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Holding a contest on my site - How to randomly draw a winner?

   
12:09 am on Feb 16, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Hi,

I'm giving away 2 DVD's through a contest on my website. I received about 15 correct entries and now it's time to randomly select the 2 winners.

How would you go about picking the winners?

I suppose I could print and cut out the 15 correct entry emails and draw the 2 from a hat, but I was wondering how other people do it, or how you would go about doing it?
12:14 am on Feb 16, 2011 (gmt 0)

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An online friend of mine did this not too long ago. She did a video in which she held a large glass bowl (or jar) while her husband reached in and drew the winner for all to see.
12:36 am on Feb 16, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I like icedowl's suggestion a lot, but it's probably overkill for 15 correct entries.

A javaScript (or other language) array immediately springs to mind.

I also saw an Outlook/Powershell method that should do it directly from your Inbox.

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12:42 am on Feb 16, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Cool, I'll probably just draw the winners out of a hat - the old fashioned way - keep it simple.

Ya, I was thinking some computer way of doing it but - like a random contest winner picker script but I think the old fashioned way is actually just funner. :)

I suppose your right, you would have to figure out a different way if you had like 5,000 correct entries... That would take alot of paper and scissor cutting.
9:52 am on Feb 16, 2011 (gmt 0)

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for 15 entries the quickest and easiest way is probably to write the numbers 1 to 15 on slips of paper and pull them from a hat. There are occasions where "old" technology is still the most appropriate.
11:11 am on Feb 16, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I like icedowls suggestion as you can also get a little bit of publicity by applying it.
Send an email to your list with a link to the youtube video. Make it kind of viral, like next time it could be YOU who wins.
8:37 pm on Feb 16, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Simple. First entry you received gets number 1, the last is 15. Then you go here:

[random.org...]

Just did the drawing for you, the winner is number 10.
10:03 am on Feb 22, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Definitely do the video, the customer interaction you can get doing this is worth far more than you imagine.
1:17 am on Mar 7, 2011 (gmt 0)



I would just run a random user script and call it a day.

But I guess that would be pretty boring.
 

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