I Suspect Coles Ran a Fake Competition
Last edited 03/08/2018 - 13:20
EDIT: TightBottom says he won. So this post is now irrelevant. Request mods to close it.
Ok so a while ago this competition was run by Flybuys/Coles and Cadbury. The prize pool was 10,000 prizes of $50 Coles gift cards. Now looking at those odds, I thought this was pretty much a sure win and I got at least 10 entries in. Sure, there always was a chance that I wouldn't win and that is no biggie. But given the size of the OzB-competition-entering-community, I assumed there would be at least a few winners from OzB but looks like nobody won. This seems almost impossible to me because of the odds. We have winners for competitions that have only 20-50 prizes even, so 10,000 prizes and no wins looks real dodgy to me.
So I rang up flybuys and spoke to a rep and asked him to check if the competition winners were contacted. He had no idea about the competition, he said he couldn't find any info on it. I asked him to double check if such a competition really didn't exist and he said he would and put me on hold. I let that simmer for a while without actually revealing the URL for the competition page which was still up. So after about 2 minutes on hold he comes back to me saying that there is no information about such a competition in their systems and it might not have been a Coles exclusive competition as thought. So then I give him the URL for the competition on the flybuys website and he is like "Oh.. Ok… ye so I guess it happened… the winners would have been contacted by (takes time to check) .. yes they would have been contacted by mail by now". So I tell him I'm part of quite a big community of people who track such competitions and surprisingly we haven't registered a single winner yet. To which he replies, "That maybe because nobody in your community won". I told him that's quite unlikely given the size of the community and the 10,000 prizes. I asked him to double check maybe with a superior if the winners have been contacted and if there is a published list of winners. He puts me on hold for a few mins and then gets back saying "Yes, I have been told that all the winners have been contacted. So I guess, nobody from your community won." I thank him politely and end the call. A $0.5 Million worth prize pool competition and the rep could not find any info on it like it was some minor comp.
So tell me, am I simply thinking too much? Nothing fishy here?
TLDR: Coles/Flybuys & Cadbury ran a competition with very good odds. No OzB winners registered yet on the OzB competition page. I believe the lucky draw never happened