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Spin the wheel with the Microsoft Store Windows Phone app and win prizes


If you find yourself currently situated somewhere within the United States with a Windows Phone you’ll want to enter this little contest from the Microsoft Store. In fact I just won Kinect Sports for the Xbox 360 in less than thirty seconds. Let’s win some prizes.

First up, it looks like the official Microsoft Store app for Windows Phone was updated yesterday. You’ll want to update to the latest version (v2.02), which adds support for specialty stores and minor bug fixes. Now for the fun.

Once you get past all those beautiful people on the lockscreen you’ll be on the main pivot within the app. Right there on the very top you’ll see a purple tile. That purple tile will say “Win with Windows Phone”, click that and you’ll be launched out to IE to finish the little contest/game. Next you’ll sign up through either Facebook or manually entering in your contact info. Once you do that you’ll “spin” the wheel to try and win a prize. It’s fairly self-explanatory and you’ll just need to follow the on screen prompts.

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Congratulations! …If you won something. Daniel won a copy of Halo Reach and George won some Microsoft points to use on Xbox Live. Poor Rich couldn’t play, this looks like a US of A thing for now. What did you guys win? Sound off below!

Grab the Microsoft Store app right here in the Store, QR code it up below, or swipe to the right in our app.

Thanks for the tip Karl!

QR: Microsoft Store



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topleya says:

Bloody MicrUSoft only offer the US great contests and offers

Sam Sabri says:

You guys wanna be our next state? :)

squidgyimp says:

You have to feel for us, We feel so left out...:'(

pbroy says:

Hahahahahaha.. Now you know how it feels to have a Windows Phone that isn't a Nokia!

kinaton says:

Or a windows phone full stop

titoyees says:

Or a Windows Phone 7.8 user!

simphf says:

Never. You can be our next province. The rest of the world will like you more for no particular reason.

neo158 says:

We already are, aren't we?

topleya says:

I like America, but rather not ;-)

kubimonsta says:

we drink your coke, we eat your burgers, cereals, apple pies, we drive your cars, we watch your series, movies listen to your music, we use your technology. give us the damn prizes ms. we all live in america.

jabtano says:

Yea I agree it should be for anyone with a windows phone no matter we they may live.

Simon Tupper says:

I drive Toyota and I have never been disappointed. :)

bradbamford says:

That Toyota was built in Ohio :)

Talbot690 says:

My Toyota was built in Japan and shipped to Canada also never dissapoints

jonchai says:

I doubt you actually drive American made car. You most likely own a Toyota

swizzlerz says:

I drive a Chevy cobalt 2010 and a hummer h3 2006 . Give me a contest in Canada.

Simon Tupper says:

Unlikely since states are small, but hey you guys could become our new province if the US' economy continues to go down. We are nice people up there.

HAHAHA! That's the funniest reply I've read here in a while.

John20212 says:

Your next state pfff... We are the United States of Europe.

chaudi says:

Yeah, a bit annoying that all the fun stuff from MS is US only.

John20212 says:

I wonder when will Microsoft finally learn that limiting something like this or limiting exclusive avatar item JUST FOR US is just damaging its reputation not helping it win customers. Fucking idiots.

Odog4ever says:

Thing is 99% of WP users don't follow the news as closely as us WPCentral readers.
They are so NOT pissed about a contest they don't even know the existence of....
It's a legal thing, not MS hating every country but US. Even having a giveaway contest in the US can be tricky sometimes, multiply that by every set of laws in every worldwide territory. MS has branches all over that can handle their own contests.

aeronaught says:

I must have really bad luck, cause I didn't win anything. :(

sholokov says:

Didn't win anything

Erickson187 says:

Nothing here either, better luck tomorrow guys

Quin 2013 says:

Yep, me too.

It actually looked like it just jumped directly to try again.

Its rigged! Lol

Agent-P says:

Same here. But we have until 30 June to keep trying to win. I better win at least once in that time.

Mouthsmasher says:

Didn't win either. Guess I'll try again tomorrow!

WPmunkey says:

I didn't win either

jaethos says:

I didn't win anything, but that's pretty much par for the course for me, I never win things.

Jason_JS_G says:

Awesome user name, that guy with the face

spectre51 says:

Just won Halo Reach. Sweet.

rpm5101 says:

I didnt win :( ill try again tomorrow.

Won halo reach as well. Sweet

CPnextdoor says:

Lame I lost :(

Hmm I think I will move to somewhere in US cos I am missing out on a lot here in the non US region

kinaton says:

Yep shafted by Microsoft again

tbonenga says:

MS is a US company. Don't blame them. Blame your government. The European union laze the hammer down on MS for everything. I could hear them now. MS is giving free stuff away. Let's fine them for being anti competitive. That's illegally trying to monopolize the phone market. Then they'd fine MS like 100 million. It's not just the European union either. That is why so much stuff is US only. Every other Government wants to find any excuse to get their greedy paws in MS piggy bank.

erzhik says:

Didn't win anything. I never win anything.

Zeroplanetz says:

I never win anything either, except for this one game were it was play till you win. :/

DennisvdG says:

Friggin US only...

I lost, too. Sadface.

DJCBS says:

Yeah, If they could fix f*cking Microsoft Store in Portugal instead...that would be great.

buggyglint says:

It works here in Canada, I didn't win anything today.

the92playboy says:

Same here, Canadian, worked fine, won nothing.

You get to try everyday until June 30th

Usmcbob says:

I lost :/ maybe tomorrow I've got til 6/30

kidjenius says:

Hey Sam, the app and contest also work in Canada. Might want to edit the article to mention that

Its funny how I never knew this app existed! Question: I looked for the Windows Phone tile near the computers, software, accessories, etc. in the grey section and couldn't find it. Other than physically searching for a specific phone by name, I can't find the section for phones in this I missing something?

Also, I can't seem to register for upcoming events at my local store...did I miss it somewhere? This is my first time using this app...

AriesDog says:

Did you choose a default location yet? Also, the tiny pop up stores don't have events, only the full stores.

Yes I chose my store location. Its a full retail store...its huge! I've been several times. I can see all of the stores events, but I can't register for them. There's no register now button or link...

AriesDog says:

Oh, I misunderstood. You can only view the events. There's no online registration through the app. Most store events don't require registration. You just show up. A few exceptions, like the kids digital summer camp lessons.

mase123987 says:

I'm a loser...

UKintel says:

This is great... I never usually win anything but for the first time ever I won something. I won a message that reads "this app is not available for your device, tap here for more info" only in America.
Lucky at last :-)

Vb2012 says:

Microsoft = us only

bulgar4e says:

https://microsoft dot promo dot eprize dot com/windowsphonedemo/ <- the url was being censored, replace 'dot' with '.'
looks like you don't actually need the app or even a windows phone...
Also it looks like you can play as many times per day as you have email addresses, although I haven't won anything with any of mine yet

Etios says:

Windows phone can never get 10-20% global marketshare if Microsoft continues its USA-only approach.

AndyCvr says:

+1 I am so disappointed.

Josh Harman says:

Odd, because WP is bigger in Europe/Asia than in US.

azaright says:

The contest works in india

John20212 says:

+1 Microsoft are idiots for thinking the US is the only country in the World

jacob114489 says:

I won... Nothing. Go figure. I never win. :(

Zeeshan360 says:

It's an app for Microsoft Store which aren't present anywhere in the world except USA and Canada .. So , I think even Canada people would be eligible

Zeroplanetz says:

I didn't win :'(

Bones_6 says:

I didn't win either :(

tallgeese says:

I didn't win. The app gets ⭐

ricbon says:

MS must know the WPcentral crew for them to win....iLost =(

AriesDog says:

I won 1600 Microsoft points!

AriesDog says:

I didn't win anything the next day.

jusatin says:

How can I change my store region to US?

Tsyokiss says:

Kinda getting tired of those promo's being US only.. If they don't bring more services to non-us countries they should just keep WP there.. :-/

humboldt1 says:

Funny people complaining in non US country's,I seem to remember they wp7 coming with a FREE XBOX IN MAY NON US MARKETS. And people say Americans are entitled whiners,smh

Tsyokiss says:

Then should I start about all the bing services and other WP functions which are build in but don't work in like 80% of world?

diplomat696 says:

No luck for me :(

Mamacita42 says:

I won another chance to win tomorrow!

Arsenic17 says:

Typo in the very first sentence. I think you mean situated not situation. Also, you dont actually have to be in the USA. I thought maybe they used location or your local internet IP, but no. I am in Greenland (though I have US account) and it worked fine. Effin lost though!

Agent-P says:

Colorado flag! (I live there, so that's why I'm so excited to see this)

Arsenic17 says:

ha yeah man. me too. CO is the best!

Hanhua Yin says:

I didn't win anything. Do they randomly allocate prizes at different time intervals throughout a day or they just take prizes out of a pool and when it has been exhaused it's done for the day?

wetworker says:

I tried it, won something. Can't collect. USA only. ...Sucks!!

veo1962 says:

Microsoft better remember that it's those of us outside the US that gave them the support they so desperately needed to make wp profitable.

John20212 says:

+1, also without Nokia, a NON-US company they would be nothing

Mooncow27 says:

I'm in Canada and registered, spun but didn't win. Maybe tomorrow.

onysi says:

Hey guys, register new emails or refresh browser to keep playing.

jsnod25 says:

And did you ever win? I spun a dozen times, no joy... Pretty sure its predetermined before you spin, locked to your account... 50/50 chance and no win... Also did 3 email addresses' and still no win!

jsnod25 says:

Just read the game rules... Winning is based on randomly selected times... First player to spin during that time win... So its not worthwhile to spin over and over... Just sayin.

onysi says:

Yea thinks for the tip Karl. Now my OCD can't stop spinning the wheel until I win something

These kinda offers will NEVER come to India.. :(

kyriacou48 says:

Any love for Australian WP users? haha :)

Josh Harman says:

Do they have MS stores outside the US & Canada? If not, that would explain why your not eligible.

kinaton says:

Screwed if your roaming then :)

Dave Bhullar says:

I tried twice and didn't win anything

Tried n tried...never won

CitrusMocha says:

Didn't win today but yesterday I won three months of live. Cool.

god_forbids says:

Um, you don't need this app or the link within it to access this contest. Anyone can access it from the browser at

bAN01TgAZ says:

Thanks for ther link!
I can play in UK :-)
I lost, but meh!

humboldt1 says:

Calling BS on 3/4 of WPcentral staff winning,unless they gave out all prizes on that day. I've used 2 920s 3x now,at your posted odds one should've hit something.#1stWorldProblems

Sam Sabri says:

No BS man. I'm just super lucky with these things ;)

MacDaMachine says:

With my luck I'll win a game I already own. Hopefully I only get MSP.

oniororo says:

Did not win. Ouch!

Dethzilla says:

I lost.... And I was having a good day.

bAN01TgAZ says:

I live in the UK, and unlike every other poster from a none US country, I am not a whiner, Who cares if you cant win a free game you already own?
I think its a great PR stunt to get Windows Phone sold instead of a competing OS.
More users (us or otherwise) equals more developers and better (maybe even unique to the OS) games and apps we so sorely need.
Ive not bought a Windows Phone game for at least a few months...
MS please will you pickup game of the week and deal of the week, my money is finding other vendors!

dwigfor says:

Is this working for anyway today? It says Watch the video below, then get a chance to WIN greate prizes, but I don't see a video...... L920 Red

dwigfor says:

Is this working for anyone today? It says Watch the video below, then get a chance to WIN great prizes. I have no video appearing on my l920 red....

wpbrian says:

@dwigfor Not working for me either.  No video, no wheel to spin.

dwigfor says:

It's working now..  They must have updated it to include the required demo video/presentation....   Still haven't won................

Vector555 says:

How far through the demo? This seems utterly ridiculous. I thought the whole contest was to win with WI does phone? Why make windows phone owners win by viewing a demo of a product they intimately know.

Does not work here. I get the video (sometimes) and the demo interface but cannot click "continue". Seems its not supporting WP7.
As said the demo is stupid as it is targeted mainly towards current WP users.

cheesemoo says:

I have sent multiple emails to MS about this the day they updated the Microsoft Store app. Apparently they can not read English. The response I got back was pretty much trash. As y'all have said, why make someone with a windows phone already, go through a demo for the phones we already own. And on top of that they link you to a page with flash. HELLO, I AM ON A WINDOWS PHONE, HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO SEE FLASH. Things like this and MS not supporting it's own OS and keeping things exclusive on WP like office etc make me want to get a feature phone.

worked in Uk too, although i didnt win anything!!!!!