(Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Jameson Irish Whiskey)

Hold on to your liver because St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday (3/17) this year! That’s an automatic three-day weekend, right? Well, not really.

While it is a public holiday in Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is not a federal holiday in the U.S., even though it’s celebrated by millions of people here whether or not they have any Irish blood. Based on that fact, and the related alcohol consumption, it should be a day off from work. The same goes for the day after the Super Bowl, and that could actually happen in Tennessee. But I digress.

The folks at Jameson Irish Whiskey feel the same way as I do about being at the office on St. Patrick’s Day, so they’re offering you the chance to win $10,000 if you take it upon yourself to make this March 17th a day off from work. I’m guessing $10-grand would more than cover your missed wages from playing hooky for one day.

Here’s how Jameson’s St. Patrick’s Day Time Off, or SPTO, contest works:

  • You must be at least 21 years old to enter.
  • You’ll need to be out of the office and in a bar between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. local time on Friday, March 17th.
  • That’s when Jameson will video call one lucky drinker who’s out celebrating the holiday and give them $10,000!

To help make sure you don’t get busted for ducking out early on St. Patty’s Day, Jameson is even offering a “Desk Decoy.” You can buy a special customizable, life-size cutout version of yourself to prop up in your office or cubicle so that your boss is none the wiser. Actually, Jameson doesn’t want anyone getting into trouble so they require that your supervisor sign off on all of this. Heck, invite them to join you!

Jameson really has thought of everything. To support the people working in the restaurant and bar industries, who can’t take St. Patrick’s Day off, all proceeds of the Jameson Desk Decoys will be donated to the Restaurant Workers Community Foundation. That’s on top of an additional $25,000 donation from Jameson.

So are you in? Let’s do this! CLICK HERE to find everything you need to know about the SPTO contest and Jameson Desk Decoy. But hurry, you only have until March 10th to get your decoy and March 16th to enter the contest. Slainte!

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