September 4, 2019
When I saw an ad for a Dream Home Giveaway in HGTV Magazine, I swooned over the photos for a moment, but decided not to enter. I’d tried my hand at this competition in the past — actively submitting multiple times per day for a few weeks, only to come up Dream Home-less, along with thousands of other people. “It’s a long shot,” I thought.
When I happened upon a smaller ad for a skylights sweepstakes, I carefully read the instructions: Send us photos of your dark room and tell us why skylights would brighten your life. That, I thought, was more doable, so I went online and uploaded photos of my living room, explaining that my plants and I would be much happier with natural light pouring in.
A couple of months later, as I was making my morning rounds of email deletions, I nearly trashed a message with the subject line: “HGTV Magazine & Velux Skylights Sweepstakes Winner!” I’m so glad I didn’t. The first line of the email read “Congratulations! You have been selected as a potential WINNER of the fifth wall sweepstakes with VELUX Skylights and HGTV Magazine.”
Skeptical but hopeful, I forwarded the message to my husband Martin and wrote, “Holy crap! I think I won a contest,” then cordially replied to the HGTV Magazine Marketing Manager, and within a few weeks, I was following through with all the steps: filling out affidavits, talking with friendly folks at Velux Skylights, and scheduling with installers. Here’s how it all played out…
Read a more detailed story here on WhySkylights.com.