A win-teresting leisure pursuit is sweeping the country – comping.
Ordinary people just like you are winning fantastic prizes. Dream holidays, family fun-filled holidays, gleaming new cars, computers and laptops, TVs, luxury kitchens and bathrooms, food processors, bicycles, sports equipment, toys, games, jewellery, designer clothes… The list goes on and on.
“Can you imagine the thrill when you open a letter: “Congratulations, you have won…“
Every day there are thousands of pounds worth of prizes just waiting to be won in consumer competitions. Promoters, for a variety of reasons, organise competitions. It may be they have launched a new product and want to grab your attention by holding a free prize draw. Or they want to encourage you to buy and try it by offering a fantastic prize in a slogan competition.
Now before you say, “I can’t write a slogan” or, “I never win anything”, let’s look at how you can increase your chances of winning a prize.
Have a flutter on the National Lottery and you’ve an approximate 14 million to one chance (UK) of winning the jackpot. Enter a nation-wide supermarket prize draw and your chances increase to several thousands to one. Post your prize draw entry in a local in-store box and success looms nearer.
I called in at a high street store one day to buy some batteries. Whilst at the check out I noticed a pile of prize draw entry forms to win a Mickey Mouse cuddly toy. I filled in my details, popped it in the box and a few weeks later was thrilled to win the prize. Pure luck? Of course, but as a famous compers saying goes, “Be in it to win it.”
To join the prize winners, you’ll need some entry forms to get started and you can find these everywhere – supermarkets, chain stores, chemists, banks, service stations, garden centres, restaurants, railway stations and airports. Entry forms come in all shapes and sizes from leaflets to pub drip mats, product labels and collars around bottle necks.
Types of competitions are as varied as their entry forms, ranging from crosswords, anagrams, quizzes, guess-timations, captions, slogans, even colouring competitions for your children.
“I won a four-star family holiday to Miami with Everglade trips and car hire by answering three simple questions on a postcard. Mine was the first all-correct entry drawn”. Just imagine, you could jet away for the price of a postcard and stamp!
You increase your chances of success by entering slogan competitions. You may have seen these: “I buy my plants from this garden centre because…”
There’s a knack to writing these. It’s easy when you learn how and great fun too. It’s all down to word play and the ability to catch the judges’ eye with simple phrases or snappy slogans. How about: “They offer tree-mendous value at every branch!” Or: “They’re hoe, sow, good!” Hope you’re `twig-ing’ on!
“Since learning this skill, I’ve had my home professionally decorated, kitchen equipped with gadgets and marvelled at Venezuela’s Angel Falls”.
“Making 1,284 words from the car name won me a Proton Persona”, she adds, “whilst turning the store’s advertising slogan around netted me a Ford Fiesta.”
“Christmas goodies, exciting show, supermarket’s quality, I’m all aglow.”
Ten words for a brand new car!
All you need to get on the prize-winning trail are some entry forms, postcards, envelopes, stamps, access to your local library, a little “know-how” and a positive “I can win” attitude!
Lynne’s Hot Tips
1. Enter all prize draws – pure luck but some-one wins
2. Enter local prize draws – they attract less entries than national draws
3. Visit stores on a regular basis to collect your competition entry forms
4. Be a `Sherlock Holmes’. Search for those elusive entry forms – they attract less entries, increasing your chances of winning
5. Remember the compers saying: “Harder to enter – easier to win”
6. Post your competitions at least a week before the closing date to allow for postal delays
7. Tune into radio, TV shows and Internet for even more contests
8. Be positive – believe you can win – and you will
9. Learn the skills for success
10. Read, study, visualize and practice
About the author
Lynne Suzanne is a consultant, freelance writer and author of Win With Lynne Intaslogans, Pun-ch Lines! and Win Your Fortune in Prizes. FREE Win With Lynne – How to Win Competitions guide. www.win-with-lynne.co.uk