I have always wanted to win a prize on the radio. It seems like it should be the easiest thing in the world. If I don't win one in the next year or two, it will have a spot on my next "101 things" list.
The first thing I had to do for work this morning was take pictures of a new listing, so at 10:10 a.m. I was in my car, heading back to the office. I was flipping through radio stations when I came to 94.7 and they were looking for caller No. 9 with a dollar bill with a 9, 4 and 7 in order (not necessarily in a row) in the serial number.
I randomly had cash in my pocket left over from dinner last night, so I checked out those serial numbers. The second dollar bill was a winner! Of course I couldn't remember the number to call, but I had a couple of guesses, so I tried them but both were wrong.
When I got back to the office I went to the Web site, made sure I had the rules right, got the correct phone number and tried it several times, but it kept being busy. About 10 minutes had passed by this point so I was pretty sure the window of opportunity had passed anyway.
It turns out there are five chances to win every day, and each time, if you're the ninth caller you win $100 ($1,000 on Thursdays) and get entered to win $10,000.
I made myself a Post-It cheat sheet with the 94.7 phone number, times to listen, and "94.7 WQDR" -- I feel sure that after I won and they asked me, "What's your station for free cash and great prizes?" I'd freeze and not know what station I was listening to. (I flip stations constantly.) I stuck the Post-It to the dollar bill in order to be well-prepared to be the ninth caller next time.
All that to say,
How I'd spend $10,000 that fell into my lap
1. Book a two-week trip to Europe
2. Buy Matt a GPS
3. Buy a Joseph Lorusso painting
5. Put the remainder toward the rental house
Wish me luck!