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From the Contest Queen

From June 22-25 we attended the 17th Annual National Sweepstakes Convention in Phoenix AZ at the Scottsdale Fairmont Princess Resort. All I can say is WOW!! It was the largest convention to date with 800 attendees and over $75,000 in prizes given away over four days.

We arrived Thursday afternoon and walked out of the air-conditioned airport into the famous “dry heat”. The best description I can come up with is it feels as if you are walking around in your oven. Since I am usually cold, I loved it! I could happily move to Arizona. My husband Craig looked like he was melting the whole trip. We rented a car and headed north to the Scottsdale Fairmont Princess Resort. That evening we attended the welcome reception and set up our vendor table.

Friday was our longest day. I entered the convention center at 7am and did not leave until 11pm that evening. We were either at our vendor table or attending a conference session and that evening I taught my class How to Win Cash Cars Trips and More…Online. My table was busy as everyone liked all the Attracting Luck products I brought. I even sold out of several items. (Visit my online store frequently as we are adding new products over the next few weeks.) I originally thought the class was going to be a small intimate group of 30 or so attendees. 140 people attended the class all eager to learn how to sweep online. Even though the US is still strongly mail-in based, they know that their sweepstakes are moving online over the next 10 years. They have started seeing the drop in mail-ins already.


Carolyn at her vendor table.

Carolyn and Carol all dressed up for banquet.

The winner of my vendor table raffle: Eileen R.

Since the big banquet dinner is on the Saturday evening there is only a morning session. After the vendor room closed for the afternoon Craig and I went shopping! As many US stores are now in Canada there are only a select few I still need to seek out when I am south of the border. Anthropologie is a current favourite. The banquet was very elegant as everyone was dressed in formal attire. The biggest prizes are always given out at the end of the evening with the grand prize winner receiving a treasure chest containing a 100oz silver bar and 4oz gold bar!

Sunday morning was the last session and after the vendor rooms closed we had lunch at Zin Bistro with my friend Carol, her son Stephen along with new found sweeping buddies, Lisa and Marie. It was our first chance to sit and have a real conversation in four days.

We were lucky enough to be able to stay an extra day. We originally wanted to head toward Sonoma to see the Painted Desert and the Petrified Forest. Due to the raging fires we chose to go the other way and visited the Colossal Mountain Caves near Tucson. The state is so beautiful we plan to go back. (I also plan to enter every contest I can find with a trip to Arizona as a prize!)

As I have said in previous issues, the best part of this hobby is the people. If you would like to attend a convention join me and heaps of fellow sweepers at either the:
Northeast Mini Sweepstakes Convention
October 27-29 2006 Hershey PA

18th Annual National Sweepstakes Convention
June 6-10 2007 Dearborn MI
Since the 2007 convention is so close to the US-Canada border I want encourage Canadians to attend!!

We will be attending both. Hope to see you there.

HAPPY CONTESTING,

carolyn@contestqueen.com

Tips and Tricks

If you get a congratulatory email and you do not remember entering it is probably a scam. If I really believed all the emails I have received I would have won (several times over for each one!), the British lottery, the Italian lottery, the Spanish lottery, the Australian lottery, etc… A good spam filter will dump these into your email trash before you even have a chance to read them.

A real winning email will usually not get dumped (double check your spam folder before you delete) and have all types of information you will remember such as the name of the contest, the prize and sponsor along with the name of a legitimate contest management company and their contact information.

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

Our Contest

Due to the Canadian and American long weekend celebrations I have yet to hear from our Issue 13 winner. I will post both winners in our next issue.

Win a Xamrock Necklace 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.

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

You Can’t Win If You Don’t Enter

The Canadian Edition of You Can't Win If You Don't Enter should now be in your local book store. If not, you can take in a copy of my sell sheet and ask them to order your copy.

I am continuing to research the American Edition and I am targeting to have it published Fall 2006. Please contact me directly if you have any tips, tricks or stories that you think would make a good addition to the American edition.

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

Feedback

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