Midwest Living



Void outside the 50 United States, District of Columbia and where prohibited. Do not proceed to enter if you are not at least 21 years of age and a legal resident of, and located within, one of the 50 United States, or the District of Columbia, at the time of entry. By participating, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are binding and final in all matters relating to this sweepstakes.




SWEEPSTAKES PERIOD: The Midwest Living Amtrak Vacations America’s Heartland Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) begins at 12:01 a.m. Central Time (“CT”) on 7/1/13 and ends at 11:59 p.m. CT on 7/31/13 (“Sweepstakes Period”).


SPONSOR:  Meredith Corporation, 1716 Locust St., Des Moines, Iowa (“Sponsor”).


HOW TO ENTER: During the Sweepstakes Period, visit www.midwestliving.com/amtrak and follow the instructions provided to submit a completed online entry form to receive one (1) entry. There is no cost to register or enter. Entering the Sweepstakes will automatically register entrant at www.midwestliving.com if entrant has not already registered. Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means or practices, or by any means which subvert the entry process will be void. All entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CT on 7/31/13 to be eligible. All entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned.


LIMIT: One (1) entry per person and per email address, per day throughout the Sweepstakes Period. Entries received from any person or email address in excess of the stated daily limitation will be void. You may only use one (1) email address to enter this Sweepstakes.


ELIGIBILITY: This Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, 21 years of age or older. Employees of Sponsor, National Roadway Passenger Corporation, Yankee Leisure Group, Inc. and any other organizations affiliated with the sponsorship, fulfillment, administration, prize support, advertisement or promotion of the Sweepstakes and each of their respective parents, agents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and their immediate family members (regardless of where they reside) or household members, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter or win. “Immediate family members” shall mean spouses, parents, step-parents, children, step-children, siblings, step-siblings, and their respective spouses. “Household members” shall mean people who share the same residence at least three months a year.


WINNER SELECTION/DRAWING: On or about 8/7/13, Sponsor will conduct a random drawing from among all eligible entries received throughout the Sweepstakes Period to select one (1) potential winner. Odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received.


WINNER NOTIFICATION: Potential winner will be notified via email and/or mail and will be required to complete and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, IRS W9 form, and Release of Liability/Publicity within ten (10) days of date of notification or an alternate winner may be selected in a random drawing from among all remaining eligible entries. If such documents are not returned within the specified time period, prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, Sponsor is unable to contact potential winner or potential winner is not in compliance with these Official Rules, prize will be forfeited and, at Sponsor’s discretion, an alternate winner may be selected.


PRIZE (1): An Amtrak Vacations America’s Heartland Nonescorted Tour for winner and one (1) guest for 10 days and 9 nights. The Amtrak Heartland Nonescorted Tour begins in Chicago, Illinois; continuing on to St. Louis, Missouri; then Dallas, Texas; finishing in San Antonio, Texas. The tour includes the following for winner and one (1) guest:

·         One-way rail or air transportation from the rail station or major U.S. gateway airport nearest to winner’s residence, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, to Chicago, IL. 

·         One-way Amtrak® transportation from Chicago, IL to St. Louis in coach accommodations (one room, double occupancy);

·         One-way Amtrak® transportation from St. Louis to Dallas in Roomette sleeping accommodations (one (1) room, double occupancy); three (3) meals (1 breakfast, 2 dinners) included in Dining Car;

·         8 nights’ (2 nights in Chicago; 2 nights in St. Louis; 2 nights in Dallas and 2 nights in San Antonio) standard hotel accommodations (one room, double occupancy) at a deluxe hotel selected by Sponsor in its sole discretion;

·         Two (2) tickets to a Trolley Tour in Chicago

·         Two (2) tickets to the tram ride to the top of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis

·         Two (2) admissions to the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas

·         Two (2) passes for a riverboat cruise and museum admission at the Alamo in San Antonio

·         One-way rail or air transportation from San Antonio, TX, to the rail station or major U.S. gateway airport nearest to winner’s residence, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. 


Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of prize: $4,900.


Prize Conditions: Actual value of the prize, including without limitation air or rail transportation and hotel accommodations, may vary based on the point of departure and rates at time of booking.   Any difference between stated ARV of prize and actual value will not be awarded.  Travel must be completed by July 31, 2014 or prize will be forfeited and Sponsor will have no further obligation to such winner. Reservations must be confirmed thirty (30) days in advance of travel date. Travel is subject to availability and certain blackout dates and other travel restrictions may apply.  Travel in conjunction with this award is not permitted during Amtrak’s peak blackout period:  2013: August 30; September 2; October 11; Nov 26-27 and 30; December 1, 20-22, and 28-29.  2014: January 3-5; February 14 & 17; April 17-18 and 21; May 23; and July 3 & 6. Winner and guest must travel together on the same itinerary and are responsible for obtaining any necessary documentation (i.e., valid photo ID) prior to travel. No changes or substitutions are permitted after travel has been booked. The trip may not be combined with any other Amtrak offer and is not eligible for upgrades or Amtrak Guest Rewards.  Guest must be of legal age of majority in his/her jurisdiction of residence (and at least 18), unless the child or legal ward of winner and must sign a liability/publicity release prior to issuance of travel documents. If guest is child or legal ward of winner, winner must sign and return release on behalf of such child or legal ward. All travel arrangements and reservations must be made through Sponsor’s agent and on a carrier of Sponsor’s choice. Tickets, admissions and passes are subject to certain terms and conditions as specified thereon. Seat locations will be determined by Sponsor. Winner and guest must comply with all venue rules and regulations, including without limitation Amtrak’s Conditions of Carriage. Failure to do so may result in forfeiture of such portion of prize. In the event Sponsor is unable to provide tickets, passes or admissions for any recreational activities, no compensation or substitution will be provided in lieu thereof; however, remainder of prize package will be awarded and Sponsor will have no further obligation to winner. All applicable federal, state and local taxes, if any, and all other costs and expenses associated with prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being provided, including without limitation ground transportation, additional meals, souvenirs, luggage fees, incidentals and gratuities are the sole responsibility of the winner. Released Parties (as defined below) disclaim all and any liability for the actual provision, quality or nature of any prize (or portion thereof) accepted by winner. The awarding of any prize is contingent upon full compliance with these Official Rules. Prize is awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied by Sponsor. Winner may not substitute, assign or transfer prize or redeem prize for cash, but Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to substitute prize (or portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value. All prize details are at Sponsor’s sole discretion.


PRIVACY:  Registration at www.midwestliving.com is required to enter the Sweepstakes. When you register, we collect personally identifying information about you, including your name, complete mailing address, and email address.  The information that you provide will be added to a centralized Sponsor database and you will simultaneously be registered for Sponsor’s other websites as well.  By entering and providing the required registration information, you acknowledge that Sponsor may send you information, samples, or special offers it believes may be of interest to you about its publications or other complementary goods offered by Sponsor.  Sponsor may also include your name and postal address in postal address lists that Sponsor sells or rents to third parties for marketing purposes. Your email address will not be sold or rented to third parties. For more information about how Sponsor uses the information you provide, see Sponsor’s privacy policy at www.meredith.com/privacy.html.  IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO SHARE YOUR INFORMATION, PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THIS SWEEPSTAKES.


ARBITRATION: Except where prohibited by law, as a condition of participating in this Sweepstakes, entrant agrees that:  (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Sweepstakes, or any prize awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; and exclusively by final and binding arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association and held at a AAA regional office in New York, NY; (2) the Federal Arbitration Act shall govern the interpretation, enforcement and all proceedings at such arbitration; and (3) judgment upon such arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction. Under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages including attorney’s fees or any other damages, other than for entrant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with participating in this Sweepstakes), and entrant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.


RELEASES:  By participating in this Sweepstakes, entrants agree to release Sponsor, National Roadway Passenger Corporation, Yankee Leisure Group, Inc. and any other organizations affiliated with the sponsorship, fulfillment, administration, prize support, advertisement or promotion of the Sweepstakes and each of their respective parents, agents, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and prize suppliers, and each of their respective officers, directors, agents, representatives and employees, as well as each of their respective successors, representatives and assigns (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from any and all actions, claims, injury, loss or damage arising in any manner, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation in this Sweepstakes and/or acceptance, use or misuse of the prize (or portions thereof), including any travel/activity related thereto. 


OTHER: Released Parties are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, damaged, inaccurate, stolen, undelivered, garbled or misdirected entries or registrations; or for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Sweepstakes, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the Sweepstakes, the processing of entries, the announcement of the prize, or in any Sweepstakes-related materials. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Sweepstakes. Released Parties are not responsible for injury or damage to entrants’ or to any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in this Sweepstakes or downloading materials from or use of the website.  Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process, the operation of the web site or otherwise in violation of these Official Rules. Sponsor further reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate or modify this Sweepstakes if the Sweepstakes is compromised by virus, technical corruption, non-authorized human intervention, or any other causes which, in the sole discretion of the Sponsor, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, proper play or integrity of the Sweepstakes. In the event of cancellation or termination, Sponsor reserves the right to select the potential winner in a random drawing from among all eligible, non-suspect entries received prior to date of cancellation or termination. In the event of a dispute regarding online entry, entry will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail account associated with the entry and he/she must comply with these Official Rules.  The authorized account holder is the natural person who is assigned the e-mail address by the Internet Service Provider (ISP), on-line service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE  LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS, AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR WILL DISQUALIFY ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL AND RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) AND OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. 


Except where prohibited by law, entry constitutes permission to use each entrant's name, hometown (city and state), voice, biographical information, likeness, photograph and any statements regarding this Sweepstakes in all media now known or hereafter discovered, for any purpose, including without limitation, in connection with, and to promote, market or advertise, the Sweepstakes, in whole or in part, without review, approval, credit or attribution, notification or payment from or to entrant or any person or entity, worldwide, in perpetuity, or on a winner’s list, if applicable. Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable U. S. federal, state and local laws and regulations. Winner will be issued an IRS 1099 tax form in the amount of the prize retail value as stated herein.


WINNER’S NAME: For the name of the winner, available after 8/31/13, send a separate, self-addressed, stamped envelope to Winner’s Name, Amtrak Vacations America’s Heartland Sweepstakes, 1716 Locust St., LN-102 Des Moines, IA 50309.