How Long Would You Wait to Win Big?

First let me define big. In my mind big equals:

  • cash more than $5000.
  • a trip that requires a plane.
  • a vehicle such as a motorcycle, boat, truck or car.

This week I was notified I was a winner in the Sun, Fun & Fruité Contest. They were giving away three trips for four to Universal Studios Resort in Orlando Florida.

Sun, Fun & Fruité Contest

I was home alone when I saw the email on my phone. Then I went to double check on my computer. The screaming and dancing around began. As soon as I calmed down a bit, I called my boyfriend George. After I told him, he asked if I was sure. I said, “Would I call you screaming if I wasn’t sure?!” Even though he has seen us win a heap of small prizes, it’s hard to wrap your head around winning a ‘biggie’, especially if you have never experienced it.

So how long would you wait to win big?

I have not won a big prize in my name since I won a trip to London in 2008. (You can read about the entire crazy adventure I had starting with: You Can Have Whatever You Desire and then clicking on NEXT for the next twist.)

That is 10 years.

I am a very patient and persistent person.

Why have I not won a big prize in 10 years?

I believe there are several reasons.

  1. It is harder to win big prizes consistently in Canada than it is in the United States. (This wasn’t always the case, but the hobby has shifted as marketing budgets have been distributed over more giveaways with smaller prizing.)
  2. I have not been entering as consistently as I would like due to time commitments and/or lack of motivation.
  3. As I was going through a long divorce, my vibration had spiralled downward, therefore I was not attracting in bigger prizes.

Michael Losier created two great videos describing the process in point number three:

Although I feel I have tackled the third issue, I have no plans to move to the United States, and I still have the time commitment issue as life doesn’t seem to slow down. (Visit Stan’s Contracting Services to see what big project is happening at our house.)

After the agency received my paperwork and confirmed I was, in fact, a winner, I wanted to share the good news. I hosted a Facebook Live “FINALLY !!! + an UN-unboxing + how to avoid Holiday Credit Card Hangover”. You can also watch it on YouTube.

What is the longest you have ever gone between big prizes?

2018-11-11T21:35:16+00:00November 9th, 2018|Contesting, Sweepstaking|11 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. LDC November 12, 2018 at 9:27 am - Reply

    Awesome!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  2. Sheryll Donovan November 12, 2018 at 10:07 am - Reply

    Very happy for you!! Congrats. 🌴✈🌴✈

  3. Teresa Young November 12, 2018 at 10:34 am - Reply

    So happy for you!
    *On a side note – the plastic lenses in the tips of the interactive Harry Potter wands were designed & manufactured by my husband’s company.

  4. Kay wolters November 12, 2018 at 11:21 am - Reply

    Still waiting for mine. $2000 was my largest in 40 years. Waiting for Big win

  5. Bea friesen November 12, 2018 at 11:56 am - Reply

    Wow! Congratulations! I have probably gone about a month between prizes but just little ones.

  6. Ladyb November 12, 2018 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    I won an all-expenses paid trip to NYC to see the Live at the Lincoln Center Jazz Band in 2010 from Massey Hall. Nothing that big since! Have had a lot of fun with the smaller prizes, though.

  7. Laura Collins November 12, 2018 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    won money use it to pay for a cruise does this count for cash or trip win,it was my class reunion cruise .

  8. Rebecca Losier November 12, 2018 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    Congratulations! That’s a wonderful and exciting prize–and to think you will make 2 others people (your guests) very excited when they hear they are going with you!!
    Close to 15 years ago, I won a trip to Disneyland for 4. To invite my sister, I wrapped up several items such as a toy plane, a palm tree, then a Mickey Mouse, then in the last wrapped package, a fake plane ticket to LA! They were thrilled, esp since they had never been before. Have fun and make loads of memories!!

  9. K Burke November 12, 2018 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    CONGRATULATIONS – you deserve it 🙂 Enjoy. I won a trip to Colombia (did not accept) & a long weekend to Florida once. The universe has been vibrated for us to win some more 🙂

  10. Linda Klages November 12, 2018 at 4:41 pm - Reply


  11. Theresa Moore November 12, 2018 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    That’s fantastic! Congratulations! And thank you for sharing – for me the message is keep going and don’t give up!

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