Trying to “Win A Million”

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Big winning card

I was on a train the other day on my way back from picking some things up in Guildford when I spotted on of those scratchcard you get in magazines and newspapers on the seat just opposite me. I’m aware of how these things work, what with their premium rate numbers and suchlike, but I also know they all have to offer a non-purchase route to winning. I’ve often wondered what would happen if someone actually tried the claim by post route, so I decided to give it a go.

The competition is run by Purely Create, a company with a registered address just down the road from where I went to University in Lancaster, and the company behind most of these scratchcard competitions. A brief search also turns up some quite negative reports in the papers, especially the Mirror. Despite that I figured, as long as I was careful, there was nothing to worry about. Their website, incidentally, is run on WordPress.

My scratchcard had three chances to win on it, and for each one you had to find a set of matching symbols with a prize for finding two and three matches. According to the small print on the card all distributed cards have a set of three matching symbols, a set of two matching symbols, and a losing card. Mine was no different. The small print also said I could claim one two symbol prize and one three symbol prize per household, so I did. In order to claim the prize, you need a claim number. Normally this is obtained by ringing or texting a premium rate number, but there is a postal route too — this is the route I’m taking. In order to claim you have to send a stamped SAE to their address and wait 28 days for the claim number to come back, so I put together a set of envelopes with the appropriate details on them and dropped them in the post.

That’s 4 first class stamps (that’s what I had to hand) , so the cost so far is £1.84. I’m not counting the value of my own time, of course. Based on the prizes listed on the card I should make this back (or an equivalent) many times over no matter which two prizes I win. I’ll keep you updated wit how I get on.

Posted on Friday 17th February, 2012 at 8:46 am in Obiter dicta.
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Posted on 21st Mar 2012 at 1:09 am by » Million Pound Claim Number.

Any further updates? thanks Amy

Posted on 10th Apr 2012 at 12:26 pm by Amy.

Yes, a couple actually. I didn’t receive any claim number through the post, but when I contacted their support department they were happy to help. Since then I have received both prizes but have not yet followed up on claiming those. I will write more in a day or two once I have done that.

Posted on 10th Apr 2012 at 7:15 pm by Jonathon.

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Posted on 25th Oct 2012 at 1:59 pm by ALLAN.

I’m afraid I don’t know what each of the symbols mean, only what the ones I got are. It also changes from game to game, so it’s highly unlikely that your symbols mean the same as the symbols I got in my game. Sorry.

Posted on 29th Oct 2012 at 12:29 pm by Jonathon.

I was stupid enough to reply by text, thinking it would be cheaper! The phone line was obviously a premium line! I never knew you could be charged for recieving texts! I received 12 at £1.50 each!!!!It cannot be right or fair that this company that issues scratch cards, which on making a claim send you 6 texts and charge you £1.50 each. If you make two claims (matching symbols on the scratch card)as I did, £18 disappears from your phone credit. I feel vulnerable that they can send me expensive texts at any time is there anything that can be done to block them? If you scratch every part of the large area of their scratch card away they do state you’ll receive 6 x £1.50 texts but I never knew you could be charged for receiving a text! This should surely be along with the terms and conditions, transparent, and not hidden under scratch material and they could state that ‘you will be charged £9 each claim you make’ They also invite you to join them on Facebook to air your views, but funnily enough there are only good reviews and happy stories…my post was swiftly deleted, I was unable to warn anyone else or even make a second post!
It would be good to warn the unsuspecting and embarrassingly dim people like me! I hope you get your holiday!!

Posted on 2nd Dec 2012 at 7:02 pm by jill powrie.

Just return the scratchcards to the address shown without any postage. That will keep them busy.

Posted on 11th Jan 2013 at 6:27 pm by NOMAR.

I won a prize, i play a scrash card named (the magical million pound). I win three match and two in other card so now i dont no what to do i still waiting my claim number pleaz i ned some help

Posted on 19th Feb 2013 at 11:05 am by Lawrence Ndanda.

I would suggest you contact Purely Creative if you have sent off a request for a prize claim number but not recieved it within the 28 days.

Posted on 19th Feb 2013 at 7:18 pm by Jonathon.

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