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Raising Cane’s® 2024 Bark Bracket Contest

Official Rules


Contest  Name:   Raising Cane’s Bark Bracket Contest (the “Contest”).

Contest  Dates: The entry period is scheduled to begin at 12:00:00 am Eastern Time (CT) on 3/20/2024 and ends at 11:59:59 pm (CT) on 4/3/2024 (the “Entry Period”). Contest judging period to begin 4/4/2024 at 12:01a.m. CT and end on 4/9/2024 at 1:30p.m. CT (the “Judging Period”). Administrator’s computer is the official time keeping device for this Contest.

Who may Enter: Contest is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, who are age 18 or older as of date of entry, and have a valid U.S. driver’s license or government issued photo ID, except Employees, officers, and directors of Raising Cane’s Restaurants, LLC (“Sponsor”) and each of their respective franchisees, affiliated companies, subsidiaries, distributors, retailers, printers, advertising, and promotion agencies, and any and all other companies associated with the design or execution of this Contest (collectively “Released Parties), and the members of the immediate families or households of any of the above, whether or not are not eligible to enter or win. “Immediate family members” includes, for purposes of this Contest, parents (including in-laws), grandparents, siblings (including step-siblings), children (including step-children), grandchildren (including step-grandchildren) and each of their respective spouses.

How to Enter on Instagram: To be eligible to win a prize by submitting an entry on Instagram, you must complete all steps below:

1.     Follow the Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers® Mascot Instagram handle (@raisingcane3);

2.     Be an active holder of a non-private Instagram account (holders with private account settings may not enter in this method). If you do not have the Instagram application, you may download it through the application store on your mobile device. The Instagram application is free, and Instagram’s Terms of Use apply. For details, visit http://instagram.com/legal/terms/; and

3.     During the Entry Period, post a photo of your pet (“Photo”) on Instagram using the hashtags #Canespups and #Barkbracket24 (each an “Entry”). If you enter on a wireless service provider’s network (as opposed to a WiFi network), your carrier’s text and data rates will apply. You should consult your wireless service provider’s pricing plan for details. You agree to incur any and all charges imposed by your wireless carrier.

Photos properly posted and tagged are each an “Entry” and collectively “Entries”. Eligible participants having submitted an Entry are individually referred to as an “Entrant” and collectively “Entrants.” 

Each participant must submit an Entry on his/her own behalf. The individual who submitted the Entry shall be designated as the official Entrant in the Contest, regardless of any other individuals featured in the Entry, and the official Entrant shall be the only individual eligible for any resulting prize awarded. Any Entry submitted (a) on behalf of another individual, (b) using another person’s name or Instagram account, or (c) with any false information, including misrepresentation of age, will be disqualified. In the event of a dispute as to any Entry, the authorized account holder of the Instagram account used to enter the Contest will be deemed to be the Entrant. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned to the Instagram account (as assigned by Instagram) of the account name used to post the Entry submission. Proof of being the authorized account holder may be required.  There is no limit to the number of photos each Instagram account may enter, however, use of any automated system (including but not limited to third-party contest or sweepstakes entry services) to participate is prohibited and will result in disqualification and all such Entries will be deemed void. Any questions regarding the number of Entries submitted or the identity of an authorized account holder shall be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.

Each Entrant agrees that their Entry may be viewed by the public. However, the fact that an Entry is viewable by the public does not constitute any representation as to Contest eligibility or notification as a potential prize winner. Each Entrant agrees that s/he may be contacted, recorded and/or broadcasted by Sponsor, and that his/her Entry may be used, promoted, released, broadcasted, or published by Sponsor in any manner related to the promotion of the Contest without additional approval, authorization, or compensation. Receipt of Entry will not be acknowledged by Sponsor. Sponsor may (but is in no way obligated to) publish, display, promote, or utilize your Entry in any manner of its choosing in relation to the promotion of the Contest or Sponsor.

By participating and submitting an Entry, Entrant agrees that Sponsor and Released Parties are authorized to contact entrant via email, mail, phone or any other form of media to make contestant aware of information pertinent to the Contest, and to distribute information regarding the Sponsor(s) featured products, discounts, special events or promotional offers. Entrants may opt-out of any further email communication at any time by clicking the UNSUBSCRIBE link provided in all promotional email messages from Sponsor and following the opt-out instructions.  Any available opt-in opportunities are not required to enter the Contest and checking the opt-in boxes will not improve your chances of winning.

Additional Entry Requirements: Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove an Entry at any time for any reason, or disqualify any Entry it considers inappropriate or that violates any of the following Entry restrictions:

·           An Entry may not include any name, likeness, photograph/image, or any other identifying element, in whole or in part, of any person, living or dead, without such person’s permission;

·           An Entry may may not be subject to any third-party agreement or require payment or incurrence of any sums to obtain further permissions of any person or entity as a result of its use or exploitation of the idea or rights therein or portions, or modified versions or derivative works thereof;

·           An Entry may not include trademarks, logos, or copyrighted material not owned by Entrant or Sponsor, or material used without permission (including but not limited to company names, photographs, works of art, or images published on any media) or that otherwise infringe or violate the rights of any third party (including but not limited to, copyrights, trademarks, patents, trade secrets, logos, contract and licensing rights, rights of publicity or privacy, moral rights (i.e., “droit morale”), or any other intellectual property rights) except as such Entry submission relates to Sponsor’s brands;

·           An Entry may not feature, refer to, or mention any companies or brands of Sponsor’s direct competitors;

·           An Entry may not be considered harmful to minors in any way;

·           An Entry may not contain description or images of nudity, inappropriate, indecent, sexually explicit, pornographic, or obscene content, names or images (which shall be determined by Sponsor, in its sole and absolute discretion);

·           An Entry may not contain any political or politically themed or motivated messages, statements, or images;

·           An Entry may not defame, slander, libel, misrepresent, or contain disparaging remarks or any other content that could adversely affect the name, reputation, or goodwill/business reputation of Sponsor or any other individuals and/or entities affiliated or associated with Sponsor, the Contest, or any prizes, the determination of which shall remain in the sole discretion of Sponsor;

·           An Entry may not depict, describe, or include images that may be considered unlawful, harmful, threatening, violent, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, libelous, invasive of another’s privacy, hateful, or racially, religiously, or ethnically objectionable in any manner as solely determined by Sponsor.

Representations and Warranties: Each Entrant represents and warrants that s/he has sole and exclusive ownership of and proprietary rights in the Entry, Entrant has secured full permission of all persons or parties referenced in the Entry to publish their names, images, and actions shown within the Entry, and agrees that each Entry becomes the sole and exclusive property of Sponsor. Sponsor reserves the right to request from any Entrant at any time proof, in a form acceptable to Sponsor, of any permission required or possibly required to use such Entrant’s Entry. Failure to provide such requested proof may disqualify such Entry. An Entry constitutes permission for the Sponsor and its designees to use that Entrant’s name, city, state of residence, and/or likeness for all commercial purposes in any and all media now or hereafter known worldwide in perpetuity without limitation or compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law.

Judging Period

Determination of 16 Semi-Finalists:  A panel of judges as solely determined and appointed by Sponsor (“Judges”) shall review, select and designate a maximum of sixteen (16) semi-finalists (“Semi-Finalists”) from among all eligible Entries received (see judging criteria below) during the Entry Period.  Sponsor will announce the Semi-Finalists using the Instagram account @raisingcane3 on April 4, 2024, at approximately 6:00p.m. CT.  Only the Entrants whose Entries are selected by the Judges shall be eligible to move on to the Semi-Finalist round.

Entries shall be judged by Judges pursuant to the following guidelines, requirements and criteria in the determination of winning Entries: 

·           Cuteness (33.3% of score);

·           Personality (33.3% of score);

·           Enthusiasm (33.3% of score)

Determination of the Winner:  Instagram account holders will be able to vote on the Semi-Finalists in Instagram Stories beginning on April 4, 2024 at approximately 12:00p.m. CT.  Voting on the top 16 Entries will be start April 5, 2024 at 12:00p.m. CT and end April 6, 2024 at 12:00p.m. CT.  The 8 Entries with the most votes will move on to the next round of Story voting, which will start April 6, 2024 at 12:30p.m. CT and end April 7, 2024 at 12:30p.m. CT.  The 4 Entries with the most votes will move on to the next round of Story voting, which will start April 7, 2024 at 1:00p.m. CT and end April 8, 2024 at 1:00p.m. CT.  The 2 Entries with the most votes will move on to the final round of Story voting, which will start April 8, 2024 at 1:30p.m. CT. and end April 9, 2024 at 1:30p.m. CT.  The Entry with the most votes in the final round of Story voting as of April 9, 2024 at 1:30p.m. CT will be designated as the potential winner (“Potential Winner”), subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules. 

Winner Selection and Notification: The Potential Winner will be notified initially by direct message to the Potential Winner’s Instagram account used to Enter. Sponsor expressly disclaims any and all liability in connection with an inability to contact a Potential Winner due to the configuration of his/her Instagram privacy settings.

If the Administrator is unsuccessful in its attempt to reach a Potential Winner via direct message within 48-hours of the initial notification attempt to the Instagram account associated with that Entrant’s Entry, then Entrant may be disqualified, and the Semi-Finalist with the next-highest number of votes shall be designated as the Potential Winner and notified following the procedures outlined above.

During prize winner notification, each Potential Winner must verify his/her eligibility, and indicate a willingness and ability to accept the prize as designated by Administrator. The Potential Winner will then receive official notification via email delivery with a link and instructions on how to claim his/her corresponding prize. If a Potential Winner does not meet the eligibility requirements, is unable or unwilling to accept the prize or elects to decline the prize, s/he will be disqualified and, at Sponsor’s discretion and time permitting, an alternate Potential Winner may be designated based on the judging results from among all remaining eligible Semi-Finalists and notified as per the procedures outlined above.  Any disqualified Entrant will not receive any alternate prize substitution or compensation.  Decisions of the Administrator in the selection and determination of the prize winner and all matters relating to this Contest are final and binding. 

All of the following may apply to the Potential Winner (each a “Winner”): 1) Winner may be required to complete and return, within 5 business days of date of receipt, a prize acceptance form, an affidavit of eligibility, a liability/publicity release where permitted, (collectively, the “Prize Documents”); 2) Winner may be required to present a copy of a valid social security card and a valid driver’s license (or other valid government issued photo ID) as a condition to receiving a prize; 3) Winner is responsible for paying all applicable taxes (including, but not limited to all local, state and federal taxes) on any prize awarded to them. As required by law, Sponsor may issue an IRS Form 1099 for the fair market value of the Prize, and Winner may be required to provide a tax identification number or social security number as part of the Winner verification process.  Failure to collect or properly claim a prize in accordance with these Official Rules will result in forfeiture of the prize. If forfeited for any reason, Winner will not receive a prize substitution or compensation of any kind, and the prize will remain the property of Sponsor and will not be awarded, except as provided herein. If Winner is under the age of majority in Winner’s state of legal residence (“Minor”), the Prize Documents must be executed and returned on its behalf by Winner’s parent or legal guardian (“Parent/Legal Guardian”).

Prize (maximum of 1): “Free Cane’s for a Year,” which will be awarded in the form of a Raising Cane’s reward card redeemable during business hours one time per calendar week (Monday through Sunday, excluding holidays) for the fifty-two (52) weeks following issuance (the “Redemption Period”), with each redemption good for one (1) free THE BOX COMBO® meal (“Reward Card”). The Reward Card may not be used more than one time per calendar week (Monday through Sunday), and is subject to these Official Rules and the Reward Card’s standard terms and conditions printed on the back of the Reward Card.  No rainchecks or refunds offered for failure to redeem the BOX COMBO meal during any calendar week of the Redemption Period. The first BOX COMBO meal will be available when Reward Card is issued and will expire the Sunday following issuance (which may result in a partial calendar week for the first usage). Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) is $848.64.

Winner must accept delivery of designated Prize in the method as solely determined and designated by Sponsor.  Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize with one of comparable or greater value, at its sole discretion.  Prize shall be shipped only to the designated Winner residential address submitted to Sponsor by Winner and as designated by Sponsor (i.e. UPS, USPS or other Sponsor designated carrier), or as otherwise specified by Sponsor.  

Once shipped, Prize shall be considered awarded and delivered, and Sponsor shall not be responsible for actual receipt of delivery by a Winner.  In the event of any delivery issues, including undelivered, misdirected, lost or stolen delivery, Sponsor shall have no responsibility to replace the Prize, and Prize shall not be substituted by Sponsor with any alternate Prize or compensation. Winner shall look solely to designated shipper/carrier for any lost, damaged, stolen or mis-delivered packages and not to Sponsor for any delivery issues.

All Prizes are awarded as is, without any warranty, express or implied, by Sponsor. All Prize awards are nontransferable, and no cash redemption or prize substitution allowed, except at Sponsor’s sole discretion or as provided herein. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of comparable or greater value, at its sole discretion, if any advertised Prize becomes unavailable.   Failure to collect or properly claim prize in accordance with these rules will result in forfeiture of the prize. All properly claimed Prizes will be awarded.  Any unclaimed Prizes will not be awarded.

Additional Rules & Restrictions: Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited. By participating, Entrants agree to abide by and be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor and Administrator, which shall be final in all matters relating to this Contest. In the event an Entrant wins a Prize and is later found to be in violation of these Official Rules, Entrant will be required to forfeit the Prize, or reimburse Sponsor for the stated value of the Prize if such violation is discovered after Winner has used the Prize. Participation in Contest constitutes permission for the Sponsor and its designees to use Entrants’ names, cities and states of residence or likenesses for purposes of advertising and trade in any and all media now or hereafter known worldwide in perpetuity without limitation or further compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law. False, fraudulent or deceptive Entries or acts shall render Entrants ineligible for any Prize.

By participating in the Contest, Entrants agree to hold all Released Parties and each of their respective directors, officers, employees, contractors, agents and representatives, harmless from any claims, losses, actions, or damages of any kind, whether actual, incidental or consequential, for injury (including but not limited to death), damages, losses or expenses arising out of or relating to Entrant’s participation in this Contest, the acceptance, possession or use/misuse of a Prize, or participation in prize-related activities (including but not limited to travel or activity related thereto), and to assume all liability thereof. Released Parties shall not be liable to Winner or any other person for failure to supply a Prize or any part thereof by reason of any acts of God, any actions, regulations, orders, or requests by any governmental entity, equipment failure, terrorist acts, war, fire, unusually severe weather, embargo, labor dispute or strike, labor or material shortage, transportation interruption of any kind, or any other cause beyond Released Parties’ sole control.

Entrants may only use common, typical personal computer equipment, smart or mobile phones, Internet access and cellular networks when participating in this Contest. Sponsor disclaims all liability for any Entrant’s inability to complete, continue, correct, or submit an Entry due to equipment malfunction, inadvertent disconnections, acts beyond the Sponsor’s control, or otherwise. Sponsor disclaims all liability for any delays, mis-delivery, loss, or failure in the delivery of any item sent by mail, courier, express, electronic transmission, or other delivery method. Released Parties are not responsible for mechanical, technical, or electronic, communications, telephone, computer, hardware or software errors, malfunctions or failures of any kind, and any injury or damage to Entrant’s or any other person’s computer or mobile phone related to or resulting from participating in or downloading any information necessary to participate in the Contest. Released Parties are not responsible for any other errors of any kind relating to or in connection with the Contest, such as errors occurring to printing or advertising of this Contest, administration or execution of the Contest, the cancellation of a Contest component, the processing of Entries or in the announcement of the Prizes or prize Winners. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process.

Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, modify or terminate the Contest if fraud, misconduct, or technical failures destroy or threaten the integrity of the Contest. In the event of early termination of the Contest, Sponsor reserves the right to determine Contest Winners in a random drawing from among all eligible, non-suspect Entries received as of the time/date of such termination.

Odds:  Odds of being selected as a Winner are dependent upon the total number of eligible entries received, skill of each Entrant in creating their Entry, and decisions of Judges. 

Privacy: Sponsor is committed to protecting privacy. To enter the Contest, Entrants must complete an official Entry, which may include Entrant’s name, phone number, and email address. Winner must provide shipping information disclosing their name, address, and phone number. This information will only be used for selecting a winner and awarding the Prize. Sponsor may retain any Entry and winner selection information for recordkeeping purposes, but the information will not be used for any other purposes, except as described in these Official Rules. Sponsor does not sell any personal information collected as part of this Contest. Depending on your jurisdiction, applicable law may entitle you to certain consumer rights regarding the processing of your personal information. For more information about exercising your rights and our data collection and processing practices generally, please review our Privacy Policy at https://www.raisingcanes.com/privacy-policy.

In Case of Disputes: By participating, each Entrant agrees that (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with this Contest, or any prize, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and any judicial proceeding shall take place in a federal or state court within the state of Texas; (2) any and all claims, judgments, and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs associated with entering this Contest, but in no event attorneys' fees; and (3) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and Entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, and any rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of Entrant and Sponsor in connection with this Contest, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Texas, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions (whether of the State of Texas or any other jurisdiction), that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than Texas.

Winner List: For a copy of these Official Rules or a list of prize winners, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Raising Cane’s Bark Bracket Contest, c/o Raising Cane’s Restaurants, LLC, 6800 Bishop Road, Plano, TX 75024. Please specify whether you are requesting official rules or a list of the prize winners. Requests must be received by 6/15/2024.

Sponsor & Administrator: Raising Cane’s Restaurants, LLC, 6800 Bishop Road, Plano, TX 75024.

This Contest is not affiliated with or sponsored, sanctioned, or endorsed by or in any way in association with Instagram.  Instagram has no liability or responsibility for any claim arising in connection with this Contest or any prize awarded in connection therewith.