Archive for the ‘Luck’ Category
This is one of the questions I get asked the most. And the answer is … I have no idea . If I did, I would have won the lottery and be retired in a villa in an exotic local never to be heard from again.
After my post Why Rabbit’s Feet Are Considered Lucky, Sheila commented with this question:
What kind of lucky candles were some people burning at the Atlanta convention last year?
The lucky candles being burned were green candles in little votive holders with a lucky image on the front, similar to the above. I am not sure who the actual supplier was. Also, Google “lucky candles” and see what you get. WOW! (more…)
In 2008, when we were attending the Annual National Sweepstakes Convention in San Antonio TX, I was invited to be a guest on the morning show on 99.5 Kiss Rocks. During the interview the DJs use the term prize pigs. I really dislike the term because, although I do enter many many contests in a given month, I do not consider myself to be greedy. I enter what I can (time permitting) for prizes I want to win, follow the rules and I win what I win. (See I Win Every Contest I Enter.) Their complaint came from the fact that it was the same people calling in over and over to win the on-air prizes.
I saw this tweet by satire account @Stats_Canada:
I tweeted back:
Tim Horton’s (@TimHortons) always advertises the best odds of winning and they are 1 in 6. How do they know that? As it’s is a seeded contest, it’s just a matter of math. Total number of cups printed for the promotion divided against the number of prizes. Simple. They even outline them in the full rules.
First they outline the number of cups printed and the distribution of those cups between specific regions across North America.
3. A total of 260,959,840 contest cups have been produced for this contest. These will be available for distribution through to April 26, 2013 or while supplies last, whichever occurs first. It is anticipated, based on estimated distribution that contest cups will be distributed within 6 regions as follows:
Then they outline the prizes available across North America followed by prize distribution:
5. Estimated distribution of “winning” contest tabs for the prizes described in Rule 4 (A, B, C, D) by region, will be as set out below. Note: “Regions” are defined in Rule 3. Distribution of prizes within the Region is random.
And finally, the official odds:
8. At the outset: the overall approximate odds in Canada of being eligible to win one of Thirty-Eight 2013 Toyota RAV4 vehicles are 1 in 6,546,585; the overall approximate odds in the U.S. of being eligible to win one of Two 2013 Toyota RAV4 vehicles are 1 in 6,094,800. Across North America, the overall approximate odds of being eligible to win one of One Hundred $5,000 MasterCard Prepaid Cards are 1 in 2,609,598; the overall approximate odds of being eligible to win one of One Thousand Napoleon Gourmet Grills are 1 in 260,960; the overall approximate odds of being eligible to win one of Twenty-five Thousand $100 Tim Cards are 1 in 10,438; the overall approximate odds of being eligible to win a food prize are 1 in 6.
Do you participate in the annual Roll Up The Rim contest? If so, what is the best prize you have ever won? What have you won this year?
Carolyn Wilman (aka @ContestQueen) is the author of You Can’t Win If You Don’t Enter. She teaches others how to find, organize, enter and win contests, sweepstakes and giveaways. To-date others have won over $1,000,000 using her Online Contesting System. With over twenty years experience as a Marketing Consultant, Carolyn also helps companies create, and viral market, winning promotions.