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To wonder if anyone actually ever wins magazine competitions?

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cricketmum84 Fri 29-Mar-19 11:06:34

I'm always doing the puzzles in Take a break, chat etc and have done for years and never won anything sad

Aibu to think that Marie H from Chorley who won £500 and Annie W from London and suchlike are made up people???

Has anyone ever won from completing the puzzles and submitting their answers?

Pootles34 Fri 29-Mar-19 11:09:14

Yes my mum won an amazing 3 day spa experience - can't remember which one. I think it must have been worth close to 1k, it was 2 nights in a posh suite, treatments etc.

ShannonRockallMalin Fri 29-Mar-19 11:11:25

Strangely enough I was thinking about this earlier when I was putting my gym trainers on. About 20 years ago I won a competition in a fitness magazine and got a pair of trainers, a bag and various other bits and bobs. I was a student at the time and very chuffed!

Cornishmum00 Fri 29-Mar-19 11:12:48

I won argos vouchers about 10 years ago

Instantreplay Fri 29-Mar-19 11:13:02

An acquaintance of mine recently won a weekend break to a European city courtesy of Take a Break magazine.
I’ve never won anything though 🙄

LosingLola Fri 29-Mar-19 11:15:29

I won tickets to a theme park a few years ago

Chouetted Fri 29-Mar-19 11:17:29

Yes, I won a crossword competition for £100.

I only entered it to prove my mum wrong - she had been saying the same as you, that noone ever really wins. Most satisfying argument I've ever won, to be honest.

LizB62A Fri 29-Mar-19 11:25:29

Yes, I've won a few

Myfanwyprice Fri 29-Mar-19 11:27:12

I won Take That tickets through Smash Hits a very long time ago!

mummyofdaughters Fri 29-Mar-19 11:34:37

I won a family photography session a few years back. We had to pay for the prints but the shoot was free!

aposterhasnoname Fri 29-Mar-19 11:34:58

My gran used to win all the time, she was forever giving away stuff she’d won. Had a fair few cash wins too.

cricketmum84 Fri 29-Mar-19 12:38:52

Ooh you are all filling me with hope! Best get these answers registered. I'll come back if I win anything!

Worriedwart18 Fri 29-Mar-19 12:45:41

Not a magazine but I won a holiday with Walkers crisps back in 2016. The one where you collected codes and they gave you letters to spell out a destination.

I got Munich or Nice. I decided to swap it for the £1,500 voucher instead. Won it a week before our wedding and used it for our honeymoon a few months later!

ShitAtScarbble Fri 29-Mar-19 12:47:29

I won £250 from Chat magazine and £250 of Waitrose vouchers from TV Choice.

Oysterbabe Fri 29-Mar-19 12:47:32

I won a slumber party kit from Just 17 magazine about 25 years ago. My sister wins stuff all the time but she enters literally hundreds of competitions a week. She's won loads of really good stuff, most of which she flogs on ebay.

Superfragile Fri 29-Mar-19 12:48:01

@worriedwart18 so pleased to hear someone real won the walkers crisps, I tried so hard to win that one, made everyone on my family only buy walkers 🙄😂

Londonmummy66 Fri 29-Mar-19 12:49:56

I won an expensive dinner service once - not long before our wedding so that was one thing off the gift list.

thetemptationofchocolate Fri 29-Mar-19 12:50:10

I won £50 once from a Take a Break puzzle magazine. I was very surprised as I too had suspected the winners' names were made up.

MsHopey Fri 29-Mar-19 12:54:33

I won £500s worth of protein powders and myprotein merchandise from Mens Health magazine! My DH was very happy.

BarkandCheese Fri 29-Mar-19 12:54:49

I won a vip all expenses paid trip to Goodwood festival of speed, which was fantastic as DH is a big motor sports fan. I was a serious comper at the time though, entering 500 plus comps a week though. I won lots of other smaller prizes too but not all were magazine comps.

If you really want to win something I found the best bet is tickets for local events. There’s only a limited amount of people who live close enough to bother to enter so the odds are dramatically reduced. Local listings websites, newspapers and magazines are where you’ll find that kind of thing advertised.

HomeForever Fri 29-Mar-19 13:18:14

My DS has won tickets to a football match from a magazine. Likely not many entered.

Calzone Fri 29-Mar-19 13:22:01

I was thinking this earlier.

I think it would be a great article for a paper or magazine to see what people win.

I would also love to read an article about who gets the fancy jobs that are advertised......caretaker for an island in the Bahamas or the one I read this week about working for NASA; sleeping and watching tv for 2 months and earning £14k.

Screw Brexit......

halcyondays Fri 29-Mar-19 13:29:26

I won £500 from a magazine comp once. I've also won prizes in online comps.

gokartdillydilly Fri 29-Mar-19 13:32:09

Years ago I worked in the promotions dept for a leading women's mag and yes, the entries were logged and selected at random by someone in another department by ruffling through all the sheets and pointing at a name/address with their eyes shut. Hi tech or what!

MontanaSkies Fri 29-Mar-19 13:33:43

I used to work for a magazine and sometimes used to overhear a colleague phoning up lucky winners to tell them. Usually they were really suspicious or thought they were being scammed - she'd be there for ages going "No, you're the winner! No you don't have to pay anything, you've won!" etc.

So yes, people can and do win things, keep the faith!

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