Every so often, there’s a chance to get involved with something that doesn’t come around too frequently. As musicians here at the Open Music Score, we’ve been hit hard by the pandemic this year, and many of us have missed out on the financial support provided by Rishi Sunak and the rest of the government ministers.
Don’t get us wrong, we’re not complaining, we’ve never expected handouts in the past, and we don’t do now either, but it is a little bittersweet to see so many other people caught by a safety net as some of us fall through the cracks.
That’s why it was music to our ears (excuse the obvious and lazy pun!) when we hear about one of our colleagues, Laura, who got some great news on the phone one Friday morning from none other than Mr Andi Peters!
You see, every Friday morning, he runs a competition called the ITV Free Cash Friday, which I’ve seen countless times on Good Morning Britain. What I’d not realised though, is it’s free to enter.
I’ve never been a fan of gambling, and while I’m not sure the usual ITV competitions count as gambling, they’re very close to the wire as far as I’m concerned. This though, with a free entry is totally different.
As Laura found out, there is a real winner and if that doesn’t cost you a penny, just a few minutes to enter online it’s got to be worth the effort, especially when so many of us are out of work and struggling to make ends meet.
You can get in the draw by entering on the ITV website each week. The entry form appears on Wednesday evenings (I believe it’s around 5pm), and stays there until just before the winner is picked and called. According to the website, that means you’ve got until quarter to eight on Friday mornings to put your details in.
They then pick five potential winners, and Andi Peters does his thing on his competition slot on Friday mornings just after half past eight as part of Good Morning Britain on ITV1. Typically, you’ll see their line up of previous winners telling you how glad they are that they sent that text or made that call, and then give you the details of how you could be the next big winner. Best of luck with that!
I’ve got a bit confused on one occasion as I didn’t realise I was watching on the plus one channel, so sat there like a lemon at half past eight watching for Andi to appear… and he didn’t. Of course he did really, just on the live channel. Needless to say, I didn’t win.
It’s worth a mention too that they’re sticklers for the rules. Apparently you have to answer in three rings to win the prize, and that’s why they choose five names, it’s the first one they call that answers quickly enough that gets the prize. Harsh.
The current run of the ITV Friday comp is scheduled to run up to around Christmas, so if you’ve got a tight budget and three grand could make the world of difference, why not give it a whirl. There’s plenty of other prizes on there too, but as I said, I’m not a fan of gambling so I’d advise against entering those as I bet the chances of winning are tiny. No judgement though, if you’re the sort of person that likes a flutter now and again good luck to you.