How We Comped Our Way To the Olympics (Part 1)


So if you’re a regular reader of my blog you’ll know by now that my most recent big win was an all-expenses paid trip to the Rio 2016 Olympics and £2000 spending money. The trip was incredible and I’m going to do a series of posts about:

  1. How surreal it was to experience the games up close and personal and see history being made (we saw Bolt, Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill win medals live from the stadium).
  2. The Team GB winning athletes we got to meet (exciting, right?!)
  3. And the sightseeing we did too soon (we went to the Escadaria Seleron and the biggest favela in South America amongst other places), so make sure to subscribe to be the first to read them and to also be in with a chance of winning a £30 Amazon voucher !

In my last post I explained how I won the trip and I mentioned that as far as I was aware there were at least 3 other winners who had all won the same prize. Actually as it turned out that there were more like 30+ other winners who’d all won the same prize as me. Being the social bee that I am, I tried to speak to as many of the other winners as possible and find out how they won the prize so I could write this post and you guys could learn how you can too possibly ‘Comp Your Way to the Olympics’ too.

NB: This is part one of the series, I’ve profiled a few more compers’ stories in part 2.

So without further ado here goes…

Meet Nigel


The award for the best anecdote about winning the prize goes to Nigel. Nigel won the prize from a Twitter competition with just 15 correct entries! Right now you’re probably wondering something along the lines of “How on Earth?!” Well, let me explain…

Nigel is an avid fan of a bunch of sports and loves going to all of the major sporting events. Nigel’s sports accomplishments including winning competitions to go to sports events where he got to meet (and most importantly take selfies with!) the legends that are Mo Farah and Usain Bolt and many more!

Nigel decided that he wanted to try and win a competition to go the Olympics and he started looking high and low for them. (You can do this by googling phrases such as “Win a trip to Rio 2016” etc.)

So anyway, Nigel came across this Twitter competition run by a famous Youtuber (he couldn’t remember his name), the competition required you to reply to a tweet using the correct hashtag. However a lot of people accidentally used the wrong hashtag due to not reading the original tweet correctly. Nigel not only sent in the tweet with the correct Hashtag but he also explained how he’d love to win and tweeted some relevant photos of him and his daughter and well obviously he ended up winning the competition.

NB: Nigel IS a comper – he just didn’t realise it (when I asked him if he was one he looked at me blankly, he didn’t realise that there were more people out there who comp as well) .

Moving on… Meet Helen



Helen won the prize via the Telegraph newspaper through entering a competition in an email that was sent to her. Like me Helen entered the competition because she thought ‘Why not?’ and never expected to win.

A while after entering the competition Helen received an email confirming that she’d won, she had forgotten about entering the competition and therefore didn’t believe it at first. However, as she would soon find out the email was not ‘too good to be true’ and was actually legit and she would be flying out to experience the games up close and personal.

Helen and her husband thought there son should go with her on the trip but according to the prize T & C’s her son was too young to go (winners and their respective + 1’s had to be over 18). After reviewing the T & C’s Helen decided to contact Camelot to see if they could pay extra for their son to come, Camelot said yes and so off to Rio, Helen, her husband and their son went.

A lot of prize providers will allow you to do this as as you’ve won the prize they are more than willing to cater to your needs whatever they may be, so never be too afraid to ask!

NB: Helen is NOT a comper, she stated that she just got lucky in this instance and rarely enters competitions.

Did you like this post? Well then make sure to read part two of ‘How We Comped Our Way to the Olympics’ now.

Has this post inspired you in any way, shape or form?

Have you ever won a ‘once in a lifetime’ prize if so what was it? If not what would you like to win?

Let me know in the comments below.

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