Boston woman is ‘Britain’s luckiest mum’ - winning £30,000 of prizes in two years

Katy Spence surrounded by things that she has won by entering online competitions.
Katy Spence surrounded by things that she has won by entering online competitions.

A Boston woman has been dubbed Britain’s luckiest mum after winning more than £30,000 worth of prizes in two years – just by entering online and TV competitions.

Katy Spence, 34, of Boston, has been able to kit out her entire home with prizes she has amassed by entering up to 100 competitions each day.

She has scooped iPads, perfume, a top-end digital camera, DVD player, computer games, chocolate, dozens of toiletries and cleaning products.

Katy, who runs a sign-making business, has even bagged herself five-star holidays to USA, Greece and Spain, and £11,500 in cash prizes.

And the mum-of-two has been able to surprise friends and family with prizes she has scooped from online competitions.

Last year she treated husband Mark, 35, with a VIP tour of the Formula 1 Red Bull head office and factory worth £400.

Her biggest prize was £8,500 she scooped after entering an online competition on Dickinson’s Real Deal TV show.

Since she started entering online competitions in 2012 Katy has won an incredible 267 prizes.

Despite her mega prize haul, Katy refuses to play the lottery, saying the chances of winning are too small.

Yesterday she said: “I met a woman online back in January 2012 and she introduced me to ‘comping’.

“I still remember the first prize I won, which was £200 worth of Marc Jacobs perfume.

“It just appeared on my doorstep one morning out of nowhere, with no note, or message, or letter or anything. I was delighted.”

“I was hooked after that and every day I scour the net for competitions. I must enter at least 100 every day.

“Some only take me a few minutes to enter while others can take a few days, I love the thrill they give me and the prizes can be fantastic.

“If I need something for the house or a holiday the first thing I do is look for competitions. I don’t do the lottery because it’s too random. The chances of winning are too small.

“The prizes I do win vary, anything from holidays to meals out and perfume to money. There is something from everyone in the family.

“I have given my friends and family some amazing experiences through prizes.

“This year, I won a dining experience for ten when a chef came to my home and cooked us all a meal.

“That was lovely. It was a Nurofen competition I entered on Christmas Day on Facebook.

“I love creative competitions. My children get involved in those and we get quite a lot of success out of those.

“I do a bit of everything though, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, email competitions, even postcard competitions.

“My best year has been 2013. I won prizes to the total value of about £18,800.

“I am just so grateful for all the lovely things I win and often am able to give to my loved ones.”

Now the ‘comping’ addict with husband Mark and their two boys Leo, eight, and four-year-old Cole, enjoys entering competitions with the family.

She added: “The children are actually starting competitions. They will pause the TV if they see the word ‘win’ on the screen now and rush to tell me.

“It is becoming something we like to do as a family, especially with the creative competitions. Sometimes you have to make a video or something for those and we like that.”



Marc Jacobs Bottles x 4: £118

Rug: £150

MARCH 2012

6 Bottles pink Prossecco: £90

Photoworld voucher: £150

Custom made pushchair blanket: £50

Chicago Town pizza tray: £5

Bobbi Brown Mini Mascara: £2

Cupcake Baking Set: £25

KISS tee from Amplified Clothing: £20

Box of Alara Museli: £2

9 tickets to Ideal Home Show: £180

Baking set from Red Tractor: £5

Vaseline moisturiser: £1

Lyons Coffee Pack: £1

Comme des Garcon Aftershave sample: £1

Johnny English Spy Gear Toy Pack: £30

Blue Nun Bottles of Wine: £50

Racing Tickets: £118

APRIL 2012

Cheese: £1

Dinner at Comedy Club: £10

4 x cinema tickets: £20

Tetley Samples: 30p

iPhone Cover: £1

Yo yo fruit roll: £1

Tigi Hair Stuff: £40

Deodorant: £2

Flapjacks: £1

Lucozade: £1

Avengers win: £20

Yogurt: £2

2 iTunes songs (Orange): £2

MAY 2012

Yorkshire Tea Samples: £1

Tesco Voucher: £20

Cider: £16

Shampoo samples: £1

AEG cookery book: £10

Coole Swan Pack: £2

Post it pack: £1

Agent Provocateur Sample: £1

Redken Set: £20

Tampax Goodie: £20

Starbucks voucher: £5

JUNE 2012

Razor: £10

Cider: £16

Aero: £1

Divine Choc: £2

Batiste : £6

Cheerios: £1

iPhone charger: £5

DVD: £10

Boirjois Make-up: £20

Kit Kat: £1

JULY 2012

Wedela Cream: £7

Ambre Solaire Golden Protect: £12

Amazon voucher: £1

Hawaiian Tropic Bottle: £5

Samsung Galaxy s3: £500

Avengers glasses and cinema vouchers: £55


Pyrex Cookbook: £10

Cola Olympic: £10

Visa credit: £25

eBay competition: £60

150ml Face Care Gentle Exfoliating Wash: £3

Costa Coffee: £10

Fiesta VIP evening


150ml Face Care Gentle Exfoliating Wash: £3

Jumper: £13

Bosch drill: £20

Edinburgh mini-break: £300

Love to Shop voucher: £10

Yorkie Bar: £1

Massage : £25

2x Zaggorra hot pants: £90

Foodie Goodie Bag: £25

Cadbury Bubble: £1

Yorkie Bar: £1


Basketball top: £60

Lindt chocolate: £2

Gardening set: £25

Seaworld gift passes: £60

Magi Steak mix : £1

Professor Green Tix: £60

Garlic Farm Set: £10.50

Powder Puff: £12

Get the Label Voucher: £50

Flora Cookbook: £5

L’Oreal Elvive Shampoo and Conditioner: £6

Nisa Sweet pack: £3

Kingsmill Soldier Cutter: £3

Zagorra: £50


Ben and Holly Tickets: £45

Music Download x 14: £10

Vita Coco Crate: £20

Florida Tix Runner up prize: £15

HomeArama Twitters: £5


Peter Jones Oliver Sweeney: £650

London Weekend: £1,500

Hex Bug : £10

Pringles speaker x 3: £10

iTunes voucher: £10

Red Foot Shoes Halloween Comp £80

VUE Cinema Tickets: £2


Skylander Lightcore Triple Set: £30

Blistex Lip Conditioner: £2

Toothpaste mystery prize cleaning timer: £1

New Look Voucher: £144

Bottle of Absolute Vodka: £20

Voucher : £25

Zagorra Tee: £20

Stationary: £100


Facebook Social Media help: £75

London mini-break: £50

Taylor Swift perfume: £25

Groupon voucher: £20

Stamp set: £25

MARCH 2013

4 x Ted Baker tote bags: £20

Amazon voucher: £25

APRIL 2013

Ferragamo Signorina gift set: £200

Family dinner: £100

Jewellery: £20

Only Fools and Horses DVD: £10

Hotel mini-break: £100

M&S: £50

Wickstead Park vouchers: £13

Necklace: £10

ITV Dickinson’s Real Deal TV competition: £8,500

3 month XLS medical: £170

MAY 2013

Jennings Print: £20

John Freida Goodies: £10

Tassimo T Discs: £25

Lacoste Perfume and Aftershave: £50

Costa Coffee: £10

Starbucks Voucher: £2

Palmers Cream: £1

Facebook recipe competition: £3,000

Bottle of Lambrini: £5

Dove Anti-Wrinkle supplements : £35

Tabasco goodies: £10

Chanel Mascara sample: £5

Bakers Dog Bowl: £5

BlanX White toothpaste: £1

All Bran: £2

Costa voucher: £10

Fenn Wright Manson: £500

Love to Shop: £100

Asda/Mars Sports Kit: £30

JUNE 2013

Dora Tickets: £60

Cow and Gate Beakers: £6

JC Le Roux La Fleurette: £10

Comedy DVD’s: £30

Borgoius Blusher: £8

Coors light x 4: £4

Bare Mineral Lip Gloss: £16

Waterstone vouchers: £50

Maybelline lipstick: £7

Mango Medley Drink: £1

Hairtrade Extensions & Shampoo and Conditioner: £95

JULY 2013

Rihanna Tickets: £130

Text win: £40

Love to Shop: £10

Alton Towers tickets & Unlimited FP for The Smiler: £400

Oasis x 2: £2

320 Costa Points: £3.20

VIP Red Bull F1 Tour:£400

10 Kangaroo Burgers and 3 x Bulmers: £20

Alton Towers tickets & Unlimited FP for The Smiler: £400

Bottle of Pepsi: £1

L2S voucher Book and CD: £25


Pamper goodies: £40

Tillington Hills cider: £3

Cocoa Brown Tan and Mitt: £11

Jay Z Oyster Card Pass: £2

Jillian Micheals Yoga DVD: £10

Racinne Youth Serum: £54

Personalised Crisps: £20

1 x Alton Towers Ticket: £40

Alton Towers tickets & Unlimited FP for The Smiler: £200


Smart iPhone Stand: £13

Bag of chips: £2

Tarot Phone Reading: £22

BB voucher: £10

Greggs Lattics: £2

Lisa Stansfield Tickets: £40


Google Play Credit: £20

Bar of chocolate: £1

Kit Kat: £1

Bottle of coke Zero: £1

Burts Crisps Goodies: £15

Yankee Candle: £8

Asda Vouchers: £55


M&S vouchers: £400

Dinner vouchers: £150

Shop Talk: £100

Tickets for Peterpan: £140

Sebo Hoover: £280

Google Play Credit: £15

Pink Lady Jacket: £10

Google Play Credit: £75

Hobgoblin Tee: £10

Google Play Credit: £5


Google Play Credit: £125

Hunters, Socks and Keyring: £120

Ipod shuffle: £40

Corsa Antenna Ball: £1

Turkey: £90

Amazon Voucher: £5

French Road Map: £10

5 Just Roll Vouchers: £5

3 Month Comp Club: £36

Rocksmith Game: £65

4 PJs: £60

Religion Tee:£34

Chef for 10: £1,000

Now TV Box: £10


Max Factor Mascara: £10

DVD Bundle (RU): £80

Toy Bundle: £80

5* Hotel Break: £200

Limited Edition Brown Teddy: £40

Maybelline Primer: £10


Ruby Redfoot Wristbands (RU): £1

Signed 1D Album: £200

2 x Cineworld Tickets (RU): £20

PIXI Beauty Lip Produce: £12

Valentines Goodie Basket:£90

Dr Oetker Panebello Pizza:£3

BAFTA Goodie Bag: £2,000

Crate of Cherry Relentless: £12

Amazon voucher: £25

MARCH 2013

OMG Box: 20p

£30 Portmerien Voucher: £30

Pancake Hamper: £50

Spam Merch: £15

Can of No Fear: £2

Hotel Chocolat Spread: £7

Breville Crepe Maker: £30

Sainsburys Voucher: £25

Mixer and Jacket: £175

iPad Air: £640

APRIL 2014

Phonecase: £20

Vouchers: £50

Bottle of wine: £10

MAY 2014

Fanimals x 2: £5

Pint of milk: 0.50p

Sacla Hamper: £30

Giraffe Voucher: £20

Makeover and Dinner for 2: £470

Box of Lindor: £5

NKOTB Tix & Meeting: £300

£100 Vouchers for SDN: £100

JUNE 2014

Fish Finger Sandwich Party: £50

Tee shirt: £5

Cocoa Brown Exfoliator: £2

Case of Magners: £25

Converse Trainers: £50

Greggs Lattice Pie: £2

JULY 2014

Canon Camera: £400

Pack of Juices: £2

DVD player, vouchers and toiletries: £250


Ray Bans: £150

Barry M Nail Polish Set: £90

Year of Spotify: £120

Cinema voucher: £20

Promixxer: £40

Bra: £30

Total Winnings: £30,041.50