- won cash at a 50/50
- won a digital camera
- won a DVD player
- Granny won (and gave me) a free trip for 2 to Las Vegas ($$, amazing room in Caesars, luggage, airfare, etc.)
- Pops won the lotto and bought me a new car
- won a pre-show Rent raffle in NYC
- won a pre-show Wicked raffle in Chicago
- Annie's sister was the 1st name pulled in a pre-show Wicked raffle in Los Angeles
- went to a free Ludacris concert and sat in the middle of the 4th row
Then I moved to CA. It got so bad (which is probably regular-person luck) that I thought it must only happen 'east of the Mississippi'. The worst moment was when I won premiere tickets to Mummy 3 from a Bay-area radio station, and when I took a group of friends, they handed out ~150 extra tickets and we didn't get it in. I have reason to believe things are starting to swing my way again. Here's why:
- I think I'm going to pay off one of my credit cards (entirely) by the end of the summer.
- I won 2 prizes out of 5 raffle tickets that I bought when seeing my roommate perform in San Francisco (tickets to another show & a psychic reading).
- Yesterday, I got a free $130 tennis racquet.
Here's the story. I bought a Babolat racquet from tenniswarehouse on crazy clearance in 2003. It was a black/white, over-sized, Power+, and I used it to win the Huron League Championship and to be named to the Monroe County Dream Team as #1 Doubles my senior year. I'm getting back into tennis big time. I took a bunch of lessons in my last quarter at UCLA, and I was playing regularly with one of my closest friends in L.A. On Friday, I busted the strings on it (though I just had it strung in October). I took it to Sports Authority, since it was the only place I could find nearby that restrung racquets. (Yes, I spell it the right way, and not the American way, which makes it look like a gambling racket.)
Anyway, I got a call on Tuesday notifying me that while tensioning the strings to the weight I asked (3 lbs above the tension recommended by the manufacturer), they cracked my racquet. Instead of blaming me for having an old, over-used racquet and requesting the tension to be higher than it's supposed to (all us tennis players do this), they offered to replace it. I went there yesterday, and when a manager finally came out to talk to me he said "Grab any racquet on the wall. No limit." This would be like winning the lotto if I was in a tennis specialty shop, but all the racquets at Sports Authority are pre-strung (note, not super-fancy). Regardless, I got a brand new racquet to replace a racquet that I paid less for almost 9 years ago.
They even went so far as to refund my string and grip purchase since they "didn't provide those services". So, I guess, technically, they gave me $160 (+ tax).
I'm obviously ignoring the premiere for She's Out of My League that I saw at Paramount Studios, or the free VIP Paranormal Activity experience I got at Hollywood's Arclight Theater that included free food and meeting the stars of the movie, and the silent auction I snagged for 50-yd line tickets/parking/chancellor's party at a UCLA football game, and everything else I've forgotten I've won in the past decade,