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HQ Trivia: Tips and tricks to help you win the jackpot!

If you’ve been playing HQ Trivia, then you know just how difficult it is to reach the end of each quiz and win that cold hard cash. If you’re tired of your HQ account reading $0, you’ve come to the right place.

With some brain power, a little bit of luck, and the following tips and tricks, hopefully, you’ll be cashing in on your trivia obsession soon!

Turn notifications on

HQ Trivia goes live twice a day, and if you want to win money, you’re going to have to play.

If you have notifications for HQ Trivia enabled, the app will let you know when the game is about to start, so you can drop everything you’re doing and play along. Don’t miss out on a single game, go to Settings > Notifications > HQ and ensure you have your notifications enabled.

Invite people for extra lives

I know we have all been bombarded with game invites in the past and it can be annoying, but extra lives in HQ can really help you out. Get a question wrong and normally you’re eliminated; however, extra lives keep you in the game so you can continue answering questions and try to win the cash.

Invite everyone you know to play the game and tell them to use your referral code (your HQ username) while signing up! My referral code is iMoreLuke wink wink.

Play in groups

If you have been watching a lot of the social media videos of people playing HQ around Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, you’ll notice they almost all have one thing in common — lots of people play together.

HQ uses a general trivia format, meaning the questions are from a wide range of topics and don’t follow any sort of theme. They say two brains are better than one, so grab a friend, drag your coworkers into your obsession, or even spend some time with your family and play HQ together to increase your chance that someone around you knows the answer.

The great thing about playing in groups is if you come to a question that no one knows the answer to, you can diversify your answers. Play in a big enough group, and this method can get someone to the final question more often than you would think.

Play on Sunday

While I play every game I possibly can, I realize that not everyone can drop what they are doing twice a day to answer questions. If you do have to miss games, try to never miss Sunday because that’s when they have the biggest pot of money.

Also, keep an eye out for special holiday games where HQ can dole out large sums of money. The bigger the prize, the bigger your cut of the money will be when you win!

Check out HQ Trivia on Twitter for updates

We’re listening to your issues – our ongoing bug fixes are esp. focused on a few:

😭 Wrongful elimination
😶 Questions not appearing
💔 Extra Lives disappearing

Your issues are our mission, fixes & updates coming soon! 🙏

Unfortunately, sometimes HQ has technical difficulties that prevent the games from starting on time. I have been caught in the virtual waiting room for upwards of 15 minutes just waiting for the host to start asking me questions. Problems with the app are well documented and the developers assure us that they are working on fixes for some of the most common problems.

Whether it’s an update on technical difficulties, a sneak peek at the topics that the next quiz will cover, or announcing a special event, keeping an eye on the HQ Trivia Twitter account can save you frustration and keep you in the know.

Do you have any tips?

Do you have any tips for answering all 12 questions and winning the prize money? Share them in the comments below and let’s share the wealth!

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If you’re tired of your HQ account reading $0, you’ve come to the right place. With some brain power, a little bit of luck, and the following tips and tricks, hopefully, you’ll be cashing in on your trivia obsession soon!

HQ trivia winners reveal how they won — and what they spent their jackpots on

When Casey Donahue won $6,000, he couldn’t quite believe it.

The Los Angeles-based freelance filmmaker was at his parents’ house in Boca Raton, Fla., on Christmas Eve when he was just one of two people who won that night’s round of HQ Trivia. The popular trivia app, which has a live host present two games a day, has become a sensation over the last few months with hundreds of thousands of regularly players each round that typically split a cash jackpot ranging from $1,000 to $18,000.

But Christmas came early for Donahue, who was just one of two winners for the $12,000 jackpot, one of the highest prizes offered so far. His $6,000 is currently the largest individual cash prize since the game launched last October.

“I was flipping out,” Donahue told MONEY. “[My parents] really didn’t have any idea what was happening. I was just screaming, ‘I won $6,000,’ and my mom kept grabbing my phone to see if it was real.”

And it was. Donahue is one of several people who have won more than $100 playing HQ Trivia. Thanks to a combination of unique knowledge, strategic guessing and higher jackpots offered by the game’s creators, these winners are often stunned by not only their wins, but also by the amount that appears in their bank accounts.

To win the game, you must answer 12 questions — varying in difficulty — correctly with only 10 seconds to answer each. A set jackpot is announced for each round — with a new minimum of $2,000 for most of them, and a larger cash prize on Sunday nights. The winners split the cash prize, so the fewer the better.

Winners can use PayPal, an online money transferring app, to place their prize money into the bank accounts. While some players have won HQ multiple times, other players like Donahue win once and are immediately propelled to the top of the game’s leadership board. Both Jaimie Ortiz, a 26-year-old from Cincinnati, and Cesar Paolini, a father of three from Miami, have also had one big win that makes them a top-earning HQ player. In fact, Ortiz won the other half of that $12,000 prize on Dec. 24, when she was at her boyfriend’s house, she told MONEY in an e-mail.

Then there are other players like Paul Paquet, who has made a career out of playing trivia. He has earned $633 playing HQ Trivia so far — an accumulation of a half a dozen wins including one with a $500 prize in the fall.

But when you win hundreds or thousands of dollars on a free app, what should you do with that money? Paquet, of Ottawa, Ontario, will travel to New York City later this month to see a Broadway show. Paolini said he had nothing special planned for the cash but “probably bought a couple of better gifts than I would have otherwise bought for Christmas.” And Ortiz and her boyfriend used her $6,000 win to buy new Apple Watches. (The rest of the money, she wrote in an email, is for “responsible #adulting.”)

As for Donahue and his $6,000 prize? Investing in cryptocurrency sounds intriguing, he said. He’s especially interested in Ripple, the third largest digital currency now that he has some extra cash. (However, Donahue should take note that Ripple has suffered a staggering price decline this month.)

Though he hasn’t invested yet, Donahue is relieved to start the new year with “a bit of extra padding” — something that’s hard to come by as a freelance filmmaker, he said.

“It’s always, like, a little unsure where the money is going to come from throughout the year,” Donahue said. “It’s always a constant stress about money and living the freelance life. It’s nice not to stress about it for at least a little bit.”

It is unclear what the future of HQ Trivia holds. Cash prizes are funded by investors — but some have reportedly backed out over concerns about how the app’s co-founders have behaved toward women. (HQ founders Colin Kroll and Rus Yusupov also founded the now-defunct Vine back in 2012.) And users have complained of technical issues and delays in the game.

The actual trivia presented, however, is satisfactory, Paquet said. He has written more than 100,000 trivia questions for bar nights and other trivia games. “I can see the parameters they’re working against,” he told MONEY. “It’s difficult to have fun questions that are very short. All the tricks I use to make questions fun require a lot of space.”

But many of the game’s users play it for the experience, not necessarily for the cash prize. Take Lauren May of San Francisco, whose thrilled reaction to winning just $11.30 went viral.

The same goes for Ortiz, who still sits at the top of the leaderboard for her $6,000 win.

“To be honest [winning] $1.00 or $6,000.00 wouldn’t have mattered as long as we had the satisfaction of winning the game as it is so incredibly fun,” Ortiz said.

A few winners share their reactions to winning the popular trivia game. ]]>