GMail Machine (formerly the GMail Lotto Giveaway)

Ed Steele June 18, 2004 15

The GMail lottery is back with a vengeance: now with over 200 GMail invitations to give away! If you need a GMail account, head on over and hit that refresh button!
(We donated 15 invitations, if you win one drop back by and let us know, we’d love to hear about it.)
Win a GMail account at the Gmail Machine!

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  1. Donald June 19, 2004 at 2:09 pm -

    Fake. I’ve entered my email as a winning number twice. And didn’t get anything. You’re all just giving your invitations to a scammer.

  2. Donald June 19, 2004 at 2:15 pm -

    and I do mean two distinct wins, from different computers with different email adresses, quite some time apart.
    Fake. Scam.

  3. dealsites June 19, 2004 at 4:15 pm -

    I’m looking to run a gmail giveaway contest too. If you have any more invitations, please donate them to the cause. I’d like to get a few to seed my contest. I’ll definately link back to your site. You can contact me here:
    BTW, Very nice site. I’m bookmarking it for future reference. Check out this link for hot deals on tons of gadgets from all the deal sites:

  4. lunacy8m June 19, 2004 at 4:23 pm -

    I found the original Gmail lotto several days ago on Since then I’ve been in close contact with its creator, and I can tell you with 100% certainty that it is not a scam. Also, he is handling winning codes by hand and not automating delivery of winning codes to keep the site above board and safe from scamming – he’s genuinely concerned about the integrity of the contest.
    Add to that that he is one guy that has a site that has been hit by a link and is getting truckloads of email. All of the original 5 invites we gave him were signed up, one person actually emailed me asking who I was and why I was in their contact list.
    It’s legit, and free, and if it was a scam GadgetMadness would not be involved with it (we’ve donated over 30 invites so far.)

  5. wombley June 19, 2004 at 10:57 pm -

    the site seems to be down, it changed to a while ago, but that is down too it seems, Anyone have the new site if it has changed again ??

  6. sam June 20, 2004 at 5:06 pm -

    I won two nights ago, entered my email mail adress and have yet to see my code. It’s a bunch of crap, Don’t waste your time.

  7. lunacy8m June 20, 2004 at 9:14 pm -

    Looks like the 2nd gen GMail Machine ate it too. Last I saw they had transferred over 90GB of bandwidth, which is just insane. Their ISP probably pulled the plug.
    If you still need a GMail account, just email me at “gmailpleasesuh at gadgetmadness dot com” and I will send you one of my extras, while supplies last.

  8. Donald June 21, 2004 at 2:22 pm -

    He doesn’t reply to mails either, probably too busy handing out donated invites to friends and family…
    Don’t say he’s too busy handling winners. It said on the site there were only 100 or so winners. That would be done in half an hour, and you can ignore all other mails.
    Shame on gadget madness for posting about this TWICE!

  9. lunacy8m June 21, 2004 at 2:40 pm -

    Shame on us for covering the story BEFORE slashdot?
    Shame on us for handing out our extra GMail invites to those asking for them? (See previous comment on this thread)
    Pfft. I say shame on noone. It was a good idea that grew to be bigger than he could handle. (I still have a few extra invites, btw.)

  10. lunacy8m June 21, 2004 at 4:22 pm -

    GMail machine appears to be back up!

  11. Zak June 24, 2004 at 12:42 am -

    Well you think that is cool, check out

  12. Ron Mac June 24, 2004 at 1:38 am -

    I also won by hitting 1337 on the Gmail Machine but never got my invite after entering my email address and the site confirming the address as submitted.
    Very Unfortunate! I’m Bummed

  13. Joe June 25, 2004 at 1:54 pm -

    The odds for the new system is now over a million to 1. You have to match 5 numbers between 0 and 16. I don’t know if I have time to click a million times. I’ll just get 10 yahoo accounts.

  14. James June 25, 2004 at 7:20 pm -

    I donated to this guys site when he first made it, before it got popular. I’m still donating. So far, I’ve donated about 40 invites.
    He’s legit. I’ve been getting lots of messages from people that sign up through my invites thanking me for donating them.
    The site’s just gotten way too popular to handle.

  15. Mike S. June 30, 2004 at 6:15 pm -

    if u want a site that actaually gives away gmail invites, try this site. Just try to get teh number and theyll send you an invite.
    here it is: