Here at Win24, we decided to conduct some analysis of our past winning members, to see whether there is such a thing as a luckiest state or luckiest city.
There results were certainly interesting, and of more than 2,000 Win24 winners, we found that 34% came from Queensland, with Victoria a close second.
The Northern Territory was the unluckiest state with only 1% of winners coming from this area.
The complete list of the percentage of winners in each state is:
We enter our members into at least 70 competitions per month, with a minimum prize pool of $200,000, giving you more chances to win, no matter WHERE you live!
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2) Don't expect to win a big ticket prize. Of course, you might go on and win a holiday or a car, but chances are you'll walk away with smaller prizes, like gift vouchers, event tickets or kitchen appliances. But the unexpected is all the fun, and no matter what the value of the prize, there's a real thrill to winning.
3) Don't be picky. You really have to be in it to win it, and that often means entering every competition you come across, even if the prize isn't something you'd go out and buy yourself. Think of it like this - the more you enter, the greater chances of a win, and you'll never win a big prize if you only enter one or two competitions a month.
4) Don't get confused. Entering lots of competitions can quickly turn into a logistical nightmare if you're not organised, with forgotten passwords, several email addresses, phone numbers and no idea of how many you've taken part in. Get a system in place and it will make the whole process much more enjoyable.
5) Don't cheat. As tempting as it might be to pay for votes on a 'vote for me' competition, or use someone else's photo on a photo-upload competition, don't do it, as chances are you'll get rumbled and disqualified. Always check the competition's terms and conditions too to ensure you're not accidently breaking the rules, for example, entering from the wrong country.
Here at Win24 towers, we know a lot of you like to take part in radio phone-in competitions. Because the number of people entering is generally quite low, your chances of winning can be very good. And for the dedicated Comper, there's also a few other ways you can increase your chances of striking it lucky.
1. Listen to lots of different radio stations
It's a good idea to try to get a handle on the current range of radio sweepstakes. If you get to know the different stations' patterns, you'll get a better picture of which DJs are more likely to hold competitions. Remember that some stations offer streaming audio so that you can listen to them on your computer, even when you're not near a radio.
2. Don't forget to enter!
It's a good idea to set up reminders to warn you just before radio sweepstakes are about to go live. Your mobile phone calendar is a good bet. That way you won't forget!
3. Don't give up
Once the radio sweepstake goes live, you should call over and over again as quickly as possible. Don't give up if it seems like a lot of time has gone past; some stations wait an hour or so before they start picking winners. And don't give up until the winner is announced on the air.
4. Speed dial
It's common for radio stations to use the same telephone numbers to call in for all of their sweepstakes. Add these numbers to the speed dial of your telephone or mobile so that you don't mis-dial, and also get in there very quickly.
5. Use More Than One Phone
If you really want to get serious, then use two phones - a land-line and your mobile. Dial with both at the same time. This will double your chances of getting through.
Let us know how you get on. More 'phone in' tips on the Comper's Corner blog coming very soon.
Here at Win24, we know that 'vote for me' competitions aren't always popular with Compers, as there's lots of potential for vote rigging from unscrupulous participants. However, if you do fancy your luck, then here are five tips to improving your chances of a win.
Do check the rules. Always check the terms and conditions of entry. Is there anything that forbids buying votes or referencing vote rigging? If there is, then chances are the promoters are clued up to what can go on in the way of cheating, and will take steps to prevent it. That means a much fairer chance for honest people like you.
Don't be tempted to buy votes. We'll say that again... DON'T be tempted. Even if you think you can get away with it, a lot of the time it will be a complete waste of money, and you may not even receive them. Even if it does work, it will be painfully obvious you've cheated, and that's not really in the spirit of being a comper is it?
Do tell your friends. A great way to get votes for your entry is to tell all your friends about it. Make sure you don't get into 'spamming' territory, but certainly consider using your Facebook and twitter pages, and even emailing your friends if the prize is that good.
Do vote yourself too. Most 'vote for me' competitions allow you to vote for yourself. It can't hurt to can it? Remember, sometimes a winner will be decided by just a few votes.
Don't forget to make sure your entry is amazing too! One thing to remember is that you can also get 'organic' votes for your entry, independent of your friends. So that means making sure your entry is great quality too. This can be too easy to forget sometimes!
The caption contest is a type of competition where you are presented with a picture and you have to submit a witty or funny phrase to go along with it. A panel of judges will then decide which is best.
What's important to remember is that winning a caption competition is not always about luck, it's often about knowing exactly what the judges are looking for, and coming up with an answer that plays to their agenda. If you know what you're doing then you'll drastically increase your chances of winning.
Here are our top tips to helping you achieve standout with your entry:
If you can't be bothered with all that, then check out Win24 where we do it all for you, entering you into a minimum of 70 competitions each and every month.
Here at Win24 we enter our members into more than 70 competitions each month, but unfortunately we can't enter you into 'games of skill'. But that's not to say we can't still help you with these! Here are four of our top tips to saving time and turbo-charging your performance when it comes to entering online competitions.
Pre-entered form data
Web browser settings can be a great device to use when entering comps. Internet Explorer and Firefox often give you the option of remembering specific information that you repetitively enter. So, next time you go to fill in your name and address, the details will appear highlighted in the box as you type. And there you have it - speedy date entry.
NOTE - Be careful with shared computers. Clever web-pages remembering your info isn't always a blessing if other people could have access to the sensitive stuff. Be sure to click 'no' to the 'do you want this webpage to remember your details?' prompt if this is the case.
Divide your time
'Split Panel' is a fantastic free tool that can be downloaded direct to your Firefox toolbar. It enables you to see two web pages alongside each other, resulting in you being able to copy and paste answers between pages quicker than ever before! To get your hands on this great add-on, simply head to mozilla.org to download the Firefox browser. Then go to the 'Split Panel'. Don't worry, it's completely safe and won't infect your device with viruses. Easy!
Roboform your form filling.
If you do have shared access to your computer, or find the web pages are filling stuff inaccurately on your competition forms, there is another option. Roboform is a storage vault of information that lives on your computer. Create a single password, known only to you, and access it whenever you need to fill out the same old rigmarole of info. It keeps your address, phone numbers and postcodes safe, and automatically fills online forms at the click of a mouse! Find out how to get Roboform here.
One thing to bear in mind is that Roboform's software is similar to that of a spambot. Some companies may mistake the technology for a spammer, and reject your ability to apply. If you're concerned that a competition promoter will think this, go for the traditional method or copy and paste info from a saved word document.
Multitasking - not just a woman's strong point
If you're savvy in your searches for competitions, you will often stumble across comp boards bursting with different links and threads to fantastic contests. The problem lies in making sure you click through each link there is, to maximise your chances of winning. Go back to your Firefox browser and download the free add on SnapLinksPlus. This handy tool lets you draw a box around all the links you're interested in entering. All you need to do is right click and highlight the area of threads. They should all open simultaneously, allowing you to go through and enter at your own leisure!
And the most important tip of all? Have fun!
Just like you, we love competitions here at Win24. But for those who haven't quite got the competition bug yet, here are five reasons why being a 'comper' is so great.
It's the chance to learn new skills
When entering 'games of skill' you get to try your hand at an incredibly wide range of tasks. Sometimes that might involve making a short video or taking a photo, other times you might have to answer obscure trivia questions. Either way, it means you often get to learn new skills and broaden your general knowledge, not to mention have fun along the way!
You get to win unexpected prizes
When entering lots of competitions, it's easy to lose track of what you could win, especially when it comes to the smaller prizes. That means while you're day-dreaming about winning a car or a holiday, you might get an email telling you about some shopping vouchers or cinema tickets you've won. Not quite as highvalue, but still a lovely surprise (and believe it or not, this happens far more often than you'd think).
Connect with other like-minded people
Being a comper means that you can become part of a vast online community of like-minded individuals, sharing tips, tricks and suggestions for entering, and winning, competitions. And they're a friendly bunch - check out the Win24 Facebook page as a starting point.
It's a fun (and profitable) way to fill your spare time
What else can you do in five minutes than could bring you in $$$? That's the beauty of entering competitions. More often than not, they're quick and easy to take part in, meaning it's the perfect way to fill a spare 10 minutes when you're waiting for your other half to get out of the bathroom, or your favourite TV show to start.
The odds are pretty good
Compared with Pokies or the Lotto, the chances of winning a 'big ticket' prize are much higher when entering competitions. In June one of our members won a holiday worth $11,500 to Spain and in July, someone else won a $5,000 travel voucher. Sure, not quite the millions of the Lotto, but not to be sniffed at!
Let us know why YOU love being a comper.
Although they only take a few minutes to enter, many people don't like the extra work involved in photo upload competitions. But that does mean they generally have less people entering them, and if you get your entry right, you've a great chance of winning. Here's a few tips from the Win24 competition team to help you win!
1. Read the Rules
Many companies have strict guidelines about the photos that will be accepted. These can vary to what's in the photo to the quality of the photo, so check before you snap!
2. Rule of Thirds
The number one rule of photography: NEVER place the subject of your photo right in the centre, it looks unprofessional and untidy. Imagine your photo has a 'noughts and crosses' grid over it - place your subject where the lines intersect. With an off-centre focus, your photo will look more interesting and artistic. Don't forget - sometimes a good subject for the photo could be the sponsors' product!
3. Take plenty of photos!
Everyone had a digital camera; there is no excuse for taking just one shot and hoping for the best! Take as many as you can. Try different angles, lighting, and location... just experiment. It doesn't take long!
4. Submit your most creative photo
You need to stand out in a photo competition. There is no use in blending into the background... you need shots with bright colours, big contrasts, different compositions. Take a risk. The most important thing to remember here thought is don't be tempted to over-edit! Photos will look fake, which judges will not like.
There's so many different types of online competition out there, so here at Win24, we thought it would be useful to put together a brief overview of the main competition mechanisms for you. If we've missed any, let us know!
Users have to come up with a caption for a - usually funny - photo. Pros and cons: fun to enter, and often attracts fewer people. But often tough to come up with a worthwhile entry!
Purchase to win
Customer has to buy a product to be entered into a prize draw. Pros and cons: often great prizes and attract fewer entries than some of the other mechanisms. However, these usually mean you have to buy something you might not want.
Facebook like to enter competitions
Users simply have to like a Facebook page to be in with a chance to win. Pros and cons: incredibly easy to enter and there are often some amazing prizes to win. But be warned, you could end up being spammed by heaps of Facebook pages, and in some cases you'll also have to share your data and contacts. Also a much lower chance of winning due to the high volumes of people who enter.
Sign up to a company mailing list to be entered into a prize draw. Pros and cons: very quick and easy to enter, but unless you have a separate email address you'll be opening yourself up for spam. And there's also a much lower chance of winning than some of the games of skill we've talked about.
To enter the competition, all the questions need to be answered. The most correct answers wins. Sometimes there's a time limit in place. Pros and cons: great fun, but can be challenging.
Photo upload competition
Users have to upload a photo - usually according to a brief - to be in with a chance to win. Pros and cons: great fun, and a chance to be creative. Attract fewer entries than the 'sweep-stake' type competitions. However, creativity is key, and unless your shot is great, then don't bother.
Video upload competition
Users have to upload a short video - usually according to a brief - to be in with a chance to win. Pros and cons: great fun, and a chance to be creative. Attract fewer entries than the 'sweep-stake' type competitions. However, creativity is key, and unless your video is great, then don't bother.
Refer a friend competition
Often run via Facebook, but not always, users can increase their chances of winning by referring their friends. Pros and cons: a great way to give you more chances to win, but there's a risk of seriously ticking off your mates!
Vote for me competition
Users have to submit an entry, often via Facebook, and usually a photo or video. They then have to ask their friends to vote for them to win. Pros and cons: you're in with a great chance to win if you've got lots of friends who can vote for you. But these types of competition are controversial as they're open to vote rigging cheats.
Okay, so we've already told you the odds; 7 winning numbers in the Aus Lotto from one game is 1 in 45,379,620. And let's be honest, your odds are way better with Win24, but you know that already, right?
But if you still want to give the Lotto a go, here's some tips into how to improve your chances
What not to do:
1. Don't buy a book
At the end of the day it's down to chance, and if any of the authors had actually won anything, they wouldn't be writing a book about it would they?
2. Don't be too clever
Thousands of people try to be clever and pick arithmetical sequences, or pick numbers in lines or clusters. However, this only means if you do win, any prize will be shared, as so many people use this method.
3. Don't join a syndicate
It seems like a win-win situation, but is spending $50 or $100 a week really worth it when you have to split any small prize between 50 people?
What to do
1. Keep traditions
If your family has always bought a lotto ticket every week, don't feel foolish to carry on; often the big winners are the regular players. You'd never forgive yourself if the week you didn't play your numbers came up
2. Trust in the cosmos
Cosmic ordering is a New Age philosophy which suggests that the cosmos is ordered by a 'universal intelligence'. This is what you have to do; 1. Write down your desires (I want to win the lottery on Saturday) 2. Visualise your success 3. Have faith; the more you believe it, the better the chances it will
3. Check your numbers!
So many lottery draws have had to rollover simply because someone didn't check their numbers! If you buy a ticket, keep it in a safe, obvious place where you'll notice it; it's useless having the winning numbers if you don't know about it!
So you've tried all that and you've still not won? Then signup to Win24 - we enter you into a minimum of 70 competitions each and every month for less than a dollar a day!
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If you've got a bit of spare time on your hands, filling in questionnaires and surveys are a great way to earn yourself some cash, or be in with a chance of winning a range of prizes.
Brands are always looking for people to fill in surveys to find out more about their target audience, so they often incentivise them with prizes. There's also a range of online survey companies that pay you to complete their questionnaires.
The key is patience, as many of them can take a long time to complete. Don't fall into the trap of giving up half way through, as you'll be disqualified!
Here's a few examples of 'big prize' surveys;
The 'Australia Post' is a lifestyle survey which has some great prizes; a $16,000 cheque and fifty $200 gift cards are just some of the prizes available to be won right now. You don't even need to fill in the entire survey, just the questions you want to! Completing this survey will also mean you'll get sent amazing offers from relevant brands you like (though be warned, many of these brands may spam you).
Australian Family is another website which features some excellent 'competition' surveys. At the moment they're running a reader's survey for the chance to win an Apple iPad mini; submit by 30th August 2013 and you could be in with a chance!
If you want even more chances to win, with none of the hassle of entering competitions yourself, then visit Win24 - we enter you into a minimum of 70 competitions each and every month, for $1 a day!
Five tips for winning at crosswords
Here at Win24, we're big fans of crosswords, but we know they can be tough going. However, a good crossword solver doesn't necessarily know all the answers but does know the following tips and tricks. Check out the following and these will help you become a crossword master!
Filling in the blanks (FITB)
FITB clues FITB (fill-in-the-blank) clues are often the easiest to solve. Always look at these first as successfully getting a few clues at the start can help get you started, and will make the rest of the crossword easier to tackle.
Go for the short words first
Check the 3, 4 and 5 letter words first as these are generally relatively easy to solve and because there's relatively few acceptable words of this length in the English language, the same tend to occur time after time.
Work in pencil
Sounds obvious, but by working in pencil you give yourself permission to guess and make mistakes. The more mistakes you make, the better you'll get!
Pick out plurals
When you're stuck, look for clues written in a plural form. Using a pencil, write an S at the end of each grid entry that you know must be a plural word or phrase. Often, the S will be correct.
Don't be afraid of guessing
Pencil in your guessed answers. Then check the crossing entries. If a guessed word contains an uncommon letter such as J or K, check the crossing entries for those letters first.
Next time - how to approach cryptic crosswords!
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As a rule, the harder or more effort a competition is to enter, the fewer people will take part. A prime example of this is the video upload competition. Facebook in particular run lots of these types of competitions, and the prizes are often high value. However, they remain relatively unpopular, especially compared with other competition mechanisms such as '50 words or less' or photo upload competitions.
Entering a video upload competition means you have to get creative and put time into making - and potentially editing - a video. However, once you've get one under your belt, the rest comes easily.
As a starting point, you should consider using your camera phone to create your video. As long as you answer the brief, then the quality will be of sufficient quality. Next comes editing you video. Remember, no one's expecting you to do a 100% professional job, and there's lots of free online tools and smartphone apps that allow you to do this quickly and easily.
Finally, always make sure you answer the brief properly. If the competition asks for a cute pet video, then don't get carried away and make a video about animals in the wild. No matter how good it looks it won't win!
Here at Win24 we regularly make recommendations into the best Video Upload competitions on Facebook for you to enter, and the prizes are always well worth winning. And for our members, we save you the trouble, but entering you into at least 70 competitions every month. Win24 can help you play your cards right and win you some brilliant prizes.
Millions of us play the Lotto or have a go on the Pokies every week, but have you ever stopped to consider what the odds are of winning? Sorry if this spoils your fun, but it's a little bit sobering when you look at the cold, hard stats.
Let's take the Aus Lotto first. The chance of getting 7 winning numbers from 1 game is 1 in 45,379,620. Wow. The odds improve a bit when it comes to getting 6 correct numbers with 1 in 180,078.
What about Pokies? We've all been guilty of putting a few dollars in now and again, but what are the odds of a big win? The first thing to remember with Pokies is that each machine has an in-built computer, programmed to ensure that the house always wins. Factors like whether the machine has just paid out, or how long you have been playing do not factor in. Take a popular game like Black Rhinos, to have a 50 per cent chance of getting five rhinos, playing one line at a time, it would take 6.7 million button presses and cost nearly $330,000.
However, with Win24, your odds are much better and the cost is only $1 a day.
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Incredible news for one of our members, Karen S, who has let us know about her latest win - an all-expenses holiday to Spain with three of her closest friends. Wow, and she's only been a member for three months! She's be sharing some of her photos with us right here.
Remember, with Win24 we enter you into a minimum of 70 competitions each and every month. Patience is key, and as Karen's story shows, sometimes you can get lucky and win a fantastic prize right away.
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Here at Win24, each and every month we enter our members into at least 70 top Australian competitions, worth at least $200,000. That means you have at least 840 chances to win each year. Just imagine how long it would take you to enter all those yourself!
In May, we entered our members into the following:
Wow, that's some prize pool!
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Usually when entering prize draws you will have to fill out a lot of information such as your name, address, etc. This can take a surprisingly long time if you're doing multiple entries, and can often be too much to warrant the effort. A clever way round this is to change your internet browser settings so that it saves your 'Form History' so then you can just click each box and your details will show. This will save you a lot of wasted time.
If you really want to get advanced, then try Roboform, a free online form-filling weapon that easily outguns just typing. It stores info such as addresses, phone numbers and postcodes and uses them to automatically fill in online forms.
If all this sounds like too much effort then remember, Win24 entesr you into a minimum of 70 competitions each month for $1 a day, helping improve your chances AND save you time.
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You always see those competitions in a magazines and newspapers, where a company asks you to write in your own words: "why you would like to go on holiday to Lake Como in Italy" or "why do you love to eat milk chocolate Easter eggs." Most of these competitions tend to be limited to just 50 words - sometimes even less - and you have to explain exactly why you want the prizes they are offering.
Whatever the prize, these type of competitions are easy to win without putting in too much work - if you know how. While it can be difficult to know exactly what it is that the judges are looking for, there are some easy steps that you can follow to win yourself some amazing prizes.
The small word count is often an issue as it doesn't allow you to be creative as you want to be. However, always make sure that your writing is humorous. If nothing else it keeps the judges entertained when they've been going through a stack of competition entries. For example, something like: "I need a new car as I'm an unemployed actor... it's hard getting to auditions in my rusty old tractor!" is a winner. Even though it seems stupid it is original, and funny. You should always draft what you want to say first, and then edit it down to your 50 word limit.
You should also make sure you reference the company that is running the competition to show you have a real interest. However, make sure you don't say anything bad about the company as the judges aren't going to give your entry a second look if you're offending them!
Once you have made sure you have followed these steps you entry should be ready to go. Don't worry if the word count is below the limit. Sometimes, a shorter entry can be a winner if it packs a punch and grabs the attention of the judges.
Here at Win24 we regularly make recommendations into the best '5 words or less' competitions, on Facebook for you to enter. And for our members, we save you the trouble, but entering you into at least 70 competitions every month. Win24 can help you play your cards right and win you some brilliant prizes.
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Crosswords are fun, test the brain, and you can also win some great prizes. However, they can often be tough, and very time consuming. However, if you want some help then make sure you check out the OneAcross site, which lets you search for answers to crosswords. It also has an anagram solver - plug in a word and instantly generates hundreds of possibilities. For example, did you know Kimberly Martin is 'Am Terribly Mink'?
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Facebook and twitter are two great ways to find lots of online competitions. On your Facebook account, you just need to join the fan pages of a variety of different companies and organisations and they often run 'giveaways' or 'sweepstakes' where you have to be a fan, 'share a post' or 'like' a photo to be in with a chance of winning. This is generally an easy way to win as there can be few entrants, however the prizes are usually small too.
Twitter is also a very simple way to enter competitions, as the giveaways are not regulated like the Facebook ones. Again, you follow different companies, and then you usually just have to 'retweet' a specific message or respond to a tweet in a certain way, and then you are entered!
Remember, at Win24 we enter you into a minimum of 70 competitions each month for $1 a day, helping improve your chances AND save you time.
We've had a lovely letter from our latest winner, Bronwyn, who won an amazing $4,999 carbon fibre bike (we're very jealous). She says:
"I wanted to let you know that we collected our Giant TCR Advanced yesterday from the Gold Coast. Thank you very much for all your work and follow up. A huge big thank you to Win 24 and Bike Exchange for such an awesome prize. I have already been recommending Win 24 to all my friends and will definitely be renewing my membership next year".