CHICAGO FIRE FOUNDATION
Split the Pot Raffle: OFFICIAL RULES
The Chicago Fire Foundation Split the Pot Raffle (“Raffle”).
OFFICIAL RULES: By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and by the decisions of Chicago Fire Foundation, which shall be binding and final as to all matters related to each Raffle. Official Rules are available at points of sale within at 7000 Harlem Avenue, Bridgeview, Illinois 60455 (the “Stadium”) and are posted online at Fire5050.com. The Official Rules should be read before ticket purchase.
SPONSOR: The sponsor of the Raffle is Chicago Fire Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. The address at which Chicago Fire Foundation may be contacted is: Chicago Fire Foundation, 7000 Harlem Avenue, Bridgeview, Illinois 60455. The Raffle is being conducted pursuant to a raffle license issued to Chicago Fire Foundation by the Village of Bridgeview. This Raffle is conducted pursuant to Illinois law, and is void outside of Illinois.
RAFFLE DATE AND PERIOD; HOW TO ENTER: Chicago Fire Foundation will conduct one (1) Raffle for each Chicago Fire home game. Tickets for the Raffle (collectively, “Raffle Tickets”, and individually, a “Raffle Ticket”) will be sold at the Stadium prior to each game day as follows:
(A) In-Person. Raffle Tickets will be available for purchase in-person at the Stadium on game day.
(B) Online. Prior to each Drawing, visit www.Fire5050.com (the “Website”) and follow the directions to purchase a Raffle Ticket. Internet sales of Raffle Tickets are open ELIGIBLE PERSONS PHYSICALLY PRESENT IN ILLINOIS WHEN THE TRANSACTION OCCURS. This Raffle is VOID OUTSIDE ILLINOIS AND WHEREVER PROHIBITED BY LAW. Entrants seeking to purchase Raffle Tickets online must fully complete their purchase using the procedures specified, which procedures may be amended from time to time by the Chicago Fire Foundation in its sole discretion. All online ticket purchase requests are subject to verification by Chicago Fire Foundation, and the sale of Raffle Tickets is not final until each Raffle Ticket order is accepted by Chicago Fire Foundation in Bridgeview, Illinois. Upon such acceptance, each entrant will receive an email confirming the acceptance of such order of the Raffle Tickets by the Chicago Fire Foundation.
Ticket sales will cease during the second half of the game, with the exact time to be determined in Chicago Fire Foundation’s sole discretion.
ELIGIBILITY TO ENTER: While available, Raffle Tickets may be purchased only by persons 18 years or older in accordance with these Official Rules. Purchased Raffle Tickets are only valid for the Drawing (defined below) that takes place on the date specified at the time of purchase.
The following persons are NOT ELIGIBLE to participate in the Raffle or to win any Prize: Employees, officers, directors, shareholders and members of Chicago Fire Foundation, Chicago Fire Soccer Club, Major League Soccer, L.L.C. (“MLS”), Soccer United Marketing, LLC (“SUM”), and those certain registered manufacturers and distributors of the Chicago Fire Foundation’s Raffle-related products or services (each an “Ineligible Party”), and their Immediate Family Members (as defined below) and members of their same household (whether legally related or not). “Immediate family members” means a spouse, parent, legal guardian, grandparent, sibling, child and grandchild of an Ineligible Party.
PURCHASING RAFFLE TICKETS: While supplies last, Raffle Tickets will be sold in packages as described below; provided, however, prior to the sale of such Raffle Tickets, the pricing structure may be amended at any time by the Chicago Fire Foundation in its sole discretion. There is no limit to the number of Raffle Tickets an eligible individual may purchase.
Three (3) Raffle Tickets for a total price of $5;
Ten (10) Raffle Tickets for a total price of $10;
Forty (40) Raffle Tickets for a total price of $20; and
One Hundred (100) Raffle Tickets for a total price of $40.
No discounts or complementary tickets will be given. Raffle Tickets will be available for purchase in person or online by eligible persons (see “ELIGIBILITY TO ENTER” above).
NUMBER OF RAFFLE TICKETS: There is no minimum and no maximum number of tickets that must be sold.
ODDS: The odds of winning the Prize depends on the number of valid tickets sold. Each entrant has an equal chance of winning the Prize.
PRIZE/PAYMENT: The Raffle prize consists of and is limited to a cash prize equal to fifty percent (50%) of the net Raffle Ticket sales revenue. Net Raffle Ticket sales shall be as determined by Chicago Fire Foundation in its sole discretion, and is calculated as gross ticket sales revenue less reasonable sums expended for prizes, local license fees, and other reasonable operating expenses incurred as a result of operating the Raffle. All net proceeds of each Raffle will benefit Chicago Fire Foundation and the programs and charitable donations that Chicago Fire Foundation supports, including the P.L.A.Y.S. Program operated by the Chicago Fire Foundation and other programs that provide sports-based youth development and direct-service programs to underserved communities in the Chicagoland area.
Subject to the terms and conditions of these Official Rules, a check in the amount of the prize, net of any withholding or other taxes or assessments required or permitted to be withheld by the Chicago Fire Foundation under applicable federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations, will be mailed to the prize winner within forty-five (45) days after the date of the Drawing (defined below), after the Chicago Fire Foundation has verified the winning Raffle Ticket and prize winner has satisfied all terms and conditions of these Official Rules, including return of all forms and documents to Chicago Fire Foundation (Chicago Fire Foundation may be required to withhold federal taxes in accordance with IRS regulations, and will do so as a pre-condition of winner receiving prize money). Winner is otherwise solely responsible for any and all costs, fees, additional taxes, or expenses associated with prize award, receipt and use, including, without limitation, all federal, state and local taxes on the prize. If applicable, prize winner will be issued an IRS Form 1099 for the amount of the prize. No substitution, assignment, refund or transfer of a prize is permitted, except by the Chicago Fire Foundation.
TRANSFER OF RAFFLE ENTRIES: Persons who purchase Raffle Tickets may opt to give away their Raffle Tickets, but in doing so they give up any claim they might otherwise have to the Prize if they give away a winning Raffle Ticket. Purchasers of Raffle Tickets may not resell their Raffle Tickets to other parties, and may not knowingly give such Raffle Tickets away to others for the purpose of allowing those other parties to re-sell such Raffle Tickets. All Raffle Tickets which have been resold in violation of these Official Rules shall be void. All individuals who re-sell Raffle Tickets in violation of these Official Rules shall be ineligible to participate in the Raffle or to win the Prize.
DRAWING: Each Potential Winner (defined below) will be selected in a random drawing from eligible Entries received (the “Drawing”). The potential winner need not be present to win. A Drawing will be held on the date of each Chicago Fire home game, during the second half of the game. If for any reason whatsoever the Drawing cannot be held at that time, it will be held within a reasonable time thereafter. Entries that are not selected in the Drawing are not valid for future Drawings, and will be discarded. The winning ticket number will also be posted on the Website within 24 hours of the drawing and will remain posted on the Website for 30 calendar days. The winning ticket number will be announced during the second half of the Chicago Fire’s home game played that day. The owner of the winning Raffle Tickets (a “Potential Winner”) has until 5:00 p.m. on the date that is five (5) business days after the date of the Drawing to claim the Prize. Potential Winner forfeits the Prize if he or she does not present the winning ticket to Chicago Fire Foundation by 5:00 p.m. on the date that is five (5) business days after the date of the Drawing.
DETERMINATION OF OFFICIAL WINNER(S): Chicago Fire Foundation shall have the sole discretion to determine whether a Potential Winner is an official winner of a Prize (an “Official Winner”). Chicago Fire Foundation’s decision concerning the identity of Official Winners shall be final and binding. To become an Official Winner: (1) the Potential Winner must be eligible to participate in the Raffle under these Official Rules and must not be in violation of these Official Rules as determined in Chicago Fire Foundation’s sole discretion; (2) the Potential Winner’s winning entry must be inspected and verified by Chicago Fire Foundation by the deadline specified above; (3) the Potential Winner must execute and return to Chicago Fire Foundation an affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release on a form to be provided by Chicago Fire Foundation before the Prize is awarded; and (4) the Potential Winner must provide Chicago Fire Foundation with all tax identification information required by federal, state or local law and, where applicable, provide Chicago Fire Foundation with payment for any required withholding taxes due prior to that Potential Winner’s receipt of a Prize. If for any reason whatsoever all of the foregoing requirements are not satisfied with respect to a particular Potential Winner, or if Chicago Fire Foundation is unable for any reason to identify the holder of a winning Raffle Ticket, then the Potential Winner's Prize will be deemed forfeited. Any entry that Chicago Fire Foundation determines, in its sole discretion, was stolen, unissued, ineligible, altered counterfeit in whole or in part, defective, printed in duplicate or printed/produced in error will be void.
Chicago Fire Foundation shall use the following rules to determine the identity of any Potential Winner and of the Official Winner of each Prize: Chicago Fire Foundation shall conclusively presume that the person who is in possession of that Raffle Ticket is the lawful owner of that Raffle Ticket and that ticket’s winning number, and Chicago Fire Foundation shall not make, nor have any duty to make, any inquiry whatsoever into the circumstances under which that person came into possession of such winning Raffle Ticket. In the unlikely event that an error or problem in the administration of the Raffle results in two (2) or more Raffle Ticket purchasers holding winning Raffle Tickets that contain identical ticket numbers, then the person who has record of the earliest ticket purchase shall be deemed to hold the winning Entry.
GENERAL CONDITIONS: The Released Parties (defined below under “RELEASE OF LIABILITY”) are not responsible for: (1) Entries which are stolen, lost, damaged, illegible, given away or no longer in the purchaser’s possession, (2) Entries that have been or may have been tampered with or re-sold in violation of these Official Rules; (3) Entries or payments that are delayed, misdirected, undelivered, not fully captured, or garbled; (4) any other errors of any kind, whether human, typographical, printing, mechanical, or electronic in nature, which relate to or are connected with the Raffle (collectively, as described in clauses (1) through (4), “Errors”), including without limitation Errors in Raffle-related materials or in the administration of the Raffle, such as Errors in processing Entries, identifying Potential Winners, determining the Official Winners, or announcing or delivering a Prize. In addition, the Released Parties are not responsible if any portion of the Raffle is compromised, in Chicago Fire Foundation’s sole discretion, by non-authorized activity or other causes which, in Chicago Fire Foundation’s sole discretion, corrupt or impair the administration, security or fairness of the Raffle, or the proper submission or capture of Entries (collectively, a “Compromising Event”). In the event of a Compromising Event, Chicago Fire Foundation reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to suspend, modify or terminate the Raffle. If the Raffle is not terminated, Chicago Fire Foundation reserves the right to select winners from all eligible, non-suspect Entries received before the known occurrence or discovery of such Comprising Event. All Entry purchases shall be final, and no refunds or replacements will be issued by Chicago Fire Foundation. Chicago Fire Foundation reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the Raffle process or the operation of the Raffle or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of this Raffle is a violation of criminal and civil laws, and, should such an attempt be made, Chicago Fire Foundation reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Chicago Fire Foundation’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision or any other provision of these Official Rules. Chicago Fire Foundation has sole and final decision on admissibility of entries and the determination of Official Winners.
RELEASE OF LIABILITY: By entering, each entrant agrees to abide and be bound to these Official Rules, and to release, indemnify and hold harmless:
Chicago Fire Foundation, Chicago Fire Soccer, LLC, the MLS, SUM, and each of their respective directors, officers, owners, shareholders, subsidiaries, members, managers, partners, agents, parent entities, representatives, employees, successors, heirs, executors, administrators and affiliates (individually a “Released Party” and collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any and all liability, claims, losses, damages or causes of action of any kind (however named or described) with respect to or arising out of (i) entrant’s participation in the Raffle or winning any Prize, or (ii) entrant’s acceptance, possession, misuse or use of any prize or participation in this Raffle or any Raffle related activity. In addition, each Winner agrees to release, indemnify and hold the Released Parties harmless from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind rising in connection with or as a result of participating in the Raffle or the Winner’s acceptance or use of any Prize.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: A Raffle entrant’s sole and exclusive remedy for any breach of these Official Rules or any Released Party's breach of duty or conduct related to the Raffle shall be limited to the return of the purchase price paid for his or her Raffle Ticket(s). In no event shall any Released Party be liable to any person for any loss or injuries to earnings, profits or goodwill, or for any incidental, special, punitive or consequential damages of any person or entity whether arising in contract, tort or otherwise, arising out of the Raffle.
PUBLICITY RELEASE: Each Official Winner, by accepting his or her Prize, grants Chicago Fire Foundation and Chicago Fire Foundation’s designees and affiliates, including Chicago Fire Soccer, LLC, the MLS, and SUM, full permission, except where legally prohibited, to use that Official Winner’s name, address (city and state only), photograph, voice and/or other likeness and Prize information for advertising, trade and promotional purposes without further compensation and without notice, review or approval, in all media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide, and on the Internet and world wide web, in perpetuity.
TRADEMARKS: All trademarks are the property of their respective owners, and may not be used except with express written consent of the trademark owners.
DISPUTES; SEVERABILITY: Each Raffle participant agrees that: (a) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Raffle, or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and solely and exclusively in a federal or state court located in Chicago, Illinois, and each Raffle participant submits to sole and exclusive personal jurisdiction of said courts in the State of Illinois for any such dispute and irrevocably waives any and all rights to object to such jurisdiction; (b) any and all claims, judgments, and awards shall be limited to actual out of pocket costs incurred to purchase the Raffle Tickets, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (c) under no circumstances will participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and participant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket costs to purchase the Raffle Tickets, and entrant waives any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of participants or Chicago Fire Foundation in connection with the Raffle shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Illinois, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules of provisions (whether of the State of Illinois, the United States, or any other jurisdiction) which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Illinois. If a court of competent jurisdiction finds that any provision of these Official Rules, or their application to a particular persons or circumstances, is invalid or unenforceable to any extent, then the remainder of these Official Rules, and the application of all of these Official Rules to other persons or circumstances, shall not be affected by that determination, and shall remain enforceable to the fullest extent permitted by law.