Congratulations to our Surface Pro 3 winner!

Okay folks, as Friday is winding down we figured it were time to announce our Surface Pro 3 contest winner. If you recall, all you had to do was leave up to three comments on our original article. Those comments were enough to enter, even if you're world-wide.

We ended up having an astonishing amount of entries, which broke our backend CMS a few times (thanks for the free stress test!). Let's take a look.

  • Total amount of comment: 41,240
  • 2961 participants with one comment
  • 1473 participants with two comments
  • 10687 participants with 3 or more comments
  • 15121 unique entrants

Those are some crazy numbers, and you all proved one thing: you want a Surface Pro 3! We pulled out the comments into a file, filtered out anything more than three original comments and the algorithm picked one person:

We hear Kol is from Albania, which is pretty amazing! The winner has been emailed directly and hopefully we'll hear back from them in the next few days (if not we will select another winner using the same random methods).

You can still win!

Considering most of you probably didn't win, we'd still like to thank you for playing along. You showed how great this community can be. And remember, we're still giving away Windows Phones or tablets in our ongoing Hidden Gems series! There is a winner for each one of those articles, so get in on that and increase your chances!

From the Windows Phone Central team to you, thanks!


Reader comments

Congratulations to our Surface Pro 3 winner!



Rigged, Britain is going to their island and the Azzurri was beaten! Was I beaten it remains to be ascertained!

I am Kol Frakusha, a student, 22 years old, a windows phone user since wp7 with Htc radar,lumia 520 and 925. I have converted all my family to windows phone and i have also a Windows 8.1 pc and i have bought a dell venue 8 pro.I am a wpc youtube subscriber,twitter follower, i love Nokia,Microsoft and wpc.
Thank you guys for this awesome gift because i love the surface pro 3 and i think is the perfect kit for a student.
Love you guys

Duuuuude! Congrats!!!!!

Now you have even more power and tools to convert more people to the WP/W8 haha :D

Have fun with the SP3 and give us an awesome review, iof possible! :)

Cheers from Germany

O Donald shqiptar jam, dhe Kol Frakusha është pseudonimi im nga portokallia.
Gjithashtu Lazarati kapitulloi nga policia.
A më beson tani?

Congratulations neighbor. I'm happy that the surface went to a neighboring country. Gz again. Now you can type the desktop PC.

Congratulations! It's really nice to see that someone who really loves the Windows platform to win the Surface Pro 3.Have fun with it!

Congratulations bro!!!
You love the platform and so does the platform loved you back! You deserve this. Enjoy with this amazing device!
I hope WPCentral conducts more such contests ;)

Well, then ;)
congratulations on your winning, and enjoy then convert people more again to Windows (Phone), dude ;)

E gezofsh Kolo :) tani di qe paska edhe shqiptare te tjere qe ndjekin WPC. mendova se isha i vetmi :D

From Iran (Which was lost the Iran - Argentina match "Thanks to Referee deliberate misjudgement")



Be lucky whole your life!


Tebrikler şanslı kardeşimiz! We say in turkish, in English, Congrats our lucky brother! Derslerinde başarılar, luck on your school classes!

I hate to break it to you like this man... YOU ARE DA MAN.

even your acceptance script (since it is not a speech) is awesome. a wonderful embodiment of windows.


Nice. I'm glad it went to someone from one of the (materially/financially) poorest countries in Europe. Having cycle toured through there, I am sure it'll be going to a fine person indeed. It's a beautiful country too - one which deserves a little bit of PR!

If you want to really feel the warmth of humanity, go cycle touring :).
Albania was far and away my favourite European country. My friend and I were plucked from a roadside by an old farming couple. They lived in a wattle and daub farmhouse, and had next to no possessions. Nevertheless, they fed us (to bursting point!), and filled us with homebrew vodka! We stumbled away from their house the next day with the biggest smile (and hangover!).
Such fond memories.

It certainly was. The beautiful thing about it - this elderly couple had been taking in cycle tourers for years. They had a wall covered with old photos of people who had enjoyed their random hospitality. They were the absolute salt of the earth - financially poor, but socially rich in a way that I can only hope to be.
Speaking of which, I'm off into Europe and beyond in the next couple of weeks. Looking forward to experiencing such things once again - and looking forward to documenting it with my trusty 1020 :) (which is my music player, offline navigator, blog editor, video editor, offline translator - and amazing camera!)

Yes Sam, i think its going to be the first one. Thats a pitty that we dont have our own Microsoft Store or even an official  Nokia Store. All of the windows products are being from other countries imported, i hope in the future Microsoft does something about it. Very glad an albanian won!

Congrats to the winner!!


I won a Surface 2 (and the Microsoft Music Kit (music Blade and app)) in the #projectremix contest on Vine/Twitter earlier in the year...

Thanks to WPC for running a worldwide comp, that rarely happens and I'm sure Kol will agree that it's really appreciated!

Oh! Why must life be so full of bitter disapointment?

Guess I'll have to buy one now.

Congrats to the lucky winner.

I think there should be three winners. Since I suggested this, I should be one of those three.

Is it possible to choose a Surface Pro 3 if we win from one of the Hidden Gems articles?

Congrats! You won my surface! ;)

Here is the fine-print: Use it for some good work! Not just to jerk off ;)

And remember: levitation not included!

Ha ha too bad you all are whining and crying i can't help but laugh LOL
You should have tried harder instead of whining here
And here are some tips : capture\marry lady luck and you will be lucky for lifetime

Congrats to the winner. Stopped by the PDX Microsoft store today to check it out, and it's definitely a great prize!

Congrats to the winner! All I ever win is the realization that I just can't win anything... Always fun to try though :)

Congratulations! I would still like to have a Surface, they don't sell em in Colombia, and I find these comments of people being glad it went to Albania a bit envious (trying to look generous and at the same time looking at the country over their shoulders..) Anyway there are all sorts of people, CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNER FROM COLOMBIA! :)

Looking at the country over their shoulders?! Huh?!
I am from the UK...have cycled throughout Europe. Loved Albania more than any other country. One of its population getting a little luck is aaaaaaaall good in my eyes (it's a country that is struggling in many ways....it deserves a break, however small!)

Or who knows, maybe a nationalist in the US will get it next time, you never know. :) (I really hope you're from the US, it would spoil it otherwise). :)