“Extreme Tax" Sweepstakes OFFICIAL RULES
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS SWEEPSTAKES. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.
DATES OF THE SWEEPSTAKES: The “2020 Extreme Tax Sweepstakes” (the “Sweepstakes”) begins at 12:00 AM (Eastern Time [“ET”]) on December 11, 2019 and ends at 11:59 PM ET on April 30, 2020 (the “Sweepstakes Period”). The Sweepstakes Period will consist of four (4) entry periods (each, an “Entry Period”) as outlined in the “ENTRY PERIODS” section of these Official Rules.
ELIGIBILITY: To enter the Sweepstakes, you must be a lawful permanent resident in one (1) of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia (excluding Vermont, Puerto Rico and the U.S. territories and possessions) and at least the age of majority in your state of residence (nineteen (19) in Alabama and Nebraska, twenty-one (21) in Mississippi, and eighteen (18) in all other states) with a valid Social Security number at the time of entry (the “Entrant”). Employees of Green Dot Corporation (the “Sponsor”) and each of its affiliated companies, parents, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, including, but not limited to National Sweepstakes Company, LLC (the “Sweepstakes Administrator”), herein (collectively, “Sweepstakes Entities”), and any service partners, as well as The Bancorp Bank, MetaBank®, Mastercard International Inc. and Visa U.S.A. Inc. (collectively, the “Releasees”) and their immediate families (i.e. parents, children, siblings, spouse) and members of their households (whether related or not) are ineligible to participate in this Sweepstakes. Sweepstakes is void in Vermont, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories and possessions, outside of the fifty (50) United States, District of Columbia and where restricted or prohibited by law. By entering, Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding.
ENTRY PERIODS: For the purposes of this Sweepstakes, there will be one (1) drawing associated with each Entry Period. There will be thirteen (13) entry period prize winners (each an “Entry Period Prize Winner”) for Entry Period 1, twelve (12) Entry Period Prize Winners for Entry Period 2, thirteen (13) Entry Period Prize Winners for Entry Period 3, and twelve (12) Entry Period Prize Winners for Entry Period 4. Each Entry Period will start and end on the dates and times in the Entry Period chart below. All entries must be submitted during a time period below in order to be included for the applicable Entry Period’s drawing.
Entry Period Chart
||Receive by Date
||12:00am ET on 12/11/19 to 11:59pm ET on 1/31/20
||12:00am ET on 2/1/20 to 11:59pm ET on 2/29/20
||12:00am ET on 3/1/20 to 11:59pm ET on 3/31/20
12:00am ET on 4/1/20 to 11:59pm ET on 4/30/20
ALL NON-WINNING ELIGIBLE ENTRIES FROM THE PREVIOUS ENTRY PERIOD(S) WILL NOT CARRY OVER TO SUBSEQUENT ENTRY PERIOD DRAWINGS..
HOW TO ENTER: There are two (2) ways to receive entries into the Sweepstakes.
1. INITIAL ENTRY
Federal Tax Refund Direct Deposit Entry: Make a qualifying electronic direct deposit of your FEDERAL tax refund of $5 or more during the Sweepstakes Period to your personal card account for one of the following cards: AccountNow Gold, AccountNow Gold Visa® Prepaid Card, AccountNow Prepaid Visa Card or AccountNow Prepaid Mastercard®, Prepaid Visa RushCard, Green Dot Unlimited Cash Back Bank Account visa card, Green Dot branded reloadable prepaid Visa or Green Dot branded reloadable prepaid Mastercard cards, Green Dot 5% Cash Back Visa Debit Card, Green Dot Affinity Brands card (NASCAR, Halogen), Uber VisaDebit Card from GoBank, GoBank branded Mastercard or GoBank branded Visa Debit cards, 1199 SEIU prepaid card, TPG card, One Main prepaid card, or Walmart MoneyCard prepaid cards (each, a “Card”) and receive one (1) entry for such qualifying direct deposit. The dollar value of your eligible tax refund will not increase or decrease your chances of winning a prize. SEIU prepaid cards, TPG cards, One Main prepaid cards, Walmart MoneyCard prepaid cards may only be obtained from a tax preparer. PLEASE NOTE: A qualifying electronic deposit of a FEDERAL tax refund is dependent upon the date on which the qualifying electronic deposit has been posted to the respective Card account. In order to qualify as an entry, the eligible electronic deposit of a FEDERAL tax refund must be posted to the respective Card account by 11:59 PM ET on April 30, 2020. A direct deposit of a FEDERAL tax refund posted to the respective Card account after 11:59 PM ET on April 30, 2020 will not be considered an entry.
Below are the links to view the terms and conditions for each Card:
Green Dot: https://www.greendot.com/help/legal
Walmart MoneyCard prepaid cards received from a tax preparer:
The following cards are not eligible to participate in this Sweepstakes:
Turbo Prepaid Card
Green Dot Load & Go Prepaid Card
TaxSlayer Prepaid Card
Intuit Quickbooks Card
Achieve Prepaid Card
Walmart MoneyCard Prepaid Cards not obtained from a tax preparer
2. TO ENTER WITHOUT A CARD OR TAX REFUND DIRECT DEPOSIT
Mail-in Entry: To enter without having or using a Card or making a Tax Refund Direct Deposit, on a plain 3” x 5” card, legibly print or type your name, age, complete address, city, state, zip code, home phone number (including area code), and email address (if any). Then, mail your 3” x 5” card in a postage-affixed sealed envelope to: “2020 Extreme Tax Sweepstakes”, P.O. Box 10028, Rochester, NY 14610. Mail-in entries must be postmarked and received by the dates indicated in the Entry Period Chart in the “ENTRY PERIODS” section of these Official Rules to be eligible for the applicable Entry Period drawing. No mechanically or programmatically reproduced entries are permitted. One (1) entry per envelope. Neither the Sponsor nor the Sweepstakes Administrator will verify receipt of entries for Entrants. All entries submitted become the sole property of Sponsor and will not be returned. Sponsor is not responsible for late, misdirected, illegible, or damaged mailed entries.
Limit of ten (10) entries per Entrant for each Entry Period, regardless of method of entry. Entrants may only use one (1) Card and one (1) email address to participate in this Sweepstakes. Entries received from any Entrant, email address or Card in excess of the above stated limitation will be void.
In the event of uncertainty as to the identity of an Entrant, that Entrant will be disqualified. Any attempt by any Entrant to obtain more than the stated number of entries by using multiple/different identities, Cards, email addresses, accounts, and/or any other methods will void that Entrant’s entries and that Entrant may be disqualified from the Sweepstakes. No mechanically or programmatically reproduced entries are permitted. Sponsor will not verify receipt of entries for Entrants. All entries submitted become the sole property of Sponsor and will not be returned. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, illegible or damaged entries, deposits or failed internet connections.
RANDOM DRAWINGS/ODDS OF WINNING: On or about the drawing dates outlined in the Entry Period Chart in the “ENTRY PERIODS” section of these Official Rules, Entry Period Prize Winners will be selected in a random drawing for each Entry Period conducted under the supervision of the Sweepstakes Administrator, an independent judging organization, whose decisions are based on their sole discretion and interpretation of these Official Rules, and are final and binding in all respects. All non-winning eligible entries from the previous Entry Period drawings will not carry over to subsequent Entry Period drawings. Odds of winning depend upon the total number of entries received during the respective Entry Period.
PRIZES: Thirteen (13) Entry Period Prize Winners for Entry Period 1 and Entry Period 3 will each be awarded $1,000 cash (each an “Entry Period Prize”). Twelve (12) Entry Period Prize Winners for Entry Period 2 and Entry Period 4 will each be awarded an Entry Period Prize. If an Entry Period Prize Winner has an open Card account, the Entry Period Prize will be credited to his/her Card. In the event that an Entry Period Prize Winner does not have an open Card account, the Entry Period Prize will be awarded in the form of a check. Total ARV of all Entry Period Prizes per Entry Period is: Entry Period 1- $13,000, Entry Period 2- $12,000, Entry Period 3- $13,000, and Entry Period 4- $12,000.
PRIZE RESTRICTIONS: The amount of the Entry Period Prize that, if loaded to an Entry Period Prize Winner’s Card, would cause an Entry Period Prize Winner’s Card balance to exceed the Card’s maximum balance limit will be awarded in the form of a check. No prize substitution, except at Sponsor’s sole discretion or as otherwise provided herein. Entry Period Prize is not transferable prior to award. All taxes on any Entry Period Prize are the sole responsibility of each Entry Period Prize Winner and are not transferable. Entry Period Prize Winners are solely responsible for all other expenses not specified herein, including but not limited to applicable taxes, Card fees, and check cashing fees.
Sponsor reserves the right to exclude from the Sweepstakes any potential Entry Period Prize Winner who is suspected of theft, fraud, or any criminal activity related to Sponsor or its affiliates. Entries associated with fraudulent Cards or other unauthorized use of Cards and entries associated with any similar fraudulent or inappropriate activities relating to any such Cards will be void and all such Entrants may be disqualified.
NOTIFICATION/PRIZE CLAIMS: Potential Entry Period Prize Winners will be contacted by email, mail or any other available contact source provided within five (5) business days of the drawing date by the Sponsor or Sponsor representative (“Notification”). If an Entry Period Prize Winner cannot be contacted within five (5) business days of the first attempt to contact him/her or the Entry Period Prize Winner does not respond to the Notification within the date and time indicated within the Notification, then that Entry Period Prize Winner will be disqualified and an alternate Entry Period Prize Winner will be selected through a random drawing from among all remaining eligible entries received during the respective Entry Period.
Except where prohibited, each potential Entry Period Prize Winner must sign and return, within five (5) business days of receipt, an Affidavit of Eligibility/Liability/Publicity Release and an IRS W-9 Form (the “Paperwork”) in order to claim the Entry Period Prize. Except where prohibited by law, Entry Period Prize Winner’s entry and acceptance of the Entry Period Prize constitutes permission for the Sweepstakes Entities to use said Entry Period Prize Winner’s name, photograph, likeness, statements, biographical information and voice on a worldwide basis, and in all forms of media, in perpetuity, without further compensation. If a potential Entry Period Prize Winner fails to return the Paperwork within five (5) days of receipt of the Paperwork, or if an Entrant is found to be ineligible, or if he/she does not comply with the Official Rules, then the potential Entry Period Prize Winner will be disqualified and an alternate Entry Period Prize Winner will be selected through a random drawing by the Sweepstakes Administrator from the remaining non-winning entries received during the respective Entry Period. If a Notification or Entry Period Prize is returned as undeliverable, this will result in disqualification and an alternate Entry Period Prize Winner will be selected as outlined above. The Sponsor, or a third party acting on its behalf, must report the value of the Entry Period Prize to the Internal Revenue Service in the year the Entry Period Prize is received by the Entry Period Prize Winner and will be reported to the Entry Period Prize Winner and the Internal Revenue Service in the form of a Form 1099. In the event it is deemed during the verification process that a potential Entry Period Prize Winner does not have a unique, personal, and valid social security number for Sponsor (or any party acting on its behalf) to report the tax liability associated with acceptance of his/her Entry Period Prize, the potential Entry Period Prize Winner will be disqualified and another potential Entry Period Prize Winner will be selected from among the remaining eligible entries received during the respective Entry Period. Valid social security numbers will be determined by IRS requirements.
All Entry Period Prizes will be awarded within four (4) to six (6) weeks after the confirmation date. In the event that an Entry Period Prize is returned as undeliverable, such Entry Period Prize Winner forfeits his/her right to the Entry Period Prize and an alternate Entry Period Prize Winner will be selected from among all non-winning/winning entries received during the respective Entry Period.
SWEEPSTAKES RULES OF PARTICIPATION: This Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws. By participating, Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor and waive any right to claim ambiguity in the Sweepstakes or these Official Rules. Sweepstakes Entities are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, undeliverable, illegible, or incomplete entries, whether due to system errors or failures, faulty transmissions or other telecommunications malfunctions, entries not received resulting from any hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, failed, incomplete or garbled computer or telephone transmissions, typographical or system errors and failures, faulty transmissions, technical malfunctions, or otherwise. Sponsor may prohibit an Entrant from participating in the Sweepstakes or winning am Entry Period Prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that said Entrant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair playing practices (including the use of automated quick entry programs) or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other Entrants, Sponsor, or Sweepstakes Entities. If for any reason this Sweepstakes is not able to be conducted as planned, including, but not limited to, by reason of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud or any other causes beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor or the Sweepstakes Administrator which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the promotion, then Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes and randomly draw from those entries received up to the cancellation/suspension date. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY A PERSON TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK REMEDIES AND DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEY’S FEES) FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.
NO LIABILITY: By entering, Entrants and Entry Period Prize Winners agree to comply with all Official Rules, as stated and agree to release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless the Sponsor, its affiliates, and their respective agents, representatives, officers, directors, shareholders, and employees, including the aforementioned Releasees in the “ELIGIBILITY” section of these Official Rules, (now collectively defined as the “Releasees”) from any claims, actions, injury, loss or damage of any kind, including, without limitation, personal injury or death, resulting, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from participating in this Sweepstakes or form the acceptance, possession, or use or misuse of an Entry Period Prize. This limitation of liability is a comprehensive limitation of liability that applies to all damages of any kind, including, without limitation, compensatory, direct, indirect, or consequential damages; loss of data, income or profit; loss of or damage to property; and claims of third parties. Entrants agree that Releasees have not made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation, or guarantee, statutory, express or implied, including, without limitation, the implied warranties of merchantability, title, and fitness for a particular purpose, in fact or in law, relative to this Sweepstakes.
CHOICE OF LAW: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of participant and Sponsor in connection with the Sweepstakes, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the substantive laws of the State of New York, USA.
WINNER’S LIST/RULE REQUEST: To receive a winner list or an additional copy of these Official Rules, send a self-addressed, stamped business-size (#10) envelope to be received by June 15, 2020 to: “2020 Extreme Tax Sweepstakes”, P.O. Box 10505, Rochester, NY 14610. Please specify “Winner List” or “Rules Request.”
SWEEPSTAKES ADMINISTRATOR: This Sweepstakes is being administered by National Sweepstakes Company, LLC, 80 Rockwood Place, Suite 104, Rochester, NY 14610, an independent judging organization, whose decisions will be final regarding the conduct of this Sweepstakes.
SPONSOR: Green Dot Corporation, P.O. Box 5100, Pasadena, CA 91117.
This Sweepstakes shall not be published without the written permission of the Sponsor.
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