Ocean City Catch a Ride Sweepstakes Rules

THE CATCH A RIDE SWEEPSTAKES OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. MAKING A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. ENTRANTS WAIVE THE ABILITY TO BRING CLAIMS IN A CLASS ACTION FORMAT. 

SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY PERIOD: The Catch a Ride Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) begins at 12:00:01 AM Eastern Time (“ET”) on Thursday, May 2, 2024 and ends at 11:59:59 PM ET on Thursday, June 20, 2024 (the “Sweepstakes Period”).

ELIGIBILITY: The Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia, who are age 18 or older at the time of entry. Void elsewhere, and wherever else prohibited by law. Employees of Mayor and City Council of Ocean City, Maryland (the “Sponsor”), Votigo, Inc. (the “Sweepstakes Administrator”) and their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, and the immediate family members (spouses, parents, children, and siblings and their spouses) of, and/or those living in the same household of each, are not eligible to enter. Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Sponsor has authorized Birdsall, Voss & Associates, Inc. (“BVK”) to operate as an agent on their behalf for this Promotion.

HOW TO ENTER: There are three (3) ways to enter. 

Method #1: Online Entry. During the Sweepstakes Period, visit www.CatchARideOCMD.com (The “Website”) and follow all entry instructions to complete the entry form and submit to receive one (1) entry into the Sweepstakes (the “Online Entry”). Online Entries must be received between Thursday, May 2, 2024 at 12:00:01 AM ET and Thursday, June 20, 2024 at 11:59:59 PM ET. Online entrants are subject to all notices posted online including but not limited to the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy, which can be found at www.ococean.com/privacy-policy/.

Method #2: Event Tablet Entry. Attend a participating Ocean City, Maryland Catch a Ride event, visit the Ocean City booth during operating hours, locate a brand ambassador with a tablet and follow all instructions to complete the Official Sweepstakes Entry Form on the tablet to receive one (1) entry into the Sweepstakes (the “Event Entry”). Event Entries must be received during Ocean City Event Booth operating hours on the following event dates:

May 17, 2024 (Philadelphia): Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies Baseball Game

May 18-19, 2024 (Philadelphia): The 9th South Street Italian Market Festival

May 25-26. 2024 (Baltimore): Brew at the Zoo at the Maryland Zoo 

June 8, 2-24 (Washington D.C): Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals Baseball Game

June 9, 2024 (Washington D.C): Capital Pride Festival

June 13, 2024 (Baltimore): Atlanta Braves at Baltimore Orioles Baseball Game

Entrants are subject to all notices posted including but not limited to the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy which can be found at www.ococean.com/privacy-policy/.

Method #3: Event QR Code Entry. Use your web-enabled mobile device (the “Mobile Device”) to scan the QR code on specially marked marketing materials at an Ocean City Catch a Ride experience. You will then be directed to the Sweepstakes mobile web site. Follow all entry instructions to complete the entry form and submit to receive one (1) entry into the Sweepstakes (the “QR Code Entry”). QR Code Entries must be received between Thursday, May 2, 2024 at 12:00:01 AM ET and Thursday, June 20, 2024 at 11:59:59 PM ET. QR Code entrants are subject to all notices posted online including but not limited to the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy, which can be found at  www.ococean.com/privacy-policy/. Message and data rates may apply.

Important Notice for QR Code means of entry. Message and data rates may apply. Entrant’s wireless service provider may charge entrant for data usage, and entrant shall be responsible for any and all costs associated with this form of entry. Please consult your wireless service provider regarding their pricing plans. Entrant must be a wireless service subscriber with data usage, using a participating service provider in order to enter via this method. Not all wireless phone providers carry the necessary service to participate. Entrant should check their phone and service capabilities for specific mobile internet instructions.

Online Entry, Tablet and QR Code Entry collectively referred to herein as “Entry” or “Entries”. Limit: One (1) Entry per person regardless of whether entrant has more than one email address. All methods of entry have an equal chance of winning. All entries become the property of the Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned.

PRIZE/APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUE (“ARV”)/ODDS

Grand Prize: There is one (1) Grand Prize available to be won. One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive a trip package for two (2) people, Grand Prize winner and one (1) guest (the “Guest”), to Ocean City, Maryland. Grand Prize trip package includes:

  • Four (4) day / Three (3) night hotel accommodations based on a single room with double occupancy at a Hilton Garden Inn Ocean City Oceanfront.; 
  • A $1,000 prepaid VISA gift card 
  • Sunset Cruise for 2 on Sail Alyosha (valued at $150) 
  • Paddleboarding courtesy of Residence Inn (valued at $120)
  • Shopping spree voucher at South Moon Under (valued at $300)

The ARV of Grand Prize: $3,070. The ARV may vary based upon dates of travel and point of departure. The difference between the ARV and actual value of the Grand Prize will not be awarded. 

The total ARV of all prizes available to be won: $3,070.

Odds of winning will depend upon the total number of eligible entries received.

RANDOM DRAWING: The winner will be selected in a random drawing on or about Wednesday, June 26, 2024 from among all eligible entries received during the Sweepstakes Period by the Sweepstakes Administrator, an independent representative of the Sponsor whose decisions are final. 

WINNER NOTIFICATION & VERIFICATION: Potential Grand Prize winner will be notified via email and/or phone, and will be required to sign and return, within seven (7) days of notification, an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Waiver, an IRS W-9 Form and where allowable, a Publicity Release (collectively, “the Releases”). These Releases will require the Grand Prize winner to furnish their Social Security Number for the sole purpose of tax reporting, as required by law. Guest of winner will also be required to sign a Travel Companion Liability & Publicity Release. Noncompliance will result in disqualification and an alternate winner may be selected. Trip must be taken by 12/31/2024 or prize will be forfeited in its entirety. The prize package will be awarded within approximately 45 days after the winner is verified.

The Grand Prize winner may also be required to submit to a background check to confirm eligibility and help ensure that the use of any such person in advertising or publicity for the Sweepstakes will not bring Sponsor into public disrepute, contempt, scandal or ridicule or reflect unfavorably on the Sweepstakes or Sponsor, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify a potential winner on the basis of the findings resulting from such background check or if a potential winner fails to properly authorize and/or provide the required information in connection with such background check.

If a winner is otherwise eligible under these Official Rules but is nevertheless deemed a minor in their state of primary residence, the prize will be awarded in the name of winner’s parent or legal guardian who will be required to execute and return the Releases on minor’s behalf, as applicable, and such parent or legal guardian must accompany Grand Prize winner as their Guest on the Grand Prize trip.

If a prize notification or prize is returned as undeliverable, or if winner is found to be ineligible or not in compliance with these Official Rules, that winner will be disqualified, and the prize may be awarded to an alternate winner in a separate random drawing. If Sponsor is unable to determine and verify a potential winner after repeated alternate drawings or if Sponsor fails to receive a sufficient number of entries to correspond to the number of prizes available to be awarded, Sponsor reserves the right to not award such prize(s).

PRIZE CONDITIONS: Prizes are not redeemable for cash, assignable, transferable and may not be substituted except at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value at its discretion. Any other incidental expenses on prize not specified herein are the winner’s sole responsibility.

All travel related expenses, including but not limited to, ground transportation to and from home, taxes, gratuities, incidentals, upgrades, insurance, service charges, airfare and airline fees, airport surcharges, departure taxes, hotel, resort or property fees, luggage fees, food & beverage and personal expenses are the sole responsibility of prize winner and/or their Guest(s). Any person that participates in the trip that is not deemed to be a Guest must pay their own expenses. Winner and Guest must travel on same itinerary. Winner and Guest must have valid photo ID and any other required documentation prior to departure. Prize must be used on dates specified or prize will be forfeited. Dates are subject to change. Travel is subject to availability. Trip must be booked 1 month in advance and is only available from July 1, 2024 through December 31, 2024. Travel arrangements must be made through an agent of the Sponsor.

Grand Prize Winner and Guest must agree to abide by all, hotel, venue, , and any other prize-related activity rules and regulations in effect.. Failure to do so may result in forfeiture of prize and no other substitution or compensation will be provided in lieu thereof.

Photo identification and credit card or cash deposit may be required at any time for incidental charges (e.g., room service, use of telephone/IT services, laundry and all other optional extra services not provided in the Grand Prize). If Grand Prize winner elects to travel or partake in the Grand Prize with no Guest, no additional compensation will be awarded. All hotel reservations are based on availability and all holidays are excluded. Accommodations are subject to availability at time of reservation. Blackout dates, advance booking requirements and travel restrictions may apply. Availability is subject to factors such as weather, seasonality and space availability. Reservations are subject to availability. If weather or other incident or conditions beyond the control of the Sponsor affects the ability for winner and their Guest to redeem any portion of prize during the scheduled date and time, then the Sponsor shall have no further obligation to the winner and/or Guest other than to supply the remaining elements of the prize package minus the unused portion of prize. Sponsor shall not be responsible for any cancellations, delays, diversions or substitution or any act or omissions whatsoever by the, hotels, venue operators, prize providers or any other persons providing any prize-related services or accommodations. No refund or compensation will be made in the event of the cancellation or other prize element except at the sole and absolute discretion of Sponsor. Travel is subject to the terms and conditions set forth in this Sweepstakes,. Trip components issued in connection with the prize may not be eligible rewards programs or upgrades. If for any reason whatsoever, winner and/or Guests are unable to travel after all travel arrangements have been made and paid, the Sponsor shall have no further obligation to the winner. If Grand Prize is forfeited prior to Sponsor finalizing and paying for travel, and there is sufficient time to notify an alternate winner, the prize will be awarded to an alternate winner in a separate random drawing from among all non-winning eligible entries. Winner and Guest are responsible for obtaining the proper travel documentation (e.g., valid photo ID and/or passport with a minimum validity 6 months after the date of return) prior to travel.: Winner’s Guest must be legal U.S. resident, 18 years or older, unless Guest is a child of the winner. Guest must complete and return a Travel Companion Liability & Publicity Release prior to travel as noted above. If winner’s Guest is deemed a minor in their state of primary residence, Grand Prize winner must be minor Guest’s parent or legal guardian and must execute the Travel Companion Liability Release on the minor Guest’s behalf, as applicable.

In the event a winner or their Guest engages in behavior that, as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion, is obnoxious or threatening, illegal, that is intended to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person, or that in any way disparages or adversely affects the reputation, image, and/or customer goodwill of Sponsor or any of Sponsor’s services, products, trademarks, service marks, or logos, Sponsor reserves the right to terminate the trip early, in whole or in part, and send the winner and/or their Guest home with no further obligation or compensation whatsoever to winner and/or Guest. In the event a winner engages in behavior during travel that (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) is illegal, tortious, or subjects winner to arrest or detention, Sponsor shall have no obligation to pay any damages, fees, fines, judgments or other costs or expenses of any kind whatsoever incurred by winner as a result of such conduct. SPONSOR SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY FOR ANY PERSONAL INJURIES, DEATH, PROPERTY DAMAGE, OR OTHER DAMAGES OR EXPENSES RESULTING FROM OR ARISING OUT OF ANY TRAVEL RELATED TO THE PRIZE OR ANY OTHER ASPECT OF GRAND PRIZE WINNER’S ACCEPTANCE OR USE OF THE PRIZE. 

Gift cards are not redeemable for cash and will not be replaced if lost or stolen. Gift card usage is subject to the issuing company’s complete terms and conditions, including expiration dates.

Sunset cruise, paddle board and shopping spree vouchers are not redeemable for cash and will not be replaced if lost or stolen. Winner and guest will be subject to terms and conditions of Sail Alyosha, Residence Inn and South Moon Under. Sponsor’s sole responsibility will be to award the certificates and/or vouchers and no additional substitution or compensation will be provided.

Winner is responsible for all federal, state, local and income taxes associated with winning prize. Grand Prize winner will be required to furnish their Social Security Number for the sole purpose of preparation of tax forms as required by law. 

Except where prohibited by law, entry and acceptance of prize constitute permission to use winner name, prize won, hometown, likeness, video recordings, photographs, and statements for purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity (including online posting) in any and all media now or hereafter known throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification or permission.

Prize(s) are awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied by Sponsor. Winner acknowledge that the Sponsor and all other businesses affiliated with this Sweepstakes and their agents do not make, nor are in any manner responsible for any warranty, representations, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relative to the quality, conditions, fitness or merchantability of any aspect of the prize being offered, except that each merchandise prize shall be subject to its manufacturer’s standard warranty (if any). Once the prize(s) has been delivered to the winner provided address, the prize is considered awarded.

GENERAL: Although subsequent attempts to enter may be received, only the first complete entry received from a particular entrant will be eligible; subsequent attempts by the same person to enter, including entries submitted with an alternate email address, will be disqualified.

Participating entrants agree to these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor and the Sweepstakes Administrator, and release the Sponsor, the Sweepstakes Administrator, and their affiliated companies, and all other businesses involved in this Sweepstakes, as well as the employees, officers, directors and agents of each (the “Released Parties”), from all claims and liability relating to their participation in the Sweepstakes, and the acceptance and use/misuse of the prize offered. Participating entrants assume all liability for and Released Parties shall be held harmless against any liability for any injury, losses or damages of any kind to persons, including personal injury or death, or injury to property caused or claimed to be caused in whole or in part,  directly or indirectly, by participation in this Sweepstakes, acceptance, possession, or use/misuse of the prize, or any claims based on publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy, or merchandise delivery. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the Sweepstakes or in the announcement of the prize. 

In the event of a dispute over the identity of an entrant, entry will be deemed submitted by the “Authorized Account Holder” of the e-mail address submitted at time of entry. Authorized Account Holder means the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. Sponsor may ask any entrant or potential winner to provide Sponsor with proof, to Sponsor’s satisfaction, that such party is the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the entry. Entry materials/data that have been tampered with or altered, or mass entries or entries generated by a script, macro or use of automated devices are void. The Released Parties are not responsible for: (i) lost, late, misdirected, damaged or illegible entries; or (ii) error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate transmission of or failure to receive entry information by Sponsor on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any web site or any combination thereof; or (iii) any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in the Sweepstakes. By participating in the Sweepstakes, entrant (i) agrees to be bound by these official rules, including all eligibility requirements, and (ii) agrees to be bound by the decisions of Sponsor and the Sweepstakes Administrator, which are final and binding in all matters relating to the Sweepstakes. Failure to comply with these official rules may result in disqualification from the Sweepstakes. 

Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Sweepstakes, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any factor beyond Sponsor’s reasonable control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Sweepstakes, as determined by Sponsor. If, for any reason, the Sweepstakes cannot be run as planned, Sponsor may disqualify any suspect entries or individuals from the Sweepstakes and any sweepstakes it sponsors and (a) suspend the Sweepstakes and modify the Sweepstakes to address the impairment, then resume the Sweepstakes in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules; and/or (b) award the prize at random from among the eligible, non-suspect entries received up to the time of the impairment. 

THE RELEASED PARTIES ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE IF THIS SWEEPSTAKES CANNOT BE ADMINISTERED OR CONDUCTED OR ANY PRIZE CANNOT BE AWARDED DUE TO CANCELLATIONS, DELAYS, OR INTERRUPTIONS RESULTING OR ARISING FROM ACTS OF GOD, WAR, OR TERRORISM, CIVIL UNREST, STRIKES, SUPPLY SHORTAGES, NATURAL DISASTERS, WEATHER, EPIDEMICS, COMPLIANCE WITH ANY LAW OR ORDER OF A GOVERNMENTAL AUTHORITY, OR ANY OTHER SIMILAR ACT, EVENT, OR OCCURRENCE BEYOND THE REASONABLE CONTROL OF THE SPONSOR. BY PARTICIPATING IN THIS SWEEPSTAKES, PARTICIPANT AGREES THAT THE RELEASED PARTIES WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY INJURIES, DAMAGES, OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES TO PERSONS, INCLUDING DEATH, OR TO PROPERTY ARISING OUT OF ACCESS TO AND USE OF ANY WEBSITE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS SWEEPSTAKES OR THE DOWNLOADING FROM AND/OR PRINTING MATERIAL DOWNLOADED FROM SUCH SITE, AS APPLICABLE. FURTHER, SPONSOR SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY CANCELLATIONS, DELAYS, DIVERSIONS, CHANGES IN SERVICE OR ACCOMMODATIONS OR SUBSTITUTIONS, OR FOR ANY ACTS OR OMISSIONS BY ANY THIRD PARTIES BEYOND ITS REASONABLE CONTROL, INCLUDING AIR CARRIER(S) AND OTHER TRANSPORTATION COMPANIES; LODGING, RESTAURANT OR OTHER HOSPITALITY PROVIDERS; ENTERTAINMENT PROVIDERS, VENUES OR ARTISTS; OR OTHER THIRD PARTY PROVIDERS SUPPLYING ANY SERVICES OR COMPONENTS OF THE PRIZE(S) TO WINNER AND/OR THEIR GUESTS, OR FOR ANY RESULTING INJURIES, INCLUDING MONEY DAMAGES, COSTS AND EXPENSES, PROPERTY DAMAGES, PERSONAL INJURIES OR DEATH RESULTING THEREFROM.

LEGAL WARNING: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN INDIVIDUAL, WHETHER OR NOT AN ENTRANT, TO DAMAGE, DESTROY, TAMPER OR VANDALIZE THIS WEB SITE OR INTERFERE WITH THE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES, IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND DILIGENTLY PURSUE ALL REMEDIES AGAINST ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

GOVERNING LAW AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules or the rights and obligations of entrants, Sponsor or the Released Parties in connection with the Sweepstakes will be governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the State of Maryland, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions that would cause the application of any other laws.

BY ENTERING THE SWEEPSTAKES, ENTRANT AGREES THAT TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW: (A) ANY AND ALL DISPUTES, CLAIMS AND CAUSES OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR CONNECTED WITH THE SWEEPSTAKES, OR ANY PRIZE AWARDED, WILL BE RESOLVED INDIVIDUALLY, WITHOUT RESORT TO ANY FORM OF CLASS ACTION; (B) ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, JUDGMENTS AND AWARDS WILL BE LIMITED TO ACTUAL THIRD-PARTY, OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS INCURRED (IF ANY) NOT TO EXCEED TEN DOLLARS ($10.00), BUT IN NO EVENT WILL ATTORNEYS’ FEES BE AWARDED OR RECOVERABLE; (C) UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL ANY ENTRANT BE PERMITTED TO OBTAIN ANY AWARD FOR, AND ENTRANT HEREBY KNOWINGLY AND EXPRESSLY WAIVES ALL RIGHTS TO SEEK, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR SPECIAL DAMAGES, LOST PROFITS AND/OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES, OTHER THAN ACTUAL OUT OF POCKET EXPENSES NOT TO EXCEED TEN DOLLARS ($10.00), AND/OR ANY RIGHTS TO HAVE DAMAGES MULTIPLIED OR OTHERWISE INCREASED; AND (D) ENTRANTS’ REMEDIES ARE LIMITED TO A CLAIM FOR MONEY DAMAGES (IF ANY) AND ENTRANT IRREVOCABLY WAIVES ANY RIGHT TO SEEK INJUNCTIVE OR EQUITABLE RELIEF. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY, SO THE ABOVE MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. 

DISPUTES: You agree that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Sweepstakes or the Prizes awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in the State of Maryland. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, your rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsor in connection with the Sweepstakes, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Maryland, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Maryland or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Maryland. 

PRIVACY: As a condition of entering the Sweepstakes, each entrant gives consent for Sponsor to obtain and deliver their name, address, and other information to third parties, including Sweepstakes Administrator, for the purpose of administering this Sweepstakes and to comply with applicable laws, regulations and rules, including, without limitation, the storing of your personal information for purposes of complying with state record retention requirements. Any information entrant provides to Sponsor may be used to communicate with entrant in relation to this Sweepstakes or on a Sweepstakes winner’s list. Personal information collected from entrants are subject to the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy, which can be found at  www.ococean.com/privacy-policy

OFFICIAL RULES REQUEST: These Official Rules will be available at www.CatchARideOCMD.com during the Entry Period.

WINNER CONFIRMATION REQUEST: For a list of winners, available after June 30, 2024 email winners@votigo.com with a subject of “Winners: Catch a Ride Sweepstakes”

SPONSOR: Mayor and City Council of Ocean City, Maryland, 4001 Coastal Hwy

Ocean City, MD 21842 Sponsor has authorized Birdsall, Voss & Associates, Inc. (“BVK”) to operate as an agent on their behalf for this Promotion.     

SWEEPSTAKES ADMINISTRATOR: Votigo, Inc., 1630 30th St., STE A593, Boulder, CO 80301.

Void outside Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia and wherever else prohibited by law.

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