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impossible to win instant awards
I'm deeply distrustful of the whole Rewards operation.
For one, I've gone through more than 400 consecutive Instant Wins and won nothing. NADA.
And why is that? Anyone explain that?
And what about finding out some general information on who's winning the rewards sweepstakes? Is there any attempt on the part of the provider/operator or AARP Rewards to give out some information that explains there are real people winning the sweeps?
AND why can't the provider of AARP Rewards provide me a running total of my cumulative entries into a sweepstake? It used to do that, provide a running total on all my entries, but now it doesn't do that.
As always, I'm deeply skeptical of the people running this thing...
Of the 400 times you have tried to win a instant prize thousands and thousands of people including myself are also trying to win those same prizes making the odds of winning one quite small. About 2 weeks ago I did actually finally win a prize after like you unsuccessfully trying for some time.. Feel free to give up trying which will increase my chances of winning again : ) Also earlier in the awards program I did use to win fairly regularly, now I believe they only award 100 of each instant prize. I'm guessing that when I was winning more they were most likely giving away way more than 100 of some of the prizes they offered. What they are offering in the awards program has greatly reduced which is annoying. That is especially true for the value of gift cards you can get for just points. Most are now 5.00 and the occasional 10.00 card. Not long ago I was redeeming points for gift cards valued 20.00 - 25.00.
Instant Daily wins are now 100 WINS OVER COURSE OF 7 DAYS (each last 7 days once available) .... earlier when I also won more often was 100 TO WIN EVERY DAY (24hrs 9-9)
This big change made odds nearly impossible vs olden days.... Been since Nov 2020 I've won one 😞
Ginger ; )
I have reviewed the Instant Daily winners list for the period of April 1 to June 23, 2021. Again I have found that there are people who won 8, 11, and 14 times during this period. There are others who won 'only' 6 to 8 times during the same period. These same people won up to 16 times (some only won 11 times, others 8 times) during the period of Dec 31, 2020 and Mar 31, 2021. As a refresher, the names I selected stand out simply because of their uniqueness and the frequency they appear in the winners list.
@AARPTeri - I know you had stated that employees are forbidden to participate but clearly someone is gaming the system. Perhaps these are not employees but somehow they are involved in this inordinate number of wins every period. Please have this checked into. I don't mean to be rude, but it is not enough to say that employees are forbidden to participate when the numbers indicate something foul is going on.
I am like so many others who participate every day and get skunked every day. I have tried different times of the day, including between the hours of 2 and 5 AM EST (and believe me, I need my beauty sleep!). NOTHING!! Yet somehow, this handful of people know with a consistent frequency when to play and win. It is frustrating to say the least.
Thanks again for pushing on this. I still think it's a racket.
Anyway you can email me the names of winners list you got recently? Or even post it here so we can view it?
And PS>.. I did at last win an Instant Win, a $10 card. It was at least 825 tries over the past 15 months since I'd won anything on AARP. So it is happening, but not as random as it should be.
The list of winners can be found at:
I 'print' the file to my hard drive creating a pdf file. I can then search the pdf file. The dates start with the most recent so at the end of the file will be the first date covered by the file. I'm sorry if this sounds confusing, but you will see what I am poorly trying to say when you see the file.
By the way, if you click on any Instant Win, then click on the 'Official Rules' in the Disclaimer section, you will get a long list of Instant Wins going back to what seems like the beginning of time. Click on any one of them for the rules. Toward the bottom of the 'rules' is a link to see the list of winners. Every Instant Win listed in that very long list takes you to the same list of winners.
Best of luck!
I wonder if we should report this issue with the
AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline: 877-908-3360
Yea right. NOT!
Or better yet how about the FTC Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-FTC-HELP, 1-877-ID-THEFT.
Maybe that will get the attention of someone in AARP that might actually care.
@BeachGirl23 Thank you for your analysis. It should be crystal clear to any decision maker at AARP that something is wrong.
As I suggested before...and others as well...these instant wins MUST be limited to members only. An individual can have many different email addresses. Paid memberships are tied to real addresses. Some have shared that sweepstakes sites are sending people to this site just to compete. That is not the purpose AARP had in mind. Fraud is being committed and the paying members are being left out for the most part.
Since it is nearly impossible to win an Instant Win, please, please make Instant Wins for “Members Only.” Perhaps by doing that for the members of AARP, we would have a better chance of winning something! Why do non-members get to play anyway? Doesn’t seem fair.
Its difficult to win anything here or elsewhere.There are lots of people that just enter sweepstakes as a hobby.If you check the coupons boards that have discount codes,etc almost all have links to as many sweepstakes as they can find for their readers.Many sites list the aarp sweepstakes so a lot entries most likely aren't even interested in aarp.Not sure if sweepstakes have to be legally open to everyone or not.
I am glad we are all expressing our experiences with this "Instant Win" game. I had started a topic similar to this one "The Odds Are Against You!", and now we can all see that the odds are really terribly against us from winning an "Instant Win". I had expressed my views and I will say it again, why does AARP offer ("Instant Win") as a benefit to us if we can't "benefit" from it. When you have members that say they "don't want to waste my points" or "I don't waste my time" what does that tell you about this program. Please correct me if I'm wrong but I believe that AARP has designed the Instant win game so we can educate ourselves with videos and quizzes and in turn with those points give us incentives to continue this education. But at what point do you say that this program/benefit is not working. In my case, if 500 unsuccessful attempts to win is supposed to be an incentive something is definitely wrong with AARP's thinking. At this point the only way that I can try to figure this out is that the main reason for all our unsuccessful attempts is that AARP wants us to complete has may quizzes and videos as we can. That way they will continue getting paid by the sponsors/commercials for those quizzes and videos. So it's a win for their sponsors, a win for AARP, and we end up being the losers doing all the work for AARP and we get nothing in return. One last thing, with all these members expressing their criticisms of this particular program, where is AARP? Why haven't they explained to all us why this is happening. At this point my confidence in the integrity of AARP and how they are handling this program is 0.
Thank you, @AJF2K1 for accurately expressing my thoughts on the instant wins. With each passing, losing day I find myself wondering 'why am I doing this?'. It is no longer fun when you win maybe once every 6 months meanwhile hearing about other's fortunate wins on a regular basis.
The timing of a win should be a random, system generated win time not sometime after midnight every night EST. Also, people should be allowed only 3 instant wins a month.
And yes, where is AARP on this???
Thanks for the tips Michelle!! I played an instant win on a whim in the middle of the night here (3AM East Coast) doing what most our age have to do in the middle of the night, and hey I won, first time since they went to the seven day deal. Maybe it was the time, or maybe because the card was not as popular as others, but maybe this will be the time I play going forward to get more luck.
Well, I haven’t found the magic solution yet. At 4:30 Pacific time today I tried to win the Starbucks instant win. The system wouldn’t even let me play it. WTH? I just tried it at 10 am and it let me .... and of course I didn’t win.
SORRY NOT TODAY.... ON an endless replay loop in my life .....
My ongoing "SORRY NOT TODAY" string has reached 545 failed attempts at the Instant Win.
My other hunch is that some economic concerns have hobbled the actual number of wins awarded by the company that manages the rewards program. Certainly, it might be a tougher economy for that firm -- don't really know yes or no. Winning seems to be in short supply, based on this thread. Something is behind that. Or am I a conspiracy nut?
@mi4090 Sounds like a plan to me! You were encouraging in the beginning when I didn't win anything for months and you got some $50 ones back in the day of the weekly wins. We need to hear that AARP has looked into the integrity of the system.
I can't speak to any problems with the system or bots or anything else. I can say I am a paying member and have won instant wins multiple times (7 or 8 in last 6 months) as well as one of the sweepstakes. My dad (also a paying member) has never won an instant win but did recently win a sweepstakes. Just wanted to let you know that there are real members like us who are winning some rewards.
Wow... So many questions... So here goes...
I generally max out the points I can accumulate in a day. I play any instant wins and sweepstakes that I could possibly use (there are some stores that don't have locations in my area or that I would never go to). I don't know about the changes to the system or when they occurred but I won my first instant win in October...the very first time I tried it. I have won at different times of the day but noticed that I seem to be more likely to win at night. Hard to say if there's anything to that since I've won 7 or 8 times in over 1000 tries. Most of them were last year but did win one both this month and last month.
As for the sweepstakes, yes I got my prize. Not to brag or anything, but I won $1,000 so I had to fill out tax forms and stuff. Even called AARP to see if it was real...but they don't manage the sweepstakes. The company that does isn't very good at communicating so I emailed them a couple times to see if they got my forms, etc. which they did respond to. Got the check via FedEx about 6 weeks later (required a signature). My dad just won this month so not expecting to have received it yet. The email address I used for the sweepstakes is firstname.lastname@example.org. The reply came from email@example.com.
Hope I answered all your questions and that this helps. Good luck!