Did you win because you worked hard for it, because you strategized or because you were lucky? The best thing I ever won was a weekend in Reno where I won $500 on a free slot spin. ~Suzie
A couple years ago I won an iPad at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Needless to say I was thrilled! ~Anita
The Keith Urban fan club only picks eight fans to win a meet-and-greet out of a couple thousand that enter. I have entered about 15 times and I won one meet-and-greet in 2008. It was an amazing night and concert. I will never forget it. ~Janelle
When my boys were young I won a trip to Disneyland. It was airfare, a two-night stay in the park and their special pass to the front of the line for four people. I could never have afforded such a trip on my own. We all had such a wonderful time and have great pictures and memories. Truly a once-in-a-lifetime moment. ~Robin
I was very lucky to win “making and keeping a batch of wine” from Vintner’s Cellar and Q97. I have since made two more batches. Very nice experience and I have met very nice people. Great time!! ~Barbara
In the ‘80s, while living in L.A., I was stopped by CHP and given a certificate for a free turkey from Ralph’s Market for being a good driver in L.A. traffic during the holiday season.. ~Clinton
My sweetie’s heart. I worked hard to do it and was so blessed to have been successful! 38 years later I am still so glad to have won such an amazing prize. ~Susie
I won two tickets to be an audience member on Ellen’s Mother’s Day special. I would like to say that I won the tickets because of hard work, but filling out an online form is far from hard. It was pure luck. The Ellen DeGeneres show was amazing. I was pregnant with my first child at the time and I brought my cousin who was also pregnant with her first child. Not only was the show so fun to watch, but we walked away with over $3,500 in prizes. Just about everything a person would need for a baby including a crib, mattress, crib bedding, stroller, car seat, clothes, bathing supplies, digital camera, dishwasher, diaper bag, gift cards, baby monitor, and six months’ worth of diapers. And we’re talking top of the line stuff here. The blanket alone was worth $67. And the stroller was one I was ogling over long before I knew I was going to be on the show, but with a price tag of almost $700 I knew I’d never buy it for myself. It was the most amazing experience and something I will definitely never forget. ~Kory
One day I got a phone call from my bank, North Valley Bank, and was told I won $500. I didn’t even realize their promotion Shop Swipe and Win was going on. The best part was that I was the very first winner. It was truly a wonderful surprise. ~Shawnelle
The best thing I ever won was an Apple iPad from Jack In The Box through Q97. I was just lucky. On my way back from the Veterans’ Museum (donating some of my late husband’s WWII memorabilia) I heard Patrick John doing a remote broadcast and decided, what the heck, I have just as good a chance as anyone. I stopped by, bought lunch to go and as I was sitting at home listening to Q97, I heard my name called. I was shocked and surprised. I’d never won anything like that before. I am so thankful. ~ Lynne
Billy: I don’t know if it’s the best thing, but it was the first thing. I was 11 years old and at the Market Basket on Vermont Ave., between Sunset and Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles. I can’t remember the circumstances - it might have been a grand opening or carnival. I just remember holding the magic ticket for a Dubuque canned ham. I was thrilled and so was my family. I felt like the luckiest kid in the world.
PATRICK: The best thing I’ve ever won is the 50/50 raffle at Anderson Explodes a couple of years ago. I think it was about $800. I won fair and square, but I felt really guilty about winning. I ended up donating half of it back. That probably bought about 20 seconds of fireworks for the following year. Now if I could just win the SuperLotto!