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CO Cigar Lottery 11 Update 1

Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 in World of CO

EDIT: I know there are a TON of Gurkhas out there guys, and I know they come in a TON of online samplers and deals…but please…for everyone’s sake, lay off sending them in. It’s getting ridiculous at this point. I REALLY don’t want to have to make more rules, but I think people are starting to take advantage of the lottery a bit here.

Cigar Obsession Lottery #11, Update 1!

SmokeInn has very generously decided to be the sponsor for at least this 10th CO Cigar Lottery! In addition to the 150 cigars the winner this time shall receive this beauty, a 100+ count unit from SmokeInn – help me support them, they support you!

This is the first update for lottery #11! The lottery is rolling at a 150 cigar stop, so whenever the stash hits 150 I will draw a winner and the next round starts! As always I’ll have regular updates as things come in so you can drool over the growing prize pool :)

If you are new, watch the video to see what you could win, and keep reading to see the rules and tips!

HOW TO ENTER

This is going to be completely user driven kind of like the Lotto. However it doesn’t involve money or purchasing tickets with money, instead you are donating to the collective prize pool to enter!

Each time I will accept incoming packages with your cigars to add to the pool, and will update you with videos as entries come in. To add your entry you need to send in 2 or 4 cigars, for one or two entries per person/mailing address. Yes you can put all 4 cigars in one package. Damaged sticks will not be entered.

SHIPPING TIPS

When shipping cigars, it’s ok to use baggies as long as they are packed tight enough so they don’t roll around enough to be damaged. If however you have had any stored too dry, do not include any humification, just ship them as-is. Use a small box. If you already have a box you can ship them 1st class for under $3 just about anywhere. I also like the flat rate priority mail boxes, they are about $5 good to go. Stuff the box enough so nothing moves around and has some cushion if need be. Protect the cigars from moving around in short. Use delivery confirmation, I am not responsible for lost shipments, do not ask me about them. All entries will be shown in update videos.

RULES

NO CUBANS! I’m semi-ok with reviewing them on rare occasion but I will not be involved in any way distributing them.
All participants must be 18+ years of age and reside in the US.
At the end of each lottery I will produce a video showing the random winner being drawn using random.org and the winner will receive the whole prize shipment from me!
Full-sized Cigars, ONLY, no cigarillos.
Name brand, banded cigars only – no no-name, off-brand store bundle-only or house blends.
No intentional crap cigars like Ron Mexico or other similar ultra cheap POS smokes. Use common sense, if it’s not a major brand, don’t send it.

Include the following information in your package:

Name
email!!
Cigars you are entering
Full return address for prize delivery

Send entries and info here:
Bryan Glynn
5318 Bob White Dr.
Holiday, FL 34690

Good luck and SPREAD THE WORD! The more people are in it the bigger the prize!! Click the buttons below here and tell everyone, get them to enter! The bigger the pool the cooler extra stuff I can get you like the free humidors as well!

  • CigarStrawn

    My B&M just had a big Gurkha event yesterday (of course, I couldn’t go due to work) but from what I heard a lot of people showed up and it was a hit. My point is Gurkha is a popular brand. Some of their line aren’t my first picks but I do enjoy a lot of them. I picked up a Cellar Reserve and I haven’t tried it yet but I’m looking forward to it.

    • SLCigarClassy101

      The only problem with that is for most of the lotteries, more than 50% of the entries ARE Gurkhas and while they MAY be a popular brand, some people might feel a bit cheated to have so many Gurkhas and few other brands. Variety is the spice of life and the same could be said for cigars. Besides, wouldn’t you find a prize lottery more interesting if you could win a number of things than say a lot of one thing? Just food for thought.

      • CigarStrawn

        You could say it’s a variety of Gurkhas. :-p I agree that when a lot of one brand outnumbers the others some people would feel cheated. I’m trying to make the point that maybe the folks who entered the Gurkhas entered them because they enjoy Gurkhas. Perhaps a new variety rule can be created that when one type of brand starts flooding the contest a cut off can occur and a request for different brands can be made? I haven’t sent in my entries yet but now that I see there’s a lot of Gurkhas I’ll send in something different.

  • DairyLandCigarFan414

    Seems like Gurkhas are a solid 25% or so of what is sent in…never tried them and as of yet I haven’t sent in any entries for the lottery, but the variety still seems pretty fair…

    • http://www.cigarobsession.com Bryan Glynn

      Which is exactly the point. When a brand with less than 1% of the market is more than 25% of the entries…it’s off.

      • Jared

        I think only you would know, Bryan, whether these entries are repeat players who have gone cheap/lazy or if they’re coming from new members who, maybe due to the unbalanced push that Gurkha gets from the retailers, thought they were giving something awesome, and since those retailers are handing those Gurkhas out like candy, they had a whole heck of a lot of them on hand to send in. So, lots of new entrants, or the usual suspects?

        • http://www.cigarobsession.com Bryan Glynn

          I actually have zero idea, I don’t keep track of anything like that or even notice the names when stuff comes in. I put the cigars in the appropriate bin, file the sheets and the only time I really look is to see what the winners sent in.

          • smokethis

            Wow this is getting to serious, but everyone has a good point.

  • jpculp57

    This is pretty funny because I think ACID, Drew Estate Natural lines and any other flavored sticks are POS and I’d take a Gurkha over them any day and I HATE, I mean HATE Gurkha. I do however, have a friend that loves them. He’d rather smoke them than a Liga Privada No 9. He just likes that mild run of the mill tobacco taste, so if he ever sends in sticks for this lottery you can bet they will be Gurkha. As for price, I rarely pay over $8 a stick for any of my cigars unless they are OPUS X or Padron Anniversary. Even the last box of Liga No 9′s I bought only cost me $7.40 a stick because I bought them at a show with a bunch of other stuff and got so many freebies and discounts that they were a bargain. I buy a lot of stuff on Cbid so I’m only pay $2-4$ a cigar. If I only bought there I’d have no idea that the Tatuaje’s I buy were not $3.50 cigars so I’d feel that I couldn’t send them in if there were a dollar limit on the is thing.

  • Chaz

    Gurkha-gate 2013.

  • drewmcneice

    I’d be happy with anything, I’m not picky with Cigars. But variety is nice.

  • Sinsandman

    Is the Gurkah Cellar Reserve a good one?

  • yairbarojas

    I like the Edit that was added. I have been wanting to send in some entries but seeing the fact that it’s been nothing but Gurkhas holds me back.

    I’m ready to send some Liga Undercrowns, Oliva G’s and Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente for entries but I would feel cheated if I sent in some good brands and others just send in mediocre sticks for the sake of an entry.

    My 2 cents that’s all.

    • MaxDuo

      I like the edit as well…. though it’s only 5 minutes. But that’s more than I’ve often needed.

      As for “nothing but Gurkhas”… that’s…. a bit of a hyperbole there!

  • Kalven

    I suppose, If Bryan wanted to, he could separate the contest into two catagories: say “regular” and “premium”. Then he can use his discretion, and put the Tats, Illusiones, etc in the premium lottery. I suspect it would be fun to watch the premium entries then. But Bryan is probably too busy. Just a thought

    • http://www.cigarobsession.com Bryan Glynn

      I cannot imagine the number of problems anything remotely approaching that would bring forward. The lottery will always be easy, or it’ll shut down.

  • vscarpine

    You are right there are a bunch of Gurkhas but Im sending my entries in soon and NO Gurhkhas lol

  • Daniel.A

    bunch of good looking cigars. lucky whoever wins.