Be a Who Do You Think You Are? Star Official Rules

posted: 07/22/14
by: TLC "Be a Who Do You Think You Are Star" Sweepstakes





The following Sweepstakes is intended for legal residents of the 50 United States of America and D.C. (collectively "USA") and Canada (excluding the Quebec province) ONLY, and shall only be construed and evaluated according to U.S. law and Canadian law. Do not enter this Sweepstakes if you are not located in the USA or Canada at the time of entry.


SPONSOR/ADMINISTRATOR: The "Be a Who Do You Think You Are Star" Sweepstakes (the "Sweepstakes") is sponsored by Operations Inc., 360 W 4800 N, Provo, UT 84604 (the "Sponsor"), and administered by Alliance Sweepstakes Services, Inc., 620 Park Ave. #332, Rochester, NY 14607 (the "Administrator").


ELIGIBILITY: The Sweepstakes is open and offered only to legal residents of the USA or Canada who are 21 years of age or older at the time of entry (the "Entrants"). Employees, officers and representatives of Sponsor, Administrator, TLC, Discovery Communications LLC, Shed Media Group Ltd. and any of their respective parent companies, affiliates, franchisees, licensees, distributors, suppliers, subsidiaries, retailers, advertising/promotion agencies and members of the immediate family (mother, father, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters and spouse, regardless of where they reside) and household members of each such employee, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein. Void outside of the USA or Canada, in the province of Quebec, and where prohibited or restricted by law.


AGREEMENT TO OFFICIAL RULES: By participating, Entrants agree to abide by and be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding in all matters relating to the Sweepstakes. Winning a Prize (as defined below) is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.


HOW TO ENTER: The Sweepstakes will have five (5) Entry Periods ("Entry Periods", overall the "Sweepstakes Period") as follows:


  • 3:00:00 p.m. Eastern Time ("ET") on April 1, 2016 and ends at 2:59:59 p.m. ET on April 8, 2016
  • 3:00:01 p.m. ET on April 8, 2016 and ends at 2:59:59 p.m. ET on April 15, 2016
  • 3:00:01 p.m. ET on April 15, 2016 and ends at 2:59:59 p.m. ET on April 22, 2016
  • 3:00:01 p.m. ET on April 22, 2016 and ends at 2:59:59 p.m. ET on April 29, 2016
  • 3:00:01 p.m. ET on April 29, 2016 and ends at 2:59:59 p.m. ET on May 6, 2016


The Sponsor's database computer is the official time-keeping device for the Sweepstakes. Eligible Entrants can enter the Sweepstakes during the Sweepstakes Period at the TLC Website ( (the "Website"). At the Website, Entrants will have the option of answering a multiple-choice trivia question. Those Entrants who correctly answer the questions (each Entrant will receive an unlimited number of attempts to correctly answer each question) will be given the option of entering the Sweepstakes by completing the resulting Sweepstakes registration form (requesting full name, complete mailing address, email address, and phone number). Each completed Sweepstakes registration form will result in one (1) Sweepstakes entry. Limit one (1) entry per person per email address per day (Limit 40 total entries per person). Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any person or e-mail address that submits more than maximum allowed entries.


All required information must be completed to enter and to be eligible to win. Incomplete entries will be disqualified. Proof of entering information at the Website is not considered proof of delivery to or receipt by Sponsor of an entry. Internet entries must be made by the Entrant only at the Website. Entries made by any other individual or any entity, and/or originating at any other web site or e-mail address, including, but not limited to, commercial Sweepstakes subscription notification and/or entering service sites, will be declared invalid and disqualified for this Sweepstakes. The use of automated entry devices is prohibited and no mechanically reproduced entries are allowed; all such entries are void. The Sponsor is not responsible for: late, incomplete, delayed, undelivered, or misdirected entries. All entries become the exclusive property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned.


GENERAL CONDITIONS: If for any reason the operation or administration of this Sweepstakes is impaired or incapable of running as planned for any reason, including but not limited to (a) infection by computer virus, bugs, (b) tampering, unauthorized intervention, (c) fraud, (d) technical failures, or (e) any other causes beyond the control of the Sponsor which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Sweepstakes, the Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes in whole or in part, at any time, without notice and award the applicable prizes using all non-suspect eligible entries received as of, or after (if applicable) this cancellation, termination, modification or suspension date, or in any manner that is fair and equitable and best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules. Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual deemed to be (a) tampering or attempting to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or Sponsor's Website; or (b) acting in violation of these Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner.




Failure by the Sponsor to enforce any provision of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of a Winner, the winning entry will be declared by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at time of entry. "Authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization (e.g., business, educational, institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address.


RELEASE AND LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: By participating in the Sweepstakes, Entrants agree to release and hold harmless the Sponsor, the Administrator, TLC, Discovery Communications LLC, Shed Media Group Ltd., their respective parents, employees, officers, directors, subsidiaries, affiliates, distributors, sales representatives, advertising and promotional agencies (collectively, the "Released Parties") from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Sweepstakes or receipt or use of any prize, including, but not limited to: (a) any technical errors that may prevent an Entrant from submitting an entry; (b) unauthorized human intervention in the Sweepstakes; (c) printing errors; (d) errors in the administration of the Sweepstakes or the processing of entries; or (e) injury, death, or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from Entrant's participation in the Sweepstakes or receipt of any prize. Released Parties assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries. Released Parties are not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or telephone lines, computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail or entry to be received by Sponsor on account of technical problems, human error or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Website, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to participant's or any other person's computer relating to or resulting from participation in this Sweepstakes or downloading any materials in this Sweepstakes. Entrant further agrees that in any cause of action, the Released Parties' liability will be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the Sweepstakes, and in no event shall the Released Parties be liable for attorney's fees. Entrant waives the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.


DRAWING AND NOTIFICATION: All prize drawings will be conducted by the Administrator whose decisions are final and binding. The Grand Prize drawing will be conducted, on or about May 13, 2016, from among all eligible entries received during the Sweepstakes Period. Odds of winning the Grand Prize will depend on the total number of eligible entries received during the Sweepstakes Period. Each First Prize drawing will be conducted at the end of each Entry Period from among all eligible entries received during Entry Period in question. There will be two (2) First Prize Winners selected per Entry Period. Odds of winning a First Prize will depend on the total number of eligible entries received during Entry Period in question. The potential Grand Prize Winner will be contacted by the Administrator via telephone and/or by email. All potential First Prize Winners will be contacted by the Sponsor via phone, email and/or USPS mail.


PRIZES & PRIZE CONDITIONS: There will be one (1) Grand Prize and ten (10) First Prizes awarded throughout the Sweepstakes Period. The Grand Prize Winner, upon the Administrator's confirmation of eligibility, will receive a trip for two (2) people to the Winner's ancestral homeland (country subject to Sponsor's approval). The prize package includes two (2) roundtrip standard economy airfare tickets from a major commercial airport in the United States, near the Winner's primary residence and the destination location (roundtrip airfare for 2 people), as determined by Sponsor; accommodations for two (2) at a hotel determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion (single room, double occupancy; up to five (5) nights for ancestral homeland trip depending on location and costs); $2,000 spending money; and up to thirty (30) hours of genealogical research, depending on the researchers' discretion. The Grand Prize package has an Approximate Retail Value ("ARV") of $13,000, which will vary depending upon departure points, destination, seasonal airfare and hotel price fluctuations, etc. Depending on the destination of trip, other various activities, as well as meals and ground transportation may be included (Sponsor's discretion). However, the total value of the ancestral homeland trip portion of the Grand Prize package (airfare, hotel, and cash stipend) will not exceed $10,000, regardless of destination. The ARV of the genealogical research is up to $3,000.


All other expenses not specifically mentioned herein, including but not limited to, airport taxes and fees, baggage fees, ground transportation not specifically delineated, food, beverages, additional hotel amenities or fees and gratuities, are the responsibility of the Grand Prize Winner and traveling companion. Sponsor is not responsible for any cancellations, delays, diversions or substitutions or any act or omissions whatsoever by the air transportation carriers, hotels or other transportation companies or any other persons providing any of these services and accommodations necessitated by same. Sponsor shall not be liable for any loss or damage to baggage and/or personal property. If actual value of prize is lower than the stated ARV when prize is procured and fulfilled, then the difference will not be awarded. Travel, hotel, and other accommodations are subject to availability. Travel companion must be 21 years of age or older. The Grand Prize Winner and traveling companion must travel on same itineraries. Winner must complete the trips within one (1) year from the drawing date or prize will be forfeited. Trip must be booked at least twenty-one (21) days prior to departure. Trip is subject to availability and blackout dates. Travel must be round trip. Sponsor will determine airline and flight itinerary in its sole discretion. No refund or compensation will be made in the event of the cancellation or delay of any flight. Travel is subject to the terms and conditions set forth in this Sweepstakes, and those set forth by the Sponsor's airline carrier of choice as detailed in the passenger ticket contract.


Weekly First Prize information is as follows:


Should both of the First Prize Winners in a given Entry Period be U.S. residents, the first selected Winner will receive one (1) AncestryDNA Test and the second selected Winner will receive one (1) six-month Ancestry World Explorer Membership (either a gift subscription or extension of an existing membership). The AncestryDNA Test has an ARV of $99.00. The Ancestry World Explorer Membership has an ARV of $149.00.


Should both of the First Prize Winners in a given entry period be Canadian residents, the first selected Winner will receive one (1) Ancestry Canada Deluxe Annual Membership (either gift subscription or extension of an existing relationship; ARV $119.88 CAD), and the second selected Winner will receive one (1) Ancestry World Deluxe 3-Month Membership (either gift subscription or extension of an existing relationship; ARV $83.97 CAD).


Should there be one (1) U.S. First Prize Winner and one (1) Canadian First Prize Winner in a given Entry Period, the U.S. Winner will receive one (1) AncestryDNA Test and the Canadian Winner will receive one (1) Ancestry Canada Deluxe Annual Membership.


Total Prize Pool - $14,240 (USD). Prizes are not exchangeable, transferable, or redeemable for cash. There are no substitutions unless specified by the Sponsor. The Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to substitute any prize (or prize component) with another prize of equal or greater value.


By accepting a Prize, the Prize Winners agree to release and hold harmless the Released Parties, each of their related companies, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, shareholders, and agents from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Sweepstakes or receipt or use of the prize in question. The potential Grand Prize Winner will be notified by home-delivered mail, phone, or email, and must sign and return to the Administrator, within ten (10) days of the date of notice or attempted notice is sent, an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability & Publicity Release (if U.S. resident) or a Declaration of Compliance (if Canadian resident) in order to claim his/her prize. Note: The Affidavit sent to a potential Grand Prize Winner (US resident) will require that the Winner provide their Social Security Number to the Administrator, which will be used solely for tax reporting purposes. The Prize Winners will be responsible for all local, state, and federal taxes associated with the receipt of their prize. The Grand Prize Winner must note that the value of the accepted prize is taxable as income and an IRS Form 1099 will be filed in the name of the Winner for the value of the prize and the Winner is solely responsible for all matters relating to the prize after it is awarded (applicable to US Winner only). In addition, it is the responsibility of the Grand Prize Winner and his/her traveling companions to obtain or maintain a valid passport at the time of travel should the Winner in question be traveling to another country. If a prize or prize notification is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable to the potential Winner, if potential Winner cannot be reached via phone within three (3) business days from the first notification attempt, or if potential Grand Prize Winner fails to return requisite document(s) within the specified time period, or if potential Winner is not in compliance with these Official Rules, then such person shall be disqualified and, at Sponsor's sole discretion, an alternate Winner may be selected.


Should a selected Prize Winner be a Canadian citizen, the selected Entrant must answer correctly without assistance of any kind, whether mechanical, electronic or otherwise, a mathematical skill-testing question posed by mail or telephone. If the selected Entrant fails to correctly answer the question he/she will be disqualified and another Entrant will be randomly selected. The potential Prize Winner who correctly answers the skill-testing question will be notified by telephone and/or mail and/or email at the Sponsors' discretion using the contact information provided at the time of entry. If the potential Winner is determined to be less than the age of majority in his/her province of residence, then the potential Winner will be disqualified and an alternate Winner will be selected in their place.


ADDITIONAL PRIZE CONDITIONS: By accepting a Prize, where permitted by law, the Prize Winners grant to the Released Parties and those acting pursuant to the authority of Sponsor and the Released Parties (which grant will be confirmed in writing upon Sponsor's request), the right to print, publish, broadcast and use worldwide IN ALL MEDIA without limitation at any time a Winner's full name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness and/or biographical information for advertising, trade and promotional purposes without further payment or additional consideration, and without review, approval or notification.




By participating, Entrants release and agree to hold harmless the Released Parties from any and all liability for any injuries, death or losses or damages to persons or property AS WELL AS CLAIMS/ACTIONS BASED ON PUBLICITY RIGHTS, DEFAMATION, AND/OR INVASION OF PRIVACY that may arise from participating in this Sweepstakes or its related activities or the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of, or any harm resulting from the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the Prize(s). The Prize Winners also acknowledge that Released Parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to the Prize(s).


USE OF DATA: All information submitted by Entrants will be treated according to TLC's privacy policy, available at By participating in the Sweepstakes and providing your e-mail address and any other form of personal information on the TLC Website, Entrants hereby agree to TLC's collection and usage of their personal information and acknowledge that they have read and accepted TLC's Privacy Policy.


DISPUTES: By entering the Sweepstakes, Entrants agree that 1.) Any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Sweepstakes, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; 2.) Any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Sweepstakes but in no event attorneys' fees; and 3.) Under no circumstances will any Entrant be permitted to obtain any award for, and Entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the Entrants and Sponsor or the Released Parties in connection with the Sweepstakes, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with United States law. Any legal proceedings arising out of this Sweepstakes or relating to these Official Rules shall be instituted only in the federal or state courts of Utah, and the parties consent to jurisdiction therein with respect to any legal proceedings or disputes of whatever nature arising under or relating to these Official Rules. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Official Rules shall otherwise remain in effect and be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein. The value of the prizes set forth above represents Sponsor's good faith determinations of the ARV thereof and such determinations are final and binding and cannot be appealed. If the actual value of any prize turns out to be less than the stated ARV, the difference will not be awarded in cash.

WINNERS LIST REQUEST: To request the name, city, and state of residence of the each Prize Winner, please send a self-addressed, stamped business size envelope, by June 30, 2016, to: Alliance/Ancestry "WDYTYA 2016" Sweepstakes Winners List Request, 620 Park Ave. #332, Rochester, NY 14607.

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