3 Of The Most Famous Competition Winners Of All Time

Posted on: 27th January 2016

Lots of people win fortune entering competitions, but a few people also manage to win fame! Whether for the amount of competitions they enter, or the epic prizes, or just that competition mindset, some winners capture the minds and imaginations of the general public. Here are three of the most famous competition winners of all time.

Di Cook

Diana ‘Di’ Cook is so immersed in entering competitions, she has actually given up her job to enter them full time; 400 competitions a week, to be precise. And why not? Over the past 17 years, has won over £255,000 worth of prizes, including 50 holidays, a VW Beetle, an all expenses paid trip to New Zealand, and John Lewis vouchers valued at £500.

'I have got to the stage when I can fund my life through entering competitions, which is amazing,” she says.

“I've had Christmas sorted since the beginning of the year, and I have a huge stock pile of presents which I stash away all year round.”

Di’s tips for winning are be choosy with what you want to win, get an email address specifically for competition entries, always look for the word win, enter local competitions, and put lots of effort into your entries.

Chantelle Rau

At only 23 years old, Australian Chantelle Rau has won over $10,000 worth of cash and prizes since the age of 16, when she started entering competitions.

“My friends now openly expect me to win things, and so far, I don’t think they’ve been disappointed,” she says.

“I enter all types of competitions — simple online entry forms, 25-words or less, mobile competitions, Facebook competitions, Twitter competitions, survey competitions, radio competitions and TV competitions.”

Her biggest win was tickets to a festival, plus a $4000 travel voucher. Her other fave prizes include a $500 voucher to Manning Cartell, a year’s supply worth of OPI products, tickets to a Justin Timberlake concert, and tickets for an exclusive VIP performance by Hozier.

“Most importantly, apart from the thrill of winning, entering these competitions has awarded me memories and moments which otherwise wouldn’t be possible. And some very happy friends and family!” she states.

Ricky Willis

After reading about other competition winners online, Ricky started entering regularly, and it was a good decision! Over the last few years, he’s won tickets to world premieres, holidays, shopping vouchers, clothes, and a myriad of other prizes. Not to mention, he’s won £10,000 in cash!

“What started off as entering the odd competition here and there soon become an obsession where I was entering 100s a day,” he says.

“I got the bug and I would get up at 5am each morning to start entering them before the family woke up.”

Ricky says although he always aims to win big prizes, the smaller wins are what fuels his obsession. Although it’s time consuming, he makes sure he perseveres, and reaps the rewards!

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