Overwhelm seems to be a feeling many of us have had for far too long due to all the changes in our lives over the past year. I have found, with so many different and new concerns on my mind, at elevated levels, that things I should grasp right away, or should manage easily, are failing me. Specifically sweepstakes.

Kellogg’s in Canada was running a Special K contest called Prove It Day. On January 17th you had a chance to win a heap of prizes. In advance, as they were advertising heavily, I bought two boxes, read the rules and waited.

The rules stated the contest closed on January 31st. Normally, between the date, a contest launches and it closes, a computer-generated program randomly intersperses prizes throughout the entire entry period. There is a clause that said, “Contest closes January 31, 2021 or when prizes are depleted, whichever occurs first.” That should have been my clue. The rules usually say that your odds of winning go down as prizes are claimed, not depleted. The other clue should have been the name of the contest; Prove It DAY!

By chance, I awoke extra early this morning and thought, “Now is a good time to try and win a prize as the big rush on the first day of the contest had passed.” This is what I saw when I went to the website …


I have yet to incorporate a dedicated hour to enter each day. Like a grazing diet, I enter a little bit here and a little bit there, all throughout the day. That may be another contributor to my missing key components of contest rules.

The only thing I can do now is to pay better attention to the next big promotion. There is no point in wallowing in past failures. Thankfully, there is always another chance to win.

Did you enter and win on January 17th?