Hey contest fans, I just got an email from Mars Canada regarding their Instant Win game where you could win a pair of mittens. There were a lot of people winning at the end of the promotion and I was hoping that it was because they had lots of instant win prizes left, but unfortunately it was just a glitch. Instead those that were mistakenly told they are an instant winner will be receiving coupons worth $7.50 which is fine with me. I would have loved to have had the mittens instead, but sometimes these things happen. So if you entered the "Our Game Our Gold" promotion, check your emails.
This is what I received:
We thank you for your recent participation in the Mars Canada Inc. Our Game Our Gold Promotion held between November 5, 2012 and January 5, 2013. The Promotion issued its last time stamped Instant Win prize on Friday, January 4, 2013 between 1:16 PM (ET) and 9:21 PM (ET), during which time the website experienced a technical error which resulted in Instant Win prize notifications not being issued in accordance with the Official Rules and Regulations. This technical error was due to a malfunction in the coding calculation which resulted in the incorrect communication that contestants who entered a valid UPC code during the above time period were Instant Win prize winners, even though there were in fact no longer any Instant Win prizes to be awarded. We corrected the error at 9:21 PM (ET) January 4, 2013.
Our records indicate that you received an Instant Win prize notification during the above error period. Applying the odds of winning and the maximum number of available prizes as stated in the Official Rules and Regulations, we have determined that your Instant Win entry is not an Instant Win prize winner. To ensure that the integrity of the Promotion is maintained, in accordance with the odds of winning and maximum number of available prizes specified in the Official Rules and Regulations, we therefore cannot validate your Instant Win prize claim.
However, we do value your participation in the Our Game Our Gold Promotion, and accordingly will be sending you, by mail, a gratuitous gift of product coupons in the amount of $7.50 CDN, please allow 3-6 weeks for delivery. In addition, your entry will remain valid for the Grand Prize Sweepstakes draw provided it complies with the Official Rules and Regulations.
Our Game Our Gold Promotion"