From the Contest Queen

Happy Thanksgiving!

The planning of subsequent meetings for the three new contest clubs in Canada is going well. The Western GTA group is currently organizing their meeting schedule. The Central GTA group is meeting Tuesday, October 24th and Tuesday, November 21st from 6:15 - 8:15p.m. at the Centennial Library in Toronto.  The East GTA group is meeting Sunday October 15th from 1:00 – 3:00p.m. at Kelsey’s in Ajax. If you are interested in finding a club in your area, check out the new club page. It now has links to both the Canadian and American clubs that have consented to have their information posted on the site.

As promised, here is Part Two of Are You Lucky from A New Answer Book.

IS 13 AN UNLUCKY NUMBER?
In many countries of the world people think the number 13 is unlucky. Someone you know can probably tell you about a terrible thing that happened on the 13th day of the month. Of course, just as many unfortunate things happen on other days, but people often forget this.

There was a time when businessmen would not rent an office on the 13th floor of a building, and families did not like to live in apartments on the 13th floor. So the owners of buildings simply numbered the higher floors 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, and so on. Nothing bad happened to people on floor number 14, which was really number 13, so now the 13th floors usually have that number.

In China and Egypt people once thought the number 13 brought good fortune. In Belgium, women wore good-luck charms formed in the shape of 13. No one knows why that particular number got a good reputation in some places and bad reputations in others.

In the United States, 13 isn’t always considered unlucky - at least, not by the people who use dollar bills. On the back of these bills is a picture of a pyramid with 13 steps. Opposite it is an eagle clutching 13 arrows and an olive branch with 13 leaves and 13 berries. The shield in front of the eagle has 13 stripes, one for each of the 13 original states.

More facts on the number 13 can be found here.

WHAT IS A FIFTY-FIFTY CHANCE?
John holds out two fists. A piece of candy is hidden in one of them. “Guess which one,” he says. “You have a fifty-fifty chance of being right.” And that means the candy is just as likely to be in one fist as in the other. The chance of guessing right equals the chance of guessing wrong.

But do you guess right? No? Well, you chance of guessing wrong was also fifty-fifty.

Now John sets five cups in a row, all upside-down. He asks you not to look as he puts a piece of candy under one of them. “Ready,” he says. “See if you can pick out an empty cup.”

This time your chance of guessing right is much better than fifty-fifty. You have four chances out of fine of picking the empty cup.

What do you pick? The cup with the candy under it! You chose the wrong, although there was less than a fifty-fifty chance of doing so.

What do you do with the candy? Eat it, of course. But first you divide it into two equal piece and share it, fifty-fifty.

More facts on odds can be found here.

REMINDER: I will be on The Mom Show October 12th at 11:00am on Life Network. The show was taped back on May 9th and I went down with my daughter. It was a lot of fun.

HAPPY CONTESTING,

carolyn@contestqueen.com

Tips and Tricks

Michelle from Ottawa, ON wrote:

What do you think of sites like Mastermails, Mobigoo and My Beauty Club? Are they legitimate or am I wasting my time?

Michelle brings up a good point.  How can you tell if a website is legitimate? TIP: 1) The first thing to do when you arrive at a site you find interesting, is to surf the site and see if it seems to offer what you are looking for or has areas you feel you may return to. If so, 2) read the Privacy Policy. Many will say what their policy is on their email lists. A reputable site will directly state they will not sell their mailing list and your information will be kept confidential.

I checked out the above sites for Michelle and they all seemed legitimate to me. I actually liked the first one enough to bookmark it to come back and check it out some more.

About the same time, I was reading a few online postings regarding Sweepstakes.ca. Many read the privacy policy and felt their information would be sold and felt the site was a scam. I wanted to see if this was in fact the case. I emailed the site owner and Jeff Goodfield wrote me back. He was glad I contacted him because it was not the case. He is in the process of building a new contest, sweepstake and promotional site in Canada. He told me he will not be selling his subscriber list. He will ensure that as the site is developed it will be made clear all subscriber information is safe. After several emails I even had the pleasure of speaking with him for over a half hour and I am confident of his sincerity. I plan to keep in touch with Jeff and I’ll keep everyone posted on the launch of this new contesting resource.

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

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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
As I just turned 55 (boo, I HATE ageing), I am wondering if my chances of winning certain kinds of contests may be diminishing or they are even disqualifying me due to my advancing age? For example, if the prize is to a Club Med resort, I would think their main advertising would be geared to singles, from 18-32 yr. So, if on the ballot, either online or a snail mail, I am asked my age, date-of-birth or to check what age range category I fall into, I must be honest and either write my correct age, 55, the exact date or the 55-70 age range. Most of the time until I turned 55, I was able to check off an age range used most often as: 40-54 yr. The majority of the times that age categories are indicated on a ballot, I have noticed that a new age range seems to almost always start at 55 and naturally end up quite high in years. I am feeling that the older I'm becoming, the less of a chance I have to win any type of prize associated with being younger. Is this true? Have I contested my way out of most sponsors target demographic of their products, services, etc., simply by getting older?

Also, since I don't have any children of my own, when I see a contest for a "Family Trip for 4" to any destination, I assume that the sponsors really do desire a family of 2 adults and 2 children to win and because that's not me, I won't have a chance to win. Again, what do you think about this?

Some contests will say you and 3 of your friends, which I believe is different than a "family", as the 3 friends can be friends and/or relatives; whereas a "family" to me means not even relatives as cousins, but preferably a husband, wife and 2 small children. It can get confusing. Do you have any other definitions or advice for me about entering these mostly trip/event type contests that specify the number of people who can also partake and what exactly is a "family" in contest terms?

With regard to smaller wins in city where I live. If it's to a movie premiere or another exact dated event, whether or not I have yet picked up or been sent the prize, but I realize that either something bigger, better, or I better show up at other thing if I want to live (just kidding) or I just came down with a totally disruptive cold, flu and hacking cough and really can't get to the movie premiere or use whatever winning tickets on that particular night, do I still make an effort to obtain or is it more polite to call sponsor to say thanks but no thanks with your reason and hope that they will contact next on the list to give to? That way you don't have to drag your sick ass out of bed to pick up some tickets. You won't be able to use or do you still pick up and hope to find someone who can use them. If you can't give them away, the tickets may just go to waste then. Remember that I probably deal with sponsor on a fairly regular basis and don't want to have any bad vibes between us as I want to win something from them some other time. What's the right move in the case of illness or conflicting dates?

Just to let you know that I did read all of the 2005 and 2006 questions and answers that a newcomer to your newsletter is encouraged to do and I didn't see any other questions that were just like or similar to mine that a previous person had already asked you.

With much anticipation I await your responses to my questions and thank you in advance!
Laura-Ellen


WOW Laura!
Your long email filled with such good questions! I will answer each point separately.

1) Unless the prize has an age limitation (such as a Contiki trip for 18-35 years olds) age doesn't matter. I know many seniors that win children's contests. They give the prizes to their grandchildren even though the promotion is targeted to kids. All contestants have the same odds regardless of age, gender, location, etc... so enter away and GOOD LUCK!!

2) You can enter any contest and win. I know many people that just take the trip and go without children. If you are a big kid like me, you can enjoy Disney as much as a 5 year old! You can also take grandchildren – I think you would win the World’s Best Grandma title! If you like the prize, enter - you have nothing to lose.

3) Yes, friend style promotions are designed differently than family style ones. When one thinks of friends we think of girl’s spa weekend or the guy’s golfing weekend. The contest sponsor would expect you to take your spouse and another couple or a few of your girlfriends/sisters/daughters/etc...They really don't care as long as the people going on the trip fit the marketing budget so if you take friends instead of family it doesn't matter because the cost will be the same to the promotions company.

4) If I can't go to an event I have won tickets or passes for I always try to let the sponsor know. I think it's just good manners and good karma. If I already have the tickets, I give them away. My friends love it when I call and ask if the are available for such and such a time. You seem to be using your common sense which, in my books, will take you far.

5) I started posting the archive of Q&A because I began to get the same questions over and over so it cut down on my retyping...I don't mind new questions.

BTW, 55 is not an advanced age!
GOOD LUCK,
Carolyn

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 working away on the American Edition. I am targeting to have it published by Winter 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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