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1. Description: Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, the syndicated television quiz show, is an on-air program of thirty (30) minutes in length (subject to change) (the “Program”). To qualify to become a Contestant on the Program individuals must go through an audition process (see Rule 3 below). The dates and locations for auditions will be announced via various means, including, but not limited to, www.millionairetv.com and local media. Individuals must attend an audition session that will be held at designated audition site(s) or submit a video application. Individuals must go to the designated audition site at the specified audition time(s) and complete a written test within the specified time limit or, in the instance of remote auditions, be available at an appointed time to take an oral test. Individuals who do not receive a passing score (to be determined at the sole discretion of Valleycrest Productions Ltd. (the “Producer”)) on the written or oral test, as applicable, will be eliminated from the audition. Individuals who do receive a passing score will continue with an audition interview. Producer, in its sole discretion, will determine which people have passed the audition interview. Those people will be put into a pool along with all other individuals who have received a passing score on the written test and who have passed the audition interview, for possible selection as a Contestant (defined below) for the Program (“Contestant Pool”). For each episode of the Program, the Producer, in its sole discretion, will select Potential Contestants (defined below) from the Contestant Pool to appear as Contestants who will play the game on the Program in which they can win up to One Million Dollars ($1,000,000) by correctly answering up to fourteen (14) multiple-choice questions of increasing difficulty (“Game”).

 

2. Eligibility:
A. Contestants must be legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or District of Columbia, and Contestants must be eighteen (18) years of age or older.

 

B. Employees, their immediate family members (spouse, mother, father, daughter, son, sister, brother and their spouses), and those living in the same household, of The Walt Disney Company, Buena Vista Television, Valleycrest Productions, Ltd., 2waytraffic, Sony, Caesars Entertainment Corporation, official sponsors of the program, all “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” production personnel, advertising agencies or any person or entity connected with the production, administration or judging of this Program or Network Program (defined below), or any of their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, agents or representatives are not eligible. Employees, their immediate family members (spouse, mother, father, daughter, son, sister, brother and their spouses) and those living in the same household, of television stations broadcasting the Program, are not eligible. In addition, any individuals acquainted with any persons who are or have been connected with the production, administration or judging of the Program or the Primetime Program (defined below) are not eligible, if in the Producer’s sole discretion, the individual’s participation could create the appearance of impropriety. All eligibility determinations shall be made by Producer in its sole discretion.

 

C. Any individual who currently holds a political office, and/or will be a legally qualified candidate for any type of political office from the date hereof and continuing for one (1) year from the date of initial broadcast of the episode(s) in which he/she appears is not eligible.

 

D. Any Potential Contestant (as defined below) who has appeared on any television game show exhibited on broadcast television that (i) had its first original broadcast within one (1) year prior to the date of the qualifying phone call (see Rule 3(E), below) or (ii) is intended to have its first original broadcast within one (1) year following the qualifying phone call, is not eligible (subject to Rule 2(F) below). In addition, any Potential Contestant subject to an exclusivity or other restriction to participating in the Program is not eligible.

 

E. Any Potential Contestant must be available to travel to Las Vegas, NV with an eligible “Plus One” companion (see Rule 3(G) below), at their own expense, and provide their own accommodations and transportation in Las Vegas, NV for the duration of their appearance on the Program. Contestants, “Plus One” companions and all others accompanying Contestants to a taping of the Program are solely responsible for expenses incurred in connection with their appearance on the Program and the Producer will not reimburse any Contestant or companion for such expenses.

 

F. Contestants from the Primetime Program:

 

i. All individuals who appeared on the ABC Television network primetime version of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” (including “Super Millionaire”) edition hosted by Regis Philbin (“Primetime Program”) but only played the “fastest finger” game and did not earn the opportunity to sit in the hot seat and attempt to answer correctly up to fifteen (15) multiple choice questions of increasing difficulty to win up to either One Million Dollars ($1,000,000) or Ten Million Dollars ($10,000,000), if applicable (“Network Hot Seat”) must qualify for the Program by going through the Program audition process.

 

ii. All individuals who appeared on the Network Program and played in the Network Hot Seat are ineligible for the Program (subject to Paragraph G below).

 

G. Contestants who play the Game on the Program are not eligible to play the Game again; provided, however, Producer reserves the right to invite back any Network Hot Seat Contestant(s) from the Network Program or any Contestant(s) who played the Game on the Program for specialty episodes of the Program at Producer’s sole discretion.

 

3. Contestant Qualification:

 

A. Auditions
Individuals interested in appearing on the Program (“Applicants”) can apply by attending an In-Person Audition, described in Rules 3(B) and 3(C) below, or by following the video audition application procedure, described in Rule 3(D), below. Those Applicants who receive a passing score on the written test (in the case of in-person auditions) or oral test (in the case of remote auditions) continue to an audition interview. Applicants who advance past the audition interview will be put into the Contestant Pool (“Potential Contestants”). Applicants can remain in the Contestant Pool for the then-current production year and the following two production years and may only be qualified for the Contestant Pool once during this period. Producer, in its sole discretion, will select Potential Contestants from the Contestant Pool who will receive a qualifying call (see Rule 3(E), below). During the qualifying call, the Potential Contestant must confirm information provided during the audition process, verify eligibility, and be available to come to the studio for the Tape Date(s) (defined below) selected by Producer. Qualifying calls will be made to the phone number provided during the audition process. Qualifying calls cannot be made to pager numbers. Those Potential Contestants who are selected from the Contestant Pool, meet all Producer’s requirements will be qualified as Contestants and may, at Producer’s election, advance to the Program (“Contestants”).

 

B. In-Person Audition Procedure

To apply to appear as a Contestant on the Program through the in-person audition process, Applicants must go to a designated audition site and follow the instructions provided at the site. Admission to the audition session(s) is not guaranteed to everyone who arrives at the audition site. Admission to the audition session(s) is at the sole discretion of Producer. Producer reserves the right to deny admission to anyone it feels may be disruptive to the audition process. Producer also reserves the right to limit the number of times any individual may audition to become a Contestant. Before being admitted to an audition session, Applicants must provide picture identification and proof of age and residency. This information is subject to verification and Applicants giving incorrect or false information will be disqualified. Applicants must complete a written test within the specified time limitations and may take the test only once per audition day. Applicants who do not receive a passing score (to be determined in the Producer’s sole discretion) will be eliminated from the audition. Applicants who do receive a passing score will continue with an audition interview. The Producer, in its sole discretion, will determine which Applicants have passed the audition interview.

 

C. Types of In-Person Auditions

 

i. Regularly Scheduled Auditions:

Regularly scheduled auditions for the Program will take place in Los Angeles, CA and Las Vegas, NV. The dates and times for these auditions are posted at www.millionairetv.com. Applicants must go to www.millionairetv.com and fill out an audition registration form. Each person who applies online will receive a confirming email with the date, time and location of his/her audition.

 

ii. Ticket Holder Auditions:

Individuals who attend a taping of the Program will have the opportunity to audition to be a Contestant on the Program. Applicants must go to www.millionairetv.com and fill out a ticket request form and indicate that they wish to audition. Each person who requests ticket(s) and audition(s) online will receive their tickets and audition instructions via email.

 

iii. Specially Announced Auditions:

From time to time the Producer may announce special auditions for the standard Program or specialty versions of the Program (see 4(B), below.) The dates and locations for auditions will be announced via various means, including, but not limited to, www.millionairetv.com and local media. The number of people to be tested will be determined by Producer in its sole discretion but no more than Two Thousand Five Hundred (2,500) Applicants will be tested per audition day.

 

iv. Team Auditions:

From time to time Producer may elect to schedule special episodes of the Program in which two (2) or more people will play as a team (e.g., couples, twins, families). In those instances, all members of the team must take the written test and all members of the team must receive a passing score to continue the audition process as a team (unless otherwise determined by Producer in its sole discretion with respect to a particular specialty edition of the Program). In the event not all, but at least one team member passes the test, those team member(s) may continue the audition process to qualify for the Program as individuals. Team members who do not pass the test are eliminated from the audition. If all team members receive a passing score, the team will continue with the audition interview. If all team members receive a passing score on the written test and all receive a passing score on the audition interview, the team will be placed into the team Contestant Pool. If selected by Producer each member of the team will receive the qualifying phone call. Teams of Potential Contestants whose members are all available for the qualifying phone call and meet all eligibility requirements will be qualified as Contestants and advance to a team episode of Program.

 

D. Remote Auditions
To apply to appear as a Contestant on the Program through the remote audition process, Applicants must visit the “Video Auditions” page at www.millionairetv.com , provide the requested information and a link to a thirty (30) second audition video of the Applicant uploaded to YouTube or such other video streaming website as may be specified by Producer, in its sole discretion. Incomplete applications or applications that do not follow the video application guidelines will not be accepted. Producer will, in its sole discretion, contact selected Applicants to schedule an oral test. Applicants will be required to sign and return a release prior to the scheduled testing time, provide additional information as required by Producer, and consent to being recorded during the oral test and video interview, if applicable. Failure by any Applicant to submit a completed and signed release prior to the remote testing and interview, and consent to being recorded during the remote testing and interview will terminate the application process. Applicants who submit a signed release and consent to being recorded will be contacted by Producer and will be given a time-limited oral test. Applicants who do not receive a passing score on the oral test (to be determined in the Producer’s sole discretion) will be eliminated from the audition process. Applicants who do receive a passing score on the oral test will continue with a video interview. The Producer, in its sole discretion, will determine which of the selected Applicants have passed the remote audition interview.

 

E. Qualifying Call

For each episode of the Program, Producer will, in its sole discretion, select Potential Contestants from the Contestant Pool to appear as Contestants on the Program. Upon selection, a representative of the Program will contact the Potential Contestant at the telephone number provided at the audition. If the representative reaches an electronic answering device, voicemail inbox, professional answering service or another person when the Potential Contestant is not at the number called, the representative will leave a message that an attempt to reach the Potential Contestant has been made and inform the Potential Contestant that he/she must return the call by no later than 5:00PM PT on the next business day. All return calls to the Program representatives must be made between 9:00AM ET and 5:00PM PT Monday through Friday, and any return calls that are made outside of these designated hours will not be accepted as valid return calls. If a message is left for the Potential Contestant and the Potential Contestant does not contact the Program representative, during the designated hours, the Potential Contestant will be put back into the Contestant Pool and will remain eligible for possible future selection by the Producer. All calls will be recorded for quality control assurance purposes. Failure to allow phone calls to be recorded will result in the Potential Contestant being disqualified and he/she will be removed from the Contestant Pool.

 

During the qualifying phone call, Potential Contestants must verify information that they provided during the audition. If the information provided by the Potential Contestant during the qualifying phone call does not match the information previously provided at the audition, then he/she will be disqualified and removed from the Contestant Pool. All Potential Contestants must meet the eligibility requirements stated in Rule 2 of these official rules of the Program (“Official Rules”). All Potential Contestants who are disqualified as a result of ineligibility will be removed from the Contestant Pool. Any Potential Contestant who currently holds a political office or will be a legally qualified candidate for any type of political office within one year from the time his/her episode of the Program is scheduled to broadcast will not be able to complete the qualification call, but he/she will be put back into the Contestant Pool and will remain eligible for possible future selection by the Producer.

 

If a Potential Contestant meets all eligibility requirements, he/she will be qualified as a Contestant and will be given a date to come to Las Vegas, NV to appear on an episode(s) of the Program as a Contestant (“Tape Date”). Contestants must be available to travel to Las Vegas, NV for the Tape Date selected by the Producer and must remain available for tapings for the duration of their appearance on the Program. Contestants are solely responsible for making their own arrangements for travel to Las Vegas, NV, and for accommodations and transportation while appearing on the Program. The Producer is not responsible for any expenses incurred by Contestants in connection with their appearance on the Program and will not reimburse any Contestant for such expenses. If any Contestant is not available on the Tape Date selected by the Producer, or is not able to pay for travel to Las Vegas, NV, then the Contestant will be put back into the Contestant Pool and will remain eligible for possible future selection by the Producer.

 

Each Contestant will be asked to verbally agree that if he/she does not arrive at the studio at his/her scheduled arrival time on his/her Tape Date, he/she may be disqualified from the Program as a Contestant, at the Producer’s sole discretion. It will be the responsibility of the Contestant to arrange for transportation to the studio on his/her Tape Date. The Contestant will also be asked to verbally agree to abide by the complete Official Rules of the Program, including, but not limited to, the condition that all decisions regarding Game play and/or questions rest with the judges whose decisions are final. If the Contestant refuses to agree to consent to and, upon arrival in Las Vegas, NV refuses to sign the Official Rules and the required releases, the Contestant will be disqualified and removed from the Contestant Pool. The Potential Contestants who are available for the qualifying phone call, meet all eligibility requirements and all other conditions hereunder will advance to the Program as Contestants.

 

F. Contestant Pool

Potential Contestants are eligible to be selected as Contestants during the then current production year and the following two production years. A Potential Contestant will be removed from the Contestant Pool if he/she has not been selected as a Contestant by the end of the second production year following the production year during which the Potential Contestant auditioned. Such individuals will need to complete the audition process again in order to reenter the Contestant Pool for the Program. Program production years run from June to December. The eligibility of any Potential Contestant who auditioned prior to June 1, 2014, has now expired and such Potential Contestants have been removed from the Contestant Pool.

 

G. Companions
Each Contestant must each be accompanied by at least one (1) companion who meet(s) the eligibility requirements in Rule 2(A)-(C) above, signs the required releases, and acts as that Contestant’s “Plus One” companion (see Rule 4(C)(iii) below). “Plus One” companions are solely responsible for making their own arrangements for travel to Las Vegas, NV, and for accommodations and transportation while participating in the Program. An individual participating as a “Plus One” may do so only two (2) times within each Program broadcast year (i.e. episodes having a scheduled initial broadcast date between September 2016 and August 2017). If any Contestant arrives without an eligible “Plus One” companion or that Contestant’s “Plus One” companion refuses to sign the required releases, the Contestant will not play the Game on that Tape Date, but will be put back into the Contestant Pool and remain eligible for possible future selection by the Producer. The “Plus One” companion may only be one person, identified by the Contestant upon arrival at the studio on his/her Tape Date.

 

4. The Program:

 

A. Standard Game

All Contestants and their “Plus One” companions who are assigned the same Tape Date will travel to Las Vegas, NV at their own expense, to participate in episode(s) taped on that particular Tape Date. Multiple episodes will be recorded on each Tape Date.

 

The order in which Contestants play the game will be determined at the sole discretion of Producer. At the completion of the first Contestant’s Game play the second Contestant will begin Game play and this procedure will continue until all episodes for the given Tape Date are completed. On episodes of the Program where a Contestant does not finish Game play when the “times up” buzzer sounds at the end of the episode (“Holdover Contestant”), the Holdover Contestant will complete his/her Game play on the next available episode of a standard Program (A “standard” Program is a program other than a Special Subject Week episode, Special Player Week episode, or celebrity or other special edition of the Program or the Network Program.) Any Contestant who did not play the Game on their available Tape Date (“Unplayed Contestant”) will be rescheduled to play on the next scheduled Tape Date for a standard Program; provided that Tape Dates for non-specialty episodes of the Program still remain in the then current production season.

 

B. Specialty Episodes

 

i. Special Subject Weeks

Producer reserves the right to produce specialty episodes of the Program where the subject matter for the Program questions, will deal with a particular subject rather than general knowledge. Such episodes will be grouped together and run for up to a week (“Special Subject Week”). Contestants for a Special Subject Week must be specifically qualified for such Special Subject Week using tests and/or requirements to be determined in the Producer’s sole discretion. The first episode of a Special Subject Week will begin with a Special Subject Week Contestant who is scheduled for such episode’s Tape Date. The Producer will determine in its sole discretion whether the last episode of the Special Subject Week must end with a Contestant completing Game Play (by either winning, stopping play or being eliminated) or whether a Special Subject Week Contestant may be held over to complete Game Play on the next scheduled Tape Date. Special Subject Week Contestants who do not have the opportunity to play the Game during the Special Subject Week may be put into the Contestant Pool or may be required to go through the standard audition process, at the Producer’s sole discretion based on the process used to qualify the Contestant for the Special Subject Week. The Producer reserves the right to have different question structure and/or prize structure or alter the Program in other ways for Special Subject Week episodes.

 

ii. Special Player Weeks

Producer reserves the right to produce specialty episodes of the Program where the Contestants are selected using special criteria to be determined by the Producer (e.g. teams, celebrities, college students, etc.). Such episodes will be grouped together and run for up to a week (“Special Player Week”). Contestants for a Special Player Week must be specifically qualified for such Special Player Week using tests and/or requirements to be determined in the Producer’s sole discretion. The first episode of a Special Player Week will begin with a Special Player Week Contestant who is scheduled for such episode’s Tape Date. The Producer will determine in its sole discretion whether the last episode of the Special Player Week must end with a Contestant completing Game play (by either winning, stopping play or being eliminated) or whether a Special Player Week Contestant may be held over to complete Game play on the next scheduled Tape Date. Special Player Week Contestants who do not have the opportunity to play the Game during the Special Player Week may be put into the Contestant Pool or may be required to go through the standard audition process, at the Producer’s sole discretion based on the process used to qualify the Contestant for the Special Player Week. If such Contestants would have played the Game as members of a team during the Special Player Week episodes they may be placed back into the Contestant Pool in Producer’s sole discretion as either team members or individuals. The Producer reserves the right to have different question structure (including, but not limited to, changing the subject matter of the questions from general knowledge to specific subject areas) and/or prize structure or alter the Program in other ways for Special Player Week episodes.

 

iii. Double Your Money

Producer may, for a period of time, in its sole discretion, and otherwise subject to the rules herein, allow for the value assigned to one, several, or all question(s) to be doubled (“Double Your Money”). Unless all questions have their value doubled, the question(s) whose value may be doubled is/are randomly selected. If the question(s) is/are answered correctly, the value of that/those question(s) is doubled. Double Your Money winnings are subject to same rules in Rule in 4(C), below. Notwithstanding the foregoing, one or both of the “Safety Nets” as described in Rule 4(C), below, will be doubled (i.e. to $10,000 and $100,000) if either of the following conditions are met; (1) all questions are Double Your Money, in which case both “Safety Net” amounts will be doubled; or (2) if one question is Double Your Money and that question is at a “Safety Net” level (i.e. questions five or ten), in which case only the relevant “Safety Net” level will be doubled. This exception does not apply to the One Thousand Dollar ($1,000) consolation prize, which will remain unchanged in any event. All prizes are subject to the terms of Rule 5, below, including but not limited to, payment of prizes in excess of Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($500,000).

 

Double Your Money is in effect only during the episode(s) of the Program designated by the Producer. Should a Contestant who begins Game play during an episode designated as Double Your Money become a Holdover Contestant (see Rule 4(A), above), and continue during an episode of the Program that is not designated Double Your Money, then the Double Your Money feature will no longer be available to that Contestant. If a Holdover Contestant begins Game play during a standard episode of the Program and continues Game play during an episode of the Program designated as Double Your Money, that Contestant may have the opportunity to answer one or more Double Your Money question(s).

 

C. Game Play
All Contestants will be asked up to fourteen (14) questions of varying degrees of difficulty, as determined in the sole discretion of the Producer. Contestants must choose the most correct answer choice of the four (4) possible answer choices provided. Each question has an assigned dollar value that increases in amount from Five Hundred Dollars ($500) to One Million Dollars ($1,000,000) in accordance with the prize table set forth in Rule 5, below. A Contestant may end his/her Game at any time prior to locking in a “final answer” for the current question and walk away with the winnings already earned. If a Contestant answers all fourteen (14) questions correctly, he/she wins One Million Dollars ($1,000,000), per the terms of Rule 5, below. If a Contestant answers a question incorrectly, he/she will be eliminated from the Game and will win the amount of the last “Safety Net” (see below) reached, which may represent a loss in some of the winnings earned to that point. The prize chart in Rule 5, below, illustrates the potential outcomes during game play.

 

During the Game, the Contestant will face up to fourteen (14) questions, and may be able to take one (or more) of four actions: (a) answer the question; (b) use the “Fifty-Fifty” lifeline (defined below); (c) use the “Ask the Audience” lifeline (defined below); (d) use the “Plus One” lifeline (defined below); or (e) walk away.

 

When answering a question, the Contestant must lock in their answer by stating their answer choice and saying the word(s) “final” or “final answer” Once the Contestant has said “final” or “final answer,” the answer is locked and cannot be changed. If the Contestant does not say “final” or “final answer” the answer is not locked. The Contestant must also say “final” or “final answer” to confirm (and lock) his/her decision to walk away from the Game. The Contestant may change his/her answer, walk away, or use an available lifeline until the Contestant says that the answer given is their final answer. All decisions regarding game question answers and lifelines will be made in the sole discretion of Producer.

 

Safety Net
There are two “Safety Nets” that the Contestant can acquire during the Game. If the Contestant answers the fifth (5th) question correctly, he/she cannot leave with less than Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000) upon giving a subsequent incorrect answer to questions six (6) through, and including, ten (10). If the Contestant answers the tenth (10th) question correctly, he/she cannot leave with less than Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000) upon giving a subsequent incorrect answer.
If a Contestant answers any of questions one (1) through five (5) incorrectly, the Game ends and the Contestant leaves with a One Thousand Dollar ($1,000) consolation prize.

 

Walk-Away
If the Contestant chooses to walk away at any time prior to locking in an answer to the current question, he/she will receive the prize money won to that point. For example, if the Contestant has correctly answered the question worth Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000) and chooses to walk away instead of answering the question valued at Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000), he/she will receive Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000).

 

Non-cash prizes
From time to time, in its sole discretion, the Producer may supplement one of the cash prize dollar values with a non-cash prize. If a Contestant correctly answers a question with a non-cash prize attached, the Contestant will receive the non-cash prize in addition to advancing through the Game. Any non-cash prize earned by the Contestant will not be forfeited in the event the Contestant answers a subsequent question incorrectly. An incorrect answer to a question with a non-cash prize attached is treated the same as any other question, as described in these rules, and the Contestant will not win that non-cash prize.

 

i. Lifelines
“Fifty-Fifty”
The Contestant will have one (1) “Fifty-Fifty” lifeline, whereby two (2) of the possible answer choices are eliminated. Following use of this lifeline, two (2) answer choices will remain, one (1) of which is the most correct answer choice. The Contestant then has the choice of selecting one of the two remaining answers, using another available lifeline, or quitting the Game by stating that he/she is walking away.

 

“Ask the Audience”
The Contestant is given one (1) opportunity to ask the studio audience which answer to a game question they believe is correct. Members of the studio audience each indicate their choice by pressing the key on their keypad corresponding to the answer they have chosen. The Contestant will receive the results of the studio audience vote. The Contestant then has the choice of selecting an answer, using another available lifeline, or quitting the Game by stating he/she is walking away.

 

“Plus One”
The Contestant is given one (1) opportunity to call upon his/her “Plus One” companion who will take a place next to the Contestant and attempt to get from his/her Plus One an answer selection to the current question. The “Plus One” companion may not communicate with any outside party, whether verbally or non-verbally, directly or through electronic means, or use any reference materials, including but not limited to, printed materials and electronic devices (e.g. tablet, smartphone). This lifeline is untimed, but subject to the time limit outlined below. The Contestant will have the choice of selecting an answer, using another available lifeline, or quitting the Game. If the Contestant chooses to use the “Ask the Audience” and/or “Fifty-Fifty” lifelines, the “Plus One” companion will remain on the stage until the Contestant chooses to answer the question or walk away.

 

ii. Time Limit
Contestants who fail to answer a question within a reasonable period of time, as determined in the sole discretion of the Producer, may be disqualified.

 

D. Travel
The Contestants and their respective “Plus One” companions for each Tape Date and specific episode, if applicable, will travel to Las Vegas, NV at their own expense, and provide their own accommodations and transportation for the duration of their appearance on the Program. The Producer is not responsible for any expenses incurred by Contestants and their “Plus One” companions in connection with their appearance on the Program and will not reimburse any Contestant or his/her “Plus One” companion for any such expenses. The Producer will determine how long the Contestant and his/her “Plus One” companion is required to stay in Las Vegas, NV. Based on the scheduling of Tape Dates, any Holdover Contestants and Unplayed Contestants and their respective “Plus One” companions may be required to remain available to return to the studio on the next available date that a standard Program will be taped. The travel and transportation arrangements for all returning Holdover Contestants and Unplayed Contestants and their respective “Plus One” companions shall be the sole responsibility of the Contestant and his/her “Plus One” companion.

 

5. Prizes:
Contestants may win cash prizes corresponding to the number of questions answered correctly in accordance with the following prize table.

 

PRIZE TABLE
Question
Number
Correct Answer Incorrect Answer
1 $500 $1,000
2 $1,000 $1,000
3 $2,000 $1,000
4 $3,000 $1,000
5 $5,000 $1,000
6 $7,000 $5,000
7 $10,000 $5,000
8 $20,000 $5,000
9 $30,000 $5,000
10 $50,000 $5,000
11 $100,000 $50,000
12 $250,000 $50,000
13 $500,000* $50,000
14 $1,000,000* $50,000

 

*See below for distribution of $500,000 and $1,000,000 prizes

 

Provided the Contestant meets all requirements of Producer, cash prizes of Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars ($250,000) or less will be awarded to Contestants thirty (30) days following the date on which the episode in which the Contestant completed Game play is first broadcast. Winners of cash prizes of Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($500,000), who meet all requirements of Producer, will be awarded (i) Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars ($250,000) thirty (30) days following the date on which the episode in which the Contestant completed Game play is first broadcast and (ii) Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars ($250,000) paid in equal annual installments over the following ten (10) years. Winners of cash prizes of One Million Dollars ($1,000,000), who meet all requirements of Producer, will be awarded (i) Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars ($250,000) thirty (30) days following the date on which the episode in which the Contestant completed Game play is first broadcast and (ii) Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars ($750,000) paid in equal annual installments over the following twenty (20) years. In cases where a Contestant will receive the annual payments described above (“Periodic Payments”), the Producer reserves the right, in its sole discretion and without prior notice, to assign Producer’s obligation and liability to make such payments to a third party.

 

Contestant acknowledges and agrees that Producer may enter into a Non-Qualified Assignment with an annuity payment provider, selected in Producer’s sole discretion, (“Annuity Provider”) to assume Producer’s Periodic Payment obligation to the Contestant. Annuity Provider’s obligation for payment of the Periodic Payments shall be no greater than that of the Producer immediately preceding the transfer of the Periodic Payment obligation. Any such transfer, if made, shall be accepted by the Contestant without right of rejection and shall completely release and discharge the Producer from the Periodic Payments obligation assigned to Annuity Provider. The Contestant recognizes that, in the event of such an assignment, Annuity Provider shall be the sole obligor with respect to the Periodic Payments obligation. The Contestant shall be responsible for maintaining a current mailing address for Contestant with Annuity Provider.

 

In instances when the combined value of the Contestant’s cash prizes, if any, is Six Hundred Dollars ($600) or more, the Contestant will receive a Form 1099, which is the form used to report such amounts to the Internal Revenue Service. Contestants should consult with their own tax advisors regarding the tax consequences of participating in the Program. Prizes are non-transferable.

 

6. Publicity: All Contestants and Potential Contestants understand and agree that all publicity in connection with the Program is under the sole control of Producer. Therefore, all Contestants and Potential Contestants agree to consult with Producer regarding any and all publicity (including, but not limited to, television, radio, print and online interviews, blog or chat room posts, communications on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, text messages, and any other form of electronic communication) in connection with the Contestant’s involvement with the Program and shall not consent to any publicity without prior approval of Producer. Failure to comply with this provision may result in disqualification of the Potential Contestant or the Contestant’s forfeiting of any prize won during his/her participation on the Program.

 

7. General Conditions: No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. This Program and Game are being conducted under the supervision of Valleycrest Productions Ltd. By participating, each Contestant accepts and agrees to be bound by these rules and by the decisions of Valleycrest Productions Ltd. which are final and binding on all matters relating to all aspects of the Game, including, but not limited to interpretation of questions and answers. Rules and dates are subject to change. Producer reserves the right to change the number of questions and answers for the Game.

 

Contestants for each Tape Date will be required to read and sign a Contestant release and eligibility form and a copy of the Program Official Rules. Failure by any Contestant to sign the Official Rules and/or the Contestant Release will result in the Contestant’s disqualification. Contestants agree to indemnify Valleycrest Productions Ltd., The Walt Disney Company, official sponsors of the Program, all Who Wants To Be A Millionaire production personnel, participating television stations, and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, officers, directors and employees, and to hold them harmless from any and all liability, claim, action, damage, expense and loss of any kind caused by or arising out of any statement or action or omission of Contestant during, or in connection with Contestant’s participation in the Program or during, or in connection with any travel taken by Contestant. Failure by Contestant to agree with this requirement will result in Contestant’s disqualification. Producer reserves the right to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Program, acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner and/or with intent to annoy, accuse, threaten or harass any other individual, or in violation of these Official Rules. If the rescheduling of an Unplayed Contestant(s) to a new Tape Date, causes such Tape Date to become over booked, then the Producer reserves the right to reschedule initially scheduled Contestant(s) for such Tape Date, to another Tape Date. Further, if in Producer’s sole discretion an exigent circumstance has occurred, Producer reserves the right to reschedule a Contestant(s) to participate on a future Tape Date of the Program instead of the Tape Date and specific episode, if applicable, for which the Contestant(s) was/were initially scheduled. Any Contestant who provides incomplete or incorrect information may be disqualified and forfeit any prize money and non-cash prizes.

 

All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Contestants consent to the use of their name, voice, photograph or likeness, recordings and biographical information by Valleycrest Productions Ltd., and its parent, affiliated and subsidiary companies for advertising and promotional purposes, without additional compensation, except where prohibited by law. Producer is not responsible for full or partial preemption of any local programming. Producer reserves the right not to broadcast any segment up to and including a Contestant’s entire appearance on the Program. Producer reserves the right to edit any portion of an episode of the Program not affecting the outcome of Game play. Any person attempting to defraud or in any way tamper with the Program will be disqualified, will forfeit any prize money and non-cash prizes, and may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

 

8. Technical Difficulties: The Walt Disney Company, Valleycrest Productions Ltd., 2waytraffic, Sony, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” production personnel, participating television stations, official sponsors of the program, and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, officers, directors and employees shall not be responsible for any technical malfunctions, fraudulent calls, printer or other errors, telephone or computer malfunctions (including without limitations with respect to the use of Skype), telephone disconnection or interruption, incorrect or inaccurate transmission of information whether caused by the player or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in this Program or any human error which may occur.

 

All technical difficulties or mechanical failures in connection with the Program will be handled at the sole discretion of the judges whose decisions are final. If a technical difficulty, mechanical failure, human error or other abnormality affecting Game play occurs during the taping of an episode of the Program, the judges will review the situation on a case-by-case basis and take appropriate action to preserve the integrity of the Program. If it is determined in the sole discretion of the judges that the technical difficulty, mechanical failure or human error corrupted Game play, the question in play will be discarded and a new question will be played.

 

9. Rule Requirements: For a copy of this set of official rules, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Millionaire Rules, Valleycrest Productions Ltd., 500 S. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA 91521-4178 or visit www.millionairetv.com . Residents of WA and VT may omit return postage.

 

10. Producer: This Game is sponsored by Valleycrest Productions Ltd. Any questions concerning this Program should be directed to Valleycrest Productions Ltd., 500 Buena Vista Street, Burbank, California 91521-4178. Rules are subject to change without notice. Valleycrest Productions Ltd. reserves the right to change, add to, delete from, modify or amend its rules at its sole discretion.