How to win radio competitions

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  1. Jamie says:

    Is it important to enter planet radio (Bauer) online competitions from the very start? Like make me a winner? Should I start entering from 5:10pm on the first day?

    • Di says:

      The time of day you enter makes no difference at all – just make sure you enter every single day! If there’s no winner on day 1, your 8 entries will roll over and you can do another 8 entries on day 2 so you’ll get 16 entries in the day 2 draw,

  2. Ben says:

    Hi Di 🙂
    When applying for the online entry big competitions, is there a particular time to enter that increases your chances… ie. at the start of the competion or on the last day?
    Is it a good idea to max out all your entries all at once?

    • Di says:

      It depends if the competition offers rollover draws (where your Monday entries also go into the Tuesday draw if nobody wins on Monday) – in which case, you must get those daily entries in every day from the very start of the competition! For draws with just one big prize it won’t make any difference though, the computer will just choose at random so it doesn’t matter where your entry is on the list!

  3. Jade says:

    I Di great article I was wondering for website radio competitions that state on entry, would you adhere always to that?

  4. Dave Lawson says:

    I had a missed call 3 minutes before deadline of a competition an hour later they did the competition live on radio, no-one picked up the phone so prize was rolled over, can’t help thinking was it me? But it was before the competition closed for entries. Tried calling the mobile number back and 3 minutes after the missed call, no answer been trying to call number back. Still no answer.

    • Di says:

      The radio stations always come up as ‘Number witheld’ for these big cash prizes where you have to answer within a certain number of rings Dave!

      • Dave Lawson says:

        My point was that it was 3 minutes before deadline. I tried calling number back. And all the next day. Left messages on voicemail. Nothing.

        • Di says:

          If the call was before the competition closed then it wouldn’t have been the radio station! They have to be very careful to run all their promotions properly since all the controversies about rigged competitions years ago! And radio stations don’t call from a mobile number – always a landline!

  5. Amber says:

    Hi Di,

    I had a call today, I can’t remember which radio station but they said ‘did i remember doing a wordsearch competition around christmas’ i could remember at the time so i said vaguely and they said well we just need to clnfirm your details and then asked if my address and email were correct, reading them out to me? She then said good luck for the 27 or 28? I cant remember which day it was. Anyway after I remembered that I entered a word search comp for the radio a few weeks ago. Is this common practice for them to call to confirm? Or is this potentially a scam? Even though I didn’t disclose the information myself. Anyway was quite confused haha.

    • Di says:

      A wordsearch? There’s a wordsearch scam letter going around at the moment from Churchcastle – I wonder if it’s to do with that?

  6. Suzy says:

    Just ondering how many texts we have to send so we can win? Anyone knows

  7. Zelda Ella says:

    What an interesting article I like it. I often miss radio competition although I like them. But that means I have to listen to the radio regularly and update the information to not miss competitions, right?

  8. Katja says:

    Oh my goodness! Impressive article dude! Thank you, However I am experiencing
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    Is there anybody else getting similar RSS problems?
    Anyone who knows the solution can you kindly respond? Thanks!!

  9. KAT says:

    I have been entering kiss cash about once a week . Last Friday the phone went and unfortunately as child passed phone the call got lost before I could answer . It was an 0845 number I rang it and it asked me to press 1 to verify my number, or 2 if it wasn’t . All I know is this came in at exact time people have been on air winning, but can’t prove it. I don’t like to be obsessed but from now on never think it won’t be you I will definitely look at free online or give up as gutted how many entries do they get?

    • Di says:

      A radio station usually comes up as ‘Number Witheld’ Kat – it would never be an 0845 number. 0845 numbers are usually more expensive business numbers, and in this case it sounds like a scammer who hung up, hoping you would call back!
      In terms of entries, make sure you do the free entries every day rather than texting once a week! They do get lots of entries but it IS possible to win – one of my readers recently won about £12,000 by submitting free entries to Hits Radio.

      • Kat says:

        Hi they never hung up, daughter panicked. I rang back they aked me to verify number. I wondered if this was something they did to check and then passed you on to presenter.Itcame in at 5:45, then I listened to Kiss Monday and Tuesday andthe calls were 5:45-5:46 so it did seems a co-incidence. I have been ptretty upset. I am now going to enter online, I think it is better ods than lotto. But thank you, you have made me feela bit better. So do they ring straight through on withheld? I will also look at other comps I can enter. THank you so much for reply!

        • Di says:

          With these type of radio cash competitions, they only call once, let it ring a few times (usually 5 I believe) and if you don’t answer they move on to someone else. The winning calls are also pre-recorded before being broadcast (in case of an answerphone message, any swearing etc) so those calls were likely to be made before 5.45pm!

          • KAT says:

            Thank you, probably was nothing to do with it, in fact another strange call came in yesterday at same time. Maybe that time of day is prime for nuisance calls. Thanks to you though am now entering online and will research other avenues!

  10. Lynn Harley says:

    Ive won holidays to Australia, Ibiza, Tunisia, along with holiday vouchers. Tv +sky box , iPad, games console, too many shopping vouchers to count! Loads of cash prizes . Easily 15k + . I’ve been very lucky but it was a full time job ! I ‘ nearly’ won a house once! Got down to final 5 but not quite there !

    • Di says:

      Oh I hate those ‘nearly wons’ – I nearly won a car, and nearly won a £10k kitchen on the radio. It does get very nerve-wracking though!

      • Vicki says:

        Loving this wee page I started doing competitions on radio six years ago and to date have won almost 90000 worth of prizes I have won a car a holiday to New Zealand Florida Cyprus turkey Malaga Majorca Paris twice Bali have won about ten weekends to Ireland 12 Tv s iPads iPhones won free sky fir a year ten times metrobbie Williams met stereophonics in the bt tower in London trips to London Harry potters world. This year during the pandemic when there were hardly any competition on I managed to win 5000 on a local station. Won tv plus sound bar plus 18 months virgin Bose speaker Bose headphones 200 plus 100 on another local station. And that was after I rescued a black cat

  11. Lxx says:

    These tips are great for a newbie like me.
    But wondering if I can enter competitions for the same prize on 2 different station websites, if you under what I mean – Global is the parent company so would entering on both heart and capital disqualify me?

  12. Lauren says:

    I have won not one holidays but 2 all-inclusive holidays on Heart Radio – 2 years running! 2018 and 2019 I didn’t think anyone won these things and it was all a fix but I only enter things online and it doesn’t cost me anything. I only enter competitions on Heart now as i know you can win.

  13. liz says:

    I’ve been tryin free radio for God knows how long for cash register but Nothink I’ve text with my last ten pound I’ve done it on line ans still Nothink I have done it on two mobil numbers it would help a great deal but I never seem to get the call

  14. Kayleigh says:

    I have been entering Hearts radio money competition everyday since it started in the hope for some money to help me out but nothing yet.
    What am I doing wrong?!

  15. maggie maisey says:

    I try every day Enter at £2 a go on mobile but it never seems to come my way Often wonder why I enter at different times too but doesn’t make any difference It always seems to be some one else

    • Di says:

      Don’t bother with the expensive text ones Maggie – you need to enter the ones that aren’t as widely advertised. Try checking websites, listening to Breakfast shows and switching stations to find those!

  16. Tanya says:

    I’m in New Zealand, so don’t know if comps are the same. We have national comps to big concerts overseas and the cue to call is every hour or so, but they run for a couple of weeks. Was wondering whether you keep trying to enter once you have finally gotten through and have an entry? I got 11 entries into a draw to see Beyonce in San Francisco (didn’t win), 5 or 6 to see Meghan Trainor in LA (didn’t win), 12 to see Lady Gaga in Las Vegas (didn’t win)!!!! Gutted! So far I’ve got one entry to see Pink in Paris and two entries to see Elton John in Las Vegas. Do I just keep trying?!!!! Thanks 🙂

    • Di says:

      We don’t have a system like this in the UK Tanya – I think the closest we have is the expensive text entry comps where it’s £1.50 an entry. Having an ongoing hourly comp over a number of weeks sounds like hard work just for a prize draw entry! How much does each entry cost you?

      • Tanya says:

        Stressful is probably more like it lol. Doesn’t cost anything. You ring the 0800 no. when the cue to call comes on and if you’re first caller through you get in the draw. Then they randomly pick a winner at the end of the competition. I like your tip on checking all radio stations websites. I’ve scanned them all and entered two other trips on their website and to win tickets for Queen! Just found another one today to win a trip to Lollapalooza in the states. Thanks!!!

  17. Jess says:

    how do radio stations actually choose their winner for example capital cash call I literally apply twice a day I never winner or am I just unlucky? 🙁

    • Di says:

      The comps where you pay £1.50 or £2.00 to enter (like Cash Call, or Triple Play) get LOADS of entries because they’re advertised so often on air and people can’t resist making multiple entries! The winner will be chosen at random from all entries and the only way you can increase the odds is to spend more and more money which is a BAD idea! Try entering the free comps, where you enter online and then they call you back (ideally the creative ones where you have to upload a photo or a tiebreaker answer!)

  18. John Pepworth says:

    Can i enter every radio competition in the country or are you limited to the one in your local area.

    • Di says:

      Stations sometimes have T&Cs online that you can check – but I’ve rarely seen restrictions on it. BUT for some local stations if they pick up they will ask your name AND where you’re calling from, and if it’s too far from the broadcast area they might decide to go to the next caller. A lot of stations never ask where you’re calling from though – so if it’s a prize you’d really like, you have nothing to lose by calling!

  19. Victoria says:

    In the last five yrs I have won over 50 000 pounds. Worth of prizes including a car ten tellies a holiday to turkey Cyprus Majorca Malaga two trips to laris six trips to Ireland. Sky tv free fir a yr ten times four iPads an iPhone an I watch thousands of pounds worth of vouchers for different malls Bikes. Met Robbie Williams and will Young numerous overnight stays in top hotels trip to Harry Potter world u name it ave won on every radio station. Heart real smooth central Clyde absolute magic capital it’s the best thing I ever started doing and everything in the tips above is exactly what I do I prob break the rules you have to if you want to win It’s called competition for a reason

  20. LoveC says:

    How do I get a call back from a radio station on a comp that u register online since they say the system picks you up

    • Di says:

      I don’t understand the question? If you’ve entered online then you will have supplied your phone number so if you get chosen they can call you on that number?

  21. KieranWalsh says:

    We won a lovely trip to Barcelona, On Essex Radio,This year, Call back answer three questions, My wife entered,so they wanted to speak to her, at 7.30am.Had to wake her up.But we won. Won loads on old Breeze Essex radio,miss it, But a good rate of prizes.Funny one was a sofa on Christmas eve,with Breeze,we had a choice of two, and a radio car followed the delivery,from Maldon, we had to be vacuum the floor,ready for its arrival, on radio, they followed it to home,Where we had to have cheering neighbours, and be interviewed,live on radio, still it was worth £1500, And lasted years Embarrassed never. We had fun with Classic BBC Radio, a limo, to last night at the proms Royal Albert Hall chauffeur driven.From and back, Everything laid on, Did we get some looks.Yes you do win great prizes from radio. Be lucky

  22. Local stations really struggle to get people on air for comps – especially with niche prizes like event tickets!

    • emmasfabulous says:

      I have to have a thick skin when the fella asks if I’ll go on hold in case someone else rings in that might answer more questions right 😀

  23. Melanie Sarah Slater says:

    I won a macbook air with Heart fm, it was a text comp, it was an amazing feeling, dont give up is my advice

  24. I’ve been on air twice this year – both in the same month! Was lucky enough to win £500 cash and a new Samsung S8 plus with a really easy to answer question on Heat (i was the first to call in as I had the number on speed dial). I then also won £250 of B&Q vouchers with a head to head quiz with Virgin Radio! (had to pre register first and knew I was going on air the day before).

    Not been told I was banned from winning anymore from Bauer but am playing it safe as don’t want to end up having to hand a prize back or worse- end up paying back monetary value to them retrospectively!

    Would love to get more time to listen to the radio but the kids hate it on unless its banging out Aqua’s Barbie Girl or Frozen…..

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