Official Rules

No purchase or obligation necessary to enter or win. Purchase does not increase your chances of winning. Odds of winning will depend on the total number of entries received. Void where prohibited by law.

Eligibility: The Duke Energy Retail Free Energy For A Year Sweepstakes (the "Sweepstakes") is open only to residents of Ohio who are eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of entry. Entrants must be receiving electric service from one of the following local distribution companies at the time of entry: Columbus Southern Power Company, Duke Energy Ohio, Ohio Power Company, The Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company, The Dayton Power & Light Company, The Ohio Edison Company or The Toledo Edison Company. Employees, officers, and directors (including immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside and members of the same household, whether or not related) of Duke Energy Retail, Sales, LLC (the "Sponsor" or "Duke Energy Retail"), affiliated companies, subsidiaries, licensees, distributors, dealers, retailers, printers, advertising and promotion agencies, and any and all other companies associated with the Sweepstakes are not eligible to participate or win a Prize (defined below).

How To Enter: There will be 4 chances to win a Prize and Sweepstakes entries will be accepted between 5:00 P.M. Eastern Time ("ET") on Thursday, January 16, 2014 and ending at 5:00 P.M. ET on Sunday, December 14, 2014 ("Entry Period"). There are (2) ways to enter during the Entry Period as detailed below. One method of entry does not improve your chances of winning over another method of entry. No other method of entry will be accepted.

  1. Digital Entry: Enter online through the Free Energy For a Year online entry page: (www.WinFreeEnergy.com) by completing the online form with your full name, address city, state and zip code, current local distribution company and email address.
  2. Mail-in Method: You may also enter the Sweepstakes by hand-printing your full name, address, city, state and zip code, and evening telephone numbers (including area codes), current local distribution company and email address (if any) on a 3" x 5" postcard and mailing it in a sealed envelope with proper postage affixed to: Duke Energy Retail "Free Energy for a Year Sweepstakes" 139 East Fourth Street, Mail Drop EX-320, Cincinnati, OH 45202. Mail-in entries must be postmarked by December 9, 2014 and received by December 14, 2014 to be eligible. Mail-in entries become the property of the Sponsors and will not be returned.

Information Collected and Privacy: Entrants to the Sweepstakes may be given the option to receive commercial emails and/or other communications from Duke Energy Retail; however, eligibility to participate in the Sweepstakes is not dependent upon entrant's consent to receive such emails and/or other communications and consenting to receive such emails and/or other communications will not impact any entrant's chances of willing. By entering, entrants do agree to be called, mailed or emailed by Duke Energy Retail with information related to the entrant's entry. Information collected from entrants is subject to Sponsor's privacy policy, a link to which is located on the bottom of the page at www.WinFreeEnergy.com

Random Drawings: Four random drawings (each a "Drawing") for a Prize from among all eligible entries received during the Entry Period will be conducted by a Sponsor representative on or about the following dates: (Drawing 1) Monday, March 25, 2014; (Drawing 2) Monday, June 23, 2014; and (Drawing 3), Wednesday September 24, 2014 and (Drawing 4) Monday, December 15, 2014. Only one Prize will be awarded to a household and winners in any Drawing will be ineligible to compete for a Prize in any subsequent Drawing for this Sweepstakes.

Prize: One (1) Prize To Be Awarded for each Drawing (1-4), which is in the form of one (1) Visa ® pre-paid gift card in the amount of $2,100 (the "Prize"). The amount of the Prize is intended to represent an average residential household's annual cost of electricity. The gift card is subject to separate terms and conditions imposed by the issuer. The winner is fully responsible for any and all applicable federal, state and local taxes (including income and withholding taxes) and will be required to provide the Sponsors with a mailing address, and complete and submit a W-9 form to claim a Prize. All costs and expenses associated with Prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being provided are the sole responsibility of the winner(s). Sponsor assumes no obligation to make payment to any utility company on behalf of a winner and its sole obligation is to award the Prizes as defined herein. The winner is responsible for remitting payment to their respective utility company directly and will be responsible for any late fee past due balances, etc.

Prize Conditions: Each Prize is non-transferrable.

Notification: The potential winners will be notified at the mailing address and/or email address provided at the time of entry (the "Prize Notification"). In the event that any potential winner does not respond to any such Prize Notification within three (3) days of the date of issuance or declines the Prize for any reason, a disqualification will result, the Prize will be forfeited and, at Sponsor's sole discretion, an alternative potential winner may be randomly selected from among all remaining eligible entries. The potential winner may be required to submit his/her valid social security number and/or other identification to Sponsor and may be required to execute, have notarized and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release of Liability and, unless prohibited by law, Publicity, within five (5) days of the date of issuance. Failure to submit any identification required by Sponsor or to return the required documents within the specified time period, noncompliance with these Official Rules or the return of the Prize (or any portion thereof) or Prize Notification as undeliverable may result in disqualification and Prize forfeiture and, at Sponsor's sole discretion and time permitting, may cause an alternate potential winner to be randomly selected from among all remaining eligible entries.

Waiver of liability / publicity release: By participating in the Sweepstakes and submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to (i) be bound by these Official Rules, including all entry requirements, and (ii) waive any and all claims against the Sponsor and their respective parents, affiliated companies, subsidiaries, officers, directors, employees, agents, licensees, distributors, dealers, retailers, printers, representatives and advertising and promotion agencies, and any and all other companies associated with the Sweepstakes, and all of their respective officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, "Released Parties"). By entering this Sweepstakes, each entrant gives his/her express permission to be contacted by the Sponsor by e-mail and/or postal mail. The Winner, by acceptance of Prize, grants to Sponsor, the right to publicize Winner's name, address (city and state of residence), photograph, voice, statements and/or other likeness and prize information for advertising, promotional, trade and/or any other purpose in any media or format now known or hereafter devised, throughout the world, in perpetuity, without limitation and without further compensation, consideration, permission or notification, unless prohibited by law.

General Conditions: Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend or modify the Sweepstakes if fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond Sponsor's reasonable control impairs the integrity of the Sweepstakes, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. In such event, Sponsor reserves the right to award prizes at random from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes is a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Sponsor's failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Winner's List: For Sweepstakes results, mail a self-addressed, stamped envelope to The DERS Free Energy for a Year Sweepstakes Winners at 139 East 4th Street, EA 320 Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. Requests must be received by January 31, 2015.

SPONSOR: The Sponsor of this Sweepstakes is Duke Energy Retail Sales, LLC with an address at 139 East 4th Street, EA 320 Cincinnati, Ohio 45202.