Oprah Winfrey is one of the most powerful women in the world. She is and was the queen of a lot of things, one of which was the giveaway circuit on her show, The Oprah Winfrey Show. Over the years, Oprah giveaways entailed her lavishing a lot of pretty amazing things to her guests, and they loved her for it. Her generosity knows no bounds: Even Oprah’s dogs are set up for success and set to inherit her fortune one day!
Here are a few of our all-time favorite Oprah giveaways:
1.) You Get $1,000! But You Can’t Keep it…
According to Oprah, her all-time favorite giveaway was in 2006, during a show on giving back. At the end of the show, one of Oprah’s giveaways was to give each audience member a $1,000 Bank of America debit card. The second of Oprah’s giveaways was a hand-held camera. There was one caveat: Audience members had to “pay it forward,” and use the money to help people in inspiring and creative ways. People could give the entire sum to one person, or split it among various causes. Relatives were off-limits.
Oprah called this “[her] favorite giveaway ever.” “I can honestly say that every gift I’ve ever given has brought at least as much happiness to me as it has to the person I’ve given it to,” Winfrey told her audience. “That’s the feeling I want to pass on to you.”
“You’re going to open your hearts, you’re going to be really creative, and you’re going to spend it all at once on one stranger or spend a dollar on every person,” Winfrey said. “Imagine the love and kindness you can spread with $1,000.”
This is one of our favorite Oprah giveaways, too!