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deelytful1
January 26th, 2006, 1:24pm
Does anyone know... if there's hand written submissions and internet submissions, how does the process generally work in picking a winner?

I'm picturing the contraption they use to mix bingo balls, but that'll never fit hundreds of thousand of entries!

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How DO they do it???

talvi
January 26th, 2006, 1:54pm
All computer entries are given a number. All snailmail envelopes or cards are also given a number. At the end of the contest, the computer spits out a randomly generated number and that's the winner - could be either envelope or internet entry.

MichelleMitch
January 26th, 2006, 2:08pm
Wow! Good question. I never knew that. Thanks.

piccadilly99
January 26th, 2006, 2:09pm
Me either. Good to know. So in a big contest, it's worthless for someone to go crazy "decorating" their envies to get noticed because it's not going to make a difference? I personally don't do that (too much work if you ask me) but I know people do.

joenkim
January 26th, 2006, 2:14pm
There are a wide variety of methods to select winning entries when the sweeps is open to online AND snail-mail entries, possibly also including walk-in, phone, and text message entries. This has been discussed many times in the forums, it would be nice to combine all the responses.

If there are numerous prizes, then sometimes 1 (or more) prizes is selected from each category, eg "Now, let's pull 5 entries out of the mail-ins for the 3rd place prizes and 3 from the phone-in entries", etc.

As someone mentioned, there can also be randomly assigned numbers.

Sometimes a specific date is randomly drawn and all entries received on that date are pooled, and winners are chosen from the batch.

Someone mentioned a coin toss--I kid you not--to decide whether to pull the winning GP from the online entries OR the snailmails.

I read earlier (in these forums, actually) that a winner of a Scripps Network (HGTV, FoodChannel, etc) sweep said she mailed in postcards AND entered online. She won (she was told by a Scripps rep) on a postcard entry, "because we liked the shape of your postcard" . It was an oddball shaped postcard.

deelytful1
January 26th, 2006, 7:53pm
I read earlier (in these forums, actually) that a winner of a Scripps Network (HGTV, FoodChannel, etc) sweep said she mailed in postcards AND entered online. She won (she was told by a Scripps rep) on a postcard entry, "because we liked the shape of your postcard" . It was an oddball shaped postcard.

Hmm...that one sounds like a fib.

Thank you SOO much for all your input!
I know alot of my questions are duplicates, but I sincerely do a search first, it's just that I never know the exact WORD to search without getting a kabillion hits.
GLTA!!


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missreneer
January 26th, 2006, 8:02pm
Wow! Good question. I never knew that. Thanks.

Same here. Thanks for posting. Hopefully from now on I'll have the lucky number :laugh:

mynxdog
January 26th, 2006, 8:04pm
And I thought they just did the Eenie Meenie Minee Moe thing to pick. :smile9:

jafarhie
January 26th, 2006, 8:05pm
I've always thought demographics played a role in it all but that's just speculation. I think it's the reason why others win more but I could be totally wrong.

Janir
January 26th, 2006, 11:50pm
Hmm...that one sounds like a fib.

Thank you SOO much for all your input!
I know alot of my questions are duplicates, but I sincerely do a search first, it's just that I never know the exact WORD to search without getting a kabillion hits.
GLTA!!


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Why does that sound like a fib??? What are you basing that on? I know you're a newbie, that's why you're asking questions, but that's exactly why you should listen to the responses! I can tell you for a fact that I've had a few big wins where I also KNOW that my envelope made the difference. And I'm not fibbing!

Good luck to you....

deelytful1
January 27th, 2006, 1:20pm
I was just teasing...
I'm sorry if I offended. Not looking to disrespect anyone.

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guruwan2b
January 27th, 2006, 1:23pm
I was just teasing...
I'm sorry if I offended. Not looking to disrespect anyone.

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On the internet nobody can see your face or hear the humor in your voice. Smilies are our friends... :laugh:

alisha5024
January 27th, 2006, 1:24pm
Yea you can win depending on the envelope etc I have seen alot of posts by olsers winning. Kb sells homemade envelopes and quite a few have won using them. I would say something eye catching is better than a plain oh white envelope in the judging eyes. :gvibes:

oxnail
January 27th, 2006, 1:30pm
All computer entries are given a number. All snailmail envelopes or cards are also given a number. At the end of the contest, the computer spits out a randomly generated number and that's the winner - could be either envelope or internet entry.

Good information.

Janir
January 27th, 2006, 8:58pm
I was just teasing...
I'm sorry if I offended. Not looking to disrespect anyone.

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No Problem!

yadgirl
January 27th, 2006, 9:17pm
All computer entries are given a number. All snailmail envelopes or cards are also given a number. At the end of the contest, the computer spits out a randomly generated number and that's the winner - could be either envelope or internet entry.

Do you have proof of this, or did you hear it from somewhere else?

Only the judging agencies know how they select winners, and anyone who works for a judging agency would not be allowed to disclose that information.

yad