2020: my comping year

Ah, 2020. Like many people I had high hopes for this year! I was excited about the Euros, the Olympics, Glastonbury Festival… and lots of trips abroad!

Back in January I created my Prize Wishlist Bingo Card – 24 prizes I wanted to win in 2020, including many tickets for events that sadly didn’t go ahead. I did still manage to cross off a full line and several other prizes though (BRITs tickets, Deliveroo credit, Meal out in Brighton, Cineworld tickets, Karting voucher, Amazon vouchers and Converse trainers!) – although the prize of a fancy candle still continues to elude me!

I updated the bingo card in March when I realised Covid-19 was going to be hanging around for a lot longer than expected – replacing the Olympics, Glasto and Euros with garden plants, headphones and hairdye (none of which I won, although I did use prize vouchers to buy them!). I did add veg box deliveries to my card, and went on to win recipe box deliveries with LG!

If you want to create your own Bingo card for 2021, make a copy of my blank template at http://bit.ly/wishlistbingo – go to FILE then make a copy to save it to your own Google Drive, and type into the boxes!

Despite not getting a full house on my bingo card, I did win some lovely prizes in 2020 – so let’s take a look at all the statistics and enjoy a review of my comping year!

My 2020 prizes

In 2020 I won a total of 152 prizes worth just over £8,400. As I’ve done for many years, I tracked my wins using a Google spreadsheet which means I can see how well I did in various types of competition and also create some lovely graphs to share!

This year I’ve created a chart to show the difference in the last five years of my comping so you can see how 2020 compares to previous years. Although prize value has remained around £7k – £10k for the past 4 years the number of prizes won is steadily increasing!

Comparing prize amounts and values from 2016 – 2020

What type of comps did I win?

Of my 152 prizes in 2020, 62 required a purchase, 9 were video competitions (one was random, the others judged), 19 were photo comps (six of these were judged, 13 were randomly picked), 8 were standard rate text entry comps and I had 4 on-air radio wins.

Where did I win these competitions?

I had quite a few social media wins compared to 2019 – 7 prizes were won on Facebook, 29 on Instagram and 22 on Twitter – I even managed 4 wins on TikTok! But like 2019, the majority of my prizes were from website entry comps and prize draws.

My favourite 2020 wins

So, let’s check out the highlights of my prizes in 2020. The year started with a great win from Cineworld and Pepsi – a year’s Cineworld Unlimited pass in their Instagram competition! This was on my bingo card and I was delighted. Cineworld have promised all Unlimited passes will be extended once we’re allowed back to the movies again!

I also won £300 of Love2Shop vouchers in the Prezzo and Fruit Shoot photo competition, which came in really handy to buy a bike rack for the car later in the year!

Before lockdown cancelled everything, I managed to make it to two of the UK’s biggest awards event, winning VIP BAFTA tickets and a hotel stay with the Metro newspaper – and also tickets to the BRIT Awards on Absolute Radio! Both nights out were fantastic, and it was lovely to take my niece Hannah to her first ever concert.

BAFTAS prizewinners

In February I entered a video of one of Ryland’s goals into a competition and won hospitality tickets for the EFL Trophy Final at Wembley. The match unfortunately was never played, but part of the prize was to have the Leasing.com trophy for an hour at a venue of our choice. We invited it to a Hove Park Colts match, much to the kids delight!

After Easter I was busy home schooling Ryland and of course I had to incorporate comping into the curriculum! For his English lesson, Ry wrote a lovely entry ‘Don’t be a waster’ for the Too Good to Go kids food waste poetry competition, and won £100 book tokens for himself plus £200 for his school. He also featured in the Daily Mirror and was interviewed on local radio, and I’m super proud of him!

We also made cities and water butts from our recycling, and dug up all the weeds in our neighbour’s garden and planted herbs there! We didn’t win prizes with these photos but had lots of fun being busy outside.

We also enjoyed recycling cans in a creative way for the @EveryCanCounts competition, and won a £100 Just Eat voucher for our TikTok entry.

Eating lots of sweets was also on the agenda! In Summer Ry won a Swizzels bundle with this video entry:

Baking was on the school curriculum too of course, and we won a Roddas goodie box with a photo of our home made rhubarb crumble.

In July I won a £200 Virgin Experience voucher in the KitKat on-pack promotion.

I also won a rather unique prize from EE – having my face appear on the advertising hoardings at the FA Cup Final! In addition they posted out a limited edition Cup Final programme and a signed Arsenal shirt which is hanging on Ry’s wall next to his signed Brighton shirt!

I opened a savings account with the Post Office this year just so I could be included in their monthly prize draws – and I won a £100 One4All gift card in three separate monthly draws!
I won £500 in a quiz on Magic Radio, and was partnered up on air with another Brighton lady, Sheila, who just happened to be a SuperLucky reader (she won £500 too!). I also won a Brighton Hotel stay for my friend Jordan (a nurse) in one of the many key worker competitions.

For Halloween we did a spooky family photoshoot at our local churchyard, and won two boxes of chocolates for our efforts!

In November I set a Lockdown Challenge for my Lucky Learners Facebook group to enter a thousand competitions in 4 weeks – this is many more than I would usually do. I managed to exceed the target, and it really motivated me to put more effort into my comping during December. This paid off – I’ve won 27 prizes in December so far, including four wins in advent comps.

My favourite December prize is a fabulous DiskAshur SSD with 2TB of storage (worth £429!) from iStorage on Twitter – this will be really helpful to backup my video files! I also won several games and books for Ry’s Xmas gifts, a £100 White Company voucher plus a festive Seasonal Spuds hamper which I sent to my Mum!

A great prize that I won in December was thanks to a Facebook friend, Charlotte, who kindly got me a Carabao receipt from Asda. I was lucky enough to win a VIP trip to the Carabao Cup Final next year including a Wembley tour and match ball! As Ry and I didn’t get to the EFL Trophy final, I have my fingers crossed this match will go ahead – although we’re sad that Arsenal have been knocked out…

Finally, I do need to mention a prize I enjoyed in December, but that wasn’t actually my win to report! My wonderful friend Sue Dyke won a Zoom call with Raheem Sterling in a Walkers competition, and invited me, Rob and Ry to join her on the call. We chatted for 15 minutes and it was a fantastic experience, Raheem gave so much good advice to Ryland!

Media appearances

Thanks to Zoom I appeared on TV a couple of times this year! In June I was invited to join Matt Allwright and Kym Marsh on the BBC One show Your Money and Your Life where I shared my comping tips, and in July ITV News interviewed me for a special feature on how to spot competition scams online. And although it’s not comping related, I was also interviewed by Spotify for a podcast about my favourite group, BTS!

Despite everything that’s happened in the world, there have been a lot of positives to take from 2020. I’ve enjoyed getting to know my neighbours and hosting Zoom quizzes for family and friends, as well as spending lots of time gardening, painting and improving our home. I’ve finally learnt how to ride a bike properly, and am running 15km every week. I’ve made lots of new recipes – AND lots of new cocktails (several of which have won me prizes on Instagram!). Plus I’ve made a start on writing my next comping book!

Thanks again to all my readers and everyone who enjoys and shares SuperLucky blog posts, it’s really appreciated. There have been a lot of new recruits to our hobby this year and you always make them feel welcome in the Lucky Learners Facebook group!

Don’t forget you can always keep up to date with all my prizes in my monthly round ups and unboxing videos on YouTube. Oh, and don’t forget to read my list of the best prize promotions of 2020 too, and see if your favourites made it onto the round up!

Tell me in the comments below (or in Lucky Learners) about your own comping successes in 2020 – and how do you plan to make 2021 your most successful comping year yet? 

Don’t forget to tweet me about your favourite 2020 prize too, as you could win a £30 Amazon voucher in my Twitter competition – find out how to enter here!

13 Responses

  1. Rose H says:

    I absolutely love this Di, thank you so much for taking the time to break down the stats and write this blog post – I find it so interesting and motivational! I took a break from comping this year, just getting back into it in December with the advent comps, safe to say I have now caught the comping bug once again and hope to put a lot of time into it this year.
    Congratulations on all your wins and here’s to 2021!

    • Di says:

      Good luck for 2021 Rose! Sounds like quite a few lapsed compers are taking it up again, and who can blame them!

  2. Aimee Amanda says:

    Very well done on your wins. I have taken a break these past few years and started to crochet, I missed comping though and the thrill of winning so decided to start again late 2019. I was feeling extremely positive at the start of 2020 and won some amazing prizes including a hot air balloon ride which I look forward to in 2021 (hopefully) . Then COVID-19 came and I really lost interest in everything, I felt like everything had been torn apart, I couldn’t see an end. All of a sudden I thought what am I doing? So with that started stripping wallpaper in the living room and that’s when things changed, the house got decorated, 2020 didn’t really bring many wins at all but the ones I did win are lovely.Here’s to 2021 and I shall be more positive and more creative.

    • Di says:

      A lot of people lost heart with everything in summer last year, but I think comping really can give you something to look forward to, so I hope you can get back into it enthusiastically for 2021 – and I wish you lots of luck Aimee!

  3. Steve Hitchman says:

    Congratulations, you’ve had a great comping year! I’ve just restarted after a 10 year break! It really does take a lot of dedication and needs to be part of your daily routine to be successful which means you really have to enjoy the entering as well as the winning (which I do). When I was seriously comping the bulk of my wins were for tickets to events, I won many red carpet events, tickets to every kind of sport including cup finals, gig and festival tickets (one I still go to every year) and I even got to fly 3 of my mates up to Manchester to cycle around the velodrome with Chris Hoy and at the end of the day he gave me a cheque for £1500 to spend at Halfords! That was quickly followed by an all expenses paid 6 day stay for the 2010 Ryder Cup which included VIP tickets to every event and party associated with the event. I took a mate and we lived like celebrities meeting lot’s of famous people and having an epic time. My best ever prize which was worth thousands. For some reason I gradually stopped entering comps and then back in November I decided to go for it again and have already won a few small prizes. Thank you for sharing your story and sharing your wins every month with Ryland and here’s hoping we can all enjoy some unsociably distanced wins in 2021

    • Di says:

      Thanks for the comment Steve – great to hear you’re getting back into comping! I love all the prize experiences and events but have had to switch to entering for more practical cash, food and drink prizes since Covid! Hope you have a successful 2021!

  4. KelleyP says:

    Wow, you’ve won some lovely prizes this year, I hope you have a fab Carabao Cup VIP trip, I think they’ve moved it to 25 April, so there may be a chance of being there.
    I had some amazing wins this year, none more so than in February, when I was informed I had won a 5 night trip to New York, with flights and transfers, staying in a 5 star hotel. For obvious reasons I haven’t been able to take it yet but I’m hoping I can schedule it for later in 2021 or for 2022. I’ve also won a trip to Berlin with Amstel. I think I’ve done well, as I’m not on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram through choice but this does mean I miss out on some great prizes.
    Thank you for all your inspiration throughout the year and good luck to you and other Compers throughout 2021 and here’s to a brighter and healthier future for everyone.

  5. Natalie Watkins says:

    Wow I really do love reading your wins it really does inspire me to carry-on comping. This year my prizes were down slightly (with a three month dry spell) but I did win a fabulous holiday with Jet2holidays which they have kindly postponed for July 2021! Here’s to a positive 2021 with more amazing wins x

  6. Shirley Ann Lumley says:

    Congratulations and well done !
    I have had my worst ever December , winning just 1 prize and I have been comping for 30 years ! However this must just mean a win is around the corner , for sure lol
    I am happy with my 90 wins this year ( I am for 1 a week, work gets in the way ! ) , mainly Facebook and Twitter , a few from Instagram and a TV and Sound Bar from the Doritos purchase comp, of which I do on occasions. But you have inspired me to be more active with purchasing. I did make more of an effort to do slogan style/poem comps from August and while this did pay off, it was very very time consuming and mentally tiring too. Interestingly, many companies comentated on my poem, liked , shared and even wished me luck or said how much they loved it, but this did not always follow that I was the winner !
    Last year I had 112 wins, so slightly down, but I did loose my Mojo during the lockdown and di enter less .
    Good luck to everyone in 2021

    • Di says:

      I saw more people than ever comping this month – and more requests to join Lucky Learners than usual, so I’m not surprised your win rate was down! I tried to enter more non-advent comps in December, so the creative ones, purchase ones or newsletter comps! It could also be that some companies only pick their daily winners when they go back to work after Christmas too – so keep your fingers crossed for next week!

  7. Hannah M says:

    I can’t believe you’ve won so many through website/ prize draws! I’m having such a dry spell with winning comps- I won £100 Tesco voucher on the McCains competition, but that’s it so far! This gives me hope lol

    • Di says:

      Most of the web comps I win are the purchase necessary ones! I don’t win many prizes in regular free entry web entry form draws – mainly because these comps are listed on competition websites, and get thousands of entries! Good luck for 2021!

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