From the Contest Queen

The first thing I want to do is thank everyone who sent in their suggestions and contacts in the Canadian publishing industry. One lead led to another and last week I signed a distribution deal! I will be delivering books to their warehouse this week. The books will be in retail stores within 30 days beginning with Chapters/Indigo. If you are not comfortable making online purchases and would like to buy You Can’t Win If You Don’t Enter from your local book store, print out my sell sheet, take it in, and have them order you a copy.

It’s still amazing to me how many friends I have made from this hobby and not only do we help each other win and have fun but we help each other fulfill our life dreams. Thanks again as I could not have gotten this far without the support of all my contesting buddies.


Tips and Tricks

This great time saving tip was sent in by David of Atlantic Beach, FL.

When an online sweepstake has a game, I look for something that says "If you can't see the game, click here" (or similar), I click on it and it bypasses the game and tells me if I had won.

Have a great tip? Send me your best tips to share with the contesting community. Remember “You Can’t Lose Helping Others Win”.

Our Contest

The Issue 10 Winning EDGE subscriber winner of a copy of You Can't Win If You Don't Enter is: Neil of Victoria BC! Congratulations!!

Keep Luck With You! Win a Xamrock Lucky Charm (containing a genuine four leaf clover) in our next draw.

If you are receiving this e-newsletter directly from me you are already entered! Please forward this newsletter to your friends so they can sign-up and have an opportunity to win too!!

Your Questions Answered

Many new subscribers are asking similar questions to ones I have already answered. To read those answers, check our 2005 and 2006 archives of Your Questions Answered.

I am moving soon and I want to try and win the early bird draw of $5000 or the $1,000,000 from the promotion you were working on. Can you help? I do not move until early May and I will keep my present phone number but until then, will it stop or decrease my chances of winning?
Thank you,
Kingston, ON

Hi Lise,
This is a great question because it doesn’t just affect this one contest you entered but all of the contests you entered over the past few months (as some of them will be selecting the winner after your move-in date). I had the same problem when we moved three years ago.

You were OK for this one because they selected the early bird winner on April 28th. Here is what I discovered. Canada Post forwards your mail but not necessarily packages. UPS, Purolator and FedEx will return the package to the sender. Bell Canada announces your new phone number change for three months unless you pay them not to. (With this newsletter going out to several different countries, make sure you check with your local postal and phone companies as to what services they offer for their customers who are moving.)

I suggest you be really nice to the new people moving in and leave them your new information to pass on to couriers or they can call you to come pick anything up. I left a nice bottle of wine and it seemed to have worked because I did pick up a few stray (small) prizes after we had moved.

Hello Carolyn,
I have been reading your book while I was at the Brier in Regina. I am really enjoying it and have had trouble putting it down. I also saw the article in the Toronto Star that someone posted on the contest site. Way to go for following your dream. It is amazing what dreams contesting have helped to come true for me too. I was able to meet two other contestors which I find always gives me a boost. We were talking about contesting and one of the women thought that you had to be on a site for 30 seconds for your entry to go through and be accepted. I had never heard of this before and was wondering what you thought? Also are you entering American contests? I have not done them as concerned about all of the tax implications.
Bye for now and thanks for the good read.
Morden, MB

Hi Bev,
Glad you are enjoying the book! No, I have never heard that you have to be on a site for a certain amount of time to enter and win. I use RoboForm a lot and I go very quickly from site to site filling out entry forms. I am sure I don’t stay on some sites for more than for 15 seconds and we have won from many of those contests I entered using RoboForm.

If the contest is open to Canada and the US, the rules must follow both Canadian and American contest law - that means if an American wins they pay tax and if a Canadian wins they must answer an STQ (Skill Testing Question) and not pay any tax.

Now, the caveat to this is that it also may depend on the company awarding the prize.  If a Canadian wins a contest and a US promotions company is handling the prizing you may have to pay duties and taxes on prizes shipped across the border or if the prize is cash, they may automatically withhold 30% tax and you have to fill out forms to get that money back.

Just remember, there are 300,000,000 Americans and 30,000,000 Canadians so your odds are better in Canada only contests. That said, it only takes one to win and I have won from promotions open to both the US and Canada. (And yes, I did pay the tax and duties when my prize was shipped across the border.)

Send me any sweeping or contesting questions you would like answered.

You Can’t Win If You Don’t Enter

The Canadian Edition of You Can't Win If You Don't Enter will be in retail stores within the next 30 days. I am continuing to research the American Edition and I am targeting to have it published Fall 2006.

Keep your eye on this section for future updates on the book’s progress.


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