Can You Really Beat the Odds!?

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December 2, 2012 by Cory


Well, there has been a lot of craziness lately surrounding luck and winning as the second-largest payout ever in a lottery was just won by two lucky tickets in last week’s Powerball.  In fact, I’m betting that many of you bought tickets just for the chance that you might be the lucky winner.  I sure did!  I’ve been asked by many friends and family what I think about the odds in winning.  While the odds of winning the lottery are not that great (but there is always a chance), the odds of winning other sweepstakes and contests are actually pretty good!

Here are a few examples of contests I randomly came across this past month:

  • When watching a television show, I was referred to a website to enter a national contest.
  • When reading a magazine, I saw a promotion referring me to a website to enter a national contest.
  • At a college basketball game, I saw an advertisement asking me to text a code word to a number to enter a regional contest.
  • When skimming the local newspaper, I saw a promotion asking me to e-mail a certain e-mail address to enter a local contest for a pair of concert tickets.
  • Through a mailing list e-mail regarding a shopping center, I was referred to a website to enter a local contest.

Do you ever see these types of contests and wonder if it is worth your while to enter these contests when you most likely won’t win plus you’ll have to now deal with getting placed on e-mail or mailing lists of random companies?  Well, I’m glad to be the one to tell you that this is not necessarily the case!

First, MOST contests give you the opportunity to opt out of receiving any further communication from the companies sponsoring the contest.  This is not always the case though, so make sure you look for required fields on web pages or if you get random texts, you can usually stop the texts right away (or unsubscribe from a mailing list you just happened to find yourself on).

Second, you are asking, how are the odds ever in your favor if there are hundreds, thousands, or millions of other people locally, regionally, or nationally (or even world-wide) entering the contests along with you?  That’s simple.  Only a small percentage of any community ever takes the time to enter a contest.  Raffles or drawings only have so many people signing up or buying a raffle ticket.  This usually goes for the lottery, too, though often, more people are attracted to the lottery than other contests.  Of the examples I listed above, there are very few people who will call into a radio station or a television station when prompted to do so, especially after 2 or 3 busy signals.  The same goes for any other type of contest.

To summarize this blog post, the more you enter contests, the better your odds in winning something, especially as so few people enter.  With that in mind, go forth and enter some contests.  Please post to let everyone know when you win something…it’s only a matter of time!


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