Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Easiest 50 Bucks You’ll Ever Get (closed)




Update: to be clear, the $50 is not to support anything or anyone. It is open to everyone and you will not be accountable in anyway for what you do with the money. The selection will be completely random.


A few weeks back, I announced that this blog was going to experiment with a real paying contest.

Today is the first one, and it’s a simple one at that.

We are going to randomly give away 50 dollars to one reader.

It would be nice to hear that the winner did something nice with it—treated a few homeless people to dinner, bought groceries for an unemployed family, or donated to someone going away on a mission trip. In truth, however, we are not holding you accountable to what you do with it. So that means if you spend it on clothes for yourself, no one except you will know.

Should you find any meaning in what you did, we’d love for you to write about it…but again, that is not required.

What do we ask? Just comment below—say anything you'd like. If you mention this giveaway anywhere else (twitter, your blog, etc), give a link in your comment where you did it, and we’ll count your name twice. This is a Christian-ish blog, but you don’t need to be one to win—it’s open to everyone.

Other rules…comment only once...unless, you blog or twitter this link, the comment again and say where you did it. Also, we pay via Paypal, so you need to have an account with them to receive the money if you win. That’s it.

The contest will go until the end of the month. It officially ends 11:59pm on February 28. The name will be picked using random.org. One lucky winner will be announced in March. We’ll announce the winning user name on this blog, so check back in March to see if you were the winner, and we’ll have information on how you can collect.

Stay tuned for other contest!

Also, missionaries (and friends of missionaries), don’t forget you can also email us about sponsoring you by going to this link.


And Video Gamers, don't forget about the 25 dollar gift card for reviewing Dante's Inferno.

Good luck!

23 comments:

  1. I am planning to go on my first mission trip in July. At the moment I have $17.85 in my checking account so I am going to have to raise the money from somewhere. $50 from you guys would really help!

    I also tweeted this.

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  2. Suz, why don't you email outreach@disturbedchristians.com?

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  3. I coordinate volunteers at a college. Fifty bucks would go a long way around here.

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  4. The randomness of such a contest (in terms of picking the winner) intrigues me.

    Even though I have to do absolutely nothing but comment, I'm still feeling the urge to put down what the money would go to, even though the contest is, as stated, completely random. It's an interesting social tension that we still feel the need to have "earned" or "be worthy of" the money somehow.

    Regardless, I'm in.

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  5. Dianna,

    thanks for reading this is exactly as it is. good to see what people will say will do with the money, but regardless, random.org doesn't read those comments ;)

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  6. it would be super exciting to get this -- i know it doesn't matter - but i volunteer for a camp for kids who've lost a parent, and i'd donate the money to them - www.comfortzonecamp.org ( :

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  7. i also tweeted about this http://twitter.com/rpose/statuses/8604388810

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  8. I can always find a good use for $50. This is certainly a departure from most contests, appreciate you holding it.

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  9. I would be super excited to win $50 I got laid off from work last Thursday and I know the further has big things for me. I am not a full blown Christian but I go believe in God. I think because I was raised in such a strong Christian upbringing and never fit in made me question the whole Christian thing.
    I am happy I found your blog because it gets me to see things in a different light.
    It has been really encouraging so far :)

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  10. I tweeted about this as well and @scott_douglas

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  11. I'm getting married. $50 would help. :)

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  12. I'd donate the money to my local animal organization Animals in Distress. Since we couldn't afford it, they completely covered my cat's dental surgery and it would be nice to give a little back :)

    It's so nice that you're doing this!

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  13. Wow! What fun! 50 more dollars in my Winnebago fund would be amazing!

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  14. whaaaat this is strange haha. Where is this money coming from? Well, count me in.

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  15. As I read this, I said to myself: "Self, this is just like I understand grace. No works on our part required."

    Of course, some people have a slightly different view of grace...

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  16. fifty dollars is a beautiful, beautiful thing. thanks for sharing!

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  17. $50 would buy my daughter some much needed clothes, so count me in!
    Thanks for offering this.

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  18. I would like $50. I'll be honest, I'm going to buy shoes with it; but I'll buy TOMS Shoes. :)

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  19. Sorry, I have no interest in this contest, but had to comment. I can't help but notice that you mentioned that the winner will be selected at random, yet I see people leaving comments saying what lovely things they would do if they had the $50, which is fantastic, but unfortunately won't be taken into account. I enjoy reading your blog for your thoughtful posts regarding Christianity and how to tackle a lot of the negative stereotypes Christians face - I don't read it for the money. Perhaps the next time you offer a contest it can be based off of need rather than random number selecting? Just a thought...

    :)

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  20. @Phoenix, grace is getting what you don't deserve. We are totally open to giving away money to people who will do good things with it (that's why we have a link for missionaries above).

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  21. A random $50.00, chosen by random.org would
    go to the ministry, Random People Who Care
    myspace.com/randompeoplewhocare.

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