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Microsoft Community Connections Sweepstakes
WIN A SURFACE PRO 3! 
 
 
During the months of November and December, eligible Microsoft Community Connections (MCC) events registered at www.mscommunityconnections.com will be entered into a drawing to win a Surface Pro 3 (ARV $1,000)! Two winners will be drawn. In order to take advantage of this offer all you need to do is register an event prior to December 31, 2014.
 
Microsoft Community Connections (MCC) helps connect local business influencer organizations with Microsoft partners to deliver technology education to small and medium business customers.  Together, influencers and partners deliver thought leadership about how technology solutions can empower small and medium business customers to operate more efficiently.
MCC Benefits:
·         Free Event Kit with marketing resources
·         Opportunity for local networking
·         Educate local business owners with technology experts
·         Microsoft software included for door prizes to drive attendance
 
Register your event now at www.mscommunityconnections.com.
 
 
OFFICIAL RULES
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. 
 
PLEASE NOTE:  It is your sole responsibility to comply with your employer’s gift policies.  If your participation violates your employer’s policies, you may be disqualified. Microsoft disclaims any and all liability and will not be party to any disputes or actions related to this matter.
 
GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES: Microsoft is committed to complying with government gift and ethics rules and therefore government employees are not eligible.
 
COMMON TERMS USED IN THESE RULES:
These are the official rules that govern how the Microsoft MCC mscommunityconnections.com sweepstakes promotion will operate.  This promotion will be simply referred to as the “Sweepstakes” throughout the rest of these rules. 
In these rules, “we,” “our,” and “us” refer to Microsoft Corporation, the sponsor of the Sweepstakes. “You” refers to an eligible Sweepstakes entrant. 
WHAT ARE THE START AND END DATES?
 
This Sweepstakes starts at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time (PT) on November 1, 2014, and ends at 10:00 a.m. PT on November 30, 2014 (“Entry Period”).  Entries must be received within the Entry Period to be eligible.
 
 
CAN I ENTER?
You are eligible to enter this Sweepstakes if you meet the following requirements at time of entry:
 
·         You are an authorized representative of a company actively enrolled in the Microsoft SMB Partner Network (MPN) and are a legal resident of the 50 United States and District of Columbia 18 years of age or older; and
 
·         You are NOT an employee of Microsoft Corporation or an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary; and
 
·         You are NOT involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Sweepstakes; and
 
·         You are NOT an immediate family (parent, sibling, spouse/domestic partner, child) or household member of a Microsoft employee, an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary, or a person involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Sweepstakes.
 
This Sweepstakes is void outside of the geographic area described above and wherever else prohibited by law.
 
HOW DO I ENTER?
 
To enter, you must complete and submit an event registration on mscommunityconnections.com.  By doing this, you will receive one (1) entry into the Sweepstakes drawing. Limit one (1) entry per person.
We are not responsible for entries that we do not receive for any reason, or for entries that we receive but are not decipherable for any reason.
 
We will automatically disqualify:
·         Any incomplete or illegible entry; and
·         Any entries that we receive from you that are in excess of the entry limit described above.
 
WINNER SELECTION AND PRIZES
 
On or around the close of the Entry Period, we will randomly select 4 winners of the prizes designated below. 
 
Four (4) Grand Prizes.  Each winner will receive a Surface Pro 3.  Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $900
 
The total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of all prizes: $3,600
 
We will only award one (1) prize per person during the Entry Period. Only three (3) alternate drawings will be held after which the applicable prize will remain un-awarded.
 
If you are a potential winner, we will notify you by sending a message to the e-mail address, the phone number, or mailing address (if any) provided at time of entry within seven (7) days following the random drawing.  If the notification that we send is returned as undeliverable, or you are otherwise unreachable for any reason, we may award the prize to an alternate, randomly selected winner. 
If there is a dispute as to who is the potential winner, we will consider the potential winner to be the authorized account holder of the e-mail address used to enter the Sweepstakes . If you are a potential winner, we may require you to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability/Publicity Release and a W-9 tax form or W-8 BEN tax form within 10 days of notification. If you complete a tax form, you will be issued an IRS Form 1099 the following January, for the actual value of the prize. You are advised to seek independent counsel regarding the tax implications of accepting a prize. If you are a potential winner and you are 18 or older, but are considered a minor in your place of legal residence, we may require your parent or legal guardian to sign all required forms on your behalf.  If you do not complete the required forms as instructed and/or return the required forms within the time period listed on the winner notification message, we may disqualify you and select an alternate, randomly selected winner.
 
If you are confirmed as a  winner of this Sweepstakes:
 
  • You may not exchange your prize for cash or any other merchandise or services.  However, if for any reason an advertised prize is unavailable, we reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value; and 
  • You may not designate someone else as the winner.  If you are unable or unwilling to accept your prize, we will award it to an alternate potential winner; and 
  • If you accept a prize, you will be solely responsible for all applicable federal, state, and local taxes related to accepting the prize; and 
  • If you are otherwise eligible for this Sweepstakes, but are considered a minor in your place of residence, we may award the prize to your parent/legal guardian on your behalf; and
  • Unless otherwise noted, all prizes are subject to their manufacturer’s warranty and / or terms and conditions. 
 
WHAT ARE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING?
Your odds of winning this Sweepstakes depend on the number of eligible entries we receive.
 
 
WHAT OTHER CONDITIONS ARE YOU AGREEING TO BY ENTERING THIS SWEEPSTAKES?
By entering this Sweepstakes you agree:
 
·         To abide by these Official Rules; and
 
·         To release and hold harmless Microsoft,and its respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees and agents from any and all liability or any injury, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this Sweepstakes or any prize won; and
 
·         That Microsoft’s decisions will be final and binding on all matters related to this Sweepstakes; and
 
·         That by accepting a prize, Microsoft may use of your proper name and state of residence online and in print, or in any other media, in connection with this Sweepstakes, without payment or compensation to you, except where prohibited by law.
 
WHAT LAWS GOVERN THE WAY THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS EXECUTED AND ADMINISTRATED?
This Sweepstakes will be governed by the laws of the State of Washington, and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts of the State of Washington for any disputes arising out of this Sweepstakes.  
 
WHAT IF SOMETHING UNEXPECTED HAPPENS AND THE SWEEPSTAKES CAN’T RUN AS PLANNED?
If someone cheats, or a virus, bug, bot, catastrophic event, or any other unforeseen or unexpected event that cannot be reasonably anticipated or controlled, (also referred to as force majeure) affects the fairness and / or integrity of this Sweepstakes, we reserve the right to cancel, change or suspend this Sweepstakes.  This right is reserved whether the event is due to human or technical error. If a solution cannot be found to restore the integrity of the Sweepstakes, we reserve the right to select winners from among all eligible entries received before we had to cancel, change or suspend the Sweepstakes.
 
If you attempt or we have strong reason to believe that you have compromised the integrity or the legitimate operation of this Sweepstakes by cheating, hacking, creating a bot or other automated program, or by committing fraud in ANY way, we may seek damages from you to the fullest extent permitted by law.  Further, we may disqualify you, and ban you from participating in any of our future Sweepstakes, so please play fairly.
 
HOW CAN YOU FIND OUT WHO WON?
If you send an email to v-awood@microsoft.com within 30 days of winner selection, we will provide you with a list of winners that receive a prize worth $25.00 or more.
 
WHO IS SPONSORING THIS SWEEPSTAKES?
 
Microsoft  Corporation
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052