OFFICIAL RULES FOR THE
UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS 50/50 RAFFLE
TO BENEFIT THE WOOSOX FOUNDATION, PRESENTED BY FIDELITY BANK
THAT APPLY TO THE RAFFLE HELD BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 21-SEPTEMBER 26, 2021 ONLY
OFFICIAL RULES: By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and by the decisions of the United Way of Central Massachusetts, Inc., which shall be binding and final as to all matters related to the 50/50 Raffle (“Raffle”). The Raffle is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws.
SPONSOR: The United Way of Central Massachusetts, Inc., (“Sponsor”), 484 Main St., Suite 300, Worcester, MA 01608, a 501(c)(3) organization with Tax ID # 04-2104017. Sponsor has partnered with the WooSox Foundation, Inc. (“WooSox Foundation”), a 501(c)(3) organization with Tax ID # 84-4493547, with respect to hosting and promoting the Raffle at Polar Park (“Polar Park”) in Worcester, Massachusetts.
NET PROCEEDS: The Net Proceeds from the Raffle will be split evenly between the Prize for the Winner and Sponsor. “Net Proceeds” means the gross receipts from the conduct of the Raffle, less Twelve Percent (12%) of gross receipts that cover the Foundation’s reasonable administrative expenses (including reasonable sums expended for license fees, taxes due to the Lottery Commission, and other reasonable operating expenses directly related to the Raffle). Of Sponsor’s share of the Net Proceeds, Sponsor will retain Fifty Percent (50%), to be used to benefit the programs operated by Sponsor and charitable donations made by Sponsor, and Sponsor will donate the other Fifty Percent (50%) to the WooSox Foundation, to be used to benefit the programs operated by the WooSox Foundation and charitable donations made by the WooSox Foundation.
PRIZE: ONLY ONE WINNER FOR THE CASH PRIZE WILL BE SELECTED FROM AMONGST ALL RAFFLE TICKETS SOLD FROM TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2021 AT 2:00 PM EST UNTIL SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2021 AT 5:00 PM EST (the “Ticket Sales Window”). ONE CASH PRIZE WINNER FOR THE TICKET SALES WINDOW. The winner for the Cash Prize will be selected and announced on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2021. That ONE Official Winner will receive fifty percent (50%) of the Net Proceeds of Raffle tickets purchased during the Ticket Sales Window (“Cash Prize”). The winner will have thirty (30) days to claim the prize. The remainder of the Net Proceeds will be used by Sponsor to benefit the programs operated by Sponsor and charitable donations made by Sponsor.
ELIGIBILITY TO ENTER: During the Ticket Sales Window and subject to other details specified below, RAFFLE TICKETS MAY BE PURCHASED ONLY BY PERSONS 18 YEARS OR OLDER AND WHO ARE LOCATED WITHIN THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS AT THE TIME OF PURCHASE, in accordance with these Official Rules. Raffle tickets may NOT be purchased by anyone under the age of 18, regardless of location or method of purchase. Tickets are available for purchase IN PERSON by anyone 18 years and older, REGARDLESS OF THEIR STATE OF RESIDENCE. The Raffle ticket sales locations may include Polar Park during WooSox baseball games during the Ticket Sales Window, and online sales limited to persons located in Massachusetts at the time of purchase. This Raffle is void wherever prohibited by law.
The following persons are NOT ELIGIBLE to participate in the Raffle or to win any Prize: employees, officers, directors, shareholders, members, agents, and consultants of Sponsor, WooSox Foundation, Worcester Red Sox Baseball Club, LLC, TAP 5050 LTD., Professional Sports Catering, LLC, any MLB Entity (as defined below), and any Sponsor or WooSox Foundation volunteers with respect to a Raffle held during a game or other event at which the person is assisting (collectively, the “Ineligible Parties”), and any parent, subsidiary, affiliated entity, advertising agency, promotion agency and immediate family members of any Ineligible Party. “Immediate family members” means spouses, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, and siblings (and any of their respective spouses) of an Ineligible Party. The “MLB Entities” shall mean MLB Professional Development Leagues LLC, the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball (“BOC”), MLB Advanced Media, L.P., Major League Baseball Properties, Inc., The MLB Network, LLC, the Major League Baseball Clubs (“Clubs”), each of their parent, subsidiary, affiliated and related entities, any entity which, now or in the future, controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with the Clubs or the BOC, and the owners, general and limited partners, shareholders, directors, officers, employees and agents of the foregoing entities (each, an “MLB Entity”).
PURCHASING RAFFLE ENTRIES: The minimum purchase price for a Raffle ticket is $5. The price points for Raffle tickets are as follows: 3 tickets, or chances to win, for $5; 10 tickets for $10; 75 tickets for $20; or 200 tickets for $40; provided, however, that prices may be modified from time to time for special promotions. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase in person by eligible persons (see “ELIGIBILITY TO ENTER” above). Official Rules are available at points of sale within Polar Park and should be read before ticket purchase. They will also be posted on www.woosox.com/raffle.
There are two methods of entering the Raffle, in person and online via www.woosox.com/raffle:
1. In Person: Tickets are available for purchase IN PERSON by anyone 18 years and older, REGARDLESS OF THEIR STATE OF RESIDENCE. The Raffle ticket sales locations include Polar Park during WooSox baseball games during the Ticket Sales Window, and online sales limited to persons located in Massachusetts at the time of purchase.
RAFFLE TICKETS ARE NONDEDUCTIBLE: No portion of the Raffle ticket price may be deducted as a charitable contribution for federal income tax purposes.
NUMBER OF RAFFLE TICKETS: There is no minimum number of tickets that must be sold.
TRANSFER OF RAFFLE ENTRIES: Persons who purchase Raffle tickets at Polar Park or other designated in person sales locations may opt to give away their Raffle tickets to others, but in doing so they give up any claim they might otherwise have to the Prize if they surrender a winning Raffle ticket. Raffle tickets purchased in person may be given away to persons who are under 18 years of age, but only individuals who are 18 years of age or older may claim or win a Prize. The Raffle is being conducted pursuant to a raffle permit issued to Sponsor by the City of Worcester. Purchasers of Raffle tickets may not re-sell their Raffle tickets to other parties, and may not knowingly give such Raffle tickets away to others for the purpose of allowing those other parties to re-sell such Raffle tickets. All Raffle tickets which have been resold in violation of these Official Rules shall be void. All individuals who re-sell Raffle tickets in violation of these Official Rules shall be ineligible to participate in the Raffle or to win the Prize.
DRAWING: A potential winner will be selected in a random computer generated drawing from eligible Entries received as of the applicable drawing entry deadline (the “Drawing(s)”). There will be only ONE Cash Prize drawing from all Raffle entries purchased during the Ticket Sales Window. Drawing for the Cash Prize is to be held on Monday, September 27, 2021 before 10:00 AM EST. If the computer generated equipment fails, the drawing will be done manually for that drawing’s Raffle ticket sales. The winning ticket number will also be posted at www.woosox.com/raffle within 24 hours of the applicable drawing and will remain posted on the website for 30 calendar days. As provided below under “POTENTIAL WINNER MUST CONTACT SPONSOR,” the owner of a winning Raffle ticket number has 30 calendar days from the date of the applicable drawing to claim their Prize. Purchasers forfeit their prize if they do not present the winning ticket to Sponsor within 30 calendar days. Forfeited prizes will be retained by Sponsor for charitable use. Sponsor shall have no obligation and shall not contact a potential winner.
WOOSOX GAME POSTPONEMENTS OR CANCELLATION: In the event that the WooSox baseball game scheduled for Sunday, September 12, 2021 is postponed or cancelled prior to the completion of eight (8) innings, then the Raffle shall be extended to include the next WooSox home baseball game during the 2021 WooSox baseball season, and the Cash Prize jackpot shall be based on the total gross proceeds through the end of the 9th inning of that game; provided, that the Raffle will conclude and the drawing for the Cash Prize will take place no later than September 30, 2021.
POTENTIAL WINNER MUST CONTACT SPONSOR: Owners of eligible entries need not be present in person at the Drawing in order to win. A POTENTIAL WINNER MUST CONTACT SPONSOR DIRECTLY TO BEGIN THE PROCESS REQUIRED TO CLAIM THEIR PRIZE NO LATER THAN THIRTY (30) CALENDAR DAYS AFTER THE WINNING NUMBER WAS SELECTED BY APPEARING IN PERSON AT POLAR PARK, 100 MADISON STREET, WORCESTER, MA 01608 WITH THEIR WINNING RAFFLE TICKET WEEKDAYS BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 11 AM AND 3 PM, BY CALLING 508-500-1000, OR BY SENDING AN EMAIL CONTAINING THAT POTENTIAL WINNER’S CONTACT INFORMATION TO [email protected] DURING SAME TIMEFRAME TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS SO SPONSOR MAY INSPECT AND VERIFY EACH CLAIMANT’S RAFFLE TICKET. TO APPEAR IN PERSON AT POLAR PARK, A POTENTIAL WINNER MUST ARRANGE FOR A MEETING TIME IN ADVANCE BY EMAILING [email protected]. TICKETS MUST BE PRESENTED WITHIN 30 CALENDAR DAYS FOR VISUAL INSPECTION AND VALIDATION.
DETERMINATION OF OFFICIAL WINNER: Sponsor shall have the sole discretion to determine whether each Potential Winner is an official winner of a Prize (an “Official Winner”). Sponsor’s decision concerning the identity of the Official Winner shall be final and binding. To become an Official Winner: (1) a Potential Winner must be eligible to participate in the Raffle under these Official Rules and must not be in violation of these Official Rules as determined in Sponsor’s sole judgment; (2) that Potential Winner must contact Sponsor by the deadline specified above under “POTENTIAL WINNER MUST CONTACT SPONSOR”; (3) that Potential Winner’s winning entry must be inspected and verified in person by Sponsor by the deadline specified above; (4) that Potential Winner must execute and return to Sponsor an affidavit of eligibility on a form to be provided by Sponsor before prize is awarded; and (5) that Potential Winner must provide Sponsor with all tax identification information required by federal, state or local law and, where applicable, provide Sponsor with payment for any required withholding taxes due prior to that Potential Winner’s receipt of the Prize. If for any reason whatsoever all of the foregoing requirements are not satisfied with respect to a particular Potential Winner, or if Sponsor is unable for any reason to identify the holder of a winning Raffle Ticket or to contact a Potential Winner, then that Potential Winner’s Prize will be deemed forfeited and, the Prize will be retained by the Sponsor for charitable use.
Sponsor shall use the following rules to determine the identity of any Potential Winner and of the Official Winner of each Prize: (1) Sponsor shall conclusively presume that the person who is in possession of that Raffle ticket is the lawful owner of that Raffle ticket and that ticket’s winning number, and Sponsor shall not make, nor have any duty to make, any inquiry whatsoever into the circumstances under which that person came into possession of such winning Raffle ticket. In the unlikely event that an error or problem in the administration of the Raffle results in two (2) or more Raffle ticket purchasers holding winning Raffle tickets that contain identical ticket numbers, then the person who has record of the earliest ticket purchase shall be deemed to hold the winning Entry.
AWARD OF PRIZE TO OFFICIAL WINNER: The ONE (1) Cash Prize for the Raffle conducted during the Ticket Sales Window will be awarded to the Potential Winner who has been designated by Sponsor as Official Winner. The Cash Prize will be sent to the applicable Official Winner via check within thirty (30) business days of the applicable Official Winner delivering winning raffle ticket to a Red Sox Foundation representative. For security and safety reasons, no cash payment will be made to winner.
TAXES: All federal, state, and local income taxes are the sole responsibility of each Raffle winner. The taxable value of the Prize will be treated as ordinary income to the winner for federal and state income tax purposes, and the Internal Revenue Service takes the position that no portion of the ticket price will qualify as a charitable contribution for federal income tax purposes. Each winner will be required by law to pre-pay a portion of the tax liability incurred in connection with his/her receipt of the Prize before receiving his/her Prize from Sponsor. (See “DETERMINATION OF OFFICIAL WINNER” above.)
GENERAL CONDITIONS: The Released Parties (defined below under “RELEASE OF LIABILITY”) are not responsible for: (1) Entries which are stolen, lost, damaged, illegible, given away or no longer in the purchaser’s possession, (2) Entries that have been or may have been tampered with or re-sold in violation of these Official Rules; (3) Entries or payments that are delayed, misdirected, lost, interrupted, undelivered, not fully captured, or garbled as a result of any failure or problem whatsoever with the availability, functionality, operability or use of any network, server, ISP, website, computer, telephone, cable or satellite modem or connection, app, website, hand held mobile device, computer hardware or software, or any other computer equipment or connection, whether or not caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by viruses, worms, or malfunctions affecting a network, server ISP or any equipment or programming used in or associated with the Raffle; (4) any
other errors of any kind, whether human, typographical, printing, mechanical, or electronic in nature, which relate to or are connected with the Raffle (collectively, as described in clauses (1) through (4), “Errors”), including without limitation Errors in Raffle-related materials or in the administration of the Raffle, such as Errors in processing Entries, identifying Potential Winners, determining Official Winner, or announcing or delivering Prize. If any portion of the Raffle is compromised, in Sponsor’s sole judgment, by a virus, worm, bug, non-authorized human intervention or other causes which, in Sponsor’s sole judgment, corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play of the Raffle, or the proper submission or capture of Entries (collectively, a “Compromising Event”), then Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to suspend, modify or terminate the Raffle, and to select winner from all eligible, non-suspect Entries received before the known occurrence or discovery of such Comprising Event. All Entry purchases shall be final, and no refunds or replacements will be issued by Sponsor. Sponsor has sole and final decision on admissibility of entries and the determination of prize winner.
RELEASE OF LIABILITY: Entrants, by participating in the Raffle, agree that the United Way of Central Massachusetts, Inc., WooSox Foundation, Inc., Worcester Red Sox Baseball Club, LLC, TAP 5050 LTD., each of their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, partners, and advertising and promotion agencies, and all of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives, shareholders, members, consultants and agents (collectively, the “Released Parties”) will have no liability whatsoever for, and shall be held harmless by entrants against, any and all claims, demands, injuries, losses, liabilities, cost, expenses or damages of any kind, including damages for death, personal injury, property damage or property loss, or other harm related to or resulting from, whether in whole or in part or directly or indirectly, participation in this Raffle, the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any Entry or Prize, the rules and their application thereof, all means of ticket sales including online ticket sales, Raffle process, and/or winning ticket selection.
PUBLICITY RELEASE: Each Official Winner, by accepting his/her Prize, grants Sponsor and Sponsor’s designees and affiliates, including the WooSox Foundation and Worcester Red Sox Baseball Club, LLC, full permission, except where legally prohibited, to use that Official Winner’s name, address (city and state only), photograph, voice and/or other likeness and Prize information for advertising, trade and promotional purposes without further compensation and without notice, review or approval, in all media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide, and on the Internet and world wide web, in perpetuity.
COPYRIGHT: All Raffle materials are copyrighted by Sponsor, and may not be copied, reproduced, or used for any purpose without Sponsor’s express prior written consent.
GOVERNING LAW; SEVERABILITY: The Raffle and these Official Rules shall be subject to and governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. If a court of competent jurisdiction finds that any provision of these Official Rules, or their application to a particular persons or circumstances, is invalid or unenforceable to any extent, then the remainder of these Official Rules, and the application of all of these Official Rules to other persons or circumstances, shall not be affected by that determination, and shall remain enforceable to the fullest extent permitted by law. DEPOSITING RAFFLE TICKETS OR RELATED MATERIALS IN THE FEDERAL MAILS IS A VIOLATION OF FEDERAL LAW AND COULD LEAD TO CRIMINAL PENALTIES.