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Crave giveaway: Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller

Will the Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller save you money by saving water? Enter to win a chance to find out, and outsmart-yard the Joneses.

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Congratulations to Megan B. of Midland, Michigan, for winning a DJI Phantom accessory from Drone World last week.

The 16-zone, weatherproof Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller replaces the existing controller for your sprinklers and connects them to your Wi-Fi. From there, the controller uses the weather forecast and local humidity data (and a rain sensor if you connect one) to automatically adjust its watering schedule. That could be pretty useful in some climates, especially if you're away on a trips a lot.

It also integrates with Amazon's Alexa voice control system, IFTTT and other smart-home favorites (see our first take), which could be useful if you've always wanted to turn your sprinklers off by yelling. Or turn them on unexpectedly. Because there are some kids on your lawn and they don't know how smart your yard is. You wouldn't even have to put down your beer. Hypothetical situation.

Here's how you enter to win this ticket to potential hijinks and well-watered shrubbery. There are a few rules, so please read carefully.

  • Register as a CNET user. Go to the top of this page and hit the "Join CNET" link to start the registration process. If you're already registered, there's no need to register again.
  • Leave a comment below. You can leave whatever comment you want. If it's funny or insightful, it won't help you win, but we're trying to have fun here, so anything entertaining is appreciated.
  • Leave only one comment. You may enter for this specific giveaway only once. If you enter more than one comment, you will be automatically disqualified.
  • The winner will be chosen randomly. The winner will receive one (1) 16-zone Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller 2nd Generation with a total retail value of up to $249.99.
  • If you are chosen, you will be notified via email. The winner must respond within three days of the end of the sweepstakes. If you do not respond within that period, another winner will be chosen.
  • Entries can be submitted until April 18, 12 p.m. ET.

And here's the disclaimer that our legal department said we had to include (all caps for extra legality):

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. DATA RATES MAY APPLY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. YOU HAVE NOT YET WON. MUST BE LEGAL RESIDENT OF ONE OF THE 50 UNITED STATES OR D.C., 18 YEARS OLD OR AGE OF MAJORITY, WHICHEVER IS OLDER IN YOUR STATE OF RESIDENCE AT DATE OF ENTRY INTO SWEEPSTAKES. VOID IN PUERTO RICO, ALL U.S. TERRITORIES AND POSSESSIONS, AND WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Sweepstakes ends at 12 p.m. ET on Monday, April 18, 2016. See official rules for details.

(And be sure to follow Crave on Twitter at @crave. Some of our giveaways are now Twitter-based.)