Andy's Weather Machine - Rules

WGRZ Weather Machine Sweepstakes



2.         Eligibility.  Subject to the additional restrictions below, the WGRZ Weather Machine Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is open to legal U.S. residents of the counties of Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, and Allegany in New York and the counties of McKean and Potter in Pennsylvania who attend, or whose child attends, a public or private elementary or middle school – grades 1 through 8 - in the above counties.  Employees and contractors of WGRZ-TV, (“Sponsor”), Gannett Co., Inc., and each of their respective affiliated companies, and advertising and promotional agencies, and the immediate family members of, and any persons domiciled with, any such employees or contractors, are not eligible to enter or to win. 

3.         How To Enter.  The Sweepstakes will begin at 5:20 a.m. (E.D.T.) September 26, 2011 and end at 8:00 p.m. (E.D.T.) October 27, 2011 (the “Sweepstakes Period”).  Entries will be accepted from 5:20 a.m. (E.D.T.) September 26, 2011 until 8:00 p.m. (E.D.T.) October 24, 2011 (the “Entry Period”).

Internet Entry:  During the Entry Period enter by watching WGRZ’s “Daybreak” program daily at approximately 5:20 a.m. and 6:20 a.m. for the Weather Word of the Day and then visiting the Weather Machine Sweepstakes official registration page on to enter the Weather Word of the Day, student’s name, name of school, address of school, contact at school (teacher or Principal), phone number of school.  Complete all of the required information and follow all posted instructions and submit your entry by clicking on the “SUBMIT” button. The parent of each child must consent to submission of the entry. Your computer must accept cookies, or any successor or similar technology, which may be used for the purpose of entry tracking. Ad blocking software on your computer needs to be disabled so that it doesn’t interfere with processing your entry.  By entering, you agree to the terms of these Official Rules and to receive e-mails from Sponsor or those directed by Sponsor.  You can opt-out of the receipt of such e-mails by following the directions on the Sweepstakes website or in any email received from Sponsor. Entries must be received by 8:00 p.m. (E.D.T.) on October 24, 2011. Enter as often as you like provided that multiple entries by means of software generated or other automated processes will be disregarded.

Extra Credit: Extra Credit can be earned for your school by submitting and one or all of the following:

i.      A photo that depicts classroom work concerning weather, or signage in the community;

ii.     Student Artwork from classroom work concerning weather;

iii.    Provide a photo of your school’s website showing that you promote Andy Parker’s Weather Machine;

iv.    Correctly select the first day during the Sweepstakes Period that a 32 degree temperature is officially measured by the National Weather Service at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Enter by emailing three (3) selected dates to

Extra credit material must either be uploaded at, or submitted via postal mail or delivered in person to:  Weather Machine, c/o WGRZ, 259 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14202 and received by Sponsor by Deadline for submission of on the website is 8:00 p.m. (E.D.T.) October 24, 2011. Mailed materials must be postmarked on or before October 24, 2011 and received no later than October 25, 2011. Deadline for in person delivery of materials is 5:00 p.m. (E.D.T.) October 24, 2011  Each photo and artwork submission must be an authentic, original work, and the entrant must own the copyright in the photograph and/or artwork submitted.  All photograph digital entries should be at the highest resolution possible.  Sponsor will accept the formats of jpeg and tiff. Sponsor reserves the rights to refuse any photograph or artwork it determines to be unacceptable or inappropriate for viewing by a general audience. Entrants certify that any individuals shown in photos furnished have been informed that their submission for this Sweepstakes and consent to such submission, display and posting of such photo for purposes of this Sweepstakes.  Photographs will not be returned.  Images must not have been digitally altered in any way other than necessary cropping.  By submitting the Extra Credit, you grant the WGRZ the right to publish, broadcast, archive and otherwise use the submission in whole or in part, in print, electronic or any other media throughout the world in perpetuity

Sponsor will not be responsible for incomplete, lost, late, misdirected, postage due, or illegible entries or for failure to receive entries due to transmission failures or technical failures of any kind, including, without limitation, malfunctioning of any network, hardware or software, whether originating with sender or Sponsor.  All entries become property of Sponsor and none will be returned. 

4.         Winner Selection. 1st Place Winning School.  One (1) 1st Place Winning School will be chosen, on or about October 25, 2011, from among all eligible entries and shall be determined by the highest number of entries received for that school.  In the event of a tie, the 1st Place Winning School will be randomly selected from among the tied entries. 

2nd Place Winning School. On or about October 27, 2011, the 2nd Place Winning School shall be selected, from the remaining 19 schools in the top 20 of total entries received during the Entry Period based on the selection process described below, In the event of a tie in determining the 19th school, the 19th school will be randomly selected from  the schools tied for the 19th position. Each of the 19 qualifying schools shall have a specific number of ping-pong balls put into Sponsor’s barrel.  The number of ping-pong balls per school shall be determined by the total number of entries received for each school, as follows:

·         School with the second highest entry total will have 19 representative balls. .

·         School with the third highest entry total will have 18 representative balls.

·         School with the fourth highest entry total will have 17 representative balls.

·         And continuing to the 20th school will have 1 representative ball.

Extra Credit Opportunity   Each of the above 19 schools will have the opportunity to receive  up to four (4) extra balls based on submission of the 4 extra credit items described in Paragraph 3 above. One representative ball will be included in the barrel for each of the items submitted.

One ball will be chosen in a random drawing and the school represented by that ball will be the 2nd Place Winning School.    

5.         Prizes and Odds.  The 1st Place Winning School and the 2nd Place Winning School will each receive a visit from WGRZ meteorologist Andy Parker and an assistant that will include a demonstration of Andy Parker’s “Weather Machine” at a school assembly presentation on weather.  (ARV: $900).  The exact dates and times of such visit will be mutually agreed upon by Andy Parker and the winning schools. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

6.         Winner Notification and Acceptance.  The two Winning Schools’ principals will be notified on or about October 28, 2011 at the telephone numbers on the winning schools entries.    Failure to reach either school after three (3) attempts may result in disqualification and the need to select a substitute Winning School from among all remaining eligible entries. To claim prize, each winning school must make arrangements with Sponsor regarding the dates and times for WGRZ’s Andy Parker’s school visit.  Winners are solely responsible for reporting and payment of any taxes on prizes. Failure to comply with any term or condition of these Official Rules may result in a school’s disqualification, the forfeiture of its interest in the prize, and the award of the prize to a substitute winner.  Except where prohibited, acceptance of any prize constitutes school’s consent to the publication of its name and likeness in any media for any commercial or promotional purpose, without limitation the Internet, or further compensation.  Prizes not won and claimed by eligible schools in accordance with these Official Rules will not be awarded and will remain the property of Sponsor. 

7.         Participation.  By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor.  Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify persons found tampering with or otherwise abusing any aspect of this Sweepstakes as solely determined by Sponsor.  In the event the Sweepstakes is compromised by a virus, non-authorized human intervention, tampering or other causes beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor which corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness or proper operation of the Sweepstakes, Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Sweepstakes.  Should the Sweepstakes be terminated prior to the stated expiration date, Sponsor reserves the right to award prizes based on the entries received before the termination date.  In the event of a dispute, all online entries will be deemed to have been submitted by the owner of the ISP account from which they were sent.  For these purposes, an ISP account holder shall mean the natural person assigned to such ISP account by the Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning ISP addresses for the domain associated with such ISP account. Any questions regarding the number of entries submitted or the owner of an ISP account shall be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, and Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entries by persons determined to be tampering with or abusing any aspect of the Sweepstakes.

8.         Construction. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision.  In the event that any such provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable, these rules shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or unenforceable provision was not contained therein.

9.         Sponsor.  The Weather Machine Sweepstakes is sponsored by WGRZ-TV. The decisions of Sponsor regarding the selection of winners and all other aspects of the Sweepstakes shall be final and binding in all respects.  Sponsor will not be responsible for typographical, printing or other inadvertent errors in these Official Rules or in other materials relating to the Sweepstakes.  For a list of winners (available after November 10, 2011) or a copy of these Official Rules, visit or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to “Winners List/Official Rules” (as applicable), Weather Machine, WGRZ, 259 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY  14202. If you have any questions regarding this Sweepstakes, please contact Collin Bishop at or (716) 849-2261.   


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