Win This Motorcycle and other Contests.
I've entered, I don't know how many of these things, over the years and never won a thing. I'd just bet many of you out there have done the same thing too. Rules will state that there is no purchase necessary to win, but I'd bet those entries go into the trash bin faster than a nitro burning Harley down the track does. Think about one of those magazines that has the little window on the return entry envelope. Just by looking at the envelope, they can tell if you also placed an order or only entered the contest. Can you say "shredder" for the non-subscription entries; no way to track those after being thrown out for the trash collector.
Don't forget the contests at area Mall's. They have a nice shiny new car, boat or cruise package on display. Next to each one is a box to drop your entry cards into. Again, it will say "No purchase necessary to win." After a few weeks you wonder what all these offers are that keep coming in the mail trying to get you to buy something. Sometimes phone calls begin coming in and you wonder why, after you have been put on the No call list, they are phoning you. It's because you filled out one of those entry cards at the Mall and it clears them of legal ramifications as you gave them the information.
Have you ever known anyone who has known anyone who's known someone who has won any of these contests? Me either. That McD's Monopoly game is another you never hear or see who, if anyone, has won the million bucks. I have a suspicious mind about those sorts of games. They only release one single winning piece to complete the board game at the very last minute. Chances are that whom ever gets that piece has not been playing the game and just tosses it away, maybe never even looking at it. You'll have a better chance of getting struck by lightening, twice, down in a cave than winning one of these things.
There are exceptions to some contests like the Easy Rider magazine one's to win a Harley. They do give away the motorcycles and even post up in the magazine who the winner is.
If you want to win some sort of contest than try one that is smaller though. Raffles are generally pretty good bets as the number of entries has a set limit thus making your odds better. If there is a huge circulation having a contests, then your chances at winning go way, way down. Motorcycle shops and rallies often have some sort of give away you can enter; usually something you can use too. Try these out if you want a better chance at winning something. Those motorcycle museums are even a good bet as they often give away a great bike with the odds being more in your favor.
Good luck on your contest entries. If you happen to win let me know...but I won't be holding my breath.