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RDQ 16 Jan 2017 - Lucky draws

Drawing from Clunes' lucky Corvette win thread, what's the biggest prize you've ever won in a lucky draw/contest, if ever?

I don't have much luck in such things, but the biggest prize I've ever won was an iPad (from some school thingy). It was nice to use for a while but in the end I sold it off to a friend.
Twelfth Monkey

A box of chocolates called Matchmakers. Primary school raffle, turned out it was run and rigged by a friend - all the winners were his mates. Does that count?
simonp

I won some waterproof trousers once. May have mentioned it on here already...
JohnC

A case of vintage Bollinger! Hic!

and last Christmas I won a load of car cleaning stuff.

I also won a fishing competition when I was about 15 if you call that luck.
Blarno

I won some Lego when I was 7.
PG

It would have to be the 800 I won a couple of years ago on the National Lottery. Five numbers for 800. There were quite a few people with the same numbers.  
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Canon G9 camera, a good few years ago now
TreVoR

Bottle of whiskey in the village raffle.
PhilD

Just before Christmas I got a text message at work from a neighbour saying "We have your wine". I had no recollection of ordering any wine, and was pretty sure Mrs D hadn't either so I thought it must be a mistake (or Mini D had been playing with Amazon...)

I texted back to say Mrs D was at home and got this reply;

"It was really dramatic, Paul had to snatch it from a thief! I'll pop it over now"

Turns out we had won a case of wine from Virgin for our marathon fundraising stuff. In their wisdom they decided to leave it in our porch and a passing ne'er-do-well decided to give himself an early Christmas present. My hero of a neighbour spotted him and chased him down the street!
PhilD

PG wrote:
It would have to be the 800 I won a couple of years ago on the National Lottery. Five numbers for 800. There were quite a few people with the same numbers.


One number from being a millionaire?!
JohnC

Nearly forgot, it was technically my wife but she wouldn't have been there if it hadn't been for me. She won a Mazda competition at Knockhill (it helps when the fun is conducted in MX5's with the roofs down and she had ample cleavage on show).

Anyway we got a flight to London, got met with a guy with our name on the card, got taken to an RX8 which we then drove to Southampton where we had an overnight with the other competition winners. Next day was spent in a 60ft gin palace on the Solent blasting up and down at 30 knots and playing on the rib with plenty of air when the rib crossed the boats wake. Lunch in Cowes, more playing and then back to the hotel. The next day we drove (quickly) to "somewhere" which was where the Red Arrows used to fly from and I got over an hour flying an Extreme 300 and dog fighting with another one - these are the same planes the early RedBull races used and they can roll 420 degrees in 1 second. We pulled +5G and -2G which was quite an experience. I have flown a Cessna 172 before and the difference was similar to an F1 car and a Lada Riva. The changes of direction and roll were almost telepathic.

That was pre our daughter so more than 13 years ago! Yikes.
Roadsterstu

JohnC wrote:
A case of vintage Bollinger! Hic!

and last Christmas I won a load of car cleaning stuff.

I also won a fishing competition when I was about 15 if you call that luck.


I misread fishing as fisting. I was almost sick.
Racing Teatray

The trip to Leipzig to see the BMW 1M pre-launch is about the only thing of note that I've ever won beyond a tenner on the lottery every now and then. It was a good 'un though.
PhilD

JohnC wrote:
The next day we drove (quickly) to "somewhere" which was where the Red Arrows used to fly from and I got over an hour flying an Extreme 300 and dog fighting with another one - these are the same planes the early RedBull races used and they can roll 420 degrees in 1 second. We pulled +5G and -2G which was quite an experience. I have flown a Cessna 172 before and the difference was similar to an F1 car and a Lada Riva. The changes of direction and roll were almost telepathic.


I've seen the Redbull planes live and they are mind-blowing. They let you fly one or was it a passenger ride?
JohnC

PhilD wrote:

I've seen the Redbull planes live and they are mind-blowing. They let you fly one or was it a passenger ride?


Apart from take off and landing I had control. It had a tail wheel instead of a nose wheel so take off and landing can be tricky because all you can see from the cockpit is sky. Take off needs a bit of zig-zagging so you look out the side of the cockpit and then when you're sure it's clear, you put it straight and gun it. A few seconds later the tail rises and you can see where you're going.

Landing requires the plane to come down sideways with tail rudder on so that the pilot can see out the side of the cockpit and then when about 10 to 15ft up the plane is straightened up and landing is done by touch.

The plane is the same as the WW2 fighters in the tail wheel which makes me respect the 19 yr olds with 5 hrs flying, who were thrown into battle, even more.
PhilD

Amazing John! I've always wondered how those old planes took off when the pilot couldn't see past the nose.
DetmoldDick

JohnC wrote:


Landing requires the plane to come down sideways with tail rudder on so that the pilot can see out the side of the cockpit and then when about 10 to 15ft up the plane is straightened up and landing is done by touch.


When my dad was in the Marines he served a while on a Carrier. They operated the Hawker Sea Fury and my dad had many photos similar to these:


Edit to add that these are off an HMS Warrior site, the ship he served on.
Grampa

Best prize I ever won was the use of a Sierra Cosworth for a weekend - this was back in 1989 and it a fast car back then.
Had I been a little older and not had an insurance restriction I could have had a 911.
PhilD

Grampa wrote:
Best prize I ever won was the use of a Sierra Cosworth for a weekend - this was back in 1989 and it a fast car back then.
Had I been a little older and not had an insurance restriction I could have had a 911.


I thought Cosworths were harder to insure than Porsches back then!
Grampa

PhilD wrote:
Grampa wrote:
Best prize I ever won was the use of a Sierra Cosworth for a weekend - this was back in 1989 and it a fast car back then.
Had I been a little older and not had an insurance restriction I could have had a 911.


I thought Cosworths were harder to insure than Porsches back then!


As I recall it was a couple of years before they went insurance crazy it was only about a year or so after the Saphire Cosworth had been introduced and before it became 4 wheel driver (perhaps the underwriters saw me doing 140mph in it - no cameras back then!) - I was 28 and had to be 30 to have the 911.
Bob Sacamano

Best thing I've won was a Rab down jacket which still gives great service.

Mrs.Sacamano's grandmother won a gold Mini Metro which, as she didn't drive, she sold and bought a conservatory.
It was bought as a Xmas gift for by some bloke for his girlfriend and she had to store it for a couple of weeks before he took delivery on Xmas eve.
canadian bacon

Won a couple of 50/5- draws at work (50% of the total raised as a prize, the other half to charity), I won 540c$, not to be sniffed at.
simonp

Found proof of my win. 😀

http://winit.livefortheoutdoors.com/winners/p/15
Bob Sacamano

simonp wrote:
Found proof of my win. 😀

http://winit.livefortheoutdoors.com/winners/p/15


Nice legs.
simonp

...shame about the face.
PhilD

simonp wrote:
...shame about the face.


what face? you are the invisible man!
Humphrey The Pug

I don't think I've ever won anything of any significance; the odd school tombola or raffle, that is about it.

But TBH I don't enter that many competitions.
Nelson

I've never won anything I've entered recently, my only competition 'win' came in the mid 90's when I won a local radio contest and won a 6 month subscription to Match Of The Day football magazine.
simonp

PhilD wrote:
simonp wrote:
...shame about the face.


what face? you are the invisible man!


You're not old enough to remember this one then?

https://youtu.be/Kf44LWY7cdQ
Big Blue

iPad Air at an office I worked in. It was a promotional contest to launch their new website and I'm not sure if anyone else was even aware of the competition.

I also won the annual RAC raffle for both the F1 and MotoGP tickets for the BRDC clubhouse. A guy I know was running the raffle so I suspect it wasn't a fair win.
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

A huge and obviously very expensive hamper in a church raffle

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