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The Detroit News – Wojo’s Picks Contest 2019

OFFICIAL RULES

1.         NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR TO WIN.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING.  ALL FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL AND MUNICIPAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

2.         Eligibility.  Subject to the additional restrictions below, the Wojo’s Picks Contest (the “Contest”) is open to legal U.S. residents of Michigan who are 18 years or older at the time of entry. Employees of The Detroit News (“Sponsor”), Digital First Media, Media News Group, Gannett Co., Inc., UPICKEM, SecondStreet, Michigan.com, The Detroit Free Press, and each of their respective affiliated companies, and advertising and promotional agencies, and the immediate family members of, and any persons domiciled with, any such employees, are not eligible to enter or to win. Residents of a European Union member state or U.S. residents located in a European Union member state are not eligible to enter or to win.  

3.         How To Enter.  The Contest will begin at 12:01 a.m. E.T. on September 2, 2019 and end at 11:59 a.m. E.T. on November 30, 2019 (the “Contest Period”). There will be thirteen (13) Weekly Entry Periods, each of which will start at 12:01 a.m. (E.T.) every Monday and end at 11:59 a.m. (E.T.) the day before the first college football game each week during the Contest Period. Enter online by visiting the Wojo’s Picks official registration page on the Detroit News website (www.DetroitNews.com/WojosPicks2019), completing all of the required information to create an account, and following all posted instructions. Select a winner for all of the designated college football matchups for each week based on the points spread. If you do not select a winner for a game, a computerized selection will be made based on the teams that are picked most frequently. You will not be eligible to win a Weekly Prize unless you make your own picks. You will not be eligible to win the Grand Prize unless you make your own picks for at least 12 weeks of the Contest Period. Maximum one (1) entry per person, per week. 

      Multiple entrants are not permitted to share the same email address. Sponsor will not be responsible for incomplete, lost, late or misdirected or illegible entries, or for failure to receive entries or other electronic communications due to transmission failures or technical failures of any kind, including, without limitation, malfunctioning of any network hardware or software, whether originating with sender or Sponsor. By entering, you agree to the terms of these Official Rules and to receive e-mails from Sponsor or those directed by Sponsor. You can opt-out of the receipt of such e-mails by following the directions in any email received from Sponsor.

All entries become property of Sponsor and none will be returned. Contestants acknowledge and agree that Sponsor shall have the right to publish, promote or otherwise display or use entries in any way it sees fit without limitation or compensation to entrants. Any questions regarding the number of entries submitted shall be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, and Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entries by persons determined to be tampering with or abusing any aspect of the Contest.

4.   Winner Selection. One (1) Weekly Winner will be selected on or about each Wednesday starting September 11, 2019 and ending December 4, 2019 from among all eligible entries received during the applicable Weekly Entry Period, for a total of thirteen (13) Weekly Winners. One (1) Grand Prize Winner will be selected on or about December 3, 2019 from among all eligible entries received during the Contest Period. The Winners will be selected based on the number of points they accumulate each week. Entrants and Bob Wojonowski (“Wojo”) will earn one point for each correct pick they make. Each week, the one (1) entrant who beats Wojo by the highest number of points will be the Weekly Winner. If no one beats Wojo in a given week, the Weekly Winner will be the one (1) entrant with the highest number of points that week. On or about December 4, 2019, each entrant’s 12 best weekly point totals will be added together, and the one (1) entrant with the highest cumulative point total will be the Grand Prize Winner.

In the event of tie, ties are broken as follows: 

For Weekly Winners:
Fans pick the college team they think is going to win each matchup along with the score for the tie-breaker game. The computer then takes all the fans who are tied for most points for the week and:
1. Subtracts what the fan chose as the score for the winning team from the actual winning team's score and squares this value.
2. Subtracts what the fan chose as the score for the losing team from the actual losing team's score and squares this value.
3. Add 1 and 2 above together to get the fan's "score approximation".
4. The fan with the lowest "score approximation" wins.
If there is still a tie the computer then chooses a random winner from those who are tied.

For Grand Prize Winner: 
Each week fans pick the college team they think is going to win each matchup along with the score of the tie-breaker game. The computer then takes all the fans who are tied for most points for the season and looks at the final week's tie-breaker game and:
1. Subtracts what the fan chose as the score for the winning team from the actual winning team's score and squares this value.
2. Subtracts what the fan chose as the score for the losing team from the actual losing team's score and squares this value.
3. Add 1 and 2 above together to get the fan's "score approximation".
4. The fan with the lowest "score approximation" wins.
If there is still a tie, the computer then looks back at the previous week's tie-breaker "score approximation". If there is still a tie the computer goes back each week until the tie is broken.

If there is still a tie after a review of all the weeks, the computer will choose a random winner from among the tied entrants.

5.         Prizes and Odds Weekly Winners: Thirteen (13) Weekly Winners will each receive a $50 Nike, UnderArmour or Dick’s Sporting Goods Gift Card, as decided by Sponsor (Total ARV: $650). Grand Prize: One (1) Grand Prize Winner will receive a $500 Visa gift card (ARV: $500.00).

Prizes may be subject to expiration, deadlines, and other conditions and restrictions may apply. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

6.         Winner Notification and Acceptance.  Winners will be notified on or about the day they are selected as the winner at the telephone number or email address provided on the winner’s UPickEm account.  Sponsor will call or email during regular business hours at the telephone number or email address provided on the winner’s UPickEm account and will leave no messages.  Failure to reach winner by phone after three attempts, failure of winner to respond to email notification within 48 hours, or return of email notification as undeliverable may result in disqualification of winner, forfeiture of his or her interest in all prizes, and selection of a substitute winner from among all remaining eligible entries. Valid government-issued photo identification may be required to claim prize. Winners may waive their right to receive prizes.  Prizes are nonassignable and nontransferable.  No substitutions allowed by winner.  Prizes and individual components of prize packages are subject to availability and Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value.  Winners are solely responsible for reporting and payment of any taxes on prizes.  Winners may be required to complete an affidavit of eligibility/liability and publicity release (except where prohibited by law) which must be returned as directed by Sponsor.  Failure to sign and return the affidavit or release within ten (10) days, or to comply with any term or condition of these Official Rules, may result in a winner’s disqualification, the forfeiture of his or her interest in the prize, and the award of the prize to a substitute winner. Except where prohibited, acceptance of any prize constitutes winner’s consent to the publication of his or her name, biographical information and likeness in any media, including without limitation the internet, for any commercial or promotional purpose, without further compensation.  Prizes not won and claimed by eligible winners in accordance with these Official Rules will not be awarded and will remain the property of Sponsor. 

           

7.         Participation.  By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor.  Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify persons found tampering with or otherwise abusing any aspect of this Contest as solely determined by Sponsor.  In the event the Contest is compromised by a virus, non-authorized human intervention, tampering or other causes beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor which corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness or proper operation of the Contest, Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Contest.  Should the Contest be terminated prior to the stated expiration date, Sponsor reserves the right to award prizes based on the entries received before the termination date. The authorized account holder of the email address submitted at the time of entry will be considered the entrant. An “authorized account holder” shall mean the natural person assigned to such email account by the Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with such email account. A potential winner may be requested to provide proof that he or she is the authorized account holder of the email address associated with a winning entry. In the event of a dispute, all online entries will be deemed to have been submitted by the owner of the ISP account from which they were sent.  For these purposes, an ISP account holder shall mean the natural person assigned to such ISP account by the Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning ISP addresses for the domain associated with such ISP account.  Any questions regarding the number of entries submitted by the owner of an ISP account shall be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. 

8.         Construction. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision.  In the event that any such provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable, these rules shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or unenforceable provision was not contained therein. The Contest and all of the related pages, contents and code are copyrighted by UPICKEM.com, Inc. and/or Sponsor. Copying or unauthorized use of any copyrighted materials, trademarks or any other intellectual property without the express written consent of its owner is strictly prohibited.

9.         Sponsor.  The Wojo’s Picks Contest is sponsored by The Detroit NewsThe decisions of Sponsor regarding the selection of winners and all other aspects of the Contest shall be final and binding in all respects.  Sponsor will not be responsible for typographical, printing or other inadvertent errors in these Official Rules or in other materials relating to the Contest.  For a list of winners (available after December 31, 2019) or a copy of these Official Rules, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to “Winners List/Official Rules” (as applicable), Wojo’s Picks: The Detroit News, 160 W. Fort St, Detroit, MI 48226. If you have any questions regarding this Contest, please contact Marcy Viselli at mviselli@michigan.com

 

 



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