Thanks radchaddy for responding, as well as others that added to this discussion.radchaddy wrote: ↑Nov 19th, 2009 2:40 amI have never won anything big, most of the notifications have come by email. My son won $1000 from Crush and later a Zune and he was notified by phone both times. The only time I have received a call is when I won a second prize in the Hain contest (value $110) in the summer and they phoned but did not leave a message the first time they called.
It seems that they usually phone for the big wins, like the trips that have been mentioned recently. And one of those big winners said they left a message for her to call back.
It would drive me crazy not to answer the calls from unknown numbers if that was the number I was using for contests. Do you have another phone number you could use for contests, like a cell?
Can't use the cell, cuz I'm on a limited incoming calls plan (can't afford paying more). So I use our landline for all my contests. We have SO MANY telemarketers that call us 3-6 times a day. They're annoying. Some are so damn rude too if you tell them you're not interested. One guy hung up on me while I was declining their offer midsentence!
I am sincerely hoping that the winning calls will always leave a voicemail message... or email. I check the Rules for each contest that I enter and a few of them do state that they ONLY phone for the Winning Entry.
I guess I should answer all calls JUST to be safe though...