It's taken me 20 years to figure this out, but I know the secret. And I'm ready to share it with you, so you can win, too.

We give away a lot of stuff on Cars 108 - vacations, concert tickets, money, etc. And trust us - we've worked at stations where they give away NOTHING. Where we've had to buy stuff out of our own pocket to give away. So yes, Cars does a great job with contests.

And the most common thing we hear when we get a winner is, "I'm so excited, I never win ANYTHING!" Well, guess what? You won - and how did it happen?

You entered. And that's how you win.

I know. Amazing, isn't it?

Here's how I know - because I just won something. Something huge. A bucket list item.

I've been a lifelong SNL fan, so when I saw this tweet, I jumped all over it:


OMG YES PLEASE TELL ME HOW!  

I had no expectations. I fully thought my email would end up in some kind massive email server that would be read by a bot and promptly deleted. But, if I didn't enter, I couldn't win. So I sent an email.

I included pictures of myself, dressed as SNL characters:

And the video series I made with my Tina Fey/Amy Poehler action figures:

(If you're a super fan like me, you can watch the rest of the videos HERE)

And then, I waited. And, as most of us would, forgot that I even sent the email...until last Friday, when I received this:

I almost deleted it. I thought it was spam. And then, when I realized it wasn't, I almost pooped my pants and I'm not afraid to admit that.

The last time I won something was in 1998 - I won tickets to see Janet Jackson's "Velvet Rope" tour from a Milwaukee radio station. Guess how I won? I called. About a hundred times. I hit "redial" over and over. And I won.

Somehow, between having a wonderful babysitter, airline miles and a great boss, we've pulled it off so that we're going to the SNL Weekend Update dress rehearsal next week - we'll be in NYC for less than 24 hours, but it will be worth every second.

So there it is: the secret to winning. You can't win if you don't enter. And if you don't enter, you're not allowed to complain about not winning. Kind of like voting, right?

Anybody can win ANYTHING - we're giving away airline tickets this morning on the show to one of our lucky qualifiers. Good luck!