Top 5 competitions to enter right now!

It’s easy to enter competitions – but of course, it’s much harder to win them!  But knowing the right type of comps to enter will give you a better chance of a prize.

This blog post will be kept up to date with current prize draws or competitions where I believe you have a great chance of winning a prize. These are likely to be creative, purchase-necessary or comps with a LOT of smaller prizes – and I’ll try to include a range of different types of prize promotions, so you can start learning which ones are the best to have a go at!

Good luck – let me know if you win any of my top competitions!

New to comping? Visit my Get Started guide for beginners!

Mars & Poundland Win Cash

Weekly text entry prize draws – ends 2.5.2021
To enter, text WINCASH to 60163 (standard rate text message)

This text entry promotion is advertised in Poundland and B&M, and has 52 cash prizes ranging from £50 up to £1000, with four prizes awarded in each weekly draw. Winners are chosen at random and it’s one entry per person per week. No purchase is necessary!
Click here for full T&Cs of the Mars & Poundland competition

Magners instant win 

Free entry online instant win – ends 31.10.21
To enter, complete your details at to see if you’ve instantly won one of 1,025 prizes! 

This is a winning moment promotion, and if you’re the first person to enter after one of the 1,025 winning moments, you’ll win a prize! Prizes include 20 UK weekend retreats, HD TVs, Echo Dots, coffee machines, Bluetooth speakers, indoor herb kits and more. If nobody enters between one winning moment and the next, the prize rolls over for the next entrant to win. No purchase is necessary. 

Click here for full details of the Magners instant win promotion
Tip: You can only enter ONCE so you might want to save your entry for later in the promotion! 

McVities Win a share of £1 million

Purchase-necessary and effort-based text-entry instant win – ends 30.6.2021
To enter, buy a McVitie’s product, then text TOGETHER to 88802 (standard rate text message) – you’ll receive a link, where you can upload your video or written entry and find out instantly if you’ve won £1,000

I wouldn’t usually include an ‘algorithmic’ instant win promotion in my list of recommended competitions, but the odds of winning £1,000 in this McVities promotion are a pretty decent 200-to-1, so it’s worth including! Despite it being a completely random instant win, you’ll still have to put in some effort to take part. Your entry should be a video of less than 30 seconds, or a written entry between 100-250 words. Explain who you miss most and how you might use the £1,000 cash prize to spend quality time with that person. Despite a £1 million prize fund being advertised, the full amount will ONLY be awarded if McVities receive 200,000 entries which is not likely considering the effort required to take part!

Click here for details of the McVities promotion
Tip: Always read the T&Cs carefully to see if creative entries are actually judged – in this case, instant prize winners are randomly chosen so the quality of the entry makes no difference. 

Swizzels Sweet Memories

Creative competition – ends 31.12.2022
Share your ‘sweet memories’ of Swizzels at

This is a nice weekly competition running for almost two years, with one winner every week chosen to win a sweet hamper! Enter on the Swizzels website by sharing your sweet memory story (up to 100 words) and an optional photo. Or you can share your memory on the Swizzels Facebook page or on Twitter, tagging @SwizzelsMatlow and using #SweetMemories.  

Click here for full details of the Swizzels Sweet Memories competition
Tip: You can enter as many times as you like, so get lots of different stories ready and set a weekly reminder in your online calendar to enter one each week

Mudhouse Taste The Adventure  

Web prize draw – ends 31.5.21
To enter, complete the entry form at

Look out for simple web entry prize draws with lots of prizes. This one has 500 prizes of a rucksack, and ten top prizes of a wine tasting in the wild experience! Enter up to ten times (on different days) to improve your chance of winning. 
Tip: the entry form asks where you bought your wine, but the terms do state it’s no purchase necessary so just select ‘Other’. 
Click here for full details of the Mudhouse Taste the Adventure promotion

Good luck with these five great prize promotions! If you want to find more top competitions like this, join the Lucky Learners Facebook group. You’ll also find lots more comping tips for beginners in my Getting Started guide

60 Responses

  1. Gerry Latawiec says:

    Hi I came to just find a link to the wagon wheels comp as nothing seems to get there. However, I entered the Magnets comp and won a Bluetooth speaker – much better than a subscription to a Top Gear mag. Thankyou very much! Can you accidentally point me to a new car comp?

  2. Priscilla Stubbs says:

    Phone call this morning to say I have won £50 in the Mars & Poundland text to win comp. Thanks for letting us know about this

  3. Fiona Cullen says:

    Thanks for the great tips Di,have just won a year’s supply of Mcvities biscuits after buying them last week-good job I kept the receipt!!

  4. Deb Pettit says:

    Thankyou, this gave me the confidence to enter the text comps. Always been scared to because I didnt know the cost and thought i might get bombarded with texts which I have to pay for.

  5. ALYSON SMITH says:

    Hi, I’ve just tried to enter the Mars WINCASH text comp but the text won’t send. My husband tried too but same thing. Has anyone else had any problems please? Thanks!

  6. Hi Di,
    do you think it is still worth entering postcard comps due to COVID etc

    • Di says:

      For the big PO Box draws, definitely. I’m sure the big Handling Houses have processes in place and handle all mail with gloves! If it was a problem, then they would have to make this clear in the T&Cs or temporarily pause postal entries. The main concern is the amount of time Royal Mail is taking to get post to its destination though – so you’ll need to allow more time!

  7. Paul O'Malley says:

    Just won £50 on the Uncle Ben’s red envelope. Thankyou for sharing it

  8. Annalisa Dunham says:

    Can you enter the standard version and co-op version of the Malteser bunny competition each week or just one of them? Thanks.

  9. Stella Holvey says:

    Just won a free 250g pouch of Uncle Ben’s thanks Di

  10. Lorna-Jane Holland says:

    I’ve just won £20 with Uncle Ben’s – thanks Di!

  11. Think everybody’s overloaded the Nectar Points spin & win – both links give a 502 Proxy error & other bits of the site our broken.

  12. Aggie says:

    Hi Di, thank you for your website, I entered Liverpool FC competition last month and today I just received my prize ,it was a football kit for my son, we couldn’t believed it !

  13. Hi Di,
    I’m new to this but I’ve seen a text comp in The Sun to win an electric Corsa.
    Is this worth entering? Texts cost £2

    • Di says:

      Personally I wouldn’t enter by text – it’s widely advertised and is likely to get well over 100,000 entries! If you check the details there’s other entry options – you can also enter by collecting seven Sun Savers codes between 12 & 24 October, and entering them on the Sun Savers website or app (check Money Saving Expert as it’s likely a member may share the codes on a comping forum!)

      You could send a postcard too, which would save you a bit of money as you’d only need to buy a second class stamp! It’s always worth checking if there’s a cheaper option for premium rate text competitions, like this one or the ITV ones. “Enter by post by sending your name and contact number to SUN VAUXHALL COMPETITION, P.O. Box 4445, Colchester, CO2 8GD. Max one postal entry. “

  14. Enkeleda Kamxhiu says:

    Thank you

  15. Karen says:

    Hello! I have entered the perfect match competition for many days now but I still haven’t won 🙁 do you have any tips that could give me some luck. Thanks.

    • Di says:

      I’ve entered every day since it began, at all hours of the day and still haven’t won a prize! Although many of my readers have won all 4 prizes – a TV, soundbar, bean bag AND a snack pack! Unfortunately we just have to keep plugging away. If there’s another household member, get them to enter daily too so you can double your chances. Unfortunately we only have a few days left of this one!

      • Martin garrod says:

        Won a bean bag with Pepsi. 100 pounds with break from bills with Kit Kat. And last year with kp crisps won the top price on lunch at another level which I’m still due to take as it’s been out on hold due to Covid. Going to New York. As well as loads of resturant vouchers. Love these free comps their exciting 🙂

  16. James says:

    Hi Di, love the tips on competitions, i won a tv with the Pepsi comp! I entered at 5am and couldn’t believe i won,
    Good luck everyone, stay safe and keep entering!

  17. Nicola France says:

    Hi, just wondering if the B.O.B Milk competition is a daily entry or once only draw, Thank you

  18. Lidiya says:

    They only announced two winners for the Roddas Competition this week? I thought it was 3 winners every week.

  19. helena denton says:


  20. Katerina says:

    How do you calculate the exact number of your bills. You include mortgage, electricity, water and internet?

  21. James Turner says:

    Hey Di,
    Just to let you know that the Tesco comp ended yesterday.

  22. Catherine Wressell says:


  23. Have you seen the Hairbo 25 years of star mix competition starts 3rd Feb it is one when you have a code on the sweet packet that takes you through to an entry form. Cant find much on the terms and conditions but looks like a lot of prizes this ink give some info

    • Di says:

      Yes! I picked up a few bags yesterday (much to my son’s delight) and will be posting about it soon!

  24. Liz Whitney says:

    Thank you so much Di, I’ve just seen this in time to enter the Asda Innovations Awards comp. Also the Walkers/Tesco one, a nice lot of prizes for these two. Fingers crossed.

  25. Debbie Miller says:

    Thank you.. I am a bit worried about following so many new companies on Twitter at once.. don’t want to receive a ban.. (M&S hamper) ..

  26. Sam says:

    M&S hampers comp completed

  27. Heather Cain says:

    Thank you. Will take a look

  28. Frances Heaton says:

    Thanks Di, have done a couple of the comps, just need purchases for the others.

  29. Mel says:

    How many times can you enter the swizzels competition?

    • Di says:

      I’ve asked them and they replied ‘as many times as you like!’ – good luck!

      • Melanie Walker says:

        Brill thank you for checking. I take it they didn’t say that you was limited to one a day like the pringles one?

        • Di says:

          They didn’t say, Melanie – just ‘as many times as you like’ – I think if it was random winners then they would put a limit on entries.

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