Thursday, March 15, 2007

BIGGEST BEST FIRST SMALLEST ETC

Thinking back over the years and trying to classify what the LEADERS are is hard!

my BEST win ever was $2000 on the RADIO! it was thrilling to hear the recording award me the big bucks and even better when I picked it up! LOL it was a R&B station in Richmond and I was the big winner, lucky caller that got the money! This was a long time ago when $2000 was more like $5000 now. My kids were in need of new beds and they wanted water beds. we didn't have the money and when I won the $2000 I went straight away to buy the beds complete with linens and new comforters! These beds lasted them many years and I was thrilled to provide them. I paid a few bills, got tires for the car and some other things which I cannot remember but I remember VIVIDLY going to get the money! the people at the radio station gave me balloons, tshirts and the big check and told me to tell ALL OF MY FRIENDS TO LISTEN! :)

My first win came when I was just about 9 or 10 years old! I watched a TV show called BOZO which was a kids show with a clown and a dog puppet. I wanted to "be on the show" but my parents never had time to bring me anywhere and didn't consider this something they would be interested in doing for me. I was a "latch key" kid, and this was my afternoon entertainment, while babysitting my younger brother. They had this contest that you sent in a post card to the show , they put the cards in a barrel and the puppet drew out 12 cards a day and put them on a leader board. They then rolled dice and the winning card was announced. I had been on a school field trip to the circus. My parents didn't give me any spending money but a classmate had $20 WHOLE DOLLARS (was a lot back then) and she bought me a program which had POST CARDS IN IT! WOW! I sent in one of the post cards with a stamp I begged for from an adult neighbor! I watched everyday and then one day I saw the CIRCUS POST CARD on the leader board! They picked my card and i won a prize pack that included a shirt, passes to some local businesses (skating , fast food etc) and I thought I was the luckiest person alive!

BIGGEST WIN my biggest win (worth the most money) is my HUGE 52 inch big screen HITACHI TELEVSION which was worth about $5000 at the time I won it! Now it is worth a lot less......... but it is still in WORKING ORDER and in my living room! I really would like to win a flat screen to replace this now, save some much needed room...........but for now I will just be happy to have won such a great prize! the FUNNY thing is that the same month I also won a 2 inch screen TV, the largest and the smallest available at the time! :) it was TV MONTH!
BTW........ I won this from a MUSIC SITE........ HERE they still have monthly contests but most of the time they are music related! I entered this one 1x on the last day of that particular contest.

SMALLEST WIN EVER I guess my smallest win is a 10% off coupon that I won lately from NBA site. I was all excited to see a CONGRATULATIONS in my inbox and hurried to see what it was I won, my shoulders sunk as I read the news............ but my smallest tangible win has to be a MAGNET , I have won my share of these over the years, and I have been told that I get more excited over winning a magnet than most! :) Most recently I was a NASCAR SCHEDULE MAGNET from an instant win that is now over, I haven't gotten it yet, but HEY a win is a win right?

MOST INTERESTING WIN: my most interesting win was last year. 2006. I was chosen to be one of the 88 friends pictured on a RACE CAR! Kyle Petty was celebrating and saluting their following by featuring fans on 2 race cars. I was 1/44 pictured on one car during FAN FEST which was a big race. I got an autographed poster and a copy of the decal that was used with my picture. I was interviewed by our local paper, the Powhatan Today, and so was my DH!

MOST SATISFYING WIN I remember this SO VERY WELL, like it was yesterday.......
I was 17 years old and married, living in New Orleans and sitting on the bed playing a board game with my husband at the time. Now you have to know that this man that I was married to at such a young age, happens to be one of the most CYNICAL people in the WORLD! He was a "nay sayer" and thought everybody was out to get over on you and contests were "rigged." I was telling him about my contest wins in the past and he said something along the lines of "they picked you to win because you were a cute little girl" not because you won "square and fair." I vehemently disagreed with him and tried to convince him that all you have to do to win is ENTER and you have just as much chance as anyone else. Well, we had the radio on and this radio station "WRNO" was giving away a Beatles Collectors Set randomly to caller #? during the day, it was being advertised. I listened carefully and when the Beatles song started playing I picked up the phone and started dialing. I won that contest right there as he shook his head in disbelief, thinking I was playing a joke to prove a point. He almost fell off the bed when my voice started playing on the radio speaker. It was a Saturday when I won. He said "lets go pick it up now" I told him that you had to go during the week and his reply was promptly "oh yea, they do it like that so that working people can't go in to pick it up, hoping you never collect your prize." On Monday I called the station and they said I could pick it up until 6:00 any weekday. That same day I was there by 5:30 and couldn't wait to bring it home. Everyone wanted this album set that saw it, It was one of my proudest wins and most satisfying wins ever. :)

BEST SHARED WIN:
Cheryl Free (don't you love her name?) my online buddy in INDIANA won a trip to DISNEY LAND in California with a "meet & greet" with movie stars including Jim Belushi, Drew Carey, John Ritter and others. She chose me to go with her on the trip, meeting at the airport in Detroit and off for a 3 day trip filled with fun and adventure! This was absolutely the best shared win ever, we had a Great time, took lots of good pics and we each got a huge hug from Jim Belushi too!




NASCAR RACE FIASCO


I got a letter in january 2007 that I was a winner in the COKE NASCAR CONTEST and that I won tickets to the NEXTEL CUP RACE IN CHARLOTTE
with letter in hand i ran outside to inform the DH that we were BIG WEINERS
(that is our inside joke around here........ I always say "I AM A WEINER" when I get a WIN NOTICE)

I showed him the letter, compared it to the contest rules and we started making plans for the BIG RACE! He is a bit of a race fan, I really am not, but I do like weekend trips and the hoopla and festive atmosphere.

ANYWAY .......... some time passed and I got this email that said SORRY BUT YOU WON "POLE NIGHT TICKETS" well, that is a long drive to go to QUALIFICATION and OMG that isn't even a RACE! what a disappointment! the sweeps boards that i frequent were all SWARMING with people complaining, emailing, calling COKE and letting them know in NO UNCERTAIN TERMS that they were MAD MAD MAD about the letter that mislead them. I decided I would NOT join the people that were overloading the phone lines etc but I would email them back and say "I am disappointed but thanks anyway"

AS OF THIS DATE i have not rec'vd a confirmation that they have rec'vd my email , but several people have emailed me that won BRISTOL race tickets saying that they are getting ACTUAL RACE TICKETS in addition to POLE NIGHT tickets too but for NEXT YEAR 2008
they also have the choice to attend the CHARLOTTE RACE THIS YEAR.......... so if they make good across the board, it looks like I will have a shot at going to the race after all!

WILL post an update on what I actually won when I find out , which appears to be about a week before the race, not enough time to make hotel reservations, but luckily my sister in law lives very near this race track!

I got a delivery this a.m. from DHL stating that I will get the ACTUAL RACE TICKETS!
I have to take to the GOING POSTAL store tomorrow and return the AFFY!
YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

I also got the Pole Tickets but I will be unable to use these, so on CRAIGSLIST they go!
Sold the Pole Tickets for $20 shipped on EBAY instead! I made about $14 after shipping priority and paying ebay / paypal fees

MAY 14th
RECEIVED THE TICKETS! giving them to my DB for a GIFT he is THRILLED! :)

MARCH : in like a ..............


we went to WV to the CHARLESTOWN race track this weekend
I found 3 PENNIES, a dime and a LARGE GREEN BEAD with a PANDA PAINTED ON IT AND SOME BAMBOO, can you say NEW LUCKY CHARM?

MARCH 5

$20 itunes GC from RHOTO
***enter 4x per week
RECEIVED

KEITH URBAN AUTOGRAPHED JEANS + prize pack from KEITHURBAN.NET
NEW CONTEST IS POSTED ............. expires april 7
RECEIVED

MARCH 7:
THERMOS from
http://www.hottamales.com/
Instant win: only 1 win per email addy from the "top" prizes
RECEIVED

DH won CANDY from
http://www.hottamales.com/
***can win multiple packs of candy
RECEIVED

$72 in RUBBER SQUEEGEES from
http://www.ungerwindowcleaner.com/game/
***thanx captain ruby red for this instant win post

MARCH 8
2 TICKETS to see NICKELBACK in HAMPTON (for kelly) from FYE.COM
contest is now over :(
RECEIVED

MOVIE PRIZE PACK : "cornerstone promotion/ newline cinema" not sure where I won this from ? came surprise today UPS : poster, hat, soundtrack, shirt & movie ticket NO NOTE
RECEIVED

MARCH 9
rec'vd "Because I said So" spatula & oven mitt ! (COOL!) from BAKESPACE.com
rec'vd 2 hockey tickets - Norfolk - KELLY

MARCH 10
BLINGO: freelancer, SHERRY & I won FANDANGO MOVIE TICKETS! YEA!
RECEIVED

MARCH 11
angela, you won a Pay Day from First Tennessee! We will send you an email on how to claim your prize. $5 check!
http://firsttennesseebank.eprize.net/gameoflife/index.tbapp?page=login_form
****NOTE: this is limited to just a FEW STATES and VA is one of them
RECEIVED


MARCH 12
500 winzy points, yea I know this isn't a biggy but a win never-the-less

rec'd 3 snacker coupons from KFC instant (prize from feb win) expired contest
rec'd KEITH URBAN AUTOGRAPHED JEANS, CD and AUTOGRAPHED PHOTOS (prize from feb win) www.keithurban.net (new contest is up)

MARCH 13
$25 Walmart Card (redeemed)
FROM THIS GAME SITE
I play this in the background (another window) while I am surfing, clicking around, doing quick picks etc. I love this game and OMG the JACKPOT is huge
RECEIVED

MARCH 15
nikwax footwear cleaning gel
I can win again if some new players join up recommended by me - if you'd like a go, then visit www.nikwax.com and look for the web-quiz button. When you register for the quiz, please quote anjie@ctsi.net If I get 3 people to sign up i get another chance to win
RECEIVED

MARCH 16
TAMALES ICE CANDY WIN for the DH
http://www.hottamales.com/
CODES:
CGB-WJPK-XXR
DWP-XPBF-SMJ
RECEIVED

MARCH 19
TAMALES CANDY WIN for the DH
http://www.hottamales.com/
CODES:
CGB-WJPK-XXR
DWP-XPBF-SMJ
RECEIVED

MARCH 21
4 tickets to see the HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS this weekend 3/25
LOCAL INTERNET WIN 1x entry
have to pick them up tomorrow!
from COMCAST Spotlight
RECEIVED

GIMMEE win
You have won a coupon good for 75¢ off the next purchase of a 4 pak of Reed's Ginger Brew or 4 pak of Virgil's Root Beer at your local food store
http://www.reedsgingerbrew.com/contest/contestrules.asp
RECEIVED

MARCH 27
Modest Mouse CD from Epic Records & Tagworld
expired 2/19 (1x entry - 2/18)
http://www.modestmousemusic.com/
GRAND PRIZE was an entertainment center (SHOOT!)
and 5 people won the cd ARV $15
RECEIVED

MARCH 28
Wise Cheese Doodles
http://www.softcoin.com/p/handler?target=general&action=getHome&sid=1730
Need UPC Code: 4126227050
Only open to persons living in the following states:
Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, or West Virginia or the District of Columbia
RECEIVED


MARCH 29
GMAC INSTANT WIN
http://smartedgebygmac.com/english/login-gte.php?
Congratulations! You have just won one (1) music download on iTunes® from SmartEdge by GMAC! We will be sending you an email shortly to inform you of how to claim your prize. $1
RECEIVED

Lucky Breaks plump pack ARV $65
http://www.luckymag.com/magazine/sweeps/lb_freeze247/entry/long/
exp. 2/28 (entered 1x 2/19)
Congratulations on winning a PlumpPak by Freeze 24-7® ! You will receive your treat in the mail.
RECEIVED

MARCH 30
Hot Tamales Candy win
RECEIVED

MARCH 31
DH won $ in the Final Four Bracket Challenge! yea....lucky #'s!
RECEIVED


RECREATING : February 2007


2/1/07
February opened with a BANG when I was notified that I was a $100 winner from this SEARCH AND WIN site

2/4/07 was thrilling as well when freelancer, ERIKA won a movie ticket here, which also gave me one! HIGH FIVE ERIKA

2/6/07 I got the following email from BAKE SPACE
You are one of the winners in the 'Because I Said So Sweepstakes'. I need to get your mailing address so I can have the production company send you your prize. Please email it to the address below - thanks!
I rec'vd an oven mitt, spatula, visor and poster (which was ripped) from this contest! I cannot wait to see this movie it looks to be very funny!

2/12/07 I opened this GREAT EMAIL
Our records indicate you participated in The Arby’s-Fuel TV Action Sports
Awards Online Drawing. You registered for the promotion by visiting www.Fuel.tv. The promotion ran from December 10, 2006 to January 7, 2007. You were selected as one the winners for a $3.00 Arby’s Gift Card. To claim your prize you must click on the link below.

2/14
Congratulations! Your name has been randomly drawn as a weekly winner in the Mentholatum/Rohto European Vacation Sweepstakes”.Your prize is a $20.00 iTunes online gift certificate. this is a weekly entry contest and there are TONS of GREAT PRIZES! as of today you can still enter this one! GOOD LUCK!

2/20 WOW WHAT A GREAT INSTANT WIN DAY
ANOTHER SNACKER from KFC! woooooooohoooooooo
A RINGTONE instant win from COKE (for kelly)
INSTANT WIN:
You have won a Banquet Crock Pots Coupon
this one prize per person the promotion ends on July 31, 2007 and you can enter to win too!
http://conagra.eprize.net/racenights/?page=rules

2/22 SNACKER WIN from KFC

2/23 WIN FROM AWHILE BACK .......... UPDATED
It has come to our attention that you may have received a winning message while recently playing the Bacardi Silver "Serve Up The Holidays" Instant-Win Game. As the official administrator for this promotion, we have discovered that a technical malfunction occurred during this game, and that the winning message you received was in error. As the official rules indicate, Bacardi Silver is not required to award prizes due to a technical malfunction. While the original prizes have been awarded and the inventory depleted, Bacardi Silver has made the decision to award (1) one prize pack of comparable value to each household affected by this mistake. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of your household's prize pack. On behalf of Bacardi Silver, we apologize for any confusion we may have caused and we look forward to your continued participation in future Bacardi Silver promotions.

2/25: SEARCH & WIN $25 AMAZON GC
I won this from HERE
if you win SO DO I! LETS BE BUDDIES

2/26: ANOTHER SNACKER WIN! didn't you just love this contest! It was one that I made sure I did EVERYDAY!

That was it for FABULOUS FEBRUARY , at least I think? that is all that I kept in my files
REMEMBER : GOTTA BE IN IT TO WIN IT






RECREATING JANUARY 2007


KFC ruled JANUARY with their "lots o prizes" instant win! I won TONS of "snackers" from KFC which all expire at the end of this month. I never won the PSP that I was trying so desparately to win but MANY freelancers did and for that I am thrilled! (freelancers are members of my main site www.freelancebyu.com)

1/3 I was lucky enuff to be the referrer of the freelancer, who won $50 AMAZON GC this day! this freelancer signed up from my referral and won, which means i won too! I was doing the happy dance when I got this email!
here is the link if you haven't signed up! LETS BE WINNING BUDDIES! (limit 2 wins per month per person , regardless of entry)


1/16 I also won 1 of the 5000 $100 checks from the KRAFT instant win this month. I was THRILLED to see the "YOU SCORED" screen the very first time I played this one! this is an expired contest now.

1/17: I won a FREE ARMOUR ALL PRODUCT COUPON which I have already rec'vd but have yet to redeem. this contest was limited to 1 per household, so that was it for this contest! It has already expired or I would post the link for you.

1/18: I DARED to enter another "voting" type contest, but this time it was a vote for EACH CLICK which was very helpful to me , as it was VERY DIFFICULT for someone to sabatoge the vote! :) I have been very frustrated by those that have too much time on their hands that look for ways to change the outcome of this type of contest. this one was ALSO almost over (1 day left) so there was little time for other people to sign up and then find a way to get a zillion votes....... in addition it was 1 click per personal computer which helped as well! YEA I won a $100 LEVI GIFT CERTIFICATE , which I have rec'vd and spent! I was in great need of new jeans, since my failed pregnancy left me with extra weight........... :)



That is all that I can recall from JANUARY 2007

GOTTA BE IN IT TO WIN IT!


I am creating this page to post my wins, favorite sweepstakes and information about the contests I enter. ANYTHING related to contests goes here, you will find a hodge podge of ramblings, links and my 2 cents on things here as I have the time to post! My motto "gotta be in it to win it" is the name of this blog as it is SO VERY TRUE!

I used to track my winnings via the FORUM which has been disabled now for 3 weeks due to server issues of the host. I have no way to retrieve this information and I am frustrated with that, so I will do my best to re-create my 2007 wins and others (if I can) from my saved emails. In no way will this be complete and that saddens me :(

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO here goes nothing, hope you enjoy this blog! :)