There are 3 important stages in the Reader's Digest 74th National Sweepstakes.

Stage 1:
Names are cleared for issuance of entry privilege.

Stage 2:
Allocation of exclusive prize number(s) for Final Stage eligibility.

Stage 3:
Confirmation of Finalists' numbers into the Winners Selection Stage where all prizes are awarded.

Official Rules

The Reader's Digest 74th National Sweepstakes offers a series of prizes and is presented in conjunction with various product offers occasionally sponsored by The Reader's Digest Association (Canada) ULC (hereinafter RD) affiliated companies, and may at times be presented in conjunction with product offers from other organizations in partnership with RD.

2.2 Computer-generated entry number(s) will be randomly assigned to each participation. Each number assigned is personal and each has a limited valid period. For this reason, each promotion has its own reply deadline date. These dates must be respected in order for to be eligible to the Sweepstakes. An individual may enter as many times as given the opportunity and each participation holds sweepstakes numbers for the different prizes offered, during the complete Sweepstakes period. Each entry has a fair and equal chance to win.
2.3 Participants must return the complete entry in accordance with instructions AND entry deadlines stated in the relevant promotional material.
2.4 For all entries, the date of receipt will constitute entry eligibility to the Sweepstakes.
2.5 Reproduction of entries will not be accepted.
2.6 Entry in the 74th Sweepstakes is usually accessible by invitation. However, those who wish to request an additional entry number
for a chance to win the $250,000.00 Grand Prize may do so by writing to: P.O. Box 16700, Station Westmount, Westmount, Québec, H3Z 0A4. Full name and civic address must be included. We do not accept entries sent in bulk.

3.1 This Sweepstakes is open to Canadian residents who, at the time of entry, have reached the age of majority according to the law of the province or territory in which they reside. A person for whom a publicity contest is carried out, his employee, representative or proxy, a member of the jury and the persons with whom they are domiciled may not enter the contest. Entries are not transferable except to the winner's estate according to the law of the province or territory of residence.
3.2 Entrants are eligible only for the prizes and bonuses presented in the offer received, providing reply conditions set forth in the offer are met.

A representative of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton LLP (RCGT), Chartered Accountants, who act as independent official agent, will perform a series of random drawings from all entries received, in order to create pools of numbers from which winning numbers will be drawn. On the winner selection day, RCGT will draw the winning number(s) for each prize from those pools. RCGT is responsible for all aspects of the drawing process, which is undertaken in complete confidentiality. This process does not apply to Express Cash prizes – see section 5.

The 74th National Sweepstakes holds a series of prizes, which are partially offered, in different combinations, in each promotion. Visual presentation, treatment, and payment options of prizes may vary in the promotional material sent by RD. The prizes listed below may be offered by RD as the following options: cash (as a lump sum or as a weekly, monthly or annual annuity), car, gas allowance, trip, celebration party, jewelry, home improvements, electronics or shopping sprees. Despite the different options offered for each prize, and even though a person receives many different promotions offering the same prize, in different forms, there will be only one winner for each of the prizes. Each prize and bonus (when offered) will be awarded in accordance with the promotional offer holding the winning number. When merchandise prizes are offered, RD reserves the right to substitute similar merchandise of equal or greater value (with the approval of the Régie the alcools, des courses et des jeux) in the event that a particular merchandise prize is no longer available. The winners always have the option of choosing cash over the merchandise prize.

For the following four (4) prizes below, the close date will be: February 11, 2013 at 23:59:59 (EST) and the final electronic draw will be held in Montreal, on February 27, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.
One (1) GRAND PRIZE of $250,000.00 will be awarded and may be supplemented with an additional WINNER'S BONUS ranging
from $1.00 to $250,000.00. When a $500,000.00 prize is offered, it will be referred to as the Super Grand Prize.
One (1) PRESTIGE PRIZE of $37,500.00 will be awarded and may be supplemented with an additional bonus ranging from $1.00 to $37,500.00, when offered. When the prize offered is greater than $37,500.00, it will be referred to as the Prestige “Plus” Prize.
One (1) PRESIDENT'S AWARD of $45,000.00 will be awarded.
One (1) GOLD STAR AWARD of $25,000.00 will be awarded.

Two (2) CELEBRATION PRIZES. There will be one (1) Celebration Prize of $12,500.00 awarded each year. For 2011 this prize will close on February 9, 2012 at 23:59:59 (EST) and on February 24, 2012 the winning number will be drawn in Montreal at 11:00 a.m. For 2012 this prize will close on February 11, 2013 at 23:59:59 (EST) and on February 27, 2013 the winning number will be drawn in Montreal at 11:00 a.m.
Twenty-four (24) MONTHLY PAYOUT prizes of $5,000.00 each will be awarded. On the second Tuesday of each month, one (1) Monthly Payout prize will be awarded for entries received during the previous month. The first draw will be held on February 8, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in Montreal and the last draw will be held on February 27, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in Montreal also. (This last draw will include eligible entries from December 2012 returned prior to the close date of February 11, 2013 at 23:59:59 (EST)). The Monthly Payout may be supplemented with an additional bonus ranging from $1.00 to $1,000.00, when offered.
Three (3) EXPRESS CASH prizes of $20,000.00 will be awarded on each of the following dates: Series A, November 7, 2011 (closing October 12, 2011 at 23:59:59 (EDT)), Series B, July 9, 2012 (closing June 11, 2012 at 23:59:59 (EDT)) and Series C, March 12, 2013 (closing February 11, 2013 at 23:59:59 (EST)). Unlike for our other prizes, RCGT will pre-draw one number from each of the three Express Cash number pools, before the promotions for this prize go out and will keep it confidential and in security at their office until the prize award day. On that day, the qualifying winning number will be a returned number that matches the one previously drawn. If the matching number was not returned, then a random draw will take place among all the eligible Express Cash entry numbers. This Express Cash may, from time to time, be offered as a shared prize whereby the same number would be given out to either 2, 3, or 4 people. Those who return their entry may have to share the $20,000.00 prize with the other people holding the same number if they also have returned their entry on time and if their number matches the number held by RCGT.

Based on past sweepstakes, and as determined by statistical expertise, an individual's average probability of winning either the Grand Prize, the Prestige Prize, the Gold Star Award or the President's Award is 1 in 1,759,963; any one of the 2 Celebration Prizes is 1 in 1,283,432; any one of the 3 Express Cash prizes is 1 in 1,061,392; and any one of the 24 Monthly Payout prizes is 1 in 925,000. Probability for the Grand Prize winner to win the Winner's Bonus is 2 out of 3. Probability for the Prestige Prize winner to win its related bonus is 1 out of 2.

All winners will be notified in writing within 10 days of the draw date and must return, by mail, their correct answer to a skill-testing question involving general knowledge and allow the use of their name, city of residence, and statements (audio or video) for promotional purposes. All prizes will be delivered to the winners' home. The winners will be responsible for all taxes, where applicable. If a winner fails to respond by the date specified in the notification, the prize may be given to an alternate winner or to a recognized Canadian charity organization. Winners' information may be publicized in magazines published by Reader's Digest Magazines (Canada) Limited, or through any other media chosen by RD.

For all entries, RD, its directors, its employees, any company involved in the administration of this Sweepstakes, and the official agent, are not responsible for misdirected, lost, late, damaged, incomplete and/or illegible entries and incorrect transcription of entry information, as well as any technical malfunctions and failure of any network which may limit an individual's participation.

9.1 The Reader's Digest National Sweepstakes complies with all Canadian laws. In Québec, the required duties have been paid. Any litigation respecting the conduct or organization of a publicity contest may be submitted to the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux for a ruling. Any litigation respecting the awarding of a prize may be submitted to the Régie only for the purpose of helping the parties reach a settlement. Answers to questions concerning the Sweepstakes can be obtained online at www.rd.ca or by writing to: The Reader's Digest Sweepstakes, c/o Prize Award Administrator's Office, 1125 Stanley Street, Montréal, Québec H3B 5H5. To request a printed list of winners, please write to the address above and enclose a self-addressed, business size envelope.
9.2 By entering this Sweepstakes, entrants agree to abide by all terms of these Official Rules.

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