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Instant Wins - requesting info

Hello fellow AARPers!

 

I am asking a favor of those of you lucky enough to win an Instant Win. If you would, please, after you win, post as a reply to this what day, time and zone (EST, CTS, etc) you won. 

 

I have tried different times during the day to win with no luck - even between 2 and 4 AM EST.  Now I realize I may not be hitting the exact second which the system is supposingly generating the win time for but I am genuinely curious if the win time is the same time every day. Your input would help me understand what is going on with these illusive Instant Wins. Just call me Sherlock!

 

Thank you!!

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Hello everyone 🤗. Hope everyone is doing well. I'm still confused about some of the people who have won Instant Win Games. Take a look at this. 

 

( October 18 – $5 Bath Pro Shops Gift Card First Name Last Initial Rita C Mohammad S James K John S melina B Gary P Lisa S Tommy H Kristin B Rochelle B Craig M Winnie B Winnie B JA C Sharon O Judy T SHEILA C Donnie D Carl B Carl B Gladys O ) . Someone please tell me this is a typo. I'm just saying

I haven't won a Instant Win yet

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I won today, Kohl gift card for $10.  I won it around 12:00 am. (Pacific time)  I try to play the instant win around the same time everyday. 

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I was wondering how I receive my gift card, if I won. It doesn't appear that I have won a Sweepstakes but the list for Daily Instant winnings just shows the first name and last initial and no other information. Someone with my name and last initial won but how do I know it was me. Also I "bought" gift card with my reward points and have no idea how to receive them. Any information you can provide would be appreciated. Thank you.

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The 4 times I have won an Instant win I would soon get an email within minutes - saying "Your prize is here 'your name' !" with the info of what you've won plus the points redeemed.

There is a click-able link 'Get your reward' to claim your reward - which you may need to print out (if you don't have a printer you may go to a public library or internet cafe to print). There are some e-giftcards which you do have a 'choice' - like Target - you can print the win -for in store use, or add to your web Target.com account for online orders or even use with smart phone to also use in-store too. If you win something like Amazon you can easily add to 'your Amazon's web gift card balance' which will be the default payment usually ahead of a credit card unless you have other plans.

Virtually all Instant Win/ Sweeps gift cards won will now be e-gift cards (I have no experience with $ bought/ $ buy gift cards). You do not have to print in color; black and white is good (make sure to keep the print = 'it is the gift card' you will be able to use over and over till zero).

 

You say : Also I "bought" gift card with my reward points and have no idea how to receive them. = we usually say we redeem our reward points for gift cards (no money involved) - if done correctly, points would have been deducted from your total rewards balance and you should immediately receive an email with your gift card info. with same procedures as I described above. Your reward is here, your name !

 

Sweepstakes Winners are announced on the next month of their actual win; winners get the e-mail of their win with the click able link then. The winners list will include name and 'city and home state.' So if you win in Jan you won't know till sometime in Feb 👍 Check sometime around the 14th 🤞 with 10 days +/-

 

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The few times I have won an Instant Win, an email was sent to me about the win. Sometimes the email comes within a few minutes, other times it may take an hour or so. The email has a link which you can click on to retrieve your gift card. I print them out right away then save the email in a separate file in case I mess up and lose the printed gift card. This same email process is followed when I buy a Daily Gift Card offering.

 

I have no idea how a sweeps win works. For all the years I have been doing the rewards program, I have never won one. Granted, I have done very few under this new program started about 2 years ago, but prior to that I did them religiously. I would assume the sweeps wins operate in the same manner. Maybe somebody who has actually won one can fill us in on how it worked for them.

 

Hang in there!!

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When you play the instant win games it states either SORRY  or LUCKY YOU . Then the win if you see lucky you goes to your email and you just open the email and click redeem your reward and print. 

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Tired of seeing "Sorry you did not win today." hope to see a "Lucky You" one of these days!! 😁

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Hello Friends!

I must have little luck for I’ve been trying regularly for 1 1/2 years without a win. I’m use to seeing The reply “Sorry.”

I use my own winnings, over thousands spent. I’m positive one day the word will change to “You Won!” I’ve not won a sweepstakes either but I’ll keep taking the quizzes and watching the videos;  I’ve enjoyed learning and staying up to date with everything😊😊

Positive thoughts for one day!

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I love your positive attitude!  

Social Butterfly

My win came at 3:12 AM.

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When it’s your turn to Win you will

Racquel Evans
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Anyone win using the free entry method?  My sister says she's been winning a lot using points but I enter using free entry and have not won in a long time. 

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OMG!!! I actually just won an Instant Win!! 10:34 EST on Wed September 1. This after going at least 6 months wallowing as a daily loser. 

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Congrats! I have been trying too, for the instant wins for at least 6 months wasting all my points and have been getting disgusted. I kept thinking I should just do the ones that give you like $5 or $10, but lately not having much luck on those either. Must be a lot of people on here doing it!

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Congrats @BeachGirl23! Glad you finally won! I won the Albertsons instant win at about 10:50 PT last night.

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Sorry with all the excitement of winning I forgot to mention it was 10:34 PM EST. 

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Had an Instant Win on 7/15 at 9:46 AM EST.

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My latest was 9:23PM MST 8/29. Seems to be all random times. I've won early in the morning, afternoon and evenings. Doesn't seem like there is a pattern at all. I just change what time I enter them.

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Thank you, Sean. I am glad you won one.  I have tried all different times of the day as well to the point where I was pretty sure nobody was winning. I am glad you proved me wrong.

 

Take care. 

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I would say I've won at least 20+ so far.

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Periodic Contributor

Wow, you must be awfully lucky!

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Are you using points or free entry to win?

Karyn
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Hmmm, what's free entry?  I must be missing something.  I only play instant win occasionally with points and have never won anything.

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Thank you for asking this. I was sure I was the only one who didn't know what a free entry was.

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Now let's hope someone gives us an answer!  😉

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WOW!

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Free entry is in the small print of the rules. It's a pain because you have to enter all your info for every single instant win game which is 7 times. It's easier to just do one quiz for 450 pts and do the points method.

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Thank you, Karyn. 

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I have tried early am & late pm just to check for wins

Several instant wins 

Now waiting for big wins but I keep trying for either. Just love ❤️  AARP

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