Whataburger’s Oklahoma Teachers Store Sweepstakes - Terms and Conditions
Whataburger’s Oklahoma Teachers Store Sweepstakes
NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. ALL FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL, AND MUNICIPAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. RESIDENTS OF NEW YORK AND RHODE ISLAND ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE.
The Oklahoma Teacher Store Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is sponsored by Whatabrands LLC, located at 300 Concord Plaza Dr., San Antonio, Texas 78216 (“Sponsor”). Sponsor and its licensees, parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, successors and assigns are referred to throughout these Official Rules as “Whataburger”.
Entries for the Sweepstakes may be submitted by any legal resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia (unless otherwise excluded herein) who are at least 13 years old at the time of entry and who are currently employed as a teacher (including as a substitute teacher) in the state of Oklahoma. Employees of Whataburger or any other companies associated with the promotion of the Sweepstakes, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates and advertising and promotion agencies, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each such employee, are not eligible to participate in the Sweepstakes. The Sweepstakes is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations, and is void where prohibited or restricted by law. If you are a deemed a minor in your state of residence (“Minor”), you must have the consent of your parent or legal guardian to participate in this Sweepstakes. Proof of such consent may be required at any time.
2. Agreement to Official Rules
Participation in the Sweepstakes constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent upon being compliant with these Official Rules and fulfilling all other requirements set forth herein.
3. Sweepstakes Period
The Sweepstakes begins on July 29, 2019 at 12:00PM CST and ends on August 2, 2019 at 12:00PM CST (the “Sweepstakes Period”).
4. How to Enter
On July 29, 2019 Sponsor will share a post on Facebook (the “Whataburger Post”) asking its followers who are teachers (including substitute teachers) in Oklahoma to share or post (a) what inspired him/her to become a teacher and (b) the school at which he or she is currently teaching. To enter the Sweepstakes, an individual must post a response to the Whataburger Post on Whataburger’s Facebook page. Each entrant so doing will be considered a “Participant” and such post will be considered the “Entry.” Limit one Entry per person. Each Entry must be made in accordance with these Official Rules, including the Content Restrictions described below, and must also conform to the rules of the platform on which it is made (i.e., Facebook). Only Entries made during the Sweepstakes Period will be eligible to win the Sweepstakes. All properly submitted Entries will be automatically entered into the Sweepstakes. Entries in excess of the stated limits may be disqualified. In the event of a dispute concerning the identity of any Participant, the relevant Entry will be deemed submitted by the authorized holder of the applicable Facebook account used to enter. Whataburger reserves the right to disqualify any Entry, at its sole discretion, that is not in compliance with these Official Rules. All Entries become the property of Whataburger and will not be acknowledged or returned. Each Entry must be made in accordance with these Official Rules, including the Content Restrictions described below, and, if applicable, must also conform to the rules of the platform on which it is made (i.e., Facebook).
5. Winner Selection
At the close of the Sweepstakes Period, all qualifying Entries received during the Sweepstakes Period will be collected, and one winner will be randomly selected from the eligible Entries. The drawing will be conducted under the direction of Sponsor, whose decisions are final and binding in all matters relating to the Sweepstakes. Winning is contingent upon the Participant fulfilling all requirements of these Official Rules. Actual odds of winning depend on the total number of Entries received during the Sweepstakes Period.
6. Winner Notification
Sponsor will attempt to notify the potential winning Participant via direct message on such individual’s Facebook account no later than August 5, 2019. The potential winning Participant must respond within 24 hours after Sponsor’s first attempt to contact the Participant and must sign and return the Prize Verification Forms (defined below) within the time period indicated by Sponsor (and provide any required consent of a parent or legal guardian where applicable), otherwise the Prize will be forfeited. In the event that a potential winning Participant cannot be contacted or does not respond within the designated period of time, such potential winning Participant will be disqualified and another potential winning Participant may be selected using the same procedures stated above from the remaining eligible Entries received or Sponsor may cancel the Sweepstakes in its sole discretion.
One winner will be selected from the qualifying Entries. The winner will receive the following items, collectively referred to herein as the “Prize”: (a) Whataburger-for-a-Year (which is defined as a total of 52 coupons, each for a single meat Whataburger® sandwich (note that add-ons to the sandwich, as well as sides, drinks, and other items are not included in the definition of Whataburger-for-a-Year), with a value of $192.00, (b) a Whataburger “swag bag”, with a value of approximately $300; and (c) $1,000 payable to the school at which the winner is employed (limit one school campus), for a total Prize value of approximately $1500. A Minor will not be allowed to receive the Prize without the proof of consent of the Minor’s parent or legal guardian and the parent or legal guardian’s complete acceptance of these Official Rules. No transfer, substitution, or cash equivalent for the Prize is allowed except at Sponsor’s sole discretion. The Prize is non-transferable and may not be given, bartered, substituted, sold, or exchanged for cash or another prize. Unused components of the Prize have no redeemable cash value. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute any listed Prize for one of equal or greater value for any reason.
8. Winner Verification and Prize Conditions
Each potential winning Participant (and the parent or legal guardian of any Minor chosen as a potential winning Participant) will be required to sign and return to Sponsor any legal documents that Sponsor may require including, but not limited to, a Winner’s Affidavit (which may contain a publicity release) (“Prize Verification Forms”), within the amount of time specified in the communication by which the Sponsor delivers the Prize Verification Forms to the potential winning Participant. If a potential winning Participant does not timely sign and return the Prize Verification Forms to Sponsor, or chooses not to accept the Prize, such potential winning Participant will be disqualified, and another potential winning Participant may be selected using the same procedures stated above from the remaining eligible Entries received or Sponsor may cancel the Sweepstakes in its sole discretion.
9. General Conditions
In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Sweepstakes is impaired in any way for any reason, including, but not limited to fraud, virus, bug, worm, unauthorized human intervention or other technical problem, or in the event the Sweepstakes is unable to run as planned for any other reason, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, the Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either (a) suspend the Sweepstakes to address the impairment and then resume the Sweepstakes in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules, or (b) terminate the Sweepstakes and, in the event of termination, award the Prize at random from among the eligible, non-suspect Entries received up to the time of the impairment. The Sponsor reserves the right in its 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. Any attempt by any person to damage the platform or undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, the Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages (including attorney’s fees) and any other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Failure by the Sponsor to enforce any provision of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.
10. Publication and License
By posting an Entry, each Participant: (a) represents and warrants to Whataburger that the Entry is an original work and that the Participant owns all right, title and interest in the entry as of the date of Entry or has all necessary rights and authorizations to submit it and the express permission of all individuals, content and materials embodied in the Entry to submit it for possible use as provided herein; (b) represents and warrants to Whataburger that the Entry does not violate these Official Rules or infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity; and (c) grants to Whataburger an irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, unlimited, freely transferable license to print, publish, display, broadcast, distribute, reproduce, use and otherwise exploit the winning Participant's name, voice, statement, Entry, picture or other likeness, without additional compensation, in any media now known or hereinafter known for any purpose whatsoever, including public relations, advertising and promotional purposes as may be determined by Whataburger. Nothing herein will obligate Whataburger to make any use of any of the rights set forth herein.
11. Content Restrictions
Participants must not include any of the following content (“Restricted Content”) in their Entries: (a) anything that is not in keeping with the reputation and image of the Whataburger brand of products and services; (b) anything that is obscene, indecent, or sexually explicit or suggestive; (c) anything that may be considered offensive to individuals of any age, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation or other protected class or to persons who are disabled; (d) anything that infringes, violates or misappropriates any person’s or entity’s personal or proprietary rights (including copyrights, trademarks or other intellectual property rights); (e) anything that defames or invades the publicity or privacy rights of any person, living or deceased; (f) any threats to any person, place, business, group or entity; (g) anything that depicts illegal or violent acts; (h) anything that is libelous, hateful or slanderous; (i) anything that depicts or references tobacco, alcohol, drugs, dangerous stunts or weapons of any kind, including but not limited to guns, knives or projectiles; and (j) any images of individuals under legal age of majority, except if the Participant has obtained a signed release from such individual’s parent or legal guardian. Any Entry with Restricted Content shall be disqualified and ineligible to participate in or win the Sweepstakes. The determination of whether content submitted by a Participant is Restricted Content will be made in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion and Sponsor’s determination that content is Restricted Content shall be final and binding in all respects.
12. Release and Limitations of Liability
By participating in the Sweepstakes, Participants agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor, and its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, other companies associated with the Sweepstakes, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, shareholders, representatives, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim, cause of action, judgement, costs, damages, losses, expenses and liabilities, (whether arising under a theory of contract, warranty, tort, strict liability, product liability or any other theory) that may be suffered by me or any third party as a result of participation in the Sweepstakes, acceptance, receipt, use or nonuse of the prize (including any travel or activity related thereto), Whataburger’s use of my name, voice, statement, picture or other likeness, or Whataburger’s use of the Entry as permitted hereunder (including but not limited to claims of false endorsement or infringement of rights of publicity or privacy), even if such harm is caused solely by the recklessness, negligence or fault of one or more Released Parties. The Released Parties are not responsible for any claims, damages, expenses, costs or losses to any person (including death) or property of any kind resulting from or arising from or in connection with, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly: (a) any technical errors associated with the Sweepstakes, including lost, interrupted or unavailable Internet Service Provider, network, server, wireless service provider, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone, cellular tower or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties; (b) unauthorized human intervention in the Sweepstakes; (c) mechanical, network, electronic, computer, human, printing, language-translation, or typographical errors; (d) application downloads, (e) any other errors or problems in connection with the Sweepstakes, including, without limitation, errors that may occur in the administration of the Sweepstakes, the announcement of the winner, or the processing of Entries; or (f) injury, death, losses or damages of any kind, to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from participation in the Sweepstakes or acceptance, receipt or misuse of the prize (including any travel or activity related thereto). Participant further agrees that in any cause of action, the Released Parties’ liability will be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the Sweepstakes, and in no event shall the Participant be entitled to receive attorneys’ fees. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Sweepstakes. Participant waives all rights and claims to special, incidental, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages whether foreseeable or not, and whether based on negligence or otherwise. Some jurisdictions may not allow limitations or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages or exclusion of implied warranties, so some of the above limitations or exclusions may not apply. Check local laws for any restrictions or limitations regarding these limitations or exclusions.
13. Additional Releases and Disclaimers
Any third-party trademarks used in this promotion are the property of the respective trademark owners and are used for identification purposes only. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with such third parties unless specifically stated otherwise. By participating in the Sweepstakes, Participants agree and acknowledge that Facebook is not a Sponsor of this Sweepstakes. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. Participants further agree to release and hold harmless Facebook from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Sweepstakes or receipt or use of the Prize.
Except where prohibited, each Participant agrees that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Sweepstakes or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in Bexar County, Texas. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, Participant rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of Whataburger in connection with the Sweepstakes or any Entry, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Texas, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules, which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Texas.
16. Winner List
The name of the Participant with the winning Entry will be posted on one or more of Whataburger’s social media profile pages within 48 hours of the winner completing and returning the Prize Verification Forms. The name of the winner can also be obtained by sending a request with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Whataburger, Attn: Corporate Communications, 300 Concord Plaza Dr., San Antonio, Texas 78216. All requests must be received within 60 days after the Sweepstakes ends.
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