Danny here. Fiona opened the Homebase Grand Draw on May 11th and it ran until the end of the month. As she said, "the five lucky winners will each receive a £50 voucher. The vouchers can be used throughout the store. As you know, they have a huge range of other products too." You can read her article here.
This morning I ran the drawing of the prize vouchers. There were 136 entries (including my invalid one), which were comments on her article. One entrant Tweeted and also posted a comment (1 entry).
The method of selecting the winners was as simple as can be, technically speaking.
I used Excel and the function =RANDBETWEEN(1,136)
Every time you initialise the spreadsheet, it generates a different random number.
Also, I printed off the comments. The printout shows them automatically numbered, which avoids human error. The winning numbers correspond to the comments where 1 = the first comment and 136 = the last comment.
These are the winners in the order in which they "came out of the hat":
94 Sue on May 12th
72 Peter Wallace on May 12th
30 Sandra on May 11th
46 Jobless Pilot on May 11th
82 Julie on May 12th
Congratulations to the five winners. Fiona will email you for your postal address and the vouchers should be in the post within the next few days.
I think these £50 vouchers are a really worthwhile prize and our thanks goes to Homebase for sponsoring the draw.
Commiserations to the 130 disappointed people. But many thanks for joining in the spirit and thanks also for some enjoyable comments.
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