I’ve won over £35,000 of prizes in the last 12 months! Here's how...
My name’s Chloe and I’m a second year student at Glasgow University, I’m doing a Joint Honours degree in Film & Television studies and French.
I try to save money by entering (mostly) free to enter competitions; in the past year I’ve won over £35,000 of prizes. I run a blog where I share my top tips and advice on how I manage to be so successful in-depth and run my own competitions, but for now I’ll give you a run-through of my top prizes.
Me with some of my Tech bundle.
£10,000 towards my university fees. (August 2015)
Yes that’s not a typo; I actually won £10,000.
So how did I win you ask? In August of last year Curry’s and PC Word were running a Snapchat #WINYOURFEES competition, with the winner winning £10,000 towards their fees and a student-technology bundle to go with it.
The competition ran for a month from the beginning of August till early September and each week a different challenge was set that UK students could enter, and the overall best entry from all of the 4 challenges would win the prize.
The challenges consisted of:
Week 1: “Cook us something nice”
Week 2: “Make something creative”
Week 3: “Show us your party trick”
Week 4: “Recreate your favourite movie scene”
I entered in the 2nd and 4th week of the competition. My winning entry was from the 4th week, where I recreated the scene from Harry Potter where Harry gets told he’s a wizard using puppets that I’d made and I also narrated it. I chose to recreate this particular movie scene as Harry Potter is the series that inspired me to want to become a writer/director and also because it’s generally awesome.
I honestly wasn’t expecting to win the competition. However, I thought I’d give it a shot anyway and what do you know I actually won!!! At the time this was by far my biggest and best prize.
A trip to the RIO Olympics and £2000 spending money! (May 2016)
Me with Jessica Ennis - we had matching nails!
I found out I’d won this trip right before I was about to walk into a French exam. It was 09:23 on the 18th May and my exam started at 09:30, I went into my bag to turn my phone off before my exam started. As I went to do that I saw a missed call from a private number along with a voicemail… Now as a comper my instant reaction was to get cautiously excited, as I knew the call could be about a prize I’d won, what that could be I didn’t know yet. Bearing that in mind, I figured that I should probably listen to the message after my exam, so if it was a win it wouldn’t distract me.
However… The impatient side of my brain chose to ignore the reasonable side and I went ahead and listened to the message. It was a lady’s voice, she said that she was calling from ‘The Sun’ newspaper and that it ‘was regarding a recent competition’ that I’d entered and please could I ‘call back urgently’. Now upon hearing this the first thing that crossed my mind was that I could potentially have won a caravan, as that was the most recent Sun competition that I could remember entering, and that in itself would have been surreal and amazing.
However as it turns out I called back and Lisa stated that it was regarding the Rio competition and that I’d entered and won!!!!
I was in shock and I started screaming and shouting and all of the other students around me (who were also about to sit their respective exams) looked at me like I was crazy. I just smiled and then rang my sister quickly to excitedly tell her, I literally couldn’t get it out fast enough I was that elated! I was on the phone with her for a couple of minutes and then I actually got round to turning it off and walked into the hall and sat my exam.
NB: The exam went well, thankfully.
My top highlights from this trip included:
1) Meeting Jessica Ennis-Hill #TeamGB Silver Hepthalon Medalist (I literally love her and totally fangirled, and she was so lovely!) One of my goals of this trip was to meet one of my sporting heroes and I'm glad to say I managed to achieve it.
Doing the Bolt pose after watching him win gold.
2) Watching the Athletics live from the stadium and seeing Jessica Ennis-Hill win Silver in the Heptathlon, seeing Bolt and Mo Farah win Gold for the 100 and 10,000m respectively. The stadium atmosphere was actually electric, at the start of the 100m heats and the final respectively the stadium collectively went silent, you could literally hear a pin drop! The anticipation was crazy.
3) Seeing the respective male and female #TeamGB rowing teams win gold - this was literally such a surreal moment to witness. Once again the atmosphere was incredible.
Union Jack flags are raised in support as the Great Britain's Rowing Team are awarded their Olympic gold medals on the stadium in the distance, behind the athletes you can make out a blurred Olympics logo statue
4) Visiting the Rocinha Favela, the biggest Favela in South America. Upon walking through this Favela I felt really humbled and grateful, the poverty that the residents live in and the crime they're exposed to on a daily basis is heartbreaking (there were young boys walking around with AK47's).
Flying the flag for Team GB at the top of Sugarloaf Mountain.
5) Visiting the Christ the Redeemer monument and Sugarloaf Mountain. These are such big tourist attractions and are also what I naturally associate with Rio and so they were top on my list of places to see.
A trip to Hong Kong and £1000 spending money (March 2016)
I found out about the competition on a Monday and sent in my #KungFuFace on the Monday night. On the Tuesday afternoon I was sitting in my Comparative Literature and it was just going to be like any other Tuesday or so I thought…
I got the DM (Direct Message) to let me know that I had been shortlisted at 12:30, my lecture finished at 13:00 and I only had 30 minutes to respond, otherwise they would choose someone else. Luckily, I saw the message as soon as they sent it at 12:30, which is just well as if I’d seen after my lecture had finished and my time was up I, would have been gutted.
I left my lecture and responded to the message instantly, a representative from the show called me straightaway to congratulate me again on being shortlisted and to go live on air the following morning in order to find out whether I’d actually won. I agreed that I would and then spent the rest of the day trying to put it to the back of my mind and concentrate on my French exam that I had the following morning.
It got to Wednesday morning and I was in the kitchen eating my breakfast and anxiously waiting for them to call. They called at 08:05… I was told that they would read the news and then they would play two more songs and then they would ‘possibly’ come to me if I were the chosen winner. It got to 08:15 and the following happened:
As you can hear I was in shock. I was literally shaking. I couldn’t believe it! I still can’t believe I actually won it!
The trip was amazing, Hong Kong is such an incredible city and my highlights from this trip included:
1) Visiting Lantau Island.
2) Having tea at a traditional Chinese tea Garden
3) Going to a Michellin star restaurant (something on my bucket list)
4) The Victoria Harbour Dinner Cruis
5) and finally going to the Ozone Bar at the Ritz Carlton (the highest bar in the world!!).
My Biggest Win (August 2016)
About 3 weeks ago I found out I’d won my biggest ever win, worth over £11,000(!), and like the above wins, one that means a huge amount to me personally.
I haven’t released this publicly on my blog yet and therefore I won’t release what it was in this blog yet. However, if you’d like to know make sure to subscribe to my blog and follow me on Facebook to be the first to be notified when I go live and announce it later this week.
But anyway that’s a quick review of my top wins, if you’d like to find out more about comping and how you can be successful too make sure to check out my blog as I’ve explained it all on there. I’m also currently running a competition for to win a £50 Amazon voucher.