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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...

 

 

 

 

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 I still think the whole rewards program is crap. It’s not rigged; it’s just full of fluff and poor odds for most people.  Consider how many days/weeks/years most of us submit entries. And what do you get?  Not much. The rewards have gotten truly lame (especially the instants). And why have they added that ridiculous slot machine animation for the instants?  Just tell us we didn’t win and get it over with. The animation is, to quote myself, crap.

 

Moreover, some of the reward-earning quizzes are questionably dishonest. I ran into one that involved questions all aimed at promoting the AARP sponsor American Home Care.  Every question was essentially an ad for AHC. That’s unnecessary and close to sleazy. 

 

So good to all those who keep toiling away thinking this will be their lucky day. I continue to assert that the AARP organization has turned their rewards program over to an outfit that runs a system that couldn’t be less fun or rewarding. 

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  I need to correct one thing. The previous post i put up here decried the promotional quiz for American Home. It is actually American Home Shield.

 

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Bravo! 👏 Well-said, @Tomsowa!

 

You are so right, it's no fun. More like work, work, work! I've seen some improvement(s), however. Now, we have $10.00 gift cards, with exception of the $5.00 Extra Credit, at least there's that! For years, people here have been expressing that there should be $10.00 gift cards, and it seems those concerns were addressed.

 

As far as the instant win slot machine, I am having trouble trusting the whole shebang. Um, you know, there are some questionable things that AARP does...it's as if the joke's 'me,' sort of thing. Such as, the times points only redemptions are put into the catalog...while everyone is sleeping. What's up with that? Seems like a game to me.

 

Anyway, thank you so much for your post. 🙂

 

@AARPConsumerCare -- No need for assistance. Thank you.

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And yes, totally correct. It IS WORK, not even close to fun to go through these reward challenges.😗

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After months of no luck, I finally won an instant win!  CVS gift card.  I was starting to think that the instant win games didn’t work.

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Very strange. After months of no Instant Wins I won a LL Bean gift card today.

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Hi shamit. Congratulations! If you have questions, I'm here to help. - Stephen K.

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Congrats!!!

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If you want win then just keep entering the Instant Win Games, every day if you can.

This $10 Home Depot Instant Win game that I won today has 450 potential winners (they are showing it as a "Super Play!") and it really seems to make a difference when they offer more than the standard 125 wins.  I don't know how many of my wins were from the Super Play games but the chance of winning seems higher and I recall a couple of other times I won a gift card from games like this one.

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Congrats @andrewtoo on that Instant Win. Keep it up

 

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Congrats on winning! Like many others, for years now I have been playing the Instant Wins for places near me every day including the Super Play ones. I may win an Instant Win every 4 to 6 months, sometimes longer between wins. I have never won a Super Play though, as you say, the chances are better for winning one. I am glad somebody is winning them though.

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Used to think that the instant wins had to be entered at exactly midnight, EST. However, there must be an app on the dark web that some AARP users are taking advantage of that enter exactly midnight according to the Atomic clock. And the app is able to circumvent the screen delays, etc that normal users encounter. I would even go so far as to opine that the list of instant winners is almost always the same 50 people who have the DWapp. I really don't care about most of them since there are no PEET coffee shops in my locale, but occasionally, the Amazon $50 gift card comes up and I do use Amazon. However, like you Tom, I may not have tried 400 times, but I know it's been over a hundred and I've never won one either. During my lifetime, I have won some things where a drawing was held, but I knew that they were legitimate to begin with. I've never seen a winners list either. AARP is not really interested in old people I don't think. I think it's all about the bottom line. Been a paying member for at least 29 years now. Not sure how someone like @BillD916633 is up to 7 instant wins in one week. Maybe they only look at instant win entries during certain time frames and not others. Oh well. Maybe next time.

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You can get a list of winners by going to any Instant Win offering and click on the 'Official Rules' link. A list of the past current and past Instant Wins will be presented in red. Click on one of these - it does not matter which one you click on as the winner list is the same for all. Go to the bottom of the 'Official Rules' - the very bottom, like #14 paragraph labeled 'Winner List' . There will be a link in red labeled 'click here'. All of the Instant winners are listed by date. This list appears to be a rolling list of dates. Right now it has the last 6 months of winners by dates. It used to be only 3 months but I guess they aren't cleaning it up anymore so length of time listed is longer. Most certainly, they do not make it easy for us to find or use.

 

For convenience, I suggest you save the file into a .pdf file on your device (just print to pdf file instead of a printer) giving it a file name convenient for you. If you then pull up that pdf file, you have the ability to search the file for a date, name, business (Home Depot, Burger King, etc) or whatever interests you. 

 

Best of luck!

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Do you know where to see who wins sweepstakes?

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Hi, @allansmom. You can find the winners list here: http://winlists.helloworld.com/245438_SW.pdf

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   I have given up entirely on the whole AARP Reward game. I haven’t won any instant win in more than a year; my spouse has entered hundreds of times this year in sweeps and instants and has zero wins.


  Maybe I’m trying to win in only a few select categories for prizes I’d use. But the whole  thing just reeks to me. It can’t be truly random. 

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Same here, but I keep trying everyday. Nothing is easy these days.

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So here is what is so weird to me. In the past I have complained multiple times about the Instant Wins and, according to the winners list, the number of people who will win 10, 14 times in the period of the win list. As soon as I do that, within 3 days, I win an Instant Win. I am sure it is a coincidence. Please let us know if you win one soon. 🤗

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The instant wins have never been at midnight Eastern time.  That is only when they are posted.  The winners (most have 125 winners) are at random times throughout the week.  And I don't remember when there was a $50 Amazon card in the instant wins.  The only $50 cards I see are for purchase on a Daily Deal during a special week. Like this week.

 

I hadn't had an instant win since April, but then last week I won a $10 Staples card at a little after 10 in the morning central time.  When I have won it has never been at midnight.

 

Midnight Eastern time is the time the time they start the Extra Credit on the 1st of the month.  Noon Eastern time is the time they have the Daily Deals.

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Congrats on winning!

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Just a follow up.  October must be a lucky month for me.  Not only did I win the $10 Staples instant win card, I also won one of the $100 Zappos sweepstakes cards. I never thought I would win a sweepstakes when I wait so long to win an Instant Win.  All this in just 10 days.  Hope others here get some of this luck.

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@wh2708  Actually, there is a Daily Instant Winners List, here: https://community.aarp.org/t5/Redemption/Links-to-Sweepstakes-Winners/m-p/2520366#M8488 | https://winlists.helloworld.com/245438_IW.pdf

 

08-19-2023 10:34 AM

@BillD916633 wrote: 'We're back up to 7 Instant Wins again this week 8/19/23,' meaning there were (at the time) 7 instant wins available in the AARP Rewards catalog, not that he won 7 instant wins in a week. There had been a fluctuation of available instant wins anywhere from 5 - 6, then there was a surprising 7 instant wins available on the above-mentioned date.

 

Hope this helps! 

 


@wh2708 wrote:

Used to think that the instant wins had to be entered at exactly midnight, EST. However, there must be an app on the dark web that some AARP users are taking advantage of that enter exactly midnight according to the Atomic clock. And the app is able to circumvent the screen delays, etc that normal users encounter. I would even go so far as to opine that the list of instant winners is almost always the same 50 people who have the DWapp. I really don't care about most of them since there are no PEET coffee shops in my locale, but occasionally, the Amazon $50 gift card comes up and I do use Amazon. However, like you Tom, I may not have tried 400 times, but I know it's been over a hundred and I've never won one either. During my lifetime, I have won some things where a drawing was held, but I knew that they were legitimate to begin with. I've never seen a winners list either. AARP is not really interested in old people I don't think. I think it's all about the bottom line. Been a paying member for at least 29 years now. Not sure how someone like @BillD916633 is up to 7 instant wins in one week. Maybe they only look at instant win entries during certain time frames and not others. Oh well. Maybe next time.


 

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Thanks @KellytheBelly  for clearing up that post from @wh2708 concerning @BillD916633 and the 7 Instant Wins in one week. Common sense should tell that is impossible, besides HelloWorld would never stand for that. 
Just trying to understand why @wh2708 has only 2 post since 2016  and that was one of them 🤔 🤔

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@rednexsrus  🔍 IKR! 

 

Here's a pic/one for you! ⤵️  Happy Halloween! 😁

 

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That’s awesome @KellytheBelly I didn’t think about that one, that was a favorite franchise of mine.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN 

 

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HEY EVERYBODYHEY EVERYBODY

 

 

 

There back !! 
We're back up to 7 Instant Wins again this week 8/19/23

Hope it last 🤪🤪😜

 

 

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For anyone interested, you'll be happy to know that I finally won an Instant Win!

 

🎉 Lucky Me! 🎉  😂

 

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(@Jason2020LovesKelly Don't be jelly. 😂 😘💕)

 

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Boom Bam! 

 

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@Jason2020LovesKelly Congratulations, honey! 🎉

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