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.
Recently I called my local radio station, KiSS 92.5 to talk to the morning DJs about how reality TV is actually unscripted television being directed and arranged by the production company (How To Enter 100 Contests in an Hour) and the topic of prize pigs came up after they found out I was the Contest Queen. They wanted to know how it was the same people getting through over and over again. I wanted to know too as I rarely get through and if I do, I never seem to be the right caller. Radio prizes are far and few between from call-in contests. (I know as I keep spreadsheets of all my winnings, see How to Make 2013 a Winning Year!)
Well, last Monday it was different. Due to the time change I was languishing in bed far later than normal. To stop myself from falling back asleep I turned on the radio. Moments later I heard the cue to call-in to win tickets to Rihanna. I thought, “I should try.” I rolled out of bed, picked up the phone and began to dial. Busy, busy, busy, ringing. My heart began to pound. Roz and Mocha answered and began talking to me. I knew then I was caller 9 as I didn’t get the usual, “You’re caller 6.“, click. I was very embarrassed to say anything to the DJs as I practically just told them I never win on the phone. Later I went back over my spreadsheets and I couldn’t find a call-in win from a major Toronto radio station for several years.
In the meantime, my daughter said to her dad, “I think mom won something. She’s shouting.” and then came into my bedroom to see what all the excitement was about at that early hour. Tonight I get to take Nicole to her first concert.
Experiences like this are why I love this hobby. Right now, going to a concert is not in my budget, yet winning is allowing me to have some mother-daughter time, which is something money can’t buy.
So, do you call-in to win?
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.