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February 16, 2006

Gaming the game

Posted by Kim Peterson at 3:48 PM

Enterprising bloggers say they have found a way to beat MSN's new Search and Win sweepstakes (see earlier post), which gives prizes to people who search for certain secret keywords.

According to the Oilman blog, the source code of the Search and Win page shows a list of the winning keywords. I took a look and here are some of the words I found:

house cleaning, William Sonoma, Starbucks, Barnes & Noble, Blockbuster, Home Depot, money, cash, gift certificate, luggage, skin care, makeup, spa, Baby, stroller, toys, golf, gortex, ski, skis, skiis, mountain bike, mountain biking, mountain biker, snowboard, snow board, snow boarder, snowboarder, snow boarding, tennis shoes

Online Media Daily reports that another blogger developed a program that would retrieve the words, send them back to MSN and click on the prize button when it appeared. He received a Home Depot gift card after 4,122 clicks on the prize link.

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