Good Morning America’s '2018 New Year's Resolution' Sweepstakes Official Rules

ByABC News via logo
December 18, 2017, 6:53 AM


1. SPONSOR(S): American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. 77 West 66th ST, New York, NY 10023 (“ABC” or "Sponsor"), in connection with the 2018 New Year New You series sponsored by SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener.

2. SWEEPSTAKES PERIOD: The Good Morning America’s “2018 New Year’s Resolutions” Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) begins on or about 4:00:00 a.m. Pacific Time (“PT”) on 12/18/17 and ends 6:00:00 p.m. PT on 1/24/18 (the “Sweepstakes Period”). Sponsor’s computer is the official clock for this Sweepstakes. You must have Internet access to participate.

3. ELIGIBILITY: Entrant must be 21 years of age or older at time of entry and legal resident of the (50) United States or the District of Columbia, with the exception of Guam, Puerto Rico and all other U.S. territories and possessions and where prohibited or restricted by law. All applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Employees of American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. (“ABC”), LeadDog Marketing Group, Inc., Heartland Food Products Group, any organizations responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling, administering the Sweepstakes or supplying the prizes, persons involved in the creation, development or production (including cast and crew) of the Good Morning America television show, and/or each of their respective parent, subsidiary, and affiliated companies, and the immediate family and household members of such individuals, are not eligible to enter or win. "Immediate family members" shall mean parents, step-parents, children, step-children, siblings, step-siblings, or spouses, regardless of where they live. "Household members" shall mean people who share the same residence at least three months a year, whether related or not. Potential winner may be required to provide proof of eligibility upon request prior to prize award.

4. HOW TO ENTER: To enter, navigate the Internet and visit You will be asked to write in your 2018 New Year’s Resolution. This must be filled in for entry into the Sweepstakes.

You (“Entrant”) must be a registered member of The Walt Disney Company ("TWDC") to enter the Sweepstakes. Registration is free and only required once. If you've ever registered with one of TWDC's sites, such as,,,, you need not register again. Enter as follows:

A) If you are an existing member, simply sign in on the Sweepstakes Registration home page with your current member name and password. To submit your Sweepstakes entry, click the "Submit Entry" button on the Sweepstakes entry page.

B) If you are not a TWDC member, you can register by clicking on the link located on the Sweepstakes Registration home page. You will be asked to provide your name, mailing address (with zip code), e-mail address, gender, date of birth, country, phone number with area code and to select a username and password. To submit your Sweepstakes entry, click the "Submit Entry" button on the Sweepstakes entry page.

All entries must be received by 6:00 p.m. PT on Wednesday 1/24/18. Limit one (1) entry per person or e-mail address per twenty-four (24) hour period during the Sweepstakes Period, regardless of the number e-mail addresses or accounts a person may have. Personal information collected in connection with this Sweepstakes will be treated in accordance with Sponsor’s Privacy Policy, available at For the purposes of this Sweepstakes, each twenty-four (24) hour period begins when you submit an entry and ends twenty-four (24) hours after that entry is submitted (i.e., each twenty-four (24) hour period is measured from the time of your most recent entry). By way of example, if you submit an entry at 12:00 p.m. PT on day one of the Sweepstakes Period, you can enter again beginning at 12:01 p.m. PT on day two of the Sweepstakes Period. Multiple entries in excess of this limitation or mass entry attempts may result in disqualification of all entries by such person or e-mail address. Entries must be manually key-stroked by the entrant; use of automated entry devices or programs, or entries by third parties, are prohibited. It is the sole responsibility of the entrant to notify TWDC if entrant changes his/her e-mail address by amending his/her e-mail address via the registration procedure for the particular, applicable TWDC site; for example, if registered with go to Any disparaging resolutions that are filled in on the entry form will disqualify the entrant. Disparaging resolutions include material that is otherwise unfit for publication/posting/uploading, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.

Released Parties (as defined below) are not to be responsible for late, lost, incomplete, garbled, delayed, inaccurate, undelivered or misdirected entries or e-mail. All entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned. By entering this Sweepstakes, participants agree to these Official Rules and the decisions of the Administrator and Sponsor, which are binding and final in all matters relating to this Sweepstakes. You may be asked if you would like to receive promotional e-mails and reminders from SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener. Consenting to receive promotional or reminder e-mails is optional, and does not have to be agreed to in order to be eligible to enter the Sweepstakes. By indicating that you are interested in receiving additional information from SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener, you are authorizing the TWDC site on which you registered to transfer the information provided during the registration process to SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener. Once transferred, your information will be used according to the Privacy Policy of SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener, available at If you do not wish for your data to be transferred to SPLENDA® Brand Sweetener, you should not select this option.

5. PRIZE: One (1) Grand Prize will be awarded. The Grand Prize winner will receive $5,000 in check or cash equivalent gift card. (Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): $5,000.00).

No substitution or transfer of prize permitted by winner. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize (or portion thereof) of comparable or greater value, at their sole direction. Federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner, who will receive an IRS Form 1099 reflecting the final actual value of any prize valued at $600 or more. All prize details are at the sole discretion of the Sponsor.

Prize is subject to availability. Sponsor is not responsible for cancellation or for other circumstances that make it impractical or impossible to fulfill these elements of the prize. If it becomes impractical or impossible to fulfill the elements of the prize that have no approximate retail value, Sponsor’s only obligation will be to provide the remainder of prize.

6. WINNER SELECTION/NOTIFICATION: Potential winner will be randomly selected on or about Friday, 1/26/2018 from all eligible entries received. The drawing will be conducted by LeadDog Marketing Group (“Administrator”), an independent sweepstakes administrator, whose decisions are final and binding with respect to all aspects of the Sweepstakes. Sweepstakes is available to over 100 million Internet users. Odds of winning the Grand Prize depend on the number of eligible entries received.

Potential winner will be notified on or about Friday 1/26/2018 by phone, e-mail and/or mail and will be required to sign and return within three (3) business days of notification an Affidavit of Eligibility, Release of Liability and Indemnification, W-9, and a Publicity Release where allowed by law (collectively, “Winner Documents”). If potential winner does not reply to such notification within three (3) business days, a notification is undeliverable after up to three (3) attempts and/or the Winner Documents are not returned to Sponsor within specified time period, or a potential winner is not in compliance with these Official Rules, such potential winner will be disqualified and, at Sponsor discretion, an alternate winner will be selected in a random drawing from remaining eligible entries received. In the event of any dispute concerning the identity of any participant, the entry will be deemed submitted by the natural person who is the authorized holder of the transmitting e-mail account. The authorized account holder shall be the natural person to whom the applicable e-mail address has been assigned by the Internet access provider, service provider, or other online organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. A potential winner may be required to provide the Sponsor with proof that the potential winner is the authorized account holder of the e-mail address associated with the winning entry.

7. CONDITIONS: If for any reason the Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned, including, but not limited to, infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failure or other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes, Sponsor reserve the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify and/or suspend the Sweepstakes and, if terminated or cancelled, to determine potential winner in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received prior to the action taken; and to disqualify any individuals who tamper with the entry process, violate these Official Rules, or act in a disruptive or abusive manner.

No responsibility is assumed by Released Parties 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; or any problems or technical malfunctions of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail or electronic entry to be received on account of technical problems 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 related to, or resulting from, participation in or downloading any materials from this Sweepstakes. Released Parties assume no responsibility for any errors of any kind relating to or in connection with the Sweepstakes, whether technical, computer, network, printing, typographical, human or otherwise, including, without limitation, errors which may occur in connection with the administration of the Sweepstakes, the processing of entries, the announcement of the prizes or in any Sweepstakes-related materials. Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means are void. Participants agree not to knowingly damage or cause interruption of the Sweepstakes and/or prevent others from using the Sweepstakes.


8. RELEASES: By participating, participants agree (i) to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor and Administrator, which shall be final and binding in all respects; (ii) to release, discharge and hold harmless Sponsor, Administrator, and their respective parent, subsidiary and affiliated companies, advertising and promotional agencies and prize suppliers, Heartland Food Products Group, its parent and affiliated companies, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from any and all claims, liability, including but not limited to negligence and damages of any kind to persons and property, including but not limited to death or personal injury, arising out of a participant’s participation in the Sweepstakes and/or acceptance or use or misuse of any prize (including any travel or activity related thereto); (iii) to the Sponsor and their designees’ use of his/her name, photograph, likeness, voice, prize information and/or biographical information worldwide in perpetuity for programming, publicity, advertising and promotional purposes in any and all media, now existing or hereafter created or conceived, without further compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law; and (iv) Sponsor is not responsible for the cancellation, postponement or rescheduling of any concert.

9. DISPUTES; ARBITRATION/CHOICE OF LAW: Except where prohibited, entrants agree that: (a) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Sweepstakes, or the awarding of prizes/determination of prize winner, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by arbitration pursuant to the Rules of JAMS, then effective (notwithstanding the foregoing, entrant shall not be precluded from seeking relief in small claims court for disputes/claims within the scope of the jurisdiction of small claims court and any remedies available to entrant under applicable federal, state or local law remain available to entrant and are not waived pursuant to this section); (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Sweepstakes but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (c) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any and all rights to injunctive relief. The arbitrator hearing such dispute/claim/cause of action shall be neutral and the entrant will have a reasonable opportunity to participate in the selection of the arbitrator. Such arbitration will take place at a location near the entrant’s residence and the entrant has the right to an in-person hearing in the arbitration proceeding, if desired. The arbitration will allow for the discovery and/or exchange of non-privileged information between entrant and Sponsor. Should an entrant initiate arbitration pursuant to this section, the entrant shall be responsible for JAMS’s fees to do so (approximately, $250), with all other costs of such arbitration being borne solely by Sponsor. If entrant is a California resident and Sponsor is the prevailing party in such arbitration, such entrant will not be responsible for Sponsor’s costs and fees in conjunction with the arbitration proceeding; BUT, IN ALL OTHER CASES, ENTRANT WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR SUCH COSTS/FEES IF REQUIRED BY THE ARBITRATOR’S RULING. For the avoidance of doubt, the requirement to arbitrate disputes pursuant to this section is reciprocal and binding both upon entrants and Sponsor. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrant and/or Released Parties in connection with the Sweepstakes, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York, without regard for conflicts of law doctrine of New York or any other jurisdiction, and all proceedings shall take place in the City of New York, County of New York.

10. ADMINISTRATOR: LeadDog Marketing Group, Inc., 440 9th Ave., 17th Floor, New York, NY 10001.

11. MISCELLANEOUS; WINNER’S LIST: Void where prohibited. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Name of the winner, available after 1/26/18, and these rules will be posted to the “Good Morning America’s 2018 New Year’s Resolution Sweepstakes” homepage at for at least thirty (30) days after winner is finally determined.