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Grilling with Miller Lite Sweepstakes, Brought to you by Miller Lite®

OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY: Promotion begins at or about 12:00:00 AM CT on 6/4/18 and ends at 12:00:00 PM CT on 7/7/18. Open only to legal U.S. residents of Oklahoma, 21+ years of age. For Official Rules, including how to enter, prize details and restrictions, visit http://www.mix965tulsa.comhttp://krmg.com or http://1057thebone.com . Void where prohibited. Msg&data rates may apply.

  1. ELIGIBILITY: The Grilling with Miller Lite Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) is open only to legal U.S. residents of OK, who are 21 years of age or older. Employees, directors, officers, and agents of KRAV-fm(“Sponsor”), KRMG-fm/am (“Sponsor”) KWEN-HD2 (“Sponsor”), Cox Media Group, MillerCoors LLC (“Prize Supplier”), Reasor’s Foods, other retail partners and their respective parent companies, divisions, dealers, affiliates, limited liability companies, subsidiaries, distributors, advertising and promotional agencies, and suppliers involved in the Sweepstakes, as well as the members of each of their immediate families (spouse, parents, children, siblings and in-laws) and persons residing in the same household of such individuals are not eligible to enter or win. Employees of alcohol beverage retailers and distributors are also not eligible to enter or win. Void where prohibited by law.
  2. PRIZE SUPPLIER: KRAV-fm, KRMG-fm/am and KWEN-HD2 are the sponsors of this contest. MillerCoors LLC is the Prize Supplier. Entrants in this Sweepstakes acknowledge that the Prize Supplier’s only involvement with Sweepstakes is as a Prize Supplier, and by entering, release the Prize Supplier from any and all liability with respect to the administration of the Sweepstakes, including, without limitation, the delivery, non-delivery, acceptance, use and/or misuse of Prizes or parts of any Prize.
  3. HOW TO ENTER: NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY. The Sweepstakes begins at or about 12:00:00 AM CST on 6/4/18 and ends at 01:00:00PM CST on 7/7/18 (“Sweepstakes Period”). A total of twenty two (22) qualifying winners will be selected and receive a Qualifier Prize; either a Miller Lite Tailgate charcoal grill or a large gas grill. Of the 22 qualifiers in attendance, a reverse drawing at random will be performed with the first 15 draws receiving a Miller Lite Tailgate charcoal grill and the final 7 draws receiving a large gas grill.A total of one (1) Grand Prize winner will be selected at random from all (22) qualifying winners to win the Grand Prize.

Limit one (1) qualifying prize per person/household during the sweepstakes period.  

There are two (2) ways to win a qualifying prize and be registered to win the Grand Prize:

  1. TEXT TO WIN REGISTRATION: Beginning 6/4/18, and continuing through 7/7/18 at 12:00:00pm, individuals may visit any participating Reasor’s Foods location and find the Coors Light ® Big Summer Giveaway Point of Purchase display. To enter, individuals must find the Sweepstakes Keyword, included in the Point of Purchase Display and text it to 95920 before the end of the sweepstakes period. Individuals will be asked to verify their age eligibility at the time of text entry. Qualifiers will be selected at random from all eligible entries each week during this time period. Individuals may only qualify once per 24-hour period via this method. Standard text and data rates may apply. Winners may opt out at any time by texting STOP to 95920. A total of twenty-one (21) qualifying winners will be selected via this method, and each will receive a Qualifying Prize and be registered to win the Grand Prize. All individuals must be 21+ to enter. 

 

  1. LAST CHANCE ON-SITE REGISTRATION: On 7/7/18, Mix 96.5 will host a final live remote broadcast event during which time all eligible individuals may register to win a final qualifying prize. The exact time and Reasor’s location for this event can be found at http://www.mix965tulsa.com. One (1) qualifying winner will be drawn at random from all eligible entries at this event. This individual will receive the final Qualifier Prize and be registered to win the Grand Prize. All individuals must be 21+ to enter.
  2. QUALIYING WINNER SELECTION/NOTIFICATION: 

Twenty-one (21) qualifying winners will be selected from all eligible text to win entries. Qualifying winners will be selected from random drawings to be held on or about 6/8, 6/15/ 6/22 and 6/29/18 from among all eligible entrants. These individuals will be notified via text message that they have won a qualifying prize. 

One (1) qualifying winner will be selected at the live remote broadcast event on 7/7/18 at the time and Reasor’s location listed on the Mix 96.5 website at http://www.mix965tulsa.com. This individual must be present at time of drawing to win and will be notified on-site at the event.

A PARTICIPANT IS NOT A WINNER OF ANY PRIZE UNLESS AND UNTIL SPONSOR HAS COMPLETED ITS VERIFICATION OF PARTICIPANT’S ELIGIBILITY.

Odds of winning a qualifying prize will depend upon the number of eligible entries received. 

  1. GRAND PRIZE WINNER SELECTION/NOTIFICATION

One (1) Grand Prize winner will be selected at random from among all eligible qualifying winners at the live event on 7/7/18. WINNER MUST BE PRESENT AT TIME OF DRAWING TO BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN. No exceptions will be allowed.

Once selected as a Qualifying Winner, odds of winning the Grand Prize are 1 in 15.

  1. PRIZE AND APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUE (“ARV”):

Twenty-two (22) Qualifying Prizes, prize includes:

  • One Miller Lite® Charcoal Grill 
    • Approximate retail value: $49
  • One propane gas grill 
    • Approximate retail value: $199

 

One (1) Grand Prize, prize includes: 

  • Patio Set from Amini’s Galleria including Love Seat, Chair, Ottoman and Table
  • Approximate Retail Value: $2,499

Important Notice: Winner must be 21 years of age or older. Winner will be responsible for all taxes and registration fees and any other incidental costs or expenses not identified in these rules. ARV of Qualifying Prize: $300. ARV of Grand Prize: $2,499

  1. WINNER VERIFICATION: The potential winner is subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules. The potential Grand Prize winner will be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release (except where prohibited) within five (5) days of attempted notification or prize will be forfeited in its entirety and may be awarded to an alternate winner. Failure to provide all required information and a signature on the documents will result in forfeiture of winner’s right to claim a prize and may be awarded to an alternate winner, if time permits. The potential winner may be subject to a background check before the prize will be awarded; if a potential winner has been convicted of a felony or any other crime that would reflect negatively on the Sponsor, the potential winner may be disqualified and the prize will be awarded to an alternate winner. In the event of noncompliance with these Official Rules, or if prize notification or prize is returned as undeliverable, the prize will be forfeited and may be awarded to an alternate winner, if time permits.
  2. PRIZE TERMS: Prize is not transferable and includes only the items specifically listed as part of prize. No substitution or cash equivalent of prize is permitted except at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. If a prize, or any portion thereof, cannot be awarded for any reason, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prize with another prize of equal or greater value. Any portion of prize not accepted by winner will be forfeited. Federal, state, and local taxes on prize and any expenses relating to the acceptance of and use of prize not specified herein are the responsibility of winners. Sponsor will issue an IRS Form 1099-MISC for each winner whose prize is valued at $600 or more. Approximate retail values are as of the time the rules were printed and the value of a prize may fluctuate. A winner is not entitled to any difference between the ARV and the actual value of the prize at the time the prize is awarded.
  3. ADDITIONAL TERMS: Sponsor is not responsible for late, lost, misdirected, mutilated, incomplete, illegible, or postage-due entries or mail. Sponsor is not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate entry information whether caused by entrant or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Sweepstakes, or by any technical or human error which may occur in the processing of the entries. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for undeliverable text messages resulting from filtration of a user’s internet service provider or wireless phone carrier network. Sponsor is also not responsible for any technical problems, malfunctions of any telephone service, computer systems, servers, providers, hardware/software, lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmission that may affect the ability of consumers to participate, or for any damage to any participant’s computer system/software related to or resulting from participation in this Sweepstakes. Sponsor is not responsible for any change of email address, mailing address and/or telephone number of entrants. Participants may not enter more than the maximum number of times allowed with multiple cellular phone numbers. Any participant who attempts to enter with multiple identities or uses any device or artifice to register/enter multiple times will be disqualified at Sponsor's sole discretion. In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of a winning entrant, the entry will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the phone number from which a Text Message Entry was sent (i.e. the natural person assigned to the number by a phone service provider). Potential winner may be required to provide Sponsor with proof that he/she is the authorized account holder of the phone number associated with the winning entry. Sponsor reserves the right to prohibit the participation of an individual if fraud or tampering is suspected, or if the individual fails to comply with any requirement of participation as stated herein or with any provision in these Official Rules. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE/PHONE SERVER OR UNDERMINE THE CONTENT OR LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAW AND, SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR WILL DISQUALIFY ANY SUCH ENTRANT, AND SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) AND OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. Proof of submission of an entry will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by Sponsor. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical, technical, or other error in the Sweepstakes offer, administration of the Sweepstakes or in the announcement of prize winner. In the event of a printing/production/typographical error, irregular or invalid code/message or equipment error, neither, KRAV-fm, KRMG-fm/am, KWEN-HD2-fm, Cox Media Group, MillerCoors LLC, Facebook®, Instagram®, Reasor’s Foods, other participating retailers, their respective parent companies, their distributors, alcohol beverage retailers, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, nor their respective agents or agencies shall have any liability. In no event will more than the number of prizes stated in these Official Rules be awarded. If, for any reason, more prize notifications are sent (or more claims are received) than the number of prizes offered, as set forth in these Official Rules, Sponsor reserves the right to award the intended number of prizes through a random drawing from among all eligible prize claims received. In the event Sponsor is prevented from continuing with the Sweepstakes or the integrity and/or feasibility of the Sweepstakes is severely undermined by any event beyond the control of Sponsor, including but not limited to fire, flood, epidemic, earthquake, explosion, labor dispute or strike, act of God or public enemy, satellite or equipment failure, riot or civil disturbance, war (declared or undeclared), terrorist threat or activity, or any federal, state or local government law, order, or regulation, order of any court or jurisdiction, infection by computer virus, unauthorized intervention, technical failures or other cause not reasonably within the control of Sponsor (each a “Force Majeure” event or occurrence), Sponsor shall have the right, in its sole discretion, to abbreviate, modify, suspend, cancel or terminate the Sweepstakes without any further obligation. If Sponsor, in its discretion, elects to alter this Sweepstakes as a result of a Force Majeure event, a notice will be posted on www.mix965tulsa.COM/s/contests. In the event of cancellation, Sponsor will award the prizes in a random drawing from among all valid and eligible entries received up to the time of such cancellation, providing a sufficient number of entries are received. By participating in this Sweepstakes and submitting an entry, each entrant agrees: (i) to be bound by these Official Rules, including all entry requirements; (ii) to hold Sponsor, Instagram® and each of their respective parent, representatives, directors, officers, agents, divisions, dealers, affiliates, limited liability companies, subsidiaries, distributors, advertising and promotional agencies, employees and assigns (collectively, the “Released Parties”), harmless against any and all claims, injuries, damages, losses and liability that may occur, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from the participation in the Sweepstakes or from the receipt or use of any prize or any travel or activity related to the receipt or use of any prize; and (iii) that Released Parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guarantee, expressed or implied, in fact or in law relative to any prize, including but not limited to its quality, mechanical condition or fitness for a particular purpose. Winner, by acceptance of a prize, grants to Sponsor and its designees the right to use winner's name, address (city and state of residence), photograph, voice, statements and/or other likeness and prize information in perpetuity for purposes of advertising and trade in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, throughout the world, without further compensation, or consideration, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law. Further, in such dispute, under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for and hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages, including reasonable attorney’s fees, other than participant’s actual out of pocket expenses (i.e. costs associated with entering this Sweepstakes), and participant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased. In the event there is a discrepancy or inconsistency between disclosures or other statements contained in any Sweepstakes materials and the terms and conditions of the Official Rules, the Official Rules shall prevail, govern and control. Please see the privacy policy located at http://www.mix965tulsa.COM/s/contests for details of Sponsor's policy regarding the use of personal information collected in connection with this Sweepstakes.
  4. RULES REQUEST: For a copy of the official rules, log onto http://www.mix965tulsa.COM/s/contests or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope postmarked by 7/30/18 to: Mix 96.5 Grilling with Miller Lite Sweepstakes Rules Request – 2625 S Memorial Drive, Tulsa, OK 74129.
  5. WINNER LIST: For the name of the winner, available after 7/9/18, send a self-addressed stamped envelope, postmarked by 7/30/18, to: Mix 96.5 Grilling with Miller Lite Sweepstakes Winner List – 2625 S Memorial Drive, Tulsa, OK 74129.
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  • In a legal setback for the White House, a federal appeals court panel on Friday upheld a lower court ruling that President Donald Trump's accounting firm must provide the Congress with Mr. Trump's financial records, ruling that the President cannot block a subpoena from a House committee for such financial information. 'Contrary to the President’s arguments, the Committee possesses authority under both the House Rules and the Constitution to issue the subpoena, and Mazars must comply,' the panel's 2-1 majority wrote, referring to Mr. Trump's accounting firm. 'Having considered the weighty interests at stake in this case, we conclude that the subpoena issued by the Committee to Mazars is valid and enforceable, the ruling states. 'We affirm the district court’s judgment in favor of the Oversight Committee and against the Trump Plaintiffs.' In Congress, Democrats hailed the appeals court decision. “Today’s ruling is a fundamental and resounding victory for Congressional oversight, our Constitutional system of checks and balances, and the rule of law,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), who has repeatedly complained about how the Trump Administration has defied subpoenas. The House Oversight Committee issued the subpoena back in April; GOP lawmakers denounced the move at the time as 'an astonishing abuse' of Congressional authority. But twice now, the courts have found otherwise. In a scathing dissent, Judge Naomi Rao argued the only legitimate way for Congress to get access to the President's financial records would be through impeachment. 'The House may not use its legislative power to circumvent the protects and accountability that accompany the impeachment power,' Rao wrote. 'Allowing the Committee to issue this subpoena for legislative purposes would turn Congress into a roving inquisition over a co-equal branch of government,' added Rao, who was put on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals by Mr. Trump. The two other judges involved in the decision were put on the appeals court by President Clinton (Tatel) and President Obama (Millett). The President still has the option of appealing this decision - either to the full D.C. Court of Appeals, or directly to the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Even as President Donald Trump again declared his opposition to an impeachment investigation in the U.S. House, Democrats sent out more subpoenas on Thursday, as the probe gathered more steam with the arrest of two associates of the President's personal lawyer, who were charged with illegally funneling foreign money into U.S. election campaign contributions. Democrats wasted little time in sending subpoenas for Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who were arrested at Dulles Airport on Wednesday night, heading for Europe on one-way plane tickets. 'Your clients are private citizens who are not employees of the Executive Branch. They may not evade requests from Congress for documents and information necessary to conduct our inquiry,' Democrats told the lawyer for Parnas and Fruman. 'I don't know those gentlemen,' President Trump told reporters at the White House. 'Maybe they were clients of Rudy (Giuliani).' 'It just gets greasier and greasier,' said Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN). Democrats also sent a subpoena to Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, about his contacts with Ukraine government officials, and possible involvement in gas sales involving Ukraine. It wasn't clear that Perry had done anything to press leaders in Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter - but it was clear the ex-Governor of Texas was now getting bogged down in this Ukraine investigation. Investigators also want to know more about pressure reportedly put on the former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, who was unhappy with Giuliani's activities. 'We are moving methodically but expeditiously to uncover how the President used the levers of his office to press Ukraine to investigate a political opponent,' Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Democrats have made clear to a number of witnesses that if they do not cooperate, it 'shall constitute evidence of obstruction of the House's impeachment inquiry.'
  • Two men with ties to both President Donald Trump's personal lawyer and Ukraine were charged Thursday with campaign finance violations involving a $325,000 contribution to a political action committee which is supporting the re-election campaign of the President. The men, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, were already under scrutiny by Democrats in Congress as part of the impeachment investigation aimed at President Trump. Parnas and Fruman reportedly had helped Mr. Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, seek out damaging information in Ukraine related to the son of former Vice President Joe Biden. Their attorney had already notified Democrats in Congress that neither Parnas nor Fruman would turn over documents requested by investigators, and would not appear for depositions this week on Capitol Hill, as part of the impeachment inquiry. Their arrest was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. The four count indictment charged that Parnas and Fruman had taken a variety of steps to shield the source of their campaign contributions, funneling 'foreign money to candidates' and political action committees. Prosecutors say the two men created a fake company, Global Energy Producers, and falsely reported that some campaign contributions came from GEP, described by the feds as a 'purported liquefied natural gas import-export business.' Read the unsealed indictment from the Southern District of New York. The lawyer for Parnas and Fruman is John Dowd, who helped President Trump deal with legal matters during the Russia investigation. The Associated Press reported that Dowd on Thursday hung up the phone when an AP reporter called for comment about the charges. In a news conference in New York, federal prosecutors said on Thursday that Parnas and Fruman were arrested on Wednesday at Dulles International Airport outside of Washington, D.C. Both men had one way tickets to an overseas destination.