How do you describe this situation: "My mom entered for a prize drawing, won it, and got a bag."?

Which is more natural as an expression in spoken English?

  • "She won a bag as a prize"
  • "She won a bag by a prize"

Or some other way?

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    She won a bag as a prize.
    – WS2
    Jun 19, 2017 at 17:28
  • I have never heard of the construction 'by a prize' - where have you seen that? Jun 19, 2017 at 18:18
  • 1
    Were you looking for, "My mom obtained that bag by way of a prize."?
    – MikeJRamsey56
    Jun 19, 2017 at 21:05
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    By the way, it's 'a prize draw'. A drawing is a kind of picture.
    – Kate Bunting
    Jun 20, 2017 at 7:43
  • @KateBunting I have no problem with using drawing for an act of choosing by lots, and neither does Merriam-Webster....
    – Hellion
    Jun 20, 2017 at 14:37

2 Answers 2


If it wasn't clear from the other comment, "She won a bag as a prize." is the correct sentence.

You could also say: "She won a bag" (implying it was a prize). "She won a prize bag." (Though this could be confused as there was a bag with several prizes in it.)

But the original "She won a bag as a prize," is the best option here.


My mom was entered in a prize drawing and won a bag (sense that someone bought the ticket for her).

My mom bought a ticket for a prize drawing, won it, and got a bag. (won a bag as the prize).

My mom won a bag in a prize drawing.

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