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1. Eligibility
In case you are working as a Health Care Professional (HCP) in the United States, in France or in Slovakia, you are not eligible to take part in the prize drawing due to the AdvaMed Code of Ethics in the U.S., the French law 93121 of 27 January 1993 and the Slovakian Act No. 147/2001(Advertisement Act) respectively. The prize drawing is open to individuals who are at least 18 years old. Participants do not have to buy QIAGEN products or have to pay a stake in order to be allowed to participate. Employees of QIAGEN and members of the immediate families and persons living in the same households of such employees are not eligible. If you are affected by any of these regulations, please opt to refrain from the prize drawing by checking the respective box on the registration page. This, of course, does only apply to the prize drawing and you are still very welcome to take send us your entry.

2. To enter
After you have submitted your entry you will be asked to leave your name and address to be entered in the prize drawing. Please consider that your organization’s internal policy may not allow you to receive incentives or your employer’s permission may be requested before participating in the drawing. If you do not wish to participate, please check respective box on the registration page. Limit one entry per person. You do not have to be present at the time of the drawing.

3. Prizes
Prizes include: one of twenty-five $100 iTunes gift cards (for winners outside of the United States, the amount may differ due to local currency and available voucher denominations) or a QIAGEN PCR or Real-Time PCR Kit comprising of choice containing 400 reactions. If these prizes become unavailable, equivalent products will be delivered. QIAGEN reserves the right to substitute any prize of equal or greater value in its sole discretion.
No cash prize alternative to the prize will be awarded and the prize is not transferable.

4. Drawing
The contest begins on October 27th, 2015 and ends at midnight [US EST] on February 29th, 2016. The winner will be selected by random drawing on March 1st, 2016. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Winners will be notified by email, phone and/or postal mail at QIAGEN’s sole discretion. In the event a winner cannot receive his/her prize for any reason, the prize shall be awarded to an alternate winner. The prize will be delivered no later than June, 2016.

5. Use of Contact Information
We guarantee confidentiality of your personal data and that these data will only be used for the purpose of the lucky draw unless you choose otherwise. 

6. General
In case of a dispute regarding the identity of the person submitting an online entry, the entry will be deemed to be submitted by the person in whose name the email account is registered. The winner may be required to provide evidence that he/she is the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the winning entry. Return of any prize notification as undeliverable will result in forfeiture of the prize. No cash redemption permitted. No prize substitution, except by QIAGEN’s sole discretion, in which case a prize of comparable or greater value will be awarded.
All taxes, including, without limitation, federal, state, and local taxes on or in connection with the Prize are the sole responsibility of the winning party.
Legal recourse is excluded. QIAGEN, its officers, directors, affiliates, subsidiaries, agencies, agents and representatives and their respective employees are not responsible and shall not be liable for: (a) electronic, hardware or software program, network, internet or computer malfunctions, failures or difficulties of any kind, including without limitation server malfunctions or by any error (human or otherwise) which may occur in the processing of entries; (b) any condition caused by events beyond the control of QIAGEN that may cause the drawing to be disrupted or corrupted.
QIAGEN reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel, modify or suspend the drawing or any portion of thereof should viruses, bugs or other causes beyond the control of QIAGEN corrupt the administration, security or proper play of the survey. In this case, prizes will be awarded via a random drawing from among all eligible entries received prior to cancellation.
Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the survey may be a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such an attempt be made, QIAGEN reserves the right to seek damages from such person to the extent permitted by law.
By participating in the contest, Entrants agree to release and hold harmless the Sponsor from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the contest, including any errors in the administration of the promotion, printing errors, and technical errors, and the winner and his or her lab agree to release and hold harmless the Sponsor as well from receipt or use of any prize awarded, and further agrees to the disclosure of the name of the winner. Employees and immediate family members of QIAGEN may not participate in the contest.
The Official Rules are governed by, and must be construed in accordance with, the laws of Germany. Entrants agree that all disputes arising from or in connection with this contest and the prize awarded must be heard in a state or federal court of Düsseldorf.

SPONSOR: This contest is sponsored by QIAGEN GmbH, Hilden, Germany.