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    Best thing you've ever won/Seen someone win

    What is the best thing you have ever won, or witnessed someone win?

    Back in the day, a radio station in Chicago would call random phone numbers once an hour, and ask whoever answered "What's your favorite radio station?" If you gave the station's call letters, you won $1,000. So one summer afternoon when I was 12, the phone rang while I was upstairs in my room. I run down the steps, just curious to who's calling. As I hit the bottom step, I hear my mom repeat "What's my favorite radio station?" I sprint into the kitchen, doing this whisper yell "Say Z-95! Say Z-95!" My mom says Z-95, and we won $1,000. As a side note, my grandma was visiting, and she's sitting at the table, totally bewildered to what's going on. My mom asked the DJ how they come up with the phone number, and he said it was just randomly selected out of 1 million+ numbers in the Chicago area. Since I basically "won" the money for my family, I got a sweet Yamaha keyboard out of it.

    The best thing I saw someone win was several years ago at a Univ. of Nebraska-Omaha hockey tournament. During one of the intermissions, they drive a PT Cruiser out onto the ice. (this is when PT Cruisers were just being released) Two or three people have a chance to shoot at the goal from the red line to win the car, with the goal obviously blocked except for an extremely small opening at the center bottom. First person shoots, they miss. Second person, a lady, shoots. As the puck is headed toward the goal, I remember muttering "That puck's got some English on it..." The puck just barely rattles into the goal, the arena goes bonkers, and she wins a car. That was very, very cool to witness.

    Happy long weekend!



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    Re: Best thing you've ever won/Seen someone win

    I won a new high efficiency furnace two years ago, installed and everything. Pretty awesome cause mine was 25+ years old.



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    Re: Best thing you've ever won/Seen someone win

    Usually whenever names are drawn out of a hat, my name is never picked unless it involves going first for a presentation or something. I couldn't even win a single damn cakewalk in my grade school days. I'm generally an unlucky person so I avoid gambling at all costs. However- last summer my name was drawn to compete for prizes at New Belgium's Urban Assault Ride in downtown Des Moines. I competed and won a cool backpack that I use whenever I ride my bike to work. That's honestly the luckiest I've ever been.

    Two seasons ago I saw the Mavs beat the Heat for the NBA championship. That was pretty cool I guess.




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    Re: Best thing you've ever won/Seen someone win

    I've nothing huge that I can recall. Won golf passes to a country club for 18 and a lunch.....won Frank Caliendo tickets on the radio once. That was pretty awesome.


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    Re: Best thing you've ever won/Seen someone win

    $5000 in gift cards from Meijer. Just filled out the entry form at the store.


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    Growing up, my mom loved listening to Star 102.5 in DSM. I was young, so I am not 100% sure, but I think she won a trip to Vegas and $1,000, so that was cool.



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    Re: Best thing you've ever won/Seen someone win

    Oh, and 4 nights in Honolulu for attending a time share presentation. Nobody every wins that.


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    Re: Best thing you've ever won/Seen someone win

    On a cruise two summers ago, my family was with a couple other families and we bought pull back tab lotto tickets at a discounted rate. I was given the money and got three sets of tickets for the families and picked which one of the three my family would get and handed the others over. My family didn't win anything, but a friend of mine in one of the others won 500 bucks.



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    Re: Best thing you've ever won/Seen someone win

    2 years ago I won a tailgate and 2 ISU/IA football tix from my mechanic. Found out the Friday afternoon before so I sold my other ones and got some nice change from that. That the the tailgate they had was awesome. Winning the game in a few OT's didn't hurt either.

    Went up to Mystic Lake the first time I gambled and won $280 on my 2nd hand of video poker. I left. Over the last 12 years I have now lost several times that in Iowa casinos. I blame Minnesota

    Winning a state football title was a ton of fun but I gather you are going for more "random winning" things here.


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    One time I put this card thingy in one of those automatic teller machine games? and i pressed a button and cash starting flowing out like you wouldn't believe...


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    Re: Best thing you've ever won/Seen someone win

    Quote Originally Posted by SaraV View Post
    What is the best thing you have ever won, or witnessed someone win?

    Back in the day, a radio station in Chicago would call random phone numbers once an hour, and ask whoever answered "What's your favorite radio station?" If you gave the station's call letters, you won $1,000. So one summer afternoon when I was 12, the phone rang while I was upstairs in my room. I run down the steps, just curious to who's calling. As I hit the bottom step, I hear my mom repeat "What's my favorite radio station?" I sprint into the kitchen, doing this whisper yell "Say Z-95! Say Z-95!" My mom says Z-95, and we won $1,000. As a side note, my grandma was visiting, and she's sitting at the table, totally bewildered to what's going on. My mom asked the DJ how they come up with the phone number, and he said it was just randomly selected out of 1 million+ numbers in the Chicago area. Since I basically "won" the money for my family, I got a sweet Yamaha keyboard out of it.

    The best thing I saw someone win was several years ago at a Univ. of Nebraska-Omaha hockey tournament. During one of the intermissions, they drive a PT Cruiser out onto the ice. (this is when PT Cruisers were just being released) Two or three people have a chance to shoot at the goal from the red line to win the car, with the goal obviously blocked except for an extremely small opening at the center bottom. First person shoots, they miss. Second person, a lady, shoots. As the puck is headed toward the goal, I remember muttering "That puck's got some English on it..." The puck just barely rattles into the goal, the arena goes bonkers, and she wins a car. That was very, very cool to witness.

    Happy long weekend!

    Saw an ISU alum win $10K by hitting a half court shot at the A-10 tourney in Brooklyn this past March. Didn't know he was an ISU alum until weeks later.



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    Re: Best thing you've ever won/Seen someone win

    1. I won a year supply of Dr. Pepper.

    2. One of my friends should have won a Harley at a minor league baseball game, but the team reneged on the contest. They were selling balls for $1 each and when you bought the ball you had to sign a sheet with the number of the ball you bought, your name, and your phone #. When the game was over, you tried to throw the ball into a 5 gallon bucket out past 2nd base to be entered into a drawing for a Harley. He made it and was the first and only person that season to do so. They apparently then paged him over the stadium sound system, which none of us heard from the 1st base line where we were standing. Because he didn't report to the customer service stand, they said his entry was invalid (but why would they take our phone number when we bought the ball then?).



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    Re: Best thing you've ever won/Seen someone win

    Won Okie St football tickets at the Tailgate tour on Tues. night, hopefully will get a nice little ticket upgrade from our usual spot.



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    Re: Best thing you've ever won/Seen someone win

    $1,000 on video poker. Hit a Royal Flush on the quarter slot, betting max.

    Also, I won $750 in super bowl squares this year.



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    Re: Best thing you've ever won/Seen someone win

    I witnessed my father-in-law's 5th hole-in-one in 2011. That was cool. Yes, he has had five.


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