Are instant win contests fixed in that the first person to log in after a set time wins regardless of what spin/tile choice they make or are they random and rely on luck and really choosing the correct (images, tiles, etc.) to win the prize?
Yes. They are ‘fixed’ as you put it, and it’s how the instant win random generation system work. At the onset of the contest, the program is set to instantly award a specific number of prizes. The person that enters either at that time or after, wins, regardless of what they select, as what they pick will win.
Back to my #1 tip: always read the rules. Here are the rules for this year’s Tim Hortons contest and the the main clauses regarding instant wins:
Each potential Regular Contest Period Prize winner will be selected based on randomly selected times during the relevant distribution period (see above for details). A total of 202,468 Regular Contest Period Prizes will be available at the beginning of the Regular Contest Period. The number of Regular Contest Period Prizes available to be won will decrease throughout the Regular Contest Period as they are claimed in accordance with these Rules.
The first eligible entrant to perform a Regular Roll on or after the random pre-selected time during the relevant distribution period for the applicable Regular Roll Prize will be deemed the potential winner of such Regular Roll Prize. If there is no entrant who performs a Regular Roll on or after the random time for Regular Roll Prize on a particular Day (a “Day” is defined a each calendar day during the Regular Contest Period that begins at 12:00:01 a.m. ET and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. ET on that same day), then such Regular Roll Prize will be awarded to the first entrant who performs a Regular Roll on the following Day. If there is no entrant who performs a Regular Roll on or after the randomly selected time on the last Day of the Regular Contest Period, then any remaining Regular Roll Prizes will be awarded in reverse descending order, one (1) Regular Roll Prize per entrant to the entrant who performed a Regular Roll closest to the randomly selected time for that particular Regular Roll Prize (as determined by the Sponsor at its sole and absolute discretion on the basis of its official records).
The trick is to enter at the right time.
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