<strong><span style="text-align: center; color: red;">This prize draw is now closed. Thank you to everybody that participated.</span></strong>
To send your initial entry via PayPal, go to the SimSig product page <a href="index.php?option=com_hikashop&ctrl=product&task=show&cid=155">here</a> and buy one £2 entry.
When you receive the emailed payment receipt from PayPal (might take a couple of minutes), you will then need to email <a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?Subject=Prize Draw 2016&Body=Forum username:%0D%0APayPal receipt number:%0D%0ABid amount:GBP%0D%0ACab ride (yes/no):%0D%0AWorking Shift (yes/no):%0D%0APanel visit (yes/no):%0D%0A">email@example.com</a> with the following information
<li>Your forum username</li>
<li>The PayPal receipt number</li>
<li>The amount you wish to bid</li>
<li>Whether you are interested in each of the three types of prize (that is, three separate yes/no answers to Cab Ride; Working Shift; Panel Visit).</li>
The cab ride, one of the two working shifts, and four of the six tours will be offered to the high bidders. First the cab ride will go to the highest bidder who is interested in it. Then the working shift will go to the highest bidder, apart from the cab ride winner, who is interested in a working shift. Finally the four tours will go to the four highest bidders, apart from these two, who are interested in a tour.
The remaining three prizes (one working shift and two tours) will be randomly selected from all remaining bidders - regardless of how much they bid - using the following process.
If we have up to 100 bidders remaining (that is, after the six winning high bidders have been removed), then we'll allocate the numbers 0 to 99 to them. We will put the list in bid amount order, highest first, then earlier bids above later bids of the same value, and allocate sequential numbers to them starting at 0 at the top of the list. When we run out of bidders, we go back to the top of the list and give the bidders a second number, and potentially a third.
We then take the winning <a href="https://www.euro-millions.com/millionaire-maker/how-it-works">UK Millionaire Maker number</a>, which is in the form XYZ123456 (this is not the Millionaire Raffle, where numbers are in the form AQUA 1234 5678). We split it into three pairs of digits. This identifies three people (in this example, in the order 12, 34, 56). The first one in order that wants the working shift is awarded it, after which the other two are offered tours if they want one. If any prizes are left over, 1 is added to the three numbers (99 + 1 is 0 for these purposes) and those prizes offered to those people in order (again, working shift offered first if applicable). This process is repeated until all three prizes are gone. A person already awarded a prize can't get a second one.
If there are more than 100 bidders, we'll allocate the numbers from 0 to 999 instead and split the number into two three-digit pairs (123 and 456 in this example). To get the third number we'll add together the first two numbers plus the three letters (using A=1, B=2, ... Z=26). So ABC123456 will generate 123, 456, and 585 (123+456+1+2+3) in that order. We'll then use the same process.
Note that, although the results are chosen at random, the higher bidders (and, where equal bids exist, earlier bidders) will have a slight advantage.
Please note that your bids are binding and must be paid by the payment date above. Bids will be rejected if payment hasn't been received.
If you wish to make a donation without bidding, you are more than welcome to do so, noting this on the email to <a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a>.
The prize is offered to the next person in the list of bidders (which remains in bid order and includes the six high bidder winners) after the person who is giving up the prize, as follows:
<li>If the person allocated the prize</li>
<li>has already won this type of prize or a better type of prize</li>
<li>does not want this type of prize, or</li>
<li>is a person who relinquished a prize under condition 5 or 6 then they are skipped and the prize is re-allocated to the person after them.</li>
<li>If the person who is allocated the prize has won a prize but this one is better and they want it, they will win this prize instead and their original prize will be allocated to the next person after them.</li>
<li>For these purposes, the cab ride is better than the working shifts which are better than the tours.</li>
<li>This process is repeated until all the prizes are allocated.</li>
For determining "the next person", the person at the top of the list comes immediately after the person at the bottom.
The new winners will be notified after which condition 5 will apply and the prize re-allocated again.