I won 6th prize. I love cooking.
I win all the time in offline contests. Especially free lunches, dinners, night out on the town, movie tickets,etc. just by dropping my business card in a fishbowl. But I've also won big ticket items like $5,000 in cash, $2,500 in cash, and a washer and dryer, just for taking a better photo, writing a better story, and creating a better nickname. Not to mention selling my services to some of these folks.
If you don't show up, and act upon that which you want, you have no chance of obtaining it.