Personally, I don't have time to do every single contest like I used to. So, I just pick and chose photos that I have a good idea for. I really don't care if its a prize contest or not. Though a few of the prize contest photos I did have an idea for. But I digress.
I skip photos, too. I try to do one a night, but it's a bit much
What about the "pleasant surprise" aspect? Wouldn't that make you happy; to see that you've not only won, but here's $50?
only problem is that the "prize contests" are anon. If you want it random, every contest would need to be anon... Otherwise you could have problems with voting... either friendly... or yada yada.
Maybe just make it random days when prize contests come up and that would still be an anon contest? Or tie it in with 'speedchop' contest where everyone gets the source at the same time, yet still be anon....
ugg. my brain. no work beer well without.