Holiday Home Theater Second Chance Giveaway Rules
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I. Purpose

A. To ensure that prizes awarded in the Nebraska Lottery’s Holiday Home Theater Giveaway Drawing are determined impartially and randomly.

B. To ensure that the integrity of the Nebraska Lottery is maintained at all times.

II. Promotion Overview

A. The Holiday Home Theater Second Chance Giveaway Drawing is a promotion in which a player sends in a single non-winning $5 Scratch ticket, along with the ticket back fully completed (or enters a single non-winning $5 Scratch ticket number and contact information by web entry) to be eligible for the chance to be selected a prize winner in the Holiday Home Theater Second Chance contest to be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2010, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Players may enter the drawing by placing a single non-winning $5 Scratch ticket with the ticket back fully completed into an envelope and mailing it to Holiday Home Theater Second Chance Giveaway, Nebraska Lottery, P.O. Box 98924, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-8924. MVP Club members may enter the prize drawing by entering the serial numbers from a single non-winning $5 Nebraska Lottery scratch ticket online at www.nelottery.com. The Nebraska Lottery will not accept entries at any of their claim centers. All entries must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. (C.T.) on Friday, January 15, 2010. Entries received after this date and time are ineligible for the drawing and will be destroyed.

B. Eligible tickets will be all $5 Scratch games on sale from Sunday, November 15, 2009, through Friday, January 15, 2010, and may include, but are not limited to: Peppermint Twist Big Bingo (585), Fabulous Fortune (553), Triple Tripler (554), Fun 5’s (559), World Series of Poker (583), and other eligible tickets.

For mail-in entries, each entry of a single non-winning $5 Scratch ticket must be in a separate sealed envelope. All entries with more than a single non-winning $5 Scratch ticket will be considered as one entry; however, multiple entries may be submitted together as provided in Section V(E) below. Eligible mail-in entries must have the ticket back completed with the player’s name, mailing address, city, state, zip code, and a daytime telephone number.

C. All participants and winners must be eligible to play the Nebraska Lottery and must otherwise comply with the State Lottery Act and the rules, regulations, policies and procedures of the Nebraska Lottery. By participating in this second chance drawing, participants agree to be photographed and videotaped by the Nebraska Lottery and to have their images and non-confidential information about them used in any advertising, publicity, educational and promotional activities of the Nebraska Lottery. The Nebraska Lottery is not required to provide any additional consideration or remuneration for these activities. Semi-finalists will receive information about attending the Grand Prize Drawing. Semi-finalists need not be present to win, but if a semi-finalist cannot be present, either the semi-finalist or the Nebraska Lottery may appoint a proxy to participate in the Grand Prize Drawing activities.

D. The Nebraska Lottery will hold one prize drawing on Tuesday, January 19, 2010, to select a total of three (3) winners. Entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. (C.T.) on Friday, January 15, 2010, in the Nebraska Lottery office to be eligible for entry in that drawing. Entries not drawn will be destroyed. The odds of an entry being drawn are dependent on the number of eligible entries received. The Nebraska Lottery reserves the right to open the entries following the drawing date to obtain player information for statistical and other purposes. Although entries selected in the drawing will be reviewed to determine their compliance with the rules, other entries will not be examined to determine whether they contain winning tickets. Drawing dates are subject to change without prior notice as may be deemed necessary or appropriate by the Nebraska Lottery.

E. The Nebraska Lottery is not responsible for any delays due to the mail, or for any winning ticket claims or other correspondence sent to the second chance drawing address. Entries that are lost, late, illegible, incomplete, misdirected or incompletely received (including by reason of technical malfunction, network congestion or system incompatibility) are not eligible. An individual entrant may only be selected once to be a prize winner.

F. Promotion rules and procedures are subject to change as deemed necessary or appropriate by the Lottery Director without additional or prior public notice.

III. Prizes

A. There will be three entries selected in the prize drawing. The prizes will be awarded in order of the entries drawn and the prize winners will receive the following prizes, respectively

  • First Prize – Home Theater Package from Schaefer’s in Lincoln, including:
    • 73” Mitsubishi HDTV
    • TV Base
    • 2 Husker Chairs
    • LG Blu-Ray Home Theater
  •  Second Prize - $2,000
  •  Third Prize - $1,000

B. All prizes must be confirmed by drawing winners to the Nebraska Lottery after the drawings or they will be forfeited and become unclaimed prizes.

C. Neither the Nebraska Lottery nor its vendors or suppliers are liable for any delays which result from acts of God, earthquake, fire, flood, other natural disaster, public enemy, explosion, epidemic, quarantine, strikes, freight embargoes, closure of all major access roads to a geographic region, weather or other causes beyond the control of the Nebraska Lottery or its agents.

IV. Drawing Dates, Times and Locations

The drawing will take place on the date indicated in Section II (D) above at the Nebraska Lottery headquarters in Lincoln, Nebraska, unless rescheduled to a later date or a different place by decision of the Nebraska Lottery. If all entries do not fit within the drawings container, the Lottery Drawing Manager will divide the entries received evenly by weight into bags. Immediately prior to the draw, an equal number of entries will be withdrawn from each bag until the drawings container has approximately 125 pounds of entries; however, the drawings container shall not be filled more than half full. A drawing for the three (3) prize winners will take place immediately after the drawings container is filled and locked. The drawn semi-finalists will be contacted by the Drawing Manager and will be announced through the Nebraska Lottery's public relations office.

V. Eligibility

A. A single non-winning $5 Scratch ticket which has been duly issued, is delivered by mail in a single envelope with at least one completed ticket back to the Nebraska Lottery, and received prior to 5:00 p.m. (C.T.) on Friday, January 15, 2010, is eligible for the prize drawing.

B. A single non-winning $5 Scratch ticket which has been duly issued, the serial numbers of which are entered by an MVP Club member on www.nelottery.com, and received prior to 5:00 p.m. (C.T.) on Friday, January 15, 2010, is eligible for the prize drawing. Players submitting entries through the www.nelottery.com website must keep their tickets since they will be required to deliver the physical tickets to the Nebraska Lottery after the drawing in order to prove eligibility and to claim any prize won. Players may not enter other Nebraska Lottery promotions with the same tickets submitted in this promotion either through the mail or through the website. Players in this promotion may not simultaneously enter the same ticket(s) more than once through both the mail and also through the website.

C. To be eligible for the Holiday Home Theater Second Chance Giveaway drawings, entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. (C.T.) on Friday, January 15, 2010, (i) at Nebraska Lottery Headquarters in Lincoln, Nebraska, by mail to the indicated P.O. Box, or (ii) online at www.nelottery.com. Entries not drawn will be destroyed. Any entries received after the 5:00 p.m. drawing deadline will be destroyed. Although entries selected in the drawings will be reviewed to determine their compliance with the rules, other entries not drawn will not be examined to determine whether they are winning tickets.

D. An individual entrant may only be selected once to be a prize winner.

E. Entries are eligible for one prize only, but players may submit multiple entries. Multiple entries may be mailed together in a larger envelope, provided that each individual entry envelope includes a single non-winning $5 Scratch ticket. In such case, individual entries must be placed in a single, sealed envelope with the back of each included ticket completely filled out, and the larger envelope must be clearly marked “Multiple Entries Enclosed.” Envelopes containing multiple entries but not marked “Multiple Entries Enclosed” will not be opened so that their contents may be entered individually in the drawing.

F. Promotion participants must be 19 years of age or older to play and to be eligible for a prize. Employees of the Nebraska Lottery, its contractors, subcontractors, and members of their immediate families residing in the same household are ineligible.

G. Attempts will be made by the Drawing Manager or his or her designee to contact each of the semi-finalists by telephone and/or certified mail. The Drawing Manager may utilize alternative methods to contact the semi-finalists at the Drawing Manager’s discretion, including by email.

H. Only one entry is allowed for each envelope received. If more than one (1) entry is contained in an envelope, it will be counted as a single entry except as provided in Section E above.

I. All entries must otherwise comply with the State Lottery Act and Lottery rules, regulations, policies, procedures and all applicable forms and publications.

J. The actual tickets from which numbers are submitted through the web must be retained for prize verification and received by the Lottery, along with a valid claim form. The Lottery is not responsible for lost, stolen, misdelivered, damaged, illegible, or incompletely received tickets or claim forms.

VI. Handling and Storage of Entries

A. Entries will be collected by a member of the Marketing Staff of the Nebraska Lottery and secured by the Drawing Manager.

B. Entries will be processed and stored in a secured area at the Nebraska Lottery or at a designated area for Nebraska Lottery use at the GTECH warehouse at 4700 Bair Avenue in Lincoln. To the extent possible, processing will include eliminating trash and other items that may have been deposited in the Nebraska Lottery drawings container and Post Office box, and checking to make sure that Holiday Home Theater Second Chance Giveaway entries have not been accidentally mixed with other second chance drawing envelopes or with prize claim envelopes.

C. The Drawing Manager will supervise transport of the entries to the drawing site.

D. Web-based entries will be tracked by a computer program. Each entry will be stored in a database which will record the exact time and date of each entry. This information will be automatically saved and have nightly back-up files created. A drawing definition will define the beginning date and time and end date and time of the entry period. The web entry software will prevent duplicate serial numbers and serial numbers from non-eligible games from being entered. For each preliminary drawing, all web entries received through www.nelottery.com for the designated entry period will be included with mail-in entries. A report will list all the submitted web entries. Each eligible entry will be assigned a label with the player’s name, address and phone number to be affixed to a voided ticket and then commingled with mail-in entries for the next successive drawing.

E. Entries not drawn and which are received after the final draw date will be destroyed.

VII. Drawing Preparations

A. Supplies

1. Drawings container.

2. Camcorder with an audio track to record drawing.

3. Appropriate form(s).

4. Drawing Manager Program.

5. Finalist envelope.

6. All eligible entries.

7. Voided tickets for use with web-entry labels.

8. Plastic bags.

9. Calibrated scale.

10. Static Guard spray.

B. Personnel

The drawing team will consist minimally of a Drawing Manager, an Entry Drawer and the Systems Auditor or a member of the Lottery Security Section. The Entry Drawer can be any person, including a Nebraska Lottery employee. The Entry Drawer must be someone who has not entered an entry in their name into the drawing and may not claim winnings should an entry bearing their name be drawn. No one person may participate in more than one role during a drawing, although each member of the drawing team may assist other members in their functions. Additional Lottery-approved staff may be included to assist the drawing team.

1. Drawing Manager will be responsible for the following duties:

a. Process mail, including picking up mail at the Post Office box and securing in plastic bags.

b. Secure the list of web entries and corresponding labels and affix to void tickets and commingle in bags with mail entries.

c. Ensure all necessary equipment and supplies are available and in good working order.

d. Ensure all required personnel are present, briefed and prepared to conduct the drawing.

e. Ensure all required documents and forms are completed in a timely manner.

f. Supervise all aspects of the drawing process, including set-up and take-down of equipment and all drawing(s) (as appropriate).

g. Supervise staff in drawing assignments.

h. If initial draws are necessary, separate the entries into plastic bags evenly by weight.

i. Ensure initial and final drawings are videotaped with an audio track for Lottery security purposes.

j. Halt the drawing if anything improper is observed.

k. Approve continuation of the drawing once the observed problem is corrected.

l. Examine each drawn entry, in cooperation with other members of the drawing team, to ensure it is valid and eligible.

m. Secure each drawn entry.

n. Notify winners and certify their identity and eligibility.

o. Prepare and certify a list of all winners.

p. Designate these duties or obtain the services of additional Nebraska Lottery personnel as needed or desired.

2. Entry Drawer will have the following responsibilities:

a. Inspect equipment to satisfaction that the drawing is random.

b. Participate in all drawings.

c. Draw the designated number of entries from the drawing drum, handing each to the Drawing Manager.

d. Observe the Drawing Manager record the name, address, phone number, and number of the ticket for a drawn entry in the appropriate place on the Drawing Winners Form for every entry drawn.

e. Sign a form certifying the above steps have been followed for the drawing(s) in which he or she participated.

3. The Systems Auditor or a Member of the Security Section will have the following responsibilities:

a. Witness the drawing.

b. Sign a form certifying that, to the best of their knowledge, all steps have been followed for the drawing(s) which he or she witnessed.

VIII. Drawing Procedures

A. The Drawing Manager will ensure that all entries that have been properly submitted by the deadline are available for the drawing.

B. The Drawing Manager will notify drawing team members and other participating persons of the time designated to assemble at the drawing site.

C. The Drawing Manager will arrange for transportation of entries and drawing equipment to the drawing site.

D. At the time designated, the drawing team will assemble to set up and inspect equipment. The Drawing Manager will ensure that all equipment is available and in good working condition.

E. Prior to any initial drawing, the Drawing Manager will brief and prepare the Drawing Team, explaining the drawing procedures. Labels for web entries will have been placed on voided entry envelopes for inclusion with mail-in tickets. After the drawings container drum has been filled with up to 125 pounds of entries (except that the drawings container shall not be filled more than half full), the Drawings Container will be rotated ten (10) times and the Drawing Manager will instruct the Entry Drawer to reach into the drum and select one of the entries.

F. Depending on the number of entries submitted, the drawing may be held in multiple steps. If the number of entries is less than 125 pounds, one drawing for the winning entries will be held following procedures outlined below, skipping paragraphs I, J and K.

G. If the number of entries exceeds 125 pounds, a number of initial drawings will be held to draw the entries that will be included in the preliminary prize drawings.

H. Prior to beginning the drawing process, the Drawing Manager will ensure that a video camera is positioned to tape all drawing activities. At the beginning of the videotaping, the date and time of the drawing should be indicated. Each preliminary drawing will be taped from just prior to the mixing of the entries in the plastic bags or rotation of the drum until after all entries have been drawn. Recording may be paused between drawings.

I. For each preliminary drawing, if initial drawings are necessary, the entries will be thoroughly mixed within equally weighted plastic bags. The Drawing Manager will request that the Entry Drawer draw an equal number of entries, determined by weight, from each bag until the drawings container holds 125 pounds of entries; however, the drawings container shall not be filled more than half full. The Entry Drawer will hand the drawn entries to the Drawing Manager, who will weigh them and then place them in the drawings container for the final drawing. The number of entries to be drawn from each bag will depend on the total number of entries received and number of entries required to fill the drawings container to 125 pounds to a maximum of one-half full.

J. All entries not chosen in the initial drawing will be placed and sealed in plastic bags immediately after the preliminary drawing is completed to ensure that they are not intermixed with those either selected for the preliminary drawing, or those entries for previous or subsequent drawings. The Drawing Manager will ensure the placement of the entries in the plastic bags and sealing of the plastic bags.

K. After all preliminary drawings have been completed and all non-selected entries are securely sealed in plastic bags, the final drawing may commence.

L. At the designated time of the final drawing, the drawings container will be rotated ten (10) times.

M. A single entry will be withdrawn from the container by the Entry Drawer. The entry drawn will be examined by the drawing team to ensure it qualifies according to these guidelines and that it is properly filled out. If the drawing team determines the entry valid at this point, the Drawing Manager will secure the entry, date and mark it as a Holiday Home Theater Second Chance Giveaway prize winner.

N. Steps L and M will be repeated until three (3) eligible entries are chosen as Holiday Home Theater Second Chance Giveaway prize winners.

O. In each preliminary drawing, after three (3) eligible entries are drawn, the Entry Drawer shall select up to three (3) additional entries as alternates. The alternates, in the order selected, may become eligible as Holiday Home Theater Second Chance Giveaway prize winners in the event any of the three (3) entry semi-finalists first drawn are later determined ineligible.

P. After the three (3) prize winners have been selected and determined initially valid and eligible, the Drawing Manager will contact the individuals designated on the entries. Holiday Home Theater Second Chance Giveaway prize winners must provide their Social Security Number and other personal identification to be finally determined as a Holiday Home Theater Second Chance Giveaway prize winner. Prize winners who entered through the website must also provide the physical tickets from which the serial numbers were entered. If a web entrant does not provide the physical tickets to prove eligibility, he or she will be deemed ineligible and an alternate will be selected by the Drawing Manager. The Drawing Manager will prepare and certify a finalist list.

Q. After the drawing is completed, the equipment will be secured and all non-winning entries will be placed and sealed in plastic bags.

R. The Drawing Manager may alter the timing of any step of the drawing, or pause any drawing activity, to accommodate television or other media coverage or to ensure the security and integrity of the drawing.

IX. Awarding of Prizes

A. The prizes, less any delinquent taxes and delinquent child support payments, will be awarded in accordance with Grand Prize Giveaway procedures to the appropriate individual winning entrants after they provide valid and sufficient personal identification proving their identity as the winners, provide the physical tickets submitted via the web (if applicable), and after they complete a Nebraska Lottery Winner Claim Form.

B. The Accounting Supervisor will ensure that all applicable Lottery forms are completed by winners before warrants are issued.

X. Resolution of Improprieties or Irregularities

A. At any time during the drawing, any member of the drawing team may require the Drawing Manager to bring the drawing to an immediate, temporary halt if they observe any incident that jeopardizes the validity or integrity of the drawing.

B. Immediately after any such temporary halt, the drawing team will confer to determine an appropriate course of action. If there is agreement among the parties as to a particular course of action, that course of action will be taken.

C. If there is no agreement, the parties will review the videotape. If there is agreement among the drawing team members after viewing the tape as to a particular course of action, that course of action will be taken.

D. If there is no agreement among the drawing team members, the course of action will be determined by the Drawing Manager.


Published on 11/12/2009