Prize Pigs

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.

RiRi Tickets

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 WilmanCarolyn 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.

2013-03-18T11:23:23+00:00 March 18th, 2013|Luck|7 Comments

About the Author:

Carolyn Wilman (aka @ContestQueen) is a Digital Marketing Strategist and Sweepstakes Specialist. Carolyn teaches others how to Find, Organize, Enter and Win giveaways along with working with companies to create, and viral market, winning promotions maximizing ROI and loyal customers.


  1. Annmarie W. March 18, 2013 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    Years ago, I was successful calling into radio stations a few times. However, that hasn’t happened for a long time. However, I HAVE been successful entering sweeps that local radio stations run on their websites! They often give away tickets to events online!

  2. roger simmons March 18, 2013 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    To be honest there are many “Prize Pigs” and it doesn’t just have to do with Radio either. I myself enter much like you for prizes I can use or prizes my wife can use or prizes my children can use. I don’t enter just for the hell of it or as a way to feed an addiction. The prizes I don’t want, I donate them (i.e. Powerbar $5000 in products which I donated to 2 different sports teams: Royal City Hyacks in New Westminster and Cascades Swim Club in Calgary AB.).
    It does seem as though some contesters who have popped up in the last 2 years have become a statistical “Prize Pig” entering anything and everything they can. Secondly and I say this with a bit of contempt for those who run blogs for their own selfish gain and call themselves contesters are not what I would call a contester. They are simply utilizing blogs for their own personal gain whether it is under the guise of trying out new products from sponsors who intend to do a giveaway to manipulating their entries through their followers to enter under their links. To me a contester is someone who devotes more than their share of free time to enter contests. Not manipulate statistical odds in any way shape or form through the gain of freebies or through the use of promoting their own links.

    • Maggie March 28, 2013 at 2:03 pm - Reply

      Wow! I didn’t know that people would try to win their own giveaway!

  3. LOUANN BELL March 18, 2013 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    I won lots of giveaways on the radio. Including a motorbike, jetski and a trip to Universal Studios in Orlando. I guess I was persistant and lucky but after awhile I found they tried to discourage me from calling. I think they would know it was me and pretend I was the wrong caller. Not 100 percent sure about that but sure seemed that way. I still try sometimes but not like I use to. But I had a good go at it.

  4. Kay March 18, 2013 at 8:35 pm - Reply


  5. Matthew LeDrew March 18, 2013 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    Very rarely enter by calling in, shy I guess. I tend to enter online for just about everything, enter locally in shops, and by email for some of the CBC Radio contests. I find that I don’t win often from the same source, although CBC, Random House and Harper Collins, and the Metro Daily have all been very good to me. It’s not like I am winning every contest they run and they tend to offer multiple prizes for each contest. So definitely not a “Prize Pig” just a very lucky one born in the Year of the Boar/Pig.

  6. Nicole March 19, 2013 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    I don’t usually do the call in contests as most of the time I’m in the car & don’t want to pull over in traffic to call. I have 2 little boys so at home, I don’t use the phone too often because they are still at the interupting age.
    I do enter online radio & tv contests where the prize is something I, my husband or kids would like & use.

    Good Luck to all!

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