What are the official rules for Bingo America Online Game?
Bingo America® Online Game Official Rules
NOTE: The Bingo America Online Game is an independent promotion that is unrelated to the Bingo America Home Viewer Sweepstakes. For complete details regarding the Bingo America Home Viewer Sweepstakes, please see the Official Rules.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.
VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW AND IN QUEBEC.
How to Enter and Play
To find out where and how to enter the Promotion, visit MSN at http://zone.msn.com/en/general/article/bingoamerica.htm (the "MSN Games Website") and follow the directions that indicate where and how to play the Bingo America Online Game hosted by GSN.com (the "GSN Website") or go to http://www.GSN.com/bingo and click on the box that says "PLAY ONLINE!". To participate in the Promotion, you must be a registered member of GSN.com (registration is free). After following the instructions on the MSN Games Website, MSN visitors will be automatically forwarded to the GSN Website. To become a registered GSN.com member (registration is free), submit the information requested and select a username and password. Information required for registration consists of: username, password, email address, age, and cable or satellite provider. All registration information must be completed in full. Once you have completed the online registration process, you can play the Bingo America Online Game. Simply select a game room to play in and let the fun begin!
Bingo America is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, and Canada (excluding the Province of Quebec) who are 18 years of age at the time of entry. All employees, directors and officers of Game Show Network, LLC, Liberty Media, Inc., Sony Pictures Entertainment, Glassman Media, Inc., Bala Productions, Inc., Microsoft Corporation, and each of their respective parents, divisions, affiliates, subsidiaries, or agents (collectively, the "Promotion Entities") and each of their immediate family members (defined as spouse, children, siblings, parents, and grandparents, regardless of where they live) or those living in the same household as any of the individuals in the preceding categories are not eligible to participate in the Promotion or win a prize. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW AND IN QUEBEC. Eligible winners from Canada will be required to answer a mathematical, time-limited question administered by telephone, mail or email in order to be declared a confirmed winner and claim a prize(s).
In the Bingo America Online game, you can win prizes ranging from $1.00 to $25.00. The prize starts at $1.00, and increases by $1.00, periodically, until a winner is declared. Once a winner for a game is declared, the prize for the next consecutive game resets to $1.00. Prize money will only be paid out to a winner once a winner has accumulated $25 in prize money or after 365 days have passed from the initial win if the winner has not accumulated $25 by that time.
The winner for each game will be the first person to have a prize claim validated by "Sponsor" (as defined below), subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules. All taxes, duties, fees and all other items not specified herein are the responsibility of the winner. No substitution or transfer of prize permitted.
Prizes pictured in point-of-sale, online, television and print advertising, promotional packaging, and other Promotion materials are for illustrative purposes only. No substitute prize will be awarded in lieu of any stated prize, except that Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to substitute a prize (or portion thereof) of comparable value if any prize is unavailable, in whole or in part, for any reason.
Winner Notification, Verification, & Payment
The potential winner will be determined based on the first verifiable prize claim submitted to Sponsor. Sponsor will notify potential winners by email. Sponsor is not responsible for late, lost, or misdirected notification. Email notifications and posting on winner lists do not constitute a guarantee of payment of any kind.
Sponsor will accrue and withhold prizes for each individual member name until the total amount won by a given member name is at least $25 or until 365 days have passed from the initial win if the winner has not accumulated $25 by that time. Sponsor cannot combine wins by multiple member names or accounts into a single lump sum.
If a player has not accumulated $25 total within 365 days of his or her initial win, at the end of that 365-day period, a check for their then-current total prizes will be automatically sent to the valid mailing address the member has registered on file with Sponsor. Eligible potential winners from Canada will be required to answer a mathematical, time-limited question administered by telephone, mail or email in order to be declared a confirmed winner and claim their prize(s). Each potential winner may also be required to provide Sponsor with proof that the winner is the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the winning entry(ies).
Bingo America online game winnings are paid as checks, in U.S. dollars. Winnings checks are mailed to confirmed winners via the U.S. postal service, automatically, to the mailing address on file with Sponsor. Checks are mailed WITHIN 60 DAYS FOLLOWING THE EARLIER OF THE DATE a confirmed winner accrues prizes totaling at least $25 or 365 days from the date of the confirmed winner's initial win if he or she has not accumulated $25 by that time.
If a potential winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim a prize, fails to register a proper and current mailing address with Sponsor, or, if required, fails to return a completed and executed affidavit and release, within 10 days, the prize will be forfeited. If a potential winner is a Canadian resident, to be declared a confirmed winner, he or she must correctly answer, without assistance of any kind, whether mechanical or otherwise, a mathematical skill-testing question to be administered by phone or email. If the potential winner in Canada cannot be contacted and the skill test administered within ten (10) business days after the first attempt to contact such potential winner, the prize will be forfeited.
Winner consents to the use of his or her name, photograph, likeness, statements, biographical information, and any other personal characteristics in any and all media for any purpose, including, without limitation, advertising and promotion purposes as well as in, on or in connection with any show or program, the GSN Website, the MSN Games Website and other Microsoft Websites, Promotion and/or other promotions without further compensation, notice or consideration in perpetuity unless prohibited by law, and each prize winner hereby releases the Promotion Entities from any liability with respect thereto. Sponsor is not responsible for and shall not be liable for late, lost, misdirected, or unsuccessful efforts to notify winner.
The winner(s) will be deemed to be the authorized account holder of the email address submitted during the registration process. "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.
All potential winners are subject to verification by Sponsor or its representatives. An entrant is not a winner of any prize (even if he or she receives a winning message) unless and until such entrant's eligibility has been verified, the entrant has followed the prize claim procedure in accordance with the online game instructions, and Sponsor (or its representative) determines that such entrant's winning status is official. Screen shots or other evidence of potential winning in lieu of the validation process will not be accepted by Sponsor as proof of winning.
Any attempted form of participation in this Promotion other than as expressly described herein is void. The Promotion Entities are not responsible for lost, misdirected or delayed prize claims or for lost, misdirected or delayed emails/written and/or phone notification or entrant's failure to comply with these Official Rules. Following the prize claim procedures as described on the game page instructions is the entrant's responsibility. Unclaimed, undistributed or forfeited prizes will not be awarded.
Ties are possible. In the event of a tie, where two or more players submit valid prize claims during the same game, the prize will be split evenly among the players involved in the tie.
By playing, each player accepts and agrees to be bound by these Official Rules and by the decisions of Sponsor, which shall be final and binding in all respects. All federal, state and local laws apply.
If a potential prize winner is found to be ineligible, if he/she cannot or does not comply with these Official Rules, or if his/her prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, such potential winner will be disqualified, and no prize will be awarded for that particular game. Sponsor may prohibit you from participating in the game if, at its sole discretion, you show a disregard for, or are not in compliance with these Official Rules, or act (1) in an unsportsmanlike manner; (2) with an intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other player or Sponsor representative; or (3) in any other disruptive manner.
The use of software, machines, computers, scripts or any automated system to play the game ("Cheating") is strictly prohibited and may result in criminal liability under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Section 1030 of the United States Code. Sponsor's determination of whether a user is Cheating is strictly at Sponsor's sole discretion.
Sponsor may terminate and permanently disqualify any entrant in any prize drawing or other activity on the GSN Website who Sponsor, in its sole discretion, determines as being in violation of these Official Rules and/or the terms and conditions posted on the GSN Website. If Sponsor terminates a player's account and/or disqualifies a player from the play of any game, the player will immediately lose any right of access to any unawarded prizes and any other digital content associated with this account. All decisions by Sponsor are final and binding.
ANY ATTEMPT BY A MEMBER OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE GSN WEBSITE IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH ENTRANT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
Limitations Of Liability
THE PROMOTION ENTITIES ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY INCORRECT OR INACCURATE REGISTRATIONS OR GAMES PLAY INFORMATION OR ENTRY OF INFORMATION, WHETHER CAUSED BY THE PROMOTION ENTITES OR BY ANY OF THE EQUIPMENT OR PROGRAMMING ASSOCIATED WITH OR UTILIZED BY THE GSN WEBSITE OR BY ANY TECHNICAL OR HUMAN ERROR WHICH MAY OCCUR IN THE OPERATION OF THE GSN WEBSITE. YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL THE PROMOTION ENTITIES BE LIABLE TO ANY USER ON ACCOUNT OF THAT USER'S USE OR MISUSE OF AND RELIANCE ON THE GSN WEBSITE OR ANY GAME ON THE GSN WEBSITE. SUCH LIMITATION OF LIABILITY SHALL APPLY TO PREVENT RECOVERY OF DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, AND PUNITIVE DAMAGES (EVEN IF THE PROMOTION ENTITIES HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES). SUCH LIMITATION OF LIABILITY SHALL APPLY WHETHER THE DAMAGES ARISE FROM USE OR MISUSE OF AND RELIANCE ON THE GSN WEBSITE OR ANY GAME ON THE GSN WEBSITE, FROM INABILITY TO USE THE GSN WEBSITE OR TO PLAY ANYGAME ON THE GSN WEBSITE, OR FROM THE INTERRUPTION, SUSPENSION, OR TERMINATION OF THE GSN WEBSITE OR ANY GAME ON THE GSN WEBSITE (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY DAMAGES INCURRED BY THIRD PARTIES). SUCH LIMITATION SHALL ALSO APPLY WITH RESPECT TO DAMAGES INCURRED BY REASON OF OTHER SERVICES OR GOODS RECEIVED THROUGH OR ADVERTISED ON THE GSN WEBSITE OR RECEIVED THROUGH ANY LINKS PROVIDED ON THE GSN WEBSITE, AS WELL AS BY REASON OF ANY INFORMATION OR ADVICE RECEIVED THROUGH OR ADVERTISED ON THE GSN WEBSITE OR RECEIVED THROUGH ANY LINKS PROVIDED ON THE GSN WEBSITE. SUCH LIMITATION SHALL APPLY NOTWITHSTANDING ANY FAILURE OF ESSENTIAL PURPOSE OF ANY LIMITED REMEDY. SUCH LIMITATION SHALL APPLY TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL THE PROMOTION ENTITIES BE HELD LIABLE FOR ANY DELAY OR FAILURE IN PERFORMANCE RESULTING DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY FROM ACTS OF NATURE, FORCES, OR CAUSES BEYOND THEIR REASONABLE CONTROL, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, INTERNET FAILURES, COMPUTER EQUIPMENT FAILURES, TELECOMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT FAILURES, OTHER EQUIPMENT FAILURES, ELECTRICAL POWER FAILURES, STRIKES, LABOR DISPUTES, RIOTS, INSURRECTIONS, CIVIL DISTURBANCES, SHORTAGES OF LABOR OR MATERIALS, FIRES, FLOODS, STORMS, EXPLOSIONS, ACTS OF GOD, WAR, GOVERNMENTAL ACTIONS, ORDERS OF DOMESTIC OR FOREIGN COURTS OR TRIBUNALS, NON-PERFORMANCE OF THIRD PARTIES, OR LOSS OF OR FLUCTUATIONS IN HEAT, LIGHT, OR AIR CONDITIONING. In some jurisdictions, limitations of liability are not permitted. In such jurisdictions, the foregoing limitation may not apply to you.
Disclaimer of Warranties
THE GSN WEBSITE AND ALL GAMES ON THE GSN WEBSITE ARE PROVIDED "AS IS," WITH NO WARRANTIES WHATSOEVER. ALL EXPRESS, IMPLIED, AND STATUTORY WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT OF PROPRIETARY RIGHTS, ARE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, THE PROMOTION ENTITIES DISCLAIM ANY WARRANTIES FOR THE SECURITY, RELIABILITY, TIMELINESS, AND PERFORMANCE OF THE GSN WEBSITE AND ALL GAMES ON THE GSN WEBSITE. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, THE PROMOTION ENTITIES DISCLAIM ANY WARRANTIES FOR OTHER SERVICES OR GOODS, INCLUDING ANY AND ALL PRIZES, RECEIVED THROUGH OR ADVERTISED ON THE GSN WEBSITE OR RECEIVED THROUGH ANY LINKS PROVIDED ON THE GSN WEBSITE, AS WELL AS FOR ANY INFORMATION OR ADVICE RECEIVED THROUGH THE GSN WEBSITE OR THROUGH ANY LINKS PROVIDED ON THE GSN WEBSITE. THE PROMOTION ENTITIES DISCLAIM ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE DELETION, FAILURE TO STORE, MISDELIVERY, OR UNTIMELY DELIVERY OF ANY INFORMATION OR MATERIAL. SPONSOR DISCLAIMS ANY RESPONSIBILITY OR LIABILITY FOR ANY HARM RESULTING FROM DOWNLOADING OR ACCESSING ANY INFORMATION OR MATERIAL THROUGH THE GSN WEBSITE. Some jurisdictions do not allow the disclaimer of implied warranties. In such jurisdictions, the foregoing disclaimers may not apply to you insofar as they relate to implied warranties.
Termination, Suspension or Discontinuation Of Games
If, for any reason, the GSN Website or any game on the GSN Website is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of the Promotion Entities which corrupt the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the game, the Promotion Entities reserve the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend such game. Sponsor reserves the right to halt the play of a game or games at any time and for any duration of time due to situations beyond its control such as strikes, acts of God, etc. In the event that Sponsor cancels, terminates, or suspends the game or any game pursuant to these Official Rules, Sponsor shall award all prizes pursuant to a method to be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. In addition, Sponsor reserves the exclusive right, exercisable in its sole discretion, to add additional games, along with such games' official rules, to the GSN Website at any time. Sponsor exclusive rights expressed herein shall include, without limitation, the right to restrict the operating code of the games in order to prevent any unauthorized tampering with the operations or play of the games or any unauthorized use of computer programs, scripts or any other devices intended to automate any aspect of play in any game. All decisions made with respect to the GSN Website, the game, the Promotion, these Official Rules and any other games-specific official rules are the sole responsibility of Sponsor. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend, extend, change or modify the Promotion or any portion(s) thereof in its sole discretion. These Official Rules cannot be modified or amended in any way except in a written document issued in accordance with law by a duly authorized representative of Sponsor. 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 provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these rules shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.
Access Problems, Defective/Irregular Online Game Cards and Related Issues
Each entrant agrees that the Promotion Entities are not responsible for entrant's inability to access Promotion via the Internet due to hardware or software compatibility problems, unauthorized intervention, server problems, delay caused by the volume of user traffic to the GSN Website, and/or for any other reason. Winning electronic game cards are void and will be rejected if Sponsor determines, in its sole discretion, such winning game cards were not obtained through authorized, legitimate channels, or if they are in whole or in part illegible, forged, or tampered with in any way, or if obtained in violation of these Official Rules. The Promotion Entities are not responsible or liable for prize claims that are illegible, late, destroyed, lost, misplaced, stolen, misdirected, tampered with, incomplete, deleted, damaged, incomplete, or mutilated (as applicable) or otherwise not in compliance with these Official Rules, and all such prize claims will be rejected and void. The Promotion Entities are not responsible for game cards that contain printing, typographical, mechanical or other errors, and such game cards are void. The Promotion Entities and their agencies are not liable for computer, programming, printer errors or issuance of any void, unintended, misprinted or irregular game cards. In no event will Promotion Entities be liable for, and entrants expressly release Promotion Entities from any claims as to, any void, unintended, disqualified, misprinted or irregular game cards (including, without limitation, unintended winning game cards). In the event that programming, computer, production, seeding, printing or any other errors cause claims for more than the stated number of prizes in any game, Sponsor may award only the stated number of prizes (not previously awarded) in the affected game by conducting a random drawing from among all eligible entrants making bona fide, un-suspect claims for such prizes. Entry into such drawing shall be each entrant's sole and exclusive remedy under such circumstances. Under no circumstances will Sponsor or other Promotion Entities be responsible for awarding prizes in excess of the announced amounts.
Use of any automated system (i.e., any system other than direct human input in each instance) to participate or to attempt to participate in the Promotion is prohibited and will result in disqualification. If Sponsor suspects that an entrant is using an automated system, such entrant will be removed/barred from the GSN Website, will be disqualified and will be ineligible to receive any prize in the Promotion. Any entrant attempting to use an automated system or attempting to forge or tamper with game cards and/or the game or otherwise defraud Sponsor will be disqualified and Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Any person attempting to cheat or otherwise defraud or in any way tamper with the Promotion will be disqualified and Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. The Promotion Entities are not responsible for acknowledging or accepting prize claims that are entered or abetted by other than human means, or for acknowledging or accepting claims that are late (including delayed data transmissions), tampered with, illegible, mutilated, forged, mechanically duplicated, mass machine printed, misdirected, incomplete, destroyed, or lost; or for claims otherwise not in full and complete compliance with these Official Rules, and such claims (and the persons submitting same) will be disqualified.
Indemnification And Release
By registering with Sponsor, playing the game and/or participating in the Promotion, you agree to indemnify the Promotion Entities and hold the Promotion Entities harmless from any and all claims and expenses, including attorney's fees, arising from or relating to your use or misuse of the GSN Website, from any person's use of any account or password you maintain with the GSN Website, regardless of whether such use is authorized by you, or from acceptance, possession, misuse, or use of any prize. By registering with Sponsor, playing the game and/or participating in the Promotion, you are hereby agreeing to release the Promotion Entities from any and all claims, demands, debts, obligations, damages (actual or consequential), costs, and expenses of any kind or nature whatsoever, whether known or unknown, suspected or unsuspected, disclosed or undisclosed, that you may have against the Promotion Entities and/or with respect to any prize. YOU HEREBY AGREE TO WAIVE ALL LAWS THAT MAY LIMIT THE EFFICACY OF SUCH RELEASES. FOR EXAMPLE, YOU SPECIFICALLY AGREE TO WAIVE THE PROVISIONS OF CALIFORNIA CIVIL CODE SECTION 1542, WHICH PROVIDES "A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS WHICH THE CREDITOR DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING THE RELEASE, WHICH IS KNOWN BY HIM MUST HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR."
Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to (i) the Promotion, (ii) the awarding or redemption of any prize and/or (iii) the determination of the scope or applicability of these Official Rules or their enforcement, arbitrability or interpretation (collectively, "Controversies") shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the substantive laws of the State of California without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions that would cause the application of any other state's laws.
All Controversies shall be submitted to final and binding arbitration, to be held in Los Angeles, California before a single arbitrator. All Controversies shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to the party's actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with entering the Promotion), but in no event will attorneys' fees be awarded or recoverable; and under no circumstances will any party be permitted to obtain any award for, and the parties hereby knowingly and expressly waive all rights to seek punitive, incidental or consequential damages and/or any other damages (other than actual out-of-pocket expenses) and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. The arbitrator shall be selected by mutual agreement of the parties or, if the parties cannot agree, then by striking from a list of arbitrators supplied by the American Arbitration Association or JAMS/Endispute and except as otherwise stated in this provision, the arbitration will be conducted in accordance with the rules of the organization that is selected. The arbitration shall be a confidential proceeding, closed to the general public. Each party hereby waives any and all rights and benefits which it might otherwise have or be entitled to under federal law or the laws of California or any other state to litigate any such dispute in court, it being the intention of the parties to arbitrate all such disputes. Each party expressly waives any right to a jury. The arbitrator shall issue a written opinion stating the essential findings and conclusions upon which the arbitrator's award is based. The arbitrator's decision shall be controlled by the terms and conditions of these Official Rules and any other agreements the applicable entrant may have entered into with Sponsors in connection with the Promotion. The parties will share equally in payment of the arbitrator's fees and arbitration expenses and any other costs unique to the arbitration hearing (recognizing that each side bears its own deposition, witness, expert and attorneys' fees and other expenses to the same extent as if the matter were being heard in court). In the event that any provision of this arbitration provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, the balance of this arbitration provision shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with its terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained.
Each prize winner shall be solely responsible for all federal, state, and/or local taxes including, without limitation, income taxes and any reporting consequences thereof. If required by law, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, Sponsor reserves the right to withhold and remit to the appropriate taxing authorities the amount of any taxes due. The prize winner may receive a 1099 form for the total ARV of prize.
Winners List / Rules
You can view the winners' list by logging in to GSN.com at http://www.gsn.com/shows/bingo/lobby.html (registration is free: see section entitled "How to Enter and Play" for details about how to become a registered member of GSN.com). Winners' names will be posted for a minimum of three (3) days following the conclusion of the applicable game.
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