Win prizes on Windows Phone with Microsoft Store app

It’s no secret that Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform has been slowly growing. Indeed, it overtook Blackberry as the third place smartphone just a few days ago, although it still has a long way to go to overtake Apple and Google.

If you didn’t win the $600 million Powerball jackpot last night, maybe you’ll have better luck winning a prize in the Microsoft Phone store app instead. According to WPCentral, the official Microsoft store app has a new tile entitled, “Win with Windows Phone.” When you select that tile, a spinner with six tiles opens up. Spin the wheel, and you have a 50% chance of winning a prize. Although the list of prizes hasn’t been released, WPCentral mentioned that they’ve seen prizes such as Microsoft points, Kinect Sports, and Halo Reach. The app is a free download from Microsoft's site and, while you can enter once a day, it's unclear how long the contest will be around for.

Now for the bad news: Unlike a traditional Neowin contest (such as the current Lumia 520 giveaway we’re running), Microsoft’s latest contest is only available in the United States. That said, if you win something we'd love to hear about it!

Source: Windows Phone Store via WPCentral | Image via WPCentral

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Why do they only do these sorts of things in the USA? Microsoft need to understand that there are a few billion people outside the USA.

It's about time MS stopped this bull**** region stuff. They're either an international company or they're not.

What's so difficult with having the lottery available in the EU too?
There are a lot more people living in the EU than the US.

Although the list of prizes hasn't been released, WPCentral mentioned that they've seen prizes such as Microsoft points, Kinect Sports, and Halo Reach.

The list of prizes is available, it's in the official rules PDF.

Sweepstakes Prize:
ONE (1) GRAND PRIZE: $10,000 cash. Approximate Retail Value ("ARV"): $10,000. Odds of winning the Sweepstakes Prize depend on the number of eligible entries received during the Promotion Period.

Instant Win Game Prizes:
THREE (3) INSTANT WIN FIRST PRIZES: An Xbox 360 Limited Edition Kinect Star Wars bundle. ARV: $449.99. FOUR (4) INSTANT WIN SECOND PRIZES: An Xbox 360 4 GB console. ARV: $299.99.
EIGHT HUNDRED (800) INSTANT WIN THIRD PRIZES: The game title Halo Reach for Xbox 360. ARV:
THREE HUNDRED SEVENTY EIGHT (378) FIFTH PRIZES: An Xbox Live Points Card worth one thousand six hundred (1,600) Points. ARV: $20.
ONE THOUSAND (1,000) INSTANT WIN SIXTH PRIZES: The Xbox 360 game title Kinect Sports. ARV: $19.99.

Odds of winning an Instant Win Game prize depend on the number of Instant Win prizes available divided by the number of eligible Instant Win Game plays. Limit: One (1) Instant Win Game prize per person.


Not to mention it even says it on the registration form:

Register below for a chance to WIN $10,000 or one of 4,000+ instant prizes, including:
• Xbox LIVE Points
• Star Wars Xbox 360 for Kinect bundle
• Kinect Sports for Xbox 360
• Xbox 360 console - 4GB console
• Halo Reach for Xbox 360

Are you sure it's a 50% chance? 50% of the slices are WIN but it could be coded to land on a lose slice over more often than a win slice.

Sorry to burst your bubble, but Microsoft is an American company. Why do we need to have contests in every country, especially yours? I use products that are made from all over the world, but you don't see me complaining that <insert your country here> contests aren't available to me?

Please share, I would like to know which products you use which don't offer prizes for your country.

I'm also under the impression Microsoft is an international company, which was founded in America.

Microsoft is a multinational organisation. It may have it's headquarters in US but it heavily relies on its outside branches for some of its operations.

Whether MS is an American company or not is irrelevant. The company runs competitions in different countries all the time and this one just happens to be in the US.

There probably wouldn't be any confusion if the story referred to Microsoft US (rather than just Microsoft) as they do when reporting on competitions in other countries.

No one stated that they do not sell in other countries, I simply stated they are an American company. So obviously it comes natural to them to do these type of promos or initial product releases at home first.

No, it's because your country is not governed by US law, so they'll have to create a separate contest for your location.