Hunter Scott entered nearly 165,000 Twitter contests in a nine month period and he ended up winning nearly 1,000 prizes for his efforts.
Before you start to question Scott’s sanity, keep in mind that he automated the entire process. Using his background in computer programming Scott built a Twitter bot using the Python programming language. The contest mining robot was built to follow a very specific set of Twitter rules that helped him avoid an account closure for being a Twitter bot. For example, he couldn’t follow more than 2,000 people if he didn’t build his own follower base, and he needed to follow those people because many contests ask for an “RT (Retweet)” or a follow.
According to CNN, among his prizes were “dozens of gift cards, a whole bunch of movie and concert tickets, a Kentucky Derby mousepad, a Godzilla hat (and shirt), a year of free Spotify, and a ridiculous number of customized images for gaming and YouTube profiles.”
In a blog post on Medium the computer programmer wrote, “I won a lot of cool stuff too though, and getting mysterious things in my mailbox each day was pretty fun.”
Scott admits that his 984 prizes won from more than 165,000 entries amounted to just a 0.6% success rate, which he calls “pretty miserable.”
While many of the prizes were mostly junk, he did win a $4,000 shopping spree in New York which he turned down because he lives in Illinois and didn’t want to pay the taxes on the prize.
His favorite win? It’s actually pretty funny, he writes, “My favorite thing that I won was a cowboy hat autographed by the stars of a Mexican soap opera that I had never heard of,” Scott said. “I love it because it really embodies the totally random outcome of these contests.”