Call me a cynic but I’ve always figured these corporate contests were a load of bullshit. Sign up here to win a brand new Surface X, sign up there to win a new 4K Samsung TV, enter to win an Xbox Series X. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY!! Yeah, ok. Riiiiggghhhttt.
Last year in October or November, Taco Bell was having a contest to win an Xbox One X with an Xbox Wireless Elite 2 Controller. All you had to do was buy the $5 Box which included the double chalupa, which in and of itself a prize, and you got a game code that you texted in and found out if you won immediately. This differed from other contests where you “Enter to Win” and find out 3-6 months later and of course by that time you’ve already forgotten about that contest, nevermind cared if you won. So for $5 you got a damn good $5 box (double chalupa… Mmmmm) and a chance to win that Xbox One X with the Elite 2 controller. A pretty good deal even though the contest is bullshit. Or is it?
Wait. Contests Aren’t All Scams?
Truthfully, at the time I had a smidge of knowledge of the contest but wasn’t going to go on a Taco Bell bender just to get the controller since I had the X already. That all changed when our own Martin Howard, (who didn’t believe it either,) called to tell me he had just won (and received) an Xbox One X and Xbox Wireless Elite 2 controller from Taco Bell. I guess it’s not a scam eh? Problem is, now I wanted to win, and I wanted that new controller and why not a new Xbox One X to replace one of my older ones. Alas, I didn’t win after entering many times…and probably gaining a few pounds in the process.
Fast forward to September 2020, where the country is in lockdown due to COVID-19… PlayStation and Xbox have announced new consoles that are (and will continue to be for some time) nearly impossible to get, and the Nintendo Switch still can’t be found in stores, years after its original release. Very few folks were lucky enough to secure an Xbox Series X or a PlayStation 5 when the pre-orders went live, but the vast majority were denied. It came to my attention sometime last month that Taco Bell had announced they were going to have another console giveaway, featuring the Xbox Series X and 6 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which I mentioned our discussion boards as a way to possibly get an Xbox. Time to get fatter…
Lo and behold: We got Taco Bell last week and entered our codes. Unfortunately, we did not win. I figured that Martin getting an Xbox One X last year was just dumb luck, and there is NO way I’d be able to land an Xbox Series X this way. Not really giving up, but also not trying, I didn’t give it too much thought until my wife asked what I wanted from Taco Bell for lunch today. Sadly, they don’t have that double chalupa, so the Crunchwrap Supreme I settled for. So, while devouring our lunches, I decided to enter the codes. What harm would come? I might win a free taco, after-all. The first code (from my Baja Blast, which Btw, I like to call ‘Windex’)…not a winner. Defeated, but accepting my fate, I enter in the second los…winning… WINNING.. HOLY SHIT! The text said “Winner!,” with a link to claim my prize.
Honestly, at that point, I didn’t even believe it. I figured I had won a pencil eraser or maybe even a joystick cover. We all know how these contests are. Normally there is a handful of grand prizes and 90% of the rest is garbage, or close to it compared to the grand prize, hence the name “GRAND PRIZE.” (FREE TACOS EXCEPTED.) After filling out the form it was confirmed that I will receive a Taco Bell branded Xbox Series X + 6 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate 4-6 weeks after the contest ends (11/4/2020). What a great way to end the week.
What’s the point?
The point is, if you’re in the market for an Xbox Series X go on out there and buy a medium or large drink or large Freeze for the codes. Taco Bell is giving away 4032 Xbox Series X consoles between September 10 to October 21, 2020 which is a little less than 100 consoles a day. There is also a Fire Drill Prize round which you can read about in the official rules, but the main event is these codes. Give it a go and try to win, the odds of winning are realistic as we’ve demonstrated.
To be clear and completely open, this post is not even a little bit sponsored by Taco Bell or in any way influenced by them. I wanted to share this information with you to give maybe one of you a chance to secure an Xbox Series X.