With a simple mouse-click, a 23-year-old Mount Royal University marketing student is offering the chance to win a lottery without paying a dime. The only catch — the prize is determined by the frequency and volume of website traffic at thetwitterlotto.com.
“I started this for a class project but it really caught on at first and I want to see just how far it can go. As the website grows and evolves, so does the jackpot,” Peter said, adding the prize is already $2,500, and he may take 10 per cent of the final total.
Danihel is banking on the millions of people who access the Internet daily, and he has already seen interest from advertisers like Party Poker. Users need only enter the site to have a chance of winning the lottery.
“I’m doing this because I want employers to look at me and take me serious and see that I can build something from the ground up, and maybe I can apply it to my own business,” he said.
Danihel said the jackpot cash comes from advertisers, who loved the idea, and one lucky random name will be drawn Dec. 25. “Someone will get a nice chunk of money, and advertisers get traffic to their websites; it’s a win-win situation.”
You’re The Geek
That’s right, you can actually have a shot to win money using Twitter. There’s no form you need to fill out, no entry fee or anything! The only catch is you have to follow a particular user. That’s it! After that, you don’t even have to RT or write any posts… You just sit back and wait for the drawing.
Yes, I said the drawing. It is actually a lottery service for twitter. The Twitter Lotto is having an actual drawing for one follower to win the jackpot. As it stands now, the jackpot is at $162.10, and it is sure to grow by the time the winner is picked. The lottery ends Christmas Day (December 25, 2009), and for one lucky Twitter user, you will be receiving a very nice Christmas present.
The jackpot is actually determined by the worth of The Twitter Lotto’s website. As the website grows in popularity, the jackpot will grow as well. When the winner is selected he or she will receive a paid flight to Calgary, AB to collect his or her winnings in the form of a certified check. A handsome Christmas gift and a free trip to Calgary for just following somebody on Twitter… Not bad at all!
Make sure that you check back with You’re The Geek for the official jackpot amount! Good luck to everyone!
I just had to post about this because it’s really a neat concept I think. (And no, posting about it doesn’t get me any extra entries or benefits in any way.) To be entered to win, you simply have to follow @twterlotto on Twitter. That’s it. You don’t have to write a post, or retweet (RT) anything if you don’t want to.As visits to the site’s home page accumulate, the jackpot prize goes up. At the time of this writing, it’s at $23 and change. He started at zero. The prize winner will be drawn on December 25, 2009 and after validating that it’s a real person who actively uses Twitter, they will be awarded the jackpot.
I personally think the kid’s pretty smart. He’s using a school project to make something that IS unique, doesn’t involve gambling or charging for entries, and can actually result in a great case study as well as a nice chunk of prize money!
Take a look, follow him. What can it hurt?
What do you think about the idea itself? Is this potentially a great new marketing trick or just wishful thinking?
Do you tweet? Would you like to win some money? Say hello to the Twitter Lotto!
The Twitter Lotto works very simple. The more publicity and traffic the site gets, the more the lotto is worth. Right now, as I update this as much as possible, it’s at $97.50 (could be more now) and you can be sure it’s going to get up much more (my estimate is well over $200) over the coming months.
So How Do You Enter?
Simple. All you’ve got to do is follow @twterlotto and nothing more. You don’t have to Retweet anything or write up a post like this one, unless of course you wanted to.It’s a very cool concept and the drawing will be on Christmas Day, December 25th. If you’d like more details on the whole Twitter Lotto, head over to the website for the scoop. Keep in mind, the more traffic and publicity the site gets (every RT or post helps!), the higher the prize.
Go ahead…Follow @twterlotto for your chance to win!
I was late to the Twitter party, but now I can see that it is the closest thing to becoming The Pulse of the Planet. One of the main problems for Twitter marketers is the chicken and egg problem – how to get your message out to a large following without spending all your time gathering followers. How can someone plug into this Pulse of the Planet?
By creating a Win-Win situation for marketers and followers – A Twitter Lottery – or more accurately, sweepstakes since it is free to enter. If you have a Twitter account, just follow twterlotto on Twitter. Done and Done!
As a Twitter user, it is pretty much the simplest thing you can do – become a follower and watch for more information. If you are an advertiser or marketer, then keep your eye on this, because I think The Twitter Lotto is going to go viral.