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Esurance Pass It On Sweepstakes Gives Away Over $1 Million | Reuters

08 Mar 2016 
PR Newswire

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 4, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In this year's big game, Esurance is passing its savings on and giving away over $1 million in its Esurance Pass It On Sweepstakes. Beginning today, people can simply Retweet messages from the Esurance Twitter handle tagged #EsuranceSweepstakes for chances to win. And for the first time ever, Esurance will select multiple prize winners each quarter who could win money in real time during the big game.

Experience the interactive Multimedia News Release here:

There will be more surprises in store along the way, so people should keep a close eye on the Esurance Twitter channel as details are revealed.

"The Esurance Pass It On Sweepstakes allows us to engage with people before and throughout the game, while also sharing information about who we are in a fun, memorable way," said Nancy Abraham, Vice President of Integrated Marketing Communications at Esurance. "We want people to become more aware of and familiar with Esurance, so with every Retweet they'll learn something different."

A new television commercial airing just before kickoff will remind fans to "pass it on" for chances to win throughout the big game. The spot, with John Krasinski's voiceover, features people in everyday situations dropping everything they're doing to catch a football made of money and pass it on. The message emphasizes that Esurance saves money, so they can pass those savings on to you. Viewers will be encouraged to pass it on too by Retweeting an Esurance Tweet with the hashtag #EsuranceSweepstakes. Each Retweet is an entry to win in the Esurance Pass It On Sweepstakes.

Esurance has always used innovative technology to make the insurance experience better. From Coverage Counselor®, helping customers find the right coverage and qualified experts available to answer any questions, to Photo Claims, helping settle claims fairly, quickly and efficiently, Esurance is modernizing protection and empowering customers to make smart insurance decisions. The Esurance Pass It On Sweepstakes is another example of using technology to improve experiences by selecting winners in real time during the game.

"With the rise of multi-screen viewing, especially around large-scale events, we wanted to connect with fans where they are already engaging with content - online and on social media," said Alan Gellman, Chief Marketing Officer at Esurance. "Our fully integrated program around the big game is a great example of how Esurance operates - fast, efficient and innovative in everything it does."

The entry period for the sweepstakes begins at 12:01am PST on Feb. 4, 2016. Winners will be revealed during and following the Sunday, Feb. 7 game.

Sweepstakes Guidelines

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Sweepstakes ends 11:59pm on 2/8/16. Open to legal residents of any of the 48 contiguous states who are at least 18 & age of majority (excluding AK, HI, and PR). Entry by Twitter only. Void in AK, HI, and PR and where prohibited. SUBJECT TO OFFICIAL RULES located at esurance.com/PassItOnRules. Odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received. Sponsor: Esurance Insurance Services, Inc., 650 Davis St., San Francisco, California 94111.

UNOFFICIAL WINNER MUST MONITOR TWITTER AND RESPOND PROMPTLY TO DIRECT MESSAGE FROM SPONSOR PRIZE OR FORFEIT PRIZE.

About Esurance®

Esurance provides auto, homeowners, motorcycle, and renters insurance direct to consumers online, over the phone, and through select agents. With an easy-to-use mobile app, quick comparison quotes, and video claims appraisals, Esurance is the smart choice for today's web-savvy consumer. And as a member of the Allstate family with an A+ rating from A.M. Best, Esurance is a reliable choice for car insurance, offering anytime, anywhere service just a click, call, or tap away. For more information, visit www.esurance.com or call 1-800-ESURANCE (1-800-378-7262).

Follow Esurance on the Esurance Blog, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.



Media Contact:

Dolleen Cross

Public Relations at Esurance

[email protected]

415-875-4722

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Rare Civil War-era shipwreck discovered in the ocean

08 Mar 2016 
Rare Civil War-era shipwreck discovered in the ocean - CNET

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This shipwreck could offer a look into the maritime conflicts of the American Civil War.



North Carolina Office of State Archaeology/Institute of International Maritime Research

There's a historical enigma lying on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of North Carolina. A sonar search of the ocean floor in late February revealed an iron-hulled steamer ship dating to the days of the Civil War, a conflict that lasted from 1861 to 1865.

Famous Civil War land battles like Gettysburg and the First Battle of Bull Run may dominate general knowledge, but the warfare spilled into the Atlantic in the form of Union blockades designed to cut off trading to the Confederates in the South. There were also conflicts between armor-plated ironclad warships.

The wreck appears to be a blockade runner, a steam-powered ship built to evade the Union blockade. The North Carolina Office of State Archaeology announced on Monday the discovery from near the mouth of the Cape Fear River. The office notes this "is the first Civil War-era vessel discovered in the area in decades."

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"The state of preservation on this wreck is among the best we've ever had," Billy Ray Morris, an archaeologist with the North Carolina Office of State Archaeology, said in a statement. He describes the wreck as "a really big deal."

There are three likely candidates for the vessel's identity. The Agnes E. Fry, Spunkie and Georgianna McCaw are all blockade runners known to have gone down in the area where the wreck was found.

Last year, a research vessel examined an even older shipwreck off the coast of North Carolina. Submersibles went in for a close look at the ship, estimated to date as far back as the late 1700s, and discovered glass bottles, a metal compass, a navigational instrument and an iron chain.

Scientists will continue to investigate and gather data on the shipwreck site as weather allows. There is no word yet on whether or not they plan to dive down or send submersibles to the ship.

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