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THE DESKTOP VIRTUALIZATION SWEEPSTAKES
NO PURCHASE NECCESARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.
PLEASE NOTE: It is your sole responsibility to review and understand your employer’s policies regarding your eligibility to participate in trade promotions. If you are participating in violation of your employer’s policies, you may be disqualified from entering or receiving prizes. Microsoft disclaims any and all liability or responsibility for disputes arising between an employee and their employer related to this matter and prizes will only be awarded in compliance with the employer’s policies.
GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES: Microsoft is committed to complying with government gift and ethics rules and therefore government employees are not eligible for this offer.
COMMON TERMS USED IN THESE RULES:
These are the official rules that govern how the Desktop Virtualization promotion will operate. This promotion will be simply referred to as the “Sweepstakes” throughout the rest of these rules.
In these rules, “we” “our” and “us” refer to Microsoft Corporation, the sponsor of the Sweepstakes. “You,” “yourself,” “I,” “me,” and “my” refers to an eligible Sweepstakes entrant.
1. WHAT ARE THE START AND END DATES?
This Sweepstakes starts at 12:01 AM Pacific Time (PT) on February 15, 2010 and ends at 11:59 PM PT on April 15, 2010 (“Entry Period”). The Entry Period will consist of monthly prize periods beginning at 12:01 AM PT on the first day of the month and ending at 11:59 PM PT on the last day of the month with the exception of October which will begin on the fifth day of the month.
Entries must be received within the Entry Period to be eligible.
2. CAN I ENTER?
You are eligible to enter this Sweepstakes if you meet the following requirements at time of entry:
§ You are an authorized representative of a company actively enrolled in the Microsoft Partner Program (MSPP) with a valid MSPP ID and a legal resident of the 50 United States (including the District of Columbia); and
§ You are NOT an employee of Microsoft Corporation or an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary; and
§ You are NOT involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Sweepstakes; and
§ You are NOT an immediate family (parent, sibling, spouse, child) or household member of a Microsoft employee, an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary, or a person involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Sweepstakes.
This Sweepstakes is void outside the geographic area described above and wherever else prohibited by law.
3. HOW DO I ENTER?
You can enter online by registering for and attending any of the qualifying Virtualization courses listed here. You will receive one (1) entry into the corresponding monthly drawing for course you register and attend. Limit ten (10) entries per person overall for attending all 10 courses. Non-winning entries will carry over into subsequent monthly drawings.
No responsibility is assumed by Microsoft for lost, late, or misdirected entries or any computer, online telephone or technical malfunctions that may occur.
We will automatically disqualify:
· Any incomplete or illegible entry; and
· Any entries that we receive from you that are in excess of the entry limit described above.
4. WINNER SELECTION AND PRIZES
On or around the last day of each month we, or a company acting under our authorization, will select one (1) potential winner per qualifying BPOS course in a random drawing from all eligible entries received that month. Each monthly course winner will receive one of the following two prizes:
Two (2) Grand Prize(s): Two (2) HP EX490 MediaSmart Servers. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) US $686.00 each.
Eight (8) Runner-up Prize(s): Eight (8) Sony Touch Readers. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) US $421.00 each
Overall, a total of ten (10) prizes will be awarded. The total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of ALL prizes combined is $5,00.00
Non-winning entries from one month will carry over into subsequent monthly drawings. Limit 1 prize per person, regardless of the number of courses you register for and attend. If for any reason an advertised prize is unavailable, we reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value as permitted.
If you are a potential winner, we will notify you by sending a message to the e-mail address, the phone number, or mailing address (if any) provided at time of entry within seven (7) days following the random drawing. If the notification that we send is returned as undeliverable, or you are otherwise unreachable for any reason, we may award the prize to an alternate, randomly selected winner.
If there is a dispute as to who is the potential winner, we will consider the potential winner to be the authorized account holder of the e-mail address used to enter the Sweepstakes. If you are a potential winner, we may require you to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability/Publicity Release and a W-9 tax form or W-8 BEN tax form within 10 days of notification. If you are a potential winner and you are 18 or older, but are considered a minor in your place of legal residence, we may require your parent or legal guardian to sign all required forms on your behalf. If you do not complete the required forms as instructed and/or return the required forms within the time period listed on the winner notification message, we may disqualify you and select an alternate, randomly selected winner.
If you are confirmed as a winner of this Sweepstakes:
6. WHAT ARE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING?
Your odds of winning this Sweepstakes depend on the number of eligible entries we receive.
7. WHAT OTHER CONDITIONS ARE YOU ARE AGREEING TO BY ENTERING THIS SWEEPSTAKES?
By entering this Sweepstakes you agree:
· To abide by these Official Rules; and
· To release and hold harmless Microsoft, their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees and agents from any and all liability or any injury, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this Sweepstakes or any prize won; and
· That Microsoft’s decisions will be final and binding on all matters related to this Sweepstakes; and
· That by accepting a prize, Microsoft may use of your proper name and state of residence online and in print, or in any other media, in connection with this Sweepstakes, without payment or compensation to you, except where prohibited by law.
8. WHAT LAWS GOVERN THE WAY THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS EXECUTED AND ADMINISTRATED?
This Sweepstakes will be governed by the laws of the State of Washington, and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts of the State of Washington for any disputes arising out of this Sweepstakes.
9. WHAT IF SOMETHING UNEXPECTED HAPPENS AND THE SWEEPSTAKES CAN’T RUN AS PLANNED?
If cheating, a virus, bug, catastrophic event, or any other unforeseen or unexpected event that cannot be reasonably anticipated or controlled, (also referred to as force majeure) affects the fairness and / or integrity of this Sweepstakes, we reserve the right to cancel, change or suspend this Sweepstakes. This right is reserved whether the event is due to human or technical error. If a solution cannot be found to restore the integrity of the Sweepstakes, we reserve the right to select winners from among all eligible entries received before we had to cancel, change or suspend the Sweepstakes.
If you attempt to compromise the integrity or the legitimate operation of this Sweepstakes by hacking or by cheating or committing fraud in ANY way, we may seek damages from you to the fullest extent permitted by law. Further, we may ban you from participating in any of our future Sweepstakes, so please play fairly.
10. HOW CAN YOU FIND OUT WHO WON?
For a list of winners, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: PO Box 55459, Shoreline, WA 98115-0459, Attn: USPSC Event Services PM (Desktop Virtualization Sweepstakes). Requests received sixty (60) days following the drawing date will not be fulfilled.
11. WHO IS SPONSORING THIS SWEEPSTAKES?
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052
Your article says "no purchase necessary" for the sweepsteaks but I can not find how to registor without a purchase.