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Rays Split the Pot Raffle Official Rules

NO CONTRIBUTION OR PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Rays Baseball Foundation, Inc., a Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization ("Sponsor"), is sponsoring a single-prize chance drawing ("Raffle") to be conducted at each Tampa Bay Rays Baseball, Ltd. ("Rays") Major League Baseball ("MLB") regular season home game ("Game") played during the 2019 MLB season (the "Raffle Period") at Tropicana Field ( the "Stadium"), One Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg, Florida 33705, during a time period at each Game (the "Entry Period") beginning at the time gates open to the public for that particular Game and ending at the time the last out is made in the bottom of the seventh (7th) inning of that Game. If for any reason the Entry Period for a particular Game commences but the Game gets postponed or cancelled prior to the completion of seven (7) innings of play, then the Entry Period shall be deemed to have ended at such time as an announcement is made by Rays over the Stadium's Public Address System that the Game has been postponed or cancelled, and the drawing will be held at such time later that date as the Sponsor shall determine in its sole discretion. A list of Games scheduled to be played at the Stadium during the Raffle Period and the time gates open to the public for each Game are available at www.raysbaseball.com or by telephone at (727) 825-3137 during the Rays' regular business hours (the "Business Hours") as set forth in the Section entitled "Sponsor" below. MLB Game dates and times and gate opening times are determined in the sole discretion of the BOC and/or the applicable Club, as applicable, and are subject to change. If a scheduled Game is not played for any reason, there will be no Raffle conducted on the date of that Game.

ELIGIBILITY: At time of entry, entrants must be of legal age of majority in their jurisdictions of residence (and at least eighteen [18] years of age). Sponsor has the right to request photo identification from any person desiring to enter the Raffle. Raffle is void where prohibited by law, rule or regulation. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Employees of Sponsor, Rays and the other MLB Entities (defined below), and members of their immediate family and residents of their household, are not eligible to enter. "Immediate family" includes only an employee's spouse, parents, children and employee's siblings living in the same household.

TO ENTER: There are two methods of entering the Raffle, in person and online:

  1. In Person: No purchase or contribution is necessary to enter or to win. To enter, an eligible entrant may request and receive in person during the Entry Period from a designated representative of Sponsor an official raffle ticket ("Ticket") for the Raffle to be conducted at that particular Game. Each Ticket will bear a unique identification number ("Ticket Number") and those numbers shall be used to determine the winner of the Raffle. Tickets may be obtained at the Stadium only during the Entry Period. Tickets will be available during the Entry Period at a table (the "Gate 3 Split the Pot Kiosk") located at Gate 3 inside the Stadium. Tickets also may be obtained from designated representatives of Sponsor who will be circulating from time to time throughout the Stadium during the Entry Period. Sponsor also may elect from time to time to designate other location(s) at which Tickets may be obtained [with such other location(s), if any, where Tickets may be obtained during a particular Entry Period to be available at the Gate 3 Split the Pot Kiosk].
  2. Online: No purchase or contribution is necessary to enter or to win. A person may obtain a Ticket by visiting www.raysbaseball.com/splitthepotDATA CHARGES MAY APPLY TO USE OF MOBILE PHONE/DEVICE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE RAFFLES. To enter, an eligible entrant must be present in the "Raffle Area" (as that term is defined below) during the relevant Entry Period. The Raffle will be offered online in the following Florida counties: Pinellas, Hillsborough, Polk, Pasco, Hernando, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Citrus (the "Raffle Area"). Online entry is void outside the Raffle Area and where prohibited by law, rule, or regulation. All information submitted in connection with entering online is subject to, and will be treated in a manner consistent with, Major League Baseball's website (MLB.com) Terms of Use, which may be viewed at: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/official_info/about_mlb_com/terms_of_use.jsp, and Privacy Policy, which may be viewed at: www.mlb.com/privacy.    

There is a maximum of one (1) Ticket per eligible person per Entry Period if no donation is made by such person, with such Ticket to be obtained during the Entry Period at the Gate 3 Split the Pot Kiosk (photo identification will be required to be shown). If a person does not have or wish to purchase an admission ticket to a particular Game, a Ticket may be requested during the Entry Period at the entrance to Gate 3 at the Stadium. Any person who obtained a Ticket in accordance with the provisions of the immediately preceding sentence can inquire in person outside Gate 3 after the end of the Entry Period but prior to the end of the Game with respect to which the Ticket was obtained as to whether he or she is the winner. Entering the Raffle does not permit an entrant to enter the Stadium. A request for and receipt of a Ticket constitutes the entrant's full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules, including all entry requirements.

Tickets may only be obtained for the Raffle to be held at the Game on that date and may not be obtained for future Raffles. There are suggested minimum cash contributions to the Sponsor in connection with the receipt of Tickets [with the total amount of all such contributions made during the Entry Period at that particular Game in connection with the receipt of Tickets, as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion (such total amount being hereinafter referred to as the "Contributions"), LESS AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO FIFTEEN PERCENT (15%) OF THE CONTRIBUTIONS TO COVER SPONSOR'S ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS OF THE RAFFLE, being hereinafter referred to as the "Net Raffle Proceeds"]. If the amount of the Net Raffle Proceeds as of the end of the Entry Period during the Game scheduled to be played on April 20, 2019, is less than $10,000.00, the amount of the Net Raffle Proceeds for the Raffle to be conducted at that Game shall be increased to the sum of $10,000.00.

DRAWING AND NOTIFICATION OF PRIZE WINNER: For each Raffle, the potential winner of the Raffle "Grand Prize" (as that term is defined hereinafter) will be selected by random drawing from among all eligible entries received during the applicable Entry Period, with the drawing to be held at the Gate 3 Split the Pot Kiosk, and the winning Ticket Number ("Winning Number") announced over the Stadium's Public Address System and shown on the Stadium Scoreboard (collectively, the "Notifications"), prior to the beginning of the bottom of the eighth (8th) inning of the Game being played at the Stadium on that date. The holder (subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules), "Raffle Winner") of the ticket (the "Winning Ticket") bearing the Winning Number will be directed via the Notifications to bring the Winning Ticket to the Gate 3 Split the Pot Kiosk within thirty (30) minutes (the "Gameday Delivery Time") after the time the Notifications are made (said time being determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion). Entrants need not be present to win. The Winning Number for each Raffle shall be posted ("Website Posting") at www.raysbaseball.com/splitthepot on the day immediately following the Game at which the particular Raffle was held and shall remain posted throughout the "Claims Period" (as that term is defined hereinafter) or can be obtained by calling (727) 825-3137 ("Telephone Number") during the Business Hours and asking to speak to a representative of the Rays' Community Engagement Department ("Representative"). In order to be eligible to claim the Grand Prize, the Raffle Winner must deliver the Winning Ticket to a Representative either at the Gate 3 Split the Pot Kiosk prior to the Gameday Delivery Time on the date of the Raffle with respect to which the Raffle Winner has the Winning Ticket or during the Business Hours at the Stadium within the time period (the "Claims Period") that ends at the close of the Business Hours on the date that is ten (10) days after the Raffle was held with respect to which the Raffle Winner has the Winning Ticket (provided, however, that if such tenth (10th) day falls on a Saturday or a Sunday, then the Claims Period shall be extended such that the Raffle Winner shall have until the end of the Business Hours on the Monday immediately following such tenth (10th) day to deliver the Winning Ticket to a Representative at the Stadium in order to be eligible to claim the Grand Prize). Any transportation or other expenses required for the Raffle Winner to make delivery of the Ticket shall be the Raffle Winner's sole responsibility and will not be furnished or paid for by Sponsor or Rays. Non-winning Tickets from one Raffle do not carry-over to and are not eligible for any subsequent Raffle.

GRAND PRIZE: The holder of the winning Ticket shall be entitled to receive, upon compliance with these Official Rules, the greater of (a) fifty percent (50%) of the Net Raffle Proceeds; or One Hundred Dollars $100.00) (the "Grand Prize"). Sponsor is required by law to withhold and remit to the Internal Revenue Service on the Raffle Winner's behalf an amount equal to twenty-five percent (25%) of the Grand Prize (such amount being referred to herein as the "Withholding Amount") if the Grand Prize is greater than $5,000 and if the Raffle Winner is a citizen or resident alien of the United States with a Social Security Number (different rules as promulgated by the Internal Revenue Service apply for nonresident aliens and for resident aliens and citizens of the United States who do not have a Social Security number).

PRIZE RESTRICTIONS AND ODDS: The Grand Prizes are not transferable or assignable and cannot be substituted for another prize. Any and all taxes, fees, and other costs including but not limited to federal and, if applicable, state and local income and withholding taxes that may arise and be due or asserted on the value of the Grand Prize are the sole responsibility of each individual Raffle Winner. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received for the applicable Raffle.

PUBLICITY RELEASE: Each Raffle Winner agrees that acceptance of the Grand Prize grants to Sponsor and Rays the right to print, publish, broadcast, and use world-wide, in any media now known or later developed at any time or times, such Raffle Winner's name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness, and biographical information for any purpose, including but not limited to in advertisements, publicity, and other communications without additional compensation, except where prohibited by law.

RELEASE: As a condition of entering the Raffle, and by accepting a Ticket, each entrant agrees that (1) under no circumstances will the entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental, consequential or any other damages, other than actual out-of-pocket expenses, if any; (2) all causes of action arising out of or connected with the Raffle or any prizes awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; and (3) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, but in no event attorneys' fees and costs. BY ENTERING THE RAFFLE, THE RAFFLE WINNER AGREES TO RELEASE, DISCHARGE AND HOLD HARMLESS SPONSOR, RAYS AND THE OTHER MLB ENTITIES, RAYS BASEBALL CLUB, LLC, AND EACH OF THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES AND AGENTS ("RELEASED PARTIES"), FROM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY FOR ANY INJURY, LOSS, OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND TO PERSONS, INCLUDING DEATH AND PROPERTY, WHETHER DIRECT OR INDIRECT, WHICH MAY BE DUE TO OR ARISE OUT OF PARTICIPATION IN THE RAFFLE OR THE ACCEPTANCE, USE, MISUSE, NON/USE, OR POSSESSION OF THE GRAND PRIZE, OR ANY PRIZE-RELATED ACTIVITY. As used herein, the "MLB Entities" shall mean MLB Advanced Media, L.P., the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball ("BOC"), its Bureaus, Committees, Subcommittees and Councils, Major League Baseball Properties, Inc., the Major League Baseball Clubs ("Clubs"), The MLB Network, LLC, each of their 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.

DISCLAIMER: Released Parties are not responsible for any errors which may occur in connection with the administration of the Raffle, the processing of entries, the Notifications or the Website Posting, any other announcements or telephone or in-person conversations relating to the Raffle or in any Raffle-related materials. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate, modify, or suspend any Raffles should Sponsor determine, in its sole discretion, that any virus, bug, non-authorized human intervention or other causes beyond its control have corrupted or affected the administration, security, fairness or proper conduct of the Raffle. In such case, Sponsor will select the Winning Number from among all eligible entries received prior to the aforesaid action taken by Sponsor. Released Parties are not responsible for, and Sponsor reserves the right to correct, typographical, clerical or printing errors in any Raffle-related materials, including these Official Rules. Released Parties are not responsible or liable for any events beyond the control of Sponsor which may cause the Raffle to be stopped, including but not limited to any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries, nor are the Released Parties responsible for any failure of any Ticket to be delivered on account of technical problems or human error, or any combination thereof. Sponsor may exclude, disqualify or terminate participation in the Raffle to any entrant who, in Sponsor's sole discretion: (a) ignores these Official Rules; (b) acts in a manner Sponsor determines to be not fair; (c) acts with an intent to annoy, threaten or harass any other entrant or the Sponsor; (d) acts in any other disruptive manner; or (e) tampers with the entry process. Sponsor will not replace any lost, mutilated, or stolen Tickets. Sponsor reserves the right to make changes in the rules of the Raffle, which changes will become effective upon publication of revised Official Rules at www.raysbaseball.com/splitthepot.

CAUTION: ANY ACT OR ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE ASSOCIATED WITH THE RAFFLE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF ANY RAFFLE MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR AND THE MLB ENTITIES RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY INDIVIDUAL(S) RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATTEMPT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

CHOICE OF LAW AND JURISDICTION: Except where prohibited by law, all issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrants, the potential winners and Sponsor in connection with any Raffle, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Florida, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions (whether of the State of Florida or any other jurisdiction) that might otherwise cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Florida. Any action seeking legal or equitable relief arising out of or relating to any Raffle or these Official Rules shall be brought only in the courts of the State of Florida located in Pinellas County.

WINNER'S IDENTITY: For the name of the Raffle Winner of any of the Raffles, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Rays Baseball Foundation, Inc., Attn: Split the Pot, Tropicana Field, One Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg, Florida 33705 and identify the particular Game for which the name of the Raffle Winner is to be provided.

SPONSOR: The Sponsor of the Raffle is Rays Baseball Foundation, Inc., Tropicana Field, One Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg, Florida 33705. A copy of these Official Rules is available at the Gate 3 Split the Pot Kiosk during the Entry Period at each of the Games, at the aforesaid office address during the Business Hours (which are Monday through Friday, 8:30 A.M. ET to 5:30 P.M. ET), at www.raysbaseball.com/splitthepot, and will be sent by mail if request is accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. A COPY OF SPONSOR'S OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352). REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.