I won a PlayStation 4 at GameStart 2015. There were about 17,000 attendees, and for me to win the most coveted prize of a game console, you can imagine how lucky I was (1/17000 odds). Technically, I have an even better chance of winning at 4D (1/10000 odds).
I already own a PS4. Bought it back in March mainly to play Destiny, something that I do not regret investing in. Managed to experience Destiny’s Year 1 content and House of Wolves the way they were meant to be played.
But very quickly, I learned how your grand prize can attract huge jealousy. Apparently, there were a few strangers who tried to impersonate me to claim the prize. There are a lot of Edward Pangs in this world, but unfortunately, only one correct email address attached to the winning Edward.
The most awkward moment I experienced was in collecting the prize. I nonchalantly told one of the office workers there that I already owned a PS4. Within a split-second, I could see his eyes light up with green envy.
“Well, I AM looking for a PS4, if you don’t mind I can buy it off you…”
I attended GameStart on a media pass, but purchased my own tickets for Saturday and Sunday to support the event (that’s how I became eligible for the lucky draw). Selling my prize for monetary gain as a member of the media just doesn’t sound right. It goes against what I learned in journalism class back in university.
“No, I can’t sell it for monetary gain, that’s just not right to me,” I replied. Again, probably the wrong thing to say.
Office boy spent the next 15 seconds appealing, but failed his Charisma and Speech checks. I just told him “I’ll think about it, thanks” and quickly entered the lift.
I have always believed that whatever happens in life, no matter how mundane or fortunate, it all happens for a reason. Winning a brand new PS4, what purpose does it serve?
I’m still figuring out, because I have no damn clue.