From the Contest Queen

WOW!  Who thought setting up a “small” get-together would be so hard?! Since the last newsletter I had over 70 people in the Toronto area want to come to the first contest club meeting. We were over capacity for every restaurant I tried. A fellow contestor (visiting from the US) suggested we try renting a room from the local library. The library wanted to charge us $90 per hour for the room rental. So I called the hotel beside the library and they didn't call me back. I decided to go back to the Pickle Barrel at Yorkdale Mall, have a set menu for lunch (to facilitate such a large group), and limit the attendance to 50. The first 49 people to confirm their attendance will be on the guest list. I will start a waiting list after that.

IMPORTANT! If you confirm and then cannot attend please let us know ASAP as we have to pay for all 50 lunches. If you do not attend then the rest of us have to pay for your meal plus someone on the waiting list could have taken your space.

Canada's first contesting club meeting will be held:
Sunday September 17th
1:00pm - 4:00pm
The Pickle Barrel
Yorkdale Mall, Toronto ON
Maximum 50 attendees. – RSVP ASAP!

All attendees must bring to the meeting:

  • $27 cash for lunch (includes a 3 course meal, non-alcoholic drinks - pop, coffee or tea - all taxes and gratuities included)
  • a $1 scratch lottery ticket
  • a blank #10 envelope with a 51¢ stamp
  • a blank #10 envelope with a plain 3x5 card
  • a pad of paper and pen for notes

Due to the large number of people who have already expressed their interest, this group will be split (in the near future) into three smaller groups.

West: Burlington/Oakville/Mississauga
Central: Uptown/Midtown/Downtown Toronto
East: Pickering/Ajax/Whitby

If you are interested in leading a group in one of these areas, please contact me directly. You don't have to be a big winner to be a leader. What you do have to be is passionate, committed and organized.

If you live outside the Toronto area and would like to start you own contest club, please email me directly and I will help you get started.

Hope to see you there,


Tips and Tricks

In the past few months I have received a number of emails from people residing in the province of Quebec, who are wondering why many contests are not open to them. All promotions in Quebec are managed by the Regie des alcools des courses et des jeux. There are a lot of additional rules and regulations around having a promotion open to Quebec residents. Since the paperwork can take many extra weeks or months, many companies will run a promotion and just exclude Quebec. Below is a list of websites that feature contests open to Quebec residents.

Click logo image above to visit their website.

I know many states in the US also restrict promotions. If you know of a website that offers sweepstakes open only to a specific state, please share your find with us.

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 14 Winning EDGE subscriber winner of a Xamrock four-leaf clover necklace is: Mary of Regina SK! Congratulations!!

The Issue 15 Winning EDGE subscriber winner of a copy of You Can’t Win If You Don’t Enter is: Perla of Chilliwack BC! Congratulations!!

The Issue 16 Winning EDGE subscriber winner of a Lucky Beetle Bracelet is: Ron of London, ON! Congratulations!!

Attract Luck. Win a small Lucky Gemstone Pendant 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.

Hi Carolyn:
I have question in regards to using Roboform to fill out contest entries. In some contest rules I have read..."any use of agencies or robotic, repetitive, automatic, programmed or similar entry methods will void all entries by that entrant." So would this include using RoboForm and if yes how can they tell that a person has used this to enter the contest?
Calgary AB

Hi Kim,
They can't tell if you manually typed in the information into the online form or you used a software package like RoboForm. They just put that in the rules to discourage you form using the software. However, using a service like will disqualify you because 1000s of entries are coming from one IP address. I have won hundreds of prizes worth thousands of dollars using RoboForm. If it was illegal or would disqualify me I wouldn't use it.

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 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.


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