SJO occasionally -- actually with some frequency -- gives things away. Most often these are gift certificates to really good restaurants, and usually for $50.
Winners are selected from among the list of recipients of the SJO e-letter. If you are already an e-letter recipient, you're already entered to win -- and you always will be unless you unsubscribe. If you are not already an e-letter recipient, you can sign up in about four seconds at this link.
Here's how the drawings work. I use a site called Truly Random Number Generator. It randomly (and truly) selects a number between 1 and the total number of names in the e-letter list. The names are exported to a spreadsheet that assigns each a numbered ranking based on when they joined the e-letter list. I find the name associated with the number selected by the Truly Random Number Generator site and send an email to that person's address with "A Note From Scott" in the subject field.
Winners must respond to the email by a date and time specified in the message. If I don't hear from a winner by the specified date and time, I must assume that the email address is not valid. In that case, the restaurant certificate will go back in the hopper to live for another drawing.
Because most are physical certificates, I will request a postal mailing address for the winners. If you receive "A Note From Scott" but feel a little suspicious about replying with your mailing address, you can call the number in the signature field of the email message to verify its validity. (I wouldn't blame you; there are too many phishing scams on the Interwebs these days.) You may want to make sure that scottjosephorlando.com is on your email client's whitelist. I would hate for you to miss out because my notice went to your spam folder. (That's one of the reasons I don't put "You're a winner" in the message field -- those are red-flag words to spam filters.)
By the way, if you feel a little cautious about signing up for yet another e-letter, don't be. My mailings are only occasional and I try to save them for times when I have something I really think you should know about, such as a terrific SJO Dining Deal or an upcoming Supper Club. In fact, e-letter recipients are always the first to find out about new things, and on more than one occasion the Dining Deals and Supper Club reservations have sold out before they could be announced to the general public. And of course you may unsubscribe from the list at any time. No hard feelings.