The “Tampa Bay Times/Universal Orlando Mardi Gras Contest “ (the “Contest”) is sponsored by the Times Publishing Company d/b/a The Tampa Bay Times (“Sponsor” or “Tampa Bay Times”) 490 First Avenue South, St. Petersburg, Florida, and the prize provider is Universal Orlando®(“UO”).  The Contest begins on Sunday, March 18, 2012, at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time and ends March 27, 2012 at Midnight  Eastern Daylight Time. (“Contest Period”). Entry into the Contest constitutes the entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these rules, terms and conditions.

ELIGIBILITY:  NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  Purchase will not improve chances of winning.  The Contest is open to legal United States residents of Pinellas, Hillsborough, Citrus, Pasco, Hernando, and Manatee counties in the state of Florida who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry, except that employees of the Times Publishing Company (“Sponsor”), its affiliates and subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, contest Prize suppliers, and participating advertisers and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter or win. “Immediate family members” means parents, siblings, spouses, children, grandparents and grandchildren, whether by current or past marriage, remarriage, adoption or cohabitation, and anyone living in the same household, whether related or not. Times Publishing Company’s determination as to eligibility is final and binding. 

HOW TO ENTER: Entries are submitted online at tampbay.com/things-to-do.  The entry form must be completed in its entirety. Only one entry per person per household is permitted. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. The Times Publishing Company is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, misdirected, garbled, jumbled, damaged or illegible entries, for any computer, electronic, telephone, cable, or network hardware or software malfunction or failures of any kind, for any other problems or errors in modes of transmission, or for any other human or technical error. Deadline for receiving entries is March 27, 2012 at midnight Eastern Daylight Time.  All entries become the property of the Times Publishing Company. 

PRIZES: The following Contest Prizes will be awarded with winners selected by random drawing from all timely, eligible entries received.
One (1) Grand Prize Consumer Package for four (4) to Universal Orlando to be given away by the Sponsor.  The Grand Prize Package has a fair market value of $566.50 (actual value may vary depending on travel dates and location) and will include and is limited to the following:

1.  Hotel accommodations, room and tax only, for up to four (4) people in a maximum of one (1) room at a hotel selected by UO for one (1) night.  Hotel accommodations do not include meals, incidentals, tips, telephone calls, or any other personal expenses incurred during the trip.
2. Four (4) 1-Day/2-Park Universal Orlando tickets valid for admission to Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme parks through May 13, 2012.
3.  One (1) Universal Orlando Resort general parking pass valid through May 13, 2012.

Ten (10) Secondary Prize Packages for two (2) to be given away by the Sponsor.  Each Secondary Prize Package has a fair market value of $255.00 and will include and is limited to the following:

1. Two (2) 1-Day/2-Park Universal Orlando tickets valid for admission to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure theme parks valid through May 13, 2012.
2. One (1) Universal Orlando general parking pass valid through May 13, 2012.

Total value of all prizes: $3,116.50

PRIZE RESTRICTIONS: Only one prize per household. 
The Grand Prize must be awarded within the Program Dates and winner must travel by May 13, 2012. Winner must be 18 years of age or older. If winner is between 18 & 21 years of age, he/she must be accompanied by an adult of at least 21 years of age in order to check-in to the hotel. Minor traveling companion(s) (if any) must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Secondary Prize Winners must be 18 years of age or older.  

Other restrictions may apply. Hotel stay, theme park, and hard ticket dates may not be changed after scheduling, acceptance, and confirmation by UO. All elements of each Grand Prize package must be used, redeemed, fulfilled, booked and/or confirmed at the same time, and no changes will be permitted. If winner is unable to fulfill any portion of the prize during the time period specified, winner forfeits the entire prize package. Winner and guests must travel at the same time. Prizes are non-transferable and have no cash value. All unclaimed and/or unused prize packages, including theme park tickets, will remain the property of UO and may not be used as sales or trade incentive for employees of the Sponsor, and may not be sold, exchanged or otherwise transferred by winner, nor used by the Sponsor, its agencies or clients. All tickets are valid during normal operating hours only. Operating hours and availability of attractions and shows are subject to change without notice.  Some special events may be separately ticketed. UO reserves the right to change the name of all tickets.  All tickets specifically exclude admission to special or separately ticketed “hard ticket” entertainment events at either of the theme parks or within any of the Universal CityWalk venues. 

Only one prize per household.  Prizes are non-transferable or assignable by the Winner and have no cash value. All winners must execute a declaration of eligibility and release as described below.   Winners are responsible for any charges not specifically listed as part of the Prize, including but not limited to meals, telephone calls, transportation,  parking, gratuities, and incidentals.  Hotel may require credit card or cash deposit to cover incidentals. Prizes are not redeemable for cash and may not be extended, transferred or substituted, except that Times Publishing Co. and Universal Orlando may substitute a Prize or Prizes of equal or greater value when necessary, as determined in their sole discretion. No alternative Prize, cash or other substitution is permitted except that in the event of Prize unavailability. Winner should allow up to one week for delivery of the prize. All federal, state and location taxes and fees, including (without limitation) title and transfer fees, and insurance are the responsibility of the Winner.  The Winner agrees to pay all such taxes and fees and is responsible for furnishing proof of insurance if and as required by law. Winner must complete a W-9 tax form provided by the Times Publishing Company prior to taking possession of the Prize. Any transportation required for the Winner to take possession of the Prize is the Winner’s responsibility and will not be furnished by the Sponsor.  Winner must agree to hold harmless the Sponsor (Times Publishing Company) Universal Orlando, their parent, related, affiliated and subsidiary companies and their respective officers, directors, employees, agents and assigns (collectively, the “Released Entities”) from any and all liability for damages or losses of any nature incurred during transit to and from any destination in connection with the use or misuse of the Prize.  If you elect to receive occasional updates, special offers and other information from Universal Orlando and its affiliated and associated companies about their products and services, your information may be shared with those companies.

NOTIFICATION OF WINNERS: The Winners will be selected in a random drawing and notified by phone using the information on the entry form on March 28, 2012.  If any Winner does not respond to the notification within forty-eight hours (48) the Winner does not meet all eligibility requirements including signing the Affidavit and Release referred to below, an alternate winner will be selected by random drawing.  Alternate winners are subject to all requirements and limitations in these Official Rules.

AFFIDAVIT AND RELEASE: Each Winner will be required to sign and return a notarized Affidavit of Eligibility and General Release, which includes an affirmation of eligibility, a release and waiver of legal claims, and consent to publicity.   Failure to complete and sign the Affidavit of Eligibility and General Release will result in forfeiture of the Prize and its award to another winner chosen by random drawing. 

WINNERS’ LIST: For a list of Prize Winners, send a self-addressed stamped envelope before April 30, 2012 to: Tampa Bay Times, Attn: Tampa Bay Times’ Universal Orlando Mardi Gras Contest 2012 Contest Winners, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731.  

ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS: All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply.  Void where prohibited by law. By entering the Contest, the entrant, for him/herself and for his/her heirs, executors, administrators, assigns and anyone else claiming by or through him/her, waives, covenants not to sue and fully releases and forever discharges any and all rights, claims or causes of action whatsoever that he/she may have against any of the Released Entities arising directly or indirectly out of entrant’s participation in the Contest.  This waiver and release covers, without limitation, any damage, liability, cost, attorneys’ fees and expenses whatsoever, whether known or unknown and whether foreseeable or not. Sponsor reserves the right to make changes in the rules of the contest, including the substitution of a prize of equivalent value, which will become effective upon announcement. None of the Released Entities are responsible for typographical or other errors in printing, the offering, or the administration of the Contest or in the announcement of the prize. 

SPONSOR: The sponsor of the contest is Times Publishing Company, 490 First Avenue South, St. Petersburg FL 33701. Copies of the written contest rules will be sent by mail if request is accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
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