shall be deemed the Potential Winner. In the event of a tie in the number of Predictions made, the entrant with the earliest Prediction made between the tied entrants shall be deemed the Potential Winner.
Notification: On or about January 2, 2016, Sponsor will notify the Potential Winner using the email address provided in the entrant's Prediction Market user information. Sponsor shall have no liability for any winner notification that is lost, intercepted or not received by the Potential Winner for any reason. Time is of the essence in verifying a winner and awarding the prize. The Potential Winner will be asked to provide information such as telephone number, username or other means of verification. Sponsor will attempt to contact a Potential Winner twice. If a Potential Winner (i) cannot be reached directly or the notification is returned as undeliverable, (ii) does not respond within forty-eight (48) hours of the second notification attempt, (iii) is found ineligible or is disqualified for any reason, (iv) declines the prize, or (v) fails to comply with these Official Rules, his/her claim to the prize will be forfeited and the entrant in the next position on the Leaderboard will be notified as a Potential Winner, and so on until a Winner is determined in the sole discretion of Sponsor, as time permits. Sponsor may successively attempt to contact multiple potential winner(s) of an applicable prize in accordance with such procedure, and if there is still no confirmed winner of such applicable prize after such attempts have been made, if any, such prize may go un-awarded in the sole discretion of Sponsor. Potential Winner may be required to execute an affidavit of eligibility, liability release, tax acknowledgment form and, except where prohibited by law, a publicity release and return within three (3) business days of issuance of notification. Potential Winner must meet all eligibility requirements, including the timely execution and return of all necessary releases and documents (if any) required by Sponsor as set forth below to be named the Winner.
In the event of a dispute, a Prediction will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time he or she registered with Prediction Market. "Authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet Access Provider, on-line service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. In the event a dispute regarding the identity of an entrant cannot be resolved to Sponsor's satisfaction, the Prediction or entry at issue will be deemed ineligible. The decision of the Sponsor will be final and binding in all matters.
PRIZE: The Winner will receive a two (2) day, one (1) night trip for the Winner and one guest subject to restrictions below ("Travel Companion") to the Republican Debate hosted by CNN in [a to-be-announced Florida city] on March 10, 2016, which will include the following: (a) round-trip, coach class air transportation for the Winner and Travel Companion from the major U.S. gateway airport nearest the Winner's residence to a destination-area airport chosen by Sponsor; (b) standard, double occupancy hotel accommodations for one (1) night at the hotel chosen by Sponsor; (c) round trip ground transportation between the hotel and airport; and (d) round trip ground transportation between the hotel and the debate. The approximate retail value ("ARV") is One Thousand Six Hundred Dollars ($1,600.00 US).
Travel Companion must be 21 or older. Actual value of the prize may vary based on point of departure and air transportation rate fluctuations. Any difference between actual value of the prize and stated ARV will not be awarded. The Winner is responsible for all costs and expenses not expressly provided for herein, including luggage fees, additional ground transportation, tours, excursions, meals, incidentals, tips, telephone calls, souvenirs, hotel charges, other services or personal expenses incurred during the trip. All travel arrangements must be made through Sponsor's agent on a carrier of Sponsor's choice. Dates are subject to availability and certain black-out dates and other travel restrictions may apply. Trip must be taken on March 9 - 10, 2016, or the prize will be forfeited. Sponsor shall have no responsibility or liability for any travel related delays or cancellations. Once issued, tickets are nontransferable and may not be reissued once travel has commenced. Air travel and lodging will be at the risk of the Winner and Travel Companion. The Winner and Travel Companion are solely responsible for their own conduct while accepting and using the prize and agree to comply with all applicable laws and regulations pertaining to use and enjoyment of the prize, including but not limited to venue and event restrictions and/or policies. Sponsor will not replace any lost, mutilated, or stolen tickets, travel vouchers or certificates. It is the sole responsibility of the Winner and Travel Companion to have valid travel documentation (e.g., valid photo ID, etc.) and any necessary health or other insurance for themselves prior to travel. It is the sole responsibility of the Winner and Travel Companion to ensure that they have no health or medical condition which could adversely affect either of them at any time during the use and enjoyment of the prize. The Winner or Travel Companion may be required to present a valid credit card upon check-in at hotels to cover incidentals that are not included in the prize. THE PROMOTION ENTITIES EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ANY RESPONSIBILITY AND YOU AGREE TO INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS THE PROMOTION ENTITIES FROM AND AGAINST ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, ACTIONS, DEMANDS AND/OR LIABILITY FOR INJURY, DEATH, DAMAGE OR LOSS WHATSOEVER RELATING TO OR ARISING IN CONNECTION WITH PARTICIPATION IN THIS PROMOTION (REGARDLESS OF THE CAUSE OF SUCH INJURY, DEATH, DAMAGE OR LOSS) AND/OR THE DELIVERY AND/OR SUBSEQUENT USE OR MISUSE OF ANY PRIZE (OR PORTION THEREOF) AWARDED (INCLUDING ANY TRAVEL OR ACTIVITY RELATED THERETO) AND/OR PRINTING, DISTRIBUTION OR PRODUCTION ERRORS. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT NOTHING HEREIN SHALL CONSTITUTE AN EMPLOYMENT, JOINT VENTURE, OR PARTNERSHIP RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN YOU AND SPONSOR. IN NO WAY ARE YOU TO BE CONSTRUED AS THE AGENT OR TO BE ACTING AS THE AGENT OF SPONSOR.
No substitution or transfer of prize, or any portion thereof, or cash redemptions permitted by the Winner. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute for any reason whatsoever a prize (or portion thereof) of comparable or greater value, at its sole discretion. The prize, or any portion thereof, is awarded "as is" with no warranty or guarantee, either expressed or implied by the Sponsor. All prize details are at Sponsor's sole discretion. Winner is responsible for the reporting and payment of all taxes (if any) as well as any other costs and expenses associated with acceptance and use of the prize not specified herein as being awarded.
GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS: By entering this Promotion, you grant Sponsor and Promotion Entities and their respective designees the right, unless prohibited by law, to use your name, username, cities and states of residence, voice, picture and likeness, without compensation, notification or approval, for the purpose of advertising and publicizing the goods and services of the Promotion Entities and all matters related to the Promotion, in any manner or medium, now or hereafter known, throughout the world in perpetuity. By entering this Promotion, you consent to being contacted by Sponsor via email message. When you submit a Prediction or enter using your wireless mobile device (which may only be available via participating wireless carriers and certain devices), standard data rates may apply according to the terms and conditions of your service agreement with your wireless carrier. Other charges may apply (such as normal airtime and carrier charges) and may appear on your mobile phone bill or be deducted from your prepaid account balance. Wireless carriers' rate plans may vary, and you should contact your wireless carrier for more information on data rate plans and charges relating to your participation in this Promotion. Participation in this Promotion by mobile device means that you understand that you may receive additional messages by mobile device relating to this Promotion, including notifying you if you are a Potential Winner, which may be subject to charges pursuant to your carrier's rate plan. Text messaging may not be available from all mobile phone service carriers and handset models. Mobile device service may not be available in all areas. Check your phone's capabilities for specific instructions.
Sponsor has the right to conduct a background check of any and all records of the Potential Winner and Travel Companion, including without limitation, civil and criminal court and police records. Sponsor may take all steps necessary to corroborate any information provided to Sponsor by the Potential Winner and Travel Companion and the Potential Winner and Travel Companion will be obligated to provide necessary information to assist Sponsor with the background check. If a Potential Winner or Travel Companion has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, charged with or accused of engaging in any activities involving moral turpitude, harm to children, or any other activity that conflicts with Sponsor's image, Sponsor has the right in its sole discretion to disqualify either individual or both from participating in the Promotion.
Privacy Policy: Any personally identifiable information collected will be used by the Promotional Entities solely for purposes of the proper administration and fulfillment of the Promotion as described in these Official Rules and in accordance with CNN's Privacy Policy as stated at and Pivit's Privacy Policy as stated at
Governing Law: Any and all disputes, claims and controversies arising out of or in connection with the Promotion or any prize awarded shall be governed by and construed exclusively in accordance with the laws and decisions of the State of New York applicable to contracts made, entered into and performed entirely therein, without giving effect to its conflict of laws provisions.
The Promotion Entities and you agree that these Official Rules affect interstate commerce and that the Federal Arbitration Act governs the interpretation and enforcement of these arbitration provisions.
If a dispute arises out of or relates to this contract, or the breach thereof, and if said dispute cannot be settled through negotiation, the parties agree first to try in good faith to settle the dispute by mediation under the Commercial Arbitration Rules and the Supplementary Procedures for Consumer Related Disputes (collectively, "AAA Rules") of the American Arbitration Association ("AAA") before resorting to arbitration.
Any dispute arising out of or relating to this contract or the breach thereof, that cannot be resolved by mediation within 30 days shall be finally resolved by arbitration administered by the AAA under its AAA Rules, and judgment upon the award rendered by the arbitrators may be entered in any court having jurisdiction. The arbitration will be conducted in the English language in the City of New York, New York, in accordance with the United States Arbitration Act. There shall be a single arbitrator, named in accordance with such rules.
The Promotion Entities shall bear the cost of any arbitration filing fees and arbitration fees for claims of up to $75,000.00 unless the arbitrator finds the arbitration to be frivolous. You may choose to pursue your claim in small claims court where jurisdiction and venue over the Promotion Entities and you is proper, your claim otherwise qualifies for such small claims court, and where your claim does not include a request for any type of equitable relief.
Class Action Waiver: The Promotion Entities and you agree that Promotion Entities and you will resolve any disputes, claims or controversies on an individual basis, and that any claims brought under these Official Rules in connection with the Promotion or any prize awarded will be brought in an individual capacity, and not on behalf of, or as part of, any purported class, consolidated, or representative proceeding. The Promotion Entities and you further agree that the Promotion Entities and you shall not participate in any consolidated, class, or representative proceeding (existing or future) brought by any third party arising under these Official Rules or in connection with the Promotion or any prize awarded.
If any court or arbitrator determines that the class action waiver set forth in this paragraph is void or unenforceable for any reason or that arbitration can proceed on a class basis, then the disputes, claims or controversies will not be subject to arbitration and must be litigated in federal court located in New York, New York.
The terms of this provision will also apply to any claims asserted by you against any present or future parent or affiliated company of the Promotion Entities to the extent that any such claims arise out of or in connection with the Promotion or any prize awarded.
Official Rules/List of Winners: For a copy of the Official Rules or a list of the winners (available on or about February 1, 2016), send a self-addressed, stamped envelope (residents of VT need not include return postage on rules requests) to the following address by April 1, 2016 (Please specify "Official Rules" or "Winners") -- "CNN Political Predictor" Promotion, 1050 Techwood Drive, NW, Bldg 1000, EXE 0304M, Atlanta, Georgia 30318.
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