Tuesday, 17 June 2014

My Favourite Competition Prizes and Makeup Giveaway

I started entering competitions back in 2000. Some years I have entered more competitions than others and to date I have won 1109 prizes. I often get asked the questions "What is your best win?" or "What is your favourite win?" so I thought I would share some of my favourite wins with you. 

Some compers (people who enter competitions) work out the value of their prizes over a certain time period. but I have never done this. The best prize I have won money wise is £1000 Love2Shop vouchers which I shared with my family and bought myself an iPod Touch and Digital camera. I would love to win a huge sum of money but some of my smaller prizes have made me smile a lot especially if they have made other members of my family happy. 

In 2009 I won this huge Me To You bear. There was 100 to be won and they had over 20,000 entries and I was picked as one of the lucky winners. The prize was a launch bear for their new personalised range. When I won I thought it would be a small bear and when it arrived I was so amazed by the size. As soon as I won it I knew it was going to go to my niece Lilly. She was nearly 4 at the time and it took me awhile to decide what to have written on his foot and in the end I thought it would be nice to have "I belong to Lilly-Ana" and her date of birth. Lilly loved him so much that for the first day or so my sister had to lug him around everywhere to show people. Big Bear still sits in Lilly's bedroom to this day though he now wears one of my sisters stretched t-shirts. 

Lilly and Big Bear

In 2011 I started entering competitions on twitter and one of the prizes was to win £500 cash with Best Western Hotels. Each day they gave a clue to where the hidden golden key was and if you were near it you could go and try and find it. The first person to find it won the cash. When the clue came up I knew exactly where it would be at the Jane Austen Museum in Bath (where I lived at the time). So I rang mum up and asked her to drive me over there as it would have taken too long to walk as someone would get there first. She came straight down and picked me up and dropped me off at the Jane Austen Museum and went to find somewhere to park. The man in costume outside the museum knew I was looking for the key but wasn't allowed to tell me where it was. I looked around and then I thought maybe it was behind the door which was pinned open at the time. The man said "she who dares wins" so I looked and there it was, the golden key. I took it with me and won the cash. I gave half of the money to my mum for driving me there and I returned back to see the lovely man outside the museum and gave him a bottle of champagne. 

Outside the Jane Austen Museum

Another favourite prize was Lilly's name in lights. I won this in 2012 on twitter. It's so lovely and lights up in all different colours. I love unique prizes. 

Lilly in lights

For me the prizes I most like to win for myself are gadgets. In the last year and a half I have been very lucky to win three Kindle Fires and 2 iPads as well as a printer and digital camera. I have kept one of the Kindle Fires and gave the rest to members of my family. 

iPad Air prize

Models Own Makeup Giveaway

One thing I like to do every so often is give back to people who love to enter competitions and now with my new blog I am hoping to be able to give more prizes away. So as I received four lots of Models Own makeup last week I thought it would be nice to give two away to my readers. The first person picked at random via the Rafflecopter will win the pink set (Blooming pink nail polish, pink lip-stix and black lashed-up volumiser mascara) and the second winner will receive the peach set (Golden peach nail polish, peach lip-stix and black lashed-up volumiser mascara).  



To enter the competition simply complete as many of the steps as you wish on the Rafflecopter form below. Winners will be chosen at random at the end of the competition. This competition is open to residents of the UK only. Good Luck. 


a Rafflecopter giveaway Win competitions at ThePrizeFinder.com

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  2. My best has to be a washing machine x

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    1. Always good to win something handy for the house - Well done! Thanks for entering my competition and good luck!

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  5. my marc jacobs bag i won at xmas ,would never in my wildest dreams had been able to buy one <3

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    1. Cool. I know they are really expensive. I won a F1 inspired holdall earlier in the year worth £500. I would never spend that much on a bag. Good Luck and thanks for entering.

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  6. hair straighteners was so shocked :-)

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    1. Well done. I would love to win some hair straighteners. Thanks for entering and good luck.

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  7. kayleigh allen17 June 2014 at 22:34

    hair straighteners :-)

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    1. Ace! Would love to win some of them. Thanks for entering and good luck.

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  8. victoria middleton17 June 2014 at 22:36

    a watch fron secsky

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    1. Fab! I've won a few lovely watches before too. They make lovely gifts. Thanks for entering and good luck.

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  10. Caroline Virgp17 June 2014 at 22:42

    My best was a fridge freezer about 2 years ago.x

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    1. Fab. Always good to win prizes for the home. Thanks for entering and good luck.

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  11. I won an iPad mini with a Talk Sport. Ironic as I am the most unsporty person ever lol! Thanks, Tressa Lapham-Green

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    1. haha well done I enter their comps too and I am not very sporty either. Thanks for entering and good luck.

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  12. Nothing as yet! Hopefully soon!

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    1. Aww fingers crossed for you. Don't give up, a good win could just be around the corner. Thanks for entering my competition and good luck.

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    1. Wow 7 handbags. 1 for each day of the week. Thanks for entering my competition and good luck.

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  14. a tour of the thorntons factory and the chance to make my invented chocolate

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    1. Wow a dream win. I love chocolate. Bet that was a fun day. Thanks for entering my competition and good luck.

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  15. Champagne Hot Air Balloon flight for two from buyagift is one of my best prizes followed by various gadgets since I started my hobby in 2009. :)

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    1. Brilliant. I would love to go on a hot air balloon flight over my home city of Bath. Thanks for entering my competition and good luck.

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  16. Catherine McAlinden18 June 2014 at 06:44

    £500 trolley dash, it was so much fun!

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    1. Cool! I can imagine that would be fun. Thanks for entering the competition and good luck.

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  17. a car, must be about six or seven years ago now

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    1. Wow amazing prize! Would love to win a car but then really I need to learn to drive first. Thanks for entering my competition and good luck.

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  19. A day with a Rally team and a ride through the track with Jari-Matti Latvala

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    1. Brilliant. I think I would be a little scared. Thanks for entering my competition and good luck.

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    2. Fab win. I think I would have been a bit scared. Thanks for entering the competition and good luck.

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  20. A laptop
    (Spencer Broadley)

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    1. I would love to win a new laptop for my mum. Well done. Thanks for entering my competition and good luck.

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  21. A 2 week P&O cruise to the Canary Islands

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    1. Lovely win bet that was relaxing. Thanks for entering my competition and good luck.

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  22. In highest value it was a Citroen Estate car which I won on a trip to BBC Gardeners World at the NEC.

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    1. Fab win! Well done. Thank you for entering my competition and good luck.

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  23. VIP trip to closing few days events/closing ceremony London 2012

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    1. Brilliant. An experience of a lifetime. Thanks for entering my competition and good luck.

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    1. Awesome. Would love to win an ITV competition. Well done. Thanks for entering my competition and good luck.

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  25. A trip to paris

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    1. Very nice. Well done. Thanks for entering my competition and good luck.

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    1. Fab love gadget prizes. Well done. Thanks for entering my competition and good luck.

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  27. My best prize was a few years ago when I won with Warburtons bread and the prize was 4 mountain bikes and a £100 voucher for Halfords!

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    1. Brilliant prize. Well done. Thanks for entering my competition and good luck.

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  32. A full size sample of Olay Regenerist Complexion Corrector.

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    1. Fab well done. Thanks for entering my competition and good luck.

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  33. rebecca miller18 June 2014 at 16:08

    Still not won anything yet, but only been comping for 6 weeks, so fingers crossed!! Xxx

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    1. Aww keep trying. Don't give up. I am sure you will win soon. Thanks for entering my competition and good luck.

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  34. Digital camera and a lot of kit to go with it...I gave it to my photography mad daughter for her 18th birthday

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    1. Aww brilliant prize. What a lovely present I bet she loved it. Thanks for entering my competition and good luck.

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  35. £500-worth of Next homeware. I was in shock when I got the email to say I'd won!

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    2. Fab! Bet you bought some nice goodies with that. Thanks for entering my competition and good luck.

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    1. Well done! I love personalised unique prizes. Thanks for entering my competition and good luck.

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  37. A very nice steel cookware set.

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    1. Fab! I won some cookware items before. Very handy. Thanks for entering and good luck.

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  38. A midweek break last year to Bluestone, Pembrokeshire. Was a much needed holiday :)

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  39. Vouchers because I enjoy spending them

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    1. I love winning vouchers too. Well done. Thanks for entering my competition and good luck.

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  40. Tickets to the Brand New Heavies and a meet and greet with them. They were so lovely and absolutely brilliant with my young son!

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  41. Rachael Smeltzer18 June 2014 at 16:38

    Sonisphere festival tickets!

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    1. Fab hope you had a great time. Thanks for entering my competition and good luck.

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    1. Fab! Well done. Thanks for entering my competition and good luck.

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    1. Well done. I have visited Disneyland Paris twice and loved it. Thanks for entering my competition and good luck.

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    1. Lovely win. Well done. Would love to visit LA. Nearest I have been is San Francisco. Thanks for entering my competition and good luck.

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    1. Always handy to win money. Well done. Thanks for entering my competition and good luck.

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  47. Best and worse, a £3,000 wedding dress, for my Daughter, lovely wedding, six months later, her other half left her pregent, and moved in with his new girl friend

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    1. Awww what a lovely prize. Sorry to hear that your daughter got let down. Thanks for entering my competition and good luck.

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  48. the only twitter comp ive ever won was a blackberry smartphone!!

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  49. £100 worth of vouchers :)

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  50. i won the ads or £1000 from victoria plumb i took the cash

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    1. Well done. I would have taken the cash too. Thanks for entering my competition and good luck.

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  51. A limited Edition Sir Peter Blake Print - Reasons To Be Cheerful

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  52. £150 cheque from Experian :-)

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  53. A weekend in Cannes
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  54. £1,000's worth of products to build my own pond - I can choose whatever I want, so am in the process of big plans!! :-D Congratulations on your wins - I am especially loving Lilly's name in lights - so unique and colourful!

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    1. Brilliant. Have fun making that. Lilly in lights is so lovely, she has it on when she is in bed. Thanks for entering my competition and good luck.

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    1. Wow amazing win well done. Thanks for entering my competition and good luck.

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  56. I got a phone call today to say that I had won a 40 inch telly, a playstation 4 and a game to go with it! (I still cant quite believe it)

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    1. Congratulations. Brilliant win. I would love a PS4. Thanks for entering my competition and good luck.

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  58. morrisons easter hamper and £150 vouchers

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    1. Fab! I love Morrisons, Thanks for entering my competition and good luck.

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  59. A forest holiday that i go on in two weeks! whooop!

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  60. Ooh, that's difficult. I think either my personalised John Lewis shopping bag, or a signed Mary Berry cookbook.

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    1. I love personalised prizes. I won a signed Mary Berry book too and gave it to my mum for mothers day. Well done. Thanks for entering my competition and good luck.

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  61. A dress from Yumi on FB, they are one of my favourite brands and I got to pick any item from their website. :D

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    1. Brilliant win especially as you got to choose your prize. Thanks for entering my competition and good luck.

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  62. A YEAR SUPPLY OF BEER

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    1. My dad would love that. Well done. Thanks for entering my competition and good luck.

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  65. £3k from Take a Break!! Used it for a holiday to Hong Kong

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    1. Well done! I would love to visit Hong Kong. Thanks for entering my competition and good luck.

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    1. Well done! I have an iphone 4S and love it! Thanks for entering my competition and good luck.

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  68. Paula Readings18 June 2014 at 22:24

    A helicopter ride over London.

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    1. Bet that was lovely. Well done. Thanks for entering my competition and good luck.

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    1. Well done! Tablets are so much fun! Thanks for entering my competition and good luck.

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  70. £250 worth of Farrow & Ball Paint

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  73. I won a hundred pounds once

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    1. Well done! cash prizes are always handy! Thanks for entering my competition and good luck.

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  75. a 6 months supply of fabric conditioner and non bio gel and a new baby hamper all in one comp :)

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  77. Russell Watson in concert at union chaple in islington

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  78. I never win anything but I was lucky enough to win a beauty box once :) x

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    1. Aww. You got to be in it to win it. Keep trying. Well done on your beauty box win. Thanks for entering my competition and good luck.

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  79. £1000 spend at Atterley Road

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  80. I just won a £200 tent :) and will be donating it to the local Scout group.

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  82. I won shopping vouchers just before Christmas. I think it was some sort of reward for all the careful budgeting and planning I'd been doing in the previous months.

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  83. Tickets to a very important chelsea match, my hubby and son were over the moon x

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  84. a trip to goA! @Amezeylady

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  85. laura jayne bates19 June 2014 at 18:31

    a tv from heyuguys

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  86. VIP tickets to Wimbledon...so far ;)

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  87. £500 john lewis voucher!

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  88. I haven't won anything as of yet, but remaining positive!

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  89. 100 of love to shop vouchers right before my daughters birthday

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  90. £100 in Superdrug Vouchers! :)

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  91. I have won a few lovely prizes but the best was probably a combination of a couple of prizes in december which allowed me to give my mum a really lovely birthday weekend in London. I won afternoon tea in a boutique hotel with a £50 harrods voucher so we had afternoon tea, then mum splurged in harrods and then I had also won dinner for two at Armadillo at the O2. We were so shocked to arrive and find we had £100 to spend! Was sooo much fun!

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  92. my dream trip to new york trouble is i want to win again to go back!

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  93. Little Tikes 4-in-1 Sports Edition Trike

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  94. I haven't entered so many competitions, so my best prize was 2 tickets to the screening of Keeping Mum movie. I loved it.

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  95. I won a box of shreddies last week :) hehe xx

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  96. My best prize was £250 cash,doesn't sound much money,but came is so handy as I won it near Christmas last year

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  97. We won tickets to the Olympics with Visa - and a hotel stay. It is something we couldnt have afforded (especially as we took our teenage daughter along) - for her it was a once in a lifetime experience - I doubt we will ever have the games in the UK again in our lifetimes. So was utterly brilliant :) #priceless

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  98. Tickets to JT and nights accommodation in a swish double suite

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  99. I've won some lovely little prizes in the last two years since I've been comping, all very welcome, two days ago I won a fisher price little people disney princess bundle, palace, coach and set of little people, which I am over the moon with, it will be kept for xmas for my granddaughter, she will love it!

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  100. just before christmas (2013) i won a Ipad Air

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  101. Hi Ellen, I won a overnight stay in London, I'd never been to London so was mega excited.
    It consisted of a night for two couples in a posh (5*) hotel with breakfast & full body massages for us. Also had VIP entry to a night club, with a £250 bar tab, we didn't manage to spend it all, but we did give it a good go, we was trying all sorts of cocktails out. We stayed another night in London, but not at the same hotel (a £300 per room, our budget wouldn't meet it, but we managed a Travellodge LOL) We went to see the Lovely Sarah Lancashire in a play called "Betty Blue Eyes" my first West End Play. Was a lovely weekend away with my son & DIL, We often talk about it.

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  102. A £22,000 Suzuki SX4 S-Cross car, & our £7000 honeymoon to St Lucia - LOVE this hobby!

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  103. a campervan tent for my daughter x

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  104. I won a lovely Autoglym Valet case that my other half was very happy with ♥

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  105. My best win was 1 million Nectar points (£5000). I used most of it Argos.

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