Mathis Money

The verdict is in, and it’s time to cash in AGAIN because CW26 is giving you two chances per day to win $500 in its “Mathis Money” sweepstakes!

Watch Judge Mathis at 2P and 3P on CW26 and look for the code word revealed.

Text the word to the number shown and you could win $500! There’s a new word and a new chance to enter each hour!

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Here's how to enter:

The “Mathis Money” sweepstakes starts Monday, January 27, 2020 and ends Friday, February 14, 2020.

Watch Judge Mathis weekdays at 2P and 3P and look for the code word on your TV screen.

Once the code word appears, text it to 31996. A new code word will be revealed each hour and a new winner will be randomly chosen to win $500. Two prizes per day of the sweepstakes period will be awarded.

Chances of winning will be determined by total number of eligible entries each hour. Participants are permitted to win once per week (maximum four times) during the sweepstakes period.

Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. By entering, each entrant accepts and agrees to be bound by these Official Rules. Failure to comply with these rules may result in disqualification.

SPONSOR. This Sweepstakes is sponsored by ‘CW26’ 26 N. Halsted, Chicago, Illinois 60661 (the "Sponsor"), which is solely responsible for the conduct of this Sweepstakes. Apple Inc. is not a sponsor of this sweepstakes.

ENTRY. A purchase is not required to enter or to win $500 (the “Prize”) from CW26. The Mathis Money Sweepstakes begins Monday, January 27, 2020 at 2:00 PM CDT and ends Friday, February 14, 2020 at 4:00 PM CDT unless extended by CW26.’ To enter the Sweepstakes, viewers must watch Judge Mathis on CW26 between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM for two (2) chances per day to text the code word shown to 31996 and win $500. Code words will be different each hour. Participants can text one (1) or both code words to increase their chances of winning. One (1) winner will be selected each hour (two (2) winners per day) from all eligible entries using a computer software winner selection tool. Winners will be contacted no later than 5:30 PM CDT each day to be notified that they are a winner. Participants are permitted to win once per week (maximum four times) during the sweepstakes period.

Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, illegible, misdirected or mutilated entries, due to technical/network failures, human error, or any other error or malfunction. Entry materials that have been tampered with or altered are void.

Entrants agree not to upload, post, or transmit any materials which contain any computer viruses, Easter eggs, worms, Trojan Horses or other harmful component or programming routines that are intended to damage, detrimentally interfere with, surreptitiously intercept or expropriate any system, data or personal information. Any attempt to deliberately damage any website or undermine the operation of the Sweepstakes is a violation of criminal and civil laws, and the Sponsor reserves the rights to seek damages from any person who makes such attempt(s).

Any questions regarding the number of entries submitted by an individual or authorized account holder of an e-mail address shall be determined by ‘CW26’ in its sole discretion, and ‘CW26’ reserves the right to disqualify any entries by persons determined to be tampering with or abusing any aspect of the Sweepstakes.

ELIGIBILITY. ‘Mathis Money’ is open to all legal residents of Illinois and Indiana who live in the Chicagoland television viewing area (as defined by A.C. Nielsen) and are 18 years of age or older. Employees of ‘CW26,’ their advertising agencies, consultants, franchisees, suppliers, (collectively, “Sweepstakes Parties”) are not eligible to enter or win, nor are such employees’ family members. In addition, individuals who share a common household with an employee of a Sweepstakes Party or who are in any kind of domestic relationship or partnership with an employee of a Sweepstakes Party (e.g., boyfriends, girlfriends, fiancé, roommates) are not eligible to enter or win this Sweepstakes. Sponsor shall be the sole judge of what constitutes a domestic relationship or partnership in the event of a dispute.

PRIZES. Two (2) winners will be randomly selected each day of the sweepstakes to receive an award of a check in the amount of $500. Participants are permitted to win once per week (maximum four times) during the sweepstakes period. Winners will first be notified via a phone call no later than 5:30 PM CDT each day. Following the phone call, the winner will receive an email detailing the necessary steps to prize fulfillment. Odds of winning will be determined by the total number of correct eligible entries. If a winner fails to claim their Prize within seven (7) business days, it will result in the forfeiture of the Prize and a new drawing may be held from the remaining eligible entries at the discretion of ‘CW26’.

PRIZE RESTRICTIONS & CONDITIONS. Prizes are non-transferable and subject to terms and conditions of the Prize provider and Sweepstakes Parties. There will be no substitute or cash redemption awarded to the Sweepstakes winners. All income and other taxes are the responsibility of the winner. By entering, the winner is consenting to the use of their name, likeness, and/or biographical information for advertising and promotional purposes without additional consideration, including any in-studio appearances.

DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY. These Prizes are non-transferable and will be delivered via USPS Ground Mail delivery. Winners are responsible for income and other taxes on the Prizes. Winners will be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Release of Liability, Publicity Release and Letter of Indemnification within seven (7) business days of notification of being a winner. Failure to comply with the rules and conditions of the Sweepstakes may result in a forfeiture of Prize. The $500 check will be delivered to the winner approximately 8 weeks after the Affidavit of Eligibility, Release of Liability, Publicity Release and Letter of Indemnification has been received by CW26. ‘CW26’ explicitly disclaims any and all warranties of any kind, including but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement. The Sponsor and/or Sweepstakes Parties shall not be liable or responsible for those guarantees or warranties made or offered by advertisers, partners, manufacturers or suppliers, including those related to the Prize. Under no circumstances shall the Sponsor and/or Sweepstakes Parties be held responsible or liable for use of the information and/or products supplied and/or made available through the promotion or for errors or anomalies resulting in the unintended or erroneous participation, award of any prize or other benefits under the jurisdiction of these sweepstakes rules.

By participating in this Sweepstakes, all participants and prize winners agree that CW26’s subsidiaries and affiliates and each of such entities’ respective officers, directors, agents and employees are not responsible or liable for any injury, loss, illness, litigation or damage that may occur from participation in the Sweepstakes or acceptance, possession, use or misuse of prize. In the event that any dispute arises regarding the meaning or interpretation of these official rules, participants agree that the dispute shall be resolved by applying the laws of Illinois and that it shall be resolved by and within the state or federal courts of that state.

The Sponsor offers no assurances, warranties, or guarantees that the promotion in any media, including but not limited to on air, text/mobile phones and websites, will be uninterrupted or error-free and do not promise the accuracy or reliability of any information obtained through this sweepstakes. The Sponsor and Sweepstakes Parties will not be liable, and are not responsible, for damages of any sort connected to participation in or inability/failure to participate in the sweepstakes, whether the damages are direct, indirect, special, incidental, or consequential.

MISCELLANEOUS. The decisions made by ‘CW26,’ concerning any and all matters with respect to this promotion shall be final. If a Prize winner chooses to submit a photo to the CW26 staff, they do so understanding that photos may be used at the sole discretion of the CW26 team – including on-air, online and social media promotional purposes. In the event of a computer, telephone failure, or any other circumstances beyond the control of ‘CW26’ where it becomes impracticable to award one or more Prizes, ‘CW26’ may, in its sole and absolute discretion, determine not to award any such Prize. This Sweepstakes is void where prohibited, penalized or otherwise restricted by law. A copy of these official Sweepstakes rules is available at the ‘CW26’ offices located at 26 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL or by writing to ‘CW26,’ ‘Mathis Money’ 26 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60661. If you wish to receive the names of Sweepstakes Prize Winners, you can visit the Sweepstakes Winners’ Page at or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to ‘Mathis Money’ 26 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60661. ‘CW26’ must receive any request for the Winners’ name, no later than March 14, 2020.