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Pick me! Pick me!

In the late part of last century and the early part of this century, I was very lucky when it came to winning things. From bridal shows and contests the Post-Gazette had, to various raffles and events, I have snagged cookware, crystal, candy, tickets to events, CDs, cosmetics, and money. In fact, if you have been reading this blog since the beginning, and you have a better memory than I do, you probably know this already.

My favorite win was at a bridal show in 1998. I really wanted to win a gift certificate to a small bridal shop near where I grew up. So when the MC announced that prize, I slowly started to stand. I recall my mom telling me to sit down, but I kept inching my way up, until I heard my name called. My mom was surprised. Me? Not so much. That was the just the way it rolled for me.

But for whatever reason, once I had a kid, I stopped winning things. In fact, the last thing I won and cashed in on was a VIP pass to Steelers training camp just a few weeks before I had Jordan. Since then, I have won nothing. Nada. Zip. Zero. Zilch. At least that I recall.

Over the past year, I have been a part of probably 50 or more contests and raffles. From college tuition giveaways, to prize packs. From cold, hard cash, to Penguins jerseys. And for most of these, the odds are really good. How is it possible that I am unable to win a single thing from the Pittsburgh Mom website, when for most of the contests only 30 or 40 people sign up? And how is it that I have never won my church raffle? The odds for the big one are something like 1 in less than 2,000.

I feel I have been blessed in this world, so I am not complaining. Well, not so much, anyway. Maybe I no longer win things because I won the best lottery of all, my Jordan.

But in case the two are not related, can I just win something, while I am still not fully employed? The $3,000 church raffle would really come in handy right now...


chris h. said…
I am the exact opposite. Mike and I know that we never win anything -- other people walk away with 2 or 3 raffle prizes at benefits we've attended or at Mike's golf outings and we come away empty-handed. In fact, I'm hard-pressed to remember ever winning anything in a luck-of-the-draw contest.

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