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Old 09-08-17, 11:56 AM   #26
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Re: Have you ever won a contest/sweepstakes? (Excluding gambling/lottery)

I won a Spinal Tap DVD with a signed poster and guitar picks.
I won a GoPro at my departments xmas party last year
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Old 09-08-17, 01:05 PM   #27
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I won a blue ribbon for highest flier in a kite flying contest on March 7, 1967. I got my name in the L. A. Times. Other than the random <$100 lottery ticket I haven't won anything since.
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Old 09-08-17, 01:17 PM   #28
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I had the winning caption to a pic on Crystal Bowersox' Twitter page a few years ago, and she sent me a signed CD and photo.
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Old 09-08-17, 03:21 PM   #29
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I won a HP LaserJet IIP+ printer back in the 90's (when they were like $700) from CompUSA.
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In 2000, I won a $1000 Gift Card at Sears in Indianapolis as the grand prize in a drawing. My wife was busy shopping and didn't appreciate me stopping to fill out the slip. She asked "Why are you entering that? You won't win". I replied "You watch - I'll win and then you'll be sorry.... Actually you wouldn't be sorry. I'll win and I'll say 'I told you so'". And I did.
After considering, then deciding against, buying an N64, I used the Gift Card on a personal computer and crib for my daughter (who is now 16). I posted a thread about it in Otter, but that I couldn't find it now when I searched the Forum.
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. In 1991 when I was 18, me and my girlfriend in college won a trip from Tower Records and a local music station. It was a trip to NYC to see the Don Henley concert for Walden Woods at Madison Square Garden. Opening act was Billy Joel and second was Sting. VIP after party was at Hard Rock Cafe. We sat by what we found out later was David Lee Roth. He just looks different with his hair pulled back. I had no idea who he was until we saw a news bit a few days later on MTV news - for those who remember that.
This would have been like my dream contest in College. I love all those acts now and did even more back then.
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Old 09-08-17, 04:06 PM   #32
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I'm extremely unlucky.

The "best" thing I ever won was a three foot tall Poppin Fresh stuffed animal as one of the prizes in a grocery store raffle. The other prize that I could have won, you may ask? Why nothing much, just a full size Yoda statue made from the original ILM molds that was a Pepsi promotional item.

My biggest hit at a casino was $250. Zero luck with lottery tickets.

If I ever won something worthwhile like a car I'd probably get run over in the dealership parking lot when I went to pick it up.
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The second trip was from Columbia television and the show Mad About You in 2000. My ex-wife and I were watching re-runs every night late in the evening. Then they started showing the episode where Paul and Jamie take a trip to Tahiti and impersonate other people. For the contest, at the end of the episode they put a word and you go to a website and enter in the word. They did it for one week, so we entered 5 times. We won the grand prize which was an all-inclusive paid trip to Tahiti for 7 days at Club Med on Moorea (which is no longer there). All we had to do was to pay flying from Austin to LA. Good times, but too bad it was with my ex.
I hear it's a magical place.
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Old 09-08-17, 04:42 PM   #34
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Re: Have you ever won a contest/sweepstakes? (Excluding gambling/lottery)

In 1977, Supertramp released their LP 'Even in the Quietest Moments', a radio station had a contest where if you were the _th caller, you'd win an autographed copy of the album. I won. Still have it.

In 1979, the movie 'The Black Hole' was released, a radio station had a contest where if you were the _th caller, you'd win a soundtrack album to the movie. I won. Still have it.

That's about it for wins.
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Old 09-08-17, 04:51 PM   #35
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I remember a couple off the top of my head:

1. Back in the 80's, my mom, sister, and I spent a weekend at my aunt's house.

They dragged me along to a doll show. We all signed up for the raffle at the door. As time came for the grand prize drawing, a Cabbage Patch doll, all of the women and girls went crazy. Lo and behold, I, a young teenage boy, came away with the prize. This was a few months after the initial Christmas craze for the doll. Quite embarrassing for me at the time to walk out to the car with a cabbage patch doll in hand.

It sat in our basement crawl space until my grandma's neighbor made an offer for it. Came to find out my sister had been peeking at it and broke the cellophane on the front of the box, but the lady was glad to get it for her granddaughter anyhow.


2. I also won a gold and diamond tie pin from 'SPORT' magazine by doing their trivia quiz in the back of the magazine. I was in college at the time, so I used the university's library to get the answers to all of the questions. You also had to come up with a question to submit to them as a tie breaker.

The tie pin was supposed to be of a basketball hoop and net, but when I finally received the pin, it was a golf ball on a tee with little diamonds in the dimples. I remember trying to get the pin I actually won and wanted to no avail.

Never had it appraised so never knew the value.
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Old 09-08-17, 05:20 PM   #36
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Lots of great stories here, thanks for sharing. Troy, I hope we get to see your big win in the magazine!

I won 2nd place in a little kid tractor pull and got to pick any Ertl farm toy I wanted. I picked the cotton picker because I'd never seen one before and everyone got on my case, saying I should've got the two tractor set. I already had tractors but they said I'd made a bad choice. These were adults in my family, by the way.

High school, called the radio station to read off that night's Top 9 countdown. DJ gave me a break when I said "Lisa Phair" instead of Liz Phair ("Supernova," so you know the era). Stopped by the radio station for my "prize," was surprised I didn't have to verify or anything. Just said I won the countdown last week, DJ said go to the shelf and pick what I want. Slim pickins'. Got The Best of WAR on cassette, a CD of someone I can't even remember, and a 12-pack of OK Cola. The DJ on-site was pretty apologetic.

My next two wins are much better:

I worked for the paper in college and every year they had a drawing to win any leftover flight vouchers we had for the year (usually for the sports reporters, use 'em or lose 'em). Thing is, people barely took the extra ten seconds to just enter their name at the desk. I won two pairs of flight vouchers two years in a row. Friend and I went to Chicago for spring break, then the next year another friend and I went to San Francisco for spring break. That trip was especially sweet, because we stayed with relatives for free, including one great uncle who took us to Tahoe for a couple days on his dime.
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Old 09-08-17, 05:23 PM   #37
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I won a Sprite basketball jersey back in the day from buying a bottle of Sprite. That was way back though and I don't think I still have it or ever even wore it.

The only other things were from GameStop at the launch party for Arkham City. I won a Joker cardboard standee as well as a poster for the game from answering some Batman trivia questions. Not a prize but for being there I was given a t-shirt for the game too.

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Got $500 on a scratch-off lottery ticket at a local Mexican restaurant. A couple of week later at same restaurant got $100 on a lottery ticket.
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Not as exciting as the Sears gift card, but I thought of one more : Back in my Pediatric Residency, I would often raid the patient fridge and get a bottle of Gatorade to drink when I was on call at night. One time, in 1996, Gatorade was having a contest where they would randomly put NBA teams and a number on the inside of the lid. If that team won the NBA Championship in that number of games, you were a winner. The idea was for you to collect lids.
I grabbed a Gatorade bottle in July 1996 and opened it. I glanced at the lid. It said "Bulls in 6". I thought "Wait, the Bulls just beat the Sonics in 6". I read the fine print. The contest stipulated that all winning entries had to be submitted by a certain date that was just days away. I sent my bottle cap off and a few weeks later I got a Gatorade duffel bag, a Michael Jordan t-shirt and a Gatorade towel. It's now 20 years later and my son still uses that duffel bag all the time and takes it with him on every trip. It was super well-made and is still in great shape. I still feel a little bit guilty that I may have deprived some sick kid from winning the prize, but that's life. I was getting a pittance to work all night; that shit is mine now.
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Old 09-08-17, 06:25 PM   #40
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Souplantation: #HackYourMac contest.
I had to send a picture of my original creation using Souplantation ingredients.
I won 40 free meal vouchers and was featured in their newsletter.

Work Travel Dept: Swipe ID badge and win.
I won a round trip business class ticket to London on British Air with accommodations at The Cavendish.

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I won a 3 night hotel stay at Four Seasons Moscow. Airfare was not provided.

Work Christmas Party: Drawing
I won the first edition PSP-1000.

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Prize was a iPod4, they game me an iPod5 and I had my picture on their wall for a year.

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I won $200 after Satch hand-picked my display out of the local Music+ record/video stores that did one.

Display Contest: Create a display for Guns-n-Roses' Appetite for Destruction
I won a limited edition picture disc of their Japanese import EP.
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Can you post your Joe Satriani and GnR displays? You must be talented.
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In 1987 I won a drawing for a Zenith Hi-Fi VCR, 50 music video tapes and a set of Bose Video Roommate speakers. I entered at Tower Records and the contest was sponsored by MTV and Elektra Records- the grand prize was all of that plus a TV and MTV did a show from the winner's house with Howard Jones. I didn't know I'd won until UPS showed up one evening with the boxes, and one of the boxes with the tapes in it had a letter saying "Dear Winner". Oddly enough I had just gotten a paper route and was going to save up that summer for my own VCR, since I wanted a 2nd one to copy rental tapes. The VCR still works and I still have it with all the tapes, ended up giving the speakers to my dad a few years later and they never sounded good to begin with.

For 25 years I wondered who won the grand prize, as we didn't have cable and so couldn't see MTV, then I found this on YouTube:

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Can you post your Joe Satriani and GnR displays? You must be talented.
That was a long time ago.. basically, I did a huge hand drawn Silver Surfer for the Satriani display. Had him holding a guitar instead of his surfboard.

The GnR one was taking all the sleeve cut outs and forming a 3D GnR diorama.

I was pissed I didn't win the one for Michael Jackson's Bad.
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Oh, I also won a Detroit Red Wings authentic jersey. The winning certificate was randomly inserted into the program I bought at Joe Louis arena. I was even more lucky to receive it. It ended up getting routed to the lost mail facility somewhere in the midwest (I think) then finally made its way to me.
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Not as exciting as the Sears gift card, but I thought of one more : Back in my Pediatric Residency, I would often raid the patient fridge and get a bottle of Gatorade to drink when I was on call at night. One time, in 1996, Gatorade was having a contest where they would randomly put NBA teams and a number on the inside of the lid. If that team won the NBA Championship in that number of games, you were a winner. The idea was for you to collect lids.
I grabbed a Gatorade bottle in July 1996 and opened it. I glanced at the lid. It said "Bulls in 6". I thought "Wait, the Bulls just beat the Sonics in 6". I read the fine print. The contest stipulated that all winning entries had to be submitted by a certain date that was just days away. I sent my bottle cap off and a few weeks later I got a Gatorade duffel bag, a Michael Jordan t-shirt and a Gatorade towel. It's now 20 years later and my son still uses that duffel bag all the time and takes it with him on every trip. It was super well-made and is still in great shape. I still feel a little bit guilty that I may have deprived some sick kid from winning the prize, but that's life. I was getting a pittance to work all night; that shit is mine now.
I won the same contest! There was also a hat, a Gatorade water bottle like the pros used to use and a giant container of powdered Gatorade (lemon-lime, yuck!) I still have the bag and the water bottle I think. I had the hat until I donated my whole box full a couple weeks ago.

As a 10 year old kid, it was a shining moment in my life.
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I won the same contest! There was also a hat, a Gatorade water bottle like the pros used to use and a giant container of powdered Gatorade (lemon-lime, yuck!) I still have the bag and the water bottle I think. I had the hat until I donated my whole box full a couple weeks ago.

As a 10 year old kid, it was a shining moment in my life.
That is so cool we won the same contest! I had forgotten about the hat and the water bottle. Glad to hear your duffel bag is still holding up well.
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