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Posted Wednesday, February 23, 2011, at 2:18 PM

You jump in your car, flip on the radio and the DJ says, "CALL NOW TO WIN ..." Or maybe you are at home or work and those words come over the speakers. So, like crazy you grab your phone and start dialing. Tons of people do this ritual every day, several times a day.

For me it has become a hobby, and luckily it has paid off very well. The very first time I believe I ever won anything was when I was around 7 or 8 and the local grocery store was giving away a washer and dryer set. Needless to say, every time we went shopping, I would put my mom and dad's name in the box. Well, that paid off for mom and dad. I'm in my 30's now, and that dryer worked until about 3 years ago. I would love to go back and revisit that moment, just to hear what my mom and dad might have said.

In my teens all I remember winning was tickets to local gospel concerts traveling through. Then in my early 20's it was country concerts. I moved to a large city in the early 2000's and I kept right along with trying to win things. I have been very fortunate to see a lot of bands that I normally would not have had the money to see, gone to Broadway musicals, movie tickets, have met a few celebrities along the way, and last but not least the ever popular radio station t-shirt.

One year, I won tickets to a concert in the city I live in, and the concert was cancelled. I was looking forward to this particular concert, not that I don't look forward to them all, but this was one of my all-time favorite bands. I was bummed, and a friend of mine decided to take me out to dinner that night to keep my mind off of the concert cancellation. As I was going out the front door, my phone rang (before cell phones), so I answered. It was a gentleman who said my name and asked was I bummed that the concert was cancelled. I replied yes, and he asked me would I like to see this band in another large city? I told him of course I would! He then told me that I was one of the lucky 5 winners that were being flown out of state to see this popular band. I could not believe my ears. I had never flown anywhere in my life. So 2 weeks later a friend and I flew out of town, was then picked up by a limo, taken to the concert and then put up in a nice hotel for the night and flew back home the next day. Whew! What a whirlwind of events. I felt like I was on the CBS television show "The Amazing Race". We didn't know where we were going, how we were getting there, and were rushing around from place to place. It was a crazy trip, but a memorable one, nonetheless.

One of the latest winnings was front row seats to a sold out concert for a singing "teen idol". Once we got to the show, my sister and I found out that we would be going on stage with this singer, as his backup singers. I will never, ever forget that night. We were both so star struck, and giggling like little girls.

So, the next time you see a sweepstakes box or hear "CALL NOW" on the radio, go ahead try it. It just might be your lucky day.

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