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Official Twitter Giveaway Rules

These Official Twitter Giveaway Rules apply to the various separate and distinct giveaways promoted and conducted by The Washington Post from time to time via Twitter (each a “Giveaway” and, collectively, “Giveaways”).  Giveaways are open only to persons who are legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia at the time of entry and selection of winners.  Entrants must be 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. Giveaways are sponsored by WP Company LLC d/b/a The Washington Post, 1150 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20071 (“Sponsor”).  Employees, officers, directors and representatives of Sponsor, and its corporate affiliates, and each of their immediate family members (spouse, parents, siblings and children and each of their respective spouses, children and siblings) and those with whom are domiciled with any of the above, are not eligible. Void outside of Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, and where prohibited by law.  Sponsor reserves the right to modify any of the terms and conditions set forth herein for a specific a Giveaway where such modification will be disclosed in the announcement or other promotional materials for such Giveaway. Giveaways subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws.  Giveaways are not sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or otherwise affiliated with Twitter.

HOW TO ENTER: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY: No purchase is required to enter any Giveaway. The requirements for entry in any Giveaway (including the applicable entry period) will be as provided in Sponsor’s Twitter account (or elsewhere) announcing or otherwise promoting such Giveaway, and may vary with each Giveaway. You must be a follower of Sponsor’s Twitter account announcing (and/or associated with) the Giveaway at the time of entry and at the time of prize notification to be eligible to enter and to win a prize.  For each Giveaway, limit one entry per person and per Twitter account.  To sign-up for a free Twitter account, visit and follow the presented instructions.  Be sure that your entry contains the appropriate hashtag and/or otherwise conforms to the applicable entry guidelines and requirements as provided by Sponsor.  Tweets must comply with all terms and conditions found at  If your Twitter Account is set to “protected mode”, your updates/responses will not be visible in Sponsor’s @Reply inbox; and, therefore, will not be received by Sponsor, resulting in your failure to enter a Giveaway.

Entries that are lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, unreadable, inaccurate, tampered with, unintelligible or otherwise not in compliance with these Official Rules will be disqualified. Sponsor is not responsible for all such disqualified entries.

Important Note About Data and Message Charges: Normal Internet access and usage charges imposed by your online service will apply. If you opt to receive Sponsor's (or others’) tweets (or if you post updates or messages) via your wireless mobile device (which may only be available via participating wireless carriers), standard text messaging rates, data charges, and other airtime and carrier charges may apply for data and text messages sent or received from your handset according to the terms and conditions of your service agreement with your wireless carrier. You understand that by participating in this Giveaway via mobile phone or text message, if you are a potential winner, the Sponsor may contact you via mobile phone or text message, which will be subject to the charges pursuant to your carrier's rate plan.  It is your sole responsibility to notify the Sponsor in writing if you change your Twitter account.

If there is a dispute over the identity of an on-line entrant, entry will be deemed submitted by the Authorized Account Holder regardless of the individual that submitted the entry.  “Authorized Account Holder” is defined as the natural person in whose name the Twitter account associated with the submitted entry was opened.

PRIZE(S): Winner(s) will receive the prize(s) as described by Sponsor for the particular Giveaway (e.g., prize disclosures presented via Sponsor’s Twitter account promoting such Giveaway).  No substitutions, exchanges, refunds or other compensation will be made for any reason, including cancellation of the Giveaway.  However, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to substitute a prize of equal or greater retail value in the event the offered prize(s) is(are) unavailable for any reason.  Each winner is responsible for all taxes associated with claiming a prize. As determined in Sponsor’s sole discretion, each prize winner may be required to sign a Prize Acceptance Form (and/or affidavit and publicity/liability release) before the prize is awarded. Prizes may not be sold, offered for sale or used in connection with any other competition or Giveaway by prize winners.

SELECTION OF WINNER(S): Winner(s) will be selected by representatives of Sponsor from among all eligible entries received for the particular Giveaway and will be based on the requirements provided in Sponsor’s Twitter account announcing such Giveaway (e.g., first five entrants to reply to a tweet from Sponsor, the random selection of an entrant’s tweet amongst all eligible tweets received during an entry period, etc.).  The number of eligible entries will determine the odds of winning for a particular prize in a specific Giveaway.  Sponsor will attempt to notify selected winner(s) within forty-eight (48) hours of completion of a Giveaway.  Selected winner(s) may be required to provide Sponsor (via Twitter direct message, e-mail, or other private means) with selected winner’s name, address, age, and other personal information necessary to receive the prize.  In Sponsor’s sole discretion, a selected winner may be required to forfeit a prize and an alternate winner may be selected in accordance with these Official Rules from among the remaining eligible entries for that prize if selected winner (i) is unreachable, (ii) declines or cannot accept, receive or use the prize for any reason, (iii) fails to comply with these Official Rules, or (iv) for any other reason as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY AND GENERAL CONDITIONS: By participating in a Giveaway, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Twitter Giveaway Rules (which includes, by reference, other terms, conditions, requirements and limitations that may be disclosed elsewhere in conjunction with a specific Giveaway) and the decisions of the judges, which are final and binding in all respects.  By entering, each entrant agrees to release, discharge, indemnify, and hold harmless Sponsor and each of its parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries and advertising and marketing agencies and each of their respective employees, officers, shareholders, directors, representatives and agents (collectively, “Releasees”) from and against any claims, damages or liability involving or arising out of  (i) late, lost, delayed, misdirected, postage due, mutilated, incomplete, unreadable, inaccurate, garbled or unintelligible entries or notices; (ii) e-mail, telephone system, technical or computer (or other device) malfunctions, lost connections, disconnections, transmission or other errors of any kind whether mechanical, human, electronic or otherwise; (iii) data corruption, theft, destruction, unauthorized access to or alteration of entry or other materials; (iv) any injuries, losses or damages of any kind caused, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, by the prize or resulting from acceptance, possession or use or misuse of any prize or from participating in the Giveaway or any Giveaway related activity; or (v) any printing, distribution, typographical, administrative, human or technological errors involving or associated with the Giveaway. Sponsor disclaims any liability for damage to any computer system or other device resulting from participating in, or accessing or downloading information in connection with the Giveaway.

Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify, cancel or suspend any Giveaway (or any portion of any Giveaway) for any reason, including without limitation should any virus, bug, computer problem or other cause or problem corrupt or inhibit the administration, security or proper operation of the Giveaway and, in such situation (or in the event of any type of error), to select the winner(s) from eligible entries received prior to and/or after the action taken or in such manner as deemed fair and appropriate by Sponsor. In no event will Sponsor be liable for more than the stated number of prizes in these Official Rules and/or the Twitter account announcing the Giveaway.  Entrants must have all necessary rights in their entries in order to submit them.  Sponsor may prohibit entrant from participating in the Giveaway or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines entrant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Giveaway by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair practices or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrant or Sponsor’s representatives. Releasees have not made and/or are not responsible for any misrepresentation or guaranty, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to the prizes. By accepting a prize, each winner agrees and acknowledges that Sponsor may use winner's name, voice, biographical data, likeness and city name in any and all media throughout the universe and in perpetuity for promotional purposes without additional compensation, except where prohibited by law.

By entering the Giveaway, entrants agree that: (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Giveaway, 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 Giveaway, but in no event will attorneys’ fees be awarded or recoverable; and (3) 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 or consequential damages and/or any other damages, other than actual out‑of‑pocket expenses, and/or any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. 

ENTRANT’S PERSONAL INFORMATION:  By submitting an entry, you acknowledge and agree that information collected from you is subject to Sponsor’s privacy policy available here.

WINNER(S) LIST: For the names of each winner in a specific Giveaway (to the extent required by applicable law, available following the completion of such Giveaway, or a copy of these Official Rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: The Washington Post Communications Team, 1150 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20071.  Please specify, for a particular Giveaway, "Winner(s) List" or "Official Rules."