"Text 2 Connect with Montel and Sylvia Sweepstakes" Official Rules


Timing: The "Text 2 Connect Montel and Sylvia Sweepstakes" (the "Sweepstakes") begins on or about 12:00:01 am EST on Thursday JUNE 16, 2005 and ends on or about 11:59:59 pm EST on Sunday JULY 31, 2005 ("Sweepstakes Period").

Eligibility: The Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the United States, including Washington, DC, 18 years of age or older as of the date of entry. Void in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and U.S. Military installations in foreign countries, anywhere outside of the U.S. Void where prohibited by law. Employees of "The Montel Williams Show" ("Sponsor"), Fountain Mobile and/or any of their affiliates, distributors, subsidiaries, suppliers, participating vendors, promotion or advertising agencies, or any other company involved with the design, production, execution or distribution of the Sweepstakes and immediate families, and members of the same household of each of the foregoing are not eligible to enter.

To Enter the Sweepstakes: The Sweepstakes will consist of 46 daily inspirational messages. One inspirational message will be sent each day (6/16/05 – 7/31/05); for each text message that you successfully receive, you will be given 1 (one) entry to the Sweepstakes. The maximum number of entries is 46 per person. All inspirational messages are for entertainment purposes only.

SMS (2 way text messaging) Entry: Send a text message with the word ‘join’, ‘yes’ or ‘go’ from your mobile phone, and send to the number 69898. You then will receive an invitation to participate in the Sweepstakes sent to your mobile phone. This message will contain opt-in instructions which authorize and permit Fountain Mobile to send you electronic mail messages at your mobile phone. If you accept by responding 'ok,' you may participate in the Sweepstakes via SMS entry. YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR EACH MESSAGE YOU ARE SENT, ACCORDING TO THE TERMS IN YOUR CALLING PLAN WITH YOUR CARRIER, PLUS AN ADDITIONAL CHARGE OF 99 CENTS FOR EVERY INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE. FEES APPLY REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE MESSAGE IS READ OR NOT. Daily between 6/16/05 and 7/31/05, you will be sent an inspirational message from Sylvia Browne. Each message that you are sent will give you 1 (one) entry into the prize draw. If you want to stop receiving messages send the word ‘stop’ to 69898. Note: This contest and Text messaging is not available in all areas in the U.S or available on all carriers.

Postal Mail Entry: Print your full name, residential address, age, cell phone number (if you have one), daytime phone number and the date (between 6/16/05 and 7/31/05) for which you are entering on a 3x5 card/paper and mail to "Text 2 Connect with Montel and Sylvia", 331 West 57th Street, Box 184, New York, NY 10019. Each entry must be received within seven (7) business days of the valid postmarked date. Only one entry per household per day will be accepted, and each mail entry must be mailed separately; no metered mail, typed or printed responses will be accepted. Each eligible 3x5 card/paper will result in one entry in the prize drawing.


Prize One (1) prize to be awarded – Trip is inclusive of roundtrip coach air transportation for two (2) from a major US gateway city airport close to winner’s home (final determination of the departure airport, destination airport and flight route is at the sole discretion of the Sponsor) to a New York airport. If the winner lives within one hundred and forty (140) miles of New York, they may not be eligible for air transportation and ground transportation or a transportation fee may be provided at Sponsor’s discretion; standard hotel accommodations of Sponsor’s choice for three (3) days/two (2) nights (double occupancy); ground transportation between a New York airport and hotel; two (2) VIP tickets to The Montel Williams Show" on which Sylvia Browne is appearing (subject to Sylvia Browne’s availability); $300 cash; autographed merchandise to be provided at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Total Approximate Retail Value of Prize: $2000 each. Trip fulfilment specifics are subject to change at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Trip must be taken on specified dates as determined by Sponsor. If for any reason (including, but not limited to, scheduling conflicts) a Prize Winner or travel companion is unable to attend or partake in any of the trip amenities, the remaining elements of the Prize shall constitute full satisfaction of Sponsor’s prize obligation and no other/additional compensation or prize element(s) will be awarded.

All incidental expenses, meals, beverages, taxes, gratuities, telephone calls and other expenses not specified in these Official Rules are winner’s sole responsibility. Winner must be available to travel so as to attend a scheduled taping of "The Montel Williams Show" where Sylvia Browne is a guest before 12/31/2005 (subject to Sylvia Browne’s availability); if winner is unable to do so, Grand Prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner may be selected. The dates for travel and attendance of "The Montel Williams Show" must be agreed with the Sponsor at least thirty (30) days prior to travel. Winner and guest must travel on same itinerary and with proper, valid ID during the specific fulfilment period to be determined by Sponsor. Travel companion must be eighteen (18) years of age or older. Prize Winners must have a valid Social Security number. If one or more of these events are cancelled or otherwise unavailable, the remaining components of the Prize shall constitute full satisfaction of Sponsor’s obligation. Total Approximate Retail Value includes retail value (NOT resale value) of autographed merchandise. Prize winners and travel companions must abide by, and are subject to, any and all minimum/maximum height, weight and health-related requirements or restrictions set forth by product and/or service providers and are responsible for obtaining any personal insurance. No prize substitution, assignment or transfer of prizes are permitted by the winners.

Total Approximate Retail Value of All Prizes: $2,000.00.

Drawings/ Odds of Winning: One (1) winner will be selected via random drawing. Prize drawing will consist of all eligible entries received. The Prize drawing will be conducted on or about 8/10/05. All drawings will be conducted by Fountain Mobile, an independent judging agency, whose decisions are final and binding in all respects. The winner will be notified via a call to their cell phone at the number provided and/or postal mail within approximately 3 days of drawing. Fountain Mobile will make all reasonable efforts to contact the winner for a period of 5 (five) business days; if they are not able to contact the selected winner an alternate will be chosen.

Odds of winning a Daily Prize depend on the number of eligible entries received.

The Prize winner must sign and return within 3 business days after notification, an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release (where legal). Guest of Prize winner must be 18 years of age or older and must sign and return a Liability/Publicity Release prior to issuance of travel documents. Failure to timely return the signed documents, or non-compliance with these Official Rules, or inability to notify any prize winner will result in that winner’s disqualification and forfeiture of the prize, and an alternate winner will be selected from all remaining eligible entries received.

Where legal, by accepting prize, winner consents to the use of his/her name, voice, and likeness for promotional, advertising, publicity or trade purposes in any and all media worldwide in perpetuity by Fountain Mobile and/or Paramount Pictures, Inc without further compensation or notification.

Prizes are non-transferable and no substitutions are allowed except by Sponsor, who reserve the right in their sole discretion to award a prize of equal or greater value if advertised prize is unavailable for any reason. Prizes are not redeemable for cash. Federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner. Limit of one Prize per person/family/household.

The winner, by acceptance of the prize, releases and agrees to hold harmless Sponsor, Fountain Mobile, their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates and agencies, as well as the officers, directors, employees, shareholders and representatives of any of the foregoing entities from any and all liability, claims or actions of any kind whatsoever for injuries, damages or losses to persons and property which may be sustained in connection with participation in the Sweepstakes, receipt, ownership or use or misuse of any prize or while preparing for, participating in and/or travelling to or from any prize related activity, and claims based on publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these official rules and the decisions of Sponsor and Fountain Mobile.

Sponsor and their agencies are not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate entry information; human errors; postal delays/postage due mail; technical malfunctions; failures, including public utility or telephone outages; omissions, interruptions, deletions or defects of any telephone system or network, computer online systems, computer equipment, servers, providers, or software, including without limitation any injury or damage to participant’s or any other person’s mobile telephone or computer relating to or resulting from participation in the Sweepstakes; inability to access the Sweepstakes mobile phone site, the Home Page or any web pages of the Sponsor’s; theft, tampering, destruction, or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries; data that is processed late or incorrectly or is incomplete or lost due to telephone, postal issues, computer or electronic malfunction or traffic congestion on telephone lines or transmission systems, or the Internet, or any service provider’s facilities, or any phone site or website (including the Home Page) or for any other reason whatsoever; typographical, printing or other errors, or any combination thereof. Sponsor and their agencies are also not responsible for incomplete, illegible, misdirected or stolen entries. If for any reason this Sweepstakes is not capable of running as originally planned, or if this Sweepstakes or any phone service site or website associated therewith (or any portion thereof) becomes corrupted or does not allow the proper playing of the Sweepstakes and processing of entries in accordance with these Official Rules, or if infection by a computer (or similar) virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, actions by entrants, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes, in the sole opinion of Sponsor corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Sweepstakes, Sponsor reserves the right, in their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual implicated in such action and/or to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes, and select winners for all affected Prize drawings from all eligible entries received for such affected drawing(s). If such cancellation, termination, modification or suspension occurs, notification will be posted on the Home Page. ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY PHONE SERVICE SITE OR WEBSITE (INCLUDING THE HOME PAGE) OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND/OR CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, Fountain Mobile and/or sponsor RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

All entries become the property of the sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. E-mail or paper entries other than those described above are not permitted. No mechanically reproduced entries will be accepted. A potential winner may be requested to provide Fountain Mobile/Sponsor with proof that the potential winner is the authorized account holder of the mobile telephone account associated with the winning entry or is resident at the address given in the postal entry and that all eligibility requirements are met. For the purposes of these Official Rules and the Sweepstakes, "telephone" means and refers to either wireless or wireline telephone services, or both together.

In the event of any dispute as to the identity of a text message entrant, entry will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the mobile telephone number as per telephone service provider’s (i.e., the wireless carrier's) billing records. "Authorized Account Holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned a mobile telephone number by the wireless carrier or as shown on the carrier’s records.

In the event that any dispute arises regarding the meaning or interpretation of these official rules, participants agree that the dispute will be resolved by applying the laws of the State of New York (excluding provisions relating to conflicts of law) and that it shall be resolved within and by the courts of that state.

Participation in the Sweepstakes must be made only as specified in these Official Rules. Entries made by any other individual or any entity and/or originating at any other web site, e-mail address, mobile phone number, including but not limited to commercial contest subscription notification and/or entry service sites, will be declared invalid and disqualified for this Sweepstakes. The use of any device to automate the entry process is prohibited.

Failure to comply with these Official Rules will result in disqualification and prize forfeiture.

The Inspirational Messages are the copyrighted works of Sylvia Browne and do not necessarily reflect the views of Paramount Pictures, Montel Williams or Fountain Mobile.

Winner List: For the winner name, available after August 10, 2005 send a self-addressed stamped envelope for receipt by August 10, 2005, to "Montel Winner" Fountain Mobile, 3 East 54th Street, 16th Floor, New York, New York, 10022.

The administrator of the Sweepstakes is Fountain Mobile, 3 East 54th Street, 16th Floor, New York, New York, 10022. "The Montel Williams Show", 433 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019 is the sponsor of the Sweepstakes.