6 of the Most Unusual Competition Prizes

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BetMGM Nov 10, 2021, 1:59 PM

If you’re a fan of online casino games, you’ll be used to the standard variety of prizes, which are focused on cash, credits or bonus points. If you’ve tried your hand at some other games, though, you might have won something that you weren’t expecting – which could be a good or a bad thing, depending on how you look at it!

To take a look outside of the regular cash prizes you’ll find at an online casino, we thought it would be fun to have a laugh – or grimace – at some of the most unusual prizes that have ever been won in a competition. 


There are many bizarre prizes in sports, from trophies made of stone to wheels of cheese. While it’s probably less exhausting to try to win real money at an online casino, we thought you might be interested to hear more about just a few of them.

Trophy stone

You’d think that after winning an intensive uphill cycle race that you might be given something a little bit lighter? But yes, as bizarre as it might sound, the winner of the Paris-Roubaix bicycle race in northern France takes home a trophy that mostly looks like a stone! We certainly hope this doesn’t have to be placed anywhere near a bicycle while the rider makes their way home…

Grandfather clock

We’re not sure what the tie-in is between NASCAR racing and antiquated time-keeping pieces, but guess it’s got something to do with making it across the finish line in good time? Either way, it’s a pretty bizarre prize for the event at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia, and one that is probably a challenge to get home. What happened to the usual shiny trophy and profligate champagne spraying?

Wheel of cheese

It’s surprising what people will do to win a wheel of cheese, even if it means racing others precariously downhill. Unlike the simplicity of rolling the reels in real online slots, this competition only has one winner – the person who can grab hold of an entire wheel of Double Gloucester as it (and they) roll down the embankment in the annual Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake in England. 

At least this prize offers more than just something to put on your mantelpiece, and can be eaten for lunch too!

Game shows

If you’re going to win a weird prize competition, it will likely happen when you’re a contestant on one of the many television game shows that have graced our screens over the past few decades. Here are some of the most ridiculous prizes that have ever been handed out on television.

Live goat

Although contestants might have been expecting something a little offbeat when going on the show Let’s Make a Deal – thanks to the already crazy and attention-seeking costumes in the audience – we don’t think anyone expected to take home a goat! 

This was part and parcel of a “zonk,” an unknown prize, or trade item, which forms part of the game’s premise to trade with the host. The whole point of the game is for the contestant to choose between two unknown prizes, although we’re sure that livestock might have been what they least anticipated to be one of the choices.  

We don’t know about you, but we think the prizes you might win playing casino slot games sound much more appealing!

$10,000 fish bowl

Near the end of this list of weird prizes is an ultra-expensive fishbowl that was one of the prizes on a 1980 episode of the show High Rollers

To give it its due, it was an antique Chinese fishbowl, which explains why it was worth so much money. But in the days before online auctions, getting stuck with this expensive object after winning must have been quite an anticlimax. At least it must have been fun to roll the big dice that the game show was famous for!

Cuddly pink hippo

If you’ve ever dreamed of hitting a real bullseye when playing darts, and enjoy a bit of quiz action, you would have loved to have been a contestant on the British game show Bullseye, which was popular in the 1980s.

You might have expected to win something a little bit more valuable than a stuffed pink hippo toy, but who knows? Perhaps this plush pachyderm was someone’s idea of the perfect prize, or addition to their bedroom, so we won’t judge!

Know what prizes are up for grabs at BetMGM

Winning one of the prizes we’ve listed above might be a fun conversation starter, but at BetMGM, we’re up front about all of the different prizes you can win on our site. 

Whether you prefer to play slots online or bluff, hit or stand your way through various casino table games, there is only one prize you can win, and that’s cash (or credits).

Register to play and find out more about the different games we offer, including virtual sports and game-show-style options such as DreamCatcher and Monopoly Live! 

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Our BetMGM editors and authors are sports experts with a wealth of knowledge of the sports industry at all levels. Their coverage includes sports news, previews and predictions, fun facts, and betting.