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Contest: Threeeeeeeee! (and a prize, too)

Submitted by on September 28, 2009 – 2:36 PM36 Comments

red3dieWondering what in the hell is going on with all the gambling graphics? Want to win a pre-contest mini-prize? Hey, let's address both these things.

So it's like this: the amount of money I've decided to ask you to raise for the 2009 challenge…is large. It's high-roller large. And with the economy still flailing, to lean on you lovely people for a big bankroll is a gamble.

I've seen fools bet against the Nation at their peril, and I think you can hit it, but still. It's a long shot.

Also, gambling is a deep metaphor with lots of fun graphical elements. (It can also get out of control for some of us; if you think you have a gambling problem, please visit the National Council for Problem Gambling for help and resources.)

All will be revealed over the next couple of days, including a rad launch video for your forwarding and Twitteration enjoyment, but in the meantime: first person to guess the initial challenge amount AND the tomato-stunt challenge amount correctly wins a $25 chip to the Trump Plaza casino in beautiful Atlantic City, NJ. Last year, the initial challenge amount was $50,000 and the tomato-stunt challenge was $100,000, so you want to guess two numbers. But higher ones than those.

…It's fine. You can do it. Deeeeeep breaths, you're awesome, guess some numbers and I'll give you a chip. We can do this. Bet red, I tells ya!

Go.

Edited to add: Quick guessing, guys! Your initial goal is $150,000.

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