MasterCard Sweepstakes with NYC Pride

Official Rules

No Purchase or Mobile Usage Necessary to Participate or Win.

Eligibility: The MasterCard Sweepstakes with NYC Pride ("Sweepstakes") is open to legal residents of the 50 United States or District of Columbia who are located in New York, NY or the immediately surrounding areas (within a 150-mile radius of New York, NY) at time of entry & prize fulfillment, 21 years of age or older as of 6/10/13 & who have a Twitter account. Employees & their immediate families (spouses, parents, children, & siblings & their respective spouses) & those living in the same household of each of MasterCard International Incorporated ("Sponsor"), Heritage of Pride, Inc., Project Support Team, Inc. ("P/S/T"), & each of their respective parent companies, affiliates, distributors, subsidiaries, & advertising/promotion agencies are not eligible to enter or win. Void where prohibited.


Promotion Period: Promotion begins at 12:00:01AM Eastern Time ("ET") on 6/10/13 & ends at 11:59:59PM ET on 6/25/13 ("Promotion Period") & consists of (4) Entry Periods, as follows:


Entry Period Entry Period Dates
(each Entry Period beginning at 12:00:01 AM ET & ending at 11:59:59 pm ET per dates listed)
1 6/10/13 - 6/13/13
2 6/14/13 - 6/17/13
3 6/18/13 - 6/21/13
4 6/22/13 - 6/25/13

P/S/T is the official timekeeper for the Sweepstakes & its computer clock will be the official clock of the Sweepstakes.


To Enter: 1) Follow @MasterCard: Entrants who do not currently follow The MasterCard Twitter Feed ("@MasterCard") may do so as follows: a) Visit www.twitter.com & login to your Twitter account. If you do not have a Twitter account you may sign-up for free by visiting www.twitter.com & following the enrollment instructions; & b) Visit www.twitter.com/mastercard or, from your Twitter home page, click on the "Find People" tab & perform a search for "MasterCard" & click on the "Follow" button corresponding to the official @MasterCard channel to become a Follower. You may visit www.twitter.com & enter the Sweepstakes via your mobile device and/or computer. See note below regarding mobile participation considerations; & 2) Tweet: Followers will be invited to Tweet their NYC Pride acceptance story using hashtag #AcceptanceMatters during the applicable Entry Period to receive (1) Sweepstakes entry ("entry"). In the Tweet, each entry must use the hashtag #AcceptanceMatters, @MasterCard, & conform to Twitter's (140) character limitation. Each entry must be entrant's original, personal creation, in English & cannot have been previously submitted for entry, tweeted, published or submitted for publication. Modification of an existing work and/or tweet does not qualify as original. Subject to Twitter Terms of Service & except where otherwise prohibited, all winning entries become property of Sponsor & will not be returned. Entries featuring 3rd party names, trademarks, and/or other material subject to 3rd party rights prohibited. Entries containing obscene, offensive, or any language communicating messages inconsistent with the positive images to which Sponsor wishes to associate will be void.


Limit (1) entry per person or Twitter account per each Entry Period, for a maximum of (4) total entries for the duration of the Promotion Period. If an entrant submits more than the stated number of entries permitted for a given Entry Period, or if the Sponsor suspects that an entrant attempted to obtain additional entries by using multiple email addresses, accounts, identities or any other method, that entrant may be disqualified & any prize won may be forfeited at Sponsor's sole discretion. Incomplete entries, entries submitted without required hashtags, & entries received after the applicable Entry Period deadline will be void. All entries must comply with applicable Twitter Terms of Service & Twitter Rules available at www.twitter.com . Standard text messaging and/or data rates apply to entrants who submit entries or opt to receive Sponsor's Tweets or enter via a wireless mobile device. Wireless service providers ("provider") may charge for airtime for each message sent & received. Call provider for pricing & service plan before mobile device participation. To participate without using your mobile device, deactivate your mobile phone from your Twitter account & enter via a computer. Released Parties are not responsible for late, lost, stolen, incomplete, misdirected, delayed, garbled, damaged, inaccurate or undelivered Tweets, Twitter follow requests, Replies, direct messages, emails or entries, or for telephonic, human or computer failures, problems or errors, interruptions in service, whether Twitter or otherwise, due to system upgrades, repairs, modifications or other causes, failures or malfunctions of connections, satellite, network, cable, Internet Service Provider (ISP), phones, phone lines or telephone systems, traffic congestion on the internet, technical or mechanical malfunctions, or other malfunctions or errors, whether caused by equipment, programming, human error or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Sweepstakes, including, without limitation, errors which may occur in connection with the administration of the Sweepstakes, the processing of direct messages, Tweets, emails or entries, the announcement of the prizes, the cancellation or postponement of the Sweepstakes, for any injury or damage to participant's or any other person's computer or other device relating to or resulting from participation in this Sweepstakes, or for printing, typographical, human or other errors appearing in these Official Rules or other Sweepstakes-related materials.

Winner Selection: Winners will be selected in a total of (4) individual random drawings from among all eligible entries received for each applicable Entry Period. The Entry Period #1 drawing will occur on/or about 6/17/13; Entry Period #2 drawing will occur on/or about 6/19/13; Entry Period #3 drawing will occur on/or about 6/25/13 & Entry Period #4 drawing will occur on/or about 6/27/13. All drawings will be conducted by an independent judging organization whose decisions are final & binding in all Sweepstakes matters. Entries received for each Entry Period will not carry forward to subsequent Entry Period drawings. Winners will be announced on the MasterCard Twitter Feed & contacted via Direct Message (unless otherwise noted). All winners will be required to respond as instructed via Direct Message within (4) hours of issuance of notification or other time period to be designated by Sponsor & provide their prize fulfillment information including, but not limited to, the following: First & Last Name, Email Address, Street Address (no P.O. Boxes), City, State, Zip Code, Phone, Age, & verify eligibility per these Official Rules. Non-compliance with any of the foregoing or failure to respond within the designated timeframe may result in disqualification & awarding of prize to an alternate winner. If any prize notification or prize is returned as undeliverable, or winner fails to reply to requisite prize notification within the designated timeframe, winner will be disqualified & an alternate winner may be selected, provided there is sufficient time remaining to verify an alternate winner & reward the applicable prize. In the case of a dispute over the identity of an entrant, the Authorized Account Holder of the Twitter account used to enter, as applicable, will be deemed to be the entrant. Authorized Account Holder is defined as the person who is assigned to the Twitter account by www.twitter.com. Odds of winning will depend on number of eligible entries received for applicable drawing.


(14) Prizes: There will be (14) total prizes awarded distributed amongst the Entry Periods as follows:

Entry Period / Prize Quantity Prize Approximate Retail Value "ARV"/pair
(2) Entry Period 1 Prizes A pair of (2) VIP tickets to the March on 6/30/13 $5
(4) Entry Period 2 Prizes A pair of (2) VIP tickets to Rapture on the River on 6/29/13 $150
(4) Entry Period 3 Prizes A pair of (2) VIP tickets to Dance on the Pier on 6/30/13 $250
(4) Entry Period 4 Prizes A pair of (2) VIP tickets to the NYC Pride Rooftop Party on 6/29/13 $150

Winners & guests will be responsible for transportation to & from the events & any applicable lodging. Guests must be 21 years of age or older & winners & guests may be required to present a valid government issued photo ID for admission. If any event is canceled or postponed for any reason, balance of prize will be awarded in full satisfaction of prize award (if any). Tickets subject to terms & conditions set forth thereon & winners & guests must comply with all venue rules & regulations. Sponsor & the venue representatives reserve the right to remove or to deny entry to any winner and/or his/her guest who engage(s) in a disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person at the event. Winners & their guests will be escorted out of the event by Sponsor, the applicable venue representatives, or their designated agent(s) for improper conduct and/or violation of federal, state or local laws (including, but not limited to, the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs, unlawful drug paraphernalia, & alcohol) & will forfeit the balance of prize. Released Parties will not be responsible for Acts of God, acts of terrorism, civil disturbances, work stoppage or any other natural disaster outside their control that may cause the cancellation or postponement of any event. Total ARV of all prizes=$2,210. Details not specifically set forth herein are at Sponsor's sole discretion. Federal, state, & local taxes & all other expenses not specified herein are winner's sole responsibility. Limit (1) prize per person, immediate family member, or household.


Miscellaneous: No transfer, assignment, cash redemption or substitution of prizes (or portion thereof) except by Sponsor at its sole discretion due to prize unavailability or causes otherwise determined solely by Sponsor, & then for a prize (or applicable portion thereof) of equal or greater value. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by Official Rules, agree that Sponsor will contact them via Twitter (Direct Message and/or on the MasterCard Twitter Feed), if a potential winner, & further agree that: 1) Released Parties & their designees & assigns shall have the right & permission to use (unless prohibited by law) their name, Twitter handle, voice, city/state of residence, biographical information, photograph, and/or likeness for advertising and/or trade and/or any other purpose in any media or format, online or offline, now or hereafter known without further compensation, permission, or notification; & 2) Released Parties & their designees & assigns & all of their respective officers, directors, employees, shareholders, representatives & agents shall have no liability & will be held harmless for any liability, loss, injury or death to entrant or any other person, including, without limitation, damage to personal or real property, due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, by reason of the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of a prize (including any prize activity related thereto) or participation in this Sweepstakes. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to void any & all entries of an entrant who Sponsor believes has attempted to tamper with or impair the administration, security, fairness, or proper play of this Sweepstakes & to modify, suspend, and/or terminate this Sweepstakes (or portion thereof) should virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play of the Sweepstakes &, in the case of termination, at its discretion, select the winner(s) from all eligible, non-suspect entries received for applicable drawing prior to the event that required such termination.

CAUTION: Any attempt to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of this Sweepstakes is a violation of criminal & civil laws & should such an attempt be made, the Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages (including attorneys' fees) and/or other remedies from any such person(s) responsible for the attempt to the fullest extent permitted by law.


Winners List: For winner's names, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to be received by 7/15/13 to: MasterCard Sweepstakes with NYC Pride Winners, P.O. Box 13106, Bridgeport, CT 06673-3106.MasterCard, Priceless, and the MasterCard Brand Mark are registered trademarks of MasterCard International Incorporated.


Sponsor:MasterCard International Incorporated, 2000 Purchase Street, Purchase, NY 10577


Promoter: Project Support Team, Inc., 6 Berkshire Blvd., Bethel, CT 06801/www.ProjectSupportTeam.com