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What's the best thing you've ever won in a contest or giveaway?

By Shawn Knight · 49 replies
Nov 4, 2016
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  1. In the wake of our recent giveaway where one lucky reader took home a Dell XPS 13 laptop and a 32-inch UltraSharp 4K monitor, we’re curious to know, what’s the best thing you’ve ever won in a contest or giveaway?

    I’ve only won a few things in my lifetime: a 35mm film camera at a bingo game around the age of eight or so, third (or maybe fourth?) place in a giveaway from 3DMark (I think) probably 16+ years ago (I narrowly missed out on a free video card and instead got a mouse and some random schwag) and a first-gen iPad in a social media competition in 2010 that ended up being more work than it was worth.

    How about you? Feel free to share in the comments section below!

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  2. SolarisGuru

    SolarisGuru TS Member

    I won a PC Gamer contest years ago and received a copy of Doom 3 signed by the developers in golden ink. That's about it for me.
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  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,188   +1,865

    I won a raffle where the prize was a St. Bernard, a snow shovel, and 200# of dog food .... fortunately I found a new home for it before I used much of the dog food or the shovel!
  4. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,680   +761

    TWO Nintendo 64 Systems plus a 4-pack of games each in a bingo hall of all places. This was just when the unit was released, was sold out everywhere, two weeks before Christmas and parents were scrambling to get one for their kids. I had a guy walk up to me and hand me five $100 bills for the second unit on the spot. Double win! :)
  5. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,263   +454

    A soundcard from this site before it became Techspot... many years ago. Maybe 15 years ago?
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  6. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 981   +422

    I've never won anything from a contest online.
  7. Experimentongod

    Experimentongod TS Maniac Posts: 261   +103

    A crappy home cinema system on my local shopping mall, tickets for a prerelease screening of Resident Evil: Extinction and some Steam games on Steamgifts :/

    Really underwhelming stuff, I don't bother with giveaways most of the time, usually they're more like "contests" in that they require some kind of effort to participate in, which defeats the point in my opinion.
  8. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,601   +1,888

    A T-shirt with "Lucky Idi0t" sewn out.
  9. Kenrick

    Kenrick TS Evangelist Posts: 521   +333

    Won a book. that is the most expensive thing I ever won. I love my luck!
  10. delluel

    delluel TS Booster Posts: 39   +7

    I won a nice kite in kindergarten. like it was yesterday.
  11. mrtraver

    mrtraver TS Guru Posts: 375   +80

    I won a copy of Crimson Skies (the original PC version) and a Sybex strategy guide from some gaming site that shuttered a few months later. It is still one of my favorite games to play.
  12. rvnwlfdroid

    rvnwlfdroid TS Booster Posts: 177   +41

    The closest thing I have ever come to winning something would be a copy of Soldier of Fortune. A friend and myself answered a post from Raven Software asking if anyone was interested in beta testing a new game. We got off of work that day, drove to Madison (close to it anyway) played most of the night. Gave our feedback on the game and several months later a full copy was in my mailbox. They were a great bunch of guys working there. Everyone beta testing was using the employees pc's to play the game. I was a lucky one, the desk I was at had a trackball. My choice for an input device.
  13. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing. Posts: 2,826   +550

    A single silver dollar...at a dance contest...>50 years ago.
  14. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,731   +3,749

    Contest: Trophy for tap dancing as a kid...bunch of certificates for piano recitals.

    Giveaway: Your mother.

    (What? That setup was obvious!)
  15. justin69

    justin69 TS Rookie

    I Have not won anything in my life
  16. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 1,472   +647

    Recently won a $100 gift certificate from an online book store... Won a couple of Playstation games from Gamespot about 20 years ago (but didn't have a Playstation - so exchanged them for PC Games).
  17. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,272   +241

    When I was in high school decades ago, my paternal grandmother entered my name in a rural bank giveaway. I won a pressure cooker.

    for lotto, the max I won was 150php (1$ us = ~49php Philippine peso) as consolation prize for getting 3 numbers right out of 6. the last time I won this consolation prize was more than three years ago.
  18. CortyDK

    CortyDK TS Addict Posts: 101   +53

    Never won much in competitions, have won a cd, a couple of towels and some small items.

    But I once got a defective Akai amplifier for free, because the owner thought it was done for. Turned out it was the fuse. That's what I call a giveaway..
  19. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,269

    A golf umbrella (won when I was a kid) and a Sony PS3 (which went to the grandkids).
  20. SirChocula

    SirChocula TS Addict Posts: 103   +96

    A Gamecube back in the day. My fraternity had a raffle ticket drawing at an event we hosted and the girl I sat next to didn't want her ticket so she gave it to me...lady luck struck me in the butt shortly after ^^
  21. NimbusTLD

    NimbusTLD TS Booster Posts: 61   +39

    Many years ago, at a gaming expo (ECTS) I entered into a raffle to win a dune buggy by beating a friend at a Codemasters racing game (I think it was Insane? I had to look it up). A few days later I get a call tell me I won a dune buggy, would you like a dune buggy or £2000? Obviously I chose the cash :)
  22. Trevor Z

    Trevor Z TS Rookie

    When I was in grade 5 I called in to a local radio station (kiss FM in vancouver) and won a trip for myself + 1 parent to a 5 star resort in Hawaii.
  23. PoppaHank

    PoppaHank TS Rookie

    A trip to Europe, a 55" TV, an iPad, a $500 Amazon gift card.
  24. petert

    petert TS Addict Posts: 200   +51

    Congrats to the person who took home the prizes. You know, money don't bring happiness but is more comfortable to cry in front of a Dell XPS 13 laptop and a 32-inch UltraSharp 4K monitor setup.

    Yes folks, I am a little bit envious, I never won a prize in such conditions, through life has been kind to me in other ways and I am very grateful for that.
    CortyDK and EClyde like this.
  25. mcborge

    mcborge TS Guru Posts: 418   +270

    I won a pen that looked like a big flat head nail and a pack of fun sized mars bars at school when I was 7... I shared out the mars bars to my friends at school and my sister got upset that she didn't get one and when we got home she told my mum and I got into trouble for not bringing them home to share with the family... (sniff!) I'm over it... I'm over it.
    CortyDK likes this.

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