IHG is starting a promo called “Priceless Surprises” today (11/15) together with Mastercard.
It’s intended for mystery prizes for hotel stays, but you can receive prizes even without a hotel stay as per the official rules.
Just register here and then hand print your full name, complete mailing address, day and evening phone numbers, valid email address, member number, the first six (6) digits of a MasterCard, and date of birth on a 3″ x 5″ piece of paper and mail it in an envelope with proper postage to “IHG and MasterCard® Priceless Surprises® Promotion,” c/o HelloWorld, Inc., P.O. Box 5996, Kalamazoo, MI 49003-5996.”
Within 5 days of them receiving the envelope you will get an email with a free game play that will result in a prize every time. The prize will be instantly displayed.
All mail-in entries must be handwritten and must be postmarked by February 15, 2016 and received by February 22, 2016. All Game plays must be completed by March 15, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
I’d assume a standard 3×5 index card would do the trick. And presumably the address can be printed, it’s just the index card that appears to be need to be handwritten.
You can enter up to 94 times per member/email address. Don’t open multiple IHG accounts for yourself, they will shut you down for that.
There will be 1,608 random, computer-generated winning times during the Promotion Period for the best prizes. If you are the first player to play the Game with one of your entries at or after one of the randomly-generated times, you will win the prize indicated. The 1,608 prizes are the ones that don’t have listed odds below.
Yes, there are actually 1,609 prizes below. But that’s a contradiction in the official rules, not on my part 😉
You can win 1 Group A prize per person.
The Group A prizes are:
-2016 Paris Tennis Tournament Package and $5,000 cash (3 winners, $23,407 ARV)
-Winter in New York City and $6,500 cash (2 winners, $22,016 ARV)
-Priceless New York and $6,000 cash (2 winners, $19,300 ARV)
-Arnold Palmer Invitational Honorary Observer and $5,000 cash (3 winners, $19,826 ARV)
-$2,500 gift card (10 winners)
-1 million IHG points (2 winners, $5,000 ARV)
-Bose Sound Touch 120 home theater system (3 winners, $1,099 ARV)
-Adventure Package (2 winners, $1,050 ARV)
-Sony Package (3 winners, $799 ARV)
-Bose Wave SoundTouch® music systemIV (4 winners, $600 ARV)
You can win up to 5 Group B prizes per person.
The Group B prizes are:
-Free Night Stay at IHG Property in the Americas (525 winners, $120 ARV)
-$50 gift card (1,050 winners)
-5K IHG points (Probability: 1:42.86)
-2K IHG points (Probability: 1:28.57)
There’s no limit to how many Group C prizes that you can win.
The Group C prizes are:
-1K IHG points (Probability: 1:14.29)
-500 IHG points (Probability: 1:1.18)
If you and your spouse each sent in 94 envelopes (188 total envelopes) and only win point prizes, the odds are that you’d win:
-4.39 of the 5K prizes (21,950 points)
-6.58 of the 2K prizes (13,160 points)
-13.16 of the 1K prizes (13,160 points)
-159.32 of the 500 prizes (79,660 points)
Now that comes with the caveat that you’d be limited to 10 total 2K or 5K prizes, while the odds are that you’d get about 11 of those prizes. I’m not sure how that will work if you get more than 5 per person of those prizes.
Also, those numbers above are only adding up to 183.43 prizes instead of 188, so their odds numbers are a bit off, even accounting for the other prizes without listed odds.
In total I’d say you can assume that you’d get roughly 130K points. If you have the absolute worst luck, and assuming there are no losing entries in this promotion, the minimum you would get is 94K points, so that’s the range you can reasonably expect.
With the cash plus points trick you can buy 130K points for $940.
188 stamps will set you back some $92.
So I ask again. Are you bored enough to spend a couple of hours filling out 188 handwritten envelopes for approximately an $848 profit? Will you have your kids do it for you? Will you find a DDF’er selling their services? Will you just try a few and not push things to the limit?
Sound off in the comments 😀
HT: hvaces42 via DDF and DWL