My wife has an uncanny knack for winning prizes. Not the land-a-ring-on-the-bottle-and-win-a-giant-bear kind of prizes, but more like the enter-to-win kind. To be honest, it’s gotten to the point where we just expect to win something anymore.
Last year, we entered a drawing in a small vacation town where we walked around to all the businesses and looked at their homemade gingerbread houses. If you got all the businesses to initial your ballot and then voted for your top three, you were put in the prize drawing. A week later, I got a call saying I had won a gift certificate to one of the restaurants in town.
I thought that was pretty cool. Then I got a text from my wife: “Guess who’s the grand prize winner!”
She won a free stay at a hotel, two other restaurant gift certificates, and two passes to a local attraction. It was about a $200 value, all told, and we won it for spending an hour walking around town admiring gingerbread houses. She also won a restaurant gift certificate for the same thing six or seven years prior.
In December, she went to her dentist for a checkup. They suggested a new filling, which she came back for, and they told her if she wrote an online review she would be entered into a drawing for an iPad mini. Last week, she went back for another filling (spaced out to maximize insurance) and they told her she won. Sure enough, she’s got a brand new $400 iPad Mini 4 just for spending 15 minutes writing a comprehensive review of her dentist.
At our annual HOA meeting, the first raffle ticket called for the grand prize went unclaimed, so naturally they called our ticket. We left with a pair of Utah Jazz tickets, a really nice Yeti mug, two hoodies, an emergency blanket and a high-quality Ogio backpack. That had to be at least a $100 value.
In October, she participated in a monthlong healthy living challenge, turned in her tracker sheet and won a FitBit, another $130.
I think the reason my wife has been so successful with these is that she puts in the effort to do what it takes to get in the mix.
She didn’t have to walk around town looking at gingerbread houses. She didn’t have to write a thorough review of her dentist. She didn’t have to go to the annual HOA meeting. She didn’t have to do the healthy living challenge. But she did, and for that she got over $800 of things we actually use.
I know it’s cliche, but someone is going to win, and it might as well be you. But you can’t win if you don’t enter.