Do you want to win Rs. 250 off at your favourite restaurant?

1. Read the Times of India and answer 2 simple questions based on the same day’s content.

2. Questions are carried in the strip below the mast head - everyday!

3. SMS your answers to 8745966661 in this template <City><SPACE>A1<SPACE><Answer1><SPACE>A2<SPACE><Answer2>.

4. If you live in Delhi and the two questions in today’s TOI are:
Question 1: In which State did the election commission close campaigning ahead of time? (Answer 1 – West Bengal)
Question 2: Which actor interviewed the prime minister recently? (Answer 2 – Akshay Kumar)
Your answer should be in this format - Delhi A1 West Bengal A2 Akshay Kumar

5. Please make sure to specify your ‘City’ and not ‘locality’ name in the SMS format; for example Delhi A1 XXXX A2 XXXX. List of cities enclosed for your quick reference – Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Noida, Pune.

6. Send both answers in a single SMS, between 7:00 AM and 11:00 AM, for that day's Happy Times.

7. 2500 winners would be chosen from those who provide both correct answers within the specified participation window (7 AM to 11 AM)

8. Remember to save your Dineout voucher code SMS for easy access.

Would you like to take home a Croma voucher or a car?

1. Don't miss Happy Times on the front page of Times of India every morning.

2. Every correct answer, sent between 7:00 AM and 11:00 AM, gets you one point.

3. You need to earn a minimum of 10 points in a week to be eligible for that week’s draw. Just registering for the program could get you 5 bonus points!

4. You become eligible for the monthly draw once you have earned 30 points for that month.

5. 36 Croma Vouchers worth Rs. 9,999 each to be won every week; Mega rewards of 2 Cars and 15 Croma Vouchers worth Rs. 75,000 each up for grabs every month.

6. Don't forget to register - This is mandatory for weekly and monthly draws. It gives you bonus points as well!

7. Weekly draw to be held every Sunday after 11 AM and Monthly draw to be held on the 15th of every month.

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Register Now Registration gets you 5 bonus points and a chance to win
Croma vouchers and Cars!

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Daily
Rewards

Rs. 250 no minimum spend Dineout e-vouchers for the first 2500 winners every day

Weekly
Rewards

36 Croma vouchers worth Rs 9,999 each every week

Monthly
Rewards

2 Cars and 15 Croma Vouchers worth Rs. 75,000 each every month

How to play?

If you live in Delhi and the two questions in today’s TOI are:

Question 1: In which State did the election commission close campaigning ahead of time? (Answer 1 – West Bengal)

Question 2: Which actor interviewed the prime minister recently? (Answer 2 – Akshay Kumar)

Your answer should be in this format - Delhi A1 West Bengal A2 Akshay Kumar

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Happy Times is a reader contest which would run across 4 publications of BCCL, viz., Times of India, Maharashtra Times, Navbharat Times and Ei Samay
  • The contest questions would be provided on the front page of each newspaper and the registered participant would have to provide the answers to the questions via SMS(details of which would be provided along with the questions)
  • Participants would be informed of the outcome through a reply SMS
  • There would be 5000 winners daily out of the participants who have answered all the questions correctly. The winners would be spread over 4 publications (Times of India: 2500, Maharashtra Times : 1000, Navbharat Times : 1000, Ei Samay : 500)
  • The daily contest would be open from 7AM to 11AM daily. 5000 correct respondents (according to the break-up across the various publications mentioned above) in the specified participation window would win the Rs. 250 E-Voucher

  • Daily Contest: 5000 winners chosen across the 4 publications would be provided a Rs. 250 no minimum spend e-voucher through the reply SMS by the system.
  • Weekly Contest: For each correct answer that the participant provides, he/she would earn a point. This account of points would be maintained against the phone number of the participant. At the end of the week, all the participants who are above or equal to 10 points would be eligible to participate in a weekly bumper prize contest. The prizes here would be a Rs. 9999 Croma E-Voucher. These prizes could vary by publication and city of participation. Winners would be chosen through Lucky Draw. Registration is mandatory
  • Monthly Contest: For each correct answer that the participant provides, he/she would earn a point. This account of points would be maintained against the phone number of the participant. At the end of the month, all the participants who are above or equal to 30 points would be eligible to participate in a monthly bumper prize contest. The prizes here would be cars and/or mega Croma Vouchers. These prizes could vary by publication and city of participation. Winners would be chosen through Lucky Draw. Registration is mandatory.

  • One should be a resident of India
  • Although there is no age criterion for participation, it must be noted that for the monthly bumper prizes, in case a participant is adjudged as a weekly draw or monthly draw winner, they would have to produce their PAN card as well as the Aadhar Card.
  • To participate in the monthly and weekly sweepstakes, one needs to mandatorily register themselves on the Happy Times website(s). Following are the websites you need to register on, depending on the publication of your participation :

To participate, you need to send the answers to the questions provided on the front page via SMS in the correct format. For instance, if the answers to Questions 1 and 2 are Cat and Dog respectively and you live in Delhi, you have to simply message Delhi A1 Cat A2 Dog to the designated number for your publication.

  • Daily Contest: If you win the daily contest, you would be notified of the same via a system generated return SMS, containing an alphanumeric E-voucher code worth Rs. 250.
  • Weekly Lucky Draw : If you are eligible to participate in the weekly lucky draw and you are one of the lucky winners, you would be notified of the same via a system generated SMS and would receive the weekly draw Chroma Vouchers code and pin via SMS.
  • Monthly Lucky Draw : If you are eligible to participate in the monthly lucky draw and you are one of the lucky winners, you would be notified of the same via a system generated SMS. In addition, a telecaller would also call you up informing you of the necessary steps for redemption.

    As mentioned earlier, if you are one of the daily winners, you would be provided the E-Voucher via a system generated SMS. For the Rs. 250 Dineout E-Voucher, the process of redemption is:
  • To see the list of restaurants where the E-Voucher code is applicable, download the Dineout app and register, if not done yet.
  • To explore the restaurants affiliated with Dineout Pay, search by choosing Current Location or by physical entering a locality.
    Check reference image here
  • Choose the tab 'Dineout Pay' to view the restaurants where the voucher could be redeemed. Check reference image here
  • Once you visit one of the affiliated restaurants, while paying the bill, select the Pay Bill option Check reference image here
  • This would lead you to a prompt asking for the bill amount Check reference image here
  • Now, after clicking on proceed, there would be an option to enter the Promo Code. Check reference image here
  • Enter your promocode so as to avail Rs. 250 off on your bill amount
  • This e-voucher can be clubbed with existing offers (Gourmet Passport, Dineout Earnings received as a result of cashbacks or other promotions)
  • Only 1 E-Voucher can be used per bill.

If you have won the weekly draw prize, you would be notified of the same via a system generated SMS. The weekly Chroma voucher would be sent to you by SMS in the form of a 16 digit code and a 6 digit pin. For activation, you could visit https://www.croma.com/qcpgiftcard and follow the necessary steps.

If you have won the monthly draw prize, you would be notified of the same via a system generated SMS. In addition, a telecaller would reach out to you on your registered mobile number to guide you on the steps of redemption. Please note that for redemption, you would have to produce self-attested copies of PAN and Aadhar card.

  • Lottery Tax- All gifts over and above Rs.10000 p.a are taxable under section 194(b) of the Income Tax Act, 1961. If at all, the net value of the gifts exceeds Rs. 10000 over a year, a gift tax at the rate of 30% plus other applicable taxes would be paid by the winner by way of Demand Draft and solely borne by him/her. BCCL is in no way liable to pay the any duty or tax imposed by the Government of India.
  • Charges over and above the Ex-Showroom price of Bikes and Cars- All the charges, including insurance, registration, road taxes etc., over and above the ex-showroom price would be borne by the winner of the aforementioned prizes.

  • For any queries/grievances w.r.t to Happy Times, reach out at the following numbers :
  • For English and Hindi, call 01206695211
  • For Marathi, call 01206695212
  • For Bengali, call 01206695250
  • For any queries/grievance w.r.t to the Dineout daily vouchers, you could reach out to the Dineout customer care at +91 92123 40202 For any queries/grievance w.r.t to Chroma vouchers, you could reach out to their customer care on 7207 666 000

 

Terms and Conditions

Bennett, Coleman & Co. Limited (BCCL) (hereinafter referred to as BCCL) is a company within the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013, having its Registered Office at The Times of India Building, Dr. D.N. Road, Mumbai 400 001.

By participating in the 'Happy Times' contest' (hereinafter referred to as the 'Contest'), you accept and agree that you are of the minimum age of 18 years and accept and agree that you are a citizen of India and minimum age of 18 years and accept and agree to the following terms and conditions: -

  • The Contest shall be known as 'Happy Times' contest.
  • The Contest is organized managed and conducted by BCCL under the following publications , viz, Times of India, Ei Samay, Navbharat Times and Maharashtra Times
  • This Contest is subject to BCCL's policies and other conditions.
  • This Contest is open to readers of 13 editions of the Times of India (Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane ,Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, New Delhi, Pune), 2 editions of Maharashtra Times (Mumbai and Pune), 6 editions of Navbharat Times (Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Mumbai), Kolkata edition of Ei Samay.
  • From May 15, 2019, each day, all of the aforesaid publications will have 2 questions, the answers to which would be contained in the news content of that particular day’s relevant newspaper. Participant needs to SMS the answer as <Your City Name> A1 <answer1> A2 <answer2> to 8745966661 for Times of India, 8745966662 for Navbharat Times , 8745966663 for Maharashtra Times and 8745966664 for Ei Samay. 
  • The mobile number of the participant would act as the primary identifier for the participant and the account of points would be mapped against the same.
  • The participant can provide the answers only in a single attempt. Multiple attempts will not be considered. For Maharashtra Times, Navbharat Times and Ei Samay, the participant can provide answers in Marathi, Hindi and Bengali as well, apart from English.
  • After sharing the answer, participants will receive an automated SMS acknowledging the receipt of their response.
  • The daily contest would be open for a 4-hour window (7 AM to 11 AM) during which the participants must submit their responses. At the end of this window, out of all the correct responses to both the questions of the day, 5000 winners (2500 for Times of India, 1000 for Maharashtra Times, 1000 for Navbharat Times, 500 for Ei Samay) would be chosen from those who provided both correct answers. These 5000 daily winners would receive their daily voucher over a return SMS.
  • For every correct answer, the participant would win 1 point which would be keep accumulating over 2 counters, weekly and monthly, against the mobile number. The weekly and monthly counters would be reset to zero at the end of each week and month respectively.
  • In addition, at the end of each week and month, there would be weekly and monthly winners and only those who have accumulated more than 10 and 30 points respectively are eligible for these weekly and monthly prizes. 106 lucky readers (36 for Times of India, 20 for Maharashtra Times, 40 for Navbharat Times, 10 for Ei Samay) every week stand to win Vouchers worth Rs. 9999 from Croma and/or Sargam Electronics.
  • 44 lucky readers (17 for Times of India, 11 for Maharashtra Times, 11 for Navbharat Times, 5 for Ei Samay) stand a chance to win Cars and Mega Croma Vouchers every month.
  •  Weekly Vouchers can be won a maximum of once in 2 weeks from the same mobile number, in the same publication.
  •  Weekly draws will be announced every Sunday after the daily participation window closes. Participants who ‘Qualify for the weekly prize participation’ on that Sunday, will be considered for the next week’s weekly prize.
  •  The monthly bumper prize will be announced on the last day of the month after the daily participation window closes. A user/reader can win the monthly bumper prize a maximum of one time, across all publications.
  • Registration is mandatory for eligibility in the weekly and monthly lucky draw. The registration could be done on the following websites w.r.t to the publication of participation (Times of India : www.toihappytimes.com, Navbharat Times : www.nbthappytimes.com, Maharashtra Times : www.mthappytimes.com, Ei Samay : www.eshappytimes.com)
  • Each mobile number will be treated as a unique ID and multiple SMS from same mobile number will not be considered for the same day and same publication.
  • All documents / posts / texts received shall remain the property of BCCL.
  • Decision of the Management of BCCL is final and no correspondence or any other claims whatsoever, in this regard will be entertained.
  • The Prize is subject to the laws of India and deduction of taxes, levies and other statutory payments shall be as applicable and borne solely by the Winner only. BCCL will not be responsible to pay any applicable tax or duty or levy or fee including but not limited to gift tax,lottery tax, registration tax etc. In the bumper car prize or any such prize, the vehicle will be provided at Exroom price and all other charges including but not limited to registration, insurance, service related cost or issues shall be borne by the winner only.
  • BCCL does not give any warranty or guarantee concerning the quality, suitability or merchantability of any prize and BCCL or its management, directors, officers, agents, representatives shall not be responsible for or liable (including but not limited to the Product and Service Liabilities) for deficiency and/ or defect of any product/service given as the prize or any kind of consequential damages/ loss, in any manner whatsoever. BCCL shall not be responsible for any realization of Gift vouchers or prize. Any prize or gift shall be handed over to winners only after payment of any applicable TDS and all winners must possess a valid PAN card, the details of which the participant is mandated to furnish along with the complete address before claiming the prize
  • Friends and families of BCCL employees shall not be eligible to participate in this Contest.
  • All right, title and interest, including but not limited to the Intellectual Property Rights, in the promotional material(s) and / or images, posts, texts, videos or any such material created by BCCL or submitted by the contestants shall always vest solely and exclusively with BCCL .
  • BCCL reserves the right to change, alter or cancel this Contest in part or full, or change any or all of the terms and conditions that are applicable, without giving prior intimation/notice of any kind and will not be liable for any consequential losses/damages. Decision of BCCL in this regard and in general with respect to this Contest and the Terms & Conditions thereto shall be final, binding and non-contestable.
  • Nothing contained herein amounts to a commitment or representation by BCCL to conduct further or other schemes.
  • All disputes shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the Courts at Mumbai only.
  • Images/ Pictures/ Photographs displayed in the promotional campaign for the Contest are for reference only; actual gifts or prize may appear different.
  • Gifts are subject to the laws prevailing in the country, including regulations as may be applicable to the winner. No correspondence in this regard will be entertained under any circumstances.
  • Participants' entering the Contest shall be deemed as his/her acceptance of the terms and conditions.
  • Gifts or prize cannot be exchanged or redeemed for cash; no cash claim can be made in lieu of the gifts or prize.
  • Winners shall not conceal or misrepresent any information during the scrutiny or otherwise, failing which the participant shall be disqualified for participating in the Contest.
  • Prizes or gifts will be handed over to all the winners post bumper lucky draw (if required) after completing and complying with all due process. In the event the successful participant fails to collect the gift within 30 days mentioned by BCCL, the gift may be forfeited by BCCL and the participant shall have no right or objection on it.
  • BENNETT COLEMAN & CO reserves the right to withdraw &/or alter any of the terms & conditions of this Contest at any time without prior notice.
  • Interpretation of Rules and Regulations and terms & conditions for any legal issue will be considered only in English.
  • By participating in this contest; you agree to receive relevant contest related updates (for example by SMS, email, website/app push notifications, etc.) and we can send you news about BCCL, details about new features and content available on the BCCL Services, Promotional announcements, and surveys.

Bennett, Coleman & Co. Limited (BCCL) (hereinafter referred to as BCCL) is a company within the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013, having its Registered Office at The Times of India Building, Dr. D.N. Road, Mumbai 400 001.

By participating in the 'Happy Times' contest' (hereinafter referred to as the 'Contest'), you accept and agree that you are of the minimum age of 18 years and accept and agree to the following terms and conditions:

  • Daily Winners will be provided INR 250 no minimum spend Dineout vouchers via SMS.
  • The E-Voucher could be clubbed with other offers/promotionals/earnings.
  • This voucher is strictly a discount voucher and will not reflect in Dineout Earnings or likewise.
  • These vouchers are applicable only at restaurants affiliated with Dineout Pay. To see the list of restaurants in your city, visit : https://www.dineout.co.in/
  • To redeem these vouchers, you have to do the following :
    1) Download the Dineout App from Google Play/App Store
    2) Visit a Dineout Pay affiliated restaurant in your city
    3) Pay via Dineout Pay, citing the E-Voucher Code to obtain an INR 250 discount on the bill
  • For any grievance/issues related to redemption, you could reach out the Dineout helpline on +91 92123 40202. BCCL, its directors and employees may not be responsible for any issue or grievance between customer/participant and Dineout.

  • Weekly Lucky draw winners will receive a Rs. 9999 worth Croma voucher via a system generated SMS
  • The voucher would be in the form of a 16 digit code and a 6 digit pin
  • For activation, SMS GCACT<16 Digit CARDNUMBER><6 Digit Pin No> to 7200666000. For instructions and T&Cs, visit https://www.croma.com/qcpgiftcard
  • E -Vouchers cannot be used multiple times
  • These e-vouchers can be used either online or at a Croma store
  • To use the E-Voucher at any Croma outlet, one would need to produce a Govt. ID card
  • For any queries related to redemption, the Croma customer care could be reached out on 7207 666 000