From the Contest Queen
I wanted to update everyone on what has been happening with my family since August. My mother-in-law is doing well. After an eight week wait she had a quintuple bypass. She is expected to make a full recovery. My grandmother is back at home. She needs a walker to get around but otherwise doing well. Sadly, my grandfather passed away on Saturday October 21st. With his Alzheimer’s he was very disoriented living in the nursing home. He had a few anxiety attacks and the doctors could not stabilize his heart after the last one. I am happy he is finally at peace. My husband’s grandfather recently went into the hospital with pneumonia and is expected to make a full recovery. Thank you again for all the e-mails with kind thoughts, words and prayers.
What is The Secret? It’s the hot new movie talking about the law of attraction. Due to the family issues I am dealing with I did not have time to write the movie review I wanted. I will for Issue 23. In the meantime, set your VCRs, PVRs and TiVos to record Larry King Live as he will be having the teachers in the movie on as guests. Larry King Live airs on CNN at 9:00pm EST then re-airs at midnight and 3:00am EST. Part One will air on Thursday November 2nd with Bob Proctor, John Assaraf, J.Z. Knight, Rev. Michael Beckwith and Dr. John Demartini. Part Two will air on Thursday November 16th with James Ray, Jack Canfield, Joe Vitale, George Pratt and Jayne Payne. Double check your local TV listings to ensure to watch on the correct date and at the right time.
Here is part Three of Are You Lucky from A New Answer Book:
WHAT IS A LONG SHOT?
Sometimes it happens: you flip ten coins, and ten “heads” turn up. Yet there is only one chance in a thousand of getting ten in a row. Anything as rare as that deserves a special name, and it has one. It is called a long shot.
The name is old. About seven centuries ago, nearly every Englishman knew how to use a bow and arrow. When a town held an archery contest, men would take aim at a target almost a quarter of a mile away. Hitting the target was known as making a long shot. Few hits were made, so each one seemed very remarkable. Soon people were using the words long shot for any result that was surprising and unlikely – just as we do today.
WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT?
Guests were once afraid to eat dinner at a table where there were 13 people. This fear of thirteen has a special long name: triskaidekaphobia!
Certain ancient Greeks hated the number seventeen. They said it was ugly because it came between two beautiful numbers: sixteen and eighteen. Sixteen they liked because it is four times four represented a square. Eighteen was two nines, and nine was the lucky number three multiplied by itself.
Two curious numbers are 220 and 284. If you added together all the numbers that can be divided into 220, you get 284. Add all the numbers that can be divided into 284 and you get 220. Mathematicians called 220 and 284 amicable numbers. That meant they were agreeable or friendly.
Could these special numbers be used to guarantee that two people would always be friendly? Girls and boys used to think so: before getting married they wrote 220 and 284 on little pills. The boy swallowed one and the girl the other. And in doing so they were supposed to live happily ever after.
You will find the final excerpt from the Are You Lucky? chapter of A New Answer Book in the next issue of The Winning EDGE.
I will be on the Up to Speed radio show Thursday November 2nd from 5:30-6:00pm CST. You can listen to me online if you are not in the Winnipeg MB broadcasting area.
We are attending the Northeast Mini Sweepstakes Convention October 27-29. Hope to see you there!
Tips and Tricks
I had a couple of e-mails where the writers were very disappointed with the quality of the contests listed in my newsletter. I should not be your main source for finding contests and sweepstakes to enter. I designed contestqueen.com to be a hub of information to all things contest related including links to sites that do list contests open to Canadians and Americans. For Canadian contestors, click here. American sweepers, click here.
The trick is to make this hobby your own. Pick an entry method, or any combination, you like best and enter away. I believe that if you are having fun, you will win. The moment this hobby feels like work, quit.
Have a great tip? Send me your best tips to share with the contesting community. Remember “You Can’t Lose Helping Others Win”. email@example.com
The Issue 21 Winning EDGE subscriber winner of a Lucky Beetle Ring is: Greg of Ottawa, ON! Congratulations!!
Winner Wear! Win Sweepstakes King and Contest Queen caps 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 have seen this question posted several times to various online groups. Can Roboform slide past all the "no electronic entries" applied to so many contests today? I know it is acceptable as I have read that in your book (which I have and think is GREAT) and you have answered it in your newsletter but some haven't read those. It would be great if you could repost the answer.
Thanks in advance,
Glad you like my book! I will put the answer here and then also repost it to all the online groups for those that may not read it here. (You mean there are people that have yet to subscribe?! LOL!!)
For this answer, let’s assume we are talking about sweepstakes that can be entered on a daily basis. If a company really does not want someone to use a software program like RoboForm, they will just create the entry form using Flash (multimedia design software) and then all the fields must be filled out manually. Some companies chose to use a standard form along with a verification/authentication code so the form can be filled in using RoboForm but the code must be entered manually. Some companies try to add additional fields such as a questionnaire that can be filled in the first time manually. Then, if you save the form using the Passcard feature you can use one click to re-enter the form from then on. Finally, some companies create straight forward plain old entry forms asking for very basic entry information. The computer cannot tell if you filled in the data yourself or if a program like RoboForm did it for you.
I have seen various online discussions about how a company could add a hidden field that RoboForm would fill yet a person entering manually would not. We contacted RoboForm about this and they stated their software does not “see” hidden fields and therefore does not fill them. Our own testing has proven this to be true. The other way a company could tell if you were using RoboForm is to place a timer on the entry server. If the amount of time from when you open the page to the time you click the submit button is ridiculously fast, they can assume you are using an entry software package. However, since every single additional feature to sweepstake management costs money - very few companies will bother to track how quickly someone is entering online. They are more concerned with people breaking the rules than with how fast your entry is submitted.
The true definition of an automated or electronic entry is when you pay a company like acuwin.com to enter hundreds or thousands of sweepstakes for you. I do not recommend using such services because: 1) you will be disqualified as it is very easy to detect a flood of entries from the same ISP address and more importantly 2) it takes away from the fun of the hobby and in turn you do not have an opportunity to put our your winning or lucky karma on your entries. I have won dozens of sweepstakes over the past three years using RoboForm so I recommend every contestor and sweeper use it.
Send me any sweeping or contesting questions you would like answered. firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Please send all your comments and suggestions to email@example.com