I won $250 in a contest recently, and while it’s not exactly a windfall that will change my life like a lottery win could, it was enough to get me daydreaming about the possibilities with it.
It was a simple contest, which is my prerequisite for entering any contest: Take a photo of myself wearing the hat of a Clark.com, a sponsor at FinCon, a conference for financial bloggers that I attended in late September. Then put it up on Twitter, with #ClarkCash and #FinCon16 in the tweet after following @ClarkHoward on Twitter.
The free hat was in a swag bag given to attendees, with a business card attached to the hat giving instructions on how to win $250:
“The 4 most creative entries will each win $250 in cash for a total of $1,000! Winners will be announced at Clark Howard’s #FinCon16 keynote speech Thursday at 4:30 p.m.”
I noticed the hat in the swag bag after an afternoon walking around a tent full of sponsors that I wanted to meet, with the hope that I could either write for some of them or have them advertise on my personal finance blogs. I went to my hotel room to rest for a bit when I read about the contest on the free hat, and decided to give it a try.
I pulled some cash out of my wallet and took two photos and tweeted them out:
— Aaron Crowe (@aaroncrowe) September 22, 2016
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